Working Together Saving Energy in Multifamily Buildings

Among the thousands of multifamily buildings in the metro New York area, it is a consistent lack of intelligent maintenance practices that prevent buildings from attaining high performance and energy efficiency.

While expensive investments-like all new windows, a new boiler, or a state-of-the-art energy management system-can create significant energy savings. Simple, basic practices-like good record keeping, regular maintenance, reducing wasted energy, and good communication between the co-op/condo board and the building operator-can have huge impacts.

Building operators and their staffs are on the front lines of the day-to-day battles of building maintenance. The decisions they make can affect a building's performance and the quality of life of those who live in the building. Here are four things that building operators, owners, and residents can work together on to help save energy:

Keep Good Records

Proper record keeping allows someone other than the building operator to get the "big picture" of how a building is running. Unfortunately, the types of records that should be kept most often are not. A building operator should keep a number of logs that include documentation of fuel usage, deliveries, system down-times, maintenance calls, major repairs performed, and a record of all vendor information. All of this, when compiled, gives the board and manager a clear idea of what is happening in their building. Analysis of this data can indicate where appropriate changes need to be made.

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