Two SWA Projects Honored at 2021 CTGBC Green Building Awards

The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) honored two Steven Winter Associates (SWA) projects at their annual awards ceremony on October 7, 2021. The Tyler received the Award of Excellence and Sendero Verde received the Multifamily Merit Award. The Connecticut Green Building Council recognizes excellence in green building design through its annual Green Building Awards program, established in 2006. This prestigious ceremony seeks to acknowledge excellence in design and construction practice, which supports the broader goals of using the built environment as a vehicle for resource efficiency, access to community, and resiliency to combat human health challenges and climate change within the state of Connecticut and beyond.


Award of Excellence: The Tyler

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  • Location: East Haven, CT
  • Developer/Owner: WinnCompanies
  • Architect: The Architectural Team, Inc.
  • SWA Services: Passive House Certification Services; Energy & Thermal Bridge Modeling; Testing and Verification

The Award of Excellence was determined based on the jury’s overall impression for the most innovative and sustainable project.

Vacant for over 20 years, this historic structure is being converted into a senior affordable housing development named The Tyler. Design and construction must adhere to Connecticut’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) requirements, as well as the National Park’s Service standards. In addition to those requirements, the project is pursuing certification under the Passive House Institute’s retrofit standard, known as EnerPHit. Because SHPO’s standards prohibit any changes to the existing façade that will change its historic appearance, the team faced some challenging design decisions to balance the historic nature of the project along with the energy efficiency goals set forth.

Learn more about The Tyler Here


Multifamily Residence Category Merit Award: Sendero Verde

Sendero Verde

  • Location: New York, NY
  • Developer/Owner: Jonathan Rose Companies, L+M Development, and Acacia Network
  • Architect: Handel Architects, LLP
  • SWA Services: Passive House Consulting & Verification , NYCECC inspections, Commissioning, Enterprise Green Communities certification support, as well as NYSERDA NCP program participation and incentive support

The Award of Merit was selected at the discretion of the jury. It recognizes a special and noteworthy accomplishment.

The high-performance, sustainable development known as Sendero Verde, will be constructed in three phases that will bring over 650 affordable apartments to the East Harlem community. The team is striving to make the project a beacon of success for large-scale, multifamily Passive House developments in the United States and around the world.




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