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    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    288 Marilyn Specht
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    Integral Group
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    RE: >75% M&V Template Requirement
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    126 Emmanuel Pauwels
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    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    RE: Reduce Parking Footprint
    in NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    31 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    (HERS) index score of at least 75
    in ND-v2009: Building energy efficiency
    13 mugahid khatib
    TexEnergy Solutions
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    Canada
    RE: CI or NC?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    796 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    RE: Calculating MRc4 - Recycable Material Credits
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    623 Richard Metts
    CPC, LEED AP BD+C
    Durotech, Inc.
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    United States
    Water meters to each tenant area.
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    45 Ciaran McCabe
    METEC Consulting Engineers
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    Trigeneration
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    139 Victoria Watson
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Solar PV Array Ownership
    in NC-v4: Renewable energy production
    6 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Lease Duration
    in CI 2009 MRc1.1: Tenant Space—Long-Term Commitment
    46 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: adjusted dailyuses for urinal when restroom without urinal exist
    in CS 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    224 Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED Fellow, WELL AP
    Principal
    Ecoworks Studio
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: SS Credit 8 Compliance
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    642 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Water metering
    in CI 2009 EAc3: Measurement and Verification
    177 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: postponing a construction credit
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    834 Sara Curlee
    Project Architect
    BWBR
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: PVC Welding Cement
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    205 Leanne Conrad
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: NC-2009 SSc4.1 - Exemplary Performance
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    288 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    RE: >75% M&V Template Requirement
    in CS 2009 EAc5.2: Measurement and Verification—Tenant Submetering
    126 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    RE: Reduce Parking Footprint
    in NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    31 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    (HERS) index score of at least 75
    in ND-v2009: Building energy efficiency
    13 mugahid khatib
    TexEnergy Solutions
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    Canada
    RE: Calculating MRc4 - Recycable Material Credits
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    623 Richard Metts
    CPC, LEED AP BD+C
    Durotech, Inc.
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    United States
    Water meters to each tenant area.
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    45 Ciaran McCabe
    METEC Consulting Engineers
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    Trigeneration
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    139 Victoria Watson
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Solar PV Array Ownership
    in NC-v4: Renewable energy production
    6 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Lease Duration
    in CI 2009 MRc1.1: Tenant Space—Long-Term Commitment
    46 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: adjusted dailyuses for urinal when restroom without urinal exist
    in CS 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    224 Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED Fellow, WELL AP
    Principal
    Ecoworks Studio
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: SS Credit 8 Compliance
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    642 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Water metering
    in CI 2009 EAc3: Measurement and Verification
    177 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: PVC Welding Cement
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    205 Leanne Conrad
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    noise and emissions controls
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    136 cathy keagle
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: AGi32 -b sDA
    in NC-v4: Daylight
    53 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    Homes / Low Rise Multifamily
    in Homes-v4: Environmentally preferable products
    1 Mark Murphy
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    United States
    RE: DOAS
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    1,047 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional
    JLL
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    appropriate zoning, solar exposure - apartment
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    442 Yuna Chen
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    RE: Energy Model DHW peak flow vs WEp1 peak flow
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,753 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    Dorm projects
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    123 Rita Haberman
    Brightworks
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: CI or NC?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    796 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    RE: postponing a construction credit
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    834 Sara Curlee
    Project Architect
    BWBR
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    Congratulations 2016 LEED Fellows - by Tristan Roberts
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: v4 BD+C Licensed Professional Exemption
    in Licensed Professional Exemption
    21 Eric Anderson
    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: LEED Green Associate Exam!!! Leedv4
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    72 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 6, 2016
    RE: advanced buildings doc
    in Where can I find a copy of "Advanced Buildings: Energy Benchmark for High Performance Buildings (E-Benchmark)”?
    15 Trevor Anderson
    Sustainability Consultant
    Steven Winter Associates
    Fri, Sep 2, 2016
    RE: GBES Resources for WELL AP Exam
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    38 Brian Salazar
    President, LEED AP, WELL AP
    Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
    Mon, Aug 29, 2016
    United States
    RE: FIT Program vs LEED Points
    in LEED Canada Forum
    56 Fayoke Banjo
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    Canada
    RE: Energy Star compliant attic access doors
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    159 Brett Little
    Executive Director
    GreenHome Institute
    Tue, Aug 2, 2016
    RE: *sensationalism alert*!
    in Does LEED v4 Ban PVC?
