29 Bauer sustainability project

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Proposal to save money on energy and water.

Proposal to save money on energy and water.

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  • 1. Sustainability Proposal 29 Bauer Street Body Corporate Common areas power and water Prepared by Malcolm Williams Chairperson Body Corporate 20/3/2011
  • 2. Executive summary
    • The subject property situated at 29 Bauer Street is a residential development comprising 6 apartments in a tower block and 2 town houses.
    • The site 29 Bauer Street Southport description Lot 1-8 SP 186772 Area 1620m2 Zoned Residential A Gold Coast City.
    • Body Corporate title 29 Bauer Community scheme Title 35796. Class 2. Classification certificate. 14 July 2006
    • The purpose of this proposal is create an environment of sustainability using government grants, existing infrastructure, refit to new technology and create a system of control to the lighting systems.
    • The aim is to lower common fees to individual owners, The method lower Allconnex fees, and endeavor to alleviate the common power bill.
    • This will in the long term increase the value of the properties by lowering the outgoings. (Body Corporate fees, A llconnex charges).
    • In this proposal we plan to
    • Connect the tanks in the basement to the garage and the pool area approx + Plans cost $1,490.00
    • projected savings $1480.00 Allconnex
    • Install 1.5KV solar panels on the roof feeding back to the Grid cost $2,149.00
    • estimated earning $1300 Origin .
    • Refit LED 6w lights to all down lights cost $350.00
      • estimated savings $500 per annum
    • Isolate the common lighting with censors turn on as required after dark. Estimated cost $1,500.00
      • estimated savings $800.00 per annum Origin
    • The total cost of implementation of the proposal Total $5,489.00
    • The total savings in the first year would be Total $4,142.00
    • The savings for each unit is projected at $518.00 P/A
    • The projections and costs are quotes and estimates and are subject to change. However Perry and Williams (Chair and Secretary/Treasurer) have a vested interest in this proposal to lower outgoings and create a sustainable environment.
    • Most capital items would come out of Sinking Fund.
    • The only thing we cannot do is ‘do nothing’.
  • 3. The main charges for Outgoings
    • Electricity
    • Common Garden lights
    • Halls and entrance
    • Basement
    • Lift
    • Basement Exhaust
    • Cleaning Weekly
    • Bins
    • Common areas
    • Basement
    • Pool cleaning
    • Allconnex Common water charged twice annually
  • 4. Power and Electricity
    • The previous committee reduced the common power account from $6,000 to $3,962 by removing lights, restricting exhaust hours, reducing the pool tariff
    • The pool, exhaust fan and lift cannot be marginalised.
    • What is eating your dollars?
    • Hall lamps 24/7 50w 10 lamps
    • approx power cost per annum $750.00
    • Garden lamps 12 hours 50w tungsten approx power cost per annum $1,000.00
    • Proposal
    • Connect heat sensors to the halls and garden lights to come on by demand
    • $1,500
    • Refit hall and garden with low 6w LED lampsCost $350
    • Claim government rebate fit 1.5kv solar panels and a 2.4 inverter on the roof to feed back into the grid. By fitting a 2.4 inverter we can increase our panels, as they come on special, to generate more power giving us flexiblity. If needed. Cost $1,650
    • The government grant will expire in 120 days and the local Greener Energy is giving us a very good discount on the panels and the inverter.
    • See budget page 7
  • 5. Allconnex water
    • Allconnex has doubled the water rates and sewerage charges
    • They also threaten to charge even more in the next budget
    • The common water charge for the last half year was $1,800.00
    • The audit found the pool cleaning and the community cleaning were the only use of the mains water
    • Proposal
    • We have four water tanks and plenty of rain
    • There is an operating pump and pressure tank
    • Connect the tanks via the pump to two taps
    • One in the garage for washing the basement
    • One beside the pool area for topping up while cleaning the pool
    • Cost $1,490
    • Block existing taps to prohibit use.
  • 6. Cleaning
    • We have had Sam Yoon clean the premises for 3 years. In that time we have had some complaints about the level of service
    • We are investigating how to put the bins on the drive way to alleviate the cost of taking them out of the basement each week. (Bear in mind the two guys that do the heavy lift both have cancer. (Malcolm and Ron) So it is a bit of a slug to try and get them up the drive.
    • The pool is OK. But we are not so happy with the service and the operator keeps busting the filter leaking valuable water
    • The proposal is again to seek quotes
    • Cleaning
    • Separate the pool service.
    • The aim is to lower the cost to $100 per week, $5,300.00 per annum.
    • We may be successful. It is ongoing for us.
  • 7. Budget Notes : Base is the cost 2010-11 account 10% increases have been added. It is forecast that increases will supercede 10% on water and power. (Courier mail) Projected on the power may not be the correct break up it is a forecast by greener energy.
  • 8. Conclusion
    • The power charges will increase for the foreseeable future. Carbon tax is an unknown!
    • The lights in the building are Tungsten 50W with a life of 3,000 hours. Burning 24/7 is not sustainable. They should be replaced with LED 6W with a life of 300,000 hours and isolated to burn only when needed. The LED and sensors would reduce power by estimated $1,300 pa.
    • The Government are offering a $6,000 rebate on the 1.5kv solar panels. It is proposed to go one higher with a 2.4kv Inverter to allow for more panels at a later date if decided. The panels would generate power which is fed into the grid crediting our power bill. approx $1300.00.
    • Allconnex are out of control with water charges. We have the resources on the site. Connecting to the tanks can save us up to $1,500 on our water charges. There would still be a connection fee.
    • Time is of the utmost importance. We have the resources in our sinking fund to implement the scheme to make us sustainable. The cost will be covered by the savings in the first year. $518 per unit projected.
    • It is proposed at the conclusion of the project we erect a cool sign on the front of the building advertising we are fully sustainable and are responsible citizens of the world. Yeah lets do it! It pays to advertise and it can raise your values too.
    • Vote for this project at the next special meeting of the Body Corporate of 29 Bauer Street.
    • The figures may vary according to usage. However all care has been taken investigating this important project.
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