75% of buildings covered under NYC Local Law 97 will need to reduce their carbon emissions to avoid fines.
Whether targeting energy-use or carbon emissions, a whole-building approach to performance will help you achieve your neutrality goals.
David Unger, founder of Sentient Buildings, as well as SWA CEO Marc Zuluaga, are featured in this Commercial Observer article. The mission of Sentient Buildings, an IOT company partly owned by SWA, is to "marry the internet of things" to enhance efficiency, save energy, and improve tenant comfort.
SWA Project, Star Garments Innovation Center, received the 2020 Design Award of merit in the sustainability category. This project, which is the first Passive House in Sri Lanka, was awarded by the AIA New York chapter for it’s “design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.”
Deep energy retrofits can be vastly more complicated than new high performance construction projects. Repairs and remediation far beyond energy improvements are often needed. The need to perform retrofits on occupied buildings is often the case or, for universities in particular, vacancy periods may be very short. Façade improvements can be hindered due to historic considerations, lot line issues and space constraints. This session will provide a variety of deep energy strategies that can be employed on existing buildings along with cost implications of taking a phased approach vs. a gut rehab.
Refrigerants that are currently used in most heat pump technology are considered serious greenhouse gases and can contribute to global warming if leaked into the atmosphere. Management of these gases are therefore crucial when designing and operating a net zero building. This module focuses on refrigerant management and the considerations that need to be made during design, commissioning, and day to day operation.