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    in Homes-v2008: Material-efficient framing
    1 Andres Schwarz
    Principal
    NRG-AR
    Sat, Mar 28, 2015
    Argentina
    RE: Dish detergent
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    140 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sat, Mar 28, 2015
    RE: Do we include Non-certifiable structure in Building gross area?
    in MPR7: Must comply with a minimum building area to site area ratio
    6 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015
    RE: Views for airport
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    399 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015
    RE: Must I continue to audit if 50% is reached during PP
    in EBOM 2009 MRc7: Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables
    72 Blair Seibert
    Principal, Architect
    Verde Concepts, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: Criteria for Space usage type
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    213 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015
    RE: C&S Individual Project within a Campus Registration
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    513 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015
    RE: Integrated System - Space heating and water heating
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,716 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015
    Reopening one path of LEED-CI SSc1.2 in Construction Review
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    658 Susan Di Giulio
    Project Manager
    Zinner Consultants
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: Areas passing at one time but not another
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    657 Lisa Fabula
    Sustainable Project Manager
    KEMA Services
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015
    Parking garage exhaust air rate - LEED CS v3
    in LEED IEQ Space Matrix - Frequently Asked Questions
    32 Daniela Grotenfelt
    Miss
    Larkas& Laine Architects Ltd
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015
    RE: Minimum Ventilation rates for Production area
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    881 sriram tetali
    Manager -Suatainability Services
    M W Group
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015
    India
    Bird Collision Deterrence: Summary of Material Threat Factors
    in Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence
    40 Alysa Hoffmeister
    VP & GM of No America
    Dip-Tech
    Thu, Mar 26, 2015
    United States
    RE: Healthcare MRc4.1: rated hours for lamps or ballasts?
    in Healthcare-v2009: PBT source reduction - mercury in lamps
    14 Megan Shelby
    Skidmore Owings & Merrill
    Thu, Mar 26, 2015
    RE: Duration for online survey
    in EBOM 2009 SSc4: Alternative Commuting Transportation
    278 Jessica Hawley
    Sustainability Consultant
    EBI Consulting
    Thu, Mar 26, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: SSc7.2 roof gravel
    in CS 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    98 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Thu, Nov 6, 2014
    RE: LEED Online Form
    in Healthcare-v4: Low emitting materials
    3 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Thu, Nov 6, 2014
    RE: IEQp1 100% OA AHU and Valance units Comment
    in Schools-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    21 John Burnett
    FAC-LEEDership
    Thu, Nov 6, 2014
    LEED Online Form
    in Healthcare-v4: Indoor air quality assessment
    1 Catherine Blakemore
    Architect, LEED AP BC+D
    HOLT Architects
    Wed, Nov 5, 2014
    RE: Garage entrances to building
    in CS 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    92 Dylan Connelly
    Mechanical Engineer
    Integral Group
    Tue, Nov 4, 2014
    Parking spaces
    in Retail–NC-v2009: Alternative transportation
    8 Megan Bove
    Mon, Nov 3, 2014
    United States
    RE: Carbon Offsets
    in NC-v4: Green power and carbon offsets
    16 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Sun, Nov 2, 2014
    CMU as regional materials
    in Homes-v2008: Environmentally preferable products
    3 Benjie Herrera
    LEED AP BD+C ,Homes,IDC,OM
    Sat, Nov 1, 2014
    IEQc4 uploads
    in Schools IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    34 Shivani Langer
    Project Architect/LEED administrator
    Stantec
    Fri, Oct 31, 2014
    United States
    Using VAV box CFMs as measurement of outside airfow
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.2: IAQ Best Management Practices—Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    25 Sean Blaevoet
    Junior Designer
    Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015
    United States
    Minimum indoor AQ calculator
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    4 OSCAR DE LA RED
    LEED AP BD+C
    PROMEC
    Thu, Oct 30, 2014
    LEED-H Water Use
    in Homes-v2008: Indoor water use
    1 Robyn Vettraino
    President
    verde
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014
    United States
    Documenting full building metrics within LEED Online
    in CI 2009 SSc3.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    83 Jared Silliker
    Owner
    Silliker + Partners
    Tue, Oct 28, 2014
    Project Boundary
    in NC-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    1 Sharon Dearstyne
    Tue, Oct 28, 2014
    United States
    We are providing shared use
    in Schools 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    39 Anne Agan
    Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects
    Tue, Oct 28, 2014
    RE: Medical Supplies
    in EBOM 2009 MRc1: Sustainable Purchasing—Ongoing Consumables
    97 Michelle DiPenti
    Project Coordinator
    HDR, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 27, 2014
    RE: Commissioning Agent for project larger than 50,000sf
    in CS-2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    60 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Sat, Oct 25, 2014
    shaded area
    in Healthcare-v2009: Connection to the natural world - places of respite
    15 YP Pierce
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    NCv4 IEQc9 Acoustics - Hospitality
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Acoustic performance
    1 Tyra Sorensen
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    RE: Use of Microfiber
    in EBOM-v4: Green cleaning policy
    4 Anne White
    Program Coordinator
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Wed, Mar 18, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: ID Credit for Dual Certification
    in Green Globes Q&A
    9 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 4, 2012
    RE: Not much of anything
    in USGBC LEED EBOM policy model 2009
    5 Paulina Marinkovic
    Sustainability Manager LEED AP O&M
    Samba Energy
    Fri, Aug 31, 2012
    RE: Does this mean state owned
    in Georgia Bans LEED Over Certified Wood Credits
    2 Paula Melton
    Managing Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Aug 24, 2012
    RE: Activity Date in CMP
    in GBCI now reviewing CMP hours within 48 hours of entry
    11 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wed, Aug 22, 2012
    RE: Thanks Andrew!
