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  • LEED-Schools v2009,
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    247 Heather Appell
    LEED Project Manager
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    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Dust control
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    204 Michael DeVuono
    Senior Staff Designer
    T&M Associates
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Coastal Coral Reef
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    202 Donald Green
    Project Manager
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    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
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    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    342 Jens Apel
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Systems Furniture
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    129 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Mixed-Use vs. Non-residential Classification for a Hotel
    in NC 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    285 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: EPA SmartWay Elite vs LEED
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    336 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Natural System Instead of Public Sewer.
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    202 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Exemplary Performance
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    231 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Combining Option 2 and Option 3
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    190 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: How LEED credits are awarded
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    214 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: How does the RP credit works?
    in NC 2009 RPc1: Regional Priority
    38 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Storage area for Group Certification
    in NC 2009 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    56 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    RE: Portland Cement
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    251 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: 1 point or 2?
    in NC-v4: Interior lighting
    6 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
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    RE: Construction EQ Management Plan
    in Healthcare-v2009: Construction IAQ management plan - during construction
    7 Bruce Maine
    Sustainable Design Specifier
    Retired
    Tue, Sep 10, 2013
    SSc6 - Site Improvement Plan
    in EBOM-v4: Site improvement plan
    1 Levi Jimenez
    Project Manager
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    Fri, Sep 6, 2013
    RE: Simpson Diversity Index score
    in ND-v2009: Mixed-income diverse communities
    2 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Wed, Sep 4, 2013
    RE: Project Threshholds
    in Pilot Credit 15: Parking Reduction
    8 Devani PERERA
    Green Building Consultant
    ELAN
    Mon, Sep 2, 2013
    RE: outpatient exam rooms and consult rooms
    in Healthcare-v2009: Controllability of systems - lighting
    7 Kathy Wislocky
    Project Manager
    Isgenuity LLC
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013
    RE: Compliance documents upload
    in ND-v2009: Recycled content in infrastructure
    13 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013
    RE: SEED evaluator tool
    in ND-v2009: Community outreach and involvement
    2 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Mon, Aug 26, 2013
    RE: All Interior finishes qualify based on IEQ 4.1-4.4, still pursue
    in Pilot Credit 21: Low-Emitting Interiors
    45 Michael Lingerfelt
    Fri, Aug 23, 2013
    RE: Housing Densities and FAR
    in ND-v2009: Compact development
    3 Colin Day
    Sustainable Building Associate, LEED GA
    The Institute for the Built Environment
    Wed, Aug 21, 2013
    RE: Counting Entrances for Transit Served Locations
    in ND-v2009: Smart location
    7 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Wed, Aug 21, 2013
    RE: Homers energy efficiency in Central America
    in ND-v2009: Building energy efficiency
    6 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Mon, Aug 19, 2013
    RE: Metering faucet for Ktchen sink
    in Retail–NC-v2009: Water use reduction
    5 Richard Manning
    Principal
    Green Building Services
    Tue, Aug 13, 2013
    RE: Asbestos abatement for existing building renovation
    in CS 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    8 Larry Sims
    Principal
    Studio4, LLC
    Wed, Aug 7, 2013
    RE: Proximity to farmers' market
    in ND-v2009: Local food production
    8 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Tue, Sep 17, 2013
    RE: Do bio-based inhibited glycols contribute to LEED certification?
    in NC v2.2 MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
    25 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Aug 5, 2013
    RE: Peak Discharge Rate
    in Schools 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    6 Nicole Ferrini
    via T&M Associates
    Fri, Aug 2, 2013
    RE: Credit Requirements
    in Pilot Credit 61: Material Disclosure and Assessment
    8 Melissa Vernon
    Director of Sustainable Strategy
    Interface
    Wed, Jul 31, 2013
    RE: LEED ND - outside the US
    in ND-v2009: Building water efficiency
    5 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Mon, Jul 29, 2013
    HVAC baseline model
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Optimize energy performance - HVAC
    1 Francesco Passerini
    engineer
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    Wed, Jul 24, 2013
    RE: Indoor AHUs and MERV 13 filters
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.4: IAQ Best Management Practices—Reduce Particulates in Air Distribution
    33 Mech Engineer
    LEED AP BD+C
    Mon, Jul 22, 2013
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
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    Tue, Mar 16, 2010
    RE: You answered your own question
    in CI 2009 ID C2.0-LEED Accredited Professional
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Mar 15, 2010
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    Sun, Mar 14, 2010
    RE: LEED Online project registration number
    in project registration number
    2 Rachael McClain
    Fri, Mar 12, 2010
    RE: Need 1 FTE to meet Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs)
    in FTE for Parking Garage project
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 12, 2010
    RE: Temporary wood structures and MRc7: Certified Wood
    in Wood products that are only used temporarily!
