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    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    403 Annalise Reichert
    LEED Project Coordinator
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    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
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    RE: Do we include Non-certifiable structure in Building gross area?
    in MPR7: Must comply with a minimum building area to site area ratio
    7 Anya Fiechtl
    ARCHITECT, LEED AP BD+C
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    in EBOM-v4: Purchasing - lamps
    3 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
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    RE: existing site soils are impervious
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    243 Michael D. DeVuono
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    T&M Associates
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
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    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    37 Sandra Closson
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    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    285 Nate Steeber
    Project Manager, Sustainability
    Sol design + consulting
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    United States
    Maintenance Staff
    in Calculating FTEs
    198 Charles Nepps
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    NEED ANSWER: Residential - Alternative Transportation Strategy
    in NC 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    313 Kuntal Thakkar
    ECSG
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
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    VRF with DOAS inyecting air into common return plenum
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
    333 Zonda E. Team
    Zonda Engineering
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    RE: Existing constructions and non infiltration water tanks
    in ND-v2009: Rainwater management
    5 Noriko Yasuhara
    Woonerf Inc.
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    RE: Recycled Concrete for Temporary Haul Road
    in CS 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    41 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    temporary capping of the remaining duct work
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    23 Megan Bove
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
    RE: post on older LEED for Healthcare forum
    in Healthcare-v2009: Alternative transportation - public transportation access
    7 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015
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    RE: Factory Area Classification
    in NC 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventilation
    98 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Mon, Jul 27, 2015
    RE: KCMA -Reston, VA
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    449 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 27, 2015
    RE: Low System Ventilation Efffiency for Corridors
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    932 Ilona Johnson, PE, CEM, LEED AP
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    Lilker EMO Energy Solutions
    Mon, Jul 27, 2015
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    Energy Modeling
    in NC v2.2 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    15 Muzammal Abbas
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    Pakistan Green Building Council
    Mon, Jul 27, 2015
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    in NC 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    191 Dario Matteini
    Technical Services Manager LEED MEP BIM
    Mac Interiors
    Fri, Jul 24, 2015
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    in NC v2.2 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    67 Jesse Robbins
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    Fri, Jul 24, 2015
    RE: Street frontage and an urban setting
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    95 Jaspreet Pahwa
    Fri, Jul 24, 2015
    RE: Residential high rise with school at the base
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    170 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Jul 24, 2015
    RE: VRF Systems - Option 1 of EAc1.3
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    357 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Jul 24, 2015
    RE: EA P 2 V4
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    44 Marcus Sheffer
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    7group
    Fri, Jul 24, 2015
    Green roof
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    176 Alicja Bieszyńska
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    Fri, Jul 24, 2015
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    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    349 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Thu, Jul 23, 2015
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    3 Cynthia Kaplan
    Principal
    cmk LEED
    Thu, Jul 23, 2015
    United States
    Previously Developed Prime Farmland
    in NC 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    105 Haley Duncan
    Project Manager
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    Thu, Jul 23, 2015
    RE: cardboard and paper
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    96 Kimberly Schlaepfer
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    Thu, Jul 23, 2015
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    in NC-v4: Rainwater management
    39 Michael D. DeVuono
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    T&M Associates
    Thu, Jul 23, 2015
    RE: New to LEED-ND...submitting for certification
    in PIf1: Development Program and Site Type
    27 Casey Studhalter
    Project Manager, LEED
    USGBC
    Thu, Jul 23, 2015
    RE: Facades not in LEED Project boundary
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    598 Antonio Marquez
    LEED AP EBOM
    Enginyeria CO2EN SCP
    Thu, Jul 23, 2015
    RE: LEED Baundary Campus - parking lot
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    212 Anya Fiechtl
    ARCHITECT, LEED AP BD+C
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    25 Jesse Robbins
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    1 Julien Lafond
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    Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    RE: Feedback on the LEED 2009 ACPs for Projects Outside the U.S.
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    169 Eric Johnson
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    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
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    in Spain
    1 Peter Gibney
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    Spain
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    in MPR 6 - Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    48 Karen Joslin
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    7 Paula Melton
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    Thu, Mar 12, 2015
    RE: LEED v4 CIR
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    58 Neshat Sakeena
    Sustainability Consultant
    Ramboll ME
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
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    in LEED Certifications for Parking Garages No Longer Allowed
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    Wed, Feb 25, 2015
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    RE: design vs construction credits
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    11 Raymond Salfiti
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    RE: LEED 2.2 Registered Projects
    in LEED 2.2 Registered Projects (with the eventual adoption of LEED v4)
    4 emily reese
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    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
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    in Performance Period
    52 Keith Johnson
    Tue, Dec 30, 2014
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    19 Robert Andrews
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    Thu, Dec 18, 2014
    RE: selecting the correct rating system in v.2009
    in What LEED rating system to use?
