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Does Your Exhaust Fan Suck?

  • September 19, 2018

The purpose of exhaust ventilation is to remove contaminants (including moisture) that can compromise health, comfort, and durability. Exhaust fans are one of the simplest mechanical systems in your home, but decades of experience working in homes has shown us that even the easiest things can go wrong when it comes to installation.

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WELL Innovations Proposal for Universal Design

  • August 21, 2018

The International WELL Building Institute has formally adopted Universal Design (UD) principles into the new and improved WELL Building Standard version 2 (WELL v2). Inclusion of the UD concepts were proposed by Steven Winter Associates’ Accessibility Team in February of 2017.

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Passive House FAQ

  • August 21, 2018

Here is a list of your top Passive House questions, answered!

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Designing Solar for High-Density Areas

  • August 14, 2018

By the end of 2050, solar energy is projected to be the world’s largest source of electricity. While utility-scale solar will comprise much of this capacity, there will also be significant growth in the commercial and residential sectors – particularly in cities. This article, featured in the Spring 2018 edition of BuildingEnergy Magazine, explores the feasibility of deploying solar PV on city rooftops by taking advantage of the changes in technology, policy, and financing.

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Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners

  • May 1, 2018

The "Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners", created through a collaboration of the New York City Department for the Aging and the American Institute of Architects New York Design for Aging Committee, recommends residential building upgrades to accommodate older tenants. By making these improvements, building owners can help residents remain in their homes as they age - safely, comfortably, and independently.

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Cost of Accessible Housing

  • April 24, 2017

Cost of accessible housing : an analysis of the estimated cost of compliance with the Fair Housing accessibility guidelines and ANSI A 117.1 / prepared for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research ; prepared by Steven Winter Associates, Inc. with Tourbier & Walmsley, Inc. and Edward Steinfeld, architect, and Building Technology, Inc.

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Report: Clanging Pipes and Open Windows: Upgrading NYC Steam Systems for the 21st Century

  • June 15, 2016

SWA and NRDC release report detailing energy efficiency upgrades to the steam systems found in the vast majority of NYC apartments could save building owners $147 million in annual energy costs and maintenance savings.

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Report: Spending Through the Roof

  • June 15, 2016

SWA worked in conjunction with the Urban Green Council and NYSERDA to produce a report examining heat loss in NYC multifamily high-rises due to poorly sealed elevator shafts. SWA’s Multifamily team conducted the study and authored the paper, finding that simple upgrades to building roofs could reduce annual carbon emissions in the City by 40,000 metric tons and save building owners $20M in annual heating costs.

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Research: Basement Insulation Basics

  • October 15, 2012

Measure guideline developed by SWA for the Consortium of Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB)

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Research: There Are Holes in Our Walls

  • June 16, 2011

The Urban Green Council, NYC chapter of the USGBC, selected SWA to produce a research paper on the impact of room air conditioners on building envelope performance. SWA’s Multifamily team conducted the study and authored the paper titled "There Are Holes in Our Walls," finding that an average room AC accounts for as much air leakage as would a six square inch hole in the wall; room AC leaks add $130- $180 million to New York City heating costs every year.

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Research: Deutsche Bank/Living Cities: Building Energy Efficiency Data Report

  • June 16, 2011

This published study shows the clear financial benefits of retrofitting existing multifamily buildings.

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Research: Practical Residential Wall Systems, R-30 and Beyond

  • June 15, 2011

Research Report prepared by SWA for the Consortium of Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB).

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Research: Sealing and Insulating of Ducts in Existing Homes

  • April 15, 2011

Measure and Strategy Guide prepared by SWA for the Consortium of Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB).

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Publication: Home Rehab Handbook

  • June 16, 2009

A guide for architects, designers, builders, contractors, and homeowners on the innovations and state-of-the-art practices in accessible home rehabilitation.

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Accessible Housing by Design

Publication: Accessible Housing by Design: Universal Design Principles in Practice, McGraw-Hill Publishers

  • June 15, 2009

A practical implementation guide to integrating universal design features into all types of residences, authored by SWA's research team.

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Publication: A Basic Guide to Fair Housing Accessibility: Everything Architects and Builders Need to Know About the Fair Housing Act Accessibility Guidelines

  • June 15, 2009

Inspired by SWA Senior VP Peter Stratton’s HUD-sponsored review of nearly 400 built projects, this compact yet comprehensive guide reviews the guidelines for conformance with the seven basic design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Amendments Act, from accessible building entrances to usable kitchens, and points out common conformance errors made by architects, builders, and developers.

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