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  • LEED-Schools v2009,
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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: VOC content for Shop applied finishes
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    471 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    MR Credit 3 & 4 form
    in NC v2.2 MRc3: Materials Reuse
    38 Stacy Nedley
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    United States
    RE: Exterior Lighting - shielded Up lights with Trees or structures
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    566 Glenn Heinmiller
    IALD, LC, LEED AP, Principal
    Lam Partners
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Compostable Trash Can Liners
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    137 Garrett Gerst
    Marketing Leader
    Veritiv
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: ASHREA audit though newly renovated
    in EBOM 2009 EAp1: Energy Efficiency Best Management Practices—Planning, Documentation and Opportunity Assessment
    102 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Actual Material Cost vs. Material Cost: what's the difference?
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    513 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Initial fit-out vs alteration
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    3 A Commings
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: where to download?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    644 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    China
    Minimum exhaust Rates
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    135 Elodie DUMAS
    ALTO Ingénierie
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    France
    RE: ITE parking study?
    in More Money, Less Guesswork: ITE Parking Generation Study and SSc4.4
    24 Maria Porter
    Environmental Certification Engineer
    Skanska Sweden
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Dual-flush water closets
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    224 William Weaver
    Sustainability Practice Lead
    JLL
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Parking spaces
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    361 Roberto Meza
    Sustainable Building Consultant
    SPHERA Sustainable Building Consultants
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Petrol contamination
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    102 Alicja Bieszyńska
    Skanska
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Poland
    RE: Optimize Energy Performance -HVAC-
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    342 Gustav Alfaro
    Mechanical Engineer
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    RE: open space not within LEED project boundary
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    170 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: VOC content for Shop applied finishes
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    471 Glen Phillips
    Director of Sustainable Education
    GreenCE, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    MR Credit 3 & 4 form
    in NC v2.2 MRc3: Materials Reuse
    38 Stacy Nedley
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    United States
    RE: Exterior Lighting - shielded Up lights with Trees or structures
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    566 Glenn Heinmiller
    IALD, LC, LEED AP, Principal
    Lam Partners
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Compostable Trash Can Liners
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    137 Garrett Gerst
    Marketing Leader
    Veritiv
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: ASHREA audit though newly renovated
    in EBOM 2009 EAp1: Energy Efficiency Best Management Practices—Planning, Documentation and Opportunity Assessment
    102 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Actual Material Cost vs. Material Cost: what's the difference?
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    513 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Initial fit-out vs alteration
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    3 A Commings
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: where to download?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    644 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    China
    Minimum exhaust Rates
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    135 Elodie DUMAS
    ALTO Ingénierie
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    France
    RE: Dual-flush water closets
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    224 William Weaver
    Sustainability Practice Lead
    JLL
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Parking spaces
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    361 Roberto Meza
    Sustainable Building Consultant
    SPHERA Sustainable Building Consultants
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Petrol contamination
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    102 Alicja Bieszyńska
    Skanska
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Poland
    RE: Optimize Energy Performance -HVAC-
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    342 Gustav Alfaro
    Mechanical Engineer
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    RE: open space not within LEED project boundary
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    170 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    RE: LED podium box for advertisement
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    890 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Flush Out Requirements
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction IAQ Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    66 Lindsey Walaski
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: Net Zero Building
    in CS 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    72 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Campus Project
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    36 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: Floor slab on grade
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,608 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Acceptable thermal conditions in naturally conditioned spaces
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    207 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Thailand
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: ITE parking study?
    in More Money, Less Guesswork: ITE Parking Generation Study and SSc4.4
    24 Maria Porter
    Environmental Certification Engineer
    Skanska Sweden
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Multiple buildings with common basement
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    504 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    Lease Language
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    25 Chris Freeland
    Architect
    Aller Lingle Massey Architects
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    United States
    RE: What Rating System to use
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    631 Lauren Wallace
    LEED Project Reviewer, LEED AP BD+C, Senior LEED Specialist
    Certifications Department Manager, Epsten Group, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    RE: FTE for Apartment building
    in Calculating FTEs
    189 CT G
    Tue, Jan 20, 2015
    RE: Uploads and deleting uploads - is the webinar posted somewhere?
    in LEED 2009 Projects Getting Upgraded to New LEED Online
    18 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    RE: Deadline for Appeal
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    635 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jan 13, 2015
    RE: LEED Consulting fees / rates.
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    159 Max Speigle
    Fri, Jan 2, 2015
    Application/Performance period
    in Performance Period
    52 Keith Johnson
    Tue, Dec 30, 2014
    United States
    How to Build Your Team on LEEDuser - by Tristan Roberts
    Mon, Dec 22, 2014
    RE: LEED AP BD+C V4
    in Experience Requirement Loosened for LEED v4 AP Exam
    16 Jeffrey Ornstein
    Associate Project Manager for Architecture, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, CDT
    New York City Housing Authority
    Sat, Dec 20, 2014
    Stability and predictablility is needed...
    in USGBC: Restore Confidence in v4 in Four Simple Steps
    19 Robert Andrews
    Partner - Sustainability Department Manager
    AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Thu, Dec 18, 2014
    RE: selecting the correct rating system in v.2009
    in What LEED rating system to use?
