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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Can I lock the credits not to be touched by other team members ?
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    682 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Sun, May 24, 2015
    Core and Shell Scope & Tenant Scope
    in CS 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    36 Usama Eita
    Sat, May 23, 2015
    Saudi Arabia
    RE: Innovation Credit - Health & Safety of Occupants
    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    557 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    RE: Cleaners
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    443 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    RE: LEED ND registration questions
    in PIf2: Project Timeline
    8 Casey Studhalter
    Project Manager, LEED
    USGBC
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    RE: Compliance documents upload
    in ND-v2009: Recycled content in infrastructure
    18 Casey Studhalter
    Project Manager, LEED
    USGBC
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    RE: Ductless air system
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    897 Ruben Porter
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    RE: Transients Again
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    222 Christopher Shaw
    Seeberger Architecture
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    Casework - Combination of New and Salvaged/Repurposed Material
    in CI-2009 MRc1.2: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Interior Nonstructural Elements
    65 Russell Philstrom
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    United States
    RE: Lead Paint
    in Schools SSp2: Environmental Site Assessment
    55 Adam Musante
    KCBA Architects
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    United States
    RE: Shuttle Service
    in CI 2009 SSc3.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    45 Karin Miller
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    RE: Chiller IPLV
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,843 Haojie Wang
    Energy Modeler
    KJWW Engineering
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    RE: CDPH v1.1-2010 Section 3.8.6.1
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    105 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    RE: Help w/ wrangling RECs.
    in CS 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    71 Brian Salazar
    President, LEED AP BD+C
    Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    United States
    RE: Rack location
    in Healthcare-v2009: Alternative transportation - bicycle storage and changing rooms
    3 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Natural Materials
    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - material ingredients
    2 John Mlade
    YR&G
    Tue, Feb 3, 2015
    United States
    RE: No mercury Lights
    in EBOM 2009 MRc4: Sustainable Purchasing—Reduced Mercury in Lamps
    145 Melissa Kelly
    Sustainability Coordinator
    YR&G
    Tue, Feb 3, 2015
    RE: Calculations for Projects outside USA
    in NC-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    4 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Feb 2, 2015
    RE: University Building - Weekend Trips
    in NC-v4: Access to quality transit
    5 PAWAN DAHIWAL
    Mon, Feb 2, 2015
    RE: High Residential Options
    in CS 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    49 Bassam Kadhiyar
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015
    RE: MR Project boundary in multi story building
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    6 Charles Nepps
    Fri, Jan 30, 2015
    RE: Structurally Independent Garage - which credits to consider?
    in Healthcare-v2009: Heat island effect - nonroof
    4 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    RE: Petrol contamination
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    103 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: MR Credit 3 & 4 form
    in NC v2.2 MRc3: Materials Reuse
    43 Susie Spivey-Tilson
    Project Management Sustainability Services
    CBRE
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    Flush Out Requirements
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction IAQ Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    66 Lindsey Walaski
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    United States
    Acceptable thermal conditions in naturally conditioned spaces
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    207 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Thailand
    SS7.2 Design review comment
    in Schools 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    3 Michael Stills
    LEED AP BD+C
    Parkhill, Smith & Cooper
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    Site Management Policy
    in NC-2009: LEED O+M Starter Kit
    1 Kelsey Jensen
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    RE: Is this strictly for non-profit organizations?
    in NC-2009: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers
    12 Asa Posner
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Sustainable Investment Group (SIG)
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    RE: LEED Homes Pilot Credit 29 - Gimme Point
    in Pilot Credit 29: Housing & Jobs Proximity
    22 Gary Hansen
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    United States
    RE: Can we write up this plan and use it as the basis for our EBOM?
    in Pilot Credit 64: Site Improvement Plan
    2 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: SS 7.1-4 LEED Online form issues?
    in EBOM 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Reduction—Nonroof
    54 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: questions
    in Pilot Credit 22: Quality Interior Lighting
    17 Lisa Carter
    Sat, Jan 24, 2015
    RE: documenting Option 3, share energy/water usage
    in CS 2009 EAc5.1: Measurement and Verification—Base Building
    100 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    RE: INSTALLATION NEW ROOF
    in EBOM 2009 MRc3: Sustainable Purchasing—Facility Alterations and Additions
    78 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Timeline for CIR responses from GBCI
    in How long for CIR responses?
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jun 3, 2013
    RE: BD&C Exam Prep
    in Earn CEUs on LEEDuser—With Ease
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jun 12, 2013
    New USGBC searchable database..
    in Key LEED Interpretations
    4 Lewis Hewton
    Cundall
    Thu, Jul 3, 2014
    Partial interior fit-out
    in LEED CI - Is there a minimum tenant rennovation scope?
