Gayathri Vijayakumar, a seasoned Buildings Systems Engineer at SWA ,took a unique precaution against future electrical power outages… Gayathri connected her Toyota Prius to her New Haven home’s power system. How did she do that? Gayathri took a special inverter and connected it to her hybrid car, which created a generator. This distinctive system works […]
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About Heather Breslin
Hi there people of the internet, I'm Heather, the current Director of Marketing for the wonderful world of SWA! I consider myself fortunate to spend each day working with a passionate, talented, and fun group of people. I earned a bachelor's degree in urban planning, but have pursued marketing in my professional career; my role at SWA has afforded me the opportunity to combine the best of both worlds to help make a positive impact on our buildings and communities. I hope you enjoy Party Walls!
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In multifamily buildings, particularly in the Northeast, exhaust ventilation strategies are the norm as a method for meeting both local exhaust and whole-unit mechanical ventilation. We can easily measure that air is exhausted. What we don’t know is where the make-up air is coming from… Is it “fresh” from outside, from the neighboring apartment, from […]
Having been in the energy efficiency industry for over a decade, it was always a sore point when SWA’s senior engineer, Srikanth Puttagunta, talked about his own home. Built in 2003, the townhome was energy inefficient and uncomfortable. With the thermostats set at 70°, temperatures in individual rooms could be 5-10° colder or warmer than […]
Sustainability Consultant and SWA’s Master Composter, Celeste McMickle, recently lead the workshop, “In-Home Composting” at the GreenHomeNYC Forum. Celeste discussed best practices for at-home (or in-office!) composting, as well as the tools and resources needed for the experienced composter and newbie alike. For those of us who were unable to attend the workshop, we asked […]