The Authority Podcast Episodes

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Episode 09
Kaitlin Harris, Seán Kearney & Emma Robbins – July 13, 2021

On our final episode of Season 1, we'll finish our conversation about plumbing resiliency with a focus on plumbing equity and bridging plumbing equity gaps. Joining us on this episode are Emma Robbins, DigDeep's Navajo Water Project Executive Director, Kaitlin Harris, DigDeep Field Engineer, and Seán Kearney, Managing Director of the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH).

To learn more about DigDeep, visit https://www.digdeep.org.

To learn more about IWSH, visit https://iwsh.org.

Episode 08
Kathryn Sorensen – July 6, 2021

In this episode, we'll discuss the concept of equity — specifically, plumbing and water equity — with Kathryn Sorensen, Director of Research for the Kyl Center for Water Policy and Professor of Practice at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Sorensen served for many years as Director of Phoenix Water Services as well as Director of the City of Mesa Water Resources Department. In these roles she was responsible for the delivery of safe, clean, reliable water for millions of Arizonans, and significantly advanced the sustainable management of water resources in Arizona and the Colorado River basin. She earned a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan. In her position at Arizona State University, she oversees the research efforts of the Kyl Center for Water Policy, serves as a Professor of Practice at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and contributes to the Global Futures Laboratory.

To learn more about the Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy, visit https://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu.

RESOURCES:
Ten Tenets of Water Equity: Considerations for Community Water Systems

Episode 07
Ron Jones – June 29, 2021

In this week's episode, we'll continue our conversation on plumbing resiliency with a focus on sustainability and equity. Our guest this week is Ron Jones, co-founder and president of Green Builder Media, who is recognized as one of the fathers of the green building movement, instrumental in establishing guidelines and programs through NAHB, USGBC, and a variety of regional initiatives.

Jones is the charter chairman of the Greenbuilder Coalition, a grassroots nonprofit advocacy group, whose goal is to promote integrity and the building industry and beyond in an effort to return balance and harmony to the relationship between the built environment and the natural one. A recognized author and keynote speaker on four continents, his industry credentials and leadership experience, combined with his inspirational message and take-no-prisoners style, makes him a high-demand presenter for conferences and events of all kinds.

To learn more about Green Builder Media, visit www.greenbuildermedia.com.

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Episode 06 – Part 02
Sarah Porter, Micah Thomas, Pat Sinicropi & Mike Collignon – June 22, 2021

This is part two of our two-part series where we'll continue our conversation about plumbing resiliency, drought prevention, and water reuse with Sarah Porter, Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy; Micah Thomas, Senior Director of Program Development and Compliance at the Green Building Initiative, also known as GBI; Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director at the WateReuse Association; and Mike Collignan, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Green Builder Coalition.

If you missed part one, we suggest you go back and listen to that episode before continuing here.

Sarah Porter is director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Established in 2014, the Kyl Center promotes research, analysis, collaboration and open dialogue to build consensus and support of sound water stewardship solutions for Arizona and the West.

To learn more about the Kyl Center, visit www.morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/content/kyl-center-water-policy.

Micah Thomas, is GBI's primary content expert and heads the development of the Green Building Initiative's user-friendly assessment tools and rating systems. As senior director of program development and compliance, Thomas refines the assessment, rating, and certification processes, and develops customized tools and processes to meet the specific and unique needs of federal guiding principles compliance users.

To learn more about the Green Building Initiative, visit www.thegbi.org.

Pat Sinicropi is the executive director of the WateReuse Association, the only national organization dedicated solely to advancing policy, technology and innovation, and public acceptance for water reuse. Sinicropi has nearly two decades of experience as a policy expert and advocate on water-related issues in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about the WateReuse Association, visit www.watereuse.org.

Mike Collignon is the executive director of the Green Builder Coalition, an organization he co-founded in 2010. He engages in national- and state-level advocacy and publishes regular content for Greenbuilder Media.

To learn more about the Green Builder Coalition, visit www.greenbuildercoalition.org.

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Episode 06 – Part 01
Sarah Porter, Micah Thomas, Pat Sinicropi & Mike Collignon – June 15, 2021

This is part one of a two-part series where we'll continue our conversation on plumbing resiliency, expanding a little bit more into the weeds on drought prevention and water reuse with Sarah Porter, Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy; Micah Thomas, Senior Director of Program Development and Compliance at the Green Building Initiative, also known as GBI; Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director at the WateReuse Association; and Mike Collignon, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Green Builder Coalition.

