Taking Down the trash!

flickr|David Woo

flickr|David Woo

No one will argue, NYC contributes a large amount of garbage to our landfills.

But things are changing.

A recent article in The Cooperator outlines what some building owners and residents are doing to reduce the amount of trash from their buildings. And it works! However, from composting to recycling, these programs rely on building owners and managers to provide residents with the necessary access and tools to be effective.

How much trash does your building generate? Do you think any of these programs would work in your building?

For more ideas, read the full article at the Cooperator.

NYC Council adopts part of ASHRAE’s Legionella standard after outbreak

Last Thursday, the NYC council adopted part of ASHRAE’s newly written Legionella Standard which covers registration and maintenance of cooling towers. Existing cooling towers will need to be registered within 30 days and new towers must be registered prior to becoming operational. All towers will need to be inspected, cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis and each tower must have a maintenance plan.

If your building has a cooling tower visit the NYC Department of Buildings to begin the registration process and learn more about the recently passed legislation.

What do you think of the new legislation? Should all of ASHRAE’s Standard have been adopted?

How are the window A/C units installed in your building?

AC_Quinn DombrowskiImage: Quinn Dombrowski|Flickr

With the unofficial start of summer just days away and temperatures rising, window air conditioning units will begin to jut from building windows. How are the units in your building installed?

Property managers should make sure that the units are being properly installed and secured to protect pedestrians around their buildings. It is also wise to make sure that the unit has a dedicated outlet with the proper electrical current.

Building managers at a minimum should have set guidelines for residents to follow for installation. For better control, they can offer to install the units for tenants. Property managers will need to determine the best policy for their buildings and tenants to ensure safe installation of these units.

A Co-op Board’s Realistic Decision-Making Pays Off | Co-op & Condo Boards | Habitat Magazine

A Co-op Board’s Realistic Decision-Making Pays Off | Co-op & Condo Boards | Habitat Magazine.

A recent article in Habitat magazine shows how the board of a 1,025 unit co-op in downtown Brooklyn leveraged grants and incentives and expert advice to make energy efficient upgrades to the building. The projected savings for the first year were $150,000 but the actual savings were $230,000. WOW!

How much would your building save? RO can help you start the process. Our experts will be able to  provide advice on which upgrades to make and which incentives are available to maximize your buildings savings potential.

Where the greenest buildings are……

In an effort to promote green buildings, New Building Institute (NBI) recently released their “Getting to Zero Database” which provides information on the greenest buildings – including those with net-zero energy – in the US, Canada and elsewhere.
The database includes a wealth of information on energy performance, building design, environmental conditions,
and more for each building.

Currently listed are just over 250 buildings. New York has 8 buildings listed.

If you want to learn more about the greenest buildings, take a look.