Category Archives: Green Building

Clarifying Slab-on-Grade Insulation in ASHRAE Standard 90.1

Clarifying Slab-on-Grade Insulation in ASHRAE Standard 90.1

Originally published on April 8, 2019 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. Slab-on-grade insulation. It seems like it should not be so complicated. Yet, slab-on-grade insulation can be arranged in a number of configurations, each with pros and cons. One arrangement may be more conducive to maintaining a continuous thermal barrier from a wall down through its foundation but it allows unsightly exposure along the building perimeter. Another configuration may better conceal the insulation yet it allows an….

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Is Integrated Project Delivery Dead… or Just Reborn?

Is Integrated Project Delivery Dead… or Just Reborn?

Originally published on March 19, 2019 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. It was supposed to usher in the next generation of high-performance projects – where silos would be destroyed, building information modeling (BIM) would be harnessed, and both risk and reward would be shared across all major stakeholders. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has been touted for its many potential attributes. As a collaborative project delivery method, IPD utilizes the talents and insights of all project participants through all phases….

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Gauging the Impact of Exterior Shading using the Projection Factor

Gauging the Impact of Exterior Shading using the Projection Factor

Originally published on February 15, 2019 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. The solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) is a ratio that defines the amount of solar energy that reaches a glazing assembly (including both the glass and frame) with the amount that gets through to the inside. It represents the ability of a glazing assembly to resist heat gain from direct solar radiation. A high SHGC indicates poor resistance. That means most of the solar radiation arriving to the window or….

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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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Why the 2018 IgCC is Critical to the Future of Green Building

Why the 2018 IgCC is Critical to the Future of Green Building

Originally published on January 23, 2019 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. It has been nearly half a decade since the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Code Council (ICC); the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES); and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) signed a Moratorium of Understanding to better align green building goals through ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and the LEED certification system. For years, these groups had been working on their owner….

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Blue Roofs are Essential to Achieve Zero Rainwater Overflow

Blue Roofs are Essential to Achieve Zero Rainwater Overflow

Originally published on November 30, 2018 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. In their latest Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave our domestic wastewater infrastructure and average grade of D+ citing 772 communities in the US in which wastewater and stormwater drain into the same treatment system. These combined sewer systems can experience capacity issues following heavy rain events, resulting in overflows containing a combination of stormwater with untreated human and industrial waste, toxic substances, debris, and other….

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The Proper Ventilation Rate for an Indoor Environment

The Proper Ventilation Rate for an Indoor Environment

Originally published on November 9, 2018 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. Ventilation rates in our buildings can be a complicated subject and there is no shortage on ways to assess how air is brought into an indoor environment. Yet, a basic question that commonly emerges is simply: How much ventilation should I provide in a building? ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1 When it comes to defining minimum ventilation rates in buildings (except for low-rise residential), the premiere reference is ANSI/ASHRAE….

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Daniel Overbey of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Selected as 2018 LEED Fellow

Daniel Overbey of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Selected as 2018 LEED Fellow

LEED Fellows are LEED Professionals at the top of their fields in green building design, engineering and development INDIANAPOLIS –– Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf (Browning Day) announces that Daniel Overbey, director of Sustainability, has been named a 2018 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This year’s 25 LEED Fellows are exceptional practitioners and leaders within the green building community and have demonstrated mastery of the technical application of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system…..

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Browning Day Takes Home 9 Awards This Season

Browning Day Takes Home 9 Awards This Season

Our team of talented landscape architects and architects have worked very hard over the past year. The Browning Day and Turner Construction team took home four awards during the CANstruction event at the Indiana State Fair this summer. Firms in the architecture, engineering and construction industry partnered up to create structures out of cans of food. The cans were then donated to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, one of the largest local food banks in the state. The team won….

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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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