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Design vs. Construction Review

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Design vs. Construction Review

June 30, 2014

General Question: If a project is submitting their LEED information in the two part Design and Construction approach, do all the of credits which are noted as being "Design" credits have to actually be submitted during that Design submission or can some of those "Design" credits be deferred until the final Construction Submission?

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Timeline for periodic LEED version update

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Timeline for periodic LEED version update

June 23, 2014

I looked online and tried to find a graphic or info I know I have seen once that shows the typical timeline for a "next" version of LEED, the version update cycle timeline. Does anyone know where that information is on the USGBC website? Is it 3 years? 4 years? 5 years? Any information or link you can point me to would be appreciated!

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LEED Software

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LEED Software

June 17, 2014

Hi All

I am a small startup LEED Consulting Business, and although I have worked on a variety of projects and seen them through certification, I wanted to know if there are any recommended software programs that will make the process go easier, smoother. In other words, perhaps a daylighting, lighting or views software to use rather than using the manual form provided in LEED online? Perhaps a favorite program that will take care of site maps, satellite views, so forth nicely? Thanks!

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LEED AP BD+C after LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAMS

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LEED AP BD+C after LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAMS

June 16, 2014

Dear sir/Madam,

I have passed LEED-Green Associate Exam on June-13th 2014,
i am planning to takeup LEED AP BD+C in the next 3 months, i have a query as below, if i take up LEED AP BD+C, is it that i have do on all the Rating system or anyone specialization like NC, CS, EBOM.

Kindly confirm

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tenants guidelines

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tenants guidelines

June 10, 2014

i have one doubt now the leed v4 is going to be official should a change my tenants guidelines strategy of comercial interior for the leed v4 instead of leed v3 ?

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Non-certifiable Parking Garage within LEED Boundary

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Non-certifiable Parking Garage within LEED Boundary

May 21, 2014

We are seeking LEED certification for a new office building. A new separate parking garage building (under the same construction contract) falls within the LEED Boundary. I understand that the parking garage will not be certifiable as it does not meet the MPRs for occupancy. Please confirm. We would be applying the white roof of the parking garage to the SSc7.1 credit for Heat Island Effect Non Roof.

As such, please advise if we should separate out the material costs for the two buildings for the MR and IEQ credits as one is certifiable and the other not but will contribute to the SSc7.1 credit. There is one previous thread in the MR forum that mentioned this, and the comment was that the material costs of both buildings should be lumped together.

If however we do not include the parking garage into the SSc7.1 credit, can we exclude the material costs of the parking garage as it would be "non-certifiable"?

Thanks!

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LEED Green Associate Exam & LEED AP BD+C before June 15

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LEED Green Associate Exam & LEED AP BD+C before June 15

May 16, 2014

So here’s the Question:
On June 14th 2012 I took the LEED Green Associate Exam and passed.
If I want to maintain my credential: “LEED Professionals maintain their credential by earning continuing education hours every two years. LEED Green Associates must earn 15 hours and LEED APs must earn 30 hours.”
I have to earn 15 hours, which till the date I haven’t.
Im planning on taking the LEED Accredited Professional Exam on Friday June 13th 2014, being that the last day to earn my Educational hours.
What happens if I fail the AP BD+C Exam on June 13th and haven’t earned my continuing education hours for my LEED GA Credential till that date? Am I going to lose my Green Associate Credential?
Will I have to retake the Green Associate Exam (V4) and the LEED AP BD+C (V4) after June 30th?
What happens if I decide to take the Exam on the last day V3 is available? June 15th, am I still Eligible for the AP BD+C exam with my expired GA Credential?

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Textura Greengrade

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Textura Greengrade

April 30, 2014

Has anyone used the Greengrade add-on package offered by Textura? What is / was your experience with it?
I am starting a project using Textura's Submittal Exchange program and the client is interested in implementing the Greengrade package, but I would like to know if it's worth the extra up front cost. Thanks!

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"Narrative" in LEEDland

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"Narrative" in LEEDland

April 24, 2014

I am not one of these types who proofread the dinner menu for punctuation and syntax. I mean, I'll notice the errors, I just think people who do that could bring up something more interesting instead.

But I do love language. And in the world of LEED we are using "narrative" to mean "written explanation" or "verbal description." I suggest that we could use those words and leave narrative to mean what it is supposed to mean: "an account of connected events"--in other words, a story, or a plot.

I say this because I found myself using it the way it gets used around here and it kinda felt, I dunno, icky somehow. Like I was subtracting from the elegance of the traditional usage. Is that too dramatic? The usage I'm taking issue with is a near miss, after all.

On the other hand, narratives, as an account of connected events, sometimes have drama. An explanation of wether the tenant or the developer will install cooling and heating equipment in a core and shell building might have some drama--but typically, and most likely, not so much as, say, "Of Mice and Men," "The Road," or even your diary. Do you get what I'm saying? Anyway... back to preliminary review responses.

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BD+C AP exam

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BD+C AP exam

April 17, 2014

I'm preparing to take the BD+C exam and I'm not sure if studying the pilot credits is necessary. Do I only focus on the v2009 credits and MPRs? Any helpful study tips would be very much appreciated!

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