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    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: MR4 -vs- MR7 credits
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    363 Esther Kohout
    Kohout Woodwork, Inc
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    RE: EBOM IEQp1-A1 Statement "Would need over 100% OA Intake"
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
    316 James Doyle
    Owner
    ConServe
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    RE: WaterSense Labeled Products
    in NC-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    4 Batya Metalitz
    Manager, LEED Technical Development
    USGBC
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    RE: Feedback Survey Confirmation
    in Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence
    35 emily reese
    Sustainability Consultant / Facility Planner
    Jacobs Engineering
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    IEQp1-A1 Statement "Would need over 100% OA Intake"
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    742 James Doyle
    Owner
    ConServe
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    RE: Tradable Surfaces Area
    in Schools 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    56 Matthew Heaton
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    Asphalt Paving Coatings?
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    215 Nicole Kimoto
    Architects Pacific, Inc.
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    Batteries Required?
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    79 Sara Zoumbaris
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    RE: Batteries required?
    in EBOM 2009 MRp2: Solid Waste Management Policy
    23 Sara Zoumbaris
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    RE: LPD Method for the Baseline Energy Model.
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,064 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    Streetside landscaped but not trees
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    75 Trinidee Shelton
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    Preferred parking outside the LEED project boundary
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    121 Morteza Kasmaei
    Principal
    Climatic Design Inc.
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    RE: Military Base contamination
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    93 Kim H. Lombard
    Architect
    AECOM
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    RE: LEED Volume Program - Submittal Guidance
    in Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification
    7 Ashley Catlett
    USGBC/GBCI
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    RE: Materials Submittal Form
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    424 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE ∙ Sustainability ∙ Construction ∙ Specifications
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Question about the Performance Period & newley added credits
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    1 Bahareh van Boekhold
    Energy and Sustainability Planner
    Delaware Division of Energy and Climate
    Thu, Mar 27, 2014
    RE: Working hours and daylight
    in NC v2.2 EQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight 75% of Spaces
    169 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Thu, Mar 27, 2014
    RE: Feedback for ACP Program
    in Pilot Credit 67: Pilot Alternative Compliance Path—EA Prerequisite 2
    9 David Eldridge
    Project Manager
    Grumman/Butkus Associates
    Wed, Mar 26, 2014
    RE: Late Start
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Integrative process
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Mar 26, 2014
    Not Regularly occupied
    in NC-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    1 Phillip Cook
    WGE
    Wed, Mar 26, 2014
    RE: Timing of survey?
    in ND-v2009: Imperiled species and ecological communities conservation
    6 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Fri, Mar 21, 2014
    RE: Data loggers
    in EBOM-v4: Thermal comfort
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 21, 2014
    Green Cleaning products for norovirus?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.1: Green Cleaning—High Performance Cleaning Program
    25 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Wed, Apr 16, 2014
    RE: Pilot Credit Closed
    in Pilot Credit 7: Light Pollution Reduction
    29 Glenn Heinmiller
    IALD, LC, LEED AP, Principal
    Lam Partners
    Wed, Mar 19, 2014
    Achieving this credit in a Shopping mall?
    in CS 2009 IEQc6: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    34 Omar Katanani
    Mon, Mar 17, 2014
    RE: T2, T4, T6
    in Healthcare-v2009: PBT source reduction - mercury
    7 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Fri, Mar 14, 2014
    Open grid pavement
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    39 james connors
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Insulating Concrete Forms
    in Pilot Credit 20: Recycled Content for Non-Structural Materials
    11 Amy Van Dam
    Sustainable Design Coordinator
    Boulder Associates Architects
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    RE: Appropriate use of Core and Shell?
    in PIf5: Building System Control
    10 John Beeson
    Chief Mystic in Resident
    Catalyst Partners
    Wed, Mar 12, 2014
    RE: Manual Override
    in NC-v4: Light pollution reduction
    4 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Wed, Mar 12, 2014
    RE: CFL compliance
    in Healthcare-v2009: PBT source reduction - mercury in lamps
    11 Mark Gelfo
    DIrector of Sustainability
    TLC Engineering for Archiecture
    Tue, Mar 11, 2014
    RE: EAc4 calculator vs online template
    in NC v2.2 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    22 Amy Harmon
    Tue, Mar 11, 2014
    RE: Senior living facility
    in ND-v2009: Connected and open community
    34 Susan Di Giulio
    Project Manager
    Zinner Consultants
    Tue, Mar 11, 2014
    RE: Credit For Demolished Concrete for use as backfill
    in NC-v4: Construction and demolition waste management
    2 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Mon, Mar 10, 2014
    RE: Performance period for leakage rate
    in EBOM 2009 EAc5: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    38 Ben Stanley
    Sustainability Manager
    YRG sustainability
    Mon, Mar 10, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Re: Project Summary Information
    in Project Summary Information
    1 David Posada
    Sustainability Manager
    GBD Architects
    Mon, Dec 20, 2010
    RE: LEED for hotels
    in Hotels - Must We Use New Retail Program?