    9 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    Special Reports and Webcasts for LEEDuser Members - by Tristan Roberts
    Mon, Dec 15, 2014
    RE: Purchased Energy Rate
    in New District Energy Guidance for LEED Released by USGBC
    59 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014
    Store
    in Most Downloaded LEEDuser Documentation Templates, Calculators, and Samples
    1 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Wed, Dec 10, 2014
    RE: PUBLISHED ACP DOCUMENTATION GUIDANCE FOR PROJECTS OUTSIDE THE US
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    159 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Dec 10, 2014
    The 10 Most Popular LEEDuser Forums - by Tristan Roberts
    Thu, Dec 4, 2014
    RE: Shopping mall and Community Connectivity
    in USGBC's New LEED Interpretations Similar to Old Precedent-Setting CIRs
    29 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Dec 4, 2014
    Not what I would have expected
    in Why I’m About to Fail the New, Harder LEED v4 AP Test
    3 Amy Boyce
    Mon, Nov 24, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    MR Credit 3 & 4 form
    in NC v2.2 MRc3: Materials Reuse
    38 Stacy Nedley
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    United States
    Minimum exhaust Rates
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    135 Elodie DUMAS
    ALTO Ingénierie
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    France
    Parking spaces
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    361 Roberto Meza
    Sustainable Building Consultant
    SPHERA Sustainable Building Consultants
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Petrol contamination
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    102 Alicja Bieszyńska
    Skanska
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Poland
    Flush Out Requirements
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction IAQ Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    66 Lindsey Walaski
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    United States
    Campus Project
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    36 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    United States
    Acceptable thermal conditions in naturally conditioned spaces
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    207 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Thailand
    SS7.2 Design review comment
    in Schools 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    3 Michael Stills
    LEED AP BD+C
    Parkhill, Smith & Cooper
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    Site Management Policy
    in NC-2009: LEED O+M Starter Kit
    1 Kelsey Jensen
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    Footprint, at grade or below grade?
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    182 Maria Porter
    Environmental Certification Engineer
    Skanska Sweden
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    Sweden
    RE: LEED Homes Pilot Credit 29 - Gimme Point
    in Pilot Credit 29: Housing & Jobs Proximity
    22 Gary Hansen
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    United States
    Ventilation design-worst case conditions
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    143 S Nagarajan
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    India
    Medical Equipment Efficiency Comparison
    in Pilot Credit 3: Medical and Process Equipment Efficiency
    25 Ivan Romero
    Senior Project Manager
    KMD Architects
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    Energy Modeling Requirements
    in Retail-CI-v4: Minimum energy performance
    1 Jeff Halliwell
    Mechanical Designer
    CJTSS
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    United States
    Lease Language
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    25 Chris Freeland
    Architect
    Aller Lingle Massey Architects
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    United States
    Specifying metal with high recycled content?
    in NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
    23 Juliana Moreira
    Engineer
    WSP group
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    United Kingdom
    Traffic associated with the building
    in Pilot Credit 57: Enhanced Acoustical Performance—Exterior Noise Control
    5 Ulrika Nobelius
    White Arkitekter AB
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    Protect or Restore Habitat - 2.5 acre Pond
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    229 Katherine Carlin
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    United States
    MRpc80 - Salvaged/Reused Furniture
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    20 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    require future tenant?
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    1 Courtney Royal, LEED AP BD+C
    Sr. Sustainability Consultant
    Taitem Engineering
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    MR Credit 3 & 4 form
    in NC v2.2 MRc3: Materials Reuse
    38 Stacy Nedley
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    2015-01-28 11:23 United States
    VOC content for Shop applied finishes
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    471 Jeremy Mendenhall
    Woodworking
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    2015-01-28 10:40 United States
    Compostable Trash Can Liners
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    137 Kimberlee Dobbins
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    2015-01-28 10:15 United States
    ASHREA audit though newly renovated
    in EBOM 2009 EAp1: Energy Efficiency Best Management Practices—Planning, Documentation and Opportunity Assessment
    102 Mathilda Jonsson
    Environmental Certification Engineer (LEED AP BD+C)
    Skanska
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    2015-01-28 09:39 Sweden
    where to download?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    644 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    2015-01-28 08:36 China
    Minimum exhaust Rates
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    135 Elodie DUMAS
    ALTO Ingénierie
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    2015-01-28 06:20 France
    Petrol contamination
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    102 Alicja Bieszyńska
    Skanska
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    2015-01-27 15:06 Poland
    Flush Out Requirements
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction IAQ Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    66 Lindsey Walaski
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    2015-01-27 12:34 United States
    Campus Project
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    36 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    2015-01-27 10:48 United States
    Acceptable thermal conditions in naturally conditioned spaces
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    207 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    2015-01-27 03:10 Thailand
    SS7.2 Design review comment
    in Schools 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    3 Michael Stills
    LEED AP BD+C
    Parkhill, Smith & Cooper
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    2015-01-26 18:49 United States
    Site Management Policy
    in NC-2009: LEED O+M Starter Kit
    1 Kelsey Jensen
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    2015-01-26 18:01 United States
    Floor slab on grade
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,608 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    2015-01-26 09:10 Russian Federation
    Footprint, at grade or below grade?
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    182 Maria Porter
    Environmental Certification Engineer
    Skanska Sweden
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    2015-01-26 04:45 Sweden
    Is this strictly for non-profit organizations?
    in NC-2009: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers
    12 Asa Posner
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Sustainable Investment Group (SIG)
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    2015-01-25 15:15 United States
    PC 29 Index
    in Pilot Credit 29: Housing & Jobs Proximity
    22 Gary Hansen
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 17:41 United States
    LIghitng for Security Reasons
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    566 Todd Bundren
    Director of Sustainabilty - Architectural Project Manager
    Lawrence Group
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 15:08 United States
    Option 1: Zoning and controls
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    342 Diego Pietzsch
    Mechanical Engineer
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 14:31 Brazil
    Ventilation design-worst case conditions
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    143 S Nagarajan
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 10:17 India
    International Project Epa CGP
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    245 esra özkonuksever
    architect
    İltay Mimarlık
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 06:33 Turkey

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