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    411 SOHA YAMANI
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    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    283 Charles Nepps
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    RE: Counting RECs Towards EAc1
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,303 Waleed AlGhamdi
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    20 Francis Hernandez
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    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: v4 BD+C Licensed Professional Exemption
    in Licensed Professional Exemption
    21 Eric Anderson
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    RE: Fan power in conditioned space
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,751 Marcus Sheffer
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    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: ISO versus ASHRAE Option
    in NC-v4: Thermal comfort
    18 Steven Burke
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    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: Definition of main entrance
    in NC-v4: Bicycle facilities
    48 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
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    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: NC Tenant Guideline Requirement
    in CS 2009 SSc9: Tenant Design and Construction Guidelines
    52 Summer Minchew
    LEED AP ID+C, O+M
    Ecoimpact Consulting
    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: ECB vs Appendix G
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    441 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: Adjacent rooms with chemicals
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    448 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: Emergency Power
    in CS 2009 EAc5.1: Measurement and Verification—Base Building
    125 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: Demand Control Ventilation
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    136 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
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    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: Regulation of commingled recycling facilities
    in NC-v4: Construction and demolition waste management
    33 Keith Winston
    Green Building Code Inspector
    DCRA: DC Government
    Thu, Sep 22, 2016
    United States
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Single family homes - compliance with Energy Star and Checklists
    in ND-v2009: Minimum building energy efficiency
    8 Casey Studhalter
    Project Manager, LEED
    USGBC
    Mon, Nov 30, 2015
    The three dimensional orientation of the luminaire
    in Pilot Credit 7: Light Pollution Reduction
    30 Aly Rawji
    ART Engineering Corp.
    Sun, Nov 29, 2015
    United States
    RE: Using recycled construction & demolition waste in projects
    in NC v2.2 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    36 NEERAJ CHANDRA
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    India
    RE: In which construction phase can I certify my building?
    in CS 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    61 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Nov 27, 2015
    RE: VOC content - 11890-2
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    100 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    RE: Original LEED AP laid off just before Construction Review
    in NC 2009 IDc2: LEED Accredited Professional
    50 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Nov 27, 2015
    RE: How big will a tree be in 5 years?
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    46 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    RE: zoning requirements
    in NC v2.2 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    42 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Mar 16, 2016
    RE: proof of exemplary
    in NC v2.2 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    26 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    RE: Citibike for non-residential transients?
    in NC v2.2 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    61 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    RE: Density Calc include the proposed building?
    in NC v2.2 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    30 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    RE: Prime farmland if drained
    in NC v2.2 SSc1: Site Selection
    26 Tristan Roberts
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    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    RE: Gross floor area vs. Regularly Occupied Area
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    3 Ashley Love
    LEED AP BD+C
    Thu, Mar 17, 2016
    Circulation space around the building core
    in CS v4: Daylight
    1 Julien Richard
    Artelia
    Wed, Nov 25, 2015
    France
    RE: Mercury Lamps
    in EBOM 2009 MRp2: Solid Waste Management Policy
    24 Tristan Roberts
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    Tue, Nov 24, 2015
    RE: Places of Respite as a Schools ID credit?
    in Schools 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    21 Tristan Roberts
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    Tue, Nov 24, 2015
    RE: Double trouble with ceilings
    in Schools 2009 MRc1.2: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Interior Nonstructural Elements
    4 Tristan Roberts
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    Mon, Mar 21, 2016
    RE: SS7.2 Design review comment
    in Schools 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Thu, Mar 17, 2016
    RE: ITE for elementary school with half day students
    in Schools 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    21 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Wed, Mar 16, 2016
    RE: LEED Boaundary and Utility Connections
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Thu, Mar 17, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    upgrading to LEED-EBOM 2009
    in Change the version of LEED - EB - O & M (V.2008 to v.2009)
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Wed, Apr 20, 2011
    LEED documentation samples
    in LEED Calculation examples
    1 Tristan Roberts
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    Wed, Apr 20, 2011
    RE: LEED for Healthcare in Second Public Comment Period
    in LEED for Healthcare in Second Public Comment Period
    3 Susan Walter
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    Fri, Apr 15, 2011
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    Tue, Apr 26, 2011
    performance period start date
    in Credits where Performance Period must include a specific day of the year?
    1 Tristan Roberts
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    Mon, Mar 28, 2011
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    Mon, Mar 28, 2011
    RE: time delay in fit out
    in project boundary and time delay during construction
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 25, 2011
    Supplemental Documents
    in Supplemental Documents
    1 David Eldridge
    Project Manager
    Grumman/Butkus Associates
    Tue, Mar 22, 2011
    RE: Commissioning process in a volume program
    in LEED Volume Certification Program Launched
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Tue, Mar 22, 2011
    registering after construction starts
    in Registration after starting Construction
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Fri, Mar 18, 2011
    Mechanical Schedules
    in LEED EBOM - PI FORM 4
    1 David Eldridge
    Project Manager
    Grumman/Butkus Associates
    Tue, Mar 15, 2011
    RE: which LEED system
    in utility bills for multi tenanted buildings
    3 David Eldridge
    Project Manager
    Grumman/Butkus Associates
    Tue, Mar 15, 2011
    RE: rating system selection forum
    in LEED CI - Minimal TI for a Large Space: Will This be Accepted?
