For reference only, not an HCA endorsement or guarantee.
RESTON RELAC LLC
Ownership and operation as of May 2013
Homeowner system check, service, and repair by appointment
Emergencies ... (703) 608-9839 or (202) 421-7297
Service ... (703) 349-3301
Business ... (703) 608-3882
Plant ... 11485 Washington Plaza West, Reston, VA 20190
Mail ... PO Box 2423, Reston, VA 20195
firstname.lastname@example.org ... primary email address
Mark Waddell, President, Partner ... email@example.com
Michael Coleman, Operating Engineer, Partner
Craig Nyman, Partner
Cooling System Checklist & Diagram
Residential Service Agreement
Owner/Landlord Revert Form
2012 VA SCC Tariff Rules, Regulations and Rates ... current
AQUA VIRGINIA RELAC
Ownership and operation prior to May 2013
Cooling System General Information
2010 VA SCC Tariff Rules, Regulations and Rates
Residential Service Agreement
1974 Information on RELAC Cooling System
Cluster Guidelines for Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
Amended Deed Section VI.2(b)(15)
Maintenance and Use Standards Resolution 15
2013 May Revision
2014 June 12 BOD Item C. Issue Overview
2014 June Revision
Noise Ordinance Chapter 108 ... replaced with interim noise ordinance
Interim Noise Ordinance Overview ... final version pending
RELAC eliminates the need for hundreds of ugly individual First Village residence outdoor heat pumps buzzing day and night. Take a look and listen to the heat pumps at Parc Reston and you will understand why RELAC makes sense.
River Park Mutual Homes community in Washington, DC. And building owners continue to install and successfully operate the same type of system throughout the world today.
In 1992, international resort owner and operator Club Med opened Columbus Isle, it's then flagship property, along spectacular Bonefish Bay beach on the west coast of San Salvador Island, Bahamas.
In this hot, humid, tropical Caribbean climate where air conditioning is a basic necessity almost 24 hours every day, all 236 one and two-story bungalow guest rooms, two restaurants, two nightclubs, a SCUBA and medical center, and numerous other public and private buildings are cooled by a single, central, chilled water plant similar to RELAC.
Centralized cooling and heating plants are now called District Energy solutions. One such system, NRG Energy Center Phoenix, provides energy-efficient and environmentally sound district energy and/or combined heat and power services to buildings in downtown Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, and on the Arizona State University campus, during searing 100F+ summer desert heat. The downtown Phoenix system started it all, beginning operation in 2001 by serving Bank One Ballpark, now called Chase Field.
International District Energy Association, identified more than 800 district energy systems throughout the nation. Local systems similar to RELAC include Northgate Condominiums in Reston, Charles M. Goodman's River Park Mutual Homes noted above, Washington Reagan National Airport, Gallaudet University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and University of Maryland College Park.
Although the basic RELAC system is as quiet, relatively efficient, and environmentally friendly overall as intended, it does not always work as well as it could. One problem is that, depending on their distribution pipe loop location, not all customers receive chilled water from the RELAC plant at acceptable temperatures, pressures, and flowrates. Failure of these same aging distribution pipes may also decrease system reliability and increase pass-through customer expenses. Also, droughts and nearby golf course water use make Lake Anne a less and less efficient and reliable heat sink.
In addition, some critics consider existing RELAC central plant chillers to be old and inefficient, therefore adding to monthly customer bills. RELAC says these chillers actually reduce some expenses because they are more reliable and easier to maintain than newer, more complex, and more expensive chillers. But RELAC has plans to replace at least one chiller with a new and more energy-efficient model in 2015 to reduce costs.
Then there are legacy RELAC customer service and communication issues that have improved dramatically following the May 2013 ownership transfer. And there are real or perceived differences in monthly expenses when compared to individual residence heat pump-chilled systems.
Another perceived issue is that a home served by RELAC is less appealing to potential homebuyers and that the lack of an individual air-conditioning system reduces property values. However, many homebuyers and residents welcome the lack of additional $5000-10,000 mechanical equipment investment, maintenance, and annoying 70dB+ outdoor heat pump noise. They seek out Goodman Houses for this very reason. Especially since Goodman House small rear patios were not designed for large outdoor heat pumps, since installing required heat pump piping and wiring through thin lower level large window frames and rooms can be difficult, and since original utility room electrical panels will require upgrading or replacement to handle increased electrical loads.
