Reflections, a community of nearly 300 condominiums in San Ramon, consists of two-story garden style buildings situated along a lovely lagoon featuring fountains and walking bridges. The Reflections Homeowners Association recently embarked on the property’s first comprehensive renovation since it was built in the late 1980s. Updates to the 21 buildings included replacing all the wood balconies to address dry rot, and making other improvements to reduce maintenance costs and make the community safer and more attractive.
An important part of the upgrade process entailed taking advantage of energy efficiency opportunities offered by BayREN’s Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program. Participating in the program was a “very rewarding experience,” said Dan Conolly, president of the Reflections HOA Board. Making energy upgrade decisions for such a large development was a lot of work, he admitted, “but well worth the effort.”
Through the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program, the Reflections condominium community received free expert advice from the Association for Energy Affordability on cost-effective energy upgrades. Dan Conolly, president of the Reflections HOA Board, found AEA’s staff to be attentive, energetic and dedicated to the project’s success. AEA program manager Rachel Kuykendall spent an entire day walking the property to discover savings opportunities, Conolly said, and AEA staff did extensive research to identify energy upgrade technologies appropriate for the site.
With 21 buildings spread out over a large property, exterior lighting was a major expense at Reflections, where outdoor spaces include a pool and spa, picnic and grilling areas, tree-lined paths, walking bridges that traverse the lagoon, and numerous covered parking areas. The community’s new outdoor lighting design actually uses fewer lights than before, while providing better lighting quality and reducing energy and maintenance costs. Thanks to long-lasting LED lights, bulb replacement at the property has dropped to about six bulbs per month from the 30 to 50 bulbs per month that they used to replace, said Conolly. Residents “like the lighting upgrades for aesthetics and safety,” he said, and the Board “likes the reduced costs.”
Water heating efficiency also got a major boost, with new on-demand water heaters and high efficiency insulated storage water heaters installed in nine of the 21 buildings. Generous rebates from the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program helped make the upfront cost of the new water heaters pencil out.
205 Reflections Dr., San Ramon, CA
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