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November
2020
        Volume 21, Issue 11      
  |   NEWS
Clean Energy D.C. Updates 

SWA has been selected by Washington, D.C.’s Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) to perform a detailed analysis of costs and benefits associated with the Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) program, which will allow DOEE to implement the energy performance improvements outlined in the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018. The legislation calls for a 50% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by 2032 and carbon neutrality by 2050.

To further facilitate adoption of the Clean Energy DC plan, the Building Innovation Hub was recently launched by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) with SWA serving as consulting partner for the team. The Hub will help connect building industry professionals with tools and resources designed to meet the District's ambitious climate and green building goals.

 
       
  
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SWA Director and Several Projects Lauded at CTGBC Awards Ceremony 

The annual CTGBC awards highlight innovative projects throughout Connecticut and New England. SWA is happy to announce that Karla Butterfield, Sustainability Director, was awarded the Judy Swann Green Advocate Award. Additionally, SWA was part of the outstanding project teams that won the Passive House Honor Award, the Out-of-State Merit Award, and the Multifamily Residence Merit Award.

       
  
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Solar Panels or Asthma? Equity and the Built Environment with Jeremy Hays 

In this month's Buildings + Beyond episode, we talk with Jeremy Hays, Principal at Upright Consulting Services. His consulting focuses on working with diverse stakeholders to design and implement equitable models of economic and workforce development in the environmental sector. In our conversation with Jeremy, we discuss and learn how cities are incorporating equity into their sustainability plans, why a diversity of perspectives can create better solutions, and how proactively addressing social and environmental equity can help the transition to a green economy.

 
      
 
  
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  |   BLOG
Finding Your Way: Third-Party Assurances for Your Properties 

Numerous tools can be leveraged by building owners and property managers to enhance their healthy building strategies, ensuring their properties are mitigating risk with building wellness and safe building protocols. And, once implemented, building teams can earn industry recognition, which will build confidence for tenants and employees. In this blog we highlight three programs that complement your ESG and/or wellness goals across any portfolio or building typology.

 
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NYC Building Energy Letter Grades: What Property Managers Need to Know 

October 31 was the deadline for building energy letter grades to be posted in most NYC buildings over 25,000 square feet. Failure to have posted in a visible, public location within the building will result in a violation from the Department of Buildings and fine of $1,250. Letter grades are assigned based on data submitted to the city in compliance with benchmarking mandated by Local Law 84. Grades will be updated annually, so if you are seeking to improve them for next year, now is the time to get started on your energy upgrades.

 
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  |  PROJECT PROFILE
 

Friends House
 Master Planning
Silver Spring, MD
 

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Building Type:
Life Plan Community

Owner:
Friends House

Architect:
Lenhardt Rodgers Architecture + Interiors

Builder:
Williamsburg Homes

Project Services:
Sustainable master planning,
Green building certification,
Inspections & performance testing

Certifications:
ENERGY STAR New Homes
Pursuing LEED® for Homes v4/4.1


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