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Air-Tightness Testing and Building Codes in Australia with Sean Maxwell

Standard construction (both in America and Australia) is sometimes a “race to the bottom” of who can satisfy the building code at the lowest cost. We know this doesn’t always result in better buildings, so we have to educate the industry and encourage a commitment to quality based on solid science. This is what our guest, Sean Maxwell, devoted his career to after moving to Australia and finding himself underwhelmed by the presence of building science principles in the local codes and standards. This episode raises a few important questions: How do we improve the quality of construction? How does the effort differ in Australia vs. America? And how does the “carrots and sticks” approach to code enforcement relate to building performance, and is it effective? Listen and start thinking! Episode Guest: Sean Maxwell, ATTMA Australia & New Zealand Sean Maxwell is the Australia and New Zealand Scheme Manager of ATTMA, a global association of building air-tightness-testers. He formerly ...

56 minAUG 20
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Air-Tightness Testing and Building Codes in Australia with Sean Maxwell

Transportation in Cities with Zak Accuardi

The transportation sector poses significant opportunities for and challenges to reducing US greenhouse gas emissions as the Country’s highest-emissions sector. As a result of stay-at-home orders issued in March and April in cities and states across the US, we’ve seen a visible difference in smog in part due to less driving. Streets in cities also comprise more than 30 percent of all land in many cities, and therefore more than 80 percent of public space. Yet for much of the past century, we’ve been designing them to prioritize moving cars quickly, which is neither safe nor efficient. What if we designed streets with different priorities and invested in high-quality public transportation? In this month’s episode, Kelly and our guest, Zak Accuardi, discuss the attributes of public transit service that make it possible and desirable for people to use transit more, and why this can be so impactful in US cities today. Episode Guest: Zak Accuardi, NRDC Zak Accuardi works in Los Angeles as a Transportation Advisor at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He coordinates with cities across the U.S. to advance transportation policies and projects as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge. Previously, Zak has consulted on transportation policy and climate change mitigation across a variety of organizations and sectors, and worked as a Senior Research Associate at TransitCenter, where he co-authored several national policy reports including 2018’sInclusive Transit. Episode Information & Resources * Natural Resources Defense Council * American Cities Climate Challenge * TransitCenter * 2018’sInclusive Transit * High Frequency Podcast by The TransitCenter We Want to Hear From You! Send your feedback and questions to podcast@swinter.com About Buildings and Beyond

46 minJUL 8
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Transportation in Cities with Zak Accuardi

Training a Young Workforce to Operate Smart Buildings with Jonathan Spooner from Stacks + Joules

As technology in the built environment increases, the workforce demand for those who can properly operate these buildings also grows. On today’s episode, Kelly talks with Jonathan Spooner from Stacks + Joules, a nonprofit learning program in computer programming and wireless network management. Stacks + Joules helps train and employ young people to have careers in building automation and energy management systems. Kelly and Jon discuss a common gap in the industry – job training and workforce development, particularly for building operators. They consider how we can “leverage the genius that exists” in urban schools, lift out the digital gurus who know about networking and technology, and help transition them into the building industry where they can thrive. Episode Guest: Jonathan Spooner, Co-Founder and CTO, Stacks + Joules Jonathan brings a trove of experience in technology, innovation and marketing to the Stacks + Joules team. Having led innovation teams at Intersection (a division of Alphabet) and launching multiple high-tech businesses he has a wide breadth of knowledge. His entrepreneurial passion has led him to plan, budget, oversee and lead all sizes of businesses across the span of his career. A lifelong DJ having played multiple gigs around the globe he also co-founded the internet’s first DJ mix site. Jonathan speaks frequently on emerging technology innovation, and his insight has been featured in the New York Times, Ad Age, Fast Company, The Motley Fool and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Episode Information & Resources *Scroll down for episode transcript! * Website: Stacks + Joules * Article: Smart companies must tap the widest pool of talent Upcoming Events and Conferences Passive House 2020 A North American Passive House Network Event PH2020 is going virtual! At this conference, you can learn from a diverse international array of leading Passive House professionals: the scientists, the architects & engineers, the certifiers & component manufacturers, and the building owners and developers. Click here to learn more and to register! Don’t miss sessions from Dylan Martello, Lauren Hildebrand, and others from SWA at this year’s conference! Visit SWA’s events page for more session details. We Want to Hear From You! Send your feedback and questions to podcast@swinter.com About Buildings and Beyond Buildings and Beyond is a production of Steven Winter Associates. We provide energy, green building, and accessibility consulting services to improve the built environment. For more information, visit www.swinter.com. Hosts Robb Aldrich | Kelly Westby Production Team Heather Breslin |

