SUSTAINABILITY:
GOOD CITIZENSHIP AND GOOD BUSINESS

Our firm is committed to conservation and sustainability for three main reasons:

  • It’s the right thing to do for the environment
  • Sustainability initiatives can improve residential comfort
  • Conservation and sustainability efforts present cost-saving initiatives that can benefit our  clients’ bottom line

We worked with strategic energy consultants to design a sustainability rating system that provides a comprehensive, user-friendly evaluation of the properties we manage. That rating, the Rudd Environmental Conservation and Sustainability System (RECSS), is used to review all major building systems, with particular emphasis on electrical service and lighting, heat and hot water service, windows, HVAC systems, roofs, elevators, and clean air and water.

Welcome to RECSS, the Rudd Environmental Conservation and Sustainability System.

Our firm is committed to conservation and sustainability. For clients, we focus on the intersection of the environment, residential comfort, and cost saving initiatives. We worked with strategic energy consultants to design a sustainability rating system that provides a comprehensive, user-friendly evaluation of the properties we manage. We use RECSS to review all major building systems, with particular emphasis on these essential areas: electrical service and lighting, heat and hot water service, windows, HVAC systems, roofs, elevators, and clean air and water.

Our proprietary system is a scientific method of evaluation which breaks each aspect into five increasing levels of efficiency and sustainability, signified by a gradually ascending color palette. From the least sustainable Level 1 (red), it progresses through orange, yellow, and aqua, reaching a dark-green Level 5 to signify today’s highest standard of energy-efficient, environmentally-sound practice. Through the ratings, a building’s performance can be easily assessed, allowing management, boards and owners to work together on planned improvements that are cost-effective and environmentally friendly

RECSS Rating System

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Assessment Step 1

Building Improvement Rating dotpurple

Building Component

Existing Conditions

Recommended Improvements

Heating System/ Hot Water

Building has 2 large boilers that rarely need to operate at the same time and burn #6 oil.dotred We recommend conversion from #6 oil to natural gas which will save in fuel costs.dotpurple

Windows

The windows are a combination of single and double paned.dotred We recommend a program to replace all windows that are not currently double paned.dotpurple

Roof

Roof is built up paper roof with gravel.dotred Replace with insulated high albedo roof.dotpurple

Electric Service

The building is presently direct metered.dotred We recommend master and submetering.dotpurple

Elevator

The elevator has an efficient AC mother and upgrade occurred recently.dotred Install a regenerative converter onto the upgrade system.dotpurple

Total Building Rating

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