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Manager puts green buildings at top of agenda

FirstService Residential property management company recently hosted a Sustainability Symposium for clients.

The annual event was held in conjunction with FS Energy, the company’s subsidiary that advises clients on ways to reduce energy consumption, costs and emissions.

“Our symposium is designed to illustrate how efficiency measures can deliver significant energy and maintenance savings to a property, as well as how these actions can reduce a building’s impact on the environment while increasing property values and improving resident comfort,” said Dan Wurtzel, president, FirstService Residential.

Tal Eyal, president, FS Energy, added, “We want to provide our clients with knowledge and access to resources that will help them make informed decisions about implementing efficiency measures.”

L-R: Dan Wurtzel, president, FirstService Residential; Patrick Love, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Kelly Dougherty, FS Energy; Ralph DiBart, condo board member; Chris De Weaver, moderator, FirstService Residential; Dean Zias, NYSERDA; and Max Joel, NY-Sun.

As a NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Partner, Energy Star partner, NYC Carbon Challenger participant and Better Buildings Challenge member, FS Energy serves as an in-house resource for boards and building owners contemplating efficiency opportunities.

The event included an interactive panel discussion with experts from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, NYSERDA, NY-Sun and FS Energy. Vendors were on hand with information on financial incentives, solar, lighting, variable refrigerant flow, electric vehicle charging, heating and cooling solutions, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and demand management.

Representatives from the NYC Retrofit Accelerator, NYC Carbon Challenge and NYC Zero Waste Organics programs also were present.

“We appreciate these opportunities to educate our board,” said Barbara A. Johnson, board secretary of Jamie Towers, a 620-unit complex (pictured top) that will soon host the largest residential solar installation in New York City.

“It is essential for us to consider all potential solutions before embarking on new projects, so that our decisions will deliver the most value to our shareholders.”

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