Steven Winter, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is
Founder and President of Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA). Winter
has been at the forefront of the U.S. sustainable/green building
movement since its inception. He has significantly contributed to its
development as an industry, through the numerous leadership positions he
Winter provides strategic planning for SWA research and
consulting projects, in addition to managing the firm's operations.
Under his guidance, the firm has continuously developed and cultivated a
range of client services in energy, sustainability, and other
disciplines that have helped to improve the built environment since
1972. SWA has consulted on hundreds of building and community-scale
projects, including a handful of landmark projects across the nation.
The firm has also evolved into a venerated and sought-after building
science team, and has led numerous research and development projects for
government agencies, utilities, nonprofits and the private sector.
Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council from 1999 to 2003, Winter
led the organization as its membership and influence skyrocketed with
the launch of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
program and Greenbuild. He has also served as a Co-Chairman of LEED’s
residential initiative and then as Chairman of the LEED for Homes
Committee; he also participated as an active member of the LEED Steering
His personal expertise revolves around program
management, green systems and products, energy-efficient housing, and
the U.S. housing industry. His firm has acted as energy efficiency and
sustainability consultants to residential, commercial and mixed-use
developments nationwide, and as a LEED and NGBP certifying agent for
multifamily housing throughout the Northeast. SWA’s staff of over 100
has completed energy audit, commissioning and other building science
services on more than a billion square feet of buildings in the past
three years alone.
Winter’s commitment to sharing industry best
practices and building science innovation is also exemplified in his
teaching at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute and his frequent
contributions to industry publications. He earned the Evergreen Awards Perspective from ECOSTRUCTURE Magazine in 2009
and was named a “Hero of the Planet” by Builder Magazine in December
2002 for his contributions to sustainable building in the U.S.