Realtor Rob Chevez, are more knowledgeable and experienced at representing Hickory Cluster buyers and sellers than typical Realtors, and they welcome RELAC-served properties.
However, a group of Reston residents unhappy with RELAC service and related RA restrictions formed Free From 15 in late 2013 to seek a 2015 referendum vote to revoke the RA covenant and allow current RELAC customers to freely choose, purchase, and install whatever air-conditioning system they prefer, subject to RA Design Review Board review and approval. This 2015 referendum, and a similar 2005 referendum, were both defeated.
Many homes have excessive solar gain and heat loads, lack adequate wall or roof insulation, or are not sealed tightly enough to stop air and energy leaks.
The following inexpensive strategies will help reduce individual Goodman House RELAC summer season chilled water use and expense:
Switch to pay-as-you-go metered service to monitor and reduce use
Adjust metered chilled water flow to no more than 3 gallons/minute
Adjust your expectations ... 78F is the top of the human comfort range
Close and shade sunlit windows and sliding glass doors during hot days
Use lower or middle floor rooms during hot days and nights
Open windows to store cool air when temperatures are below 75F
Close windows each morning when temperatures rise above 75F
Inspect and clean cooling coils and ducts to allow unobstructed airflow
Use interior magnetic flaps to reduce through-door mail slot air leaks
Replace furnace fan filters at least monthly
If your budget allows, also try the following for more dramatic results:
Re-roof with white surface materials to reflect sunlight and heat
Install shade sails to shade upper floor roof terraces
Install double-pane insulated windows to reduce heat and air infiltration
Install top level stairwell awning windows to vent hot air when needed
Use digital thermostat for slow, continuous circulation of stored cool air
Use digital thermostat to limit RELAC use when away
Install a variable speed whole house circulation furnace fan
Install variable speed ceiling fans in bedrooms
Install individual RA-approved top floor room fan/coil heat/cool units
Enlarge undersized top floor supply and return ducts
Hickory Cluster residence calculated heat loads range from about 19,500 to 99,200 BTU. Using some of the strategies noted above, a remodeled 2156 s.f. three-story Goodman House with primarily southern exposure glazing, a roof terrace, and 76,600 BTU calculated heat load uses RELAC chilled water only during days when outside heat index temperatures exceed about 90F, nighttime heat index temperatures exceed 75F, or when humidity exceeds about 70 percent. The interior digital thermostat on floor two of three is typically set at 76-78F during very hot and/or humid days and nights.
RELAC service charges can total more than $1000 total for a single customer residence during the May-October annual cooling season. However, total annual metered RELAC bills for the Hickory Cluster residence noted above were less than $400 for each of the 2011-13 record heat cooling seasons.
2005 AIR-CONDITIONING COVENANT 15 REFERENDUM
2005 Friends of RELAC Letter
2005 Kennedy Letter
2005 Vote Final Results
2015 AIR-CONDITIONING COVENANT 15 REFERENDUM
RESTON ASSOCIATION INFORMATION
Member Rights Resolution 3 ... Referenda
2014 September 25 BOD Agenda and Item Summary Draft
2014-15 Draft Schedule
2014 December Vote Requirement Clarification
2014 December Final Fact Sheet
2015 January Online Ballot Logon
No official RA referendum ballot in the mail?
Contact RA Board Liason Sabrina Tadele
firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 435-6570
2015 Vote Final Results
2014 May Status/Goals Letter to Customers
2014 May Public Meeting Letter to Customers
2014 November Open House Letter to Customers
2014 December Referendum Letter to Customers
2015 January Referendum Letter 1 to Customers
2015 January Referendum Letter 2 to Customers
FREE FROM 15 INFORMATION
2014 May Hunter Petition Letter
2014 July Hunter Referendum Petition
2015 January Travis FAQ Document
2015 January Hunter Letter
2015 January Flyer