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        Volume 21, Issue 12      
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2020: The End is Near!

Three things we have learned this year:

1. Take a proactive role in our health and disease prevention. Sanitizer, masks, and social distancing are all preventative measures necessitated by the pandemic. Though they are vital, they are reactionary. We must focus on measures such as improved ventilation, indoor air quality, air-sealing, and compartmentalization, which are shown to mitigate acute and chronic illnesses.
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2. Social equity must be addressed as part of a holistic approach to a sustainable built environment. COVID disproportionately affects minority and low-income neighborhoods. Though it is a complex problem, we must work to better engage a variety of stakeholders, integrate community groups, and improve wellness standards in the planning and design of the built environment.
>>Read our blog series on "Integrating Social Equity into Green Building | Listen to our "Solar Panels or Asthma? Equity and the Built Environment with Jeremy Hays" podcast episode 

3. Humanity is fragile. In the same way COVID is altering our existence, so too is climate change, which will continue to accelerate absent of immediate action. Carbon and energy mandates are set to help the existing building stock, and net zero requirements are slated to improve new construction, but we still have a significant challenge ahead of us to meet these goals. Silver lining: it’s an exciting time for our industry to exert a substantial impact.
>>Learn more about Net Zero | Find out about NYC's carbon reduction initiative

We are extremely grateful for our network of clients, colleagues, and friends who have supported us (and each other) throughout this challenging year. We wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and a safe and healthy 2021! 🎄❄️🌟

  |   BLOG
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like …. Cold Season 

Those of us living in the northeast know how cold winter can be. For many of us, feeling chilly is just uncomfortable; however, for the elderly, cold can incite and aggravate health problems. When developing housing for seniors, it is important to address this issue early on during the design phase. In this blog, we describe four main factors that contribute to thermal comfort inside a residence.

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Why Commission Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems? 

NYC’s local laws 92 and 94 require solar PV and/or green roofs on new buildings, and the NYC Energy Conservation Code requires that renewable energy systems greater than 25 kW be commissioned. Third-party commissioning increases the likelihood that a PV system will perform as designed throughout its lifetime and reduces poorly performing PV systems, which erode the bottom line and damage solar energy’s reputation. Many factors can affect a PV system’s power output. This blog looks at some of the reasons why output may be less than expected.

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