    2 Cara Mae Cirignano
    Specialist, LEED Resource Development
    US Green Building Council
    Fri, Dec 17, 2010
    post under IEQc4.2
    in Paint VOC limits
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Dec 14, 2010
    RE: BUilding area to site area ratio
    in EB-OM PIf2- Project Summary Details
    6 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Dec 8, 2010
    Proposed changes to the LEED AP credit
    in What's behind the proposed changes to the LEED AP credit for LEED 2012?
    1 James Green
    VP Engineering
    HInes
    Wed, Dec 8, 2010
    MEP components
    in Include plumbing components to recycled content
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Dec 8, 2010
    RE: Does anyone have any thoughts
    in BREEAM as an alternative green building system?
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Dec 7, 2010
    RE: Same here. Its been about 15
    in Pilot Credit Survey completion e-mail
    3 Batya Metalitz
    Manager, LEED Technical Development
    USGBC
    Wed, Dec 1, 2010
    Treatment of District or Campus Thermal Energy
    in DOes any one know if the USGBC produced the Addenda for LEED 2009 Districit Energy guidance?
    1 Scott DeGaro
    Sustainability Administrator
    Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 30, 2010
    Thank you
    in Want to share LEED documentation tools or documents?
    1 Terry Squyres
    Principal
    GWWO Inc./Architects
    Wed, Nov 24, 2010
    Ergonomic Design
    in Ergonomic Design for an Innovation Point
    1 Simon S.
    SL+A International, Taipei
    Thu, Nov 18, 2010
    RE: 2009 CI IEQ Credit 5 Entryway System
    in CI 2009 IEQ Credit 5 Entryway Systems
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Nov 17, 2010
    RE: change in scope
    in Extension of Mechanical Duct work
    2 Kendrick Richardson
    LSY Architects
    Tue, Nov 16, 2010
    LEED boundary
    in Remote Parking lot, pre-existing LEED project
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 16, 2010
    MPR#6
    in Sharing energy/water useage data
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Nov 15, 2010
    RE: LEED documentation in English
    in Documentation
    3 Katsiaryna Mazur
    ISG OLSON, CJSC
    Mon, Nov 15, 2010
    certifying the process
    in LEED for Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Nov 13, 2010
    runs the gamut
    in Taking Advantage of Utility Incentives?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Nov 12, 2010
    RE: out buildings and LEED
    in Question about multiple buildings & LEED
    2 Cara Mae Cirignano
    Specialist, LEED Resource Development
    US Green Building Council
    Fri, Nov 12, 2010
    New LEED 2009 Addenda Released - November 2010 - by Tristan Roberts
    Mon, Nov 8, 2010
    Title Votes Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: EP Credit
    in EBOM 2009 MRc8: Solid Waste Management—Durable Goods
    90 42 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 28, 2010
    RE: Does hotel type building can achieve this credit?
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    90 91 Jennifer Jewell
    Project Manager/Project Architect
    Design Collective, Inc.
    Wed, Sep 8, 2010
    RE: Zero employees did not commute due to an absence
    in EBOM 2009 SSc4: Alternative Commuting Transportation
    90 269 Dan Ackerstein
    Principal
    Ackerstein Sustainability, LLC
    Thu, Jan 31, 2013
    Beehives on rooftops – ID credit?
    in CI 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    90 137 Maria Porter
    Environmental Certification Engineer
    Skanska Sweden
    Tue, Nov 29, 2011
    leed pilot credits - we need your help!
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    90 54 Brendan Owens, LEED Fellow
    Vice President, LEED Technical Development
    USGBC
    Thu, Sep 9, 2010
    RE: Building Area Method Compliance Path
    in CI 2009 EAc1.1: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Power
    90 84 Dane Sanders
    Principal
    Clanton Associates
    Fri, Aug 6, 2010
    RE: Composite materials
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    90 148 Anne Nicklin
    Executive Director
    Building Materials Reuse Association
    Tue, Sep 28, 2010
    Uploading Phase II ESA report - where?
    in Schools SSp2: Environmental Site Assessment
    90 52 Renee Shirey
    Fri, Sep 17, 2010
    no desigated/assigned/reserved parking for tenant
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    89 121 Kathy Buck
    Senior Project Manager
    Neumann/Smith Architecture
    Wed, Aug 25, 2010
    RE: Local zoning requires no parking
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    89 121 Larry Jones
    Associate
    Atelier Ten
    Tue, Sep 21, 2010
    RE: WEc3 & WEc2 linked?
