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    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: ID credit for saltwater pool?
    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    520 Kath Williams
    LEED Fellow 2011, Principal
    Kath Williams + Associates
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    Flow Fixture Data table
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    202 Jaclyn Noga
    Environmental Intern
    EHRA, LLC
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    RE: are mixed use projects allowed?
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    88 Nadia Ayala
    Architect / LEED AP BD+C
    KILTIK Consultoría
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    Should I include all services and all residential developments?
    in How to Document SSc2 with Map Data
    35 Jaclyn Noga
    Environmental Intern
    EHRA, LLC
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    RE: Is there an Innovation Opportunity?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    335 Ellen Mitchell
    Sustainable Design Manager
    HKS, Inc.
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    RE: Lighting power for apartments
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,248 Ritwik Kakati
    Dagher Engineering, PLLC
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    RE: Clinker
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    420 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C / Construction Specifier
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    RE: Pulverized gypsum as landfill cap?
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    323 Craig Mahoney
    Waste Services Project Manager
    Guard Contracting Corporation
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    RE: EP - Measure 4
    in CI 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views for Seated Spaces
    70 Dennis Park
    Perkins + Will
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    Library and Laboratory Weighting Factors
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.2: Green Cleaning—Custodial Effectiveness Assessment
    64 Kara Edmonson
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    RE: How to calculate effective operable area for top hung window
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    741 Nadia Ayala
    Architect / LEED AP BD+C
    KILTIK Consultoría
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    RE: FSC High Pressure Laminates
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    353 Nadia Ayala
    Architect / LEED AP BD+C
    KILTIK Consultoría
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    Greenguard certification?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    298 E H
    Sustainability Architect
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    Over-kill duct insulation
    in NC v2.2 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    293 Steve Tucker
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    L-6 Project Sections/ Elevations
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    1 Jaclyn Noga
    Environmental Intern
    EHRA, LLC
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    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
    Vegetated area requirement
    in CS 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    92 John Burnett
    FAC-LEEDership
    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
    Residential Villa 4500 sqm (Does it meet MPR for LEED NC)
    in MPR4: Must comply with minimum floor area requirements
    9 Mohd Imran Shaikh
    Sun, Mar 9, 2014
    RE: 0% Achievement
    in NC v2.2 EQc2: Increased Ventilation
    18 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 7, 2014
    RE: IEQcr6.1 for hotel
    in NC v2.2 EQc6.1: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    55 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 7, 2014
    RE: salvaged floor - value question
    in NC v2.2 MRc3: Materials Reuse
    37 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 7, 2014
    RE: Space designation
    in Schools 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    8 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Fri, Mar 7, 2014
    RE: Eucalyptus - Rapidly Renewable
    in CI 2009 MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
    15 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 7, 2014
    RE: No cooling tower
    in NC-v4: Cooling tower water use
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 7, 2014
    RE: Water feature
    in CS 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    51 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 7, 2014
    RE: CAPP Plan
    in NC-v4: Construction activity pollution prevention
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 7, 2014
    RE: EAC1.5
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Optimize energy performance - building envelope
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 7, 2014
    RE: Light Power Density Calculated Method
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Minimum energy performance
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 7, 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
    Uploading Phase II ESA report - where?
    in Schools SSp2: Environmental Site Assessment
    90 52 Renee Shirey
    Fri, Sep 17, 2010
    Recertification Fees
    in LEED for Existing Buildings Recertification Is Here
    90 9 Lauren Fakhoury
    Research Assistant
    Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Thu, Jan 3, 2013
    RE: Does hotel type building can achieve this credit?
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    89 88 Allison Beer McKenzie
    Architect, Director of Sustainability
    SHP Leading Design
    Wed, Sep 8, 2010
    no desigated/assigned/reserved parking for tenant
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    89 111 Kathy Buck
    Senior Project Manager
    Neumann/Smith Architecture
    Wed, Aug 25, 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
    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
    RE: WEc3 & WEc2 linked?
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    89 95 E H
    Sustainability Architect
    Mon, Apr 15, 2013
    Extensive Green Cleaning Policy
    in Schools 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    89 18 Russell Philstrom
    Fri, Sep 24, 2010
    RE: Conductivity Meter and Auto Controls/No chemical management
    in EBOM 2009 WEc4: Cooling Tower Water Management
    89 61 Andrea Traber
    Director, Sustainable Buildings and Operations
    KEMA
    Mon, Aug 23, 2010
    RE: Guestrooms Excluded?
    in LEED IEQ Space Matrix - Frequently Asked Questions
    89 31 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Thu, Apr 18, 2013
    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
    Does hotel type building can achieve this credit?
