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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Reporting through Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    43 Claudia Galvis
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    United States
    RE: a question about DES option 1
    in CS-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    46 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Ongoing Commissioning Overlap with New Building Commissioning
    in EBOM 2009 EAc2.3: Existing Building Commissioning—Ongoing Commissioning
    40 David Reyes
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: waste generated from new construction
    in Mid-Rise v4: Construction waste management
    3 sue bryant
    Architectural Energy Corporation
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    United States
    Vertical Garden/Green wall
    in CS 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    78 Carmelito Tatlonghari
    LEED-AP BD+C
    SPCastro, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    Philippines
    RE: Success with LCA option?
    in NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
    59 Dirk Kestner
    Principal
    Walter P Moore
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: dedicated exhaust
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    439 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: Data Centers Modeling Guidelines
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    55 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: Diesel Exhaust
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    150 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    Lighting Levels
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    122 Henry Richardson
    Environmental Designer
    Atelier Ten
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    United States
    RE: Individual Control for Transients- Healthcare Project
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    230 Larissa Oaks
    Specialist, LEED
    USGBC
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: CEE Tier III ratings in washers
    in Pilot Credit 18: Appliance & Process Water Use Reduction
    37 Joel Rothenberg
    ads Engineers
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: Are GoO fulfilling EAc6 credit?
    in NC 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    193 Francesco Allaix
    Mr
    L Architects Ltd
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: Documentation Requirements-Access to Quality Transit
    in CI-v4: Access to quality transit
    3 Pam Lynch
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    SRI values and roof slope
    in NC-v4: Heat island reduction
    22 Pam Lynch
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Reporting through Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    43 Claudia Galvis
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    United States
    RE: a question about DES option 1
    in CS-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    46 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Ongoing Commissioning Overlap with New Building Commissioning
    in EBOM 2009 EAc2.3: Existing Building Commissioning—Ongoing Commissioning
    40 David Reyes
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: waste generated from new construction
    in Mid-Rise v4: Construction waste management
    3 sue bryant
    Architectural Energy Corporation
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    United States
    Vertical Garden/Green wall
    in CS 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    78 Carmelito Tatlonghari
    LEED-AP BD+C
    SPCastro, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    Philippines
    RE: Success with LCA option?
    in NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
    59 Dirk Kestner
    Principal
    Walter P Moore
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: dedicated exhaust
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    439 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: Data Centers Modeling Guidelines
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    55 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: Diesel Exhaust
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    150 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    Lighting Levels
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    122 Henry Richardson
    Environmental Designer
    Atelier Ten
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    United States
    RE: Individual Control for Transients- Healthcare Project
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    230 Larissa Oaks
    Specialist, LEED
    USGBC
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: CEE Tier III ratings in washers
    in Pilot Credit 18: Appliance & Process Water Use Reduction
    37 Joel Rothenberg
    ads Engineers
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: Are GoO fulfilling EAc6 credit?
    in NC 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    193 Francesco Allaix
    Mr
    L Architects Ltd
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    RE: Documentation Requirements-Access to Quality Transit
    in CI-v4: Access to quality transit
    3 Pam Lynch
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    SRI values and roof slope
    in NC-v4: Heat island reduction
    22 Pam Lynch
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    Off-site charging station
    in NC-v4: Green vehicles
    17 Kristina Pobre
    Architect
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    Philippines
    RE: Renewable energy - EAc1
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,609 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Sat, Jul 23, 2016
    RE: LEED v4 Interior Lighting Quality Option 2, Strategy A
    in NC-v4: Interior lighting
    26 Kera Lagios
    Associate Principal
    Integral Group
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    RE: USGBC Approved Environmental Product Declaration Framework
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    53 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    United States
    RE: Outdoor Air monitoring devices
    in NC-2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    299 Andrew Mitchell, P.E.
    Principal
    Mitchell Gulledge Engineering, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    sunset date for projects registered under LEEDv3
    in Time to finish that LEED-NC v2.1 project, or upgrade - sunset date is coming
    1 Gail Napell
    AIA
    Gensler
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    United States
    n/a
    in Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification
    12 robert lohr
    Sr. Director of Construction
    DSW, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    When should I submit Construction credits?
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    814 Mark Meaders
    Sustainable Leader
    HDR, Inc.
