Water and Energy Nexus

While California’s 2017 drought may be receding into memory, property owners should still prioritize water cost control in multifamily buildings. In addition to the cost of water, the energy used to heat water makes up, on average, 15 percent of a property’s utility bills. In addition, during hot summer months, water use due to landscaping, pools, and spas increase, and so do water and sewer costs. Reducing water use presents an opportunity for multifamily properties to conserve water and reduce spending on both water and energy.

The following are three ways in which your property can take control of water costs.

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Featured Energy Consultant: E3 California

E3 California (E3) is a full-service energy consulting and sustainability planning firm specializing in multifamily and mixed-use developments for both affordable and market-rate sectors. E3 ensures a project’s sustainability and energy goals align with your budget and provide a plan for navigating the complexities inherent to building codes and programs.

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Living Building Challenge

Affordable Housing Pilot: Path to Certification

The Living Building Challenge, offered by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), is a green building certification program that promotes environmental sustainability and seeks to improve the health and well-being of building occupants. Continue reading Living Building Challenge

PG&E Energy Center Training

High Performance Building Training

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Pacific Energy Center will host a special series of training offerings to support high-performance residential rebuilding in the North Bay. All classes will be held at the North Coast Builders Exchange, located at 1030 Apollo Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. Registration is open now.  Continue reading PG&E Energy Center Training

MUP Announces 2017 Program Results

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Multifamily Upgrade Program (MUP) retrofitted 45 properties in PG&E territory, saving over 5.5 million kWh of electricity and 197,000 therms of natural gas. In terms of greenhouse gas reduction, the savings is equivalent to removing 1,100 cars from the road for a year.

MUP 2017

 

MUP helps properties raise property values, lower utility bills, and improve living conditions and safety for residents, and there is still funding remaining for projects completing in 2018 or 2019.  Incentives are first come, first-served. Contact us or fill out an interest form today to get started.