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September
2020
        Volume 21, Issue 9      
  |   BLOG
Electrifying Central Ventilation Systems in Multifamily Buildings


There are always questions and concerns raised about building electrification ranging from the cost of the initial investment and ongoing operation, to the reliability of the VRF technology. Most frequently, owners want to understand the difference in operational heating costs with an electric system versus a natural gas system; however, multiple energy data points must be considered for an accurate comparison. The findings of this investigation challenge the deep-rooted notion that electricity, being more expensive than natural gas per BTU, will always cost more to operate.

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Integrating Social Equity into Green Building, Part 1: Just Sustainability

The causes of social inequity and injustice are deeply rooted within the systems that shape our society, including the built environment. The built environment represents the literal foundation of our society’s presence in the world – from the smallest rural community to the largest city. The way we build and the strategies we employ can either continue to worsen social issues or can lay the groundwork for significant progress to be made on these issues in places around the world.

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  |   NEWS
It's Climate Week NYC!

Over 350 events taking place across New York City and around the world will be available to view on Facebook Watch. Visit our events page to see who from SWA is speaking this week!
    
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SWA Receives EPA Indoor airPLUS Leader Award for Ninth Consecutive Year 

This annual award, granted by the US EPA, recognizes market leading homebuilders and raters who promote safer, healthier, and more comfortable indoor environments. Since 2012, SWA has verified over 800 Indoor airPLUS qualified homes throughout New England, New Jersey, New York and the DC area.

     
  
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New Podcast Episode: Air-Tightness Testing and Building Codes in Australia 

Standard construction often uses a “race to the bottom” approach by selecting project teams who can satisfy the building code at the lowest cost. More often than not, this results in issues for owners and tenants alike. To prevent this, it’s crucial we educate the industry and encourage a commitment to quality based on solid science. This is what our guest and former SWA staff member, Sean Maxwell, has devoted his career to since moving to Australia where he found himself underwhelmed by the local codes and standards which lacked sound building science principles.

 
    
  
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  |  PROJECT PROFILE

200 Tyler
East Haven, CT

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Building Type:
Senior Housing

Owner:
WinnCompanies

Architect:
The Architectural Team, Inc.

Building Size:
65,000 SF

Project Services:
Passive House Certification Services
Energy & Thermal Bridge Modeling
Testing & Verification

  |   UPCOMING EVENTS
24th International Passive House Conference
9.23 - 10.8
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Multifamily Building Design & Construction Best Practices Part 2: Mechanical Systems
9.25
Presenting
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How Low Can We Go: Historic Preservation and Carbon Reduction
9.25
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EEBA High Performance Home Summit 2020
9.29 - 10.9
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Multifamily Executive Conference
9.30 - 10.2
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Passive House: From Theory to Reality
10.1
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Association for Preservation Technology Conference
10.2
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Net Zero Training Module 8: Constructing for Zero Net Carbon
10.5 - 10.20
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#EEDay2020
10.7
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