The art of traction
The phrase “where the rubber meets the road” is all about proof of power, the combination of horsepower and torque. It is taking things from a theoretical, purely mathematical application to a practical experience. It is about making the connection and demonstrating results.
The first step to understanding how to control your utility expenses […]
As the data leads
It’s simple—if you have and analyze the data. We did that. And it’s how we became the first Energy Star Portfolio Manager Service and Product Provider well over a decade ago.
It’s building an operation that is constantly analyzing what’s now and planning for what’s next. It’s how we stay ahead of the curve, […]
Why won’t they turn out the lights?
The foundation for using energy responsibly is resident behavior. Benchmarking is important. Data analysis is critical. But connecting resident consumption with the “on” and “off” switch moves the needle. Can apartment operators really motivate residents to conserve energy and water in their apartments and make a significant impact? Behavioral scientists say “yes.”
The concept […]
Mapping the IoT value model for Apartments
The internet of things (IoT) has taken the nation by storm. However, its value to an apartment operation is as varied as the nation’s rental product itself. While home chore automation and security have inspired a surge of innovation and enthusiasm, a more direct and obvious driver of cost recovery is already in place […]
Coming to a city near you?
Denver recently passed its Green Roof Initiative requiring new and existing buildings to add green spaces to rooftops. Is your city next?
The residents of Denver, Colo., voted to institute a Green Roof Initiative. Buildings over 25,000 sq. ft. must now build out a portion (20-60 percent depending on the size of the building) […]
Top down green buildings
Green roofs—solar, garden and combination—are making their way across the country, with the latest ordinance now in effect in Denver, Colo. As owners and operators assess what such measures add to the cost of multifamily construction and retrofits, many wonder about the benefits, detriments and pay-offs of this latest regulatory trend.
Green roofs are nothing […]
Keeper of the keys
The architect may design it. The builder may build it. The manager may even lease it. But no one knows about the physical performance of a property—inside and out—like the maintenance team. In fact, a recent study found that maintenance techs (or facilities managers) have direct or indirect impact on 82 percent of the […]
Measure what you manage
Energy Star began identifying energy efficient computers and printers in 1995, and the rest is history. Today, it has rated thousands of apartment properties across the country through its Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool, most recently adding waste to its lineup. Most importantly, it’s fast becoming the catalyst for local legislatures to mandate benchmarking to […]