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Mar 9, 2011
    RE: I'm tired of Henry Gifford
    in LEED Story on NPR's All Things Considered
    13 Eric Johnson
    Principal Sustainability Project and Cost Manager
    Green Future Now
    Tue, Mar 8, 2011
    RE: maintaining LEED certification
    in Certified Building - maintaining certification for LEED v2.2 buildings
    2 Pinky Khatri
    Designer/Sustainability Coordinator
    VBN Architects
    Tue, Mar 8, 2011
    Appeal documentation
    in Standard Template/Format for submitting Credit Appeal and Clarification
    1 Susann Geithner
    CEO
    Geithner Consulting
    Tue, Mar 8, 2011
    DSIRE...
    in Tax Credits and Incentives in California
    1 Tristan Roberts
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    in Energy Benchmarking in LEED-EBOM Webinar
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Thu, Mar 3, 2011
    RE: i've been a usgbc employee for almost 9 years...
    in New Plaintiffs Join Amended LEED Lawsuit
    24 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Fri, Feb 25, 2011
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    in Calculating FTEs
    208 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
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    Argentina
    Feasibility
    in CS-2009: Material ingredient optimization
    1 Chloe Bendistis
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    in Pilot Credit 52: Environmentally Preferable Non-Structural Products and Materials—Prescriptive Attributes
    14 Kristina Bach
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    9 sompoche sirichote
    Mon, Oct 5, 2015
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    site boundary questions
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    238 Marcia Gibson
    Architect
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    Fri, Oct 2, 2015
    our discussion forums
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    217 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
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    Wed, Sep 30, 2015
    RE: Download Forms
    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    132 Tristan Roberts
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    Wed, Sep 30, 2015
    Compliance for Existing Site Features
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    132 Vicki Rybl
    Energy Engineer
    RDK Engineers
    Wed, Sep 30, 2015
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    RE: Fan power in conditioned space
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,751 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Sep 29, 2015
    RE: Unisex Toilet
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    765 Lewis Hewton
    Cundall
    Tue, Sep 29, 2015
    Compliance for Existing Site Features
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    132 Vicki Rybl
    Energy Engineer
    RDK Engineers
    Mon, Sep 28, 2015
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    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 24, 2015
    RE: Waste Material reused "on-site"
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    453 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP® BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC, a LEED® Proven Provider™
    Wed, Sep 23, 2015
    RE: How to simulate qualified area for IEQc8.1 at both 9 am and 3pm
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    137 Eddy Santosa
    Lead Building Performance Analyst
    Callison
    Wed, Sep 23, 2015
    What if we are not using comingled recycling?
    in Schools-2009: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates
    1 Cynthia Kaplan
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    Mon, Sep 21, 2015
    United States
    Energy Star Related Product
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Minimum energy performance
    13 Wei Zeng
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    Thu, Sep 17, 2015
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    RE: Hot link to South Coast website rule is broken
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    543 Harry Flamm
    Project Architect and Sustainability Coordinator
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
    Thu, Sep 17, 2015
    RE: Cooler and freezer storage
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    237 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Tue, Sep 15, 2015
    Determining site area on multi building lot
    in Locating 2-year, 24-hour rainfall intensity values for EBOM SSc6
    9 Phil Vanderloo
    President
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    Sun, Sep 13, 2015
    United States
    RE: Green Educational Program Format
    in CS 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    64 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Sep 10, 2015
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    572 Nena Elise
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    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Quality views
    1 Sophie Brauer
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    Fri, May 20, 2016
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    Living Wall
    in Retail-NC-v4: Water metering
    1 Accounting Accounting
    Controller
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    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,751 Michelle Reott
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    Thu, May 19, 2016
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    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    613 Ed Healy
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    in NC 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    116 Jiri Dobias
    Thu, May 19, 2016
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    Wed, May 18, 2016
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    Laboratory Classrooms
    in NC-2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    304 Crina Bosch
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    Wed, May 18, 2016
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    5 Mandy Bordeaux
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    Wed, May 18, 2016
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    323 MKK LEED
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    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    620 Jace Christensen
    Wed, May 18, 2016
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    SSc8 Flag lighting
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    638 Kristopher Lashley
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    Wed, May 18, 2016
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    Pilot Credit 101
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    129 Kiyomi Kurooka
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    Tue, May 17, 2016
    2016-05-17 18:51 United States
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    366 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
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    Tue, May 17, 2016
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    Tue, May 17, 2016
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    46 VISHESH AGARWAL
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