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America's First Net Positive Energy Library

Chrisney, Indiana

Previous project of principal architect Bill Brown completed in 2008 while an associate with BDMD Architects in Indianapolis. After the first year of operation proved that the project produced more energy than it used, Chrisney Branch became the first public library in America to be certified a “net zero energy building” by the National Institute of Building Sciences and later as a “net positive energy building” by the International Living Futures Institute.

Bell Road Library

Newburgh, Indiana

Previous project of principal architect Bill Brown completed while a partner with VPDS Architects in Evansville. This futureproof 36,000 square-foot library was designed to be daylit and reconfigurable. It is constructed of autoclaved-aerated-concrete with local fly ash and features a modular raised floor with reconfigurable data, power, and HVAC. Tall trusses eliminate columns and support a sawtooth roof providing clerestories for daylighting and mounting surfaces for solar hot water and PV. Published as one of North America's "Best Loved Libraries."

Farmhouse Makeover

Bloomington, Indiana

The 1940s farmhouse was less than 1000 square feet but it had good bones on a stunning site. Complete gut rehab provided a living room addition on one end and a master suite on the other brought it up to 1600 square feet. Zero energy ready home with geothermal, all-new insulation and windows, new wiring, and custom kitchen. Disaster-resilient exterior with standing-seam metal roof and cement-board siding. Barn design also by Griffy Creek Studio LLC. Powered by the sun by the end of 2009.

 

"Indiana's zero energy architecture pioneer"