    in LEED Online and how to make it run FAST on Google Chrome
    4 Maura Adams
    Environmental Stewardship Manager
    Wed, Aug 15, 2012
    RE: LEED Certified or Certifiable?
    in LEED Certified or Certifiable? Architects Make the Case for Earning the Plaque
    9 Sandeep Goswami
    COO
    Fountain Head II
    Sat, Aug 11, 2012
    Thanks for the responses so
    in Student looking for LEED users to complete a questionnaire on the IgCC and LEED
    1 Michael Zagorski
    Thu, Aug 2, 2012
    RE: post-event Q&A
    in Video: Top-20 LEED-EBOM Documentation Mistakes—And How to Avoid Them
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 27, 2012
    RE: suggestions
    in Breech of Protocol by GBCI and Project Administrator Changes
    6 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 27, 2012
    RE: Contaminants of Concern & Green Globes
    in Chemical Industry Attacks LEED: We Check the Facts
    12 Hernando Miranda
    Owner
    Soltierra LLC
    Thu, Jul 26, 2012
    RE: The AHPBC
    in The New Anti-LEED?
    2 J Michael Pearson
    Director of Engineering
    Genelco, Inc
    Wed, Jul 25, 2012
    RE: change LPE info
    in Change LPE
    4 Peter Warren
    Principal
    Warren Architecture
    Tue, Jul 24, 2012
    RE: And the winning number is???
    in Tristan's thumbs up rating?
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 23, 2012
    Green Globes Guiding Principles Certification
    in Government Hears Overwhelming Support for LEED
    1 John Chyz
    Commissioning Authority
    The Cross Creek Initiative, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 13, 2012
    RE: LEED EBOM: India
    in assistance for overseas projects
    6 sanjay vashishtha
    Dr.
    Firstgreen Consulting
    Thu, Jul 12, 2012
    First LEED-ND Platinum Certification for NYC at Columbia University - by Erin Weaver
    Wed, Jul 11, 2012
    LEED for Existing Homes
    in LEED for EB- O&M for Homes
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 2, 2012
    LEED “Certifiable” Specifications: 4 Approaches - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Jun 27, 2012
    ACP Process : BREEAM equivalency
    in LEED Now Recognizes Energy Credits from BREEAM
    1 CHRISTOPHE MATHIEU
    Sustainable Design And Construction Consultants, Paris, France
    greenaffair
    Mon, Jun 25, 2012
    RE: What should USGBC do with the extra time to ensure success?
    in LEED 2012 Postponed to 2013, Renamed LEED v4
    28 Larry Sims
    Principal
    Studio4, LLC
    Thu, Jun 14, 2012
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Calculating Green Roof Area
    in Green Roofs
    21 John Piascik
    Landscape Architectural Design
    Barton Partners Architects and Planners
    Thu, Oct 2, 2014
    United States
    RE: Integrated Design...
    in LEED for Healthcare: Lessons Learned
    6 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Tue, Sep 30, 2014
    Only one bus line, but within an extensive public trans system
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    211 Jeff Ross-Bain, PE, LEED Fellow
    Principal
    Ross-Bain Green Building
    Mon, Sep 29, 2014
    United States
    RE: Areas passing at one time but not another
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    657 Lisa Fabula
    Sustainable Project Manager
    KEMA Services
    Fri, Sep 26, 2014
    WEp1 and c1: Indoor Water Use Reduction
    in CI-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    2 BEE Bisagni Environmental Enterprise
    Thu, Sep 25, 2014
    China
    RE: Need for consistent numbering system across all rating systems
    in Poll – Should LEED v4 Credits Have Numbers?
