- Apr 03, 2014
Which features do your residents crave?
The multifamily industry overall has embraced the green movement and made great strides in recent years; but, some apartment communities are doing better than others. This month, MHN partnered with Kingsley Associates to see what residents are saying about their communities’ green features. Electric car charging, drought-resistant landscaping and better insulation are just three features that residents would like to see more of.
❝Professionalism was poor during a push toward a more environmentally friendly facility. My personally owned shower head was removed and immediately discarded without notification. ❞
❝There should be less landscaping and more use of ground areas for community gardens. Ground and even rooftops should be converted to local farming. Solar panels should be installed on roof tops for hot water and electricity. ❞
❝Windows could be better sealed to stop drafts and better conserve energy. ❞
—Silver Spring, Md.
❝Less handouts on doors—email these instead. Go green. ❞
❝We need recycle bins in the community in the trash enclosures (or elsewhere). It is sad to see that we live in California, and we have to put so much recyclable material in regular trash. ❞
❝Please don’t water the lawn so much: it’s constantly soggy and there’s significant waste, plus it’s annoying to be constantly dodging sprinklers. ❞
—Highlands Ranch, Colo.
❝Units are poorly insulated leading to wasted energy and noise pollution. I can hear too much through the walls. ❞
❝Resell/donate abandoned furniture that is in good condition. This is a good way to prevent waste while making some money or doing charitable work (which could be positive publicity). ❞
❝We should get to choose if we use environmental bulbs or not. ❞
❝Appliances should be energy-efficient, and the apartments should be better insulated for less electricity/gas usage. ❞
❝I like the green measures in terms of recycling. One thing lacking is recycling of cardboard and carton boxes. So many residents move in and out, and a lot of cardboard is placed in the trash instead of being recycled. ❞
❝Since we are talking green, we should designate an area in the community where we can drop off household items that others are free to take and reuse. Right now we put them near the dumpster, and then it just gets thrown away. A real waste. ❞
❝I honestly don’t think common people care about LEED certifications or green practices. Commercial buildings, yes, but residential, no. I wouldn’t be willing to pay higher rent. ❞
❝A solar-panel heated pool would be both green and would increase residents’ ability to use the pool in the winter months. Solar panels in general for lighting common areas, for gym equipment and laundry, would be very positive. ❞
❝When it comes to pest management, I am only for green initiatives if they work—otherwise DEET away. ❞
❝ I like the conservation of water through green water tanks. ❞
❝The word green usually has a price tag attached to it. ❞
❝I have a dog, so I like cleaning, landscaping and pest control products that are organic and safe for my dog accidentally licking or walking in. ❞
❝The use of green materials in the apartments, such as carpet and paint with low VOC levels. ❞