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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    IEQp1 online form - potential error
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    167 Scott McMillan
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    Future development
    in NC-v4: Open space
    9 Mike Fortier
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: High Rise Residential with mixed mode ventilation
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    51 Nancy Henderson
    Managing Partner
    ArchEcology
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    LEED project with associated Parking Deck
    in NC-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    12 Ashley Love
    LEED AP BD+C
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    Vertically attached - vertical expansion
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    209 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED AP BD+C
    Perkins+Will
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: CHP electricity not used by the building
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,698 Santiago Velez
    ASHRAE BEMP HBDP - LEED GA, Building Performance Consultant
    Zonda Engineering
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    EQc5 & Fume Hoods
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    444 Laura Eubanks
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Moseley Architects
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    RE: Valuation of Recycled Content
    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    4 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Enhanced and Fundamental Comissioning
    in NC-v4: Enhanced commissioning
    32 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Combination Shower/Bathtub in Dormitory
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    252 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Green Product- FSC
    in EBOM-v4: Green cleaning - products and materials
    8 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Structure and enclosure
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    66 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    RE: Third-Party Energy Reporting Innovation Credit
    in CI 2009 EAc3: Measurement and Verification
    171 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED AP BD+C
    Perkins+Will
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Natural ventilated stairs and lift shaft
    in NC-2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    304 LEEDme STRATEGIE SRL
    STRATEGIE SRL
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Planned/future Photovolatic installation
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    298 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Option 1 - What to include in Site Area calc
    in CS 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    49 Saurabh Shrestha
    HKS Inc.
    Wed, Apr 13, 2016
    RE: Acoustic performance
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Acoustic performance
    2 Daniel Hicks
    Daniel Hicks, E.I., INCE
    Geiler & Associates
    Wed, Apr 13, 2016
    RE: What constitutes a "Master Plan"?
    in Schools 2009 SSc9: Site Master Plan
    22 John Stouffer
    Mon, Apr 11, 2016
    RE: Transportation Planning Handbook NCv4 LTc7
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    2 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Mon, Apr 11, 2016
    RE: Tenant metering
    in CS v4: Advanced energy metering
    2 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Apr 19, 2016
    RE: How to earn AP with specialty?
    in Healthcare-v4: LEED Accredited Professional
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: LEED Online Form
    in Healthcare-v4: Indoor air quality assessment
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: ANY PRESENTATIONS DONE FOR NEW LEED FOR HOSPITALITY?
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: Sustainable Site Prereq 2.1 Site Assessment NCv4 SSc1
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Site assessment
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: Data Center Energy Calculator Tool
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Optimize energy performance
    6 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: Data Center location restrictions
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Surrounding density and diverse uses
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: Regional Priority credits worldwide
    in NC-v4: Regional priority
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Apr 8, 2016
    RE: Separating waste - reuse at household
    in CI 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    75 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP® BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC, a LEED® Proven Provider™
    Thu, Apr 7, 2016
    RE: What is a wetland or naturally designed pond per credit language
    in CS 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    53 Saurabh Shrestha
    HKS Inc.
    Wed, Apr 6, 2016
    FTE - Healthcare buildings
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    2 VICTOR MORENO
    TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
    ISOLANA AHORRO ENERGÉTICO SL
    Wed, Apr 6, 2016
    Spain
    RE: CI - ID Credit for Cooling Tower Collection
    in CI 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    166 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA
    Tue, Apr 5, 2016
    RE: Controls for Open Plan Work Stations
    in CI 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    36 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Mon, Apr 4, 2016
    LEED Lab
    in EBOM-2009: LEED Lab
    1 Stacey White
    Principal
    mode associates
    Sat, Apr 2, 2016
    United States
    RE: Green Educational Program Format
    in CS 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    64 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Fri, Apr 1, 2016
    RE: Alternative Compliance Path Pilot Credit
    in NC-v4: Innovation
    15 Batya Metalitz
    Technical Director, LEED
    USGBC
    Fri, Apr 1, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Substantial Completion......?
    in LEED NC 2009 - Final Certification
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Dec 14, 2012
    RE: leed online v3 user interface
    in Great Tips on LEED Online v3
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Dec 14, 2012
    Projects boundaries in campus and LED site lights with OC sensor
    in LEED project boundary in campus setting
    6 CATALINA CABALLERO
    SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR
    JALRW Eng. Group Inc.
