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    124 Vibha Pai
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    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    745 Vibha Pai
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    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    631 Vibha Pai
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    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    320 Vibha Pai
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    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    292 Vibha Pai
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    Sol Developments
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc6.2: Stormwater Design—Quality Control
    182 Vibha Pai
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    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    282 Vibha Pai
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    Sol Developments
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    United States
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    188 Vibha Pai
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    Sol Developments
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    United States
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    271 Vibha Pai
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    Sol Developments
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    United States
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    354 Vibha Pai
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    Sol Developments
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    United States
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    458 Vibha Pai
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    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    United States
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Generator details
    in NC-2009: Passive Survivability and Functionality During Emergencies
    1 Matt Luedders
    Wed, Mar 30, 2016
    United States
    RE: Conflict with energy efficiency in extreme climate
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    113 Ben Stanley
    Sustainability Manager
    YRG sustainability
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016
    RE: Ice machines
    in NC-v4: Water metering
    4 Paul Swierc
    Commissioning Engineer
    YR&G
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016
    RE: View Preserving Automated Shades
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.4: Daylight and Views
    73 Melissa Kelly
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Mar 28, 2016
    RE: LEED EBOM EA1 Case 2C
    in EBOM 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Efficiency Performance
    122 Ben Stanley
    Sustainability Manager
    YRG sustainability
    Mon, Mar 28, 2016
    Allocation of User Groups in Elementary Schools
    in Schools-NC-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    3 Steven Burke
    Sustainability Manager
    SMMA
    Fri, Mar 25, 2016
    RE: Dimension of entryway systems
    in EBOM-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    5 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016
    RE: Exhaust for Hazardous Material storage
    in Healthcare-v2009: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    15 Gabriela Crespo
    CxA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Wed, Mar 23, 2016
    Mexico
    RE: Innovation Credit for Core and Shell v2009
    in EBOM 2009 MRc4: Sustainable Purchasing—Reduced Mercury in Lamps
    154 José Solis
    Big and Bright Strategies
    Wed, Mar 23, 2016
    United States
    RE: Percentage of Light Output/Wattage Dimmed
    in CI 2009 EAc1.2: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Controls
    85 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Mar 23, 2016
    RE: LEED "Owner" (vs. Leasing)
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    2 Heraldo Muñoz
    Wed, Mar 23, 2016
    RE: Newest BIFMA Standard?
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    158 Brian Salazar
    President, LEED AP BD+C
    Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    PIf2 form filling
    in MPR7: Must comply with a minimum building area to site area ratio
    1 Lorenna Lobo
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    Brazil
    Food Service Equipment
    in CI-v4: Enhanced refrigerant management
    1 Samantha Davidson
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    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    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
    United Arab Emirates
    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
    United Arab Emirates
    Flooring systems products available in China
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    117 Anne-Claire BARBERI
    Project Manager
    ARP-Astrance
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    United Arab Emirates
    RE: Certificate timeline
    in ND Plan-v4: Certified green buildings
    2 Eliot Allen
    LEED AP-ND, Principal
    Criterion Planners
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    RE: Peak Transients
    in Schools 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    42 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Mon, Mar 21, 2016
    RE: Walking path question
    in CI 2009 SSc3.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    51 Marilyn Specht
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    Mon, Mar 21, 2016
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    RE: Key CIR for Registered non-certified LEED-CS v2.0 projects
    in Key CIR for Registered non-certified LEED-CS v2.0 projects
    2 Tristan Roberts
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    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Dec 23, 2013
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    in Dear USGBC, Give Us Transparency on LEED Energy Data
    4 Scott Bowman
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    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Fri, Dec 13, 2013
    RE: LEED Data Set - Energy Use Way Too High!
    in Energy Star Score of 85 for 450 LEED Buildings in Biggest Data Release Yet
    2 Michele Helou
    Principal
    Sage Design & Consulting
    Thu, Dec 5, 2013
    RE: my experience
    in LEED core + shell vs. new construction
    8 CATALINA CABALLERO
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    Tue, Dec 3, 2013
    RE: The role of concensus in green rating systems
    in Chemical Industry Touts Anti-LEED Language in Appropriations Bill
    19 Paula Melton
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    Tue, Dec 3, 2013
    RE: V4 implementation and '09 phase out
    in Sixth Comment Period for LEED v4 Won't Delay Member Ballot
    35 Michelle Reott
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    Sun, Dec 1, 2013
    RE: Excited to Meet Everyone!
    in See You in Philly! Greenbuild 2013
    5 Mara Baum
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    Tue, Nov 19, 2013
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    Wed, Nov 13, 2013
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    Wed, Nov 13, 2013
    RE: Any info that you'd be willing to share on Green Globes?
    in Getting to Know Green Globes
    7 David Eldridge
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    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: All LEED sample forms
    in Sample LEED Online credit forms
    4 Tristan Roberts
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    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
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    in Video: LEED Energy Reporting Made Easy
    5 Tristan Roberts
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    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: Sports Facility - 0 FTE's or 0 Transient Users
    in PI Form 3 - Occupant and Usage Data
    78 Tristan Roberts
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    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: "Confirmation of Agent's Authority" form for a CCD new bldg.
    in New, Friendlier Legal Forms Rolled Out on LEED Online
    9 Tristan Roberts
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    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    PIf3 forum
    in Occupant and Usage Data
    6 Tristan Roberts
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    rating system selection forum
    in Military Barracks considered LEED for Homes or LEED NC?
