2018 has been a year to remember for SWA’s Party Walls blog. Our consultants have shared their passion for high performance buildings by recounting stories from the field and providing information, new findings, and best practices to improve the built environment. Whether discussing topics based in New York City or Southeast Asia, here are our fan favorites […]
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About Alex Mirabile
Alex Mirabile is a Marketing Coordinator at SWA responsible for a wide range of the company’s marketing efforts including social media management, event planning, writing for external publications, and podcast production. Alex graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability from University of New Hampshire and served as a member of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association.
Entries by Alex Mirabile
As the number of projects pursuing Passive House certification increases, so does the demand for whole building blower door tests. And so, performance of recent blower door tests took us to uncharted territory, not only for SWA, but for the Passive House Standard. Working remotely with a project team across the globe, the Passive […]
On April 21, 2018, two blocks of ice weighing exactly one ton each were placed into what appeared to be identical sheds in Times Square. The purpose? To measure how much each block would melt over a 30-day period, ultimately demonstrating the efficacy of Passive House construction methods. The first shed, or Ice Box, was […]
About a year ago, I worked along with other HERS raters and the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA, a.k.a. Insulation Institute) to conduct a study on the importance of insulation installation quality and grading. RESNET, the nation’s leading home energy efficiency network and the governing body of the Home Energy Rating System (HERS® Index) […]