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5 Essential Books for Designing with Nature

Green Building

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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Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architect Receives WELL AP Credential

Higher Education

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architect Receives WELL AP Credential

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Director of Sustainability Daniel Overbey, AIA, LEED AP (BD+C, ID+C, O+M), has recently earned the WELL Accredited Professional (AP) credential, making him among the first in Indiana. The WELL AP credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard, which focuses on seven categories of building performance: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. “Human health is an emerging priority, and much like the world we live….

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Lighting Impacts on Circadian Rhythms

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Lighting Impacts on Circadian Rhythms

Originally published on July 11, 2016 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. With the emergence of human health concerns, wellness, and biophilia as priorities in the building design and construction industry, the lighting profession is shifting its focus toward circadian lighting design. Light is one of the main drivers of circadian rhythms – that is, our internal clock that keeps the body’s hormones and bodily processes on a diurnal cycle, even in continuous darkness. When the….

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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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We Must Address Our Aging Infrastructure

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We Must Address Our Aging Infrastructure

Originally published on September 22, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog. Infrastructure is essential for every family, community, and business to function. It encompasses everything from the water that comes out of your faucet to the Hoover Dam; from the road in your neighborhood to our expansive interstate highway network. Planes, trains, ports, the electric grid, solid way conveyance – it all falls under the umbrella of infrastructure. It is the foundation that connects society, driving….

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Navigating the “Red Lists”

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Navigating the “Red Lists”

It has been 50 years since Rachel Carson published Silent Spring. I recently took the time to read Carson’s seminal work (available through iTunes here), which outlines the environmental and human health costs of using pesticides, insecticides, and other chemical applications, and was struck by the relevance of the message. The green building movement is approaching a crossroads with the building product industry. A vast range of materials ranging from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) based products, to mercury thermometers, lead solders and roofing materials, and certain….

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