Category Archives: environment

The Center Awarded SITES Certification for Achievement in Landscape Sustainability

The Center Awarded SITES Certification for Achievement in Landscape Sustainability

Project earns first SITES certification in the State of Indiana INDIANAPOLIS, IN – February 12, 2019 – The Center, The Heritage Group’s catalyst for growth, was awarded certification under the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) for landscape sustainability. Designed by Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, The Center is the first SITES certified project in Indiana. Owned and administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), SITES is the most comprehensive program for designing, developing, and maintaining sustainable landscapes. The Center was designed to….

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Top 5 Interior Trends We Love for 2019

Top 5 Interior Trends We Love for 2019

Leading design through passion and skill, interior designers are changing the way we experience spaces. They use current trends to meet the functional needs of projects and bring value to our clients. While some trends may come and go, here are five trends for 2019 that we love, and hope are here to stay! 1. Nod to Nature People are spending more time indoors but wanting to connect with nature now more than ever. Bringing outside elements to the interior….

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Browning Day Interior Designers Become Fitwel Ambassadors

Browning Day Interior Designers Become Fitwel Ambassadors

Designers support the health and well-being for client projects Whether it’s where we live, or where we work, the spaces we occupy have a great impact on our lives. This month marked a milestone for our firm, with each of our Interior Designers achieving certification as Fitwel Ambassadors; aligning with the Center for Active Design’s mission of advancing design strategies to foster healthy and engaged communities. As Fitwel Ambassadors, Lacey Causseaux, Director of Interior Design; Katie Thompson, Interior Design Project….

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Earth Day: A Reminder for Stewardship of Our Resources

Earth Day: A Reminder for Stewardship of Our Resources

As landscape architecture, architecture, planning and interior design professionals, our designs are sensitive to the environment as we orchestrate nature and man-made open spaces to create a symphony of experiences for the people who occupy them. Earth Day, which is on Sunday, April 22, should remind us of the role that we, humans, have for stewarding the Earth’s living resources as part of the created order. We should seek to live in harmony with nature and find more creative ways….

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Understanding the SITES Initiative and its Benefits

Understanding the SITES Initiative and its Benefits

Architects have been known for creating beautiful and functional buildings all while thinking about what materials can be used that are sustainable to our environment. Over the past several years, several robust green building standards have emerged in the marketplace, including LEED, WELL, Fitwel, and the Living Building Challenge. This commitment to sustainability in building design and construction is now spilling over into the landscape architecture arena, largely as a result of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). WHAT IS SITES?….

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Leveraging Life Cycle Assessment in the Design Process

Leveraging Life Cycle Assessment in the Design Process

Originally published on October 11, 2017 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. While environmentally responsible design and sustainable building practices have become increasingly prevalent in the design and construction industry, decision-making for building products and materials have historically focused on single attributes such as regional manufacturing, recycled content, or consisting of renewable materials or certified wood. It used to frustrate me that there was not an efficient way to make holistic decisions about building products and materials that….

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Open Space and the Public Realm on a University Campus

Open Space and the Public Realm on a University Campus

Imagine you are walking along the path of your routine commute from point A to point B. What does it look like? Why did you choose that path to your destination? Is it safe? Is it inviting? Is it scenic? As designers, we incorporate our stakeholders’ comments and our expertise of landscape architecture to create a vision that captures a space’s sense of purpose, beauty and function. We believe that in addition to a college or university’s architectural components, the….

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5 Essential Books for Designing with Nature

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

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

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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