    9 Tristan Roberts
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    1 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
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    Wed, Dec 10, 2014
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    Thu, Dec 4, 2014
    RE: Shopping mall and Community Connectivity
    in USGBC's New LEED Interpretations Similar to Old Precedent-Setting CIRs
    29 Marcus Sheffer
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    Thu, Dec 4, 2014
    RE: Peak and Daily Average Transient
    in Determing Transients (Students/Visitors)
    11 Susan Walter
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    Tue, Nov 18, 2014
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    685 Melissa Merryweather
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    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    685 Melissa Merryweather
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    3 Cynthia Kaplan
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    Thu, Jul 23, 2015
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    Previously Developed Prime Farmland
    in NC 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
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    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    349 Michelle Halle Stern
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    in NC-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    7 BR+A LEED
    Tue, Jul 21, 2015
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    RE: NC-2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    252 Kathryn West
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    in Healthcare-v2009: Connection to the natural world - places of respite
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    in EBOM 2009 EAc3.2: Performance Measurement—System Level Metering
    44 Alberto Cardenas
    Mon, Jul 20, 2015
    RE: Low System Ventilation Efffiency for Corridors
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    932 Ilona Johnson, PE, CEM, LEED AP
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    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    37 Sandra Closson
    Sun, Jul 19, 2015
    RE: NC-2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    252 Kathryn West
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    Energy Ace
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    in NC v2.2 EQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    96 Mark Gardner
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    United States
    Calculating total energy use for RECs purchase
    in EBOM 2009 EAc4: On-Site and Off-Site Renewable Energy
    99 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
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    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    932 Ilona Johnson, PE, CEM, LEED AP
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    Lilker EMO Energy Solutions
    Fri, Jul 17, 2015
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    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.1: Green Cleaning—High Performance Cleaning Program
    30 David Gibney
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    M+W Group
    Thu, Jul 16, 2015
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    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    129 Lindsay Austrom
    Mechanical Engineer
    Stantec
    Thu, Jul 16, 2015
    Canada
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    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - material ingredients
    3 Jaspreet Pahwa
    Thu, Jul 16, 2015
    United States
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    in PIf1: Development Program and Site Type
    27 Courtney Royal, LEED AP BD+C
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    Wed, Jul 22, 2015
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    Residential high rise with school at the base
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    170 Ilana Judah
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    FXFOWLE
    Wed, Jul 22, 2015
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    VRF Systems - Option 1 of EAc1.3
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    357 Roger Carter
    Principal
    TKSC
    Wed, Jul 22, 2015
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    Existing Central Plant and New building
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
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    Wed, Jul 22, 2015
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    2009 v -Credit SSc5.1 Protect or Restore Habitat purchasing land
    in NC v2.2 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
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    Wed, Jul 22, 2015
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    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    96 Emmanuel Pauwels
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    Green Living Projects s.l.
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    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    1 Robert Fiala
    Tue, Jul 21, 2015
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    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    450 Claire Hardesty
    Senior Architectural Associate
    UCD Design and Construction Management
    Tue, Jul 21, 2015
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    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    583 Alfonzo Collins
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    in Pilot Credit 29: Housing & Jobs Proximity
    24 Alfonzo Collins
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    in NC-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    7 BR+A LEED
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    Baseline Fan Adjustment
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,971 Vassil Vassilev
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    Termoservice OOD
    Tue, Jul 21, 2015
    2015-07-21 03:12 Bulgaria
    TAB Report and Calculations
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    107 Tom Liebel
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    Mon, Jul 20, 2015
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    Performance Period for Recertification
    in EBOM 2009 SSc5: Site Development—Protect or Restore Open Habitat
    95 Frances Yang
    Mon, Jul 20, 2015
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    Factory Area Classification
    in NC 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventilation
    98 SAMY THALAI
    Enginneer
    T&T Green
    Mon, Jul 20, 2015
    2015-07-20 10:34 Bangladesh
    Cold rooms
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    932 Jutta Berns-Mumbi
    principal
    ecocentric cc
    Mon, Jul 20, 2015
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    Regularly Occupied Spaces in Convention Centers (LEED NC v2009)
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    230 Megan White
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    Integral Group
    Fri, Jul 17, 2015
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    Copy Center Dedicated Exhaust System
    in NC v2.2 EQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    96 Mark Gardner
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    Fri, Jul 17, 2015
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    2,971 James Lee
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