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    88 88 Mike Liu
    ATKINS
    Sun, Aug 15, 2010
    RE: Local zoning requires no parking
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    88 111 Larry Jones
    Associate
    Atelier Ten
    Tue, Sep 21, 2010
    RE: No Green Products available
    in EBOM 2009 SSc3: Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management Plan
    88 71 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Aug 20, 2010
    RE: Tenant Finish-Out Insulation
    in CS 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    88 252 Heather Holdridge
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Lake/Flato Architects
    Fri, Sep 7, 2012
    Smoking area in retail area
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    88 245 GABRIEL MORALES
    Architect
    Grupo Syasa
    Fri, Sep 10, 2010
    RE: Reclaimed Restaurant Tables
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    88 126 Josh Jacobs
    Technical Information & Public Affairs Manager
    UL Environment
    Wed, Dec 29, 2010
    EP Credit
    in EBOM 2009 MRc8: Solid Waste Management—Durable Goods
    88 41 Walker Burttschell
    APM
    Hines
    Mon, Sep 27, 2010
    RE: existing green cleaning policy
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp3: Green Cleaning Policy
    88 71 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Aug 20, 2010
    RE: MPR 2 Incomplete spaces
    in LEED Minimum Program Requirements
    88 440 Catherine Blakemore
    Architect, LEED AP BC+D
    HOLT Architects
    Wed, Apr 10, 2013
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    How strictly is the "accessible location" interpreted?
    in NC 2009 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    54 Christina Nguyen
    Wed, Feb 19, 2014
    Included Furniture
    in Schools IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Furniture and Furnishings
    13 Johannes Gellrich
    Wed, Feb 19, 2014
    Surrounding Density and Diverse Uses
    in Got Technical Questions on LEED v4?
    54 Melissa Wrolstad
    Senior Project Manager
    CodeGreen Solutions
    Tue, Feb 18, 2014
    Events Venue
    in EBOM 2009 MRc5: Sustainable Purchasing—Food
    80 LEED member
    Mon, Feb 17, 2014
    Mech. exhaust fan required for a naturally ventilated project?
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    129 Ronald Dean
    Sumac Inc.
    Mon, Feb 17, 2014
    Tough to do with natural ventilation
    in NC 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventilation
    79 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Mon, Feb 17, 2014
    MPR for LEED 2009 ND
    in PIf1: Development Program and Site Type
    22 Jin Yang
    LEED GA
    ECADI
    Sat, Feb 15, 2014
    Submittals - requirements
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    22 Lily Li
    Fri, Feb 14, 2014
    Use Ceiling Fans to Increase Ez
    in NC v2.2 EQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    56 Ken Pilcher
    Fri, Feb 14, 2014
    controllability of system
    in CI 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    28 Yaser Al Sharif
    Thu, Feb 13, 2014
    Renovate an old school
    in Schools-EBOM-v4: Must comply with project size requirements
    1 Davide Filippi
    Wed, Feb 12, 2014
    Exterior covered spaces
    in Schools 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    20 Esmeralda Ward
    osborn architects
    Tue, Feb 11, 2014
    SS7.2 Heat Island Effect Roof - Material with no SRI
    in CS 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    94 Carine Guenand
    Assistant Design Manager
    Skanska Construction UK
    Mon, Feb 10, 2014
    How does the RP credit works?
    in NC 2009 RPc1: Regional Priority
    39 Saud Abdul Rasheed
    LEED Engineer
    Al Yamama Company
    Mon, Feb 10, 2014
    What certifications are accepted by USGBC for v4 low-emissions?
    in CI-v4: Low emitting materials
    1 Randy Carter
    Manager, Global Codes & Approvals
    Steelcase Inc.
    Thu, Feb 6, 2014
    Which parking spaces should be counted?
    in CI-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 MM K
    Thu, Feb 6, 2014
    SSp1 fo contiguous sites
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    490 Donald Green
    Project Manager
    Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Mon, Feb 3, 2014
    LEEDuser waste audit template updated
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    78 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Feb 3, 2014
    Option 3
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,248 Alicia Silva
    CEO
    Revitaliza consultores
    Sat, Feb 1, 2014
    LEED-CS MPR-6 compliance when tenant(s) control meters
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    35 Vince Briones
    Sustainable Design Manager
    Atkins
    Sat, Feb 1, 2014

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