Apartment buildings are the perfect proving grounds for sustainable building design, benefitting renters and property owners alike. Today’s designers are incorporating sustainably-sourced building materials and green public areas into energy-efficient buildings that save tenants money. These forward-thinking sustainable multifamily properties are growing more popular each year with dedicated renters, and that’s positive news for occupancy rates and market value.
Green upgrades for everyone
The best recycling in the building industry is re-using an existing property and expertly leveraging energy efficiency upgrades and healthy building design. Replacement windows and a move to LED lighting are easy and inexpensive ways for property owners to begin. When it’s time to upgrade exteriors, insulation, roofs, or interiors, choosing sustainably-sourced materials that contribute to a healthy home, and the planet, is easier than ever. If you already own an investment property, upgrading to a more sustainable multifamily property may be easier than you think.
Next step: Passive design
Naturally, as sustainable building standards tighten, builders are challenged to outdo themselves as they now strive for passively designed buildings. Passive design uses solar heat gains to heat and adequate shade and ventilation to cool the living space. Along with insulation and structure sealing, or encapsulation, requirements, this industry trend hasn’t been affordable until recently.
New building projects using passive design don’t have high-end surfaces, but energy savings and indoor air quality are becoming the most popular industry trends.
Creating sustainable multifamily spaces is possible with our help
Energy-conserving shared walls come with some challenges unique to sustainable multifamily properties. If you don’t know where to start when incorporating some environmentally friendly improvements into your property, contact Class A Management. Our managers can address the sustainability of your property and help you conserve a lot of energy, reducing overall management costs and increasing your returns.