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    Title Comments Most Recent Post
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    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    560 Mauricio Ramirez
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    Continuous Insulation and Appendix A
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,103 Caupolican Diaz
    Sustainable Design Coordinator
    SMMA
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    Native Landscape with No Irrigation
    in Schools 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    28 Nicole Ferrini
    via Greengrade LEED Management Software
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    RE: MPR6 - Option 1
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    31 Donald Green
    Project Manager
    Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    RE: Construction within LEED boundary after completion of original
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    149 Heather DeGrella
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Opsis Architecture
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    RE: Historical data with building ownership change
    in EBOM 2009 IOc3: Documenting Sustainable Building Cost Impacts
    27 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    Who does it ?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    593 AHMET DEMIROGLU
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    RE: DES and EAc5
    in NC 2009 EAc5: Measurement and Verification
    183 FABIO VIERO
    Head of Sustainability
    Manens-Tifs s.p.a.
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    Performance Period Extension, Post-Reviewer's Comments
    in Performance Period
    51 Sara Zoumbaris
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    RE: WEp1 - LEED - International - Faucets again
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    547 Michelle Robinson
    Re:Vision Architecture
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    RE: Debating which LEED AP test to take...
    in LEED AP Specialities: Should You Get One?
    27 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    RE: EAc4 Equipment Life not represented accurately in ref. guide
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    90 Jesus Deras
    Energy Analyst
    The Wall Consulting Group
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    RE: AHU system for industrial production
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,011 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    RE: Minimum daylight illuminance levels
    in CI 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    121 Agata Jarzynska
    Ove Arup & Partners Int. Ltd Sp. z o.o. Oddzial w Polsce
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    RE: Classification of a room as "densly occupied"
    in NC 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    222 Agata Jarzynska
    Ove Arup & Partners Int. Ltd Sp. z o.o. Oddzial w Polsce
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Garage entrances to building
    in CS 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    81 Maria Isabel Conde
    Owner
    Aqua Terra (Panama) S.A.
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    ASHRAE vs. ISO/EN
    in CI 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    47 Jens Apel
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014
    ASHRAE vs. ISO/EN
    in CS 2009 IEQc7: Thermal Comfort—Design
    22 Jens Apel
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014
    Permanent monitoring system for thermal comfort
    in CI 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    24 Yaser Al Sharif
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014
    Lighting Power Density
    in CI 2009 EAc1.1: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Power
    84 Yaser Al Sharif
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014
    Other equipment requiring refrigeration
    in NC 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    50 Vivien Fairlamb
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014
    RE: LEED-NC Building Within New Complex
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    195 Ali Kassid
    Sr. Architect
    Hill International
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014
    Apply to LEED Committees by April 10
    in NC-2009: Green vehicles
    13 Christopher Law
    Associate, LEED
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014
    RE: MRc3-Working Product Sustainablity Criterias without cutsheets
    in EBOM 2009 MRc3: Sustainable Purchasing—Facility Alterations and Additions
    74 Trunnell Price
    Project Manager
    AHB Construction Services
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014
    purchasing merchandise for resale
    in EBOM 2009 IOc1: Innovation in Operations
    41 ethan adams
    UUSC
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014
    RE: Thresholds in NOx
    in Healthcare-v2009: Community contaminant prevention - airborne releases
    7 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014
    RE: BAS localized lighting
    in EBOM 2009 EAc3.1: Performance Measurement—Building Automation System
    33 ethan adams
    UUSC
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014
    RE: developer owned design build project
    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    239 Scott Bowman
    Principal - Corporate Sustainability Leader
    KJWW Engineering Consultants
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014