    12 joel longstreth
    Marketing Manager
    brentwood plastics
    Mon, Aug 1, 2016
    RE: Adding more projects to a Campus
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    572 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Thu, Jul 28, 2016
    RE: sunset date for projects registered under LEEDv3
    in Time to finish that LEED-NC v2.1 project, or upgrade - sunset date is coming
    2 emily reese
    Sustainability Consultant / Facility Planner
    Jacobs Engineering
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    n/a
    in Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification
    12 robert lohr
    Sr. Director of Construction
    DSW, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    Core & Shell Warehouses in LEED v4 - by Michelle Rosenberger
    Mon, Jul 18, 2016
    Selection of Leed certification
    in 17 critical—and misunderstood—LEED terms
    7 B B
    Mon, Jul 18, 2016
    Trinidad and Tobago
    RE: Deadline for Construction Review
    in Deadline to Submit Construction Submittal - LEED NC (LEED for Schools)
    5 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Sun, Jul 10, 2016
    ECp2 and c1 - Location of this Addendum?
    in Highlights from the LEED-EBOM addenda
    2 Michelle Bracewell-Musson
    Owner, LEED AP
    Green Expectations Sustainability Solutions
    Sun, Jun 26, 2016
    United States
    RE: design vs construction credits
    in A New, More Accessible LEED Online for LEED v4
    16 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Thu, Jun 23, 2016
    RE: DES Rates
    in New District Energy Guidance for LEED Released by USGBC
    73 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jun 21, 2016
    RE: parking demand vs 1000sf or vs employees
    in More Money, Less Guesswork: ITE Parking Generation Study and SSc4.4
    37 Erin Holdenried
    Sustainable Design Manager
    AECOM
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    waste management by bedroom vs sf
    in Homes-v4: Construction waste management
    1 Elizabeth Eason
    LEED Fellow
    Elizabeth Eason Architecture LLC
    Wed, Jan 22, 2014
    RE: BAS
    in EBOM 2009 EAc3.1: Performance Measurement—Building Automation System
    46 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Fri, Jan 17, 2014
    WEpc10
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    62 Mark Meaders
    Sustainable Leader
    HDR, Inc.
    Fri, Jan 17, 2014
    RE: FSC COC for subcontractors
    in CI 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    113 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA Architects and Engineers
    Wed, Jan 15, 2014
    Meter for Water Use in Laundry
    in Healthcare-v2009: Water use reduction - measurement and verification
    13 Jon Penndorf
    Wed, Jan 15, 2014
    United States
    RE: LEED Core and Shell 2009 (V 3) for IEQ c1, IEQ c5 and IEQ 6
    in CS-2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    67 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M; CxA: Green Rater in Training
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Wed, Jan 15, 2014
    RE: Group Project - WEp1 & WEc3
    in Healthcare-v2009: Water use reduction
    27 Susan Walter
    Specifications Director
    Populous
    Thu, Jan 9, 2014
    RE: Article
    in LEED Fellow Yudelson to Lead Rival Green Globes
    15 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jan 9, 2014
    RE: Article
    in LEED Fellow Yudelson to Lead Rival Green Globes
    15 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jan 9, 2014
    RE: Walking path question
    in CI 2009 SSc3.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    51 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Thu, Jan 9, 2014
    Compliance for Existing Site Features
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    132 Vicki Rybl
    Energy Engineer
    RDK Engineers
    Wed, Jan 8, 2014
    United States
    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
    Wed, Jan 8, 2014
    United States
    Default Occupancy for a Health Club
    in Calculating FTEs
    208 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Mon, Jan 6, 2014
    Argentina
    RE: LEED Green Associate Exam!!! Leedv4
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    72 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jan 3, 2014
    RE: Do parking garages need to be included in the LEED project?
