Dorothy LeClaire (Manager, MICM Owners Corporation Managers) was one of the speakers at the recent ‘Greener Apartment Living’ Eco-City Forum in Melbourne. Organised by the City of Melbourne and Department of Sustainability, Dorothy highlighted environmental awareness of apartment living and shed some light about living in a world at a time of increasing energy needs, decreasing resources and rising costs.
Two years ago, MICM Property, were involved in a pilot program called ‘Sustainable Living in the City’ (SLIC). That program put in place initiatives in the areas of electricity, gas, water and waste in several city high rises. The results of the SLIC program show us definitively that savings can be realised in all areas of energy consumption and cost through building retrofits. All buildings involved showed a significant reduction in consumption over time. We’ll have some results to show you next month.
Our focus now is turning inward, looking at the individual homes that comprise a high rise building and asking what we can do to improve efficiency and reduce cost. All MICM Property Owners Corporation Managers are working with consultants and your Council’s to affect internal/apartment retrofits in these areas:
• Swapping to low flow shower heads
• Changing incandescent globes for energy efficient fluros
• Supplying simple, easy means of recycling
• Arranging individual audits
• Looking at more energy efficient appliances like the Chilipepper Appliances to get hot water faster
• Providing workshops and educational sessions to keep up all up to date on this rapidly expanding industry…….