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Passive House / Building Systems Intern

Level: Entry
Job Location: Boston, MA
Education Level: Bachelors Degree or in-progress
Travel Percentage: 30%
Reports to: Senior Sustainability Consultant

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) is seeking qualified professionals with a strong passion for improving the built environment to support our Passive House team.

We are seeking a motivated, organized, and dedicated individual to learn, grow, and thrive with us. The ideal candidate should be passionate, and knowledgeable about high-performance building fundamentals, in particular Passive House. The ideal candidate will have a desire to work directly with clients as well as perform modeling and analysis, organize documentation and conduct field inspections. We are looking for qualified individuals for our Boston, MA office. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to complete the following tasks with the technical and interpersonal skills outlined below that will help them excel at SWA. This posting is for an intern-level position (<2 years of experience).

This is a paid internship with the possibility of renewal or transition to full-time position. Hourly compensation, with the possibility for increases commensurate with experience and skills.

SWA offices are not fully open due to COVID-19. This position will require site visits but will otherwise be work from home positions, initially.

This position report to a Senior Sustainability Consultant.

Primary Responsibilities

Under the direction of a Senior Sustainability Consultant, responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Understand common HVAC systems and emerging high-performance alternatives.
  • Conduct inspections and assist with airtightness and duct leakage testing.
  • Review construction documents and provide recommendations to improve constructability, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and operations.
  • Document review comments and inspection findings in issues logs and memos.
  • Perform open-ended analysis.
  • Provide written technical and non-technical reports for program compliance and ownership review.
  • Work with internal stakeholders including project managers, energy modelers, sustainability consultants, accessibility consultants, etc.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Below is a list of the minimum requirements for the position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or related degree with an emphasis on buildings and their operation (or currently pursuing a related degree).
  • 0 – 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Familiarity with Building Science principles.
  • Prior experience with building energy, envelope and/or HVAC systems. Examples of prior experience may include a past internship, school coursework, or a college/university project.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs (in order of importance Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint).

Preferred knowledge and skills

Familiarity with:

  • CAD and Sketchup.
  • Passive House Standards or net zero projects.
  • PHPP, WUFI Passive, or THERM software.
  • Utility billing analysis and energy savings spreadsheet calculations.
  • Energy Code and/or ASHRAE standards.
  • NYC Local Laws related to energy and climate (Local Laws 84, 87, 95, and 97).
  • Duct leakage or blower door testing.

Personal qualities:

  • Excellent communicator and presenter able to explain complex concepts to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, maturity, credibility, confidence, and integrity.
  • Strong time-management skills and experience managing multiple priorities at once.
  • Collaborative with strong focus on teamwork.
  • Excellent work ethic.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Passionate about optimizing building systems and improving the built environment.
  • Desire to love what you do.

Other duties: Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand.

When in the field the employee must frequently lift or move objects up to 20 pounds; must be able to climb stairs and endure typical construction site conditions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.

Travel Required: Occasional overnight travel may be required (Less than 10%). Local field visits in the New York Metro area will be necessary (estimated at 10%-30%). A valid and clean driving license is required.

Working Environment: The majority of the duties will be performed in an office environment. The remainder of the duties approx. 10-30% will be performed in the field which will involve trips to projects sites for observation, training and supporting more senior staff.

Performance Standards: Performance will be evaluated against this job description, competencies for this level, and mutually agreed goals.

Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

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About Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) provides research, consulting and advisory services to improve commercial, residential and multifamily built environments for private and public-sector clients. We specialize in energy, sustainability and accessibility consulting as well as certification, research & development and compliance services. Our team of professionals has led the way since 1972 in the development of best practices to achieve high performance buildings.

SWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer – all qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, or marital status.