If you live in a multifamily building in Arlington, you’re not alone! Nearly 70% of Arlington residents live in multifamily housing units, including about 40% in large multifamily properties. There are over 60,000 multifamily units in the County, and this number is expected to reach nearly 70,000 by 2012, over 80,000 by 2020, and nearly 95,000 by 2050 – an increase of nearly 60% in 40 years.
As a resident in an apartment or condo unit, sometimes you might feel like there’s not a lot you can do to impact how your building performs. In fact, there are many actions you can take within your own unit as well as when you’re using common areas that will help you reduce costs, save emissions, and generally improve the health and comfort of your home. Not to mention the potential collective power a tenant green committee can wield in convincing a property manager of more efficient building upgrades.
Apartment and condo dwellers face different issues than residents of single-family homes. You may need to contact your property manager and get involved in your condo association to influence how your building can reduces utility costs and save money.
Below are tools and information to get you and your property on the road to savings. Plus, the County has developed a sustainability toolkit for multifamily buildings. Check out some examples of the signage included in this toolkit and email email@example.com for a complete high resolution packet.