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Utility management - Submetering in Apartment Buildings - Solution 105 and Rock Advisors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMDC4MK5xzM

 

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Hey! Here's a link to the webinar I created with Jim Dimanis from Rock Apartment Advisors... some good info in here, folks... :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMDC4MK5xzM

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Recent findings from an industry analyst (Solution 105) report argues the case that utility deregulation has had little negative effect on Alberta's commercial and residential consumers.

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Even though overall costs have decreased, one of the largest cost pressures has come from the transmission system over-builds that are occurring.

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Property Owners Reduce Financial Risk, Raise Property Value with Energy Upgrades - Energy Manager Today

Property Owners Reduce Financial Risk, Raise Property Value with Energy Upgrades - Energy Manager Today | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
Did you know that the least energy efficient multifamily property may spend $165,000 more annually than the most energy efficient? When a property uses more energy and water, it means lower net operating income for owners and higher housing costs for tenants. How much energy is your property using in comparison to comparable properties? Up   ...Continue Reading
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Although these are figures from the US, I would anticipate similar results in Canada.  In addition, our benchmarking service has helped several companies with similar buildings in their portfolio to identify which ones are less efficient - and thus enable some targeted capital expenditures.

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Altus_Cost_First_Time_Developers.pdf

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Accuracy in your pro-forma and being realistic about development costs and rentability/revenue are two key elements, but there are definitely more great ideas here...

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, April 29, 2014 1:06 PM

It's easy to make money right? #energy #sustainability

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Wasted Potential - Water Canada

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Wasted Potential (2-5 yr payback on large apartment/condo/hospitals RT "@CdnWaterSummit: Flushing huge energy source down the drain.
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Article suggests a payback period of 2-5 years for heat recovery from sewage water for multi-tenant buildings with 200 suites or more... anyone have any experience with this?

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Growing demand for apartments pushes up rents - USA TODAY

Growing demand for apartments pushes up rents - USA TODAY | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
SFGate Growing demand for apartments pushes up rents USA TODAY A 6% rise in apartment rents between 2000 and 2012 has been exacerbated by a 13% drop in income among renters nationally over the same period, according to a report from Apartment List,...
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Another article again speaking towards Affordable Housing...

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Increase the temperature of your AC and save on bills - gulfnews.com

Increase the temperature of your AC and save on bills - gulfnews.com | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
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Increase the temperature of your AC and save on bills
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Almost all residents are concerned about power consumption by lighting, which amounts to just 15 per cent of total domestic consumption.
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LIFE Webinar Series Presents Reducing Energy Costs in Rental Housing

Michael Carliner, research fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, will present on the recent research brief, "Reducing Energy ...
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Start the video at the 10-minute mark - lots of great data about the housing market for renters in the US, with a special NY focus.

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YEGEarthHour2014Forecast.pdf

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We've just published the expected energy savings for Edmonton, Canada's Earth Hour Capital for 2014... let's see how well we do!

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Chris Vilcsak's curator insight, March 29, 2014 9:29 PM

We've just published the expected energy savings for Edmonton, Canada's Earth Hour Capital for 2014.

Organic Social Media's curator insight, April 9, 2014 11:38 AM

#yeg #EarthHour2014  is expected to save 7% #energy #sustainability

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Individuals can make a difference - The Daily Camera

Individuals can make a difference - The Daily Camera | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
Individuals can make a difference The Daily Camera Last Sunday's Daily Camera story about the disturbingly high CO2 readings that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office in Boulder recorded is consistent with other news from the...
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Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver shares energy conservation lessons for Earth Hour - Straight.com

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver shares energy conservation lessons for Earth Hour - Straight.com | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
Straight.com Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver shares energy conservation lessons for Earth Hour Straight.com Jayetileke, the director of engineering for Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, says improving the energy efficiency of your home or business will...
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Energy Efficiency Progress by America's Utilities: An Update - Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)

Energy Efficiency Progress by America's Utilities: An Update - Natural Resources Defense Council (blog) | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
Energy Efficiency Progress by America's Utilities: An Update Natural Resources Defense Council (blog) But helping people get more work out of less electricity and natural gas has long been a winning strategy for many of America's hometown utilities...
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A New Generation of Apartment Amenities: Car and Bike Sharing, Community Farms, and More | KTGY Group, Inc. | Archinect

A New Generation of Apartment Amenities: Car and Bike Sharing, Community Farms, and More | KTGY Group, Inc. | Archinect | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
TYSONS, VA - According to Rohit Anand, AIA, NCARB and managing principal in the Tyson, Va. office of the award-winning national firm, KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning, from car and bike sharing services, to community kitchens and farms, the list of amenities that residents most desire has...
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Although this article talks a lot about 'Gen Y', I think more and more renters of ALL Gens are looking for some of these amenities - car sharing is coming into the mainstream, which may be one of the biggest energy saving movements of all...

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Tenant Damage Deposits: Time for Ontario to Catch Up

Tenant Damage Deposits: Time for Ontario to Catch Up | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
Other provinces have shown that damage deposits are an effective way of protecting the quality of rental apartments. It is now time for Ontario to adopt this vital tool.
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I cannot believe that Ontario has not made the changes necessary so tenants cannot take advantage of landlords, or worse, cause direct harm to a suite with no immediate financial consequences. Time to step up, Ontario!