    Tue, Jul 19, 2016
    United States
    Core & Shell Warehouses in LEED v4 - by Michelle Rosenberger
    Mon, Jul 18, 2016
    Selection of Leed certification
    in 17 critical—and misunderstood—LEED terms
    7 B B
    Mon, Jul 18, 2016
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Adding more projects to a Campus
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    571 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Wed, Jul 13, 2016
    RE: Constructive input I hope
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    157 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jul 13, 2016
    v4 BD+C Licensed Professional Exemption
    in Licensed Professional Exemption
    20 Helene Gotthelf
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Tue, Jul 12, 2016
    RE: Deadline for Construction Review
    in Deadline to Submit Construction Submittal - LEED NC (LEED for Schools)
    5 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Sun, Jul 10, 2016
    Ventilation and filteration for Staircase for Feature 64
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    25 Xinrong Zhao
    Thu, Jul 7, 2016
    ECp2 and c1 - Location of this Addendum?
    in Highlights from the LEED-EBOM addenda
    2 Michelle Bracewell-Musson
    Owner, LEED AP
    Green Expectations Sustainability Solutions
    Sun, Jun 26, 2016
    United States
    RE: design vs construction credits
    in A New, More Accessible LEED Online for LEED v4
    16 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Thu, Jun 23, 2016
    RE: DES Rates
    in New District Energy Guidance for LEED Released by USGBC
    73 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jun 21, 2016
    LEED Rating System for tenant in existing building
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    793 Jennifer Isaac
    Electrical Engineer
    Commissioning Agents Inc.
    Wed, Jun 15, 2016
    United States
    RE: parking demand vs 1000sf or vs employees
    in More Money, Less Guesswork: ITE Parking Generation Study and SSc4.4
    37 Erin Holdenried
    Sustainable Design Manager
    AECOM
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016
    RE: Lease Language
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    31 Chris Freeland
    Architect
    Aller Lingle Massey Architects
    Wed, Jun 8, 2016
    United States
    Default Occupancy for a Health Club
    in Calculating FTEs
    208 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    Argentina
    RE: GBCI policy on deferring appeal
    in Defer a Design Phase Appeal
    2 Karen Elliott
    LEED AP ID+C & BD+C
    Ecoteric Ltd
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    RE: advanced buildings doc
    in Where can I find a copy of "Advanced Buildings: Energy Benchmark for High Performance Buildings (E-Benchmark)”?
    14 Mohammad Kamali
    UBC
    Thu, May 26, 2016
    new ACP featuring Dynamic Plaque
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    37 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, May 24, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    LEED Scorecard Forms
    in Scorecard
    6 Clara Simon
    Sustainability Manager
    University of Washington - Capital Projects Office
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013
    BREEAM and LEED
    in BREEAM Equivalency for LEED Projects
    1 Emily Rhee
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013
    RE: Discounted Parking Rate - How to implement?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    462 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Wed, Sep 4, 2013
    RE: Default occupancy counts (ASHRAE 62.1 vs. Reference Guide)
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    166 Michael Brown
    Sustainability Discipline Director
    The Beck Group
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013
    RE: Unisex Toilet
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    750 Sheryl Swartzle
    Sustainability Specialist
    TLC Engineering for Architecture
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013
    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
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013
    RE: ACP % calculation
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,095 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Aug 21, 2013
    RE: ASHRAE Baseline Constructions - with two building types
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,285 Cory Duggin
    Energy Engineer
    TLC Engineering for Architecture
    Mon, Aug 19, 2013
    Remediating to "residential (unrestricted) use"
    in Healthcare-v2009: Environmental site assessment
    6 Kathy Wislocky
    Project Manager
    Tue, Aug 13, 2013
    Owner and Owners Representative
    in Required Signatories in LEED Online Forms
    73 Kerry Honsinger
    Reynolds Ash and Associates
    Mon, Aug 12, 2013
    I am also an independent LEED
    in New USGBC Membership Fee Structure
    59 Brad Miller
    Principal
    Environnmental Concepts Company
    Tue, Aug 6, 2013
    RE: Interpretation Problem
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    418 Maria Isabel Conde
    Owner
    Aqua Terra (Panama) S.A.
