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  • LEED-NC: New Construction v2009,
  • LEED-CS: Core and Shell v2009,
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  • LEED-Schools v2009,
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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Table 1.4 - Heating capacity in district heating scenario
    in Completing the LEED Online EAp2 Form – Option 1: Whole Building Energy Simulation
    52 Sergey Zhukovskiy
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    Russian Federation
    Baseline HVAC Systems
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,973 VICTOR MORENO
    TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
    ISOLANA AHORRO ENERGÉTICO SL
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    Professional Engineer
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    10 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    RE: Calculator from USGBC
    in EBOM-v4: Green cleaning - equipment
    4 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    Future Reclaimed Water Service
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    403 Annalise Reichert
    LEED Project Coordinator
    Environmental Building Strategies
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    United States
    RE: Do we include Non-certifiable structure in Building gross area?
    in MPR7: Must comply with a minimum building area to site area ratio
    7 Anya Fiechtl
    ARCHITECT, LEED AP BD+C
    High Plains Architects
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    RE: LED lamps
    in EBOM-v4: Purchasing - lamps
    3 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    RE: existing site soils are impervious
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    243 Michael D. DeVuono
    Senior Staff Engineer
    T&M Associates
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    LEED NC - v4 MRc3 Wood products
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    37 Sandra Closson
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    Testing with multiple systems in one space
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    285 Nate Steeber
    Project Manager, Sustainability
    Sol design + consulting
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    United States
    Maintenance Staff
    in Calculating FTEs
    198 Charles Nepps
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    NEED ANSWER: Residential - Alternative Transportation Strategy
    in NC 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    313 Kuntal Thakkar
    ECSG
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    United States
    VRF with DOAS inyecting air into common return plenum
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
    333 Zonda E. Team
    Zonda Engineering
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    RE: Existing constructions and non infiltration water tanks
    in ND-v2009: Rainwater management
    5 Noriko Yasuhara
    Woonerf Inc.
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    RE: Recycled Concrete for Temporary Haul Road
    in CS 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    41 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Performance period falls in between 2 different years
    in EBOM 2009 IOc3: Documenting Sustainable Building Cost Impacts
    28 Gabriel Frasson
    Project Manager
    OTEC
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015
    RE: Outdoor Airflow Measurement
    in NC v2.2 EQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    19 Eduardo Carlo
    Energy Engineer
    UPM Group
    Wed, Jul 9, 2014
    RE: Rational Method
    in CS 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    35 MKK LEED
    Wed, Jul 9, 2014
    CS MPR2: reclaimed land without development previously
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    3 Vivien Wong
    Parsons Brinckerhoff
    Wed, Jul 9, 2014
    RE: calculating FTE
    in Schools-NC-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 7, 2014
    RE: Concrete Sediment Control
    in NC v2.2 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    33 michelle bombeck
    Project Associate
    O'Brien & Company
    Wed, Jul 2, 2014
    RE: Residential grade dishwasher in breakroom
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Water use reduction
    10 Webly Bowles
    Associate Principal
    Green Building Services
    Fri, Jun 27, 2014
    Base ratios for DC
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Thu, Jun 26, 2014
    RE: Educational Program
    in Healthcare-v2009: Innovation in design
    2 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Tue, Jun 24, 2014
    RE: Preferred parking also equipped with charging station
    in NC v2.2 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    61 Deborah Ebersole
    Principal
    Studio D Consulting + Design
    Fri, Jun 20, 2014
    RE: Medical gases
    in Healthcare-v2009: PBT source reduction - lead, cadmium and copper
    19 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Fri, Jun 20, 2014
    RE: Transportation emissions
    in EBOM 2009 EAc6: Emissions Reduction Reporting
    33 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    Does a "no drugs" sign satisfy the intent of this prerequisite?
