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Boiler Survey Data Bonanza

January/February 2016
This online-only article is a supplement to the January/February 2016 print edition of Home Energy Magazine.
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December 15, 2015
In 2014, Steven Winter Associates (SWA) was asked to review an entire portfolio of very similar buildings with the intention of developing a current inventory of heating equipment and identifying maintenance and capital upgrade priorities. A property management company had recently taken over management of 38 four- to five-story steam-heated masonry buildings in Queens, New York, all of roughly the same size (40 units) and vintage (1920s). The property owner urged us to rip out the older boilers and put in new ones, but the company managing the buildings wanted to take a data-based approach to making decisions, and we had a lot of data at our disposal.

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