48 minJUN 3
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Training a Young Workforce to Operate Smart Buildings with Jonathan Spooner from Stacks + Joules

Universal Design and Accessibility in Mexico City with Luis Quintana

April was Fair Housing Month – a time to recognize the importance of equal access to housing. As we celebrate the milestones we have made, we are committed to furthering equal access for every person – regardless of race, gender, nationality, socio-economic status, disability, etc. On this month’s Buildings + Beyond episode, we interview Luis Quintana to hear more about Universal Design and accessibility in Mexico City. We discuss who Universal Design is meant to help, and how Universal Design principles can allow equal access to buildings and products for everyone. Episode Guest: Luis Quintana, Founder, Todo Accesible In 2011, Luis Quintana founded Todo Accesible – a company that strives to eliminate the architectural and cultural barriers that exclude people with disabilities from fully integrating with the rest of society. Todo Accessible has worked with clients from a variety of sectors such as entertainment, culture, business, tourism, and more, to help them achieve the “A” distinction – meaning their space is accessible for everyone. This collaboration has resulted in the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the Mexican Republic. Luis is an Ashoka fellow, as well as a member of Éntrale, an organization that integrates people with disabilities with different companies. Todo Accessible also has a corporate alliance with Cushman & Wakefield, allowing them to make a wide variety of companies and businesses accessible. Episode Information & Resources *Scroll down for episode transcript! * Website: Todo Accesible * USGBC: Inclusive Design Pilot by Todo Accessible and Steven Winter Associates, Inc. * Article: USGBC breaks new ground with Inclusive Design pilot credit * Article: How Sustainability Must Complement Accessibility in Buildings * SWA Blog: Tech Notes: Universal Design v. Accessible Design * Buildings + Beyond Podcast: Universal Design with Mary Jo Peterson Upcoming Events and Conferences Passive House 2020 A North American Passive House Network Event PH2020 is going virtual! At this conference, you can learn from a diverse international array of leading Passive House professionals: the scientists, the architects & engineers, the certifiers & component manufacturers, and the building owners and developers. Click here to learn more and to register! Don’t miss sessions from Dylan Martello, Lauren Hildebrand, and others from SWA at this year’s conference! Visit SWA’s events page for more session details.

33 minMAY 13
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Universal Design and Accessibility in Mexico City with Luis Quintana

How Codes Get Made with Gayathri Vijayakumar

Curious about how building performance standards are decided upon? The IECC, or “model code”, establishes the minimum requirements for building energy efficiency by specifying the performance levels for the building envelope, mechanical systems, lighting systems, and service water heating systems in homes and commercial businesses. This model code is updated every three years, and within those three years there is a LOT of behind-the-scenes work going on to determine the changes for the next version. In this episode, we learn all about the long and lengthy code development process from SWA’s own Gayathri Vijayakumar. Episode Guest: Gayathri Vijayakumar, Director, Residential Energy Services, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. For 15 years, Gayathri Vijayakumar has specialized in evaluating residential and multifamily buildings with an emphasis on high-performance construction and renewable energy systems. Gayathri is a Director for Residential Energy Services at SWA, supporting team ...

58 minAPR 8
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How Codes Get Made with Gayathri Vijayakumar

A Path to Zero Waste with Celeste McMickle

Robb discusses the TRUE Zero Waste certification with guest Celeste McMickle, and how it serves as an effective strategy in reducing waste for businesses.

54 minMAR 4
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A Path to Zero Waste with Celeste McMickle

Mission Critical: Embodied Carbon in Sustainable Design with Kai Starn and Catherine Paplin