    TR-55 availabe outside US
    in Pilot Credit 45: Site Assessment
    10 Javier Garcia Jones
    Valladares Ingenieria
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014
    RE: Environmental Labs in office building
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.2: Green Cleaning—Custodial Effectiveness Assessment
    63 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014
    Calculating a baseline
    in EBOM-2009 WEc3: Water Efficient Landscaping
    107 American University
    Sustainability
    American University
    Tue, Apr 1, 2014
    RE: HK Equivalent of Energy-Star qualified products
    in CI 2009 EAc1.4: Optimize Energy Performance—Equipment and Appliances
    249 MM K
    Tue, Apr 1, 2014
    RE: 1-year and 2-year 24-hour Design Storm
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    191 Daniela Grotenfelt
    Miss
    Larkas& Laine Architects Ltd
    Tue, Apr 1, 2014
    RE: LEED NC 2009 MRc2 - Co-mingled Waste Recycing
    in NC v2.2 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    110 Ian McCall
    Environmental Engineer
    Le Sommer Environnement
    Tue, Apr 1, 2014
    Unoccupied Building
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Must comply with project size requirements
    1 Phillip Cook
    WGE
    Tue, Apr 1, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    How Well Do You Know LEED v4? Answers to the LEEDuser Quiz - by Tristan Roberts
    Fri, Oct 26, 2012
    RE: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
    in LEED 2012 - 4th Public Comment and Ballot Forum
    191 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 15, 2012
    Using Specs effectively during construction
    in Did you remember to...? List of things it's best not to forget on a project
    1 Peggy White
    White + GreenSpec
    Mon, Sep 24, 2012
    RE: EA PR 2
    in LEEDuser’s Guide to Key Changes in LEED-EBOM 2012 – 3rd Public Comment
    40 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Sep 24, 2012
    FSC vs SFI
    in Does LEED Kill Jobs? Lobbyist Claims Don't Hold Up
    11 Alexander Morris
    Associate
    Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC
    Mon, Sep 24, 2012
    Governmental Cutting of Corners
    in "Wood Wars" Continue, with Military Losing
    1 Kaida Smith
    Thu, Sep 20, 2012
    RE: webcast recording
    in Video: Behind the Scenes on LEED 2012: New Developments in Credit Documentation, Reference Guides, and More
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Sep 6, 2012
    RE: MPR #6 - CI project without submetered utilities
    in MPR 6 - Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    47 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 21, 2013
    RE: 4 floor building - 2 phases
    in Site boundaries for multi-phase Projects
    17 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Sep 5, 2012
    RE: Change of project
    in Registration
    7 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Sep 5, 2012
    RE: Consult Core & Shell Appendix 1
    in Determing Transients (Students/Visitors)
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Sep 5, 2012
    RE: ID Credit for Dual Certification
    in Green Globes Q&A
    9 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 4, 2012
    RE: Not much of anything
    in USGBC LEED EBOM policy model 2009
    5 Paulina Marinkovic
    Sustainability Manager LEED AP O&M
    Samba Energy
    Fri, Aug 31, 2012
    RE: Does this mean state owned
    in Georgia Bans LEED Over Certified Wood Credits
    2 Paula Melton
    Managing Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Aug 24, 2012
    LEED 2.2 Registered Projects
    in LEED 2.2 Registered Projects (with the eventual adoption of LEED v4)
    1 David Posada
    Sustainability Manager
    GBD Architects
    Wed, Aug 22, 2012
    RE: Activity Date in CMP
    in GBCI now reviewing CMP hours within 48 hours of entry
    11 Kristina Bach
    CORE Steward
    Cooper Carry
    Wed, Aug 22, 2012
    RE: Thanks Andrew!
    in LEED Online and how to make it run FAST on Google Chrome
    4 Maura Adams
    Environmental Stewardship Manager
    Wed, Aug 15, 2012
    RE: LEED Certified or Certifiable?
    in LEED Certified or Certifiable? Architects Make the Case for Earning the Plaque
    9 Sandeep Goswami
    COO
    Fountain Head II
    Sat, Aug 11, 2012
    Thanks for the responses so
    in Student looking for LEED users to complete a questionnaire on the IgCC and LEED
    1 Michael Zagorski
    Thu, Aug 2, 2012
    RE: post-event Q&A
    in Video: Top-20 LEED-EBOM Documentation Mistakes—And How to Avoid Them
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 27, 2012
    Title Votes Comments Most Recent Post
    Concrete Sealer
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    240 233 Adolfo Silva
    Principal
    Ecovert Corporation
    Thu, Nov 19, 2009
    RE: Regionally manufactured materials
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    240 233 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Dec 7, 2009
    understanding the Daylight Factor method
    in CI 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    239 121 Alex Warburton
    Sat, Jan 9, 2010
    Points available for EQ pr2 (ETS control)?
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    239 228 jeff gaines
    manager of programming and planning
    albert kahn associates, inc.
    Thu, Sep 24, 2009
    RE: Dormitory that is No Smoking
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    236 228 Ben Stanley
    Sustainability Manager
    YRG sustainability
    Fri, Jan 29, 2010
    RE: Hospital water use?
