Valle Verde apartments in Hayward is a 51 unit apartment building constructed in 1960. Prior to going through the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program it had issues with humidity, and as a result, there was mold growing in the bathrooms. The units became very cold in the winter and when tenants turned on the heat, condensation would form on the old single pane aluminum windows, feeding the mold growth.
Owners Bob and Sandra Saffarian were looking to upgrade windows to address the condensation problem. They did not have the funds to replace windows right away, so they were going to put it off for a few years, until they could set aside enough to cover the project costs. Then they received a call from the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program staff inviting them to a program informational workshop in Fremont. “We went and liked the information provided,” remembers Sandra, “we thought it would be very good for us.”
The Saffarians were drawn to the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program because it was a way to improve the quality of their entire building – not just the windows. And it provided resources and information to help them to do so easily.
The Saffarians learned a great deal from the consultants and their whole-building approach. When the program consultants went onsite and looked at the wall heaters, for example, they found the potential for a gas leak in one of the units. “We are just glad that the consultants brought the leak to our attention, and informed us of how to prevent such occurrences in the future.” The Saffarians put new gas lines in each apartment and plan to perform scheduled maintenance annually.
Valle Verde tenants were happy with the project’s results. The new windows improved indoor health and the aesthetic of the exterior of the building, which gave the tenants pride about living there. Tenants pay for their own water at Valle Verde, so even though the low flow showerheads and aerators met some resistance initially, after Sandra explained the benefits, most tenants were quite pleased. The Saffarians and their tenants were also very happy with the bill savings from replacing central washing machines, insulating exposed hot water piping, & installing demand controls on the hot water recirculation pump. “It’s a really good program” reflects Sandra, “I don’t see a reason not to do it.”
Bob & Sandra Saffarian
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•Double pane vinyl window installation
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•Improved thermal comfort in units