For the past 30 years or more, when we’ve been talking about the carbon emissions of buildings, we’ve usually been talking about operational emissions – the carbon put in the atmosphere after the building is built. We now know that 30-50% of a building’s total carbon emissions are already in the atmosphere before the lights are even turned on. These emissions are referred to as embodied carbon. There is an enormous, industry-wide effort underway to incorporate accounting for embodied carbon in construction, because the realization has dawned that you can’t build ‘green’ without it. On this episode, Robb sits down with SWA’s Kai Starn, Senior Sustainability Consultant, and Catherine Paplin, Senior Building Enclosure Consultant to hear about WHY embodied carbon is becoming a larger part of the conversation. Episode Guests: Kai Starn & Catherine Paplin Embodied Carbon Information and Resources Carbon Leadership Forum and Embodied Carbon Network 2019 RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide National Ready Mixed Concrete Association page on Sustainability Embodied Carbon: The Blindspot of the Buildings Industry ‘The Greenest Building’ Report SWA Blog Posts on Embodied Carbon Buildings to Cool the Climate written by Kai Starn Choosing Insulation for Carbon Value – Why More is Not Always Better Part 1 written by Catherine Paplin Choosing Insulation for Carbon Value – Why More is Not Always Better Part 2 written by Catherine Paplin Embodied Carbon Apps & Tools: Free: * Athena: Oldest embodied carbon counting program, good for initial concept/schematic design * EC3 : Embodied Carbon Calculator just issued November 2019 with focus on materials * Beacon: Thornton Tomasetti tool just issued January 2020 For purchase: * Tally: integrated with Revit * LCA One-Click Upcoming Events The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show is an event designed by and for practitioners in the fields of high-performance building and design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), this year’s event is Monday & Tuesday,

24 minFEB 5
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Mission Critical: Embodied Carbon in Sustainable Design with Kai Starn and Catherine Paplin

The Keys to Commissioning with Kelly Westby

As code requirements become more stringent around the country, the process of commissioning is more valuable now than ever before. Acting as third-party quality assurance providers, commissioning agents help building owners by improving the quality of construction and reducing maintenance and energy costs in the long run. On this episode, Robb interviews podcast co-host, Kelly Westby, who is also SWA’s Commissioning Director. Kelly explains the importance of quality control on any project and describes how commissioning has evolved into a process, rather than a one-off measure. Episode Guest: Kelly Westby, Commissioning Director, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. Kelly Westby is the Commissioning Director at SWA. She works with developers, owners, contractors, and design teams to improve building performance in the New York City area and throughout the Northeast, and has completed energy audits on millions of square feet of existing buildings. Kelly’s work also includes other aspects of new construction and existing buildings such as site inspections and energy modeling. She specializes in identifying and implementing practices to lower building life cycle energy costs, optimize capture of incentives, and improve operations and maintenance. She conducts on-site testing and verification of the effectiveness of green design and building methods. She also documents and communicates results, including specific recommendations for corrective actions. Kelly’s commissioning, energy code, and energy efficiency projects cover millions of square feet of commercial buildings across the five boroughs. Episode Information & Resources *Scroll down for episode transcript! Kelly Westby – Full Bio Blog – The Value of Commissioning Building Commissioning by the WBDG Project Management Committee and Commissioning Industry Leaders Council ASHRAE Guideline 0: The Commissioning Process Schadenfreude – German word that Robb mentions We Want to Hear From You! Send your feedback and questions to podcast@swinter.com About Buildings and Beyond Buildings and Beyond is a production of Steven Winter Associates. We provide energy, green building, and accessibility consulting services to improve the built environment. For more information, visit www.swinter.com. Hosts Robb Aldrich | Kelly Westby Production Team Heather Breslin | Alex Mirabile |

36 min2019 DEC 7
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The Keys to Commissioning with Kelly Westby

All Access NYC: A Melting Pot for People of All Abilities with MOPD Commissioner, Victor Calise

Did you know that New York City is home to approximately one million people with disabilities? As we often discuss strategies for improving the built environment, it is critical that accessibility remains at the forefront of the conversation. So, in a city as big and dynamic as New York, who is tasked with ensuring that the spaces in which we live, work and play are fair for all? On this episode, the Buildings + Beyond team had the privilege of chatting with Victor Calise, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities (MOPD). Commissioner Calise describes the actions that he and his team have taken to help NYC become one of the most accessible big cities in the US. In addition, the Commissioner reminds us that we need to take a human-centered approach, not just to design, but to life. Episode Guest: Victor Calise, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities As Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with D...

34 min2019 NOV 6
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All Access NYC: A Melting Pot for People of All Abilities with MOPD Commissioner, Victor Calise

Passively Built with Jesse Thompson

As building professionals, we often ask ourselves, "what are the most critical components to a high-performance building?" Portland, Maine based architect and building science expert, Jesse Thompson, will tell you it's air-sealing and ventilation.

