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    64 Bill Swanson
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    RE: IES ApacheHVAC - Proposed system for VRF
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    RE: CE Hours for LEED Fundamental Commissioning
    in Video: LEED AP Credential Maintenance
    66 Scott Bowman
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    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
    RE: USGBC-approved equivalent standard for projects outside the U.S.
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    112 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
    RE: Do green roofs help to comply this credit? And green walls?
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    100% irrigation requirement met through treated waste water
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    447 Yusuf Turab
    Managing Director
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    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    India
    R-438A
    in NC 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    54 PAULA HERNANDEZ
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    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
    Different gpm in the same fixtures types
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    743 James Lee
    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
    RE: Project Building Context - Residence Hall New Jersey
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    237 Anna Lapomme
    Sustainability Consulting
    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
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    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
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    Sustainability Consulting
    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
    United States
    RE: Campus PV dedicated - not connected - to building requires Cx?
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    329 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
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    RE: CxA for Enhanced
    in CI-v4: Enhanced commissioning
    4 Scott Bowman
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    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
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    RE: Solar energy used with previous LEED project credit
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    270 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
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    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
    Illuminated area
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    64 Bill Swanson
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    RE: IES ApacheHVAC - Proposed system for VRF
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
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    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
    RE: USGBC-approved equivalent standard for projects outside the U.S.
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    112 Marcus Sheffer
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    7group
    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
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    in EBOM-v4: Site Development- protect or restore habitat
    10 Julia Perez
    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
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    140 Rustem Saitov
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    353 Marilyn Specht
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    2 Eliot Allen
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    Thu, Jun 23, 2016
    RE: Smart vs. Florscore
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    385 Robert Shields
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    73 Marcus Sheffer
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    Tue, May 24, 2016
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    8 michelle bombeck
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    15 Bharati Karmarkar Bhosale
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    4 Mandy Bordeaux
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    Wed, May 18, 2016
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    54 PAULA HERNANDEZ
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    1 Cynthia Kaplan
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    AOB
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    2015-04-06 21:32 United States
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    317 Curtis Clark
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