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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Data Centers Modeling Guidelines
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    56 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    Credit compliance in elevator halls
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    255 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: One model or various separate models
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    124 Ana Paula Quiros
    Architect, LEED AP BD+C
    Livet Consulting
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: LEED Boundary for CI and SSc1
    in CI 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    224 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Fire Exits, with no exterior handles
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    316 Ileana Delgado
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Ongoing commissioning when follow EA c2.1- option 2
    in EBOM 2009 EAc2.3: Existing Building Commissioning—Ongoing Commissioning
    41 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    greenfield or previously developed site?
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    286 Anastasia Makarenko
    EcoStandard
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    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
    Exemplary Performance
    in Schools 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    15 Kevin Taterus
    CCCA, FMP, LEED AP BD+C
    Harvard Jolly Architecture
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    United States
    RE: PAINTS LOCATION
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    108 Anna Okviana
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: VOC limts and basement parking
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    527 Anna Okviana
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    Ventilation and filteration for Staircase for Feature 64
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    26 Xinrong Zhao
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    China
    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
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Data Centers Modeling Guidelines
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    56 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    Credit compliance in elevator halls
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    255 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: One model or various separate models
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    124 Ana Paula Quiros
    Architect, LEED AP BD+C
    Livet Consulting
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: LEED Boundary for CI and SSc1
    in CI 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    224 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Fire Exits, with no exterior handles
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    316 Ileana Delgado
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Ongoing commissioning when follow EA c2.1- option 2
    in EBOM 2009 EAc2.3: Existing Building Commissioning—Ongoing Commissioning
    41 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    greenfield or previously developed site?
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    286 Anastasia Makarenko
    EcoStandard
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    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
    Exemplary Performance
    in Schools 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    15 Kevin Taterus
    CCCA, FMP, LEED AP BD+C
    Harvard Jolly Architecture
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    United States
    RE: PAINTS LOCATION
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    108 Anna Okviana
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: VOC limts and basement parking
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    527 Anna Okviana
    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
    Div 12 Environmental Info
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    32 Melinda Veregge
    The Austin Company
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    United States
    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
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Ventilation and filteration for Staircase for Feature 64
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    26 Xinrong Zhao
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    China
    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
    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
    Credit compliance in elevator halls
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    255 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    greenfield or previously developed site?
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    286 Anastasia Makarenko
    EcoStandard
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    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
    Exemplary Performance
    in Schools 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    15 Kevin Taterus
    CCCA, FMP, LEED AP BD+C
    Harvard Jolly Architecture
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    United States
    Ventilation and filteration for Staircase for Feature 64
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    26 Xinrong Zhao
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    China
    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
    Div 12 Environmental Info
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    32 Melinda Veregge
    The Austin Company
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    United States
    Lighting Levels
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    122 Henry Richardson
    Environmental Designer
    Atelier Ten
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    United States
    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
    Off-site charging station
    in NC-v4: Green vehicles
    17 Kristina Pobre
    Architect
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    Philippines
    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
    greenfield or previously developed site?
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    286 Anastasia Makarenko
    EcoStandard
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    APPA Audit
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.2: Green Cleaning—Custodial Effectiveness Assessment
    75 Ana Carolina Montecinos Ongini
    Ingeniera
    IRSA S.A
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    Argentina
    n/a
    in Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification
    12 robert lohr
    Sr. Director of Construction
    DSW, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    Alternative Walkability Features
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    129 Emily Loquidis
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    Using LEED v4 standards for this credit
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    217 Jenelle Shapiro
    Sr. Sustainability Manager
    Webcor Builders
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    Required Documentation: All Projects for Site Management credit
    in EBOM-v4: Site management
    6 JOHN COOK
    Campus Sustainability Coordinator
    University of California Riverside
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    United States
    Question for Required Documentation for Option 1 of this credit
    in EBOM-v4: Site Development- protect or restore habitat
    12 JOHN COOK
    Campus Sustainability Coordinator
    University of California Riverside
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    United States
    Pilot Credit 87: Verified C&D Recycling Rates
    in NC-2009: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates
    6 David Dixon
    President
    Genesis Design Inc
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon 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
    2016-07-26 11:46 United States
    Exemplary Performance
    in Schools 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    15 Kevin Taterus
    CCCA, FMP, LEED AP BD+C
    Harvard Jolly Architecture
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    2016-07-26 10:24 United States
    Ventilation and filteration for Staircase for Feature 64
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    26 Xinrong Zhao
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 22:16 China
    Vertical Garden/Green wall
    in CS 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    78 Carmelito Tatlonghari
    LEED-AP BD+C
    SPCastro, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 18:58 Philippines
    Success with LCA option?
    in NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
    59 Helene Gotthelf
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 17:45 United States
    Div 12 Environmental Info
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    32 Melinda Veregge
    The Austin Company
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 12:52 United States
    Lighting Levels
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    122 Henry Richardson
    Environmental Designer
    Atelier Ten
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 12:03 United States
    a question about DES option 1
    in CS-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    46 Shenhao Li
    Atkins
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 07:51 China
    Off-site charging station
    in NC-v4: Green vehicles
    17 Kristina Pobre
    Architect
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    2016-07-24 20:12 Philippines
    Off-site charging station
    in NC-v4: Green vehicles
    17 Kristina Pobre
    Architect
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    2016-07-24 20:10 Philippines
    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
    2016-07-22 18:00 United States
    SSc2
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    286 Erika Duran
    Sustainability Consultant
    Dagher Engineering
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    2016-07-22 12:26 United States
    APPA Audit
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.2: Green Cleaning—Custodial Effectiveness Assessment
    75 Ana Carolina Montecinos Ongini
    Ingeniera
    IRSA S.A
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    2016-07-22 10:33 Argentina
    Alternative Walkability Features
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    129 Emily Loquidis
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    2016-07-22 07:35 United Kingdom
    Construction Waste management
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    438 Piotr Podhajny
    LEED AP BD+C
    Midtconsult
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    2016-07-22 04:21 Denmark
    Ask about light and views Index
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    741 Jose Alfonso Vergara Vasquez
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    2016-07-21 23:12 Mexico
    waste generated from new construction
    in Mid-Rise v4: Construction waste management
    3 sue bryant
    Architectural Energy Corporation
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    2016-07-21 19:46 United States
    Required Documentation: All Projects for Site Management credit
    in EBOM-v4: Site management
    6 JOHN COOK
    Campus Sustainability Coordinator
    University of California Riverside
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    2016-07-21 18:12 United States
    Question for Required Documentation for Option 1 of this credit
    in EBOM-v4: Site Development- protect or restore habitat
    12 JOHN COOK
    Campus Sustainability Coordinator
    University of California Riverside
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    2016-07-21 16:10 United States
    Pilot Credit 87: Verified C&D Recycling Rates
    in NC-2009: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates
    6 David Dixon
    President
    Genesis Design Inc
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    2016-07-21 15:25 United States

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