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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    SS Credit 8 Compliance
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    639 Nikhil Kumar
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    RE: Wood pellets as a Renewable energy source
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    305 Ward Miller
    Chief Environmental Officer
    Alpenglow Advisory
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    Different VOC Formats
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    547 Lawrence Lile
    Chief Engineer
    Lile Engineering LLC
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: n/a
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    279 Daniel Hartsig
    Sustainability Analyst
    Transwestern
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: Reduce Parking Footprint
    in NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    28 Hadar Farjo
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    United States
    RE: RECs or Carbon Offsets and prices
    in NC-v4: Green power and carbon offsets
    23 Francis Hernandez
    Design / Build Coordinator
    Caddell Construction Co. (DE), LLC
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: Contract through Design Team - conflicting information
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    340 michelle bombeck
    Project Associate
    O'Brien & Company
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: Daylight controls / sensors vs Occupancy Sensors or Both?
    in CI 2009 EAc1.2: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Controls
    91 Katie Peterschmidt
    Associate Director, CORE Steward
    Cooper Carry
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    United States
    RE: LEED-CI without an energy model
    in CI 2009 EAc3: Measurement and Verification
    175 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: Illuminated area
    in NC-v4: Light pollution reduction
    71 Glen Phillips
    Director of Sustainable Education
    GreenCE, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: What defines complex occupancy?
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    288 Jeannie Rueter
    Green Building Analyst
    Ausonio Incorporated
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    United States
    LEED Basement Boundary
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    239 Francis McNulty
    OCSC
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    Ireland
    Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    in EBOM 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
    516 Pablo Fortunato Suarez
    Principal ESD Consultant/Architect
    GreenArc Sustainable Building & Architecture
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: raised floor
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    91 Ward Miller
    Chief Environmental Officer
    Alpenglow Advisory
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    Filtration Change Prior to Flush-out
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    339 Marcia Weekes
    LEED Coordinator
    Ecostrategic Construction Solutions
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    United States
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Energy modeling
    in CI 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    550 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Mon, Sep 19, 2016
    RE: One or Two Documents
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    154 Omar ElRawy
    Building Engineer, LEED AP BD+C
    EA Building Consultants
    Mon, Sep 19, 2016
    RE: IEQc4.1 VOC content questions
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    517 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Sat, Sep 17, 2016
    RE: dB & STC
    in NC-v4: Acoustic performance
    14 Daniel Hicks
    Daniel Hicks, E.I., INCE
    Geiler & Associates
    Fri, Sep 16, 2016
    RE: Natural Materials
    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - material ingredients
    7 Johnna Keller
    Fri, Sep 16, 2016
    Documentation of savings using alternative water sources
    in EBOM-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    7 Noriko Yasuhara
    Woonerf Inc.
    Thu, Sep 15, 2016
    RE: Authority having Jurisdiction
    in NC-v4: Fundamental commissioning and verification
    17 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA Architects and Engineers
    Thu, Sep 15, 2016
    RE: FSC COC for subcontractors
    in CI 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    113 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA Architects and Engineers
    Thu, Sep 15, 2016
    RE: Horizzontally attached bldg addition to Non Certified building
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    217 Eric Bautista
    Managing Consultant, LEED™ AP (BD+C Specialty)
    EB Project Management
    Wed, Sep 14, 2016
    RE: Cooler and freezer storage
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    237 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Wed, Sep 14, 2016
    Combination of Survey/Tracking
    in EBOM 2009 SSc4: Alternative Commuting Transportation
    317 Jason Cocek
    Wed, Sep 14, 2016
    RE: Line of Sight - through 2 interior glazing surfaces max?
    in NC-v4: Quality views
    7 Faun Carlson
    Wed, Sep 14, 2016
    RE: Option 1: Limited Turf Area
    in EBOM-v4: Site management
    10 Stephanie Donovan
    Wed, Sep 14, 2016
    United States
    RE: Registration by Owner or Consultant?
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    249 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Sep 13, 2016
    MASS DEP LCCA
    in Schools-2009: Lead Risk Reduction
    1 Cynthia Kaplan
    Principal
    cmk LEED
    Tue, Sep 13, 2016
    United States
    RE: ENERGY STAR UPS - 160KW and 480V
    in CI 2009 EAc1.4: Optimize Energy Performance—Equipment and Appliances
    322 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED AP BD+C
    Perkins+Will
    Tue, Sep 13, 2016
    Slab on grade and concrete piers
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    110 David Browne
    Architect
    CRA Associates, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 13, 2016
    United States
    Outdoor water use to water mirrors in roof
    in CS v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    1 Tobias Berge
    Department manager
    Sweco
    Tue, Sep 13, 2016
    Sweden
    RE: Water Meter
    in Homes-v4: Water metering
    2 Ann Edminster
    founder/principal
    Design AVEnues LLC
    Mon, Sep 12, 2016
    RE: Office CS without housekeeping storage room
    in CS 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    115 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Mon, Sep 12, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    MR - Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy - Food waste (compost)
    in LEED for Existing Multifamily Unveiled for Comment
    1 Julien Lafond
    Altanova, LLC
    Thu, Aug 27, 2015
    RE: Feedback on the LEED 2009 ACPs for Projects Outside the U.S.