Sarah Porter is director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Established in 2014, the Kyl Center promotes research, analysis, collaboration and open dialogue to build consensus and support of sound water stewardship solutions for Arizona and the West.

To learn more about the Kyl Center, visit www.morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/content/kyl-center-water-policy.

Micah Thomas, is GBI's primary content expert and heads the development of the Green Building Initiative's user-friendly assessment tools and rating systems. As senior director of program development and compliance, Thomas refines the assessment, rating, and certification processes, and develops customized tools and processes to meet the specific and unique needs of federal guiding principles compliance users.

To learn more about the Green Building Initiative, visit www.thegbi.org.

Pat Sinicropi is the executive director of the WateReuse Association, the only national organization dedicated solely to advancing policy, technology and innovation, and public acceptance for water reuse. Sinicropi has nearly two decades of experience as a policy expert and advocate on water-related issues in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about the WateReuse Association, visit www.watereuse.org.

Mike Collignon is the executive director of the Green Builder Coalition, an organization he co-founded in 2010. He engages in national- and state-level advocacy and publishes regular content for Greenbuilder Media.

To learn more about the Green Builder Coalition, visit www.greenbuildercoalition.org.

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Episode 05 – Part 02
Emma Hughes, Mike Cudahy, Susan Kapetanovic-Marr & Daryn Cline – June 1, 2021

Welcome to this week's episode of The Authority Podcast: Plumbing a Mechanical. This is part two of our two-part series where we'll continue our conversation about plumbing resiliency and sustainability with Emma Hughes, Project Manager in the LEED Department at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); Mike Cudahy, Regulation and Sustainability Specialist for the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA); Susan Kapetanovic-Marr, Principal, Sustainability Specialist at Morrison Hershfield; and Daryn Cline, Director of Environmental Technologies for EVAPCO.

If you missed part one, we suggest you go back and listen to that episode before continuing here.

To learn more about USGBC, visit www.usgbc.org.

To learn more about PPFA, visit www.ppfahome.org.

To learn more about Morrison Hershfield, visit www.morrisonhershfield.com.

To learn more about EVAPCO, visit www.evapco.com.

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Episode 05 – Part 01
Emma Hughes, Mike Cudahy, Susan Kapetanovic-Marr & Daryn Cline – June 1, 2021

Welcome to this week's episode of “The Authority Podcast: Plumbing & Mechanical.” This is part one of a two-part series where we're going to continue our theme of plumbing resiliency and discuss sustainability issues with Emma Hughes, Project Manager in the LEED Department at the U.S. Green Building Council, also known as USGBC; Mike Cudahy, Regulation and Sustainability Specialist for the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association, also known as PPFA; Susan Kapetanovic-Marr, Principal, Sustainability Specialist at Morrison Hershfield; and Daryn Cline, Director of Environmental Technologies for EVAPCO.

Emma Hughes, a LEED AP BD+C and true advisor, is a project manager in the LEED Department at the U.S. Green Building Council and a proponent of integrated holistic approaches to sustainable design and development. At USGBC, she collaborates with industry stakeholders and networks of diverse volunteer experts to evolve and refine the LEED green building rating system.

To learn more about the U.S. Green Building Council, visit www.usgbc.org.

Mike Cudahy, Regulation and Sustainability Specialist for the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association, works on building and plumbing codes, sustainability and regulation issues for the piping industry and has served on numerous green building and code committees for the past 15 years, including USGBC's LEED program. His background is in chemistry and forensics and he lives in south Florida.

To learn more about PPFA, visit www.ppfahome.org.

Susan Kapetanovic-Marr is a sustainability specialist at Morrison Hershfield, an international engineering consulting company with offices throughout Canada, U.S. and India. Located in Calgary, Alberta, Susan has over 12 years of experience managing sustainability-focused projects and providing guidance to successfully achieve green building certification targets. She's also the practice lead for green building rating systems and a team lead on third-party LEED projects assessments for Canada Green Building Council.

To learn more about Morrison Hershfield, visit www.morrisonhershfield.com.

