All posts by Daniel Overbey

Applets for Energy and Environmental Design

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Applets for Energy and Environmental Design

Originally published on July 10, 2017 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. Newsflash: There are a lot of great (and free) online resources for design professionals. When I am having exchanges about energy and environmental design analysis with colleagues and students, it seems like I am constantly referring them to any number of small, accessible online utility programs for performing simple – yet highly sophisticated – functions. Some would refer to these small programs as applets. Below, I have….

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Why Fitwel? Good Health = Good Business

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Why Fitwel? Good Health = Good Business

Originally published on June 21, 2017 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. Over the past century, advances in infrastructure and the quality of the built environment have contributed to a drastic reduction in infectious diseases in the U.S. However, a coinciding shift toward a more sedentary lifestyle for a majority of Americans has spurred a similarly sharp increase in chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes – which are now among the most common, costly, and….

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Effective Insulation R-Values in Steel vs. Wood Framing Types

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Effective Insulation R-Values in Steel vs. Wood Framing Types

Also published on May 29, 2017 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. . The value of continuous insulation is a source of contention among some building design and construction professionals. Increasingly stringent energy code requirements are calling for minimal amounts of continuous insulation that some claim are prohibitively expensive, structurally complicated, or marginally impactful versus increased cavity insulation. Professionals are generally aware of the potential for thermal bridging in construction assemblies – the phenomenon by which heat conducts….

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5 Essential Books for Designing with Nature

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5 Essential Books for Designing with Nature

Originally published on April 3, 2017 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. With Earth Day right around the corner, nature starting to bloom, and summertime travel plans coming together, it is a great time of year to reflect on the intrinsic affinity we have for nature in all its wonder and beauty. Perhaps you’re a design professional who finds instruction and inspiration from nature? The emergence of biophilic design and biomimicry as widely revered design influences speaks to….

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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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