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Synergies: Interdependence and the building envelope (USGBC New York Upstate)

Synergies: Interdependence and the building envelope (USGBC New York Upstate)

Interdependence, like community , is strength. We start as dependent babies, grow into young adults and become independent. Most of us stop there, because independence is not only a national ideal, but a mantra for everyone leaving home and starting their adult lives. However, true strength comes from interdependence—relationships, communities, families and a recognition of how our abilities can complement one another to achieve our common goals. In my view, there are three pieces to this interdependence. For some metaphorical fun, I'll use the trendy world of Pokémon Go. In this universe, Team Blue (Mystic) is that the building has to work with itself, and many don’t. Many buildings have leaky walls that undermine poorly designed HVAC systems, or they face the wrong direction and allow too much uncontrolled heat gain. Team Yellow (Instinct) is the piece where the building...

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