Adapt­ing old in­ner city build­ings

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EN­ERGY-IN­EF­FI­CIENT In­ner city den­si­fi­ca­tion, rapidly es­ca­lat­ing elec­tric­ity costs and pro­posed penal­ties for ex­ces­sive elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion are forc­ing the own­ers of older build­ings to mod­ernise their rental prop­er­ties. An­drew Schaefer, MD of res­i­den­tial let­ting, in­surance and prop­erty man­age­ment group Trafal­gar, says rec­on­cil­ing the en­ergy de­mands placed on their in­vest­ments with sup­ply and cost con­straints is par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing. How­ever, there is an es­ca­lat­ing im­por­tance for de­vel­op­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient, green­friendly build­ings from typ­i­cally over­crowded and in­ad­e­quately-main­tained in­ner city build­ings. “Older build­ings are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly en­ergy-in­ef­fi­cient due to main­te­nance gaps with mount­ing pres­sure to use wa­ter and elec­tric­ity re­sources more spar­ingly. Op­tions in­clude in­stalling pre­paid elec­tric­ity me­ters that have been ex­tremely ef­fec­tive in halv­ing con­sump­tion by em­pow­er­ing res­i­dents to man­age de­mand­side con­sump­tion; re­plac­ing out­dated in­can­des­cent light bulbs with en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ones; in­tro­duc­ing heat pump technology to re­place boil­ers, con­sid­er­ing so­lar en­ergy op­por­tu­ni­ties where fea­si­ble; and man­ag­ing wa­ter con­sump­tion in bath­rooms.”

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