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        Volume 21, Issue 2      
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AIA NY Names Star Garments as 2020 Design Award Recipient 

Star Garments Innovation Center, the first Passive House certified building in Sri Lanka, received the 2020 Design Award of Merit in the sustainability category. The SWA project was awarded by the AIA New York chapter for its “design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.”

Sentient and SWA Featured in the Commercial Observer 

From interviewing Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, to managing building energy use through remote sensing, David Unger has had a fascinating journey thus far, woven together by the thread of the internet. Learn more about the Founder and CEO of Sentient Buildings, an IoT company partly owned by SWA, in this Commercial Observer article.


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The term net zero can be defined several ways, but at its core, it is about creating high-performance buildings. At SWA, we work with clients who are approaching net zero from different angles: driven by institutional goals, climate concerns, and connecting with municipal emissions targets. No matter the reason or circumstance though, two key commonalities among net zero projects exist: super high performance buildings are difficult to achieve, and there are not many ways to do it. All roads may lead to Rome but the closer you get, the fewer roads there are to take.

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Choosing Insulation for Carbon Value – Why More is Not Always Better (Part 2)  

In part one of this blog post, we highlighted two of the most commonly used insulations in the U.S.– XPS board and closed-cell polyurethane spray foam – and noted that they are produced with blowing agents (HFC-based) that are putting more carbon into the air during construction than they save during building operation for many decades. We also left you with a question: if we don’t use these insulations, how can we make up for the loss of the helpful qualities that has made us dependent on them? We address that question in part two of this post.

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