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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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AIA Releases Energy Modeling Primer for Architects

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AIA Releases Energy Modeling Primer for Architects

Cover image from An Architect’s Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process © 2012 The American Institute of Architects Earlier this month, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its long-awaited primer for architectural professionals interested in integrating energy modeling into the design process. The publication, titled An Architect’s Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process, is a comprehensive 86-page document that defines the fundamentals of energy modeling, outlines the current state of various performance and analysis tools, and….

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Toward Net-Zero Energy

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Toward Net-Zero Energy

While ongoing development of codes, legislation. and green building rating systems continue to raise the ante on the market’s expectations for high-performance building projects, net-zero energy buildings still remain elusive – especially in the private sector. There are several reasons for this, but the primary hurdle is the economic viability of systems for on-site renewable energy production (e.g. solar panels, on-site wind turbines, and so on). To explain the current economics of solar panels in terms that I feel are….

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Study: Growing Focus on Energy Efficiency in 2011

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Study: Growing Focus on Energy Efficiency in 2011

According to a new white paper published by Pike Research, energy efficiency will become a growing focus in the building design and construction industry in 2011. Despite a global recession that has correlated into a lack of new construction projects, energy efficient retrofits continued to grow this past year and a multitude of factors will continue to influence the direction of building efficiency efforts domestically and internationally. Amidst a complex mix of contributing factors, Pike Research cataloged the various influences….

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