2017 Sustainability Symposium Promotes Efficiency and Cost Savings in FirstService Residential Properties

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Exclusive Annual Event Championed Energy Management Best Practices for Condo and Co-op Board Members and Rental Property Owners

FirstService Residential executives and expert panel members at the company’s Sustainability Symposium: (from left) Dan Wurtzel, president, FirstService Residential; Patrick Love, Mayor’s Office of Su

FirstService Residential, New York’s leading property management company, hosted a Sustainability Symposium for clients in June. 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 Sustainability 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.

“Our goal, since launching this event in 2012, remains unchanged,” said Tal Eyal, president, FS Energy. “We want to provide our clients with knowledge and access to resources that will help them make informed decisions about implementing efficiency measures.” As a NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Partner, Energy Star partner, NYC Carbon Challenger participant and Better Buildings Challenge member, FS Energy serves as a valuable in-house resource for boards and building owners that are 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. In addition, 17 organizations offered information on financial incentives, solar, lighting, variable refrigerant flow, electric vehicle (EV) 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 that FirstService Residential provides these opportunities to educate our board,” said Barbara A. Johnson, board secretary of Jamie Towers, a 620-unit complex 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.”

Every attendee received a customized Energy Report Card comparing their property’s energy performance against similar buildings, as well as an analysis of their building’s solar potential.

A summary of the event, including key takeaways from the panel discussion and links to all materials and resources provided to attendees, is available here.

ABOUT FIRSTSERVICE RESIDENTIAL
FirstService Residential is North America's largest manager of residential communities and the preferred partner of HOAs, community associations and strata corporations in the U.S. and Canada. FirstService Residential's managed communities include low-, mid- and high-rise condominiums and cooperatives, single-family homes, master-planned, lifestyle and active adult communities, and rental and commercial properties.

With an unmatched combination of deep industry experience, local market expertise and personalized attention, FirstService Residential delivers proven solutions and exceptional service that add value, enhance lifestyles and make a difference, every day, for every resident and community it manages. FirstService Residential is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, a North American leader in the property services sector. For more information, visit http://www.fsresidential.com.

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