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    105 Trista Little
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    484 Jean Marais
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    287 John Riker
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    WE Pr1 Fixture Groups
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    181 Gail Williams
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    WSP
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    Project Boundary Question
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    130 Amy Hood
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    BHDP Architecture
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    100% Glass roof
    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    204 Trinidad Guajardo
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    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    96 Keelan Kaiser
    Architect and Educator
    Serena Sturm Architects and Judson University
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014
    FTE Requirement/Calculation for storage facility
    in MPR5: Must comply with minimum occupancy rates
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    Principal
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    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    RE: At what point is something considered non-monoculture?
    in EBOM 2009 SSc5: Site Development—Protect or Restore Open Habitat
    81 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    RE: percentage thresholds....
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.4: Green Cleaning—Sustainable Cleaning Equipment
    34 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    RE: hand sanitizers
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    105 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    RE: Determination of nonpotable water
    in NC 2009 WEc2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
    92 Amy Rider
    Sustainability Manager
    KEMA Services
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    Certified Wood - Chain of Custody - Fabricator
    in Healthcare-v2009: Sustainably sourced materials and products
    41 Catherine Blakemore
    Architect, LEED AP BC+D
    HOLT Architects
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    RE: Default fixture usage - showers in a swimming pool facility
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    484 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
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    Community Connectivity
    in NC v2.2 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    25 BWBR Architects
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    RE: Building with no parking
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    287 John Riker
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    WE Pr1 Fixture Groups
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    181 Gail Williams
    Principal Consultant
    WSP
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    Project Boundary Question
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    130 Amy Hood
    Project Architect
    BHDP Architecture
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    100% Glass roof
    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    204 Trinidad Guajardo
    EA Buildings
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    RE: ID Credits for Alternative Transportation
    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    431 Rosemary Mascali
    Manager
    Transit Solutions
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    RE: Material invoices
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    313 Michelle Reott
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    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
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    in CS 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    52 Distretto Tecnologico Trentino scarl Habitech
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    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    45 Tanja Arnesson
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    9.4.3 Exit Signs - 5 W per face
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    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    RE: light trespass vs hardscape
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    432 Glenn Heinmiller
    IALD, LC, LEED AP, Principal
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    Wed, Nov 20, 2013
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    151 Michael Johnson
    Architect
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    Wed, Nov 20, 2013
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    Wed, Nov 20, 2013
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    453 Joann Lee
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    Tue, Nov 19, 2013
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    15 Kath Williams
    LEED Fellow 2011, Principal
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    RE: other providers
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    22 Paula Melton
    Managing Editor
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    RE: Assuring that reviewer holds us to v2 requirements
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    439 Elizabeth Thompson
    LEED Specialist
    USGBC
    Sat, Nov 16, 2013
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    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    24 Julie Hendricks
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    in LEED IEQ Space Matrix - Frequently Asked Questions
    23 Aaron Luthien
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    7 David Eldridge
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    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
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    in LEED Canada Forum
    29 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
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    in CI 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    344 64 Tristan Roberts
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    334 55 Gunnar Hubbard, AIA, LEED Fellow
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    in Schools 2009 SSc9: Site Master Plan
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    in Schools 2009 SSc9: Site Master Plan
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    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
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    315 60 Kim Pomeranz
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    in Schools 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
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    313 102 Mara Baum
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    PGAL
    Wed, Dec 9, 2009
    RE: Is this a typo?
    in CS 2009 MRc6: Certified Wood
    310 24 Tristan Roberts
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    BuildingGreen, Inc.
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    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    96 Keelan Kaiser
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    Thu, Jul 17, 2014
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    in NC-v4: Light pollution reduction
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    FTE Requirement/Calculation for storage facility
    in MPR5: Must comply with minimum occupancy rates
    7 Conor Merrigan
    Principal
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    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    Certified Wood - Chain of Custody - Fabricator
    in Healthcare-v2009: Sustainably sourced materials and products
    41 Catherine Blakemore
    Architect, LEED AP BC+D
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    Community Connectivity
    in NC v2.2 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    25 BWBR Architects
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    Low VOC using Chloroprene/Neoprene
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
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    WE Pr1 Fixture Groups
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    181 Gail Williams
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    WSP
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    Project Boundary Question
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
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    BHDP Architecture
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    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
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    EA Buildings
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
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