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  • 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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    205 Michael DeVuono
    Senior Staff Designer
    T&M Associates
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    Transient Peak vs. Transient Daily Average
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    181 Nate Steeber
    LEED Consultant & Designer
    Sol Developments
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Portland Cement
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    252 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C / Construction Specifier
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: How to handle private elevators into residences
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    247 Heather Appell
    LEED Project Manager
    SEQUIL Systems, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Coastal Coral Reef
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    202 Donald Green
    Project Manager
    Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    Baeline K_MC
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    342 Jens Apel
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Systems Furniture
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    129 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Mixed-Use vs. Non-residential Classification for a Hotel
    in NC 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    285 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: EPA SmartWay Elite vs LEED
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    336 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Natural System Instead of Public Sewer.
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    202 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Exemplary Performance
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    231 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Combining Option 2 and Option 3
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    190 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: How LEED credits are awarded
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    214 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: How does the RP credit works?
    in NC 2009 RPc1: Regional Priority
    38 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Storage area for Group Certification
    in NC 2009 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    56 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Sandy soil
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    205 Michael DeVuono
    Senior Staff Designer
    T&M Associates
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    Transient Peak vs. Transient Daily Average
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    181 Nate Steeber
    LEED Consultant & Designer
    Sol Developments
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Portland Cement
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    252 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C / Construction Specifier
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: How to handle private elevators into residences
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    247 Heather Appell
    LEED Project Manager
    SEQUIL Systems, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Coastal Coral Reef
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    202 Donald Green
    Project Manager
    Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    Baeline K_MC
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    342 Jens Apel
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Systems Furniture
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    129 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Mixed-Use vs. Non-residential Classification for a Hotel
    in NC 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    285 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: EPA SmartWay Elite vs LEED
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    336 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Natural System Instead of Public Sewer.
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    202 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Exemplary Performance
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    231 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Combining Option 2 and Option 3
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    190 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: How LEED credits are awarded
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    214 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: How does the RP credit works?
    in NC 2009 RPc1: Regional Priority
    38 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Storage area for Group Certification
    in NC 2009 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    56 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: 1 point or 2?
    in NC-v4: Interior lighting
    6 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: Land Trusts and Land Use Restriction Agreements
    in CS 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    94 Brian Fabella
    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
    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
    RE: Discomfort hours - system 4
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,261 Isabel Santos
    ECOCHOICE SA
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    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
    RE: LEED AP BD+C V4
    in Experience Requirement Loosened for LEED v4 AP Exam
    12 Filipe Boni
    Brain
    Wed, Jul 23, 2014
    RE: Project Registration Required
    in A New, More Accessible LEED Online for LEED v4
    10 Megan Sparks
    Manager, Program Integration
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Wed, Jul 23, 2014
    RE: FTE shifts longer than 8 hrs
    in Calculating FTEs
    181 Scott Adams
    Principal
    Sustainable Integration LLC
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014
    RE: LEED Volume Program - Submittal Guidance
    in Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification
    6 Katie Peterschmidt
    Associate Director, CORE Steward
    Cooper Carry
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014
    RE: LEED v4 Green Associate
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    57 Tonima Ferdous
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014
    Mixing Solar PV, LED Lighting and LEED GA Accreditation
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    114 Daniel Valdes
    Solar PV & LED Specialist
    Infinitum Energy
    Tue, Jul 15, 2014
    LEED v4 CIR
    in Got Technical Questions on LEED v4?
    54 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Mon, Jul 14, 2014
    RE: Shared parking deck
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    490 Donald Green
    Project Manager
    Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Thu, Jul 10, 2014
    RE: Excellent
    in GBCI Invites Direct Inquiries—But Do Your Homework First
    17 Elizabeth Thompson
    LEED Specialist
    USGBC
    Wed, Jul 9, 2014
    RE: Large footage residence and threshold adjustment
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    131 Ann Edminster
    founder/principal
    Design AVEnues LLC
    Tue, Jul 8, 2014
    RE: Licensed Professional Exemption (LPE) - outside of USA
    in Licensed Professional Exemption
    19 Sylvain laporte
    GASD-Co
    Tue, Jul 8, 2014
    RE: Reusing IO credits for recertification
    in Recertification
    58 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, USGBC LEED Faculty, LEED AP O+M
    BuildingWise LLC
    Thu, Jul 3, 2014
    LEED Membership Statistics Tool
    in LEED App Store Coming Soon – What's on Your Wish-List?
    4 Spencer Kim
    Mon, Jun 30, 2014
    RE: Foreign currency - Israel
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    152 Jaida Holbrook
    Enivronmental Engineer
    Skanska Sverige AB
    Fri, Jun 27, 2014
    RE: LEED EBOM current rating system...
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    588 Rehan Siddiqui
    Wed, Jun 25, 2014
    Final review appeal for credit EAc1, new energy model
    in Review Appeal
    30 Veronica Reed
    Founder
    SDSARCH CIA. LTDA.