    in Schools 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    7 Charles Stevenson
    Integrated EcoStrategy LLC
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015
    Clarification
    in CI-v4: Quality views
    1 Charles Gatins
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    copy paste
    in Retail-CI-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 manuel de jesus gonzalez duron
    civil engineer
    SYASA
    Wed, Jun 11, 2014
    RE: Fundamental Refrigerant Management: Leed v4- Campus Credit
    in EBOM-v4: Fundamental refrigerant management
    2 Ante Vulin
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Wed, Jun 11, 2014
    RE: SS 4.3
    in Healthcare-v2009: Alternative transportation - low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles
    2 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Wed, Jun 11, 2014
    RE: Landscape Architect Statement template
    in ND-v2009: Tree-lined and shaded streets
    2 Eliot Allen
    LEED AP-ND, Principal
    Criterion Planners
    Tue, Jun 10, 2014
    Prefered Parking Requirement
    in Healthcare-v2009: Alternative transportation - parking capacity
    1 Todd Bundren
    Director of Sustainabilty - Architectural Project Manager
    Lawrence Group
    Tue, Jun 10, 2014
    Hot Humid, Multi Family Compliance
    in Mid-Rise v4: Ventilation
    1 Jason Biondi
    Managing Director
    Energy Cost Solutions Group
    Mon, Jun 9, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    registering after construction starts
    in Registration after starting Construction
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 18, 2011
    Mechanical Schedules
    in LEED EBOM - PI FORM 4
    1 David Eldridge
    Project Manager
    Grumman/Butkus Associates
    Tue, Mar 15, 2011
    RE: which LEED system
    in utility bills for multi tenanted buildings
    3 David Eldridge
    Project Manager
    Grumman/Butkus Associates
    Tue, Mar 15, 2011
    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
    Director of Sustainability
    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
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Daylight Measurements disappointing
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    668 Joyce Kelly
    Consultant
    Architectural Fusion
    Fri, Sep 26, 2014
    United States
    WEp1 and c1: Indoor Water Use Reduction
    in CI-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    2 BEE Bisagni Environmental Enterprise
    Thu, Sep 25, 2014
    China
    RE: Need for consistent numbering system across all rating systems
    in Poll – Should LEED v4 Credits Have Numbers?
    3 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Thu, Sep 25, 2014
    RE: SRI of wood?
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    266 emily reese
    Sustainability Consultant / Facility Planner
    Jacobs Engineering
    Thu, Sep 25, 2014
    RE: indoor smoking room exhaust
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    98 Ben Stanley
    Sustainability Manager
    YRG sustainability
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014
    RE: Low System Ventilation Efffiency for Corridors
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    932 Ilona Johnson, PE, CEM, LEED AP
    Associate
    Lilker EMO Energy Solutions
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014
    RE: Feature 11 - On-site exercise room
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    63 Librarian Librarian
    Librarian
    Lord, Aeck & Sargent
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014
    Residents and Visitors
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    116 CATALINA CABALLERO
    SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR
    JALRW Eng. Group Inc.
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014
    RE: LEED Baundary Campus - parking lot
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    212 Anya Fiechtl
    ARCHITECT, LEED AP BD+C
    High Plains Architects
    Mon, Sep 22, 2014
    ITE for elementary school with half day students
    in Schools 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    20 April Brown
    Senior Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Mon, Sep 22, 2014
    United States
    Excluding materials that you don't know the SRI for
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    76 Erika Duran
    Sustainability Consultant
    Dagher Engineering
    Mon, Sep 22, 2014
    Rating system: NC, CI or EBOM?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    685 Melissa Merryweather
    Director
    Green Consult-Asia
    Mon, Sep 22, 2014
    RE: Combined Density
    in NC-v4: Surrounding density and diverse uses
    4 Valentin Grimaud
    Thermal Engineer
    TERAO Green Building Engineering
    Mon, Sep 22, 2014
    RE: Calculating Gross Floor Area
    in CS 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    35 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Sat, Sep 20, 2014
    How FINAL is the Appeal?
