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    279 Daniel Hartsig
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    RE: Reduce Parking Footprint
    in NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    28 Hadar Farjo
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
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    RE: RECs or Carbon Offsets and prices
    in NC-v4: Green power and carbon offsets
    23 Francis Hernandez
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    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: Wood pellets as a Renewable energy source
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    304 Daniel Hartsig
    Sustainability Analyst
    Transwestern
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: Contract through Design Team - conflicting information
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    340 michelle bombeck
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    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
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    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
    RE: FTE shower access
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    314 Jens Apel
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Reuse of window glass for contstruction fill
    in CS 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    78 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP® BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC, a LEED® Proven Provider™
    Fri, Apr 15, 2016
    RE: 10% Exemption
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.5: Green Cleaning—Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    66 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Apr 14, 2016
    Ventilated Interior Door
    in Homes-v4: Advanced utility tracking
    1 Mitchell Toews
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    Thu, Apr 14, 2016
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    5 Trista Little
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    YR&G
    Thu, Apr 14, 2016
    MPR3 - Hotel in Mixed Use Building
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    3 Sara Zoumbaris
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    Thu, Apr 14, 2016
    United States
    Precertification credits online
    in CS 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    20 Jakub Netolicky
    Mr.
    PM Group CZ
    Thu, Apr 14, 2016
    Czech Republic
    RE: Option 1 - What to include in Site Area calc
    in CS 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    49 Saurabh Shrestha
    HKS Inc.
    Wed, Apr 13, 2016
    RE: Acoustic performance
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Acoustic performance
    2 Daniel Hicks
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    Wed, Apr 13, 2016
    RE: What constitutes a "Master Plan"?
    in Schools 2009 SSc9: Site Master Plan
    22 John Stouffer
    Mon, Apr 11, 2016
    RE: Transportation Planning Handbook NCv4 LTc7
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    2 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Mon, Apr 11, 2016
    RE: Tenant metering
    in CS v4: Advanced energy metering
    2 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Apr 19, 2016
    RE: How to earn AP with specialty?
    in Healthcare-v4: LEED Accredited Professional
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: LEED Online Form
    in Healthcare-v4: Indoor air quality assessment
    2 Tristan Roberts
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    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: ANY PRESENTATIONS DONE FOR NEW LEED FOR HOSPITALITY?
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    4 Tristan Roberts
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    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: Sustainable Site Prereq 2.1 Site Assessment NCv4 SSc1
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Site assessment
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: Data Center Energy Calculator Tool
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Optimize energy performance
    6 Tristan Roberts
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    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: Data Center location restrictions
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Surrounding density and diverse uses
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: Regional Priority credits worldwide
    in NC-v4: Regional priority
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Apr 8, 2016
    RE: Separating waste - reuse at household
    in CI 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    75 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP® BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
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    Thu, Apr 7, 2016
    FTE - Healthcare buildings
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    2 VICTOR MORENO
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    Wed, Apr 6, 2016
    Spain
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: LEED Certified or Certifiable?
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    9 Sandeep Goswami
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    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
    RE: suggestions
    in Breech of Protocol by GBCI and Project Administrator Changes
    6 Tristan Roberts
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    RE: Contaminants of Concern & Green Globes
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    12 Hernando Miranda
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    Thu, Jul 26, 2012
    RE: The AHPBC
    in The New Anti-LEED?
    2 J Michael Pearson
    Director of Engineering
    Genelco, Inc
    Wed, Jul 25, 2012
    RE: change LPE info
    in Change LPE
    4 Peter Warren
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    Tue, Jul 24, 2012
    RE: And the winning number is???
