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    94 Brian Fabella
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
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    in NC-v4: Interior lighting
    5 Brenda Stanfield
    Librarian
    CBT Architects
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: LEED certified Neighborhood
    in NC-v4: LEED for Neighborhood Development location
    6 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    Systems Furniture
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    128 Laura Long
    Project Manager
    NORR
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: Meaning of ABS in trip reduction calculations
    in ND-v2009: Transportation demand management
    4 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    Coastal Coral Reef
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    200 Donald Green
    Project Manager
    Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: Discomfort hours - system 4
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,261 Isabel Santos
    ECOCHOICE SA
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: Existing Renovated Square Footage
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    111 Scott Adams
    Principal
    Sustainable Integration LLC
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    LEED Exam Prep Course Reviews & Recommendations
    in LEED AP Specialities: Should You Get One?
    29 quinn redman
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: LED Lamps - efficiency of mercury containing counterparts?
    in EBOM 2009 MRc4: Sustainable Purchasing—Reduced Mercury in Lamps
    142 Brian Salazar
    President, LEED AP BD+C
    Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: Who provides for the submeters?
    in CS 2009 EAc5.2: Measurement and Verification—Tenant Submetering
    79 Courtney Royal, LEED AP BD+C
    Sr. Sustainability Consultant
    Taitem Engineering
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: lab sink, kitchenette sink and shower water calculation rate
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    579 Charles Nepps
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: Portland Cement
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    250 Rezkar Abdulmajeed
    Architect/LEED AP
    7D ASSOCIATES
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: Urinals and Water Closets
    in EBOM 2009 MRc8: Solid Waste Management—Durable Goods
    42 Kristina Bach
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: EBOM review timeline
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    545 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Using a variety of waste recycling resources may be necessary
    in NC-2009: Construction and demolition waste management
    9 Joanna Switzer
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    Raised Access Floors (specialist)
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    101 Akos Brandecker
    Sustainability Manager
    ISG
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    RE: Acrylic enamel/lacquer in aerosol, non-flat
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    80 Dwayne Fuhlhage
    Sustainability and Environment Director
    PROSOCO, Inc.
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    RE: MRc4 Recycled Content
    in CS 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    36 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    RE: Transportation emissions
    in EBOM 2009 EAc6: Emissions Reduction Reporting
    33 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    RE: Open Space vs. Vegetative Space
    in NC-v4: Open space
    2 Theresa Backhus
    Sites Technical Specialist, LEED
    USGBC
    Wed, Jun 18, 2014
    RE: Which credit does poured resinous flooring fall into?
    in Schools IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    28 Crista Shopis
    Senior Engineer, LEED AP
    Taitem Engineering
    Wed, Jun 18, 2014
    Does a "no drugs" sign satisfy the intent of this prerequisite?
    in Schools 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    7 Charles Stevenson
    Integrated EcoStrategy LLC
    Wed, Jun 18, 2014
    RE: EA Pr-1, EB O&M
    in EBOM 2009 EAp1: Energy Efficiency Best Management Practices—Planning, Documentation and Opportunity Assessment
    96 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    RE: How to count curtain walls?
    in CS 2009 MRc1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    18 April Brown
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    Clarification
    in CI-v4: Quality views
    1 Charles Gatins
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    Project Ownership within Boundary
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    3 Sadie Martin
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    Bicycle paths for Kindergarten
    in Schools 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    36 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    Green Educational Program Format
    in CS 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    47 Flavia Marques
    Ramboll
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    How to document split system units
    in NC 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    51 Helene Gotthelf
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Mon, Jun 16, 2014
    Have any projects earned this pilot credit 76 yet?
    in NC-2009: Material ingredient reporting
    1 Michel Dedeo
    Sun, Jun 15, 2014
    RE: Previously developed land must comply with 100-year flood?