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    169 Eric Johnson
    Principal Sustainability Project and Cost Manager
    Green Future Now
    Fri, Apr 10, 2015
    RE: OPR for LEED ND
    in LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Forum
    186 Casey Studhalter
    Project Manager, LEED
    USGBC
    Wed, Apr 1, 2015
    RE: Energy And Water Data Release Form
    in MPR 6 - Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    48 Karen Joslin
    principal
    Joslin Consulting
    Thu, Mar 19, 2015
    RE: LEED v4 CIR
    in Got Technical Questions on LEED v4?
    58 Neshat Sakeena
    Sustainability Consultant
    Ramboll
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    RE: LEED 2.2 Registered Projects
    in LEED 2.2 Registered Projects (with the eventual adoption of LEED v4)
    4 emily reese
    Sustainability Consultant / Facility Planner
    Jacobs Engineering
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    How to Build Your Team on LEEDuser - by Tristan Roberts
    Mon, Dec 22, 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.
    Mon, Oct 19, 2015
    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
    Store
    in Most Downloaded LEEDuser Documentation Templates, Calculators, and Samples
    1 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Wed, Dec 10, 2014
    The 10 Most Popular LEEDuser Forums - by Tristan Roberts
    Thu, Dec 4, 2014
    RE: Peak and Daily Average Transient
    in Determing Transients (Students/Visitors)
    11 Susan Walter
    Specifications Director
    Populous
    Tue, Nov 18, 2014
    RE: LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Spanish
    in Latin America and the Caribbean
    17 Marge Barradas Machin
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014
    RE: Green Associate vs. AP exam materials
    in LEED AP EB O+M Exam
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    RE: Keeping them up to date
    in China
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    China
    Congratulations 2014 LEED Fellows - by Tristan Roberts
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Spanish
    in South America
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Portuguese
    in Brazil
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    Brazil
    LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Portuguese
    in Portugal
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    Portugal
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    LEED project with associated Parking Deck
    in NC-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    12 Ashley Love
    LEED AP BD+C
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    RE: Horizzontally attached bldg addition to Non Certified building
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    217 Eric Bautista
    Managing Consultant, LEED™ AP (BD+C Specialty)
    EB Project Management
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    44 Gregory Martin
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    Institute for Research
    in Healthcare-v2009: Development density and community connectivity
    5 Rachel Manoguerra
    Green Associate
    3QC, Inc.
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    RE: Dormitory Washing Machines
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    255 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA Architects and Engineers
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    Open Plan office served by 4 AHUs
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    160 Michael Wahjudi
    ESD Consultant
    Kaer Pte Ltd
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    Singapore
    Lighting steps vs on/off
    in CI-v4: Minimum energy performance
    11 Jorge López de Obeso
    Architect / Environmental adviser
    EA Energia y Arquitectura
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    How is an area/square footage assigned to a tree?
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    457 Tricia Loe
    Sustainable Concepts
    Mon, Aug 22, 2016
    United States
    Municipally supplied "purple pipe"
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    130 Kath Williams
    LEED Fellow 2011, Principal
    Kath Williams + Associates
    Sat, Aug 20, 2016
    United States
    decorative allowance
    in CI 2009 EAc1.1: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Power
    110 Ronald Dean
    Sumac Inc.
    Fri, Aug 19, 2016
    RE: Outdoor Airflow Rates in HVAC system exceptions
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,128 Martin K
    Fri, Aug 19, 2016
    Energy Submetering
    in EBOM-v4: Advanced energy metering
    7 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 19, 2016
    India
    RE: ULEF documentation and LEED Online form
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    223 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016
    Supermarket in a small neighbourhood
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    292 Heraldo Muñoz
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016
    Paraguay
    Can LEED for New Construction be used for Ronald McDonald House
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    795 cathy keagle
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    Successful Option 4 with Zipcar?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    465 Geoffrey Brock
    Sustainability Director - Construction
    Lendlease
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    United States
    Managing rainwater in clay soil with low permeability
    in CS v4: Rainwater management
    4 Maria Glädt
    White Arkitekter AB
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    Sweden
    RE: Awarded the credit?
