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Buildings and Beyond is the podcast that explores how we can create a more sustainable built environment by focusing on efficiency, accessibility, and health.

Buildings and Beyond – Steven Winter Associates, Inc‪.‬ Steven Winter Associates

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 40 Ratings

Buildings and Beyond is the podcast that explores how we can create a more sustainable built environment by focusing on efficiency, accessibility, and health.

    Construction Diaries Part 2: Tips for Young Professionals

    Construction Diaries Part 2: Tips for Young Professionals

    As a continuation of our last episode, Construction Diaries: Lessons Learned From SWA’s Inspection & Verification Experts, Dylan gears his questions toward young professionals – specifically, those just starting out in the field or those aspiring to work in the field as a construction inspector or verifier.

    Throughout the episode, the group provides some words of wisdom, including how to handle intimidation and animosity in the field, how to maximize time spent traveling from site to site, and more. Lastly, each guest ends the episode by sharing a piece of advice that they wish they had when they started their careers.



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    Episode Resources:

    Words of Advice in Ten Words or Less!



    * Pursue an internship

    * Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know something

    * Ask questions

    * Don’t limit yourself



    Interested in a career at Steven Winter Associates? View our open positions here.



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    “The P3 Higher Education Summit examines campus infrastructure challenges faced by colleges and universities nationwide, and how new approaches to procurement, risk, planning, and asset management are helping campus planners and facility managers deliver critical projects nationwide.

    Join over 600 college and university representatives, developers, and design-build professionals for two days of project delivery discussions and networking. Check out P3HigherEducation.com to learn more and to register. Opportunities for sponsorship are still available.

    Register with code SWINTER for $100 off your registration!



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    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 | Dylan Martello

     

    Transcript coming soon!

    • 31 min
    Construction Diaries: Lessons Learned From SWA’s Inspection & Verification Experts

    Construction Diaries: Lessons Learned From SWA’s Inspection & Verification Experts

    One of the main drivers behind a successful building project is third-party inspection and verification. This critical, yet often overlooked, step in the construction process is designed to help buildings achieve a desired quality of performance and can also help save project teams substantial time and money along the way.

    That being said, the role of an inspector or verifier is not for the faint of heart. They are often scrutinized and even blamed for “slowing progress” following a construction intervention. In reality, these dedicated professionals are actually looking out for the project’s best interest and save time in the long-run by preventing costly repairs. Without them, building performance and occupant health and comfort could be compromised.

    On this episode, we invited three inspection and verification professionals from Steven Winter Associates to shed light on the challenges they face while inspecting construction projects. We learn what they look for when they are on site and how they reach solutions with project teams when standards are not being met. This engaging roundtable discussion is a great reminder of just how valuable a third-party inspector can be.



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    Episode Sponsor:



    “The P3 Higher Education Summit examines campus infrastructure challenges faced by colleges and universities nationwide, and how new approaches to procurement, risk, planning, and asset management are helping campus planners and facility managers deliver critical projects nationwide.

    Join over 600 college and university representatives, developers, and design-build professionals for two days of project delivery discussions and networking. Check out P3HigherEducation.com to learn more and to register. Opportunities for sponsorship are still available.

    Register with code SWINTER for $100 off your registration!



    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 | Dylan Martello

     

    Transcript coming soon!

    • 38 min
    Practicing What We Preach: Everyday Solutions for Living a Sustainable Lifestyle

    Practicing What We Preach: Everyday Solutions for Living a Sustainable Lifestyle

    We talk a lot about sustainability at a large scale; this typically includes large building projects or grid-level issues, like energy affordability and access to renewables. But how about the small-scale? What type of sustainability initiatives are people passionate about in their everyday lives?

    To answer this question, Robb assembled a group of sustainability professionals from Steven Winter Associates and asked them to share some best practices for living a more sustainable lifestyle. Each guest responds with one topic they are passionate about and explains how they turned a common challenge into a sustainable solution.

    Here’s the breakdown of topics by guest:



    * Maureen Mahle – Eliminating combustion and going all-electric [0:03:25]

    * Andrea Foss – Water conservation in toilets [0:24:15]

    * Robb Aldrich – Walkability and proximity to transit [0:41:10]

    * Gayathri Vijayakumar – Duct sealing  [0:59:00]





    Episode Guests 

     



    Episode Resources

    Robb

    SWA Blog – Electric Cars: Are They Better for Your Pocket and the Climate Right NOW?

    Factsheet – EPA: Fast Facts on Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Gayathri

    Article – More info on Aeroseal and how to find a local contractor to get a quote:



    * Aeroseal – Leak Sealing for Clean Air, Comfort, Energy Savings



    Maureen:

    Video – Samantha Bee’s take on cooking with gas (with RMI):



    * Here’s Why Your Gas Stove is Killing You [YouTube]



    Images – Before and after photos of Maureen’s transition to an all-electric home:



    Episode Sponsor:



    “The P3 Higher Education Summit examines campus infrastructure challenges faced by colleges and universities nationwide, and how new approaches to procurement, risk, planning, and asset management are helping campus planners and facility managers deliver critical projects nationwide.

    Join over 600 college and university representatives, developers, and design-build professionals for two days of project delivery discussions and networking. Check out P3HigherEducation.com to learn more and to register. Opportunities for sponsorship are still available.

    Register with code SWINTER for $100 off your registration!



