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PROMOTING EXCELLENCE IN NYC MULTI-FAMILY BUILDING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

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A "Rebuild America" Partner
 

The Supers Technical Association is a "Rebuild America" Partner.
What Does That Mean?

Rebuild America is an energy conservation program of the U.S. Department of Energy. Its goal is to bring together various sectors of our society to reduce the consumption of fossil fuel-based energy (natural and propane gas and electricity) in buildings. When manufacturers, contractors, various institutions and managements join the program, they pledge to conduct their business in ways that will accomplish this national objective.

A recent Rebuild America brochure puts it this way:

"Most people are aware that energy costs - to heat, cool and light our homes - can be substantial. Each year, America' s cities and towns spend nearly $100 billion on the energy used to run commercial buildings, libraries, courthouses, schools, universities, town halls, and multifamily housing units.

"Rebuild America is a voluntary network of community partnerships committed to reducing these costs by helping municipalities save energy locally. Rebuild America partnerships, joining with the US Department of Energy (DOE), improve the energy efficiency of valued community buildings through upgrades and retrofits and, as a result:
  • Boost economic development by creating new jobs and sustaining local business,
  • Strengthen communities, by allowing them to reinvest energy savings,
  • Improve working and learning environments, increasing productivity, and
  • Preserve the natural environment by reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution caused by generating power."

The Superintendents Technical Association has "signed on" on behalf of each of its members, representing a community of multifamily building maintainers. Club members wish to perfect their skills to hold down their buildings' energy consumption while maintaining the health and comfort of their tenants.

With a member's connection to the Rebuild America program, some real benefits will flow to the member's building(s). When the owner is trying to decide if a substantial upgrade is in order, or wants to proceed with one, Department of Energy experts will be available to consult on the best design. Therefore, it is important that members inform their managements about this arrangement.

Short of a substantial upgrade, members will receive help via the Club on the best way to reduce fuel and power consumption in their buildings.

On or more representatives of the Rebuild America Program will attend one or more of our Club meetings this fall to discuss the program and answer questions.

 

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