    Tue, Aug 6, 2013
    Panama
    Energy Star Alternative
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Minimum energy performance
    12 Angelica Ospina Alvarado
    Thu, Aug 1, 2013
    Colombia
    RE: Metal ceiling tile compliance
    in Healthcare-v2009: Low-emitting materials
    61 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Fri, Jul 26, 2013
    HVAC baseline model
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Optimize energy performance - HVAC
    1 Francesco Passerini
    engineer
    Wed, Jul 24, 2013
    RE: The role of concensus in green rating systems
    in Chemical Industry Touts Anti-LEED Language in Appropriations Bill
    19 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Jul 23, 2013
    RE: Eac2 - Photovoltaic Solar Energy - Simulation
    in NC v2.2 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    45 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jul 23, 2013
    RE: Compliant Products
    in EBOM IEQc3.3 Product Finder
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 22, 2013
    RE: Plants recommended for semi extensive green roof
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    82 Saud Abdul Rasheed
    Sustainability/Energy Engineer, CEM, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, Estidama PQP
    Mon, Jul 22, 2013
    RE: Default occupancy counts (ASHRAE 62.1 vs. Reference Guide)
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    166 Michael Brown
    Sustainability Discipline Director
    The Beck Group
    Fri, Jul 19, 2013
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    P: avarage rainfall event
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    282 ESRA OZKONUKSEVER
    MA. Architect
    ILTAY MIMARLIK
    Wed, Feb 11, 2015
    2015-02-11 10:27 Turkey
    Synthetic Enamel's VOC
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    526 Yodi Danusastro
    Wed, Feb 11, 2015
    2015-02-11 05:19 Indonesia
    Number of sampling location
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    336 CAROLINE PIN
    In charge of environmental certification on a jobsite
    EIFFAGE CONSTRUCTION
    Wed, Feb 11, 2015
    2015-02-11 13:17 France
    Integrated Project Team Members
    in Healthcare-v2009: Integrated project planning and design
    4 Kim Lombard
    Architect
    AECOM
    Wed, Feb 11, 2015
    2015-02-11 18:04 United States
    Process refrigeration
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,609 André Harms
    Ecolution Consulting
    Thu, Feb 12, 2015
    2015-02-12 03:02 South Africa
    Indoor air quality test methods for PM2.5 and PM10
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    336 Tyler Zhu
    Wed, Feb 11, 2015
    2015-02-11 23:20 China
    Complex projects benefit from turn-key waste mgmt services
    in NC-2009: Construction and demolition waste management
    13 Joanna Switzer
    Thu, Jan 15, 2015
    2015-01-15 14:58 United States
    GRI Sustainability Reports
    in Pilot Credit 53: Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials
    8 Christine Robbins-Elrod
    Studio Director
    5G Studio Collaborative,llc.
    Thu, Jan 15, 2015
    2015-01-15 14:04 United States
    Sensor based lavatory faucet compliance
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    750 Mohammed Faisal Kalaigar
    LEED AP(BD+C)
    Wed, Dec 10, 2014
    2014-12-10 07:41 Saudi Arabia
    Shuttle
    in EBOM-v4: Alternative transportation
    20 LEED Pro Consultant
    Bioconstruccion & Energia Alternativa
    Wed, Dec 10, 2014
    2014-12-10 01:11 Mexico
    Evaporative Chiller in EAp2?
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,609 Yastimy Jupson
    Green Building Consultant
    Tue, Dec 9, 2014
    2014-12-09 19:04 China
    Fenestration U-value: Framed versus Center-of-Glass
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,285 Paul Cimaglia
    Director of Mechanical Engineering
    Dunlap & Partners Engineers
    Wed, Dec 10, 2014
    2014-12-10 12:39 United States
    Fixed shading devices
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    133 Saurabh Shrestha
    HKS Inc.
    Wed, Dec 10, 2014
    2014-12-10 19:19 United States
    Core Learning Space implies use School LEED requirements?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    793 MKK LEED
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014
    2014-12-11 11:10 Colombia
    Lighting control in base case simulation
    in NC v2.2 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    346 ABDUL MUTHALIB MOHAMED
    INNOWELL ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL PVT LTD
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014
    2014-12-11 03:06 India
    DATA CENTRE ENERGY MODELLING
    in NC v2.2 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    346 ABDUL MUTHALIB MOHAMED
    INNOWELL ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL PVT LTD
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014
    2014-12-11 02:09 India
    Direct vs indirect measurements
    in NC 2009 EAc5: Measurement and Verification
    240 Angelica Ospina Alvarado
    Tue, Dec 9, 2014
    2014-12-09 16:54 Colombia
    Who can be CxA?
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    331 Allan Vásquez
    Tue, Dec 9, 2014
    2014-12-09 16:31 Costa Rica
    Certification RQs for Incomplete Building
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    206 Orçun Özhelvacı
    Quality Engineer - LEED Project Manager
    VEN ESCO
    Mon, Dec 8, 2014
    2014-12-08 12:11 Turkey
    Can a LEED NC certified building pursue now a LEED EBOM?
    in EBOM-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    12 Veronica Reed
    Founder
    SDSARCH CIA. LTDA.
    Mon, Dec 8, 2014
    2014-12-08 10:59 Ecuador

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