    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.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Charlotte's Web of Building Electrification Strategies ...with Charlotte Matthews

    Charlotte's Web of Building Electrification Strategies ...with Charlotte Matthews

    It’s not every day we get to interview someone with such a diverse background of project experiences. Whether it was working for an architect, developer, construction manager, or tech startup, our guest for this episode has leveraged her passion and expertise as a sustainability professional to come up with some pretty impressive solutions for buildings.

    On this episode, Robb and Kelly chat with Charlotte Matthews, Head of Affordable Electrification at Google. Charlotte reflects on her experience working for different firms as a sustainability professional and shares some of the challenges she faced when attempting to improve the operational efficiency of buildings. Throughout the episode, the group discusses why buildings don’t perform as expected, the importance of benchmarking and normalizing, and the impact of dynamic energy pricing.

    This episode marks our first ever video podcast! Check it out on SWA’s YouTube page and let us know what you think.



    Episode Guest: Charlotte Matthews



    Charlotte Matthews is the Head of Affordable Electrification at Google. Her career spans building design, construction management, real estate development and tech, always with the goal of finding scalable solutions to reduce the climate impact of buildings.

    At Google, Charlotte leads a cross-functional team developing a product to help utilities address the competing pressures of energy affordability and transitioning homes from fossil fuels to clean electricity. Charlotte moved to Google from Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet startup focused on urban sustainability and affordability. Prior to that, Charlotte was the Vice President of Sustainability for Related Companies, a large owner-developer of mixed-use neighborhoods.

    Charlotte taught for several years in Columbia University’s Masters in Real Estate Development program and holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Brown University.

    Fun fact: Once upon a time, Charlotte Matthews worked for Steven Winter Associates as a Sustainability Consultant!



    Watch us on YouTube!

    We hope the video component brings our listeners closer to the conversation and provides a sneak peak into our lives as building science nerds podcasters. Let us know what you think!



    Episode Information & Resources

    Sidewalk Labs

    Performance Gap Studies:



    * Sidewalk Lab’s master innovation and development plan (MIDP) for the Toronto project

    * Residential MF Building Performance Gap Study

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    (ENCORE) 'All-Access' with Peter Stratton

    (ENCORE) 'All-Access' with Peter Stratton

    First released in 2018, ‘All-Access’ is the perfect episode for those interested in learning more about accessibility compliance, especially as it pertains to building design, construction, and ownership. Before we dive into the original episode, we learn about a new term called “Inclusive Design” and how it differs from “Universal Design”.



    There are approximately 57 million Americans living with disabilities in the United States; worldwide, people with disabilities make up 15% of our population. Given this information, we must do our part to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to opportunities afforded to everyone – starting with equal access to buildings.

    This week’s guest is a long-time accessibility expert who serves as the Managing Director of SWA’s Accessibility Services, Peter Stratton. Peter begins the episode with an overview of the existing accessibility requirements in the U.S. and highlights additional measures that should be taken to ensure inclusiveness for all. Join us to learn how we can foster a more accessible built environment through careful design and planning. 

    Episode Guest: Peter Stratton



    Peter Stratton is a Senior VP and the Managing Director of Accessibility Services at SWA. Under his leadership, the firm’s Accessibility Consulting Team provides services for a variety of private and public clients nationwide, including the owner of the largest privately owned residential real estate portfolio in New York City, two of the top-ten largest housing authorities in the U.S., and the largest shelter system in the U.S. He is the author of a variety of industry publications, including A Basic Guide to Fair Housing Accessibility – Everything Architects and Builders Need to Know About the Fair Housing Act Accessibility Guidelines, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



    Episode Information and Resources

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

    Designing for Passive House and Accessibility Requirements

    Cost of Accessible Housing

    Accessible Housing by Design: Universal Design Principles in Practice

    Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners

    Accessibility Posts on PartyWalls Blog

    Regulations

    Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines 

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    International Building Code (IBC) Chapter 11



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    • 30 min
    Building Operations and Training with Jonathan Rodnite and Adam Romano

    Building Operations and Training with Jonathan Rodnite and Adam Romano

    Ever wonder who is responsible for ensuring the performance of a building? Yes, designers and contractors can have a significant impact during construction, but once the building is complete, it’s the building operators and maintenance staff that have the greatest influence on the operational efficiency of large buildings. As a result, these boots on the ground professionals play a critical role in our fight against climate change.

    On this episode, Kelly chats with Jonathan Rodnite and Adam Romano, two engineers who represent two interconnected and vital practices of building operations—maintenance and training. Both Jonathan and Adam share their perspectives on the importance of operator training, provide advice to listeners who may be interested in joining the workforce, and recount their favorite stories from the field.



     

    Episode Guests: Jonathan Rodnite and Adam Romano

     

     

    Episode Information & Resources



    * Local 94 Training Center Website

    * Recommended book from Jonathan – “How To Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie



    * “It’s not only applicable to improving your career but great life advice as well” – Jonathan









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    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 | Dylan Martello

     

    Transcript coming soon!

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Chef_Galarza ,

Induction cooking!

Love the way this podcast and its host frames the conversations around sustainability and the episode on induction was super informative!

alexflavia ,

Farm to shelter

Loved it. Very interesting!

Jayd _A. ,

Podcast for building nerds

Such an informative podcast. The hosts ask great questions and the guests are always very knowledgeable! Perfect for you If you are interested in learning about sustainability, energy efficiency and accessibility in the built environment

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