43 min2019 OCT 2
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Passively Built with Jesse Thompson

Latest Episodes

Air-Tightness Testing and Building Codes in Australia with Sean Maxwell

Standard construction (both in America and Australia) is sometimes a “race to the bottom” of who can satisfy the building code at the lowest cost. We know this doesn’t always result in better buildings, so we have to educate the industry and encourage a commitment to quality based on solid science. This is what our guest, Sean Maxwell, devoted his career to after moving to Australia and finding himself underwhelmed by the presence of building science principles in the local codes and standards. This episode raises a few important questions: How do we improve the quality of construction? How does the effort differ in Australia vs. America? And how does the “carrots and sticks” approach to code enforcement relate to building performance, and is it effective? Listen and start thinking! Episode Guest: Sean Maxwell, ATTMA Australia & New Zealand Sean Maxwell is the Australia and New Zealand Scheme Manager of ATTMA, a global association of building air-tightness-testers. He formerly ...

56 minAUG 20
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Air-Tightness Testing and Building Codes in Australia with Sean Maxwell

Transportation in Cities with Zak Accuardi

The transportation sector poses significant opportunities for and challenges to reducing US greenhouse gas emissions as the Country’s highest-emissions sector. As a result of stay-at-home orders issued in March and April in cities and states across the US, we’ve seen a visible difference in smog in part due to less driving. Streets in cities also comprise more than 30 percent of all land in many cities, and therefore more than 80 percent of public space. Yet for much of the past century, we’ve been designing them to prioritize moving cars quickly, which is neither safe nor efficient. What if we designed streets with different priorities and invested in high-quality public transportation? In this month’s episode, Kelly and our guest, Zak Accuardi, discuss the attributes of public transit service that make it possible and desirable for people to use transit more, and why this can be so impactful in US cities today. Episode Guest: Zak Accuardi, NRDC Zak Accuardi works in Los Angeles as a Transportation Advisor at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He coordinates with cities across the U.S. to advance transportation policies and projects as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge. Previously, Zak has consulted on transportation policy and climate change mitigation across a variety of organizations and sectors, and worked as a Senior Research Associate at TransitCenter, where he co-authored several national policy reports including 2018’sInclusive Transit. Episode Information & Resources * Natural Resources Defense Council * American Cities Climate Challenge * TransitCenter * 2018’sInclusive Transit * High Frequency Podcast by The TransitCenter We Want to Hear From You! Send your feedback and questions to podcast@swinter.com About Buildings and Beyond

46 minJUL 8
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Transportation in Cities with Zak Accuardi

Training a Young Workforce to Operate Smart Buildings with Jonathan Spooner from Stacks + Joules

As technology in the built environment increases, the workforce demand for those who can properly operate these buildings also grows. On today’s episode, Kelly talks with Jonathan Spooner from Stacks + Joules, a nonprofit learning program in computer programming and wireless network management. Stacks + Joules helps train and employ young people to have careers in building automation and energy management systems. Kelly and Jon discuss a common gap in the industry – job training and workforce development, particularly for building operators. They consider how we can “leverage the genius that exists” in urban schools, lift out the digital gurus who know about networking and technology, and help transition them into the building industry where they can thrive. Episode Guest: Jonathan Spooner, Co-Founder and CTO, Stacks + Joules Jonathan brings a trove of experience in technology, innovation and marketing to the Stacks + Joules team. Having led innovation teams at Intersection (a division of Alphabet) and launching multiple high-tech businesses he has a wide breadth of knowledge. His entrepreneurial passion has led him to plan, budget, oversee and lead all sizes of businesses across the span of his career. A lifelong DJ having played multiple gigs around the globe he also co-founded the internet’s first DJ mix site. Jonathan speaks frequently on emerging technology innovation, and his insight has been featured in the New York Times, Ad Age, Fast Company, The Motley Fool and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Episode Information & Resources *Scroll down for episode transcript! * Website: Stacks + Joules * Article: Smart companies must tap the widest pool of talent Upcoming Events and Conferences Passive House 2020 A North American Passive House Network Event PH2020 is going virtual! At this conference, you can learn from a diverse international array of leading Passive House professionals: the scientists, the architects & engineers, the certifiers & component manufacturers, and the building owners and developers. Click here to learn more and to register! Don’t miss sessions from Dylan Martello, Lauren Hildebrand, and others from SWA at this year’s conference! Visit SWA’s events page for more session details. We Want to Hear From You! Send your feedback and questions to podcast@swinter.com About Buildings and Beyond Buildings and Beyond is a production of Steven Winter Associates. We provide energy, green building, and accessibility consulting services to improve the built environment. For more information, visit www.swinter.com. Hosts Robb Aldrich | Kelly Westby Production Team Heather Breslin |

