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Energy Savings in a Manhattan Co-op

July/August 2008
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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July 01, 2008
At Cabrini Terrace, decision makers come equipped with a good deal of knowledge and a powerful determination to save energy.
Projects to install advanced energy efficiency measures in multifamily buildings can be complex and capital intensive. They demand vision, knowledge, and perseverance on the part of key players and decision makers. When the building is a cooperative or condominium, these needs are magnified. Cabrini Terrace is a multifamily building that exemplifies what can be accomplished when this is the case. Cabrini Terrace is a 217-unit private co-op apartment building located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of northern Manhattan.  Nearly four years ago the president of the co-op board, Jim Dwyer, set the building on a path toward energy efficiency. He has scarcely had time to look back. Inspiration Dwyer’s lightbulb moment (no pun intended) occurred back in 2003. Recently returned from Iraq, where he had been reporting on the early stages of the U.S. invasion, Dwyer had become acutely aware of the political ramifications of our country’s dependence on foreign oil. As he walked out of his building on an exceptionally windy day, his hat blew off of his head. While chasing his hat down the street, he had the sudden notion of capturing that wind and using it to produce power for his building. ...

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