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        Volume 21, Issue 7      
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3365 Third Avenue is a USGBC LEED Homes Awards Recipient 

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) project, 3365 Third Avenue, is a LEED Homes Award winner in the Outstanding Affordable Project category. SWA provided certification consulting, as well as several other services for this laudable residential development project. The LEED for Homes Awards program recognizes LEED-certified residential projects that are positively impacting communities through sustainable, healthy and resilient design, as well as the builders and developers helping to advance green home building. Awardees represent innovative multifamily, single family and affordable housing projects from around the world.

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Transportation in Cities 

Streets in many cities comprise more than 30 percent of total land area, representing 80 percent of public space on average. For much of the past century, we’ve been designing them to prioritize moving cars quickly; yet, the amount of people now navigating these spaces has doubled, tripled, or more, rendering transportation by car inefficient, unsafe, and a significant source of carbon emissions.

How do we change this paradigm and prioritize high-quality public transportation? Podcast guest, Zak Accuardi from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), joins us to discuss how cities are tackling this issue to make mass transit a more desirable and efficient option.

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Leveraging LEED for New Construction Post-COVID (Part 2)

At SWA, we use the LEED® rating system across a wide range of projects and contexts. We have seen firsthand its strength as an adaptable toolkit for guiding high performance building design, construction, and operation. The intent of each LEED credit category takes on a particular meaning, both locally and globally, in response to the emergence of such factors as global climate change and its associated consequences - including pandemics. In the post-COVID context, these intents will take on new meaning and new urgency.

In this blog, we explore different LEED categories, and how their benefits go beyond climate and sustainability, but into creating a safer, healthier, post-pandemic world as well.

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The Numbers Are In! NYC Passive House Performance Data

In a collaborative effort that merged financing and energy-use analytics, the New York City Passive House community has finally accrued some long-awaited performance data. Working with The Community Preservation Corporation, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development, and Bright Power, SWA’s Passive House team played a critical role in delivering the analysis, which is considered to be the first of its kind.

The team is currently fielding funding opportunities and concluding work on a white paper outlining their findings. In tandem, The City College of New York’s Urban Sustainability capstone students have created a survey to collect related multifamily utility data, construction cost data, building specifications, and team experience. Want to contribute? Complete the Multifamily Passive House Survey.

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Mount Sinai
Health System

New York, NY

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Mount Sinai Health System

Affiliated Architects:
Array Architects
Berg + Moss Architects
Francis Cauffman
Perkins Eastman
Stonehill Taylor
Studio A+T
TPG Architects


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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.
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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Arlington Pathway to Zero Carbon Energy Education Series - Session 2: Passing the Blower Door Test
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Embodied Carbon 101
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2020 New Gravity Housing Conference
8.5 - 8.8
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BuildingEnergy Boston 2020
8.13 - 8.14
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