48 minJUN 3
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Training a Young Workforce to Operate Smart Buildings with Jonathan Spooner from Stacks + Joules

Universal Design and Accessibility in Mexico City with Luis Quintana

April was Fair Housing Month – a time to recognize the importance of equal access to housing. As we celebrate the milestones we have made, we are committed to furthering equal access for every person – regardless of race, gender, nationality, socio-economic status, disability, etc. On this month’s Buildings + Beyond episode, we interview Luis Quintana to hear more about Universal Design and accessibility in Mexico City. We discuss who Universal Design is meant to help, and how Universal Design principles can allow equal access to buildings and products for everyone. Episode Guest: Luis Quintana, Founder, Todo Accesible In 2011, Luis Quintana founded Todo Accesible – a company that strives to eliminate the architectural and cultural barriers that exclude people with disabilities from fully integrating with the rest of society. Todo Accessible has worked with clients from a variety of sectors such as entertainment, culture, business, tourism, and more, to help them achieve the “A” distinction – meaning their space is accessible for everyone. This collaboration has resulted in the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the Mexican Republic. Luis is an Ashoka fellow, as well as a member of Éntrale, an organization that integrates people with disabilities with different companies. Todo Accessible also has a corporate alliance with Cushman & Wakefield, allowing them to make a wide variety of companies and businesses accessible. Episode Information & Resources *Scroll down for episode transcript! * Website: Todo Accesible * USGBC: Inclusive Design Pilot by Todo Accessible and Steven Winter Associates, Inc. * Article: USGBC breaks new ground with Inclusive Design pilot credit * Article: How Sustainability Must Complement Accessibility in Buildings * SWA Blog: Tech Notes: Universal Design v. Accessible Design * Buildings + Beyond Podcast: Universal Design with Mary Jo Peterson Upcoming Events and Conferences Passive House 2020 A North American Passive House Network Event PH2020 is going virtual! At this conference, you can learn from a diverse international array of leading Passive House professionals: the scientists, the architects & engineers, the certifiers & component manufacturers, and the building owners and developers. Click here to learn more and to register! Don’t miss sessions from Dylan Martello, Lauren Hildebrand, and others from SWA at this year’s conference! Visit SWA’s events page for more session details.

33 minMAY 13
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Universal Design and Accessibility in Mexico City with Luis Quintana

How Codes Get Made with Gayathri Vijayakumar

Curious about how building performance standards are decided upon? The IECC, or “model code”, establishes the minimum requirements for building energy efficiency by specifying the performance levels for the building envelope, mechanical systems, lighting systems, and service water heating systems in homes and commercial businesses. This model code is updated every three years, and within those three years there is a LOT of behind-the-scenes work going on to determine the changes for the next version. In this episode, we learn all about the long and lengthy code development process from SWA’s own Gayathri Vijayakumar. Episode Guest: Gayathri Vijayakumar, Director, Residential Energy Services, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. For 15 years, Gayathri Vijayakumar has specialized in evaluating residential and multifamily buildings with an emphasis on high-performance construction and renewable energy systems. Gayathri is a Director for Residential Energy Services at SWA, supporting team ...

58 minAPR 8
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How Codes Get Made with Gayathri Vijayakumar

A Path to Zero Waste with Celeste McMickle

Robb discusses the TRUE Zero Waste certification with guest Celeste McMickle, and how it serves as an effective strategy in reducing waste for businesses.

54 minMAR 4
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A Path to Zero Waste with Celeste McMickle

Mission Critical: Embodied Carbon in Sustainable Design with Kai Starn and Catherine Paplin