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    8 Tristan Roberts
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    Mon, Jul 23, 2012
    Green Globes Guiding Principles Certification
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    Fri, Jul 13, 2012
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    LEED for Existing Homes
    in LEED for EB- O&M for Homes
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 2, 2012
    LEED “Certifiable” Specifications: 4 Approaches - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Jun 27, 2012
    ACP Process : BREEAM equivalency
    in LEED Now Recognizes Energy Credits from BREEAM
    1 CHRISTOPHE MATHIEU
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    Mon, Jun 25, 2012
    RE: What should USGBC do with the extra time to ensure success?
    in LEED 2012 Postponed to 2013, Renamed LEED v4
    28 Larry Sims
    Principal
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    Thu, Jun 14, 2012
    RE: LEED Specifications
    in Top Six Things LEED Consultants Do Wrong in Specs
    5 Hernando Miranda
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    Wed, Jun 20, 2012
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    in LEED Submittal Forms, Beta to v3
    1 Emily Catacchio
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    Tue, Jun 12, 2012
    RE: LEED Online Access to Certified Projects
    in LEED Online Access to Certified Projects
    8 Matt Bartner
    Wed, May 30, 2012
    RE: 4th comment period open
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – Guide to Key Changes and Forum
    107 Barry Giles
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    Tue, May 15, 2012
    RE: LEED certification in China
    in Hi from China LEED engineer
    3 Hernando Miranda
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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Pilot Credit 87: Verified C&D Recycling Rates
    in NC-2009: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates
    6 David Dixon
    President
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    Mon, Mar 21, 2016
    Pilot Credit 87: Verified C&D Recycling Rates
    in NC-2009: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates
    6 David Dixon
    President
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    Mon, Mar 21, 2016
    RE: CI - ID Credit for Cooling Tower Collection
    in CI 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    166 Kristina Bach
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    Multiple Building HVAC system
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    4 PAULA HERNANDEZ
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    in EBOM 2009 SSc4: Alternative Commuting Transportation
    317 Jason Cocek
    Wed, Mar 16, 2016
    RE: Number of Trips
    in EBOM-v4: Alternative transportation
    20 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
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    1 Heraldo Muñoz
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    RE: Interesting Pilot Credit
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    129 Mandy Bordeaux
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    in CI 2009 WEc1: Water Use Reduction
    107 Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED Fellow, WELL AP
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    Tue, Mar 15, 2016
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    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    239 Francis McNulty
    OCSC
    Tue, Mar 15, 2016
    Ireland
    Inspection Reports - responsible party
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    296 komal kotwal
    Tue, Mar 15, 2016
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    in Retail–CI-v2009: Optimize energy performance - building envelope
    8 Lance Barron
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    Mon, Mar 14, 2016
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    Waste Removal
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    1 Sean LaRose
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    in Schools 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    52 Jakub Netolicky
    Mr.
    PM Group CZ
    Mon, Mar 14, 2016
    RE: LEED Boundary for CI and SSc1
    in CI 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    224 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Mon, Mar 14, 2016
    Slab on grade and concrete piers
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    110 David Browne
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    Compliance for Existing Site Features
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    132 Vicki Rybl
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    Fri, Mar 11, 2016
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    RE: Using v4 requirements on a v3 project
    in NC-v4: Surrounding density and diverse uses
    20 Denise Bates
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    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.4: IAQ Best Management Practices—Reduce Particulates in Air Distribution
    34 Zhantong Chen
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    China
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    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    314 Vibha Pai
    Student
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    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    286 Vibha Pai
    Student
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    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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    114 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    116 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    2016-06-25 17:03 United States
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    296 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    457 Yusuf Turab
    Managing Director
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    831 Melissa Estrada
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    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
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    in CI 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    141 Rustem Saitov
    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
    2016-06-24 04:33 Russian Federation
    Solar energy used with previous LEED project credit
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    304 Zane Lichtneger
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    Thu, Jun 23, 2016
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    On site + Off-site restoration
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    137 Isabel Santos
    ECOCHOICE SA
    Thu, Jun 23, 2016
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    Energy Modelling - United Kingdom
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    137 Fleur Baguley
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    2016-06-23 08:58 United States
    "Provide calculations to confirm the quantity......"
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    457 Joyce Kelly
    Consultant
    Architectural Fusion
    Wed, Jun 22, 2016
    2016-06-22 18:56 United States
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    1,305 Charles Shinneman
    Director of Optimization
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    associate
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    7 Zachary Hayes
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