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Looking for help on a specific LEED credit? Browse for it here, or review all of the credits and prerequisites in these LEED rating systems:

  • LEED-NC: New Construction v2.2,
  • LEED-NC: New Construction v2009,
  • LEED-CS: Core and Shell v2009,
  • LEED-CI: Commercial Interiors v2009,
  • LEED-Schools v2009,
  • LEED-EBOM: Existing Buildings Operation and Maintenance v2009.
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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    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: Occupant Comfort Survey - draft from LEED User
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.1: Occupant Comfort—Occupant Survey
    55 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    BD+C Major Renovation or O+M Existing Buildings
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    632 Catherine Verdier
    Le Sommer Environnement
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    France
    RE: Trying to locate 2yr, 24hr rainfall info for Central America
    in Locating 2-year, 24-hour rainfall intensity values for EBOM SSc6
    8 Meghan Ward
    Architectural Technologist, Sustainable Design Consultant
    Aurecon South Africa
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    LEED documents
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    473 Olga Kim
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Mirror Mastic
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    146 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: What category is [some random adhesive?]
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    417 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: LEED 2.2 Registered Projects
    in LEED 2.2 Registered Projects (with the eventual adoption of LEED v4)
    4 emily reese
    Sustainability Consultant / Facility Planner
    Jacobs Engineering
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Petrol contamination
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    103 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Music Classroom
    in Schools 2009 IEQp3: Minimum Acoustical Performance
    138 Daniel Hicks
    Daniel Hicks, E.I., INCE
    Geiler & Associates
    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
    RE: Panelized construction as ID in NC
    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    538 Glen Phillips
    Director of Sustainable Education
    GreenCE, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Exterior Lighting - shielded Up lights with Trees or structures
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    566 Glenn Heinmiller
    IALD, LC, LEED AP, Principal
    Lam Partners
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Compostable Trash Can Liners
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    137 Garrett Gerst
    Marketing Leader
    Veritiv
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: ASHREA audit though newly renovated
    in EBOM 2009 EAp1: Energy Efficiency Best Management Practices—Planning, Documentation and Opportunity Assessment
    102 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Not enclosed meeting room
    in NC 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    240 CT G
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    Sound Transmission
    in NC-v4: Acoustic performance
    1 Mark Zoeteman
    Sr. Mech Engr
    FTC&H, Inc.
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: Calculating Waste
    in NC 2009 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    64 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    international projects update
    in Homes-v4: Must be in a permanent location on existing land
    1 Pablo Fortunato Suarez
    Principal ESD Consultant/Architect
    GreenArc Sustainable Building & Architecture
    Wed, Aug 27, 2014
    RE: Basic Services
    in Healthcare-v2009: Development density and community connectivity
    4 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Wed, Aug 27, 2014
    Exemplary Performance for Heat Island Reduction
    in Homes-v4: Heat island reduction
    1 Nelca Roco
    Architect
    Thorn Lighting
    Sat, Aug 23, 2014
    Building Energy Metering - Third Party Source
    in CS v4: Building-level energy metering
    1 Sean Hogan
    LEED AP
    RKD Architects
    Fri, Aug 22, 2014
    Average Full Flush and Low Flush
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Water use reduction
    3 Geraldine Assmus
    Sustentator
    Thu, Aug 21, 2014
    EAp1
    in NC v2.2 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    46 Donald Green
    Project Manager
    Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Wed, Aug 20, 2014
    RE: ID credit for low-mercury lamps
    in EBOM 2009 MRc4: Sustainable Purchasing—Reduced Mercury in Lamps
    143 Robin Dukelow, LEED AP BD+C
    Sustainability Consultant; Project Manager
    Henderson Engineers, Inc.; Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Tue, Aug 19, 2014
    RE: local installation in DC
    in CI 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views for Seated Spaces
    74 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Mon, Aug 18, 2014
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 9 Episode 18 - KUWTK 9x18
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    1 Jo Ann Wadler
    Sun, Aug 17, 2014
    Reporting and metering frequency
    in NC-v4: Water metering
    1 Lorne Mlotek
    LEED AP BD+C
    LeadingGREEN
    Fri, Aug 15, 2014
    RE: Large park
    in ND-v2009: Housing and jobs proximity
    12 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Fri, Aug 15, 2014
    Certified IPM Service
    in EBOM-v4: Integrated pest management
    1 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Fri, Aug 15, 2014
    Option 2 - one time fee or annually
    in NC-v4: Site development - protect or restore habitat
    1 Lorne Mlotek
    LEED AP BD+C
    LeadingGREEN
    Thu, Aug 14, 2014
    RE: LEED EBOM application day
    in MPR5: Must comply with minimum occupancy rates
    2 David Eldridge
    Project Manager
    Grumman/Butkus Associates
    Wed, Aug 13, 2014
    RE: Dimension of entryway systems
    in EBOM-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    2 Scott Adams
    Principal
    Sustainable Integration LLC
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    RE: Retail tenant in a mall
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Development density and community connectivity
    4 Scott Adams
    Principal
    Sustainable Integration LLC
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    RE: SSc6 - Site Improvement Plan
    in EBOM-v4: Site improvement plan
    2 Levi Jimenez
    Project Manager
    BuildingWise
    Mon, Aug 11, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    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
    RE: LEED Specifications
    in Top Six Things LEED Consultants Do Wrong in Specs
    5 Hernando Miranda
    Owner
    Soltierra LLC
    Wed, Jun 20, 2012
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Multiple buildings with common basement