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Mar 10, 2010
    RE: CI in a certified CS building
    in CI in a certified CS building
    2 Leticia SooHoo
    Green Building Consultant
    soohoocity
    Wed, Mar 10, 2010
    LEED-NC v2.2 requirements compared to LEED v2009 - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Mar 10, 2010
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    Mon, Mar 8, 2010
    RE: EBOM Templates
    in EBOM-2009 Sample Template
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Mon, Mar 8, 2010
    Norwegian Standard
    in Use of Standard ASHRAE vs NS - Norwegian Standard
    1 Christopher Schaffner
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    Fri, Mar 5, 2010
    The Best UNLOCKED LEED 2009 credit checklists - by Tristan Roberts
    Fri, Feb 28, 2014
    RE: No hard rules
    in Transient and Peak
    2 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Wed, Mar 3, 2010
    CSI section?
    in Playground equipment
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 2, 2010
    RE: Divisions 31 and 32 should be included
    in CSI specification sections 3–10 only?
    6 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Mar 1, 2010
    Low emtting materials - measurement - by André Knutsson
    Thu, Feb 18, 2010
    RE: The term "Registered" in the US
    in Registered Civil Engineer
    4 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Wed, Feb 17, 2010
    Multiple Buildings in LEED-EB: O&M
    in Multiple Buildings in LEED-EB: O&M
    3 Chris Nixon
    Manager, Sustainable Solutions
    BRSC
    Tue, Feb 16, 2010
    You Choose the LEED Project Boundary
    in One site, Multiple Buildings
    2 Sherry Bonelli
    LEED Project Manager/Consultant
    BudSprout LLC -- SucceedAtLEED.com
    Mon, Feb 15, 2010
    treat terraces like roof
    in How are roof terraces defined under LEED SSc7.2 for SRI calculations?
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Mar 24, 2010
    Title Votes Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: CxA from owner
    in CI-2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    78 64 Omer Moltay
    Mon, Sep 20, 2010
    RE: Reused furniture from old office
    in CI 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    78 91 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Tue, Aug 24, 2010
    RE: Metering
    in EBOM 2009 WEc1: Water Performance Measurement
    78 76 Paul C
    Tue, Sep 14, 2010
    Sourcing Roof Shingles with SRI 70 or more
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    78 72 Pal Ahuja
    President
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    Sun, Sep 4, 2011
    Domestically Manufactured Rapidly Renewables
    in NC 2009 MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
    78 48 Elliot Powers
    LEED AP BD+C
    Fri, May 7, 2010
    RE: E1 E0 wood
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    78 45 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 23, 2010
    RE: Monthly Commingled Diversion Rate Regulatory Requirements
    in NC v2.2 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    78 110 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Wed, May 11, 2011
    RE: summary for mechanically ventilated spaces
    in CS 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    78 50 Michael E. Edmonds-Bauer
    Edmonds International
    Tue, Dec 11, 2012
    Changing project name
    in LEED IEQ Space Matrix - Frequently Asked Questions
    78 31 Shivani Langer
    Architect
    SHW Group
    Thu, Apr 18, 2013
    RE: GFA Defination
    in LEED Minimum Program Requirements
    78 440 Donald R. Able
    Director of Sustainability
    BSA LifeStructures
    Wed, Feb 15, 2012
    RE: Including Gyms in Regularly Occupied Spaces
    in Schools 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    78 63 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Wed, Aug 18, 2010
    RE: EQ Pre. 2 in mixed use building
    in NC v2.2 EQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    78 54 Ben Stanley
    Sustainability Manager
    YRG sustainability
    Wed, Aug 4, 2010
    RE: Precast concrete for LEED
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    78 148 Frances Yang
    Mon, Dec 5, 2011
    Baseline using existing landscape?
