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Sustainability Redefined through Resilient Communities

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Sustainability Redefined through Resilient Communities

Originally published on November 7, 2016 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. The discourse regarding resilient design is evolving. It has been a year since the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) adopted three LEED pilot credits on resilient design and I am excited to see the discussion expand from coastal urban centers and geographical locations on the front-line of climatic extremes to populations with more nuanced threats emanating from shifting climate. For example, the City of Indianapolis’ Office….

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Basics of Bulk Water Management through Rainscreens

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Basics of Bulk Water Management through Rainscreens

Originally published on April 22, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog. The building envelope must face a number of damage functions: bulk and capillary water, air-born water, vapor, radiation (ultraviolet degradation), pests, and people. But even in dry climates, water in all its forms perhaps poses the greatest challenge to building performance and longevity – and bulk water is public enemy number one. In general, there are four basic approaches to bulk water management in a….

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2014 Monumental Awards Landscape Architecture Honor Award – St. John’s Courtyard

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2014 Monumental Awards Landscape Architecture Honor Award – St. John’s Courtyard

The first Catholic parish established in Indianapolis, St. John’s Catholic Church has been serving a diverse congregation of downtown parishioners and visitors for more than 175 years.  This diverse group ranges from downtown professionals, to IUPUI students and the homeless, all of whom come to this house of God for solace, encouragement, and refuge. Located adjacent to the western end of Georgia Street, the church’s courtyard is one of the few spaces that offer a potential for outdoor seating and….

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Preserving an Icon: The Indiana State Fair Coliseum

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Preserving an Icon: The Indiana State Fair Coliseum

Opened to great fanfare in 1939, the Pepsi Coliseum was the premier public assembly venue in the state of Indiana for decades. It has hosted countless events for more than 70 years, including the only performances ever held in Indiana by the Beatles. While the past seven decades have given the Coliseum a rich and diverse history, they have also seen the facility descend into a state of disrepair and unable to meet the demands of a sports and entertainment….

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Comparing Indianapolis’ Extreme Precipitation Patterns with Historic Averages

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Comparing Indianapolis’ Extreme Precipitation Patterns with Historic Averages

Image courtesy of Cullogo. Last summer, I wrote about the extreme weather patterns in Indianapolis. The historic heatwave and drought  of 2012 has had a lasting impact on the region. June 2012 recorded only 0.09 inches of rainfall, which shattered the previous record of 0.36 inches set in 1988. The summer of 2012 marked the second year in a row in which a considerable lack of precipitation affected central Indiana. Will the drought pattern repeat itself in 2013? Some forecasters are concerned….

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Putting the 2012 Indianapolis Heatwaves and Drought into Perspective

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Putting the 2012 Indianapolis Heatwaves and Drought into Perspective

Photograph by Ewan Bellamy. Some rights reserved under a Creative Commons license. You heard about it all over the streets of Indianapolis during the Super Bowl festivities. It was unseasonably warm in the Circle City. Patrons swarmed the Super Bowl Village along Georgia Street – some wearing little more than a heavy sweatshirt. As the host city, Indianapolis was bracing itself to deal with several feet of snow and here we were – experiencing the kind of weather Dallas was hoping for….

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Indianapolis Announces 2010 Sustainability Award Winners

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Indianapolis Announces 2010 Sustainability Award Winners

I just arrived back from the 2010 Sustainability Awards Luncheon. Today, Mayor Gregory A. Ballard and the City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability announced the winners for the second annual Indianapolis Sustainability Awards. Five categories for the awards include air, land, water, energy and “reduce, reuse, recycle.” The project finalists and winners are as follows: . Category: Air Winner: IndyGo Green Initiative: IndyGo Finalist: MyCarbonPledge: Indianapolis Zoo Finalist: Roche Global Data Center: Roche Diagnostics Operations . Category: Land Winner: 100….

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