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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    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
    RE: Gym sinks- Private or Public?
    in EBOM 2009 WEp1: Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    264 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Snow Melt
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    114 Tracy Smith
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Floor slab on grade
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,606 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    LED podium box for advertisement
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    889 Katrina Chong
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    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: Single-Use Batteries
    in EBOM 2009 MRc7: Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables
    67 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: Is this strictly for non-profit organizations?
    in NC-2009: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers
    11 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: Ecocert
    in EBOM 2009 MRc5: Sustainable Purchasing—Food
    82 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: Can we write up this plan and use it as the basis for our EBOM?
    in Pilot Credit 64: Site Improvement Plan
    2 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: SS 7.1-4 LEED Online form issues?
    in EBOM 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Reduction—Nonroof
    54 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: No information of VOC in MSDS
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    92 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: BDC Material & Resource Calculator- Percentage Regional
    in CS 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    33 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: State DEQ-Listed Brownfield Site - credit denied
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    100 Larry Sims
    Principal
    Studio4, LLC
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: Option 1: Zoning and controls
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    336 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Calculating Walking Distances
    in ND-v2009: Locations with reduced automobile dependence
    18 Vita Shklovsky
    Wed, Feb 19, 2014
    RE: Number of cycles
    in EBOM-v4: Cooling tower water use
    4 Batya Metalitz
    Technical Director, LEED
    USGBC
    Wed, Feb 19, 2014
    RE: Possible Exemption?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.3: IAQ Best Management Practices—Increased Ventilation
    10 Hannah Bronfman
    Sustainability Consultant
    YR&G
    Mon, Feb 17, 2014
    RE: Occupancy Sensors may be replaced
    in CI 2009 EAc1.2: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Controls
    68 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Fri, Feb 14, 2014
    RE: a LEED-NC V2.2 three-story mixed use building
    in NC v2.2 EQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    54 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Wed, Feb 12, 2014
    Renovate an old school
    in Schools-EBOM-v4: Must comply with project size requirements
    1 Davide Filippi
    Wed, Feb 12, 2014
    RE: Commercial buildings?
    in EBOM-v4: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control
    3 Jonathan Miller
    Mon, Feb 10, 2014
    What certifications are accepted by USGBC for v4 low-emissions?
    in CI-v4: Low emitting materials
    1 Randy Carter
    Manager, Global Codes & Approvals
    Steelcase Inc.
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    Which parking spaces should be counted?
    in CI-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 MM K
    Thu, Feb 6, 2014
    RE: VOC limits?
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Low-emitting materials - ceiling and wall systems
    3 Webly Bowles
    Associate Principal
    Green Building Services
    Tue, Feb 4, 2014
    RE: LEED -NC 2009 for Retail, MRp1
    in Retail–NC-v2009: Storage and collection of recyclables
    2 Webly Bowles
    Associate Principal
    Green Building Services
    Tue, Feb 4, 2014
    RE: ASTM tests for BECx
    in Healthcare-v2009: Enhanced commissioning
    4 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Mon, Feb 3, 2014
    RE: questions
    in Pilot Credit 22: Quality Interior Lighting
    16 Lisa Carter
    Fri, Jan 31, 2014
    RE: Unclear sound isolation requirements at hallways
    in Pilot Credit 24: Acoustics
    28 Larissa Oaks
    Specialist, LEED
    USGBC
    Fri, Jan 31, 2014
    RE: Healthcare & Schools - Exterior Requirements
    in Schools-NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    RE: Regional Priority points in total points attempted
    in Schools 2009 RPc1: Regional Priority
    13 J W
    Tue, Jan 28, 2014
    RE: LEED AP without speciality
    in ND-v2009: LEED Accredited Professional
    3 David ESPAGNET
    Green Building and Sustainability Project Manager
    Bureau Veritas
    Tue, Jan 28, 2014
    RE: Tenant switch in a EBOM certified building
    in PIf5: Building System Control
    12 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Tue, Feb 25, 2014
    RE: Legacy LEED AP
    in Healthcare-v4: LEED Accredited Professional
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jan 27, 2014
    Data Center location restrictions
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Surrounding density and diverse uses
    1 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Sat, Jan 25, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: rating system selection forum
    in LEED CI - Minimal TI for a Large Space: Will This be Accepted?