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    89 97 E H
    Sustainability Architect
    Mon, Apr 15, 2013
    RE: Does hotel type building can achieve this credit?
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    89 91 Allison Beer McKenzie
    Architect, Director of Sustainability
    SHP Leading Design
    Wed, Sep 8, 2010
    RE: VOC Budget - General Question
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    89 368 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Thu, Aug 12, 2010
    right to access checklist
    in EBOM 2009 SSc1: LEED Certified Design and Construction
    89 37 Joanna Yaghooti
    Director of Sustainable Design
    PageSoutherlandPage
    Thu, Aug 12, 2010
    Extensive Green Cleaning Policy
    in Schools 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    89 18 Russell Philstrom
    Fri, Sep 24, 2010
    RE: Guestrooms Excluded?
    in LEED IEQ Space Matrix - Frequently Asked Questions
    89 31 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Thu, Apr 18, 2013
    RE: Including "Dry Gardens" in Design Case
    in NC v2.2 WEc1.1–1.2: Water Efficient Landscaping
    89 81 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Wed, Aug 11, 2010
    RE: "Building Completed 1993 or Later" Tab on Graph
    in EBOM 2009 WEc2: Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    89 51 Paul C
    Mon, Sep 20, 2010
    RE: Automatic for a LEED CS certified building?
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    88 121 Marian Keeler
    Senior Associate
    Thornton Tomasetti / Sustainability
    Tue, Sep 28, 2010
    Smoking area in retail area
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    88 248 GABRIEL MORALES
    Architect
    Grupo Syasa
    Fri, Sep 10, 2010
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    VRP Compliance Calculator Error
    in Healthcare-v2009: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    9 Kevin Chow
    Mechanical Engineer
    Thu, Oct 24, 2013
    "Trying is no longer enough" - When did this change occur?
    in Using the LEED Pilot Credit Library
    28 Adam West
    Project Manager
    Southface Energy Institute
    Mon, Oct 14, 2013
    Removal of Office/Open Office Trash Cans
    in EBOM 2009 MRp2: Solid Waste Management Policy
    23 Heather Riley
    LEED Project Manager
    SAS Institute Inc.
    Fri, Oct 11, 2013
    Universal Design
    in Pilot Credit 34: Design for Adaptability
    10 USGBC IP Account
    Fri, Oct 4, 2013
    Challenges logging into forum
    in Pilot Credit 24: Acoustics
    28 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Wed, Sep 25, 2013
    Industry Scare Tactics
    in Does LEED v4 Ban PVC?
    11 Andrew Ellsworth
    Ellsworth Building Portfolio Services
    Mon, Sep 23, 2013
    Modeling a Commercial Kitchen
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,266 September Silvers
    Senior Mechanical Engineer
    Mussett, Nicholas & Associates
    Mon, Sep 23, 2013
    Well Said - Not All PVCs are Equal - Good Decisions are Required
    in Does LEED v4 Ban PVC?
    11 Louise Schlatter
    Architect
    SSOE Group
    Mon, Sep 23, 2013
    LEEDuser template updated
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    100 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 17, 2013
    Remediating to "residential (unrestricted) use"
    in Healthcare-v2009: Environmental site assessment
    6 Kathy Wislocky
    Project Manager
    Isgenuity LLC
    Thu, Sep 12, 2013
    Core performance path
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,064 Jatuwat Varodompun
    Dr
    Green Building Soultion
    Sat, Sep 7, 2013
    LEED Scorecard Forms
    in Scorecard
    6 Clara Simon
    Sustainability Manager
    University of Washington - Capital Projects Office
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013
    SSc6 - Site Improvement Plan
    in EBOM-v4: Site improvement plan
    1 Levi Jimenez
    Project Manager
    BuildingWise
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013
    BREEAM and LEED
    in BREEAM Equivalency for LEED Projects
    1 Emily Rhee
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013
    Australian equivalent of fuel-efficient vehicles
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    336 Mary Haw
    Senior ESD Consultant
    Cundall
    Wed, Sep 4, 2013
    Minimum IAQ Requirement: Ashrae 62.1 vs. Ashrae 170
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    125 Daniel Joseph
    GLHOMES
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013
    Pressure and flow rates
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    581 MM K
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013
    Flush out in tropical climate region (Climate Zone 1)
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    243 Adi Negara, LEED AP BD+C
    Green Building Facilitator
    PT. Indonesia Environment Consultant
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013
    EAp2 Sample L4 Narrative
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    800 Thomas Newbold
    Wed, Aug 21, 2013
    Plenum Zones
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,064 Rosana Correa
    Director
    Casa do Futuro
    Mon, Aug 19, 2013

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