5 practical actions to start making your condo sustainable
Posted by Ahmedali099 on July 17th, 2021
Is your condo sustainable? What have you - as a liquidator, manager, administrator or resident - been doing to improve this reality nova city?
Contrary to what one might think, applying ecological measures does not require major revolutions in the administration or in the daily life of the tenants. Small attitudes, implemented gradually (but with consistency), promote very significant impacts on the collective life of the condominium and, of course, on the environment.
It is evident that the more assertive and transformative the sustainable transformations are, the better! If your condominium can muster the efforts and resources needed to make major changes (such as creating a community garden or installing solar energy), this is great for the local community and the ecosystem as a whole.
Here, however, our central objective is to highlight simple, practical and achievable actions to start making your condominium sustainable. The process is certainly worth it!
For a Sustainable Condominium: 5 practices to start now!
1- Attention to water consumption: rainwater reuse and other alternatives
There is no way to talk about sustainability without thinking about the rational use of one of our most valuable natural resources: water.
Far beyond the positive impact on the condominium fee, water savings have an immeasurable value in building a more sustainable and conscious condominium. A first step is to install individual water (and also gas) meters, encouraging a reduction in consumption.
Reusing water is another relatively simple action that generates great results. Systems that capture rainwater (which can be used to clean common areas and water gardens) are increasingly accessible. Analyze the structure and possibilities of your condominium and seriously consider this installation.
2- Conscious disposal of waste: selective collection and composting
The production of garbage is another critical point of condominiums, which usually house a large number of people. This entire community, of course, produces waste. The disposal of these products, however, can be much more sustainable.
Selective collection is the most basic measure. It is essential that the condominium make this collection available to all apartments, minimizing the amount of waste going to the landfill and also reducing the extraction of raw materials (since most of these materials can be recycled).
In addition to taking the action to the assembly, an important action is to identify an agency responsible for collecting separate waste for recycling (such as the city hall itself, NGOs, cooperatives and ecological institutes).
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Composting for solid waste
Have you ever heard of composting? It is a process that transforms waste into compost or biofertilizer, which in turn can be used in the green areas of the condominium. All organic matter generated in the condominium (such as food scraps and scraps) can be composted.
For the process, a composter is used, a proper container with soil. In condominiums, composting can be domestic (with the installation of a composter for each apartment) or collective.
In the collective option, an alternative is to build a low-cost composter in the common area. An employee or person in charge can take responsibility for collecting organic matter from the apartments and taking care of the maintenance of the process.
3- Preventive maintenance
Yes, the famous preventive maintenance in the condominiums is also ecological! The process, which is carried out to prevent or reduce faults in the condominium equipment, allows to save on the condominium budget and also to avoid major structural problems.
Its sustainable character, however, happens because preventive maintenance is essential to avoid waste. By reviewing the building's infrastructure, it is possible to find out if there are leaks in plumbing, electrical problems and hydraulic damage, for example.
4- Installation of fat boxes in the apartments
Grease boxes are highly efficient for retaining frying fats and oils. Its use, thus, prevents the clogging of public sewage networks and, consequently, contributes to the efficiency of treatment plants.
5- Changing taps
In the condominium assembly, propose to make a general exchange of the common taps for taps with timer, with automatic closing after use.
Automatic taps are a great option for common areas of the condominium, such as a ballroom and gym bathrooms. Residents who are inspired by the idea can also make the exchange in their apartments.
So, did you like the tips? Does your condominium management already practice any of the above actions? We hope the article inspires your condo to adopt increasingly sustainable attitudes!
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