Daryn Cline, director of environmental technologies for EVAPCO, is responsible for the sustainable application of EVAPCO'S energy-efficient and water-saving products in the industrial, building and power markets. He's been at EVAPCO for 31 years. He's a member of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED water efficiency technical advisory group. He's a voting member of ASHRAE standard 191. He's a member of the ASHRAE Standard 514, and a voting member of ASHRAE Guideline 12-2000. He has his bachelor's of science and physics from West Virginia University and an MBA from the University of Baltimore.

To learn more about EVAPCO, visit www.evapco.com.

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Episode 04
Rodolfo Perez & Dan Cole – May 25, 2021

Welcome to this week's episode of The Authority Podcast: Plumbing & Mechanical. As we have all season long, we're going to continue our conversation of plumbing resiliency. On today's talk, we're going to focus on the overlap between water efficiency and well-being with Rodolfo Perez, Senior Director, Standard Development, for the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), and Dan Cole, Senior Director of Technical Services at the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).

Rodolfo Perez leads the Water and Materials concepts on the Standard Development team at IWBI. Before joining the International WELL Building Institute, Perez worked for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after a career in startups, bringing nanoparticle based technologies from lab experiments to prototypes. He holds MS and PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and undergraduate degrees in Industrial and Chemical Engineering and Aesthetics from the Catholic university of Chile.

To learn more about IWBI, visit www.wellcertified.com.

Daniel Cole is the Senior Director of Technical Services at IAPMO. He was a licensed journeyman plumber in the state of Illinois and is currently a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. He received the ASPE scientific achievement award in 2018. He has published several articles on Hunter's Curve and the fixture unit methodology. His research focus is on the plumbing investigations performed at the National Bureau of Standards, now NIST, with a particular interest in the work of Roy B. Hunter. He also has a focus on promoting water efficiency standards for the built environment.

To learn more about IAPMO, visit https://www.iapmo.org.

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Episode 03 – Part 02
Cynthia Campbell, Terrence McCarthy & DougBennet – May 18, 2021

This is part two of our two-part series where we'll continue our conversation about plumbing resiliency and drought prevention with Cynthia Campbell, water resources management advisor for the City of Phoenix; Terrence McCarthy, water resources policy manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; and Doug Bennett, conservation manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

If you missed part one, we suggest you go back and listen to that episode before continuing here.

Cynthia Campbell, water resources policy manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, is a licensed professional civil engineer in California, and his current responsibilities include management and development of water conservation programs; monitoring and evaluating regulatory and legislative issues; pursuing external funding and support for programs participating in statewide and nationwide organizations to leverage opportunities; and coordinating with many regional partners for water sustainability in Los Angeles.

To learn more about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, visit www.ladwp.com.

Terrence McCarthy, has served ASPE as the executive director and chief executive officer since Feb. 1, 2015. ASPE is an international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. In 2012, Smith was bestowed the society's highest honor by being inducted into the college of fellows and received ASPE’s Distinguished Service Award. As executive director and CEO, he is responsible for the administration, management and financial operations of ASPE, as well as implementing the policies and procedures established by its board of directors. Smith continues to build and maintain relationships with other industry organizations to ensure that the public's health and safety are kept at the forefront of legislation and regulations.

To learn more about ASPE, visit https://www.aspe.org.

Doug Bennett, conservation manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, began his career "in the trenches" in 1980 as a landscape maintenance and irrigation technician working his way through college. Armed with a bachelor's degree in agriculture and a master's degree in business, he served eight years as an assistant professor for New Mexico State University, where he specialized in urban horticulture and promoted water-efficient landscape and efficient irrigation techniques.

To learn more about the Southern Nevada Water Authority, visit www.snwa.com.

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Episode 03 – Part 01
Cynthia Campbell, Terrence McCarthy & DougBennet – May 11, 2021

This is part one of a two-part series where we'll be speaking about plumbing resiliency, and drought prevention with Cynthia Campbell, water resources management adviser for the city of Phoenix; Terrence McCarthy, water resources policy manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; and finally Doug Bennett, conservation manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority. This week, we're going to focus on the concept of drought prevention and drought preparation.

Cynthia Campbell, water resources policy manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, is a licensed professional civil engineer in California, and his current responsibilities include management and development of water conservation programs; monitoring and evaluating regulatory and legislative issues; pursuing external funding and support for programs participating in statewide and nationwide organizations to leverage opportunities; and coordinating with many regional partners for water sustainability in Los Angeles.

