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Environmental Issues Condo-wide Steos Toward Sustainability

 My last column discussed how the approach to greening your individual  condominium unit is different from greening a single-family home. To complement the efforts private unit owners may be taking in their homes to reduce environmental impact, there are a number of  stepsa condominium association can take that address sustainability on a larger,  whole-building scale.  

 This article discusses some initial strategies that can be taken. Ideally, these  strategies will lead to a larger conversation on how to make the building more sustainable. At the very least, these steps  will set a positive example that residents can follow.

 Energy Conservation

 Many common areas are over-conditioned – either too hot or too cold. Set points can be adjusted to allow for less energy to be used, while keeping commonareas comfortable.

 Energy use in common areas can also beconserved through lighting. Occupancy sensors could be used in trash rooms and  janitor’s closets, while high-efficiency lighting can be used in common areas. Many utilities offer incentives for high-efficiency lighting and sensors.  Providing common areas with enough lighting for safety without providing too  much light is a good way to conserve energy.  

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