The Future of Parks in Indianapolis

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The Future of Parks in Indianapolis

As the dust settles on one of the most contentious election seasons in U.S. history, many Americans are finding themselves deeply unsettled about the trajectory of our country and its communities. In addition to concerns regarding national security, economic stability, and unity shared by many, I also find myself both concerned – and more importantly – optimistic about the future of parks and public spaces in Indianapolis. Indianapolis has a large and uniquely historic city park system, which includes 210….

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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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USGBC State of the Climate Event at the Indianapolis Central Library

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USGBC State of the Climate Event at the Indianapolis Central Library

State of the Climate This year’s USGBC State of the Climate appeared on its surface to be a review of the alphabet. Between LEED, LBC, GBCI, WELL, PHIUS, BABC, BREEAM, and ENERGY STAR, it is clear that the green building industry loves acronyms. After discussing each of these green building rating systems, it was easy to conclude that while they are all attempting to solve the same problem of reducing negative impacts of climate change, they each go about it….

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Browning Day Earns Five Recognitions during Award Season

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Browning Day Earns Five Recognitions during Award Season

Thank you to our clients for giving us the opportunity to create these award-winning projects. We are truly honored to have the chance to work with all of you. Congratulations to our staff for earning five awards this season. The studio’s dedication has led to the successes of these projects. Great job to our team for receiving such elite awards by professionals in our industry. AIA Awards: On Sept. 15, AIA KY/IN honored Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf’s Principal Jonathan Hess….

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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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Suburban America in the 21st Century

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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

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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

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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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