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The Center Awarded SITES Certification for Achievement in Landscape Sustainability

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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

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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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Understanding the SITES Initiative and its Benefits

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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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Five Diagrams Every Design Team Should Know

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Five Diagrams Every Design Team Should Know

Originally published on February 7, 2018 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog. They might be considered cliché; however, they might also be very true. The following are five diagrams that frequently work their way into slide decks about green building design and construction. You should be familiar with all of these. Let’s unpack each one briefly – going back to primary source material and acknowledging attribution. Read more…

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Building Performance Modeling Tools for Any Designer

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Building Performance Modeling Tools for Any Designer

  Originally published on April 4, 2016 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing website. An adapted version of this column was featured in the Summer 2016 print issue of Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing magazine. The building design and construction industry is becoming ever more attuned to high-performance outcomes. Design teams and clients alike are becoming ever more sophisticated with regard to building science and energy conservation measures. Consequently, there is a growing expectation that project teams leverage….

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The Truth About Spray-Foam

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The Truth About Spray-Foam

Originally published on January 26, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog. Spray-foam has a reputation of providing superior insulating qualities compared to fiberglass batt, mineral wool, cellulose, and other insulation alternatives. The truth is that spray-foam does not necessarily perform better than other types of insulation when it comes to conductive heat transfer. Think about the insulation products you’ve seen at your local home-improvement store. Remember that big number on the label that started with an….

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2014 INASLA Merit Award – Jacobs School of Music

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2014 INASLA Merit Award – Jacobs School of Music

The East Studio Building project for the internationally acclaimed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University is a new facility that accommodates faculty teaching studios, as well as music practice rooms, classrooms, and rehearsal rooms. Browning Day extensively developed the surrounding site to accommodate a vehicular environment within a pedestrian setting. Our design created a corner plaza that serves both as a campus space and an arts district gateway at a major entrance to campus, while effectively dealing with accessibility….

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Retracing the Steps of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

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Retracing the Steps of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

Interface Modular® Carpet Tile with GlasBac® Backing & Solution Dyed Type 6 Nylon. Source: Interface Environmental Product Declarations (or EPDs) are a hot topic right now in the green building industry. The issue of building product transparency is reaching critical mass, and thanks to LEED v4 there is no reason to believe interest will wane any time soon. Explanation of an EPD (in 60 words or less): An EPD is a standardized way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product. They….

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Getting Your Bearings

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Getting Your Bearings

Solar south is a key component to passive solar heating and other strategies. So, how does one find it? About 10 years ago, I came across an essay by architect and eco-visionary William McDonough in which he pointed out that many architects “no longer rely on the sun to heat or illuminate buildings and consequently few know how to find true South.” True South? I was perplexed. Once a First Class Boy Scout, I was well versed with using a….

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Diminishing Return on Investment for Increasing R-Values

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Diminishing Return on Investment for Increasing R-Values

More Insulation Might Not Be the Best Solution for Your Clients Have you ever looked up the minimum R-value requirements in a referenced energy code or standard for high-performance building and thought the requirements seemed a bit low? Take ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 as an example. This is the referenced energy standard for LEED-NC v2009. For a project in Indianapolis, which falls in Climate Zone 5A, a nonresidential, low-sloped roof assembly exhibiting insulation entirely above deck is only required to have….

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