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December, 2019

Season's Greetings!
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        Volume 20, Issue 12      
  |   NEWS
Happy Holidays from SWA!  

As 2019 comes to a close, we want to thank you for another wonderful year. We had the opportunity to work on some truly groundbreaking projects that challenged our staff to innovate and create new solutions. We are grateful to our clients, partners, colleagues, and friends for their continued support in our endeavor to improve the built environment.

From all of us here at Steven Winter Associates, we would like to wish you all a joyful and safe holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!


At nearly 75 years old, New York City's largest apartment complex, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, continues to raise the bar for sustainability and energy-efficient retrofits. The past decade has been particularly transformative and noteworthy for the strategic emphasis placed on improving building performance. The 500-plus staff members at the complex have worked with Steven Winter Associates to achieve the highest levels of energy efficiency and sustainability, all while housing a population that is the size of a small city.
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To help the District achieve its ambitious climate commitments, create jobs, and grow its economy, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), under the leadership of Mayor Muriel Bowser, has developed a new High-Performance Building Hub to provide critical hands-on assistance to the District’s real estate community and building industry professionals affected by the law.
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  |   BLOG
10 Ways to Enjoy a Festive AND Sustainable Holiday Season 

The holidays can be overwhelming, and often times we’re all just trying to get things done on a tight time budget, but it’s important that we all take into consideration the impact of all the shopping, shipping, and sipping. The holidays are about so much more than gifts and parties, they’re about giving back and being grateful – so let's try to do that for our planet.
Zero(ish)-Waste Living 

In a world where everything seems to be packaged in two layers of plastic, where we are encouraged to constantly discard items to make room for new ones, and where social media drives our desire to consume the newest trends, it can seem impossible to reduce our waste, let alone live a zero-waste lifestyle. In this article, we provide you with some simple tips on how to be zero(ish) waste!
Whole Building Blower Door Testing – Big Buildings Passing the Test 

The residential energy efficiency industry has been using blower door testing since the mid 1980’s to measure the air tightness of homes. Since then, we’ve evolved from testing single family homes, to testing entire apartment buildings. The Passive House standard requires whole-building testing, as will many local energy codes, along with assembly testing. While the concept of a blower door test is the same for buildings both large and small, the execution is quite different for the latter.

Free recordings of our first 6 webinars are available:

Upcoming webinar schedule:
  • 1/7/2020: Solar in the City
  • 1/8/2020: Future of Energy in Buildings - Moving NYS to Zero
  • 1/9/2020: NYS 2040: Electrification of Buildings
  • 1/14/2020: 2018 IECC: Summary of Commercial Mandatory Requirements

International Builders Show
1.21 - 1.23
Las Vegas, Nevada

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What's New in the 2020 Stretch Energy Code?
New York, NY
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