    10 Mariela Garate Clarke
    Architect
    Green Building Council Chile
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013
    RE: Guardbooth
    in Site Boundary
    69 RIM Architects
    RIM Architects
    Mon, Nov 4, 2013
    LEED-CI Silver Office Documentation Available on LEEDuser - by Tristan Roberts
    Tue, Mar 26, 2013
    RE: Stairs
    in Does underground parking count for certification fees?
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 22, 2013
    RE: LEED GA and LEED AP exam changes
    in Do you have questions for GBCI?
    44 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 21, 2013
    RE: LEED AP v4
    in LEED NC 2009 (v3) Professional Credentials
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Mar 18, 2013
    asbestos roof
    in Asbestos Roof
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Mar 11, 2013
    Advice for writing a LEED EB:O+M consulting contract - by Lyle Axelarris
    Thu, Mar 7, 2013
    RE: LEED for Retail - MRp1 Waste Stream Study
    in upcoming LEED for Retail
    11 Caroline Hedin
    Architect
    studio point253
    Fri, Feb 22, 2013
    RE: use of LEED logo
    in LEED Logo usage on a video
    4 Antonio Rodriguez
    LEED AP BD+C
    SYASA - México
    Thu, Feb 21, 2013
    RE: Major Tenant Build-out During Certification Period
    in Major Tenant Build-out During Certification Period
    4 Jennifer Knocha
    Assistant
    Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
    Thu, Feb 14, 2013
    LEED-EBOM stress test
    in Where Do I Start?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Feb 1, 2013
    RE: Elevators - Energy Consumption - Sources
    in Attaining credits through advanced elevator technology?
    6 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Fri, Feb 1, 2013
    RE: Precertification and site/building area change
    in LEED-CS v3 Precertification
    37 Sandro Tubertini
    ChapmanBDSP
    Thu, Jan 31, 2013
    RE: Best energy modeling software
    in What is the best strategy/software to model District Cooling for LEED
    5 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Tue, Jan 29, 2013
    RE: Submitting Credits at Very End?
    in Design Submital - 1batch only ?
    15 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Mon, Jan 28, 2013
    RE: LEED CI new tenant new registration required?
    in LEED-CI and Building Owner
    14 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jan 21, 2013
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Intermodal Center FTE Calculation
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    255 Michelle Robinson
    Re:Vision Architecture
    Fri, Nov 21, 2014
    Daily Occupancy for Cinema
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    225 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Fri, Nov 21, 2014
    Stability and predictablility is needed...
    in USGBC: Restore Confidence in v4 in Four Simple Steps
    19 Robert Andrews
    Partner - Sustainability Department Manager
    AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Fri, Nov 21, 2014
    RE: High Residential Options
    in CS 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    49 Bassam Kadhiyar
    Thu, Nov 20, 2014
    RE: Minimum exhaust Rates
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    136 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Thu, Nov 20, 2014
    RE: Reactivating construction with ESC Plan, no ESC Plan before
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    254 Shafqat Hussain
    Thu, Nov 20, 2014
    NC-v4 LTc2: Sensitive land protection/Wetland Protection
    in NC-v4: Sensitive land protection
    3 Robyn Dowsey
    Owner
    Eco-Build Strategies LLC
    Thu, Nov 20, 2014
    United States
    Stability and predictablility is needed...
    in USGBC: Restore Confidence in v4 in Four Simple Steps
    19 Robert Andrews
    Partner - Sustainability Department Manager
    AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Thu, Nov 20, 2014
    Tower’s Parking Located in a Non-LEED Podium’s Basement Parking
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    258 Eliel Pugaoan
    Thu, Nov 20, 2014
    Stability and predictablility is needed...
    in USGBC: Restore Confidence in v4 in Four Simple Steps
    19 Robert Andrews
    Partner - Sustainability Department Manager
    AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014
    Stability and predictablility is needed...
    in USGBC: Restore Confidence in v4 in Four Simple Steps
    19 Robert Andrews
    Partner - Sustainability Department Manager
    AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014
    Off site signage for Low-Emitting- Hybrid parking spaces
    in Schools 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    45 Vada Kornegay
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014
    United States
    Stability and predictablility is needed...
    in USGBC: Restore Confidence in v4 in Four Simple Steps
    19 Robert Andrews
    Partner - Sustainability Department Manager
    AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014
    Stability and predictablility is needed...
    in USGBC: Restore Confidence in v4 in Four Simple Steps
    19 Robert Andrews
    Partner - Sustainability Department Manager
    AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014
    Stability and predictablility is needed...