To learn more about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, visit www.ladwp.com.

Terrence McCarthy, has served ASPE as the executive director and chief executive officer since Feb. 1, 2015. ASPE is an international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. In 2012, Smith was bestowed the society's highest honor by being inducted into the college of fellows and received ASPE’s Distinguished Service Award. As executive director and CEO, he is responsible for the administration, management and financial operations of ASPE, as well as implementing the policies and procedures established by its board of directors. Smith continues to build and maintain relationships with other industry organizations to ensure that the public's health and safety are kept at the forefront of legislation and regulations.

To learn more about ASPE, visit https://www.aspe.org.

Doug Bennett, conservation manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, began his career "in the trenches" in 1980 as a landscape maintenance and irrigation technician working his way through college. Armed with a bachelor's degree in agriculture and a master's degree in business, he served eight years as an assistant professor for New Mexico State University, where he specialized in urban horticulture and promoted water-efficient landscape and efficient irrigation techniques.

To learn more about the Southern Nevada Water Authority, visit www.snwa.com.

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Episode 02 – Part 02
Dave Viola, Billy Smith & Kerry Stackpole – May 4, 2021

This is part two of our two-part series where we'll continue our conversation about plumbing resiliency with Dave Viola, CEO of IAPMO, Billy Smith, executive director and CEO of ASPE, and Kerry Stackpole, executive director and CEO of PMI.

If you missed part one, we suggest you go back and listen to that episode before continuing here.

Viola has more than 30 years’ experience as an international executive with an emphasis on water, resilience, safety and efficiency. He took over as IAPMO's chief executive officer on Jan. 1 after serving as chief operating officer for more than six years. He has been with IAPMO since 2007. Prior to joining IAPMO, he served as the technical director for PMI, where he oversaw education, code and product standard development, product certification, and water efficiency.

To learn more about IAPMO, visit https://www.iapmo.org. Viola is also on LinkedIn and Twitter. He's happy to have listeners reach out at dave.viola@iapmo.org.

Smith has served ASPE as the executive director and chief executive officer since Feb. 1, 2015. ASPE is an international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. In 2012, Smith was bestowed the society's highest honor by being inducted into the college of fellows and received ASPE’s Distinguished Service Award. As executive director and CEO, he is responsible for the administration, management and financial operations of ASPE, as well as implementing the policies and procedures established by its board of directors. Smith continues to build and maintain relationships with other industry organizations to ensure that the public's health and safety are kept at the forefront of legislation and regulations.

To learn more about ASPE, visit https://www.aspe.org. ASPE also has Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, all of which are shown on ASPE’s website. Everyone is welcome to reach out to Smith at bsmith@aspe.org.

Stackpole is executive director and CEO of PMI, a trade association for manufacturers providing 90% of plumbing fixtures and fittings in North America, and representing more than 150 different brands. Previously, he was an advanced lead for the Executive Office of the President of the United States in Washington, D.C. He is a certified association executive and Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives. Stackpole is a graduate of the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management and he earned a master's degree in education from Cambridge College.

To learn more about PMI, visit https://www.safeplumbing.org. You can find PMI on Twitter at @safeplumbing. Stackpole is always happy to respond to email and enjoys conversation. He can be reached at kstackpole@safeplumbing.org.

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Episode 02 – Part 01
Dave Viola, Billy Smith & Kerry Stackpole – April 27, 2021

This is part one of a two-part episode in which we’ll be speaking about plumbing resiliency with Dave Viola, CEO of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO); Billy Smith, executive director and CEO of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE); and Kerry Stackpole, executive director and CEO of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI).

This week, we'll continue our conversation on plumbing resiliency and take a look at the big-picture impact that plumbing has on public health and safety.

Dave Viola has more than 30 years’ experience as an international executive with an emphasis on water, resilience, safety and efficiency. He took over as IAPMO's chief executive officer on Jan. 1 after serving as chief operating officer for more than six years. He has been with IAPMO since 2007. Prior to joining IAPMO, he served as the technical director for PMI, where he oversaw education, code and product standard development, product certification, and water efficiency.

To learn more about IAPMO, visit https://www.iapmo.org.

