Indoor Environmental Quality

Kappa Management Inc.


Kappa Management Inc.


Denver, CO

LEED Consultant:

Chip Henderson




Project Goal:

Time and funds are always in short supply, especially with public supported housing. It’s crucial to identify and understand the attributes that impact the living experience. Priorities may vary, but as humans we all share a common set of needs. Kappa Management, which manages HUD Subsidized housing projects, starts any improvements by opening a dialogue will all stakeholders (local site managers, maintenance staff and tenants). They work hard to identify "issues of concern" in an atmosphere of trust, candor, and openness to capture the "good, bad, and ugly" associated with each site. From this process priorities emerge. Issues may include: • Expectations for costs (housing and utility) • Comfort (i.e. too hot, too cold, drafts, noise, smells, relative humidity, etc.) • Safety and security • Maintenance issues (common repair items) • Water related (mold, leaks, rot, ice dams) • Pest management (roaches, bed bugs) • Neighborhood (transportation, connectivity, community resources


Buildings are integrated systems and require a "whole-building" approach to solving problems and avoiding unintended consequences. Contects provided Kappa Management a mechanism or pathway to conduct energy audits on their multifamily projects. The ultimate goal is to reduce energy and water consumption, lower utility costs, and enhances tenants' living environments through improved indoor air quality. One of the first decisions which had to be addressed was which delivery approach would best serve these needs, a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Qualifications (RFQ). In addition, interest was expressed in exploring the potential to use Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) as a combined way to identify and quantify Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs), implement those measures, and finance the improvements through utility cost savings.

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