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Fixing a Leaking Roof

This article discussing fixing a leaking roof has been supplied by Paul Evans, President – Australian Institute of Waterproofing (AIW).  Costly and extensive damage to buildings are often the end result of a leaking roof and associated structural water ingress.

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The future of cleaning (part 2): Condo Disruption Series

Years ago in the early days of my professional life I was sharing a place with a friend. We knew each other well enough to know we needed a cleaning lady. Both of us were clean by nature, but as

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The future of cleaning (part 1): Condo Disruption Series

Cleaning services. Probably not the first subject that comes to mind when thinking about disruption in the condo world. But there is a lot in store for condos that will require serious thought from boards and management.   Read the article……………

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Prepping Your Property for Warmer Weather

With the end of winter comes relief. No more snow or sleet or slush or sludge; it’s sunshine and windbreaker season, baby! But the board of a condo, cooperative or homeowners association cannot be content with simply waiting for April

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Power Outages and Blackouts – How Your Association Can Minimize Risk

Losing power is never fun. But it’s bound to happen at some point, so preparation is the best defense. Obviously, different types of communities are affected by blackouts in different critical ways: high-rises lose their elevators and water; resort-style gated

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Fireplace and Chimney Problems, Tips & Prevention

Most folks consider their fireplaces and chimneys to be indestructible parts of their home that require little or no maintenance. While masonry work is generally as close to maintenance-free as you can get, fireplaces and chimneys are more than just

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A property manager’s guide to roof inpections

At least twice per year, property managers should inspect and conduct maintenance on their roofs. An inspection in the spring will identify any damage that occurred over the winter months, and an inspection in the fall will ensure the roof

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Case Study: Harrison West Tower Re-pipe

The Harrison West Condominium Association required a re-pipe of their historic 24-floor residential tower situated in the desirable PSU area of Portland Oregon. Community Engineering Services, PLLC formed a team with engineering specialists Dan Robles, PE, David Coles, PE, Architect

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Galvanized Pipe Condition Assessment

Community Engineering Services, PLLC was retained by a home owners association representatives to support a Galvanized Pipe Condition Assessment for a high-rise condominium in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The results published here were presented to a

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Service Life of Building Components

The standard reference for service life of building components such as HVAC systems, Plumbing, air handlers, Digital Controls, and elevators, etc. may come from many different reference books whose authors have deduced, observed, or tested a sample of similar components

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The Latest in Green Roofs: Farm-to-Condo

Green roofs have many well documented benefits. They can make a co-op or condo building more attractive to potential buyers. They can turn a tar-paper desert into a welcoming oasis. And in the bargain they protect the roof membrane, absorb

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Calculating a Cover Charge (NY)

Courts rule that co-ops and condos are entitled to fees for granting building access.  Construction workers at the building next door to your co-op want to gain access to your property. In the past, if you did not come to

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Cardiac arrests in high-rise buildings

Residents of high-rise buildings had better survival rates from cardiac arrests if they lived on the first few floors, and survival was negligible for people living above the 16th floor, according to a study.   Read the article…………….

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Maintenance is Not Rectification and Band-Aiding is Not Maintenance

The word maintenance is being deliberately distorted by the building industry.  ‘Maintenance’ is attending to normal wear and tear where the installation was properly done. It entails items such as adjusting doors and locks as the house settles, returning lifted

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The Expensive Surprises That Lurk Behind Walls (NY)

Sometimes, maintaining the facade of a building can be a bit like peeling an onion. The deeper you go, the more you find. After workers removed the outer brick layer of the exterior walls at 700 Park Avenue, the co-op

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Handling Maintenance and Repairs: In-House, Or Outsource?

In the wake of the recession and facing an uncertain economic climate on the heels of a tumultuous presidential election, condo, co-op, and HOA boards may instinctively want to pinch pennies where they can, especially when it comes to maintenance

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Plumbing the Depths: Pipes, Drains and Your HOA’s Water Supply

Of all the modern conveniences we take for granted, perhaps none is as profoundly basic—and indispensable—as indoor plumbing. Carrying fresh water into our homes and taking waste water away, the pipes in our condo or co-op buildings are the fine

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Thawing after weekend freeze setting off sprinkler systems (NC)

Fayetteville firefighters have been busy the past couple of days – not because of fire, but because of ice. Sprinkler systems damaged by frozen pipes have kept them on the move.  Stewart’s Creek Condominiums has one of more than two

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Sensors poised to transform property management

It’s an exciting time to be involved in residential property management. Technology is developing rapidly and permanently altering the residential landscape for managers, staff, and residents. Several companies are invested in developing the next generation of innovative tools for residential

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Condo Association Repair Project Questions to Consider

Major projects within a Condo Association are a part of life. Over time, things break down and need to be rehabilitated and repaired. If you have strong reserves and don’t need a special assessment, the projects are somewhat straightforward. However,

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As Building Code Adoption Increases, Insurance Losses Decrease

Maintaining a safe and secure building is a major concern for property owners and managers. Due to the important role buildings play in society, architects and engineers begin plotting out the the safety measures and standards well before the actual

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What’s the Deal With Ice Dams

If you’ve never seen an ice dam, it actually looks a lot like you would expect. It is an accumulation of ice on along the eave line of a sloped roof. The ice can build and build over the winter

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The Ups and Downs of Elevator Maintenance Contracts

Recent articles about the decrease in elevator service and the increase in entrapments in the GTA would normally concern us… but PSCC 888 has a solution… they have an Elevator Consultant!  During budget preparation in September 2015, PSCC 888 realized

