Do your New Year resolutions include saving money, or helping to save the environment?
An Energy Audit can help:
How much will an Energy Audit Cost?
The Energy Efficiency Council defines energy audits as Type 1, 2 or 3 under the standard AS:NZS 3598.1:2014. Depending on the size of your building;
Is there a cheaper alternative?
A number of strata buildings are of similar size, shape and location and therefore have similar energy consumption patterns. Lower-cost energy assessments, using data collected from a number of similar strata buildings, are often a good first-step for committee members. This is particularly useful for those who don’t have the time to become energy experts or want to get a rough idea of savings, before committing to a full energy audit.
If a committee decides to proceed to a full energy audit, it is recommended that they ask the auditor to attend one of the strata committee meetings in person or via a “phone-in”. This can help committees avoid the problem of getting a “one-off” energy audit document prepared and not following through on the recommendations. Giving the strata committee members the opportunity to ask questions helps them get maximum value from their investment.
What if you are a committee which knows you need to get to energy upgrades eventually, don’t want it to fall off the agenda but can’t start this quarter? A perfect solution is a low-cost quarterly energy subscription report. This allows the committee members to gain a sense of the “opportunity costs” of delaying energy upgrades. A constant reminder of what the strata scheme is missing out on is sometimes the perfect tool for mobilizing collective action. Also, as new technologies such as electric vehicle recharging units and batteries head into residential buildings, these quarterly updates make sure the committees are always ready to action the best projects for their particular block.
For further reading try US Green Building Association and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage on NABERS for apartments. Strata Energy News also covered ‘Valuations Surge for Green Properties’, ‘Energybody Needs Good NABERS’ and ‘2016 CHU Strata Community Awards’.
If you’d like to receive a free Wattblock sample report, or have any questions please contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (02) 9977 1801.
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