15th Annual IPL Mayor’s Lunch for Parks

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15th Annual IPL Mayor’s Lunch for Parks

Browning Day is proud to support the Indianapolis Parks Foundation at their 15th Annual IPL Mayor’s Lunch for Parks today! Our city’s investment in parks – both existing and new – is critically important because there is now, as parks advocates have long preached anecdotally, a quantifiable correlation between a community’s park system (in both size and quality), and its overall quality of life, sustainability, and economic capacity. Parks are critical infrastructure; just as much as quality roads, schools, and utilities. The….

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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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The Next Significant Place

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The Next Significant Place

The City of Indianapolis’ next unique design opportunity has the potential for a major impact on the way our community is positioned for the future. The former General Motors (GM) Stamping Plant – a 103-acre parcel of land west of the downtown – is one of the last, large undeveloped parcels in downtown. With the White River as its eastern border, this land is an ideal location for a riverfront greenspace, transit route extension, new residential, retail and commercial uses,….

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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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Through an Interior Design Lens

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Through an Interior Design Lens

At Browning Day, it’s always our goal to design spaces that allow our clients to flourish. In the workplace, this often means creating healthy and inspired spaces that empower occupants to collaborate and employers to attract and retain the best employees. “Where do we even begin,” is a question that we hear often from our first time clients. Sometimes they ask what color trends are, or what our favorite pieces of furniture might be – but these are questions that….

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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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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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