Green building guide for property managers

Geoff Roberts
Geoff Roberts | 2 min. read

Published on January 31, 2014

How environmentally friendly are your properties? Do you know that even making a few small changes can save you — and your tenants and owners — hundreds and maybe thousands of dollars a year? It’s true.

To help you know where and how to save by going green, we’ve created Buildium’s Green Building Guide, an in-depth tool for property managers and landlords. The guide focuses on ten areas of green building in particular:

  1. Lighting: You may be surprised to learn how much energy is wasted through lighting. The types of bulbs and fixtures we use play a part in staying green-friendly.
  2. Roofing/Exterior: Turn your roof into an energy creator, not an energy waster. Use the right kind of insulation and look into installing solar panels.
  3. Appliances: There are many ways to improve the efficiency of appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and clothes washers and dryers.
  4. Flooring: Choosing eco-friendly flooring and carpeting is easy if you know what to look for. Consider using flooring that comes from recyclable materials.
  5. Insulation: Energy literally evaporates from poorly insulated roofs and siding. Make sure you’re using the right kinds of insulation in your home.
  6. HVAC: Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system uses a lot of energy. There are many ways that you can keep energy waste at a minimum.
  7. Windows: Even when your windows are fully closed, air can leak out and sunlight can seep in. Be sure that your windows don’t flush energy down the drain.
  8. Foundation/Site: Make sure to insulate not only your home, but also your foundation. Use the right materials to get the most out of your home’s base.
  9. Water fixtures/faucets: You know the saying “don’t waste water.” Put it into action by remembering to turn off the faucet when it’s not in use.
  10. Electricity: Choose to go green with your electricity source. Use electricity that comes from environmentally-friendly sources such as windmills and solar panels.

Read the whole guide here.

Read more on Maintenance & Improvements
Geoff Roberts

Geoff is a marketer, surfer, musician, and writer. He lives in San Diego, CA.

Trending Stories For You
Accounting & Taxes The ins and outs of HOA reserve fund accounting
If you talk to an association and ask them about their HOA reserve fund accounting, you may hear some pretty unfortunate stories that happened before…
Laurie Mega
| 13 min. read
Accounting & Taxes How does a 1031 exchange work? Everything property managers need to know
There are many reasons why an investor might want to consider doing a 1031 exchange. Maybe it’s to avoid paying capital gains taxes right away.…
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
Legal Considerations Fire insurance 101: What landlords & property managers need to know
Residential fires are as costly as they are common. In 2021, there were almost 1.4 million fires resulting in $16 billion in losses, according to…
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 9 min. read

Be a more productive
property manager