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HOA Sustainability Project Update

As the owner of CAP Management and a cheerleader of HOA Sustainability Projects, I have for years been employing various strategies to encourage, motivate, and empower HOAs to undertake sustainability projects. In years past, these came here and there. A community garden project in 2015. A low flow toilet project in 2016. Since then, our portfolio has grown along with our expertise in sustainability. This week, I asked our VP of Property Management, Aaron Monaco, to survey our 9 property managers and our some 80 HOAs to see what we are really doing on the ground with Sustainability in planned communities.

Before the upheaval of the pandemic that ground some HOA sustainability projects to a halt and later “reset” reserve planning motivations, our mission was simply to have each Property Manager initiate just a single sustainability project at just one of the communities in their portfolios. A project here, and a project there.

However, this week, I was shocked and thrilled to learn that more than half of our 80 HOAs are currently undertaking some kind of sustainability project. We are celebrating today, as this represents incredible progress and is a testament to the motivation and vision of our boards and stewardship exemplified by the managers and our Chief Growth Officer and Sustainability team.

It is a rare moment to show off the result of our hard work. Below is a list of some of the sustainability projects CAP is helping HOAs undertake as they relate to the triple bottom line of social, fiscal, and environmental sustainability.

Riverclay condos is undergoing a full conversion to LED lighting

Photo of Riverclay Condos

• The Windsor Condominium Association – Denver, CO – Green Roof Compliance
• The Landing at Cherry Creek – Parker, CO – Xeriscaping select common areas
• Residences at Lawrence Street – LoDo Denver – Boiler Replacement
• River Clay – Denver, CO -Hallway Light – Conversion to LED
• Shadow Wood Condos – Denver, CO – Solar Panels on Clubhouse
• The Cape – Lakewood, CO – LED Parking Lot Lights on Parking Island
• Bowling Green – Denver, CO – Boiler and Roof Replacement
• Dahlia House – Denver, CO – Pneumatic Thermostat Replacement
• Fire Clay Lofts – Denver, CO – Common Area lighting Improvements
• Tiger Run – Breckenridge CO – Summit County is very open-minded to Sustainability Projects, several projects likely upcoming
• Edge LoHi – LoHi Denver, CO – EV Charging
• Washington Street Condos – Capitol Hill Denver, CO – Energy Reduction
• The Grafton – Uptown Denver, CO – EV charging stations through Xcel program, Energy Reduction, LED Light Rebate
• Cedar Lane at Cherry Creek – Cherry Creek, CO – Sustainable and Drought Tolerant Landscaping
• Polo Club North – Cherry Creek, CO – CWOT Endeavors, LED Exterior Lighting, Decreased Water Usage, Solar (Clubhouse)
• Lexington Village – Denver, CO – Landscaping, Exterior Lighting, Assistance with Meeting Energy Benchmarking
• Overlook at Piney Creek – Aurora, CO – Landscaping, decreased water usage
• Swanee Condos – Capitol Hill, CO – Assistance Meeting Energy Benchmarking (Boilers), Exterior Lighting, Landscaping, Decreased Water Usage
• Strawbridge – Denver, CO – Landscaping, Boilers, EV Charging Stations
• The Prado – Golden Triangle, CO – EV Charging Stations, Common Area Lighting
• Salisbury Heights – Castle Rock, CO – Decreased water usage
• Lakehouse on 17th Condo – Sloan’s Lake, CO – EV Charging Stations
• Monroe Pointe Condo – Denver, CO – EV Charging Stations
• Sustainability Park – RiNo, CO – EV Charging Stations
• University Park Tower – DU, CO – – EV Charging Stations
• Downing Place – Capitol Hill, CO – Boiler change to electric.

We know this is just the beginning as we continue to help our clients navigate the complicated and evolving issues around sustainability in the built environment. HOAs need to be part of the broader sustainability conversation in Colorado and nationwide, considering how planned communities fit into the fabric of our cities and state, and the role they play in the common interests we all share in resource management.

If you need help with your HOA for any type of sustainability project, please feel free to reach out to us via the contact us page!