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building envelope TRACK 4: Building Envelope

Daniel Overbey

Daniel Overbey

Assistant Professor / Director of Sustainability
Ball State University / Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf

Daniel Overbey is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Ball State University as well as the Director of Sustainability for Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf in Indianapolis, Indiana. His work focuses on high-performance building design and construction, environmental systems research, LEED- and WELL-related services, energy modeling, resilience, and evidence-based design. Daniel has over a million square feet of LEED project experience. A past chair of USGBC Indiana and past president of AIA Indianapolis, Daniel is devoted to leveraging and disseminating evidence-based design methods and resources to improve architectural practice, shape policy, and help project teams make better-informed design decisions.

Leveraging Building Energy Modeling for Optimized Design Solutions

There are a number of emerging digital platforms in the marketplace that offer teams an opportunity to collaborate with an unprecedented level of real-time performance metrics using building energy modeling (BEM) as design tool. However, a lack of certainly on when to apply BEM programs compounded by the perceived technical rigor embodied in the process of utilizing BEM can be intimidating and thus a deterrent to project teams already juggling competing priorities regarding project deadlines and budgets. This session will dispel this misconception and show just how accessible and dynamic design performance modeling using BEM can truly be - and this will be reinforced through a diverse array of built project examples.


  1. Explain the integrative process and unique advantages it offers high-performance design teams.
  2. Define how building energy modeling changes throughout the design process and the potential it provides to optimize design decision-making.
  3. Identify ways to effectively communicate the feedback form building energy modeling to clients and design team members.
  4. Describe the common pitfalls and how to avoid them as building energy modeling is used throughout the design process.

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