Is Daylight Saving Time Necessary?

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Is Daylight Saving Time Necessary?

Originally published on March 7, 2016 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. Spring Forward, Fall Back. We know the routine well, but have you ever wondered why the United States uses Daylight Saving Time (DST)? If you ask around, you’ll hear some interesting theories: …so kids don’t have to catch the school bus in the dark?      No. …to save energy?      Not really. …to benefit farmers by giving them an extra hour of daylight?….

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Defining Mass Walls through Heat Capacity

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Defining Mass Walls through Heat Capacity

Originally published on February 12, 2015 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. There are significant differences in the prescriptive requirements of mass walls versus other above-grade walls. Using ASHRAE 90.1-2007 as example, above-grade walls for a steel-framed nonresidential building in Climate Zone 5 will need a minimum of R-13 insulation AND a continuous insulation layer of at least R-7.5. However, the building’s mass wall assemblies would only be required to exhibit a continuous layer of R-11.4….

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Standard Effective Temperature (SET) and Thermal Comfort

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Standard Effective Temperature (SET) and Thermal Comfort

Originally published on January 18, 2016 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. Recently, the U.S. Green Building Council adopted three new pilot credits on resilient design for use by LEED project teams for innovation credit. One pilot credit in particular, Passive Survivability and Functionality During Emergencies, endeavors to ensure that buildings will maintain reasonable (i.e., “survivable”) functionality, including access to potable water, in the event of an extended power outage or loss of heating fuel. Power outages….

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Happy Holidays from Browning Day

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Happy Holidays from Browning Day

  As we depart for the holidays, we just want to express our warm wishes for you all to have a wonderful holiday season! It has been an eventful year for our team: Updating the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Project 100 Opening the new, state-of-the-art CityWay YMCA in downtown Indianapolis Getting a “thumbs up” from Senator John Kerry on the new building for the Indiana University School of Global & International Studies Bringing the Art Bäks to Mass Ave’s Davlan Park Received an award for the Hilbert….

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Visualizing Weather Data Using Climate Consultant

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Visualizing Weather Data Using Climate Consultant

Originally published on December 28, 2015 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) provides public access to long-term climate data for over 2,100 locations throughout the world in formats suitable for the publicly-funded EnergyPlus whole-building energy modeling software. These files are chock-full of hourly weather data of 30-year averages for temperature, humidity, wind speeds, and much more. For residential projects and other skin-load dominated….

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The Difference Between Reflectance and Emittance

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The Difference Between Reflectance and Emittance

Originally published on November 18, 2015 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. What is emittance? Among the three basic forms of heat transfer – conduction, convection, and radiation – the term emittance refers to a material’s ability to release heat through radiation. The term necessarily refers to the heat exchange at surface of a material because heat exchange through a solid would be conductive and heat exchange through a fluid would be convective. Emittance is the….

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Browning Day featured in LASN’s “Firms of the Midwest”

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Browning Day featured in LASN’s “Firms of the Midwest”

Landscape Architect & Specifier News – November 2015 “Firms of the Midwest” Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Indianapolis, Ind. Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf began as a landscape architectural firm in 1967. Today, it is one of the leading architectural, landscape architectural design and planning firms in the Midwest. The firm has 4 principles, 28 architects, 10 landscape architects, 3 interior designers and 8 administrative professionals. Now in its third generation of leadership, the firm’s work encompasses academic, parks and recreation, preservation and….

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Corporate Sustainability Reports (CSRs) and LEED v4

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Corporate Sustainability Reports (CSRs) and LEED v4

Originally published on October 20, 2015 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. While various transparency labels such as Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Health Product Declarations (HPDs), and Cradle to Cradle Certified Products have received a great deal of attention under LEED v4, project teams can also be rewarded by choosing products from manufacturers that have publicly released information from their raw materials suppliers indicating extraction locations, a long-term commitment to ecologically responsible land use, efforts to….

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Browning Day Wins Big | Fall 2015 Newsletter

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Browning Day Wins Big | Fall 2015 Newsletter

Browning Day wins INASLA Awards Last week, the landscape architecture team of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf received three awards for excellence in design by the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Brett Schlachter, landscape architect, also received special recognition of outstanding leadership, service and commitment. Congratulations, team! Browning Day received the Award of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed at the state-level, for the River Ridge Commerce Center Gateway Master Plan. The award is reserved only for….

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