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    RE: Campus approach
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    271 MARIA ESTHER LAMADRID
    LEED AP BD+C
    ECOSYNC SA de CV
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: Energy Simulation
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    123 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    Daily Use of sink in Dorm Lobby
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    746 Todd Bundren
    Director of Sustainabilty - Architectural Project Manager
    Lawrence Group
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    Air Filter "Dirty Filter" Allowance in Fan Energy Calcs
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,271 charles shinneman
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    United States
    RE: Baseline system selection
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,559 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: Untenanted spaces with no lease agreements
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    158 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: ASHRAE requirements for dry-coolers
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,087 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: Sustainable Minds Transparency Reports
    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    11 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: Stormwater pond outside boundary
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    449 Derek Seifert
    LEED Green Associate, Landscape Architectural Intern
    Anderson Engineering of MN
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    United States
    RE: Reviewer contact before final review
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    809 ADRIENN GELESZ
    LEED AP
    ABUD Engineering Ltd.
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    ACP for India
    in NC-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    14 Renu Rani
    LEED Green Associate
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    India
    RE: Feature 65 - Activity Incentive Program
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    19 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    deleted
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    330 Lawrence Lile
    Chief Engineer
    Lile Engineering LLC
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    United States
    June 2016 Update posted above to LEED Online Status Updates
    in LEED Online Status Updates
    21 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP® BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC, a LEED® Proven Provider™
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: Operable windows & mechanically ventilated space
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    1,042 Andrew Mitchell, P.E.
    Principal
    Mitchell Gulledge Engineering, Inc.
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Campus approach
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    271 MARIA ESTHER LAMADRID
    LEED AP BD+C
    ECOSYNC SA de CV
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: Energy Simulation
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    123 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    Daily Use of sink in Dorm Lobby
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    746 Todd Bundren
    Director of Sustainabilty - Architectural Project Manager
    Lawrence Group
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    Air Filter "Dirty Filter" Allowance in Fan Energy Calcs
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,271 charles shinneman
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    United States
    RE: Baseline system selection
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,559 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: Untenanted spaces with no lease agreements
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    158 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: ASHRAE requirements for dry-coolers
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,087 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: Sustainable Minds Transparency Reports
    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    11 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: Stormwater pond outside boundary
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    449 Derek Seifert
    LEED Green Associate, Landscape Architectural Intern
    Anderson Engineering of MN
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    United States
    ACP for India
    in NC-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    14 Renu Rani
    LEED Green Associate
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    India
    deleted
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    330 Lawrence Lile
    Chief Engineer
    Lile Engineering LLC
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    United States
    RE: Operable windows & mechanically ventilated space
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    1,042 Andrew Mitchell, P.E.
    Principal
    Mitchell Gulledge Engineering, Inc.
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    hand watering for irrigation
    in EBOM-2009 WEc3: Water Efficient Landscaping
    124 cathy keagle
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    Roof cleaning and water
    in EBOM 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Reduction—Roof
    79 Kimberly Hosken
    LEED Fellow
    subcontractor
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    United States
    RE: Tile on counters and walls
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    389 John Zehren
    Zehren and Associates
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    RE: Option 1 Interior Building Lighting
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    636 Moe Fakih, LEED AP (O+M), BPI, CGBP
    Director of Sustainability
    VCA Green
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    United States
    RE: Exercise Equipment
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    120 Cynthia Kaplan
    Principal
    cmk LEED
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    RE: Inherently Non-Emitting vs. Zero VOCs
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    197 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    Soil restoration and testing
    in NC-v4: Site development - protect or restore habitat
    14 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    United States
    RE: Operable windows
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    225 Larissa Oaks
    Specialist, LEED
    USGBC
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Reviewer contact before final review
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    809 ADRIENN GELESZ
    LEED AP
    ABUD Engineering Ltd.
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016
    RE: Feature 65 - Activity Incentive Program
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    19 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Tue, Jun 28, 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
    LEED Rating System for tenant in existing building
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    793 Jennifer Isaac
    Electrical Engineer
    Commissioning Agents Inc.