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Mar 9, 2011
    RE: I'm tired of Henry Gifford
    in LEED Story on NPR's All Things Considered
    13 Eric Johnson
    Principal Sustainability Project and Cost Manager
    Green Future Now
    Tue, Mar 8, 2011
    RE: maintaining LEED certification
    in Certified Building - maintaining certification for LEED v2.2 buildings
    2 Pinky Khatri
    Designer/Sustainability Coordinator
    VBN Architects
    Tue, Mar 8, 2011
    Appeal documentation
    in Standard Template/Format for submitting Credit Appeal and Clarification
    1 Susann Geithner
    Global Sustainability Manager
    Predictive Service
    Tue, Mar 8, 2011
    DSIRE...
    in Tax Credits and Incentives in California
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Mar 7, 2011
    webcast
    in Energy Benchmarking in LEED-EBOM Webinar
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 3, 2011
    RE: context
    in Major Renovation - Definition
    2 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Mon, Feb 28, 2011
    RE: i've been a usgbc employee for almost 9 years...
    in New Plaintiffs Join Amended LEED Lawsuit
    24 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Fri, Feb 25, 2011
    list of required signatories
    in Required Signatory
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Feb 22, 2011
    RE: "Platinum" green credential?
    in LEED to Award Points for Non-LEED Credentials
    6 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Thu, Feb 17, 2011
    Live Webcast: Essential tips for energy benchmarking in LEED-EBOM EAp2 and EAc1 - by Tristan Roberts
    Sat, Feb 26, 2011
    RE: list of required signatories
    in Required Signatory
    5 Peter Kennedy
    LEED AP, GreenPoint Rater
    Bright Green Strategies
    Wed, Feb 16, 2011
    Hi Rachael, I'm not
    in Police Station -- how to calculate the FTE for detainees?
    1 Ellen Mitchell
    Sustainable Design Manager
    HKS, Inc.
    Fri, Feb 11, 2011
    RE: parking garages and LEED
    in LEED Certification for Parking Garages
    9 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Feb 10, 2011
    RE: EAc6 forum
    in Purchasing REC in Appeals phase
    2 Dana Dinolfo
    Assistant Property Manager
    Cassidy Turley
    Thu, Feb 10, 2011
    Forum updates make LEEDuser forum easier, more powerful - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Feb 9, 2011
    RE: Nice addition to the site
    in Easy Access to LEED Online Forms Through LEEDuser's Documentation Toolkits
    12 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Feb 9, 2011
    LEED 2012 Points—or, How we’ll eventually get points - by Emily Catacchio
    Mon, Aug 13, 2012
    RE: Re: Vertical Garden and credits SS 5.1 & 7?
    in Vertical Garden and credits SS 5.1 & 7?