For the past 30 years or more, when we’ve been talking about the carbon emissions of buildings, we’ve usually been talking about operational emissions – the carbon put in the atmosphere after the building is built. We now know that 30-50% of a building’s total carbon emissions are already in the atmosphere before the lights are even turned on. These emissions are referred to as embodied carbon. There is an enormous, industry-wide effort underway to incorporate accounting for embodied carbon in construction, because the realization has dawned that you can’t build ‘green’ without it. On this episode, Robb sits down with SWA’s Kai Starn, Senior Sustainability Consultant, and Catherine Paplin, Senior Building Enclosure Consultant to hear about WHY embodied carbon is becoming a larger part of the conversation. Episode Guests: Kai Starn & Catherine Paplin Embodied Carbon Information and Resources Carbon Leadership Forum and Embodied Carbon Network 2019 RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide National Ready Mixed Concrete Association page on Sustainability Embodied Carbon: The Blindspot of the Buildings Industry ‘The Greenest Building’ Report SWA Blog Posts on Embodied Carbon Buildings to Cool the Climate written by Kai Starn Choosing Insulation for Carbon Value – Why More is Not Always Better Part 1 written by Catherine Paplin Choosing Insulation for Carbon Value – Why More is Not Always Better Part 2 written by Catherine Paplin Embodied Carbon Apps & Tools: Free: * Athena: Oldest embodied carbon counting program, good for initial concept/schematic design * EC3 : Embodied Carbon Calculator just issued November 2019 with focus on materials * Beacon: Thornton Tomasetti tool just issued January 2020 For purchase: * Tally: integrated with Revit * LCA One-Click Upcoming Events The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show is an event designed by and for practitioners in the fields of high-performance building and design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), this year’s event is Monday & Tuesday,

24 minFEB 5
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Mission Critical: Embodied Carbon in Sustainable Design with Kai Starn and Catherine Paplin

The Keys to Commissioning with Kelly Westby

As code requirements become more stringent around the country, the process of commissioning is more valuable now than ever before. Acting as third-party quality assurance providers, commissioning agents help building owners by improving the quality of construction and reducing maintenance and energy costs in the long run. On this episode, Robb interviews podcast co-host, Kelly Westby, who is also SWA’s Commissioning Director. Kelly explains the importance of quality control on any project and describes how commissioning has evolved into a process, rather than a one-off measure. Episode Guest: Kelly Westby, Commissioning Director, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. Kelly Westby is the Commissioning Director at SWA. She works with developers, owners, contractors, and design teams to improve building performance in the New York City area and throughout the Northeast, and has completed energy audits on millions of square feet of existing buildings. Kelly’s work also includes other aspects of new construction and existing buildings such as site inspections and energy modeling. She specializes in identifying and implementing practices to lower building life cycle energy costs, optimize capture of incentives, and improve operations and maintenance. She conducts on-site testing and verification of the effectiveness of green design and building methods. She also documents and communicates results, including specific recommendations for corrective actions. Kelly’s commissioning, energy code, and energy efficiency projects cover millions of square feet of commercial buildings across the five boroughs. Episode Information & Resources *Scroll down for episode transcript! Kelly Westby – Full Bio Blog – The Value of Commissioning Building Commissioning by the WBDG Project Management Committee and Commissioning Industry Leaders Council ASHRAE Guideline 0: The Commissioning Process Schadenfreude – German word that Robb mentions We Want to Hear From You! Send your feedback and questions to podcast@swinter.com About Buildings and Beyond Buildings and Beyond is a production of Steven Winter Associates. We provide energy, green building, and accessibility consulting services to improve the built environment. For more information, visit www.swinter.com. Hosts Robb Aldrich | Kelly Westby Production Team Heather Breslin | Alex Mirabile |

36 min2019 DEC 7
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The Keys to Commissioning with Kelly Westby

All Access NYC: A Melting Pot for People of All Abilities with MOPD Commissioner, Victor Calise

Did you know that New York City is home to approximately one million people with disabilities? As we often discuss strategies for improving the built environment, it is critical that accessibility remains at the forefront of the conversation. So, in a city as big and dynamic as New York, who is tasked with ensuring that the spaces in which we live, work and play are fair for all? On this episode, the Buildings + Beyond team had the privilege of chatting with Victor Calise, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities (MOPD). Commissioner Calise describes the actions that he and his team have taken to help NYC become one of the most accessible big cities in the US. In addition, the Commissioner reminds us that we need to take a human-centered approach, not just to design, but to life. Episode Guest: Victor Calise, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities As Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with D...

34 min2019 NOV 6
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All Access NYC: A Melting Pot for People of All Abilities with MOPD Commissioner, Victor Calise

Passively Built with Jesse Thompson

As building professionals, we often ask ourselves, "what are the most critical components to a high-performance building?" Portland, Maine based architect and building science expert, Jesse Thompson, will tell you it's air-sealing and ventilation.

43 min2019 OCT 2
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Passively Built with Jesse Thompson
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