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‘Standby Mode’ Wastes 400 TWh per Year - Energy Manager Today

‘Standby Mode’ Wastes 400 TWh per Year - Energy Manager Today | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
The world’s 14 billion online electronic devices – such as laptops, PCs, modems, printers, game consoles and set-top boxes – waste around $80 billion each year because of inefficient technology, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report, “More Data, Less Energy: Making Network Standby More Efficient in Billions of Connected   ...Continue Reading
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Mandated energy, water-usage tracking likely for Toronto in two years

Mandated energy, water-usage tracking likely for Toronto in two years | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
Following the lead of major U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago, Toronto has begun the process to implement a city-wide scheme to measure the consumption of energy and water in office and multi-residential buildings. If the process goes as observers expect, a program could be in place by the fall of 2016.
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Many building owners and managers go way beyond these requirements already - and most of our customers appreciate that we can input their data for them (upon their approval) when needed - a win-win all around!

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Landlords urged to get energy saving - Energy Live News

Landlords urged to get energy saving - Energy Live News | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
Energy Live News Landlords urged to get energy saving Energy Live News The ECO energy saving scheme could help with this, she said: “This assistance towards the installation of energy saving measures will not only help to ultimately increase the...
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An interesting article from the UK - two changes in the next few years will give tenants the power (pun intended) to request landlords improve energy efficiency - and a minimum standard being set for buildings that are rented.

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Rising rents, rising towers push out tenants of modest means - The Seattle Times

Rising rents, rising towers push out tenants of modest means - The Seattle Times | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
Rising rents, rising towers push out tenants of modest means
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But the bustle of new residential and commercial projects produces a largely unseen side effect: Renters of modest means are being pushed out.
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The issue of Affordable Housing may be one of the fastest-growing concerns for municipalities and provincial/state governments - and of course, for developers too.

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Save Money: Energy Saving Improvements for Home and Condo Outlined by Leading Renovation Expert Marvin Lebovitz of Gulf Atlantic Industries

Save Money: Energy Saving Improvements for Home and Condo Outlined by Leading Renovation Expert Marvin Lebovitz of Gulf Atlantic Industries | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
Ontario, CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 -- Go green and save green; energy saving technology can put money in your pocket. Reducing the costs of heating and cooling your home is made easy with these valuable pointers.
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Focuses on central a/c for the most part (concentrates on Florida) plus getting an energy audit done
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World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy

World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it

The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates, and produces energy. Covered in plant life, the building aids in balancing the microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect the building from radiation and acoustic pollution. This not only improves the quality of living spaces, but gives way to dramatic energy savings year round.

Each apartment in the building will have a balcony planted with trees that are able to respond to the city’s weather — shade will be provided within the summer, while also filtering city pollution; and in the winter the bare trees will allow sunlight to permeate through the spaces. Plant irrigation will be supported through the filtering and reuse of the greywater produced by the building. Additionally, Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will further promote the tower’s self-sufficiency.

The design of the Bosco Verticale is a response to both urban sprawl and the disappearance of nature from our lives and on the landscape. The architect notes that if the units were to be constructed unstacked as stand-alone units across a single surface, the project would require 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of woodland. Bosco Verticale is the first offer in his proposed BioMilano, which envisions a green belt created around the city to incorporate 60 abandoned farms on the outskirts of the city to be revitalized for community use.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Alan Yoshioka
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Now THAT's a green building...

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, October 22, 2013 10:38 PM

I greatly appreciate the efforts of so many architects to examine ways that we can make our cities more ecologically sound. Plus, so often, the proposed solutions offer greater natural beauty to previously sterile cityscapes.

 

I can't help wondering, though, how the plants on the many scattered balconies on these apartment buildings will be maintained and cared for. I'm sure that however well-meaning the various occupants of the apartments might be, that few of them will be entirely up to the task.

Sieg Holle's curator insight, October 25, 2013 10:43 AM

excellent use of space   for  new vitality -renewal

Eco Installer's curator insight, November 7, 2013 3:42 AM

A perfect way to live in a forest! 

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Old school transformed: Net-zero apartments built by Zaccheo - The Recorder

Old school transformed: Net-zero apartments built by Zaccheo - The Recorder | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
Old school transformed: Net-zero apartments built by Zaccheo The Recorder The Zaccheos aren't new to the business of taking old buildings and turning them into modern, “net-zero,” or near net-zero, apartment and office buildings, which produce the...
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Some really good ideas on green apartment building with specifics on the energy saved from several initiatives

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Do-It-Yourself Energy Benchmarking: How a Medium-Sized Condo Pulled It Off| Co-op & Condo Boards | Habitat Magazine

Do-It-Yourself Energy Benchmarking: How a Medium-Sized Condo Pulled It Off| Co-op & Condo Boards | Habitat Magazine | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
Do-It-Yourself Energy Benchmarking: How a Medium-Sized Condo Pulled It Off http://t.co/drWsJWfFar
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With the right tools, anything can be done! :)
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Guide to Buying Energy Efficient Light Bulbs as Daylight Savings ...

Guide to Buying Energy Efficient Light Bulbs as Daylight Savings ... | Energy Saving Ideas For Apartment Owners | Scoop.it
An uptick in energy consumption is inevitable with the the end of Daylight Savings Time coming this Sunday. The majority of the U.S. will gain an extra hour Nov. 3 when our digital clocks move back an hour at 2 a.m.
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Top 10 Energy Saving Tips

Here's our Top 10 Energy Saving Tips to save money in the kitchen as part of EST's Energy Saving Week. Top Ten Energy Saving Tips,Energy Saving Tips,Energy S...
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Not all tips are valid for apartment suites, but several are great ideas!

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