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    202 Craig Graber
    Sr. Environmental Designer
    Atelier Ten
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016
    United States
    160815 FLUSH-OUT - LEED V4 IAQ ASSESSMENT PRACTICE EXAM QUESTION
    in CS v4: Tenant design and construction guidelines
    2 P Beulah
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016
    RE: Reclaimed land from sea
    in NC-v4: Must be in a permanent location on existing land
    15 Regina Ng
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    If you are already meeting SS c8...
    in Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence
    47 Cynthia Kaplan
    Principal
    cmk LEED
    Tue, Sep 6, 2016
    2016-09-06 21:27 United States
    Hardscape for exterior wall pool deck
    in EBOM 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Reduction—Nonroof
    55 Karla Chavez
    GBI Tile and Stone
    Tue, Sep 6, 2016
    2016-09-06 18:16 United States
    Compliance for Existing Site Features
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    132 Vicki Rybl
    Energy Engineer
    RDK Engineers
    Tue, Sep 6, 2016
    2016-09-06 14:32 United States
    Sample Documentation
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    301 Ernesto Agco
    HVAC Engineer
    WestRim
    Tue, Sep 6, 2016
    2016-09-06 03:11 Philippines
    IEQc4.1 VOC content questions
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    517 Christopher Baker
    Mon, Sep 5, 2016
    2016-09-05 19:49 United States
    LEED Green Associate Exam!!! Leedv4
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    72 Julian Laze
    Sun, Sep 4, 2016
    2016-09-04 20:20 United States
    Dirt road?
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    301 emily reese
    Sustainability Consultant / Facility Planner
    Jacobs Engineering
    Thu, Sep 1, 2016
    2016-09-01 21:07 United States
    Energy Star eligibility for very large Display Monitors
    in CI 2009 EAc1.4: Optimize Energy Performance—Equipment and Appliances
    322 Harry Flamm
    Project Architect and Sustainability Coordinator
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
    Thu, Sep 1, 2016
    2016-09-01 18:31 United States
    Customer Use of Restrooms
    in Retail-CI-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    3 Donny Goris-Kolb
    Thu, Sep 1, 2016
    2016-09-01 12:26 United States
    Inspection Reports - responsible party
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    296 komal kotwal
    Thu, Sep 1, 2016
    2016-09-01 11:28 Saudi Arabia
    Dormitory Washing Machines
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    255 Vicki Rybl
    Energy Engineer
    RDK Engineers
    Thu, Sep 1, 2016
    2016-09-01 09:43 United States
    ASHREA 0-2005
    in NC-v4: Enhanced commissioning
    40 Amrit Kaur
    Association for Energy Affordability
    Thu, Sep 1, 2016
    2016-09-01 08:21 United States
    Confirmation - Durable goods (furniture)
    in EBOM-v4: Purchasing - ongoing
    11 Stephen Redding
    Vice President
    KCI
    Wed, Aug 31, 2016
    2016-08-31 17:46 United States
    Minimum HVAC equipment efficiencies
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,751 Pedro Ribeiro
    Director of Sustainability
    Edifícios Saudáveis Consultores
    Wed, Aug 31, 2016
    2016-08-31 14:01 Portugal
    Wood pellets as a Renewable energy source
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    305 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Wed, Aug 31, 2016
    2016-08-31 08:04 Bulgaria
    Multiple types of MERV filters for pressure drop adjustment
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,751 Pedro Ribeiro
    Director of Sustainability
    Edifícios Saudáveis Consultores
    Wed, Aug 31, 2016
    2016-08-31 07:23 Portugal
    Functional Entry for Addition Project
    in NC-v4: Access to quality transit
    18 Eric White
    Sustainability Consultant
    Mission Green Buildings
    Tue, Aug 30, 2016
    2016-08-30 18:25 Canada
    VOC for fire proofing / intumescent sealants
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    517 Stacey Olson
    Associate, LEED AP, ID+C, BD+C, CID
    Gensler
    Tue, Aug 30, 2016
    2016-08-30 13:40 United States
    Baseline HVAC system modeling
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,751 Pedro Ribeiro
    Director of Sustainability
    Edifícios Saudáveis Consultores
    Tue, Aug 30, 2016
    2016-08-30 11:34 Portugal
    Free waste heat
    in CS v4: Minimum energy performance
    4 sergio arus
    Green Energy Expert & HVAC
    SWECO
    Tue, Aug 30, 2016
    2016-08-30 10:16 Sweden

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