    in NC 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    94 April Brown
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Fri, Jun 13, 2014
    RE: Verbiage for Policies and Plans
    in EBOM 2009 MRp1: Sustainable Purchasing Policy
    29 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, USGBC LEED Faculty, LEED AP O+M
    BuildingWise LLC
    Fri, Jun 13, 2014
    Single-Use Batteries
    in EBOM 2009 MRc7: Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables
    61 Sara Zoumbaris
    Fri, Jun 13, 2014
    RE: Strategies to avoid high illuminance level
    in NC-v4: Daylight
    11 Jill Dalglish, PE
    Senior Engineer
    Dalglish Daylighting
    Fri, Jun 13, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: LEED 2012 time-line
    in LEED 2012 – Second Public Comment – Guide and Open Forum
    53 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 1, 2012
    RE: LEED 2012 - ENERGY + ATMOSPHERE PR 2 - 2nd Commenting Period
    in LEED EBOM 2012 Version I Feedback & Comments
    17 Janna Nash
    Thu, Feb 23, 2012
    IEQc4.2
    in How does true fresco--painting with natural pigments on wet plaster--fall into LEED categories?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Feb 21, 2012
    contact GBCI
    in Changing Registration from CS to NC and viceversa
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Feb 17, 2012
    RE: EA Optimized Energy Performance
    in LEED 2012 – 2nd Public Comment – Energy & Atmosphere (EA) Section
    33 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Thu, Feb 16, 2012
    LEED 2012 3rd Public Comment Period Announced - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Feb 15, 2012
    RE: Team Members Blocked from accessing the Project
    in Owner team member and signatories
    12 Mairead Morrissey
    Principal Environmental Consultant
    AWN Consulting Ltd
    Mon, Feb 13, 2012
    RE: project budget
    in Budget and Historic Project Data
    3 Emily Catacchio
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wight and Company
    Wed, Jan 25, 2012
    LEED Fellow - by Heather Holdridge
    Wed, Jan 25, 2012
    Cost info on LEED EBOM
    in The Cost of LEED EBOM Re-certification
    3 James Doyle
    Owner
    ConServe
    Fri, Jan 20, 2012
    LEED Project Mechanical Engineer Volunteer Available - by Matthew Lusardi
    Sat, Jan 14, 2012
    Should be good to go
    in Eligibility for LEED AP exam
    2 Candace Small
    Thu, Jan 12, 2012
    re: LEED Project Registration for Sports Facilities
    in LEED Project Registration for Sports Facilities
    1 David Posada
    Sustainability Manager
    GBD Architects
    Tue, Jan 10, 2012
    RE: Dear All, I am new on LEED
    in Existing Building with an outbuilding addition
    3 David Posada
    Sustainability Manager
    GBD Architects
    Tue, Jan 10, 2012
    LEED Certification Project Submittal Tips from GBCI - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Jan 4, 2012
    Credit Specific
    in How to group multiple buildings?
    2 Emily Catacchio
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wight and Company
    Tue, Jan 3, 2012
    Good Day, Except for EAP2 and
    in List of performance period lengths
    1 Jubilee Daniels, MLA, LEED AP O+M
    Consultant, Sustainable Buildings and Operations
    Jubilee Environmental Consulting
    Tue, Jan 3, 2012
    L-3 form
    in LEED Databases
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Dec 30, 2011
    Re: LEED for Existing Buildings - Tenant Space
    in LEED for Existing Buildings - Tenant Space
    1 David Posada
    Sustainability Manager
    GBD Architects
    Tue, Dec 20, 2011
    late submission
    in Submission Timeline
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Dec 18, 2011
    Title Votes Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: MRc5- Regional EXTRACTED
    in CI 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    127 91 John Albrecht
    Director of LEED Services
    Sieben Energy Assoc.
    Thu, Apr 28, 2011
    RE: Registration a project under the LEED v4
    in LEED v4 Overwhelmingly Approved by USGBC Members
    127 39 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Dec 4, 2013
    RE: RE: Circulation space, lobbies, reception, corridors?
    in NC v2.2 EQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views for 90% of Spaces
    125 65 Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED Fellow
    Principal
    Ecoworks Studio
    Sun, Sep 12, 2010
    Re-used wood
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    124 353 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Mon, Jan 25, 2010
    Exemplary Process Water Use Reduction
    in NC v2.2 WEc3.1–3.2: Water Use Reduction
    124 73 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Mon, Mar 21, 2011
    RE: Grey Water for Flushing
    in EBOM 2009 WEc2: Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    124 51 Jutta Berns-Mumbi
    principal
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    Wed, Aug 11, 2010
    RE: I still don't understand how
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    123 99 Ben Stanley
    Sustainability Manager
    YRG sustainability
    Wed, Mar 16, 2011
    RE: Documents to Upload
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    123 148 Mohamed Ravuthar, LEED AP, BD+C
    LEED Engineer
    Contrack International Inc
    Tue, Dec 13, 2011
    RE: 100% recycling rate claims
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    121 323 Valerie Walsh
    Sustainable Design & Construction Consultants
    Walsh Sustainability Group
    Fri, Jan 15, 2010
    100 year flood for project outside US?
