Suburban America in the 21st Century

Future opportunities

Suburban America in the 21st Century

ULI Indiana and the City of Fishers recently hosted three noteworthy design professionals from the United States and Canada to tour the City of Fishers and meet with the City Council to listen to their current challenges and give feedback about future opportunities. On Sept. 1st, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf architects attended ULI’s panel discussion. The discussion was held at the newly created Launch Fishers (http://launchfishers.com/), an innovative co-op space for local entrepreneurs, independent contractors and small businesses alike. The….

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BDMD’s Eiteljorg design wins AIA’s 25 year award

Recognition

BDMD’s Eiteljorg design wins AIA’s 25 year award

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf’s Principal Jonathan Hess and the entire team was honored with the 25-Year Award for our design of The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The award was presented at the 2016 AIA Kentucky/Indiana Convention & Trade Show during the Celebrating Design Awards Reception & Presentation on Sept. 15. About the project: This 80,000-square-foot museum houses a broad collection of Native American and Western American art. An award-winning building, it reflects the mass and color….

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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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Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architect Receives WELL AP Credential

Higher Education

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architect Receives WELL AP Credential

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Director of Sustainability Daniel Overbey, AIA, LEED AP (BD+C, ID+C, O+M), has recently earned the WELL Accredited Professional (AP) credential, making him among the first in Indiana. The WELL AP credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard, which focuses on seven categories of building performance: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. “Human health is an emerging priority, and much like the world we live….

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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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Five Ecotect Functions that Need to Be Migrated to Revit

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Five Ecotect Functions that Need to Be Migrated to Revit

Originally published on May 18, 2016 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. Eight years ago, Autodesk made a bold and decisive move toward prioritizing sustainable design tools when it acquired the assets of Square One Research, including their design performance modeling software Ecotect. To that point in time, Dr. Andrew Marsh had incrementally built the Ecotect platform into a light, versatile energy analysis tool. Its playful graphic outputs and high degree of interoperability made it a….

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The Difference Between Permeance and Permeability

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The Difference Between Permeance and Permeability

Originally published on April 18, 2016 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. All information presented in imperial (I-P) units. Water vapor transmission is a rather confusing issue. The difference in vapor pressure between two sides of a building envelope assembly is the driving force behind vapor transmission. (Although by comparison, gaps in the envelope account for vastly greater amounts moisture migration due to vapor-laden air infiltration.) Vapor = Latent Heat; Air Temperature = Sensible Heat The….

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Building Performance Modeling Tools for Any Designer

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Building Performance Modeling Tools for Any Designer

  Originally published on April 4, 2016 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing website. An adapted version of this column was featured in the Summer 2016 print issue of Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing magazine. The building design and construction industry is becoming ever more attuned to high-performance outcomes. Design teams and clients alike are becoming ever more sophisticated with regard to building science and energy conservation measures. Consequently, there is a growing expectation that project teams leverage….

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