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Multifamily Energy and Water Management Toolkit

The following toolkit is intended to help improve energy and water management and reduce costs, spending and environmental impacts over the long‐term, while helping to preserve affordable properties. The toolkit is designed to be used by organizations with different levels of experience and capacity in the area of energy and water management. Tools can be downloaded and used sequentially to launch or relaunch across-the-board energy and water management efforts, or can be selected and used individually to assist with specific initiatives already underway. The toolkit is intended to complement other available resources and includes references to other related tools following the table of contents introduction. The tools are grouped into four areas: Portfolio Energy and Water Strategy, Operations and Maintenance, Utility Tracking and Energy and Water Initiatives.
Benchmarking Incentives O&M Portfolio Upgrade Property Management Utility Incentives & Programs Water

Saving Energy in Existing Multifamily Buildings

This presentation explored challenges and opportunities in achieving energy savings in multifamily buildings from an “on the ground” perspective. Using case studies and examples from recent CEE research and energy-efficiency programs, this presentation provides an overview of technologies and strategies that have proven to be effective and marketable energy-efficiency measures in Minnesota multifamily buildings, including: ventilation system retrofits, optimizing boiler control systems, optimizing condensing boilers, retrofitting trash chutes, and adding demand-based controls to domestic hot water recirculation pumps.
O&M PTEEMN Retrofit Water

A Guide to Green Purchasing for Multifamily Housing

In order to improve building operations and contain and reduce costs, a purchasing strategy or policy should be part of any building operation and maintenance plan. One of the first steps in establishing a purchasing program is to create a green purchasing policy. A purchasing policy sets the purchasing objectives for the organization, establishes criteria, and sets goals based on organizational mission.

Top 10 Easy Ways to Save Energy in Common Areas

Preparing for another winter is not something we want to think about while basking in the last days of summer but it pays to plan! The Farmer’s Almanac forecast was spot on last winter and it looks like a cold winter is in store for many of us in 2014. Preparing for colder temperatures is essential to avoid budget busting utility bills for your common areas such as hallways, gyms, lobbies and business centers.
Insulation Lighting O&M Phantom Power Retrofit Water

Greening Work Styles: An Analysis of Energy Behavior Programs in the Workplace

This report focuses on energy behavior programs in the workplace, which are designed and conducted by building owners and renters to reduce building energy use through change in employees' attitudes and behaviors.
O&M Resident Engagement

Buildings that learn – the role of building operators

Energy efficiency in buildings is dependent on many different factors; the material quality of the building, and the various technologies implemented. Nonetheless, the use and the users of buildings are also of great significance. This paper analyses building operators and their role in making buildings \"work\". Building operators may be viewed as an important user group in buildings. In contrast with \"end-users\", a group that has been much studied over the last years, building operators have special competence in operating the building and thus also have a better opportunity to influence the innovation process. The paper argues that the building operators may be seen as important actors in optimizing energy efficiency in buildings. Furthermore, it argues that they hold tacit and experience based knowledge that could be utilised to a greater extent in the design and construction phase and not only in the operation phase. Building operators negotiate between users, technologies and the building, and thus, their understanding of and knowledge about the building is vital for reaching goals of energy efficiency.
O&M Report/Research Brief