Saving Money and Taking Action, Tap by Tap

Apr 17, 2013

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District is launching the Tap by Tap Program to support multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) in saving money, conserving energy and water, and taking action on climate change.

The Tap by Tap Program, first piloted in 2011, is targeting bathroom and kitchen retrofits in 3,000 residential units across the capital region to save a projected 72,000,0000 litres of potable water and nearly 500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Participating MURBs will receive free low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators for direct installation by building managers along with a customized walk-through assessment report. The report suggests further ways for buildings to save by identifying opportunities for increased efficiency in common areas such as laundry rooms, hallways and lobby areas.

Devon Properties Ltd. was one of the first companies to get on board with the program. “There is value for our tenants and for our company in taking a coordinated approach to retrofits,” says Dave Craig, a partner with Devon Properties Ltd. “Tap by Tap provided an immediate benefit in terms of energy and water savings, but has also helped us spot new ways to take action in our buildings. It is a great way to help understand the return on investment for small-scale retrofits that can make a big difference.”

“Programs like these make the connection between the green economy, affordable housing and climate action,” says Dean Fortin, Victoria Mayor and CRD Director. “By supporting building owners and property management companies we can help the community realize measurable savings that provide both short-term and long-term benefits.”

“The CRD is proud to offer programs like Tap by Tap to multi-unit residential buildings in the region,” adds Larisa Hutcheson, General Manager of Parks & Environmental Services Department. “This program illustrates the value of working together to achieve common goals, like protecting natural resources and improving energy efficiency in the built environment.”

Building eligibility and program registration can be found by visiting the Tap by Tap link on the CRD’s home page at www.crd.bc.ca.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492