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    234 94 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Mary Davidge Associates
    Mon, Feb 1, 2010
    Janitor Sinks
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    234 195 Eric Doyle
    Project Administrator
    Catalyst Partners
    Tue, Jan 19, 2010
    Motel-style dormitory with smoking rooms
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    234 228 Kimberly Frith
    Sustainability Consultant
    Alto Sustainability, LLC
    Wed, Jan 20, 2010
    ANSI S12.60-2002 - Not required?
    in Schools 2009 IEQp3: Minimum Acoustical Performance
    234 136 John Dunn
    President
    2D Innovations
    Sat, Nov 14, 2009
    No extra points available for EQp2
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    231 228 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Mary Davidge Associates
    Fri, Sep 25, 2009
    Comprehensive Info on Green Roofs
    in Green Roofs
    231 20 Jim Newman
    Principal
    Linnean Solutions
    Fri, Oct 30, 2009
    RECs providers...
    in EBOM 2009 EAc4: On-Site and Off-Site Renewable Energy
    230 84 Jared Silliker
    Owner
    Silliker + Partners
    Tue, Jan 26, 2010
    The Naming of Options, and Knowing Which Applies to You
    in EBOM 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Efficiency Performance
    228 110 Jenny Carney
    Principal
    YR&G
    Tue, Jan 5, 2010
    USGBC provides additional guidance
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    227 195 Shannon Gray
    Consultant
    YRG sustainability
    Thu, Dec 3, 2009
    RE: Illogical ETS requirement for existing non-res. buildings?
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    226 228 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Dec 10, 2009
    RE: Grabbing a non-contiguous park
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    225 182 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Wed, Feb 3, 2010
    RE: USGBC provides additional guidance
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    224 195 Dave Intner
    Firmitas Architecture & Planning
    Mon, Dec 21, 2009
    Illogical ETS requirement for existing non-res. buildings?
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    224 228 John Burnett
    FAC-LEEDership
    Wed, Dec 9, 2009
    RE: Motel-style dormitory with smoking rooms
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    223 228 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 20, 2010
    RE: Calculating FTE/Transients for Hospital environments
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    220 94 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader
    HOK
    Wed, Feb 3, 2010
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    ACP for Europe regarding VOC limits and EMICODE classes?
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    79 Daniela Grotenfelt
    Miss
    Larkas& Laine Architects Ltd
    Tue, Mar 18, 2014
    NC & CI MRc5 DIVISION 12 – FURNISHINGS
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    233 Ian McCall
    Environmental Engineer
    Le Sommer Environnement
    Tue, Mar 18, 2014
    Carpool discount
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    104 BEE Bisagni Environmental Enterprise
    Tue, Mar 18, 2014
    Employee Garden for IO Point?
    in EBOM 2009 IOc1: Innovation in Operations
    41 Lucy Williams
    Principal
    Lucy C. Williams, Architect
    Mon, Mar 17, 2014
    Community Connectivity travel distance
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    195 Jennifer Rennick
    Principal
    In Balance Green Consulting
    Mon, Mar 17, 2014
    Achieving this credit in a Shopping mall?
    in CS 2009 IEQc6: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    34 Omar Katanani
    Mon, Mar 17, 2014
    Printers in open space
    in CI 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    78 MM K
    Mon, Mar 17, 2014
    previous documents
    in EBOM 2009 SSc6: Stormwater Quantity Control
    59 Brian Dougherty
    Sat, Mar 15, 2014
    Playing fields exclusion NC 2009
    in Schools 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    28 FRAGISKOS LEVANTIS
    LEED AP BD+C
    SUSTAIN O.E.
    Fri, Mar 14, 2014
    Can FSC Product Certification replace invoices?
    in CI 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    93 Mauricio Ramirez
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Open grid pavement
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    39 james connors
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Certified Green Seal vs Certified Green Seal GS37 or GS40
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    117 amy kaspar
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Insulating Concrete Forms
    in Pilot Credit 20: Recycled Content for Non-Structural Materials
    11 Amy Van Dam
    Sustainable Design Coordinator
    Boulder Associates Architects
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Review Appeal
    in Review Appeal
    29 Regina Ng
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Appeal with a new credit
    in Review Appeal
    29 Regina Ng
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Minimum Occupancy
    in NC-v4: Must be in a permanent location on existing land
    3 Gina Dederer
    URS Deutschland GmbH
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Vegetated area requirement
    in CS 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    92 John Burnett
    FAC-LEEDership
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Controller Efficiency
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    318 Scott Fornaciari
    Principal
    Landarc Associates, Inc.
    Wed, Mar 12, 2014
    Purchasing RECS after the Performance Period
    in EBOM 2009 EAc4: On-Site and Off-Site Renewable Energy
    84 Summer Gorder
    Owner
    ecoREAL
    Tue, Mar 11, 2014
    LEED Project Boundary for a Transit Station
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    172 Kimberlyn Caoagas
    Tue, Mar 11, 2014

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