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    504 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Thu, Aug 14, 2014
    RE: Classification of handsinks
    in CS 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    61 Heather Holdridge
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Lake/Flato Architects
    Thu, Aug 14, 2014
    RE: Mechanical Ventilation using local code
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    846 MOHD HAFIZI MOHAMAD
    Thu, Aug 14, 2014
    Malaysia
    Water Efficiency Calculation
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    113 SENGATHIR SELVAN KARUNANITHI
    INNOWELL ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL PVT LTD
    Wed, Aug 13, 2014
    Bangladesh
    RE: EA Credit 4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    108 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Aug 13, 2014
    RE: open space not within LEED project boundary
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    170 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Wed, Aug 13, 2014
    BD+C Major Renovation or O+M Existing Buildings
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    632 Catherine Verdier
    Le Sommer Environnement
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    France
    RE: revising LEED boundary on old project (LEED NCv2.2)
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    205 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    200 rides per day required for shuttle buses?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    209 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    China
    RE: Floor slab on grade
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,608 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    RE: revising LEED boundary on old project (LEED NCv2.2)
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    205 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Fri, Aug 8, 2014
    RE: revising LEED boundary on old project (LEED NCv2.2)
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    205 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Fri, Aug 8, 2014
    RE: Air Quality Testing after completion
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    264 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Fri, Aug 8, 2014
    RE: Air Quality Testing after completion
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    264 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Thu, Aug 7, 2014
    Defering Design credit
    in Defer Credits
    4 Stella Stella
    Thu, Aug 7, 2014
    DES systems
    in CS v4: Optimize energy performance
    1 MM K
    Thu, Aug 7, 2014
    District heating cooling plant off-site
    in CS v4: Renewable energy production
    1 MM K
    Thu, Aug 7, 2014
    No cooling towers
    in CS v4: Cooling tower water use
    1 MM K
    Thu, Aug 7, 2014
    Site-wide measures
    in CS v4: Rainwater management
    1 MM K
    Thu, Aug 7, 2014
    Balconies
    in CS v4: Open space
    1 MM K
    Thu, Aug 7, 2014
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    Modeling Laboratory Systems
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,133 Victoria Watson
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 18:15 United States
    LEED Online Not Displaying Multiple Credit Assignees
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    159 Peter Warren
    Principal
    Warren Architecture
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 16:30 United States
    Project without exterior lighting
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    566 María Fernanda Aguirre
    Architect LEED AP BD + C - LEED AP ID + C
    Renato Miranda and Associates
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 15:26 Chile
    The missing point
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    99 Angelica Ospina Alvarado
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 14:40 Colombia
    Commissioning of renewable energy systems
    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    261 Margaret Manuel
    Tetra Tech
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 11:50 United States
    BAS - whole building
    in EBOM 2009 EAc3.1: Performance Measurement—Building Automation System
    35 Melissa Schifman
    Principal
    Sustology
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 11:47 United States
    Exception b. of G3.1.1 and setpoint temperature
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,608 Francesco Passerini
    engineer
    leedme.it
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 10:27 Italy
    LEED: Homes eligibility?
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    138 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-21 23:01 United States
    Making the Shipping Company Take the Packaging?
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    88 Kimberlee Dobbins
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    2014-10-21 14:21 United States
    LEED lease agreement for CS
    in CS 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventlilation
    10 Alfonzo Collins
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    2014-10-21 10:43 United States
    WEc3 denial
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    113 Therese Thompson
    Project Manager
    Cordogan, Clark & Associates
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    2014-10-21 10:17 United States
    Exception for display lighting
    in EBOM 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    106 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    2014-10-21 10:11 Greece
    Well Building Standard
    in CI 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    141 Susan Coy
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 13:23 United States
    EBOM & the future
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    36 Shevaun Barrie
    Inland Technical Services
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 13:09 Canada
    occupied area
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    383 ilkyaz ceren güçlü
    civil engineer
    SPC Solutions
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 12:27 Russian Federation
    LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Chinese
    in China
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 11:33 China
    Editing Form Values
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    383 Ryan Kurlbaum
    CHARLES ROSE ARCHITECTS
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 11:25 United States
    LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Portuguese
    in Portugal
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 11:22 Portugal
    LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Portuguese
    in Brazil
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 11:22 Brazil
    Summary marked "N"
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    203 Ryan Kurlbaum
    CHARLES ROSE ARCHITECTS
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 10:54 United States

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