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Apartments reach SmartRegs compliance

Tuesday, July 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
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By Business Report Staff July 23, 2013

BOULDER -GlenLake Apartments has become the first property with more than 100 units outside of the city of Boulder's affordable-housing program to achieve 100 percent SmartRegs.  The apartments at 2995 Glenwood Drive received SmartRegs certifications for all 207 units June 15, bringing the number of SmartRegs compliant rental units in Boulder to 3,300.The SmartRegs ordinance requires all rental properties in Boulder to meet a basic energy efficiency standard by 2019.

"Rental housing accounts for about half of Boulder's housing stock, so addressing energy efficiency in this area is integral to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting important community climate objectives," said Megan Cuzzolino, residential sustainability specialist for the city. "We congratulate GlenLake on its efforts and success."

To achieve SmartRegs compliance, a rental property must receive a total of 100 energy points and two water conservation points. GlenLake replaced the windows and doors in all of its units in 2011 to earn its energy points and later installed showerheads and aerators in each unit to earn the two mandatory water conservation points. 

While SmartRegs inspectors and EnergySmart advisers can make recommendations based on cost effectiveness, property owners and managers have the discretion to decide what upgrades to pursue in order to meet the energy efficiency standard.

Sandy Hull, property manager for GlenLake, expressed her satisfaction with the inspection, advising and retrofit services, saying, "We have seen wonderful energy savings, and the process went very smoothly."

Because window and door replacement was already a priority for GlenLake, advisers from the EnergySmart program worked to make this upgrade as easy and affordable as possible. While not the lowest cost upgrade available, window installation tends to be a popular energy efficiency retrofit among property owners and managers as it is one of the most visible improvements. 

Property owners and managers who have not yet received a SmartRegs inspection can save time and money by scheduling this inspection at the same time as their annual rental inspection. 

EnergySmart provides a full suite of services to help homes and businesses in Boulder County communities identify energy-saving opportunities and assist them through the energy-upgrade process. EnergySmart advisers are also available to assist in finding contractors and all available rebates. Property owners sign-up for the EnergySmart service to get assistance in identifying and implementing energy-saving measures and, for rental property owners, to meet SmartRegs compliance early. 

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