    5 Tristan Roberts
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    in Minor Renovation of an Existing LEED Certified Building
    5 Tristan Roberts
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    multiple buildings forum
    in Multiple Buildings - One Registration
    5 Tristan Roberts
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    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: Construction Documents Creation for Small Commercial Interiors
    in Construction Documents
    4 Tristan Roberts
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    RE: Deadline for final Review (addressing review comments)
    in Deadline to tackle USGBC review
    5 Tristan Roberts
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    1 Mike Southworth
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    GHD
    Thu, Mar 3, 2016
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    Thu, Mar 3, 2016
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    Required parking lots and LEED boundary Calculations
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    233 kerry wang
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    Wed, Mar 2, 2016
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    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
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    in CI 2009 SSc3.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    94 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED AP BD+C
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    Tue, Mar 1, 2016
    SSc1 Path 12: EV Charging Stations
    in CI 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    222 Alaina Ladner
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    Tue, Mar 1, 2016
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    IAQ Testing path option 2
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    333 Nanechka Pagan
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    Fri, Feb 26, 2016
    EQc3.1 IAQ Construction during construction
    in NC v2.2 EQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    20 Kimo Steed
    Fri, Feb 26, 2016
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    51 Vibha Pai
    Intern
    Sol Developments
    Fri, Feb 26, 2016
    United States
    RE: IES ApacheHVAC - Proposed system for VRF
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,550 SI CHEN
    Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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    in Product Libraries To Help You Achieve LEED v4 Material Credits
    1 Andres Schwarz
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    NRG-AR
    Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    290 Vibha Pai
    Intern
    Sol Developments
    Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    631 Vibha Pai
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    Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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    Building Envelope Commissioning
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Optimize energy performance - building envelope
    8 Lance Barron
    Project Manager
    Essex Engineering Corporation
    Wed, Feb 24, 2016
    United States
    Required parking lots and LEED boundary Calculations
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    10 kerry wang
    Environmental Design Consultant
    Meinhardt
    Wed, Feb 24, 2016
    Malaysia
    LEED V4 - TENANT SPACE ENERGY MODELING
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    5 PAULA HERNANDEZ
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    Wed, Feb 24, 2016
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    in Retail-CI-v4: Minimum energy performance
    5 PAULA HERNANDEZ
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    Tue, Feb 23, 2016
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    292 Vibha Pai
    Intern
    Sol Developments
    Mon, Feb 22, 2016
    United States
    RE: Green Educational Program Format
    in CS 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    64 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Feb 22, 2016
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    31 Vibha Pai
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    Sol Developments
    Fri, Feb 19, 2016
    United States
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    RCI CORR Information
    in NC-2009: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates
    5 John Danby
    Sustainability Administrator
    UC Davis Health System
    Thu, Apr 21, 2016
    2016-04-21 16:29 United States
    Group approach
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    562 Subramaniam Chandrasekaran
    SSS Consultants
    Thu, Apr 21, 2016
    2016-04-21 14:58 India
    ISO 50001 ACP
    in EBOM-v4: Energy efficient best management practices
    2 veronica oyarzun
    SGE2 Chile
    Thu, Apr 21, 2016
    2016-04-21 10:33 Chile
    CREC purchase
    in CI 2009 EAc4: Green Power
    106 Harpreet Rooprai
    Thu, Apr 21, 2016
    2016-04-21 06:27 India
    CCHP System modeling
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,550 Jie Shen
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    ERM
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016
    2016-04-20 22:07 Japan
    Stadium / Arena
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    122 Stacey Olson
    Associate, LEED AP, ID+C, BD+C, CID
    Gensler
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016
    2016-04-20 20:04 United States
    Controllability of lighting in Stadiums / Arenas
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.1: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    348 Stacey Olson
    Associate, LEED AP, ID+C, BD+C, CID
    Gensler
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016
    2016-04-20 19:54 United States
    REVIT 2016 Daylight Analysis Tool not acceptable?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    725 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016
    2016-04-20 17:36 United States
    Single confirmed Tenant - is a binding lease agreement required?
    in CS 2009 SSc9: Tenant Design and Construction Guidelines
    48 Gwen Sheinfeld
    Director, Corporate Sustainability
    Healthy Buildings
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016
    2016-04-20 16:40 United States
    Option 1 Path 2 Mechanical & Electrical Rooms
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    333 Amy Harmon
    Scheeser Buckley Mayfield
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016
    2016-04-20 12:09 United States
    Data Center Modeling - LEED CS version 2009
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,083 Anurag Joshi
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016
    2016-04-20 11:01 United States
    Option 4 - Transit Services Referenced
    in ND-v2009: Transportation demand management
    7 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016
    2016-04-20 10:51 United States
    SSc4.3 Sign Text
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    458 Steve Valev
    Tue, Apr 19, 2016
    2016-04-19 16:41 United States
    SLLc6 in v2009 vs v4 - no slopes do/don't qualify?
    in ND-v4: Steep slope protection
    3 Hannah Silver
    Tue, Apr 19, 2016
    2016-04-19 12:32 United States
    Non potable water reservoir - WEc1 -NC 2009
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    448 Muriel Alvarez
    LEED Green Associate
    Samconsult S.A.
    Tue, Apr 19, 2016
    2016-04-19 12:31 Uruguay
    Multi-Family Buildings with Non-Residential Entrances
    in ND-v2009: Access to civic and public space
    5 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Tue, Apr 19, 2016
    2016-04-19 11:23 United States
    DDA Boundary
    in NC-v4: High priority site
    8 Trevor Anderson
    Sustainability Consultant
    Steven Winter Associates
    Tue, Apr 19, 2016
    2016-04-19 10:49 United States
    Open Space: Fence
    in NC-v4: Open space
    8 Sophie Brauer
    Architect MAA
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    Tue, Apr 19, 2016
    2016-04-19 08:42 Denmark
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    in NC 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    191 Melissa Merryweather
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    Tue, Apr 19, 2016
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