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Sustainability Outside of the Built Environment

Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

We at re-habitat are interested in a holistic approach to  sustainability.  We love the design aspect of sustainability in our built environments, but we are avid learners of how other industries are incorporating sustainability into their work.  Last year we had the opportunity to moderate a sustainability panel for SUN, the Presentation Sponsor (if you are in Central New York and are unaware of this group read more here) of the sustainability event hosted by WCNY and Premier Events, a division of WCNY.  On the panel was President of SUNY Morrisville, Dr. David Rogers; Principle of local engineering firm Critical Path Engineering, Sara Martin; Amy Farrell of UBS Asset Management, the Organization’s LEED on Socially Responsible Investing; and recycling specialist, Dale Cocca, of Onondaga County Resource Recovery.  While each panelist’s background was diverse and seemingly disconnected at first glance, the conversation proved commonalities in creating adaptive cultures, the excited anticipation of more millennials in the workforce, and creating efficiencies for sustainability in our workplaces and products.  It was an uplifting discussion of innovation across multiple industries where each question created a surprising and educational response.  Watch the panel discussion here.



Making Passive Design Mainstream


ASHRAE made an exciting announcement last month: they will create a committee to develop a Passive Design Standard.  The goal is to create a mainstream, widely accepted ASHRAE standard that will create a best practice approach for buildings to have “exceptionally low energy usage and that are durable, resilient, comfortable and healthy”.  While this process is in its beginning phase, we are excited that passive design is becoming more mainstream.  ASHRAE’s goal is to complete development of the standard in 2021.  Most excitingly, the goal of this new committee and standard is to target the creation of net zero energy buildings on a significantly larger, more normalized scale.  To read the ASHRAE release click here.


Cover Image Credit: Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash


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