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    RE: Article
    in LEED Fellow Yudelson to Lead Rival Green Globes
    15 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    RE: Submitting for Review & Terminolgy
    in Living with LEED Online - quirks, bugs and hiccups
    133 Charles Nepps
    Mon, Jun 16, 2014
    Marking credits as Complete
    in Registering Projects
    17 kelly ryan
    Mon, Jun 9, 2014
    Title Votes Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Low VOC
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    350 69 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Nov 12, 2009
    Outside of the US
    in CS 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    340 68 Pia Öhrling
    WSP
    Mon, Sep 21, 2009
    RE: Outside of the US
    in CS 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    340 68 Gunnar Hubbard, AIA, LEED Fellow
    Principal
    Thornton Tomasetti
    Fri, Sep 25, 2009
    RE: Process water for EP point
    in EBOM 2009 WEc2: Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    338 51 Dan Ackerstein
    Principal
    Ackerstein Sustainability, LLC
    Wed, Dec 23, 2009
    Low VOC
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    337 69 Rona Easton
    HOK
    Thu, Nov 12, 2009
    RE: Site Master Plan - Recalculations
    in Schools 2009 SSc9: Site Master Plan
    331 21 Shannon Gray
    Consultant
    YRG sustainability
    Mon, Dec 7, 2009
    RE: What constitutes a "Master Plan"?
    in Schools 2009 SSc9: Site Master Plan
    331 21 Shannon Gray
    Consultant
    YRG sustainability
    Mon, Jan 4, 2010
    Tenant spaces are simple, right?
    in CI 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    330 84 Richard McKay
    Mon, Feb 1, 2010
    RE: 7th ed. Massachusetts Building Code and ASHRAE 62.1-2004
    in NC 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventilation
    328 79 Paul Girello
    Fri, Jan 22, 2010
    RE: Interior renovation within a single tenant building
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    327 111 Steve Loppnow
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Dec 7, 2009
    Master Plan:Open Space
    in Schools 2009 SSc9: Site Master Plan
    324 21 Erik Bergstrom
    Green Building Associate
    Wed, Dec 9, 2009
    RE: Question Regarding Requirements
    in Schools 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    322 63 Joshua Radoff
    Principal, LEEDuser Primary Author
    YRG sustainability
    Wed, Sep 30, 2009
    RE: Retail space parking
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    321 111 Devon Bertram
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Dec 7, 2009
    Creating the Floor Plan to show direct access to views
    in Schools 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    320 63 Kim Pomeranz
    Thu, Oct 8, 2009
    RE: Creating the Floor Plan to show direct access to views
    in Schools 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    319 63 Joshua Lloyd
    Phillip Markwood Architects
    Thu, Oct 8, 2009
    Interior renovation within a single tenant building
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    318 111 Peter Doo
    President
    Doo Consulting, LLC
    Tue, Nov 17, 2009
    Site Master Plan - Recalculations
    in Schools 2009 SSc9: Site Master Plan
    318 21 Erik Bergstrom
    Green Building Associate
    Mon, Dec 7, 2009
    The Square Footage
    in CS 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    316 82 Alejandro Alfaro
    Project Director Mexico
    PGAL
    Wed, Dec 9, 2009
    RE: Is this a typo?
    in CS 2009 MRc6: Certified Wood
    316 28 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 29, 2009
    RE: Interior renovation within a single tenant building
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    315 111 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader
    HOK
    Tue, Dec 8, 2009
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Transient Peak vs. Transient Daily Average
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    181 Nate Steeber
    LEED Consultant & Designer
    Sol Developments
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    Baeline K_MC
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    342 Jens Apel
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    Definition of "on the grounds"
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    342 Jens Apel
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    LEED Exam Prep Course Reviews & Recommendations
    in LEED AP Specialities: Should You Get One?
    29 quinn redman
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    Precertification of EPD
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    6 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Wed, Jul 23, 2014
    Library and Laboratory Weighting Factors
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.2: Green Cleaning—Custodial Effectiveness Assessment
    64 Kara Edmonson
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    Over-kill duct insulation
    in NC v2.2 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    293 Steve Tucker
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    L-6 Project Sections/ Elevations
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    1 Jaclyn Noga
    Environmental Intern
    EHRA, LLC
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    SSc 3.3 Parking Availbility
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    111 Jaclyn Noga
    Environmental Intern
    EHRA, LLC
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    Correct invoice structure for millwork
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    351 Susan Di Giulio
    Project Manager
    Zinner Consultants
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    Proprietary Ingredients
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.6: Green Cleaning—Indoor Integrated Pest Management
    67 Elizabeth Felder
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    Beach Cleanup of Trash - credit?
    in EBOM 2009 MRp2: Solid Waste Management Policy
    21 Nate Gillette
    Director
    Natura Architectural Consulting LLC
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    CLO level adjustments
    in NC-v4: Thermal comfort
    2 Adam Kingsbury
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    CASE 2 and EAP2 Cumpliance
    in EBOM 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
    451 João Gaio
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    IEQc7.1, MET and CLO, and Acceptable Alterations
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    189 Adam Kingsbury
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    Case 2, Option 2 clarification - years
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    2 Alexa Stone
    ecoPreserve - Building Sustainbility
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    Compliance paths for estar eligible buildings with scores <75
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    2 Alexa Stone
    ecoPreserve - Building Sustainbility
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    SSc 3.3 Parking Availbility
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Alternative transportation
    3 Jaclyn Noga
    Environmental Intern
    EHRA, LLC
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    System CRI certified
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.4: Green Cleaning—Sustainable Cleaning Equipment
    43 Gabriel Frasson
    Project Manager
    OTEC
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    Can reusing a parking garage count toward this credit?
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    79 Caleb Lesselles
    INTERN ARCHITECT
    COOPER CARRY
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014

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