    3 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Thu, Sep 25, 2014
    RE: Ancillary site buildings
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    251 Devani PERERA
    Green Building Consultant
    ELAN
    Thu, Sep 25, 2014
    RE: Location(s) and Wording of Signs
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    96 Ben Stanley
    Sustainability Manager
    YRG sustainability
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014
    RE: Minimum Ventilation rates for Production area
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    881 sriram tetali
    Manager -Suatainability Services
    M W Group
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014
    India
    RE: Sensory Stimulation
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    47 Mark Walsh
    Technical Director
    Perkins+Will
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014
    RE: Water Efficiency Calculation
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    115 Maria Rozatti
    Sustainability Consultant, LEED AP O+M
    Sustentech
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014
    Project boundary issues
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    207 Muneeb Haider
    Architect
    SIDEworks
    Mon, Sep 22, 2014
    Pakistan
    ITE for elementary school with half day students
    in Schools 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    20 April Brown
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Mon, Sep 22, 2014
    United States
    Weighted Calculation Spreadsheet verses LEED 2.2 spreadsheet
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    74 Heidi Sentivan
    Project Manager
    Cueto Kearney Design
    Mon, Sep 22, 2014
    United States
    No Landscape Area
    in NC-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    7 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Mon, Sep 22, 2014
    RE: Categorizing a LEED project
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    658 Adi Negara, LEED AP BD+C
    Green Building Facilitator
    PT. Indonesia Environment Consultant
    Mon, Sep 22, 2014
    Indonesia
    RE: Combined Density
    in NC-v4: Surrounding density and diverse uses
    4 Valentin Grimaud
    Thermal Engineer
    TERAO Green Building Engineering
    Mon, Sep 22, 2014
    Public use vs Building occupant use
    in CS 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    33 Dina Ammar
    Sat, Sep 20, 2014
    Jordan
    RE: appeal on MRc7
    in Review Appeal
    34 jorge calderon
    earth lab
    Sat, Sep 20, 2014
    RE: Cutsheet unavailable
    in EBOM-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    15 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Thu, Sep 18, 2014
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    Process load significantly lower than 25%
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,716 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Thu, Dec 18, 2014
    2014-12-18 03:20 Thailand
    Filter Replacement
    in CS 2009 IEQc3: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    29 Andrew Ellsworth
    Ellsworth Building Portfolio Services
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    2014-12-17 23:13 United States
    ASHRAE 90.1 Chilled Beams Compliance
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    175 Federico Taboada
    Architect
    ECOSTUDIOXV
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    2014-12-17 19:58 United States
    Renewable Energy
    in CI-v4: Renewable energy production
    1 Ulrika Nobelius
    White Arkitekter AB
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    2014-12-17 15:05 Sweden
    How to prove compliance with Mechanical Ventilation
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,716 Praveen Raj
    Energy Analyst
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    2014-12-17 05:53 India
    Submeters to measure AND RECORD energy use
    in CI 2009 EAc3: Measurement and Verification
    133 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    2014-12-17 05:44 Sweden
    Lighting boundary SSc6 in new
    in NC-v4: Light pollution reduction
    28 Ilse Dijkstra-Nugteren
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    2014-12-17 05:18 Netherlands
    Heat gain originating from hooded equipment in energy modeling
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,716 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    2014-12-17 03:16 Thailand
    VAV Fan control for baseline system 6
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,716 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-17 00:37 Thailand
    Is there any Credit Language for this
    in Schools-2009: Social equity within the project team
    2 Vada Kornegay
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-16 17:49 United States
    ETS During Construction
    in NC-v4: Environmental tobacco smoke control
    1 Laurie Winter
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-16 17:17 Canada
    Insulation - option 2 budget calculation method
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    94 CAROLINE PIN
    In charge of environmental certification on a jobsite
    EIFFAGE CONSTRUCTION
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-16 13:20 France
    UV Lacquer
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    483 Susan Coy
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-16 12:26 United States
    When to submit a pilot credit?
    in Using the LEED Pilot Credit Library
    30 Alfred Servodidio
    Project Manager
    JMV Consulting Engineering
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-16 11:06 United States
    Runoff/Gully Water
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    382 Tamary Alvarez
    Sustainability & Commissioning Specialist
    Commissioning Agents Inc.
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-16 09:47 United States
    Supplementary mechanical ventilation in naturally ventilated
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    145 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Mon, Dec 15, 2014
    2014-12-15 23:05 Sweden
    selecting the correct rating system in v.2009
    in What LEED rating system to use?
    9 K KRAFT
    Mon, Dec 15, 2014
    2014-12-15 18:32 United States
    "Single Site" requirement for a Master Site?
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    513 Richard Barlow
    Dir. of Sustainability
    MHAworks
    Mon, Dec 15, 2014
    2014-12-15 12:16 United States
    Custom furniture for LEED project
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    143 Roxanne Button
    Architect & Sustainable Design Consultant, AIA, MRAIC, LEED AP
    Design Synergies Architecture P.C.
    Mon, Dec 15, 2014
    2014-12-15 09:30 United States
    Prefinished wood flooring: alternative to emissions testing?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    336 Susan Clark
    Technical Specialist
    NCC Teknik
    Mon, Dec 15, 2014
    2014-12-15 04:57 Sweden

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