    in LEED Certifications for Parking Garages No Longer Allowed
    16 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Fri, Jan 3, 2014
    RE: Adding more projects to a Campus
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    572 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Thu, Jan 2, 2014
    RE: Adding more projects to a Campus
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    572 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Tue, Dec 31, 2013
    Ds value
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    171 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M; CxA: Green Rater in Training
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Mon, Dec 30, 2013
    RE: Energy Model DHW peak flow vs WEp1 peak flow
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,753 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Dec 27, 2013
    RE: CI or NC?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    796 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Thu, Dec 26, 2013
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    Total Site Areas
    in CS 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    54 Dave L
    Tue, Jan 12, 2016
    2016-01-12 17:51 United States
    Emergency Lighting within Daylight Zone
    in CI 2009 EAc1.2: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Controls
    91 William Weaver
    LEED Fellow, WELL AP
    JLL
    Tue, Jan 12, 2016
    2016-01-12 13:53 United States
    net area vs gross area (simulation) in IEQc8.1
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    137 Panagiota Dadinou
    Civil Engineer, MSc
    Tue, Jan 12, 2016
    2016-01-12 09:12 Germany
    net area vs gross area (simulation)
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    137 Panagiota Dadinou
    Civil Engineer, MSc
    Tue, Jan 12, 2016
    2016-01-12 09:02 Germany
    PC 85 Learning Controls
    in Using the LEED Pilot Credit Library
    40 Dirk Kestner
    Principal
    Walter P Moore
    Mon, Jan 11, 2016
    2016-01-12 00:19 United States
    Paint in Parking Lot
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    110 Maggie Hogan Skaug
    Mon, Jan 11, 2016
    2016-01-11 15:42 United States
    Green Cleaning as NC ID credit
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp3: Green Cleaning Policy
    75 Ed Healy
    ESD Consultant, LEED AP BD+C
    Hurley Palmer Flatt
    Mon, Jan 11, 2016
    2016-01-11 11:13 Canada
    Custom Walk-In Freezers and Refrigerators
    in CI 2009 EAc1.4: Optimize Energy Performance—Equipment and Appliances
    322 David Hryvniak
    Research Assistant
    Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Fri, Jan 8, 2016
    2016-01-08 15:41 United States
    Alternative Compliance Path
    in Schools SSp2: Environmental Site Assessment
    56 timothy thomas
    project architect
    bshm architects
    Fri, Jan 8, 2016
    2016-01-08 13:03 United States
    PtD vs H&S
    in CS-2009: Prevention through Design
    1 Belén Valladares López
    Mrs
    Valladares Ingenieria
    Fri, Jan 8, 2016
    2016-01-08 07:28 Spain
    New Materials & Resources Calculator
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    343 Tiffany Moore
    LEED Documentation Consultant
    Built Kansas City LLC
    Thu, Jan 7, 2016
    2016-01-07 17:58 United States
    Community Garden and Reclaimed Water
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    457 Rita Haberman
    Brightworks
    Thu, Jan 7, 2016
    2016-01-07 15:20 United States
    Blue Roofs
    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    324 Kerrie Racicot
    Thu, Jan 7, 2016
    2016-01-07 12:59 United States
    IAQ Testing
    in Discuss the LEED Dynamic Plaque
    5 Roland Jones
    Environmental Connection, inc.
    Thu, Jan 7, 2016
    2016-01-07 10:14 United States
    Reuse of aggregates
    in EBOM 2009 MRc7: Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables
    82 Fareed Alghimlas
    Senior Research Associate
    Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
    Thu, Jan 7, 2016
    2016-01-07 05:36 Kuwait
    Walk off mat length within vestibule
    in CI 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    101 Maria Papiez
    Sustainability Lead
    BBH Design
    Wed, Jan 6, 2016
    2016-01-06 22:14 United States
    retail definition?
    in ND Plan-v4: Bicycle facilities
    2 Ian Scott
    Wed, Jan 6, 2016
    2016-01-06 15:41 Canada
    Definition of Short term and Long Term bike storage
    in NC-v4: Bicycle facilities
    48 Jason Happe
    Director of Energy & Sustainability
    EBI Consulting
    Wed, Jan 6, 2016
    2016-01-06 13:00 United States
    Solar Water Heating System
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    305 Kalyan Nishtala
    Wed, Jan 6, 2016
    2016-01-06 12:43 United States
    Recycled content in Steel frame of facade
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    623 Hieu Huynh
    Environmental Engineer, LEED AP BD+C
    Wed, Jan 6, 2016
    2016-01-06 02:54 Vietnam

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