How To Provide New Service Offerings by Working with Consultants

Learn how architects are meeting the challenges of working with consultants to create new service offerings
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Benjamin Moore & Co.
Presented by Peter A. Stratton, Ryan Merkin, Paula Zimin

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the top challenges when working with consultants.
  2. List two of the most common accessibility laws or standards.
  3. State one method consultants use to help ensure a project meets local and state energy code requirements.
  4. Compare and contrast three green building certification programs.


1 AIA LU/Elective
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course is approved as a core course
This test is no longer available for credit

This webinar is part of the Business of Architecture Academy

Join us for this unique opportunity to learn how to best work with consultants to improve your own service offerings in the areas of accessibility, energy code compliance, and net-zero design and construction.

Presented by Steven Winter Associates (SWA), this webinar will provide practical advice addressing the top issues faced when hiring consultants to provide specialized knowledge. SWA has been providing research, consulting, and advisory services to its clients since 1972 and leads the way in development of best practices to achieve high-performance buildings. The presenters will share learnings from decades of consulting, which can be used to help your firm work more efficiently and effectively with consultants or improve your own consultancy service offerings.


Photo courtesy of Steven Winter Associates


Peter A. Stratton is senior vice president and managing director of Accessibility Services for SWA. He is a 25-year veteran of the firm, where he developed and continues to manage SWA’s accessibility business sector, providing leadership to a team of professionals located in New York, NY, Norwalk, CT, and Washington, DC.


Ryan Merkin, is director of SWA’s Multifamily Energy Services and provides sustainable design, retrofit, and operational services for both market-rate and affordable housing. Merkin’s areas of expertise are in energy auditing of existing buildings and sustainable consulting for affordable and market-rate new construction development. His work includes portfolio utility analysis, implementation of energy management systems, and building modeling software and training.


Paula Zimin, AIA is director of Sustainable Building Services at SWA. She specializes in professional architecture and design, with particular expertise in high-performance design within the commercial and residential sectors. Zimin leads the simulation team, which has assisted dozens of commercial and residential projects in successfully achieving building certification, securing government incentives, and exceeding energy code compliance.


Benjamin Moore & Co. Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of North America's leading manufacturers of premium-quality residential, commercial, and industrial maintenance coatings, it maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The Benjamin Moore premium portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines, including Aura®, Regal® Select, CENTURY®, Ultra Spec®, Natura®, and ben®. The Benjamin Moore Diversified Brands include specialty and architectural paints from Coronado®, Lenmar® and Insl-x®. Benjamin Moore & Co. coatings are available primarily from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.


Originally published in June 2019