    Wed, Jun 15, 2016
    United States
    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
    RE: Lease Language
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    31 Chris Freeland
    Architect
    Aller Lingle Massey Architects
    Wed, Jun 8, 2016
    United States
    Default Occupancy for a Health Club
    in Calculating FTEs
    208 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    Argentina
    RE: ampus vs project specific credits
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    562 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    RE: GBCI policy on deferring appeal
    in Defer a Design Phase Appeal
    2 Karen Elliott
    Ecoteric Ltd
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    RE: advanced buildings doc
    in Where can I find a copy of "Advanced Buildings: Energy Benchmark for High Performance Buildings (E-Benchmark)”?
    14 Mohammad Kamali
    UBC
    Thu, May 26, 2016
    new ACP featuring Dynamic Plaque
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    37 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, May 24, 2016
    new Alternative Compliance Path
    in Discuss the LEED Dynamic Plaque
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, May 24, 2016
    RE: LEED-GA as a student
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    70 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, May 24, 2016
    RE: elevator question
    in Attaining credits through advanced elevator technology?
    8 michelle bombeck
    Project Associate
    O'Brien & Company
    Fri, May 20, 2016
    RE: LEED Dynamic Plaque vs EB Recertification
    in LEED for Existing Buildings Recertification Is Here
    15 Bharati Karmarkar Bhosale
    Operations Manager
    Healthy Buildings
    Thu, May 19, 2016
    Deadline for Construction Review
    in Deadline to Submit Construction Submittal - LEED NC (LEED for Schools)
    4 Mandy Bordeaux
    Architect
    MSKTD
    Wed, May 18, 2016
    United States
    RE: precerticfiation
    in LEED-CS v3 Precertification
    39 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Fri, May 6, 2016
    LEED for Homes Training in Europe
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    151 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016
    Spain
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: NC 2009 MPR Form 2 - actual vs estimated square footage
    in PI Form 2 Project Summary Details
    64 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 22, 2012
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    611 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Mon, Oct 22, 2012
    United States
    RE: Central Plant - Condenser Loop
    in CS 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    317 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Oct 18, 2012
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    483 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Wed, Oct 17, 2012
    United States
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    611 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Tue, Oct 16, 2012
    United States
    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
    The three dimensional orientation of the luminaire
    in Pilot Credit 7: Light Pollution Reduction
    30 Aly Rawji
    ART Engineering Corp.
    Thu, Oct 11, 2012
    United States
    Provide the source of data
    in Healthcare-v2009: PBT source reduction - lead, cadmium and copper
    20 Matt Luedders
    Tue, Oct 2, 2012
    United States
    Air Filter "Dirty Filter" Allowance in Fan Energy Calcs
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,271 charles shinneman
    Fri, Sep 28, 2012
    United States
    RE: Classification of PVC adhesive and Primer
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    501 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Tue, Sep 25, 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
    PC 9 - Open & Connected Community
    in Pilot Credit 9: Street Network
    67 michael kollman
    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
    RE: Is PC1 still alive?