    in NC 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    121 94 Eric JS
    Mon, Sep 13, 2010
    RE: Calculating for Shelled Spaces?
    in NC v2.2 WEc3.1–3.2: Water Use Reduction
    121 73 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jun 8, 2011
    RE: calculation of Cr 6.1 Stormwater design-Quantity Control
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    120 202 JP Rout
    Wed, Jan 6, 2010
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    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    119 353 Kenley Kyle
    Sen. Sales Engineer
    Sigler Inc.
    Wed, Oct 14, 2009
    RE: Cost of LEED report - Internationl projects
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    118 71 Jonathan Weiss
    Thu, May 6, 2010
    GIBc8—Stormwater Management
    in LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Forum
    118 179 Wayne Ding
    Green Building Consultant
    AECOM Beijing Office
    Thu, May 19, 2011
    Local zoning requires no parking
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    117 111 Michael Miller
    Project Architect
    Thu, Sep 9, 2010
    RE: Cost of LEED report - Internationl projects
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    117 71 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 23, 2010
    RE: Cost of LEED report - Internationl projects
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    116 71 Richard Walker
    Sr Vice President
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Thu, Apr 22, 2010
    RE: Cost of LEED report - Internationl projects
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    116 71 hao zhang
    Sun, May 23, 2010
    RE: Cost of LEED report - Internationl projects
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    116 71 Sherry Bonelli
    LEED Project Manager/Consultant
    BudSprout LLC -- SucceedAtLEED.com
    Mon, Nov 22, 2010
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    Water-Jet Marble Flooring
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    299 Omar ElRawy
    Building Engineer, LEED AP BD+C
    EA Building Consultants
    Tue, May 20, 2014
    Roof Walking Pads
    in CS 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    94 Lisa Marshall
    Ecological Building Strategies
    Mon, May 19, 2014
    Prime farmland if drained
    in NC v2.2 SSc1: Site Selection
    25 Tina Gillman
    CRSA
    Mon, May 19, 2014
    food contact sanitizers
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    126 Michelle Cottrell
    President
    Design Management Services
    Mon, May 19, 2014
    LEED Boundary
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    490 Ghaleb El Mheirat
    Mechanical Engineer
    dar al-handasah
    Mon, May 19, 2014
    Waste stream audit
    in EBOM-v4: Ongoing purchasing and waste policy
    1 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Sun, May 18, 2014
    Why could be considered as a roof?
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    72 Thiago Bondini
    Fri, May 16, 2014
    Calculating "Other USGBC approved multi-attribute cert" products
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    12 Vince Briones
    Sustainable Design Manager
    Atkins
    Fri, May 16, 2014
    Data centre and office
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    316 Chilufya Lombe
    Sustainability Consultant
    Solid Green Consulting
    Fri, May 16, 2014
    Balcony Mats
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.5: Green Cleaning—Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    54 Hil Curtis
    Thu, May 15, 2014
    Brand New - Raw space
    in CI-2009 MRc1.2: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Interior Nonstructural Elements
    60 Ruben Garza
    Thu, May 15, 2014
    Treated Waste Water Re-use for a Campus site
    in NC 2009 WEc2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
    105 Ashwin Kumar
    Sustainability Services Consultant
    M+W Group
    Thu, May 15, 2014
    All sanitary installations will only be built at tenant fit-out
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    579 Camill Marciniak
    Intep
    Thu, May 15, 2014
    Recycling rooms to suit tenant fitout needs
    in CS 2009 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    45 Larry Jones
    Associate
    Atelier Ten
    Wed, May 14, 2014
    Building future additions
    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    97 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Wed, May 14, 2014
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    in MPR5: Must comply with minimum occupancy rates
    1 Geraldine Seguela RAIA
    Architect/Sustainability
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    in Schools 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    21 Nicole Ferrini
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    Tue, May 13, 2014
    sensor vs. aerator
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    95 Ashley Nedza
    Project Designer, LEED AP BD+C
    Baskervill
    Tue, May 13, 2014
    How LEED credits are awarded
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    213 Kris Phillips
    Architect
    Arcadis
    Tue, May 13, 2014
    Scheduling
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    102 Nouran Abdel-Rahman
    Tue, May 13, 2014

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