    Tue, Dec 11, 2012
    Helpful
    in A Guide to the Key LEED-CI Addenda
    1 Geoffrey Eddy
    PE, LEED AP
    Arup
    Wed, Jul 2, 2014
    Project Information (PI) forums
    in Project Information form
    45 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Nov 21, 2012
    Visit LEEDuser at Greenbuild 2012 - by Tristan Roberts
    Tue, Oct 23, 2012
    LEEDuser Adds Healthcare, ND, Retail Forums and Resources - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Oct 17, 2012
    How Well Do You Know LEED v4? Answers to the LEEDuser Quiz - by Tristan Roberts
    Fri, Oct 26, 2012
    RE: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
    in LEED 2012 - 4th Public Comment and Ballot Forum
    191 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 15, 2012
    Using Specs effectively during construction
    in Did you remember to...? List of things it's best not to forget on a project
    1 Peggy White
    White + GreenSpec
    Mon, Sep 24, 2012
    RE: EA PR 2
    in LEEDuser’s Guide to Key Changes in LEED-EBOM 2012 – 3rd Public Comment
    40 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Sep 24, 2012
    FSC vs SFI
    in Does LEED Kill Jobs? Lobbyist Claims Don't Hold Up
    11 Alexander Morris
    Associate
    Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC
    Mon, Sep 24, 2012
    Governmental Cutting of Corners
    in "Wood Wars" Continue, with Military Losing
    1 Kaida Smith
    Thu, Sep 20, 2012
    RE: webcast recording
    in Video: Behind the Scenes on LEED 2012: New Developments in Credit Documentation, Reference Guides, and More
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Sep 6, 2012
    RE: Change of project
    in Registration
    7 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Sep 5, 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
    Senior 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
    HGA
    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
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    MERV 13 filter installing inside air recirculation returns
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.4: IAQ Best Management Practices—Reduce Particulates in Air Distribution
    34 Zhantong Chen
    Thu, Mar 10, 2016
    China
    RE: Interesting Pilot Credit
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    129 Mandy Bordeaux
    Architect
    MSKTD
    Thu, Mar 10, 2016
    RE: Curtain Wall
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    109 Janice Rogers
    Design Manager/LEED Manager
    Kirlin Builders
    Wed, Mar 9, 2016
    New Performance Periods Table upload
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    5 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Tue, Mar 8, 2016
    Option 1 - ASE and the 10% LEED requirement
    in CI-v4: Daylight
    1 Alain Brierley
    Mr
    WSP Canada Inc.
    Tue, Mar 8, 2016
    Canada
    RE: CHP electricity not used by the building
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,698 Santiago Velez
    ASHRAE BEMP HBDP - LEED GA, Building Performance Consultant
    Zonda Engineering
    Mon, Mar 7, 2016
    RE: Form v05 & ANSI table C1 vs. v2009 Acoustic Calculator
    in Schools 2009 IEQp3: Minimum Acoustical Performance
    143 Daniel Hicks
    Daniel Hicks, E.I., INCE
    Geiler & Associates
    Mon, Mar 7, 2016
    INc2 LEED AP - Does LEED Fellow Count?
    in CI-v4: LEED Accredited Professional
    3 Mark Gelfo
    DIrector of Sustainability
    TLC Engineering for Archiecture
    Mon, Mar 7, 2016
    RE: Discharging the rainwater to municipality facilities.
    in CS 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    46 Markus Henning
    M.Eng Facility Management LEED AP BD+C | LEED GCP
    Alpha Immobilien Consulting GmbH
    Sun, Mar 6, 2016
    RE: Multiple Street Frontages
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    131 Jeffrey Binsley
    Designer
    Glave and Holmes Architecture
    Fri, Mar 4, 2016
    RE: Interesting Pilot Credit
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    129 Mandy Bordeaux
    Architect
    MSKTD
    Fri, Mar 4, 2016
    RE: Epoxy floor coatings
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    110 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Thu, Mar 3, 2016
    Submitting for a CIR or LEED Interpretation
    in USGBC's New LEED Interpretations Similar to Old Precedent-Setting CIRs
    30 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Thu, Mar 3, 2016
    United States
    ACG Commissioning Certification
    in A Guide to Commissioning and Auditing Credentials
    1 Mike Southworth
    Senior Mechanical Engineer, Commissioning Authority
    GHD
    Thu, Mar 3, 2016
    United States
    WEc1 - We don't really have a "SITE" outside of the building env
    in Retail–NC-v2009: Water efficient landscaping
    1 Lou Niles
    Sustainability / LEED Specialist
    LPA, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 3, 2016
    United States
    Existing MultiFamily High Rise-Exclude Occupied Commerical Space
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    237 Laura Steinbrink
    Principal
    HLMS Sustainability Solutions
    Wed, Mar 2, 2016
    United States
    Spreadsheet from USGBC is password protected
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    1 Keith Steurer
    Structural Engineer
    Shive-Hattery, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 1, 2016
    United States
    Gender Split?
