Energy Efficiency Audits for Homeowners Associations
We recently had the opportunity to submit a bid to do an energy efficiency audit for a 231 unit HOA that comprises two towers, each 14 stories where each balcony has been enclosed. Not only are we looking at the HVAC system, but also energy loss through the windows and the possibility of solar.
We enjoy this type of work above all because these projects can make such a difference to the people who live in an HOA in every aspect of their lives and we want to be part of this.
Chris Crigler, President of CAP Management worked for a volunteer organization from 1992-1993 doing energy audits of institutional buildings in Brooklyn, New York and Pecs, Hungary.
CAP Management has employed a Community Advocate, Adam Perkins who has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver. As part of his course work he has worked on group projects in detailing energy use of institutional and residential buildings. He has also conducted greenhouse gas and energy audits. Our construction manager Jean McDonald has 30 years experience and a Class A contractor’s license and can add real world experience working with vendors in creating the Conservation Plan.
We have completed greenhouse gas audits under multiple internationally recognized protocols that can pinpoint potential energy and cost savings. We also have experience working with energy saving window treatments.
However, the most important aspect of a successful conservation plan is to involve the homeowners. Many long-term cost-saving projects require substantial upfront cost and the community must understand the importance of investing in these energy saving measures. In addition, it is necessary to gather community input on behavior and preferences. For example, each window treatment has positives and negatives and may effect the in-home experience; therefore, community input is needed to make the right decision. Our community advocate specializes in working with the homeowners on the front end to make sure that there is community buy-in of the conservation leading to successful implementation.
For more information, see an example of a Historic Window Study.