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    67 David Browne
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    12 Francis McNulty
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    RE: Enhanced and Fundamental Comissioning
    in NC-v4: Enhanced commissioning
    33 Isabel Santos
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    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    Purchasing- Ongoing
    in EBOM-v4: Purchasing - ongoing
    8 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    India
    RE: CHP electricity not used by the building
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,699 Francesco Passerini
    engineer
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    RE: IEQp1 online form - potential error
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    168 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    Option-3: Irrigation Meter Installed
    in EBOM-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    14 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    India
    Future development
    in NC-v4: Open space
    9 Mike Fortier
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: High Rise Residential with mixed mode ventilation
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    51 Nancy Henderson
    Managing Partner
    ArchEcology
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    LEED project with associated Parking Deck
    in NC-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    12 Ashley Love
    LEED AP BD+C
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    Vertically attached - vertical expansion
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    209 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED AP BD+C
    Perkins+Will
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    EQc5 & Fume Hoods
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    444 Laura Eubanks
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Moseley Architects
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    RE: Valuation of Recycled Content
    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    4 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Combination Shower/Bathtub in Dormitory
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    252 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Green Product- FSC
    in EBOM-v4: Green cleaning - products and materials
    8 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Structure and enclosure
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    67 David Browne
    Architect
    CRA Associates, Inc.
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    Calculator Points clarification
    in NC-2009: Legal Wood
    12 Francis McNulty
    OCSC
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    Ireland
    RE: Enhanced and Fundamental Comissioning
    in NC-v4: Enhanced commissioning
    33 Isabel Santos
    ECOCHOICE SA
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    Purchasing- Ongoing
    in EBOM-v4: Purchasing - ongoing
    8 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    India
    RE: CHP electricity not used by the building
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,699 Francesco Passerini
    engineer
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    RE: IEQp1 online form - potential error
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    168 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    Option-3: Irrigation Meter Installed
    in EBOM-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    14 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    India
    Future development
    in NC-v4: Open space
    9 Mike Fortier
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: High Rise Residential with mixed mode ventilation
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    51 Nancy Henderson
    Managing Partner
    ArchEcology
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    LEED project with associated Parking Deck
    in NC-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    12 Ashley Love
    LEED AP BD+C
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    Vertically attached - vertical expansion
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    209 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED AP BD+C
    Perkins+Will
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    EQc5 & Fume Hoods
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    444 Laura Eubanks
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Moseley Architects
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    RE: Valuation of Recycled Content
    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    4 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Combination Shower/Bathtub in Dormitory
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    252 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Green Product- FSC
    in EBOM-v4: Green cleaning - products and materials
    8 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Third-Party Energy Reporting Innovation Credit
    in CI 2009 EAc3: Measurement and Verification
    171 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED AP BD+C
    Perkins+Will
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Natural ventilated stairs and lift shaft
    in NC-2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    304 LEEDme STRATEGIE SRL
    STRATEGIE SRL
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Planned/future Photovolatic installation
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    298 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: shop applied adhesive in a laminate flooring
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    510 Roger Henry
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Reuse of laboratory equipment and furniture
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    68 Isabel Santos
    ECOCHOICE SA
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: FIT Program vs LEED Points
    in LEED Canada Forum
    55 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    RE: Denied prerequisite
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    828 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016
    High-rise Residences: NC or C&S?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    794 Maria Isabel Conde
    Owner
    Aqua Terra (Panama) S.A.
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    RE: WELL Building Credits used for LEED ID Credit
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    35 Michael Munn
    Assistant Project Manager, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
    The Green Engineer, Inc.
    Wed, Aug 10, 2016
    RE: Energy Star compliant attic access doors
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    159 Brett Little
    Executive Director
    GreenHome Institute
    Tue, Aug 2, 2016
    RE: *sensationalism alert*!
    in Does LEED v4 Ban PVC?
    12 joel longstreth
    Marketing Manager
    brentwood plastics
    Mon, Aug 1, 2016
    RE: Adding more projects to a Campus
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    572 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Thu, Jul 28, 2016
    RE: sunset date for projects registered under LEEDv3
    in Time to finish that LEED-NC v2.1 project, or upgrade - sunset date is coming
    2 emily reese
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    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    n/a
    in Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification
    12 robert lohr
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    DSW, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
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    Mon, Jul 18, 2016
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    in 17 critical—and misunderstood—LEED terms
    7 B B
    Mon, Jul 18, 2016
    Trinidad and Tobago
    v4 BD+C Licensed Professional Exemption
    in Licensed Professional Exemption
    20 Helene Gotthelf
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Tue, Jul 12, 2016
    RE: Deadline for Construction Review
    in Deadline to Submit Construction Submittal - LEED NC (LEED for Schools)
    5 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Sun, Jul 10, 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
    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: GBCI policy on deferring appeal
    in Defer a Design Phase Appeal
    2 Karen Elliott
    LEED AP ID+C & BD+C
    Ecoteric Ltd
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    How to simulate qualified area for IEQc8.1 at both 9 am and 3pm
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    133 Cathy W
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    How to simulate qualified area for IEQc8.1 at both 9 am and 3pm
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    133 Cathy W
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    Calculator Points clarification
    in NC-2009: Legal Wood
    12 Francis McNulty
    OCSC
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    Ireland
    Purchasing- Ongoing
    in EBOM-v4: Purchasing - ongoing
    8 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    India
    Option-3: Irrigation Meter Installed
    in EBOM-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    14 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    India
    Future development
    in NC-v4: Open space
    9 Mike Fortier
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    LEED project with associated Parking Deck
    in NC-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    12 Ashley Love
    LEED AP BD+C
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    Vertically attached - vertical expansion
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    209 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED AP BD+C
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    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    EQc5 & Fume Hoods
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    444 Laura Eubanks
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Moseley Architects
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    bus rapid transit stop
    in NC-v4: Bicycle facilities
    42 Erin Holdenried
    Sustainable Design Manager
    AECOM
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    United States
    ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    44 Gregory Martin
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    Institute for Research
    in Healthcare-v2009: Development density and community connectivity
    5 Rachel Manoguerra
    Green Associate
    3QC, Inc.
