Tag: energy efficiency

21 Dec 2023
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PHIUS Certified Builder Indianapolis

We are proud to announce that our associated partner and Indianapolis builder, WERK | Building Modern, is officially a PHIUS-Certified Builder.

Actually it’s not new news.  In early 2022, Paul Reynolds trained and passed the certification program with flying colors.

Since then, Paul and the team have been working diligently to integrate the new and continuous learning into our client projects.

So if you are interested in the latest news and knowledge about efficient design + build, HAUS and WERK have you covered!

PHIUS Certified Builder (WERK | Building Modern)

WERK | Building Modern - color logo - Indianapolis Construction Managers - Indianapolis Builders - Christopher Short - Derek Mills - Modern Construction

12 Dec 2023
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HERS Rating for Brick Modern

Part of the process of well-designed and constructed homes is validating through a third-party.  We are experts in the design and detailing of homes but testing to ensure it is built well is important.  The Brick Modern House is a completely electric home when it comes to heating and cooling, including water heating.

Post-Construction testing gives the Brick Modern House a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index of 77 excluding the solar panels.  When accounting for the solar panels, the HERS Rating adjusts to 17!

The third-party energy rater asks us for input so they’re able to form a design baseline and then post-construction they perform a draft test to check for air leaks but also to pressurize the house and determine how tight (or not) the house is.  Contrary to what one might think, your house doesn’t need to breathe.  You, however, do need to breathe.

The approach to get fresh air into a home should be through a designed and measured location, not through random leaks in the exterior of your home.  If you’re interested in learning more about this, we’ll have more information to share under our ‘Topics’ tab.  For the Brick Modern House, we’ll track the energy usage to provide feedback to our energy modeling that we perform through the design process.

Modern Brick House Achieves Certified HERS Rating of 17 - Indianapolis

15 Jun 2023
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Live-Work Expansion Approved

Live-work expansion has been approved at 545 S East Street in the Fletcher Place/Holy Rosary Neighborhood by City of Indianapolis across from the Eli Lilly and Company headquarters.

We applied for and received a variance to expand the existing upper levels living component so that it becomes the predominant use from a square footage perspective. City also approved the Regional Center application without resistance or remonstrance.

We are looking forward to completing the balance of the design for permitting and starting the construction phase. Please see the project page for more images and ongoing storyline. We’ll be adding updates as we do, so please check-back!

10 Nov 2022
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Modern Residential Project wins AIA Indiana 2022 Design Award

We are grateful to have received a design award for Back40House in Pendleton, Indiana at the AIA Indiana Design Awards 2022.

Paul and our clients participated in the ceremony, with the project receiving a Citation Award for Architecture (New Construction – Project Cost Less Than $5 Million).

Thanks to Brad and Nan Hayes for the opportunity to collaborate with them on the project’s architectural design, interior design, and construction management.

Thanks to AIA Indiana and award jurors for coordinating an excellent event!

09 May 2022
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Back40House Photos

Back40House photos are now uploaded to the project site.

Check-out these initial shots and please check back later as the we refine and add to the story.  We have a lot more to share about this project, which we’ll be doing regularly over the next several months.

For instance, feel free to check-out our Instagram page for interesting storylines/details.

14 Mar 2022
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Climate Change: Whose Problem Is It?

Climate Change:  Whose Problem Is It?

This is an excellent article from GBRI (Green Building Research Institute) giving an overview of global warming concepts, history, and science.  Check-out the article and the informative links.

Excerpt

“Today, climate change is a well-known fact, but for years it was a hotly debated topic. While there are still some climate deniers, the majority of people have finally accepted the harsh truth that we’re facing. There’s no longer room for debate – we’ve had the 10 warmest years ever recorded since 2005, and hundreds of species are at risk if we continue on this path. We’re at risk to lose entire cities, as increased temperatures cause sea levels to rise.

There have been plenty of warning signs over the years. We can look back at the past century and see exactly what was happening. So, what did the earth look like before climate change? What will it look like in the future? This article will act as a climate time machine, taking you back to look at the changing climate over the years. Then, we’ll consider what these changes mean for us in the present day, what the future looks like, and, perhaps most importantly – whose problem is it, really?”

09 Aug 2021
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Code Red for Humanity (Climate Crisis)

Code Red:  UN Report details how climate change is affecting the earth.

What can we do to help?  We continue to integrate resilience and energy efficiency goals into our design + build process whether or not our clients are requesting it (many clients are, some are not).  We are being proactive and making sure our clients have the latest information to informatively make their final choices and decisions.

Contact us for a deeper dive into this very important topic and our process!

19 Jun 2021
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Nestled in the Trees

We are so happy how Grandview is turning-out (nestled in the trees).

The pre-existing tree canopy and lakeside location is such an idyllic setting.

So much work goes into dreaming and creating a work of architecture.  Working with our clients to come-up with the design concept, then the key details may only get you 25% there.

You have to have really great communication between Owner, Architect, and Construction Team from beginning-to-end to get you to the finish-line.  We are almost to a-hundred!