March 15, 2017, by Jessica Lansdale, Architect
Passive House techniques create well-ventilated buildings that lose extremely little heat compared to conventional buildings. The standards can be applied to all building typologies--from single-family homes to apartment buildings to factories to skyscrapers. There are no physical limits to the size or building type when building to the Passive House standard.
October 17, 2016, by Andy Purcell, Asst. Dir, Public Finance
In today’s ever-evolving economic climate, DASNY is providing clients in the way of higher education and health care sectors the tools they need to meet their financing needs. Increasingly, both sectors are building facilities that mix private use with governmental and/or not-for-profit uses. That’s where hybrid financing comes in.
September 27, 2016 By Michael Clay and Lou Cirelli, Resource Acquisition co-leaders
DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell has made MWBE contracting and compliance everyone’s responsibility at DASNY by establishing accountability for executing on MWBE contracting at every level of the organization.
Dr. Bushell created the Resource Acquisition Unit. It combines the focus on MWBE contracting involvement of DASNY’s Opportunity Programs Group (OPG) with the partnership development know-how of our Procurement Unit.
DASNY now treats MWBE contracting and project delivery as one. Members of the MWBE and Procurement units interact on a daily basis. The change makes MWBE involvement a focus even before a contract is drawn up. It then remains a focus through the life of the contract.
All of DASNY’s contracts flow through Resource Acquisition. The team must approve every MWBE utilization plan for contracts that fall under the law that dictates participation. Before a contract is closed and final payment made, the team reviews actual MWBE participation. It assesses fines if participation falls short of goals.
September 20, 2016, by Jodi Smits Anderson, Director of Sustainability Programs
Thirty-three DASNY employees have been trained to implement New York State’s new energy code, which takes effect October 3*. New York is becoming the sixth state to meet the federally certified commercial and residential energy requirements. The training will ensure a smooth transition across all DASNY-led projects.
September 6, 2016, by Christopher Keado, Senior Architect, DASNY Upstate Construction and Design
Long-term capital planning for any institution can be a complex endeavor. It requires expertise and experience to get it done right. DASNY has both and is ready to serve as an extension of your staff to help you through the process.
August 9, 2016, by Jodi Smits Anderson, Director of Sustainability Programs
The U.S. Green Building Council has updated its LEED rating system in order to continue to drive market change. The new system, LEED v4, will take full effect in October of 2016 and it encompasses more holistic, systems-based goals that are especially well-suited for campus community and portfolio successes.
July 26, 2016, by Bob McRae, Building Control Tech
On Monday, July 25, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the New York State Department of Public Service, the state agency that regulates energy utilities, to take immediate steps to lower statewide energy usage due to weather predictions of high temperatures and humidity across New York State. DASNY supports Governor Cuomo’s directive, as it has been supportive of similar issuances for years.