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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Existing constructions and non infiltration water tanks
    in ND-v2009: Rainwater management
    5 Noriko Yasuhara
    Woonerf Inc.
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    RE: Recycled Concrete for Temporary Haul Road
    in CS 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    41 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    temporary capping of the remaining duct work
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    23 Megan Bove
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    RE: post on older LEED for Healthcare forum
    in Healthcare-v2009: Alternative transportation - public transportation access
    7 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    RE: "incomplete spaces" treatment in LEED NC
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,960 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    RE: fuel source
    in CS 2009 EAc5.1: Measurement and Verification—Base Building
    107 Matthew VanSweden
    Community and Environmental Advocate
    Integrated Architecture
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    United States
    Alarm to closed openings
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    16 Vitor Tosetto
    Environmental Engineer
    NewFields
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    RE: Heat Recovery Counts?
    in CS 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    78 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    FGI guidelines
    in Healthcare-v2009: Storage and collection of recyclables
    15 Michael Boyle
    AESG
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    RE: ASHRAE Compliance Documentation
    in Completing the LEED Online EAp2 Form – Option 1: Whole Building Energy Simulation
    51 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    RE: Zone Floor Area Calculation
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    110 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    RE: n/a
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    218 Cam Fitzgerald
    Energy Engineer
    7group
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    Rating system: NC, CI or EBOM?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    685 Melissa Merryweather
    Director
    Green Consult-Asia
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    Community Connectivity - Pedestrian Access
    in CS 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    45 Rachel O'Connor
    Mon, Jul 27, 2015
    RE: Factory Area Classification
    in NC 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventilation
    98 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Mon, Jul 27, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: LEED v3 CS Warehouse - MPR Minimum Occupancy Compliance
    in MPR5: Must comply with minimum occupancy rates
    3 Asa Posner
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Sustainable Investment Group (SIG)
    Fri, Apr 17, 2015
    RE: SRI value for concrete
    in NC-v4: Heat island reduction
    6 Karin Miller
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    Does restaurant dishwashers qualify as waste water?
    in NC 2009 WEc2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
    117 Kristopher Lashley
    INVIRO Engineered Systems Ltd.
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    Canada
    RE: Where to draw the line on food purchasing
    in EBOM 2009 MRc5: Sustainable Purchasing—Food
    84 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    RE: Lighting Power Density
    in CI 2009 EAc1.1: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Power
    97 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015
    Prescriptive compliance
    in CI-v4: Optimize energy performance
    2 Michael Wahjudi
    ESD Consultant
    Kaer Pte Ltd
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015
    Singapore
    RE: Separate MEP CxA and BECxA
    in NC-v4: Enhanced commissioning
    20 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Tue, Apr 14, 2015
    Original LEED AP laid off just before Construction Review
    in NC 2009 IDc2: LEED Accredited Professional
    49 Joyce Kelly
    Consultant
    Architectural Fusion
    Tue, Apr 14, 2015
    construction completion date is outside of performance period
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.5: IAQ Best Management Practices—IAQ Management for Facility Alterations and Additions
    39 Jessica Hawley
    Sustainability Consultant
    EBI Consulting
    Tue, Apr 14, 2015
    United States
    RE: District heating cooling plant off-site
    in CS v4: Renewable energy production
    2 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Apr 14, 2015
    RE: DES systems
    in CS v4: Optimize energy performance
    2 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Apr 14, 2015
    RE: Building Energy Metering - Third Party Source
    in CS v4: Building-level energy metering
    2 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Apr 14, 2015
    RE: EAp2:Table 1.4 based on ASHRAE 90.1-2010
    in CS v4: Minimum energy performance
    2 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Apr 14, 2015
    RE: Default Fixture use for a School Project (shower)
    in Schools 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    37 K Nakamura
    Mon, Apr 13, 2015
    RE: Reference Building – Try #2
    in Pilot Credit 63: Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment
    14 Devani PERERA
    Green Building Consultant
    ELAN
    Sun, Apr 12, 2015
    Reopening one path of LEED-CI SSc1.2 in Construction Review
    in CI 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    215 Susan Di Giulio
    Project Manager
    Zinner Consultants
    Sat, Apr 11, 2015
    RE: Regularly Occupied Space
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Apr 11, 2015
    partial credit?
    in CI-v4: Integrative process
    2 Dana Piper
    Architect
    Allbee Romein
    Fri, Apr 10, 2015
    United States
    RE: SS Credit 7.1 - Calculating shade
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    45 Lawrence Lile
    Chief Engineer
    Lile Engineering LLC
    Thu, Apr 9, 2015
    RE: Pressure drop adjustment factor with DOAS System
    in CS 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    265 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Apr 9, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    rating system selection forum
    in Military Barracks considered LEED for Homes or LEED NC?
