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1 Increasing Comfort, Lowering Fuel Costs for Condos and Co-ops Lessons Learned A Presentation By Robert Thomason of GlobalResourcesNews.com,GlobalResourcesNews.com Past president, present energy chair of the Boston House May 16, 2012

2 Introduction 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!

3 Triple Bottom Line People pay to be comfortable. People make decisions. Fiduciary duty Money matters Conservation is critical to prosperity. People Purse Planet

4 Take a top-to-bottom approach Know your building systems comprehensively. Building components interact with each other. Battles for energy conservation are won or lost by how well all these elements work together.

5 The Tao of Hot Water Hot water is more than just efficient boilers. Storage Piping & Insulation Balancing water flow Pump efficiency Finding and fixing leaks Energy Star appliances Encourage conservation Your sewer bill is based on your water bill. Images from Creative Commons Some Rights Reserved: shower head by anonymousthomas, yin yang symbol by DonkeyHoteyshower head yin yang symbol

6 Know your energy use Monthly statements show how much you spend on utilities. DC benchmarking laws will give baselines for utility use. DC benchmarking laws Pepco plans to provide a Web- based monitor of electric use. Weekly manual readings help. Creative Commons Some Rights Reserved by Kai Hendry

7 Know your association procedures Reserve studies estimate life span and replacement cost. Focus on what needs to be replaced soon. Assess energy use during annual budget process. Your bylaws may determine how you can add new, expensive upgrades.

8 People Power People differ in attitude towards energy efficiency. Foster energy awareness among staff. Contract with qualified specialists to make your building more efficient. Crowd Some rights reserved by Andrew Pescod

9 Energy Study Building systems are complicated enough to warrant special studies. Engineering firms will do top-to-bottom energy studies. In addition to providing recommendations, 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 holistic acquaintance with all the systems.

10 Useful Links DC Benchmarking Energy Audit information 537 Energy Conservation Measures Stories about efficient condos and co-ops Stay in touch:


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