Tag Archives: Indiana

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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Really Old Buildings are Exempt from the Indiana Energy Code

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Really Old Buildings are Exempt from the Indiana Energy Code

My firm handles a good amount of preservation and reuse work. Energy-efficiency is always an issue (we make sure of that). However, there is a considerable amount of confusion about how the Indiana energy code applies to historic buildings and renovation projects. Let’s clear the air. Buildings built before January 21, 1978 are exempt from the Indiana Energy Code. There is no substitute for primary source material. Keep these links handy: Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) – Also known as the….

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Localizing LEED

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Localizing LEED

In search of greater responsiveness to local priorities, the process for identifying Regional Priority Credits is recalibrated for LEED v4. Originally published in the November 2013 issue of Environmental Design + Construction (EDC) magazine. One common criticism of LEED has always been the notion of taking a “one-size-fits-all” rating system and applying it to the entire building sector. If all sustainability is local, then surely LEED needed to respond to geographically distinct regional priority issues. LEED 2009 addressed this criticism….

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There is No Such Thing as a National Building Energy Code

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There is No Such Thing as a National Building Energy Code

This summer, the U.S. Senate will continue to advance the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013. Introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) and Rob Portman (R–Ohio), this important piece of legislature will, among many other items, promote model building codes and standards while kick-starting private sector investment in commercial, industrial, and municipal building energy performance. Certain forthcoming amendments notwithstanding, the Shaheen-Portman bill is largely supported by the high-performance building community. However, it stops short of mandating a national energy….

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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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2009 IECC vs 2010 IECC

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2009 IECC vs 2010 IECC

. In the State of Indiana, virtually all new construction projects involving Class 1 structures need to file with the Division of Fire and Building Safety. As part of the filing process, project teams must demonstrate that the new construction complies with the state’s energy code, the 2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code (2010 IECC). Interestingly, the acronym for Indiana’s energy code is “IECC” – the same acronym adopted by the International Code Council for their International Energy Conservation Code. This has been a source of confusion….

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Can Washington Enforce a Federal Building Energy Code?

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Can Washington Enforce a Federal Building Energy Code?

I have recently received several questions related to a “federal building energy code” which requires States to adopt the 2010 version of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 by October 2013. I’ve also been asked if this supposed energy code relates to ARRA stimulus funding. This concept of a federal building energy code is a bit convoluted, but allow me to briefly explain some important aspects of this issue: Building regulations are a State issue. State and local governments are empowered to enact building….

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