Increasing Comfort, Lowering Fuel Costs for Condos and Co-‐ops Lessons Learned A Presenta;on By Robert Thomason of GlobalResourcesNews.com, Past president, present energy chair of the Boston House email@example.com
Introduc;on • Inexpensive energy lead to ineﬃcient design. • Legacy costs • Challenges can be overcome • Start where you are, work with what you have, do what you can!
Triple BoMom Line People • People pay to be comfortable. People make decisions Purse • Fiduciary duty Money maMers Planet • Conserva;on is cri;cal to prosperity.
Take a top-‐to-‐boMom approach • Know your building systems comprehensively. • Building components interact with each other. • BaMles for energy conserva;on are won or lost by how well all these elements work together.
The Tao of Hot Water • Hot water is more than just eﬃcient boilers. • Storage • Piping & Insula;on • Balancing water ﬂow • Pump eﬃciency • Finding and ﬁxing leaks • Energy Star appliances • Encourage conserva;on • Your sewer bill is based on your water bill Images from Crea;ve Commons Some Rights Reserved: shower head by anonymousthomas, yin yang symbol by DonkeyHotey
Know your energy use • Monthly statements show how much you spend on u;li;es. • DC benchmarking laws will give baselines for u;lity use. • Pepco plans to provide a Web-‐ based monitor of electric use. • Weekly manual readings help. Crea;ve Commons Some Rights Reserved by Kai Hendry
Know your associa;on procedures • Reserve studies es;mate life span and replacement cost. Focus on what needs to be replaced soon. • Use the annual budget process is to assess your energy use. • Your bylaws may determine how you can add new, expensive upgrades.
People Power • People diﬀer in a[tude towards energy eﬃciency. • Foster energy awareness among the staﬀ. • Contract with qualiﬁed specialists to make your building more eﬃcient. Crowd Some rights reserved by Andrew Pescod
Energy Study • Building systems are complicated enough to warrant special studies. • Engineering ﬁrms will do top-‐to-‐boMom energy studies. • In addi;on to providing recommenda;ons, these studies also provide a good basic overview of how energy ﬂows through a building. Directors and concerned owners are well-‐served to have a holis;c acquaintance with all the systems.
Useful Links DC Benchmarking hMp://green.dc.gov/energybenchmarking Energy Audit informa;on hMp://globalresourcesnews.com/ashrae2 537 Energy Conserva;on Measures hMp://dailyhomereno;ps.com/energy-‐conserva;on/ Stories about eﬃcient condos and co-‐ops hMp://globalresourcesnews.com/focus-‐condominium Stay in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org