    in NC v2.2 WEc1.1–1.2: Water Efficient Landscaping
    78 81 Kath Williams
    LEED Fellow 2011, Principal
    Kath Williams + Associates
    Tue, Mar 8, 2011
    RE: Commissioning Authority was hired in 65% of Construction Docs.
    in NC v2.2 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    78 51 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader
    HOK
    Mon, May 10, 2010
    RE: Separate design and construction commissioning agents?
    in NC v2.2 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    78 51 Chris Ladner
    Partner
    Viridian
    Wed, Apr 6, 2011
    LEED Interpretations
    in USGBC's New LEED Interpretations Similar to Old Precedent-Setting CIRs
    78 27 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, USGBC LEED Faculty, LEED AP O+M
    BuildingWise LLC
    Mon, Feb 28, 2011
    RE: Code required site lighting
    in LEED 2012 - 4th Public Comment and Ballot Forum
    78 191 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Tue, Jun 12, 2012
    RE: PFc Occupant Experience Survey
    in Comment on the New LEED Rating System Draft to be Released in 2012
    78 97 David Smith
    Fri, Jan 14, 2011
    RE: PFc Occupant Experience Survey
    in Comment on the New LEED Rating System Draft to be Released in 2012
    78 97 Aaron Desatnik
    Mon, Jan 31, 2011
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
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    in NC v2.2 EQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    67 Catalina Caballero
    Sustainability Coordinator
    JALRW Eng. Group Inc.
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    Evapotranspiration rate units?
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    342 E H
    Sustainability Architect
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    Flush-out Spreadsheet?
    in NC v2.2 EQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    141 James Houston
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    "Keep Calm and Do Your Homework"
    in GBCI Invites Direct Inquiries—But Do Your Homework First
    17 deborah lucking
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    fentress architects
    Wed, Apr 10, 2013
    Air Curtain for Building in Climate Zone 3A
    in Vestibules in 90.1-2007 and LEED 3.0 Projects
    12 Shenhao Li
    Atkins
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    Calculating FTE- LEED for Healthcare
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    180 Catherine Blakemore
    Architect, LEED AP BC+D
    HOLT Architects
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    Hi all, (I posted this
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    588 Diaa Madkour
    Architect
    Sun, Apr 7, 2013
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    in Key LEED Interpretations
    4 Michael E. Edmonds-Bauer
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    Sat, Apr 6, 2013
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    in Pilot Credit 13: Bicycle Network, Storage, and Changing Rooms
    35 Nicole Koedyker
    Sat, Apr 6, 2013
    waterless urinals
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    54 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013
    Trace Modeling for Carrier Infinity-V speed heat pumps ??
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,057 Robert Sutton
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    Sutton Engineered Systems, Inc.
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013
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    in NC 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    51 Mark Meaders
    Sustainable Design Project Manager
    HDR Architecture, Inc.
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013
    The new communications protocol will be MUCH smoother
    in GBCI Invites Direct Inquiries—But Do Your Homework First
    17 Marian Keeler
    Senior Associate
    Thornton Tomasetti / Sustainability
    Wed, Apr 3, 2013
    LEED Retail-CI Restaurant Furniture
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    129 Linda Davisson
    Senior Consultant
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Wed, Apr 3, 2013
    Pilot House - Credit 67 Approach
    in Pilot Credit 67: Pilot Alternative Compliance Path—EA Prerequisite 2
    9 Ryan Pitera
    Energy Consultant
    van Zelm, Heywood & Shadford
    Tue, Apr 2, 2013
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    in New Rules for Formaldehyde in IEQc4.4
    6 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Apr 2, 2013
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    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    579 Noriko Yasuhara
    CSR Design & Landscape Co., Ltd.
    Tue, Apr 2, 2013
    MRc3
    in Sixth Comment Period for LEED v4 Won't Delay Member Ballot
    35 Pamela Lippe
    President
    e4, inc.
    Sun, Mar 31, 2013
    MRc4
    in Sixth Comment Period for LEED v4 Won't Delay Member Ballot
    35 Pamela Lippe
    President
    e4, inc.
    Sun, Mar 31, 2013
    MRc2
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