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    rating system selection forum
    in Minor Renovation of an Existing LEED Certified Building
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    multiple buildings forum
    in Multiple Buildings - One Registration
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: Construction Documents Creation for Small Commercial Interiors
    in Construction Documents
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Nov 4, 2013
    RE: Deadline for final Review (addressing review comments)
    in Deadline to tackle USGBC review
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Nov 4, 2013
    RE: Blinds
    in Blinds
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Nov 4, 2013
    RE: NC 2009 MPR Form 2 - actual vs estimated square footage
    in PI Form 2 Project Summary Details
    64 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: LEED v4-Credits MR-USGBC approved program
    in USGBC Engages Chemical Supply Chain with New LEED v4 Option
    38 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Nov 3, 2013
    RE: Gerrymandered site?
    in Multiple buildings
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Nov 3, 2013
    RE: one project?
    in Multiple Buildings Connected - Campus Approach vs Standard Approach
    7 David Lee
    LEED Coordinator
    Federal Management Solutions
    Mon, Sep 16, 2013
    LEED Scorecard Forms
    in Scorecard
    6 Clara Simon
    Sustainability Manager
    University of Washington - Capital Projects Office
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013
    BREEAM and LEED
    in BREEAM Equivalency for LEED Projects
    1 Emily Rhee
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013
    RE: Categories and prescriptive path alternate option
    in GBCI Streamlines LEED Credentialing, Offers New Window for Legacy LEED APs
    47 Erin Emery Hartz
    Manager, Marketing & Product Development
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Mon, Aug 19, 2013
    Complete LEED-EBOM Gold Project Documents on LEEDuser - by Tristan Roberts
    Tue, Aug 13, 2013
    I am also an independent LEED
    in New USGBC Membership Fee Structure
    59 Brad Miller
    Principal
    Environnmental Concepts Company
    Tue, Aug 6, 2013
    RE: Allowed but not necessarily advisable
    in Can you register a project for LEED CI after construction has been completed?
    8 Mary Ostafi
    Sustainability Specialist
    HOK
    Wed, Jul 24, 2013
    RE: Technical Manual for new Green Globes for New Construction
    in The Hidden Beltway Lobbyists Who Shape Green Building Policy
    20 Paula Melton
    Managing Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jul 11, 2013
    RE: Embolden ACC?
    in The LEED v4 Ballot: The Case For and Against
    15 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Fri, Jun 28, 2013
    First in Africa ?
    in First-in-Country Projects to Get Free LEED Certification
    5 Mike Barker
    Principal : Energy / Electrical Engineer
    BuildingPhysics South Africa
    Wed, Jun 12, 2013
    RE: Can't select "other" in space usage type drop down
    in Filling out Space Usage Type
    19 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Ceramic Tile Reporting on LEED IEQ4.3 Form
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    352 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Thu, Feb 12, 2015
    Daily Occupancy for Cinema
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    225 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Thu, Feb 12, 2015
    Daily Occupancy for a cinema
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Water use reduction
    4 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Thu, Feb 12, 2015
    Mexico
    RE: Concrete Formwork
    in CS 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    38 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Wed, Feb 11, 2015
    RE: IDF curves
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    241 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Wed, Feb 11, 2015
    Base building system
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    146 Graham Langton
    Building Services Engineer
    PM-Group
    Wed, Feb 11, 2015
    RE: SRI of wood?
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    266 emily reese
    Sustainability Consultant / Facility Planner
    Jacobs Engineering
    Tue, Feb 10, 2015
    RE: NSF 140 Gold vs Platinum
    in CI 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    149 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Tue, Feb 10, 2015
    Assesment rooms at rehabilitation Center
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.1: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    319 CATALINA CABALLERO
    SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR
    JALRW Eng. Group Inc.
    Tue, Feb 10, 2015
    Water Quality
    in CS-2009 SSc6.2: Stormwater Design—Quality Control
    26 Nathan Anderson
    Tue, Feb 10, 2015
    United States
    RE: Bamboo and CS
    in CS 2009 MRc6: Certified Wood
    35 Charles Nepps
    Tue, Feb 10, 2015
    Romania
    Building core concrete floors as a "reused" material?
    in CI 2009 MRc3.1: Materials Reuse
    25 Alex Silber
    Mon, Feb 9, 2015
    RE: LEED Baundary Campus - parking lot
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    212 Anya Fiechtl
    ARCHITECT, LEED AP BD+C
    High Plains Architects
    Mon, Feb 9, 2015
    USGBC management shake up
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    192 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Mon, Feb 9, 2015
    Roof area exempt from the SSc7.2 calculation
    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    279 FABIO VIERO
    Head of Sustainability
    Manens-Tifs s.p.a.
