All posts by Daniel Overbey

Embrace the Data

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Embrace the Data

Originally published on March 7, 2017 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. In work as in my personal life, I am often thought of as “a data guy.” Whether it is a personal activity tracker, a vehicle dashboard that provides a breakdown of fuel efficiency, a home energy monitor, or my daily perusal of MLB box scores, I tend to be immersed in numbers constantly. I often like to lean on numbers because they can provide some measure….

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Stages of Design and Types of Energy Models

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Stages of Design and Types of Energy Models

Originally published on February 13, 2017 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. . The publication An Architect’s Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process is a comprehensive (and free) 86-page document from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) that defines the fundamentals of energy modeling, outlines the current state of various performance and analysis tools, and foretells the direction of an architectural industry increasingly focused on performance-based design. Among other components of the document, the guide….

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BECx is Coming to a Project Near You

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BECx is Coming to a Project Near You

Originally published on January 11, 2017 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. . In recent years, a growing demand for high-performance building envelope solutions has been evidenced by the increased attention paid to this topic throughout the building design and construction industry. Building Envelope Council (BEC) initiative Seeing this emerging priority, in 2004 the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council (BETEC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) signed an agreement to….

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Here is Your Elevator Pitch Against “LEED Equivalent” Projects

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Here is Your Elevator Pitch Against “LEED Equivalent” Projects

Originally published on December 6, 2016 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. Have you ever been asked to design or construct a project “to LEED’s standard” without actually submitting for certification? This can initially sound like an attractive idea to a client. After all, as long as the owner knows the project is aligned with LEED, why pay the funds to get a plaque on the wall?   Lack of Accountability with LEED Equivalent The problem is, an….

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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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Is a Vapor Retarder Necessary in a Low-Slope Roof Assembly?

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Is a Vapor Retarder Necessary in a Low-Slope Roof Assembly?

Originally published on October 7, 2016 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. . If you have designed or built a low-slope roof with a single-ply membrane, at some point you will be confronted with this simple question: Is the vapor retarder necessary? With considerable costs at stake, the prospect of omitting a vapor retarder is always a precarious notion and one that merits careful consideration of the project-specific dynamics at play. Consider the Entire Assembly In order to….

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Where the Health and Wellness Movement Meets Building Design

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Where the Health and Wellness Movement Meets Building Design

Originally published on September 6, 2016 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. An emerging body of work is showing that our buildings have a profound impact on our health, well-being, happiness and productivity. The built environment can shape our habits and choices, regulate our sleep-wake cycle, drive us toward healthy and unhealthy choices, and passively influence our health through the quality of our surroundings. But how does a project team move decisively toward realizing a building….

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How to Find the Target EUI for the 2030 Challenge

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How to Find the Target EUI for the 2030 Challenge

Originally published on August 15, 2016 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. The 2030 Challenge prompts building projects to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 70% below the regional (or country) average/median for that building type. The metric for the 2030 Challenge is site Energy Use Intensity (EUI), not source EUI. But how can a design team quickly determine the appropriate EUI target for a project? Here are three easy ways. Read more…

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Lighting Impacts on Circadian Rhythms

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Lighting Impacts on Circadian Rhythms

Originally published on July 11, 2016 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. With the emergence of human health concerns, wellness, and biophilia as priorities in the building design and construction industry, the lighting profession is shifting its focus toward circadian lighting design. Light is one of the main drivers of circadian rhythms – that is, our internal clock that keeps the body’s hormones and bodily processes on a diurnal cycle, even in continuous darkness. When the….

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Indiana’s First Net Zero Energy Building Certification is ‘Revealed’

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Indiana’s First Net Zero Energy Building Certification is ‘Revealed’

For over half a decade, the Chrisney Branch of the Lincoln Heritage Public Library has touted its intent of producing more electricity than it consumes (a term known as “Net Zero Energy”). However, it has always been difficult to substantiate the claim with stakeholders, patrons, and the general public. In order to reaffirm its commitment to environmental stewardship, Lincoln Heritage Public Library sought to formalize its claim that the Chrisney Branch is the first net-zero energy building in the State….

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