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    3,751 Marcus Sheffer
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    RE: NC Tenant Guideline Requirement
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    52 Summer Minchew
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    RE: ECB vs Appendix G
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    441 Marcus Sheffer
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    RE: Emergency Power
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    RE: Demand Control Ventilation
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    136 Marcus Sheffer
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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
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    in NC-v4: Construction and demolition waste management
    35 Keith Winston
    Green Building Code Inspector
    DCRA: DC Government
    Sun, Sep 25, 2016
    United States
    RE: EQc5 & Fume Hoods
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    449 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Sun, Sep 25, 2016
    porcelain flooring Tiles
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    411 SOHA YAMANI
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    in NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
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    283 Charles Nepps
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    RE: Counting RECs Towards EAc1
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
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    in NC-v4: Green power and carbon offsets
    20 Francis Hernandez
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    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,751 Marcus Sheffer
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    7group
    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
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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
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    52 Summer Minchew
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    Ecoimpact Consulting
    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: ECB vs Appendix G
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    441 Marcus Sheffer
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    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: Emergency Power
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    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
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    136 Marcus Sheffer
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    26 Hadar Farjo
    Thu, Sep 22, 2016
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    15 COWI AS
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    38 Brian Salazar
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    16 Emmanuel Pauwels
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    73 Marcus Sheffer
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    37 Erin Holdenried
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    231 Marcus Sheffer
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