Getting to Zero in Affordable Multi-Family Construction

Presented by Karla Butterfield, Steven Winter Associates, Norwalk, CT

This session is scheduled for presentation on Wednesday, May 3rd at 8:30 a.m.

Session Overview:

Affordable multi family construction poses both unique challenges and opportunities for indoor air quality and energy, water, and material efficiency.  While scheduling and cost often dictate specifications, many finance authorities require demonstrated efficiency for funding requirements. Using three case studies this presentation will demonstrate from design through construction how the developer progressively improved with each consecutive affordable housing development. From The Heights at Darien which were barely Energy Star certified to Crescent Crossings which is Energy Star plus Indoor airPLUS to the Passive House Designed developments in Hartford and Bridgeport this session will demonstrate how to move design and construction to high performance. We will review modeling tools and predicted savings as compared to actual consumption.

About Karla Butterfield

Ms. Butterfield is a sustainability consultant at SWA, working with residential buildings. Her expertise is in sustainable consulting services, program certification support and implementation of high performance building technologies. With architects, developers, builders, and homeowners, she develops specific sustainability strategies for both new construction and renovations. Karla is an integral part of the initial strategic planning sessions and stakeholder workshops based on program criteria; she verifies in the LEED® for Homes, Passive House, Energy Star, and National Green Building Standard programs.