    2 Luis Miguel Diazgranados
    Green Factory
    Mon, Feb 7, 2011
    Tobie, yes, you'll need to
    in Version 2 Commerical Interiors - Credits under Energy & Atmosphere
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Feb 3, 2011
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: SSc2 Activity log 20% of the time
    in EBOM 2009 SSc3: Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management Plan
    76 Mary Rose Anlacan
    Energy Engineer, LEED AP, Estidama PQP
    Middle East Center for Sustainable Development
    Fri, Apr 4, 2014
    Using VAV box CFMs as measurement of outside airfow
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.2: IAQ Best Management Practices—Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    25 Sean Blaevoet
    Junior Designer
    Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
    Fri, Apr 4, 2014
    United States
    New Review Comment
    in CI 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    48 Aaron Luthien
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014
    ASHRAE vs. ISO/EN
    in CS 2009 IEQc7: Thermal Comfort—Design
    22 Jens Apel
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014
    RE: Exemption for Labs
    in CI 2009 EAc1.1: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Power
    95 Amit Ahiel
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014
    RE: Air Quality Testing after completion
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    264 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014
    Apply to LEED Committees by April 10
    in LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Forum
    179 Christopher Law
    Project Manager, LEED
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014
    Option1 Electric Vehicle Charging vs. Option2 Liquid/Gas/Battery
    in NC-2009: Green vehicles
    14 Maggie Pipek
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014
    Pilot credit # 45
    in Pilot Credit 45: Site Assessment
    16 Devani PERERA
    Green Building Consultant
    ELAN
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014
    France
    100% non potable water source
    in EBOM-2009 WEc3: Water Efficient Landscaping
    111 Diego Pietzsch
    Mechanical Engineer
    Tue, Apr 1, 2014
    RE: LEEDonline Form Access
    in leedonline.com access - is it possible???
    19 Cynthia Kaplan
    Principal
    cmk LEED
    Tue, Apr 1, 2014
    Occupants estimate according reference building
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    4 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Mon, Mar 31, 2014
    CS MPR2: reclaimed land without development previously
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    3 Vivien Wong
    Parsons Brinckerhoff
    Sun, Mar 30, 2014
    RE: Master Site Registration
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    74 April Brown
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Sat, Mar 29, 2014
    RE: LEED Canada 2009 Letter Templates (LLT)
    in LEED Canada Forum
    42 Peak Longhorn
    Fri, Mar 28, 2014
    RE: Ice-cream factory with sub-zero working conditions
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    206 Christopher Schaffner
    Principal & Founder
    The Green Engineer, LLP
    Thu, Mar 27, 2014
    RE: New wind turbines
    in EBOM 2009 EAc4: On-Site and Off-Site Renewable Energy
    97 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 27, 2014
    Question about the Performance Period & newley added credits
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    1 Bahareh van Boekhold
    Energy and Sustainability Planner
    Delaware Division of Energy and Climate
    Thu, Mar 27, 2014
    RE: Garage entrances to building
    in CS 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    92 Dylan Connelly
    Mechanical Engineer
    Integral Group
    Wed, Mar 26, 2014
    RE: Garage entrances to building
    in CS 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    92 Dylan Connelly
    Mechanical Engineer
    Integral Group
    Wed, Mar 26, 2014
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    Floor slab on grade
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,606 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
    11 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
    20 Gary Hansen
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 17:41 United States
    LIghitng for Security Reasons
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    561 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
    336 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
    Lease Language
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    25 Chris Freeland
    Architect
    Aller Lingle Massey Architects
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    2015-01-22 10:49 United States
    Envelope materials with no provided u-values
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,606 John Covello
    LEED AP BD+C, EBOM, LEED and Sustainability Manager
    Development Management Group
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    2015-01-22 05:08 Thailand
    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
    2015-01-21 18:26 United States
    State DEQ-Listed Brownfield Site - credit denied
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    100 Michele Otazua
    CSHQA
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 17:19 United States
    PLF4 was not approved because ..& recommendation for final submi
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    65 Ahmet D
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 14:28 United States
    200 rides per day required for shuttle buses?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    209 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 12:28 China
    Two new buildings joined by unconditioned walkway
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    129 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 09:08 United States
    Entering nonregularrly occuoied spaces in IEQp1 calculator
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    21 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 08:41 Bulgaria
    Entering nonregularily occupied spaces in IEQp1 spread sheet cal
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    7 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 08:39 Russian Federation
    No information of VOC in MSDS
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    92 Yodi Danusastro
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 04:46 Indonesia
    Natural ventilation for residential
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    133 mai elly
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 03:06 Malaysia
    Mechanical Ventilation using local code
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    846 MOHD HAFIZI MOHAMAD
    Tue, Jan 20, 2015
    2015-01-20 23:03 Malaysia

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