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Report: Clanging Pipes and Open Windows: Upgrading NYC Steam Systems for the 21st Century

  • June 15, 2016

SWA and NRDC release report detailing energy efficiency upgrades to the steam heating systems found in the vast majority of NYC apartments could save building owners $147 million in annual energy costs and maintenance savings.

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Report: Spending Through the Roof

  • June 15, 2016

SWA worked in conjunction with the Urban Green Council and NYSERDA to produce a report examining heat loss in NYC multifamily high-rises due to poorly sealed elevator shafts. SWA’s Multifamily team conducted the study and authored the paper, finding that simple upgrades to building roofs could reduce annual carbon emissions in the City by 40,000 metric tons and save building owners $20M in annual heating costs.

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Research: Basement Insulation Basics

  • October 15, 2012

Measure guideline developed by SWA for the Consortium of Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB)

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Research: There Are Holes in Our Walls

  • June 16, 2011

The Urban Green Council, NYC chapter of the USGBC, 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 titled "There Are Holes in Our Walls," 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.

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Research: Deutsche Bank/Living Cities: Building Energy Efficiency Data Report

  • June 16, 2011

This published study shows the clear financial benefits of retrofitting existing multifamily buildings.

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Research: Practical Residential Wall Systems, R-30 and Beyond

  • June 15, 2011

Research Report prepared by SWA for the Consortium of Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB).

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Research: Sealing and Insulating of Ducts in Existing Homes

  • April 15, 2011

Measure and Strategy Guide prepared by SWA for the Consortium of Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB).

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HomeRehab

Publication: Home Rehab Handbook

  • June 16, 2009

A guide for architects, designers, builders, contractors, and homeowners on the innovations and state-of-the-art practices in accessible home rehabilitation.

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Accessible Housing by Design

Publication: Accessible Housing by Design: Universal Design Principles in Practice, McGraw-Hill Publishers

  • June 15, 2009

A practical implementation guide to integrating universal design features into all types of residences, authored by SWA's research team.

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Publication: A Basic Guide to Fair Housing Accessibility: Everything Architects and Builders Need to Know About the Fair Housing Act Accessibility Guidelines

  • June 15, 2009

Inspired by SWA Senior VP Peter Stratton’s HUD-sponsored review of nearly 400 built projects, this compact yet comprehensive guide reviews the guidelines for conformance with the seven basic design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Amendments Act, from accessible building entrances to usable kitchens, and points out common conformance errors made by architects, builders, and developers.

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