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    57 Lawrence Lile
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    157 Jon Clifford
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    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    555 Bill Swanson
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    Integrated Architecture
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    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    258 Susan Walter
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    RE: Energy saving in the hot water system with low flow fixture
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    860 Marcus Sheffer
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    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    RE: Keeping them up to date
    in China
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    China
    Ice-cream factory with sub-zero working conditions
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    195 André Harms
    Ecolution Consulting
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    South Africa
    RE: LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Spanish
    in Latin America and the Caribbean
    9 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    RE: Stair nosing
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    321 Yuko Murata
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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
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    in ND-v2009: Preferred locations
    11 Michael DeVuono
    Senior Staff Designer
    T&M Associates
    Thu, Dec 19, 2013
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    52 Larry Sims
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    3 FRAGISKOS LEVANTIS
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    2 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Dec 13, 2013
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    3 Carly Ruggieri
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    Fri, Dec 6, 2013
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    in Pilot Credit 52: Environmentally Preferable Non-Structural Products and Materials—Prescriptive Attributes
    8 Christine Robbins-Elrod
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    in NC v2.2 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    28 Gulcin Tanil
    Tue, Dec 3, 2013
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    62 Hernando Miranda
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    Mon, Dec 2, 2013
    RE: Registration for Subsequent Stages
    in PIf2: Project Timeline
    6 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Tue, Nov 26, 2013
    RE: GHG Emissions in Pilot Credit EAC27
    in Pilot Credit 27: Reconcile Projected and Actual Energy Performance
    17 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Nov 26, 2013
    RE: Bicycle network
    in Pilot Credit 13: Bicycle Network, Storage, and Changing Rooms
    35 Ann Lubbers
    Tue, Nov 26, 2013
    RE: Cant find 2.1(b) and c()
    in Homes-v2008: Durability management process
    4 Batya Metalitz
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    Mon, Nov 25, 2013
    RE: Exterior Lighting
    in NC v2.2 EAc5: Measurement and Verification
    25 Marcus Sheffer
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    7group
    Mon, Nov 25, 2013
    Eligibility for bicycle network
    in Pilot Credit 30: Alternative Transportation
    9 Chris Wittig
    Fri, Nov 15, 2013
    RE: LEEDv4 MRc1 Option 4 Whole-Building Life-Cycle Assessment
    in Schools-NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
    4 Paula Melton
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    Wed, Nov 13, 2013
    RE: Documents/ details needed for alternative compliance path
    in NC v2.2 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    13 Mark Meaders
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    Mon, Nov 11, 2013
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    in Healthcare-v2009: Heat island effect - nonroof
    2 Susan Walter
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    Mon, Nov 11, 2013
    RE: Distance from water bodies and wet lands
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    2 Blake Jackson
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    Fri, Nov 8, 2013
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    29 Hannah Bronfman
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    Fri, Dec 20, 2013
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    list of required signatories
    in Required Signatory
    1 Tristan Roberts
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    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Feb 22, 2011
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    6 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
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    Thu, Feb 17, 2011
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    Sat, Feb 26, 2011
    RE: list of required signatories
    in Required Signatory
    5 Peter Kennedy
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    Wed, Feb 16, 2011
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    2 Dana Dinolfo
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    Wed, Feb 9, 2011
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    in Easy Access to LEED Online Forms Through LEEDuser's Documentation Toolkits
    12 Tristan Roberts
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    in Vertical Garden and credits SS 5.1 & 7?
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    in LEED CI in existing commercial space with expansion
    1 Susann Geithner
    Global Sustainability Manager
    Predictive Service
    Thu, Feb 3, 2011
    RE: Focus of Webinar
    in USGBC offers IEQp1 webinar: Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
    2 Julia Feder
    Director, Educational Technology
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    Tue, Feb 1, 2011
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    Thu, Jan 27, 2011
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    in Highlights from the LEED-EBOM addenda
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    in CE Credits
    2 Lu Anne Nielsen
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    Tue, Jan 25, 2011
    RE: LEED Online agreement
    in LEED User Registration Agreement - Jan. 2011 version 3
    2 John Ida
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    Fri, Jan 21, 2011
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    in LEEDuser Templates
    1 Tristan Roberts
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    in NC-2009: Construction and demolition waste management
    9 Joanna Switzer
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    RE: Volunteer Work
    in Video: LEED AP Credential Maintenance
    57 Patricia Lloyd
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    I agree Tristan!
    in Dear USGBC, Give Us Transparency on LEED Energy Data
    4 Scott Bowman
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    in CI 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    48 Aaron Luthien
    Fri, Dec 13, 2013
    RE: Selection of HVAC Baseline System
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,440 Praveenbabu R
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    194 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
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    in Dear USGBC, Give Us Transparency on LEED Energy Data
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    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    496 Mónika Egyed
    Mon, Dec 2, 2013
    RE: Confirmation of Agent's Authority
    in Required Signatories in LEED Online Forms
    67 Heather DeGrella
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    Opsis Architecture
    Mon, Dec 2, 2013
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    296 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
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    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    55 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M
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    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    RE: LPD in future spaces for Energy Model
    in LEED Minimum Program Requirements
    442 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
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    Wed, Nov 20, 2013
    RE: Building Components
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    344 Michelle Reott
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    9 Chris Wittig
    Fri, Nov 15, 2013
    RE: ID credit for low-mercury lamps
    in EBOM 2009 MRc4: Sustainable Purchasing—Reduced Mercury in Lamps
    143 Robin Dukelow, LEED AP BD+C
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    Wed, Nov 13, 2013
    RE: ASTM tests for BECx
    in Healthcare-v2009: Enhanced commissioning
    4 Susan Walter
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    in Pilot Credit 45: Site Assessment
    16 Devani PERERA
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    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
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    83 Kimberlee Dobbins
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