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Wood-Destroying Pests: How to Protect Your Property

Whether interior or exterior, well-built, properly-maintained woodwork can last for centuries—but if wood-boring pests like beetles, termites, and carpenter ants find their way into the wood, they can wreak all kinds of havoc. Wood-destroying insects are more than a nuisance;

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Winterize Your Community

The winter can be a lot of fun, but it can also cause a lot of damage to your home and community. It’s important that before the winter weather hits, you get your neighborhood ready for bad weather. Check out

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How to make your old condo building more eco-friendly

Condos produce some of the highest levels of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States each year, experts say.  Of course, constructing a building using sustainable energy sources is probably the most sensible way to go to try to reduce

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Tesla New Solar Roof Tiles Are A Game Changer

Tesla’s new solar roof tiles are a game changer IMO and here’s why. Homeowner Associations have rules on installing solar panels. You need to get approval from the Architectural Committee, which works under guidance from the Board of Directors. The

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HOA Move In & Move Out Policy

When residents move in and move out, particularly in common wall homeowner associations, proper planning is called for. Below are elements of a Move In & Move Out Policy which can be adapted to your use.  Scheduling. All moves in

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Tips for Eco-Friendly High-Rise Living: Living Sustainably in the City

Many multifamily properties and high-rises want to implement “green” living practices and create eco-friendly communities, but not everyone knows where nor how to get started

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How to Prepare and Respond to a Flood in Your High-Rise Building

let’s take a look at how you can minimize risks of a flood in your high-rise building – and meet the challenges of flooding, should it occur.

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A Preventative Maintenance Plan for Your High-Rise Community

Creating and executing a comprehensive preventative maintenance plan for your high-rise community should be a top priority for your board, residents and property management company alike.

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Indoor Air Quality for Co-ops, Condos and HOAs

Few things in life are as precious yet underappreciated as clean air. We take it for granted. Breathe in, breathe out—we rarely even notice the action.  Ensuring that the air we breathe is clean, fresh and safe is one of

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The Challenges of Managing a High-Rise Building: What Every Property Manager Needs to Know

While most multi-unit properties will have the same requirements, the action plan will differ depending on the type of building

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Could defective pipes be the cause of unexplained water leaks in your building?

Unexplained water leaks are an unfortunate fact of life for far too many high-rise communities.

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Maintaining Balconies and Terraces: Safety Comes First

Pleasant and valuable as they are, these small squares of real estate come with their own set of maintenance and safety concerns.

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The Future of Hot Water Management Has Arrived

In Hawaii, which has the highest costs in the nation for electricity and natural gas, the ability to effectively manage operational costs is critical in maintaining an AOAO’s financial stability. There are many energy-efficient methods to achieve lower costs and

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Over Your Head

When it’s time to maintain, repair or replace the roof on your home, it’s a good idea to get to know the wide variety of roofing materials that are available and what each has to offer.

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HOA Horror: Roaches, Bedbugs, And Rats Pt. 1

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but when your community is invaded by roaches, bedbugs, rats, maggots, and other vermin, it’s time for quick action.

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Maintaining Roofs: Repairs, Replacement, and Responsibility

“The two worst things for roofs are sun and people,” he says. “If you can keep people off your roof, you’ve added a lot of life to your roof; if you can keep the sun off your roof, you’ve added a lot of life to your roof.”

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Managing a Major Project in a Condo Association: An Overview

It is inevitable that there will be a major project in your Condo Association

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Building official preps South End (FL) condo managers for renovation season

Bucklew led a course for South End condo managers and residents titled “Navigating your way through the permitting process.”

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From Bland to Fab – How to get your Common Areas Improved

A rough guide to help you improve common areas

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Numbers Never Lie: The Future of Building Restoration

In 5 to 10 years, Restoration Contractors will work for 4 or 5 Property Management Companies/Consultants and those Property Management Companies/Consultants will contract all their work to one Restoration Contractor

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Intelligent Building Solutions

The need for security cameras and effective image-recording devices is skyrocketing, along with the desire for software tools that generate remote accessibility

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Winter Pipe Safety Measures

So winter’s coming…and you’ve got a watchful eye on driveways, roofs and other essential areas. But don’t forget about one of the most freeze-sensitive parts of your buildings and systems: pipes.   Read the article………….

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Seven Ways to Fight Mold – And Win

It’s the scourge of households everywhere: the unsightly, unsanitary, unbecoming sight of mold. But waging war on mold means more than launching a full-scale assault when you see it (though that can be part of the battle plan). Instead, consider

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Maintenance vs. Capital Improvements – What’s the Difference?

Maintaining your buildings’ assets is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. The common areas require a broad range of routine maintenance and repairs to keep them looking good and operating smoothly. Maintenance activities can include simple lightbulb replacements, housekeeping and paint touch-ups

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HOA Appealing Paint

Painting is often one a homeowner association’s most frequent and expensive repairs. Paint has a relatively short life (depending on the surface, tree cover, exposure to sun and wind: 5-10 years) yet acts as a critical barrier of protection for

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Mold: Is there a fungus among us? Part 1 of Insurance: What you need to know

Welcome 2016! While the expression “out with the old and in with the new” comes to mind, remember, too, that this is a great time for review. Start off the new year by reviewing your association’s insurance policies to better

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Coping with Leak Legalities (NY)

Cooperative buildings often become embroiled in litigation involving leaks in apartments caused by defects in roofs, exterior façades, or other common areas that are the responsibility of the co-op corporation to maintain. The warranty of habitability is duty that is

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