    Mon, Feb 9, 2015
    Italy
    Public Agency Sourced Non-Potable Water
    in NC v2.2 WEc1.1–1.2: Water Efficient Landscaping
    83 Sheryl Swartzle
    Sustainability Specialist
    TLC Engineering for Architecture
    Fri, Feb 6, 2015
    RE: Low System Ventilation Efffiency for Corridors
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    932 Ilona Johnson, PE, CEM, LEED AP
    Associate
    Lilker EMO Energy Solutions
    Wed, Feb 4, 2015
    Monitoring Period
    in Pilot Credit 65: Monitoring Based Commissioning
    3 Mari Hamasaki
    Principal
    Hamasaki Consulting Engineering Services LC
    Wed, Feb 4, 2015
    United States
    RE: NC-2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    252 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Tue, Feb 3, 2015
    RE: LEED for Homes MidRise and Commercial Condo Space
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    144 Maureen Mahle
    Program Manager, LEED for Homes
    Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
    Tue, Feb 3, 2015
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Post Location
    Equation2: Monthly harvested rainwater volume. (v4)
    in NC-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    12 deepak cherukumilli
    LEED Green Associate
    Dar al Handasah
    Wed, Apr 29, 2015
    2015-04-29 01:22 India
    NO HVAC INSTALATION - C&S IEQ Credit 3.1
    in CS 2009 IEQc3: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    31 Gabriel Yurevich
    Tue, Apr 28, 2015
    2015-04-28 16:09 Argentina
    EAP2 case 1 for international projects
    in EBOM 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
    480 Elodie DUMAS
    ALTO Ingénierie
    Tue, Apr 28, 2015
    2015-04-28 14:46 France
    Are exceptions mandatory or optional?
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,178 John Krutko
    Sr Project Manager
    Osborn Engineering
    Tue, Apr 28, 2015
    2015-04-28 11:28 United States
    (mis)Understanding the LEED Review (and appeal) process
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    699 Susannah Goddard
    Tue, Apr 28, 2015
    2015-04-28 10:04 United Kingdom
    Bathtubs
    in EBOM 2009 WEp1: Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    272 Agata Mozer
    GO4IT SP Z OO SP K
    Tue, Apr 28, 2015
    2015-04-28 08:41 Poland
    Acoustic Test in the Field
    in Schools 2009 IEQp3: Minimum Acoustical Performance
    140 Holly Van Straten
    Modine Manufacturing
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    2015-04-27 20:34 United States
    Enter way/Filling out the Form
    in CI 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    88 Bridgett Weaver
    Architectural Designer
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    2015-04-27 12:54 United States
    If the ventilation of kitchens in hotel should be included in
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    932 Leanne Niu
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    2015-04-27 03:06 China
    Campus road
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    212 Susan Di Giulio
    Project Manager
    Zinner Consultants
    Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    2015-04-24 20:27 United States
    Sports Practice Facility FTEs vs Transients
    in Calculating FTEs
    197 David Browne
    Architect
    Corley Redfoot Architects, Inc.
    Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    2015-04-24 15:27 United States
    No LEED ND v4 RP credits on LEED website?
    in ND-v4: Regional priority
    2 Nate Tsang
    Graduate Energy Engineer
    Arup
    Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    2015-04-24 12:37 Lebanon
    Office building - Standard 62.1-2013 - Which toilet type?
    in CS v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    3 CHRISTOPHE MATHIEU
    Sustainable Design And Construction Consultants, Paris, France
    greenaffair
    Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    2015-04-24 10:54 France
    Policy Template - Maintenance Equipment "goals"
    in EBOM-v4: Site management policy
    2 Maureen Colburn
    LHB
    Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    2015-04-24 09:40 United States
    Equipment Capacities for only one building pursue LEED
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,960 Hieu Huynh
    Environmental Engineer, LEED AP BD+C
    Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    2015-04-24 05:36 Vietnam
    Scope of the credit
    in EBOM-2009: Sustainable purchasing - electric-powered equipment
    3 Frantisek Macholda
    Sustainability Consultant
    EkoWATT
    Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    2015-04-24 05:31 Czech Republic
    Task Lights in Scope
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.1: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    319 Jonathan Weiss
    Thu, Apr 23, 2015
    2015-04-23 14:47 United States
    Option 2 "reduction below industry average"
    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    6 Jennifer Rinkus
    Thu, Apr 23, 2015
    2015-04-23 14:31 United States
    Case 2, Option 1 - how many different support programs required?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    312 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Thu, Apr 23, 2015
    2015-04-23 14:13 United States
    Plug Load Exemption
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,960 Kim Lombard
    Architect
    AECOM
    Thu, Apr 23, 2015
    2015-04-23 14:07 United States

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