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    non smoking hotel rooms
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    320 Noriko Yasuhara
    Woonerf Inc.
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    RE: Combination Shower/Bathtub in Dormitory
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    252 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    Open Plan office served by 4 AHUs
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    160 Michael Wahjudi
    ESD Consultant
    Kaer Pte Ltd
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
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    Does base building performance now impact CI performance?
    in CI-v4: Minimum energy performance
    10 Kristopher Baker
    Syska Hennessy
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    How is an area/square footage assigned to a tree?
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    457 Tricia Loe
    Sustainable Concepts
    Mon, Aug 22, 2016
    United States
    Municipally supplied "purple pipe"
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    130 Kath Williams
    LEED Fellow 2011, Principal
    Kath Williams + Associates
    Sat, Aug 20, 2016
    United States
    decorative allowance
    in CI 2009 EAc1.1: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Power
    110 Ronald Dean
    Sumac Inc.
    Fri, Aug 19, 2016
    RE: control of PIU fans for System 8
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,107 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Aug 19, 2016
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    Calculator Points clarification
    in NC-2009: Legal Wood
    12 Francis McNulty
    OCSC
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    2016-08-26 08:07 Ireland
    Purchasing- Ongoing
    in EBOM-v4: Purchasing - ongoing
    8 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    2016-08-26 06:08 India
    Option-3: Irrigation Meter Installed
    in EBOM-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    14 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    2016-08-26 01:17 India
    LEED project with associated Parking Deck
    in NC-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    12 Ashley Love
    LEED AP BD+C
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    2016-08-25 17:35 United States
    EQc5 & Fume Hoods
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    444 Laura Eubanks
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Moseley Architects
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    2016-08-25 15:05 United States
    Combination Shower/Bathtub in Dormitory
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    252 Vicki Rybl
    Energy Engineer
    RDK Engineers
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    2016-08-25 09:59 United States
    Green Product- FSC
    in EBOM-v4: Green cleaning - products and materials
    8 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    2016-08-25 07:14 India
    Planned/future Photovolatic installation
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    298 Stacey Olson
    Associate, LEED AP, ID+C, BD+C, CID
    Gensler
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    2016-08-24 20:09 United States
    LEED Interpretation 5253
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,699 Monique Belmer
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    2016-08-24 18:00 United States
    bus rapid transit stop
    in NC-v4: Bicycle facilities
    42 Erin Holdenried
    Sustainable Design Manager
    AECOM
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    2016-08-24 17:52 United States
    CHP electricity not used by the building
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,699 Francesco Passerini
    engineer
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    2016-08-24 17:12 Italy
    Rainwater Management
    in NC-v4: Rainwater management
    80 Maria Glädt
    White Arkitekter AB
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    2016-08-24 14:34 Sweden
    Signage Language
    in EBOM-v4: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control
    10 Julia Perez
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    2016-08-24 09:01 United Kingdom
    Projects in Europe may use the values defined by EU standards?
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    252 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    2016-08-24 04:42 Switzerland
    Open Plan office served by 4 AHUs
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    160 Michael Wahjudi
    ESD Consultant
    Kaer Pte Ltd
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    2016-08-23 22:19 Singapore
    Valuation of Recycled Content
    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    4 Rebecca Pinto
    Sustainability Consultant, P.Eng.
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    2016-08-23 17:16 Canada
    ULEF documentation and LEED Online form
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    55 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    2016-08-23 13:11 United States
    FIT Program vs LEED Points
    in LEED Canada Forum
    55 Fayoke Banjo
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    2016-08-23 11:22 Canada
    A material with zero VOC content
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    510 Diaa El-Masry
    General Manager
    Qatar Green Leaders
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    2016-08-23 08:05 Qatar
    How is an area/square footage assigned to a tree?
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    457 Tricia Loe
    Sustainable Concepts
    Mon, Aug 22, 2016
    2016-08-22 13:27 United States

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