    in Pilot Credit 1: Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Building Assemblies and Materials
    44 Frances Yang
    Fri, Sep 21, 2012
    RE: LEED PC 66 Community Contaminant Prevention
    in Pilot Credit 66: Community Contaminant Prevention—Airborne Releases
    18 Kristi Ennis
    Boulder Associates Architects
    Fri, Sep 21, 2012
    RE: MPR2 - LEED-CI Hotel Portion and Shared Mechanical Systems
    in LEED Minimum Program Requirements
    455 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Sep 20, 2012
    Air Filter "Dirty Filter" Allowance in Fan Energy Calcs
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,271 charles shinneman
    Thu, Sep 20, 2012
    United States
    Governmental Cutting of Corners
    in "Wood Wars" Continue, with Military Losing
    1 Kaida Smith
    Thu, Sep 20, 2012
    I am also an independent LEED
    in New USGBC Membership Fee Structure
    59 Brad Miller
    Principal
    Environnmental Concepts Company
    Mon, Sep 17, 2012
    RE: ampus vs project specific credits
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    562 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Sun, Sep 16, 2012
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    Paints & coatings products available in China
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    77 Anne-Claire BARBERI
    Project Manager
    ARP-Astrance
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    2016-03-22 13:50 United Arab Emirates
    Compliant wood & agrifiber products available in China
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    52 Anne-Claire BARBERI
    Project Manager
    ARP-Astrance
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    2016-03-22 13:51 United Arab Emirates
    Percentage of Light Output/Wattage Dimmed
    in CI 2009 EAc1.2: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Controls
    85 Ed Healy
    ESD Consultant
    hurleypalmerflatt
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    2016-03-22 14:04 United Kingdom
    Compliant adhesives and sealants products available in China
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    85 Anne-Claire BARBERI
    Project Manager
    ARP-Astrance
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    2016-03-22 13:53 United Arab Emirates
    Historic Bldg Renovation being done in phases, Bldg reuse calcs
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    106 debra lombard
    sustainable design consulatnt & construction administrator
    Bywater Woodworks, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 24, 2016
    2016-03-24 12:00 United States
    Is a Rollout Mat considered a permanent entryway system?
    in EBOM-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    5 Tim Nabholz
    Sustainability Analyst
    Stantec Consulting Ltd.
    Thu, Mar 24, 2016
    2016-03-24 12:32 Canada
    Combine Natural ventilation & trickle ventilation for Apartment
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    1,042 Thu Nguyen
    LEED AP, Green Building Specialist
    GreenViet Consultancy Co., Ltd.
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016
    2016-03-29 11:00 Vietnam
    Metered Faucet: Max GPC or Flow Rate x Duration?
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    746 Christian Kaltreider
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016
    2016-03-29 09:32 United States
    What if the Database of LCA tools is incomplete ?
    in NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
    56 Marius Dabonneville
    Intern
    TERAO
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016
    2016-03-29 05:16 France
    Enhance Cx, 10 month review of building operation
    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    308 Laura Howe
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016
    2016-03-29 15:32 United States
    Rainfall over landscape areas
    in EBOM-2009 WEc3: Water Efficient Landscaping
    124 Rubén M. R.
    Codirector
    CIVITA
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016
    2016-03-29 19:43 Mexico
    HPD - predicted by process chemistry
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - material ingredients
    38 Suzanne Drake
    Wed, Mar 30, 2016
    2016-03-30 14:05 United States
    Generator details
    in NC-2009: Passive Survivability and Functionality During Emergencies
    1 Matt Luedders
    Wed, Mar 30, 2016
    2016-03-30 11:24 United States
    LEED ND Review options
    in What’s New in LEED for Neighborhood Development v4
    4 SOHA YAMANI
    Wed, Mar 30, 2016
    2016-03-30 09:54 Egypt
    single zone or multi-zone calculation?
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    1,042 Hongyun Zhou
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016
    2016-03-29 02:04 China
    submetering general requirements and strategy for metering HVAC
    in CI 2009 EAc3: Measurement and Verification
    168 Rob Pinkston
    Mechanical Engineer
    Mon, Mar 28, 2016
    2016-03-28 16:12 United States
    Area of all Parking - PI form 2
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    237 sara todavchick
    Thu, Mar 24, 2016
    2016-03-24 15:30 United States
    Power Line Overhead?
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    188 Cynthia Quinn
    Principal
    Ecological Environments, LLC
    Thu, Mar 24, 2016
    2016-03-24 14:09 United States
    Shared Parking
    in CS 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    43 José Solis
    Big and Bright Strategies
    Thu, Mar 24, 2016
    2016-03-24 12:46 United States
    Exemplary Performance?
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    108 José Solis
    Big and Bright Strategies
    Thu, Mar 24, 2016
    2016-03-24 17:39 United States

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