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        Volume 21, Issue 6      
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Leveraging LEED for New Construction in a Post-COVID World (Part 1) 

Now is the time for a greater public awareness of how the built environment can protect and promote human and environmental health. Buildings can, and must, play a critical role in delivering a stronger, more resilient public health infrastructure that can help prevent and mitigate crises such as the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The good news is that we already have effective tools for designing, constructing, and operating such buildings—chief among them LEED and the WELL Building Standard.

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Interesting Elements: A Modeling View on Net Zero Homes 

We have the means to offset our home energy use. In this blog, we explore the primary considerations to fully (or partially) offset home energy use, along with a breakdown of the impact that specific upgrades have on energy use. Using energy modeling, we also demonstrate how the energy use numbers change and describe what we have seen in real-world examples of net zero homes.

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Tech Notes: Automatic Doors 

As the country continues to confront the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the way we navigate spaces is changing. One of these changes is the way we interact with common use objects that traditionally require hand-operation, like doors. The rise of touchless technology as a result of this pandemic will increase the use of automatic doors not just for accessibility or convenience, but for public health as well. For anyone considering incorporating automatic doors into their designs, either for new construction or as a retrofit, this blog is for you.

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  |  NEWS
Karla Butterfield Recognized as Home Innovation 2019 NGBS Green Partner of Excellence

Karla Butterfield, Sustainability Director at Steven Winter Associates, has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2019. Being one of an elite group of Home Innovation’s green certification program partners to be recognized validates the commitment Karla has made to providing customers with increased value, professionalism, and relevance in the marketplace through third-party verification to the NGBS.

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New Podcast Episodes!

Need a break from zoom meetings? SWA’s podcast, Buildings + Beyond, has two great new episodes featuring engaging conversations that do not require you to enable your webcam! Listen to, "Training a Young Workforce to Operate Smart Buildings with Jonathan Spooner from Stacks + Joules," and "Universal Design and Accessibility in Mexico City with Luis Quintana," on our website or on your favorite podcast platform.
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Please note that as a result of COVID-19, many events have relocated to a virtual environment, or have been postponed or cancelled. We will continue to update our events page with the latest details as they are announced.
Embodied Carbon 101
6.22 - 8.3
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NAPHN Passive House 2020 Conference
6.24 - 7.29
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ACEEE Hot Water Forum
7.21 - 7.29
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Building Energy Boston 2020
8.13 - 8.14
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NYC Facades+
New York, NY
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Multifamily Executive Conference
9.30 - 10.2
Las Vegas, NV
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Buildings and Beyond Podcast
Buildings and Beyond Podcast
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