    in CI 2009 SSc3.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    94 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED AP BD+C
    Perkins+Will
    Tue, Mar 1, 2016
    RE: LEED Boundary for CI and SSc1
    in CI 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    224 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Tue, Mar 1, 2016
    RE: IAQ Testing path option 2
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    336 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Fri, Feb 26, 2016
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    commissioning tests
    in Healthcare-v2009: Fundamental commissioning of building energy systems
    1 SAUL HERNANDEZ
    SUPERVISOR LEED
    EXPERIENCIA INMOBILIARIA TOTAL
    Wed, Jun 15, 2016
    2016-06-15 14:47 Mexico
    Regularily Occupied or not?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    441 Alex Barrera
    Assoc. AIA, LEED GA
    Giuliani Associates Archtiects
    Wed, Jun 15, 2016
    2016-06-15 13:32 United States
    Refrigerant Atmospheric Impact
    in EBOM-v4: Enhanced refrigerant management
    4 Meier Corporate Account
    Meijer
    Wed, Jun 15, 2016
    2016-06-15 09:28 United States
    voc for Damp proofing paints under ground
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    532 SOHA YAMANI
    Wed, Jun 15, 2016
    2016-06-15 06:30 Egypt
    Base Case vs Project Case
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,107 Dana Guzman
    Tue, Jun 14, 2016
    2016-06-14 18:19 Mexico
    Additional Points for Water Reuse
    in NC-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    8 Soo Choi
    RSA Engineering, Inc.
    Tue, Jun 14, 2016
    2016-06-14 18:05 United States
    O+M: Retail or ID+C: CI
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    794 Yulia Chen
    Tue, Jun 14, 2016
    2016-06-14 16:50 United States
    Enhanced Cx -CxA in an Integrated Project Delivery IFOA format?
    in CI 2009 EAc2: Enhanced Commissioning
    52 Margaret Montgomery
    Principal
    NBBJ
    Tue, Jun 14, 2016
    2016-06-14 14:29 United States
    Process Water Reduction
    in Schools 2009 WEc2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
    4 charles shinneman
    Tue, Jun 14, 2016
    2016-06-14 12:54 United States
    Campus PV dedicated - not connected - to building requires Cx?
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    336 Joyce Kelly
    Consultant
    Architectural Fusion
    Tue, Jun 14, 2016
    2016-06-14 10:00 United States
    Replace All Filtration Media
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.5: IAQ Best Management Practices—IAQ Management for Facility Alterations and Additions
    50 Ran Zhang
    Tue, Jun 14, 2016
    2016-06-14 02:36 Japan
    Water Use Reduction: Base Building with existing fixtures
    in CI-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    5 Scott Edwards
    Director
    GPDM for Sustainability
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016
    2016-06-13 21:04 Indonesia
    EBOM 2009 IEQ3.2 Alternative Compliance Path
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.2: Green Cleaning—Custodial Effectiveness Assessment
    76 Kimberly Hosken
    LEED Fellow
    subcontractor
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016
    2016-06-13 15:27 United States
    No floor
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    109 April Ambrose
    Territory Manager
    Viridian
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016
    2016-06-13 14:46 United States
    Exterior lighting classification -
    in CI 2009 EAc1.1: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Power
    110 Pedro Ribeiro
    Director of Sustainability
    Edifícios Saudáveis Consultores
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016
    2016-06-13 14:11 Portugal
    WE Credit 4 requirement question
    in Healthcare-v4: Water metering
    1 Naten Maniktala
    M.E. GROUP
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016
    2016-06-13 11:23 United States
    % of Glazing & Floor Area Base Case vs Project
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,107 Dana Guzman
    Fri, Jun 10, 2016
    2016-06-10 23:36 Mexico
    Water Usage for parks and open spaces
    in CS 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    219 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Fri, Jun 10, 2016
    2016-06-10 14:11 United States
    Trouble finding comparable projects for recycling rates
    in CS 2009 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    56 Jason Happe
    Director of Energy & Sustainability
    EBI Consulting
    Fri, Jun 10, 2016
    2016-06-10 14:04 United States
    Getting Started
    in NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
    58 Mike Workman
    Fri, Jun 10, 2016
    2016-06-10 13:07 United States

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