Billy Smith has served ASPE as the executive director and chief executive officer since Feb. 1, 2015. ASPE is an international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. In 2012, Smith was bestowed the society's highest honor by being inducted into the college of fellows and received ASPE’s Distinguished Service Award. As executive director and CEO, he is responsible for the administration, management and financial operations of ASPE, as well as implementing the policies and procedures established by its board of directors. Smith continues to build and maintain relationships with other industry organizations to ensure that the public's health and safety are kept at the forefront of legislation and regulations.

To learn more about ASPE, visit https://www.aspe.org.

Kerry Stackpole is executive director and CEO of PMI, a trade association for manufacturers providing 90% of plumbing fixtures and fittings in North America, and representing more than 150 different brands. Previously, he was an advanced lead for the Executive Office of the President of the United States in Washington, D.C. He is a certified association executive and Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives. Stackpole is a graduate of the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management and he earned a master's degree in education from Cambridge College.

To learn more about PMI, visit https://www.safeplumbing.org.

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Episode 01 – Part 02
Mary Ann Dickinson & Janet Stout, PhD – April 20, 2021

This is part two of a two-part series discussing creative synthesis, sustainability and water safety with Mary Ann Dickinson, past president and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and Dr. Janet E. Stout, president of Special Pathogens Laboratory. If you missed part one, we suggest you go back and listen to that episode before continuing here.

Mary Ann Dickinson was the president and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the United States and Canada, at the time of this recording. She has presented numerous papers on water conservation, internationally and all across the United States and Canada.

Learn more about the Alliance for Water Efficiency at https://www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org.

Janet Stout, PhD, is President of Special Pathogens Laboratory and Research Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Infectious Disease. Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for seminal discoveries and pioneering research of Legionella.

To learn more about Special Pathogens Laboratory, visit https://specialpathogenslab.com.

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Episode 01 – Part 01
Mary Ann Dickinson & Janet Stout, PhD – April 13, 2021

Welcome to the first episode of The Authority Podcast: Plumbing and Mechanical. This is part one of a two-part series discussing creative synthesis, sustainability, and water safety with Mary Ann Dickinson, past President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and Dr. Janet E. Stout, president of Special Pathogens Laboratory.

Mary Ann Dickinson was the president and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the United States and Canada, at the time of this recording. Based in Chicago, the Alliance works with over 520 water utilities, water conservation professionals, and business and industry planners, regulators, and consumers. In 2014, the Alliance won the U.S. Water Prize in the nonprofit category for its work. Mary Ann has over 40 years of experience in water resources and water efficiency. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Mary Ann currently serves as the co-chair of the Water and Planning Network of the American Planning Association, and is a Board member of the California Irrigation Institute. She is past Chair of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group for the International Water Association, past chair of the American Waterworks Association, National Water Conservation Division, and past President of the Lake Arrowhead Community Service District. She has presented numerous papers on water conservation, internationally and all across the United States and Canada.

Learn more about the Alliance for Water Efficiency at https://www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org.

Janet Stout, PhD, is President of Special Pathogens Laboratory and Research Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Infectious Disease. Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for seminal discoveries and pioneering research of Legionella. Her expertise includes prevention and control strategies for Legionnaires' disease and building water systems. Dr. Stout's more than 30 years of research is published in peer reviewed medical and scientific journals. She has also authored textbook chapters on Legionella and Legionnaires' disease, including the Legionella chapter in the APIC text. An advocate for prevention, Dr. Stout assisted in developing the first Legionella prevention guideline in 1993, which continues to serve as a model for national and global health agencies and organizations. Additionally, she serves on the ASHRAE Legionella Standard Committee for Legionella Guideline 12, and the SPC 188 Committee for ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, Legionellosis Risk Management for Building Water Systems – the first U.S. standard, passed in June 2015.

To learn more about Special Pathogens Laboratory, visit https://specialpathogenslab.com.

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Episode 00
Introducing: The Authority Podcast – April 7, 2021

Welcome to The Authority Podcast: Plumbing and Mechanical, a new podcast from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).When talking about the built environment, we would do well to remember, "We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us." Therefore, on each episode, we'll discuss the latest trends from IAPMO in plumbing and mechanical safety, sustainability, and resiliency with some of the brightest minds in the industry. Join your host, Christoph Lohr, and together we'll explore the ways we can make our buildings shape us for the better.

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