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Research: There Are Holes in Our Walls

Urban Green Council, NYC chapter of the USGBC

Published Study:There Are Holes in Our Walls

The UGC selected SWA to produce a research paper on the impact of room air conditioners on building envelope performance. SWA’s Multifamily team conducted the study and authored the paper, finding that an average room AC accounts for as much air leakage as would a six square inch hole in the wall; room AC leaks add $130- $180 million to New York City heating costs every year.

Related Press:

“High Costs Linked to Gaps Around Air-Conditioners” New York Times, April 14, 2011, by Mireya Navarro.
“When the Devil Is in the Installation Details” New York Times Green Blog, April 14, 2011, by Mireya Navarro.