Green Energy Times is a bi-monthly publication chronicling the latest sustainability news in New England and New York (and beyond!). In 2016, SWA will be contributing a column for each issue. To start the year, SWA’s Heather Breslin discusses how and why the affordable housing market is beginning to embrace the Passive House Standard. The full article is featured below, or […]
Author Archive for: Patrick Shields
About Patrick Shields
I consider myself at least a partial expert on parties, walls, and party walls. Much of my early professional experience [BSBA-Marketing] consisted of event production and promotion--identifying revelers' appeals and exploiting them for the sake of [their] good time and [my] pay check. As I drifted purposefully through graduate school [MA Global Sustainability], my infatuation with green building grew stronger and I inevitably became over acquainted with the ins-and-outs of wall anatomy. Since moving out of Mom and Dad's some 8 years ago, I've dealt firsthand with party walls on a tour de multifamily living that's included not-so-luxury leases in Tampa Bay, New Jersey, and New York City. Now we come full circle: I hold a marketing position with a green building firm and contribute periodically to a blog cleverly titled Party Walls.
Entries by Patrick Shields
In our first entry of this three-part series, we described advanced controls for electrically heated buildings, combined heat and power systems, and upgraded atmospheric boilers. This time around, we’ll examine the ins-and-outs of exhaust ventilation in multifamily buildings.
If you’re unfamiliar with Home Innovation Research Labs’ National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS), the program is designed primarily to rate the performance of single-family homes or multifamily properties in six important categories: Site Design, Resource Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Building Operation & Maintenance. So how does NGBS differentiate itself from […]
Using gamification to incentivize consumer-level sustainable behavior is a relatively new strategy. It applies classic principals of game playing to encourage green living, offering a challenge, a platform for social competition, and a reporting system that quantifies performance. In an increasingly networked society fascinated with social media and gaming, tracking lifestyle behavior in a way […]