21 Exterior

The first installment of this transformation story can be found here.

Aside from the hard-dollar utility bill savings, this overhaul delivered other benefits to residents as well as uncovered some interesting history.

Temperature Control

In 21, the building at 3883 Turtle Creek, units on one side froze in winter while the other side baked in the summer.  Some residents had gone so far as to install auxiliary HVAC units on their patios.  After the upgrade, owners happily removed those units.

They told me another part of the issue was that back in the 1960s, HVAC building codes only called for air-conditioning to lower indoor temperatures by 20 degrees.  On 105 degree days, 85 degrees was A-OK. Codes have changed and that just doesn’t fly today.  Sitting in front of an open refrigerator, TV propped in on the vegetable bin, is no way to live.

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