    in Review Appeal
    37 Mary Kay
    Project Coordinator
    Gray Construction
    Sat, Sep 20, 2014
    United States
    RE: Varying Fixtures
    in EBOM-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    19 Edward Malesevich
    Sustainability Advisor
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Thu, Sep 18, 2014
    Using EQc4.5 as an ID credit.
    in Schools IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Furniture and Furnishings
    15 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Wed, Sep 17, 2014
    NEED ANSWER: Residential - Alternative Transportation Strategy
    in NC 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    313 Kuntal Thakkar
    ECSG
    Wed, Sep 17, 2014
    United States
    Ecological Species Consultation in California Coastal Zone
    in ND Plan-v4: Imperiled species and ecological communities
    1 Robyn Vettraino
    President
    verde
    Tue, Sep 16, 2014
    RE: No public water and wastewater infrastructure in the City!!
    in ND-v2009: Smart location
    19 Eliot Allen
    LEED AP-ND, Principal
    Criterion Planners
    Tue, Sep 16, 2014
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    Leed AP Exam
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    192 brazer bozlak
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015
    2015-03-02 16:28 United States
    Modeling of CHP
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    961 Marcio Orofino
    ENE Consultores
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015
    2015-03-02 15:55 Brazil
    High-Volume vs. Convenience Copier 5,000 pages - CIR 872 Canada
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    349 Lindsey Kindrat
    Executive Director, Principal Sustainable Building Specialist
    3 Point Environmental Inc.
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015
    2015-03-02 13:46 Canada
    Is C&S allowed if you are eligible for NC?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    685 Isolda Strom
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015
    2015-03-02 12:38 Netherlands
    LEED boundary for a railway station
    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    124 Juan Sergio Simborio
    Sat, Feb 28, 2015
    2015-02-28 10:12 Qatar
    Garage Negative Pressure Requirement
    in NC v2.2 EQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    96 Peter Dishno
    Commissioning Engineer
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 18:02 United States
    Commissioning Documents
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    292 Heather Anderson
    Robinson Hill Architecture
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 16:12 United States
    Baseline Exterior Lighting Power Allowance
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,178 Cory Duggin
    Energy Engineer
    TLC Engineering for Architecture
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 15:52 United States
    Pilot Credit 87: Verified C&D Recycling Rates
    in NC-2009: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates
    1 Sara Greenwood
    Green Building Consultant
    Cadmus Group
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 15:37 United States
    Information on denied credits?
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    192 Civil Engineer
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 13:43 United States
    Option 3: Determining HC and NOx emissions
    in EBOM-v4: Site management
    3 Michelle Cottrell
    President
    Design Management Services
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 11:34 United States
    G3.1.10 (d) "Heating only System"
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,971 Anil Bhari
    Min engineering inc
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    2015-02-27 10:37 United States
    Final M&V Report
    in NC 2009 EAc5: Measurement and Verification
    215 Valerie Walsh
    Sustainable Design & Construction Consultants
    Walsh Sustainability Group
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    2015-02-26 13:58 United States
    government areas
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    252 patricia vasconcellos
    creato consultoria e projetos ltda
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    2015-02-26 13:24 Brazil
    Providing carpool spaces within an unreserved parking garage
    in CI-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    6 Jennifer Rinkus
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    2015-02-26 13:05 United States
    IEQ 4.4 - does veneer apply ?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    191 Denise Bates
    Sr Interior Designer
    Gensler
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    2015-02-26 12:45 United States
    Domestic Hot Water System
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    292 KC Rat
    ESG
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    2015-02-26 03:23 Sri Lanka
    Adding carpet to LEED Platinum NC building
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    192 Alireza Anvari
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    2015-02-26 01:45 Canada
    Unrenovated gross square footage
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    196 Sandra Silla
    Wed, Feb 25, 2015
    2015-02-25 17:21 United States
    Wall Skirting - or - Baseboards
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    352 Blanca Cespedes
    PROYECTO BANCO DE LA NACION - LIMA, PERU
    COSAPI.SA
    Wed, Feb 25, 2015
    2015-02-25 13:07 Peru

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