    in USGBC: Restore Confidence in v4 in Four Simple Steps
    19 Robert Andrews
    Partner - Sustainability Department Manager
    AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014
    Stability and predictablility is needed...
    in USGBC: Restore Confidence in v4 in Four Simple Steps
    19 Robert Andrews
    Partner - Sustainability Department Manager
    AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014
    RE: Exemplary Performance ID point for 40% reduction.
    in Schools 2009 WEc4: Process Water Use Reduction
    60 Daniel Hersh
    Architect
    Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014
    United States
    Stability and predictablility is needed...
    in USGBC: Restore Confidence in v4 in Four Simple Steps
    19 Robert Andrews
    Partner - Sustainability Department Manager
    AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014
    ACP and Regional Priority
    in NC 2009 RPc1: Regional Priority
    40 Joanna Yaghooti
    Director of Sustainable Design
    PageSoutherlandPage
    Tue, Nov 18, 2014
    United States
    RE: EAp1-1 Commissioning Report Upload Location Missing
    in CI-2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    69 Sam Stoltze
    Sustainability Consultant
    Chapman Construction / Design
    Sun, Nov 16, 2014
    United States
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    Alternative Compliance Path to achieve Acoustic Credit
    in NC-v4: Acoustic performance
    5 Wioletta Simlat
    Wed, Mar 4, 2015
    2015-03-04 06:24 Germany
    short term bicycle storage
    in NC-v4: Bicycle facilities
    9 sue bryant
    Architectural Energy Corporation
    Tue, Mar 3, 2015
    2015-03-03 20:28 United States
    Floor Coating that Exceeds VOC Limit
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    81 Amanda Atkinson
    Tue, Mar 3, 2015
    2015-03-03 15:15 United States
    Shuttle Service
    in CI 2009 SSc3.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    45 Kalyan Nishtala
    Tue, Mar 3, 2015
    2015-03-03 15:03 United States
    MPR 6 & USGBC Energy and Water Data Release form
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    38 Katie Peterschmidt
    Associate Director, CORE Steward
    Cooper Carry
    Tue, Mar 3, 2015
    2015-03-03 14:12 United States
    Auditorium seating
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    105 CAROLINE PIN
    In charge of environmental certification on a jobsite
    EIFFAGE CONSTRUCTION
    Tue, Mar 3, 2015
    2015-03-03 11:50 France
    EAp2:Table 1.4 based on ASHRAE 90.1-2010
    in CS v4: Minimum energy performance
    2 CHRISTOPHE MATHIEU
    Sustainable Design And Construction Consultants, Paris, France
    greenaffair
    Tue, Mar 3, 2015
    2015-03-03 11:12 France
    Site Boundary
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    195 Anne Harney
    Senior Associate
    Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners
    Tue, Mar 3, 2015
    2015-03-03 10:47 United States
    Fabricator's location
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    298 Mahsa Nicknam
    Product Manager
    SmartBIM
    Tue, Mar 3, 2015
    2015-03-03 10:30 United States
    Plant Design for Proposed bldg
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,843 Julian Park
    Tue, Mar 3, 2015
    2015-03-03 09:48 United States
    Leed AP Exam
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    186 brazer bozlak
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015
    2015-03-02 16:28 United States
    Modeling of CHP
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    933 Marcio Orofino
    ENE Consultores
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015
    2015-03-02 15:55 Brazil
    High-Volume vs. Convenience Copier 5,000 pages - CIR 872 Canada
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    341 Lindsey Kindrat
    Executive Director, Principal Sustainable Building Specialist
    3 Point Environmental Inc.
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015
    2015-03-02 13:46 Canada
    Is C&S allowed if you are eligible for NC?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    678 Isolda Strom
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015
    2015-03-02 12:38 Netherlands
    LEED boundary for a railway station
    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    119 Juan Sergio Simborio
    Sat, Feb 28, 2015
    2015-02-28 10:12 Qatar
    Garage Negative Pressure Requirement
    in NC v2.2 EQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    94 Peter Dishno
    Commissioning Engineer
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 18:02 United States
    Commissioning Documents
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    288 Heather Anderson
    Robinson Hill Architecture
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 16:12 United States
    Baseline Exterior Lighting Power Allowance
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,166 Cory Duggin
    Energy Engineer
    TLC Engineering for Architecture
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 15:52 United States
    Pilot Credit 87: Verified C&D Recycling Rates
    in NC-2009: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates
    1 Sara Greenwood
    Green Building Consultant
    Cadmus Group
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 15:37 United States
    Information on denied credits?
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    186 Civil Engineer
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 13:43 United States

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