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The Future of Going Solar (AZ)

Arizona law favors the use of solar energy devices by homeowners within community associations. In fact, pursuant to A.R.S. Section 33-439(A), “[a]ny covenant, restriction or condition contained in any deed, contract, security agreement or other instrument affecting the transfer or

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Condo residents want county to curtail park’s recycled water project

A project to install a recycled wastewater irrigation system at Waipuilani Park in Kihei is concerning condominium residents, who irrigate a portion of the park themselves and say that the project is a needless cost to the county.  Board members

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Understanding Residential Irrigation Users to Target Water Conservation Extension Programs

Water scarcity is one of the most important current issues, and Extension can play a role in helping people conserve water in the home landscape. Residential irrigation users make up an important target audience. The study reported here showed that

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Water Shortage Restrictions Override Deed Restrictions

Homeowners associations may not require lot owners to pressure wash their homes, or to water or replace their lawns while there are water shortage restrictions in effect.  The Southwest Florida Water Management District (“SWFWMD”), the agency responsible for managing and

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Issues That Cross State Lines: A Look at Condo Legislation Trends

When it comes to legislation and legal issues that apply to condo associations, co-ops, and other multifamily housing models, the focus is often local—city ordinances, council meetings, and so forth – but there are judgments handed down and bills passed

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5 Ways You Can Make Your HOA Community Greener

Being environmentally friendly is becoming a crucial aspect of daily life. Lowering your neighborhood’s carbon footprint is something that your HOA board can do to better the Earth while teaching your community about nature and conservation.  However, going green in

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Water Shortage Restrictions Override Deed Restrictions (FL)

Homeowners associations may not require lot owners to pressure wash their homes, or to water or replace their lawns while there are water shortage restrictions in effect.   Read the article…………..

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Lakewood Ranch uses record amount of water. And it could cost plenty (FL)

Even thought meteorologists were predicting a 60 percent chance of rain for the Bradenton area Tuesday, Lakewood Ranch supervisors were certain that some homeowners would be running their sprinklers as if the area were still in a drought.  Some even

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Avoid Over-watering in Your Association

With temperatures already on the rise, you may be worrying about keeping our plants watered and thriving. While plants die without proper water, the same is true of plants that receive too much water. It is easy to tell when

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Want to green your HOA? Follow our tips for a smooth process Source: https://www.environmentguru.com/pages/elements/element.aspx?id=5032936 © EnvironmentGuru.com

For those of us who live in communities with a Homeowners Association (HOA), we know that it can be a challenge to jumpstart new community projects. From the initial idea to breaking ground on the project, there are many meetings,

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Seminole County residents resist homeowners’ association demands to re-sod yards during drought (FL)

A group of Seminole County residents are crying foul after their homeowners’ association has demanded they re-sod their browning yards during the worst drought Central Florida has seen in 100 years.  The homeowners told Channel 9 that they want their

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Legislature says homeowners associations can’t bar rooftop solar (OR)

Homeowners associations won’t be able to deny Oregonians their right to go solar under a bill that passed the Legislature on Wednesday.  The bill, HB 2111, which sailed through the House more than a month ago on a 56-3 vote,

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Homeowners who let grass go brown to save water during California drought could face fines

Homeowners who let their grass go brown to save money during the drought may have to turn the sprinklers back on, or else their HOA can fine them.  In April, Gov. Jerry Brown declared the drought over for most parts

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Seminole County residents resist homeowners’ association demands to re-sod yards during drought (FL)

A group of Seminole County residents are crying foul after their homeowners’ association has demanded they re-sod their browning yards during the worst drought Central Florida has seen in 100 years.  The homeowners told Channel 9 that they want their

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Green Initiatives in Condos

Most people these days are making a conscious effort to reduce their impact on the environment. Some activities are so common that they have become the norm. We recycle. We turn the lights off when we leave a room. Others

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How One Neighborhood Saved Millions of Gallons of Water With Native Plants (CO)

Don Ireland’s personal campaign to save water began when he moved to Colorado after years of working as a newspaper reporter. “I’m still curious about how things work,” he says. So when he started attending his homeowners association meetings and

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University Place residents worried for water (FL)

The future of one of University Place’s largest ponds remains mucky as it battles drought conditions and a failed water well.  The well in Pond 14 has collapsed and can’t refill the pond, which provides irrigation water to a section

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How to Uncover Savings for Your Condo or Co-op Association with an Energy Audit – Energy Efficiency Part 2

In part one of our two-part series on energy efficiency, we discussed the growing trend of mandatory energy benchmarking for residential mid-rise and high-rise buildings. We also showed you how benchmarking can provide your condo or co-op association with valuable

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Governor Brown Declares the End of the Drought

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown signed Executive Order B-40-17, ending the drought state of emergency in most of California. Drought restrictions will remain in effect in Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolomne counties, which continue to face drinking water shortages

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How Condo Associations Can Get Ahead of the Energy Benchmarking Trend – Energy Efficiency Part 1

Is your condominium or co-op association required to report your building’s annual energy usage? If not, and if yours is a mid-rise or high-rise building (50,000 square feet or larger), get ready. Chances are that mandatory energy benchmarking will be

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End of the Drought: Law Changes Your HOA Board Needs to Know About (CA)

The California drought has officially been acknowledged as coming to an end. While this is great news for the residents of California, it’s not back to the normal day-to-day management of homeowners association just yet.  Desperate times called for desperate

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HOA Homefront: The drought emergency is over. Back to business as usual? (CA)

On April 7, 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17, formally ending the drought emergency, which can be read in its entirety at https://www.gov.ca.gov, the governor’s web site. The order is not only confirmation of good news for California,

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California Makes Artificial Grass Permanent

This month, Governor Brown signed AB 349, a drought bill aimed at California HOAs that restrict the installation of artificial turf. Significant protections already exist for owners who wish to install “low water-using landscaping,” but AB 349 goes a step

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The West Ridge Blues: Lot owners look to overcome water problems (ID)

West Ridge has 120 lots, but only six houses.  The situation is such that Grant Durtschi, who owns a vacant lot in the West Ridge Ranch Subdivision, is also the subdivision’s Home Owners Association (HOA) president.  West Ridge does not

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A Checklist For Going Green In Your HOA

There is much talk of green construction. The following checklist will help identify features that produce a healthier, high-performance building that costs less to operate and has fewer negative environmental impacts. HOA developers and builders take note:      Read

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Energy Efficiency and your HOA Community

Taking your HOA to a place of energy efficiency doesn’t have to mean accepting a different standard of living. With today’s technological advances, becoming energy efficient can be as simple as switching out light bulbs or practicing strategic landscaping. Going

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How climate change could affect maintenance fees

Summer 2016 was one of the hottest on record in the Greater Toronto Area, with experts predicting summer temperatures could soar to 44 degrees Celsius by 2050. In this rapidly changing climate, the city’s high-rise buildings are also feeling the

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Lawmakers pass bill limiting HOA control on solar (UT)

A bill that limits the ability of homeowners associations to regulate rooftop solar installations made it through the Utah Legislature late Thursday.  Senate Bill 154, sponsored by South Jordan Republican Lincoln Fillmore, would prohibit rules against solar in most cases,

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Ocean Hills community considers water options (CA)

The Ocean Hills housing community is considering more cost effective ways to water its greenbelts. Options on the table are connecting to city recycled water lines or digging a local well.  Residents are also looking at landscape changes to conserve

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My Position on the Pending Solar Legislation (UT)

I surprised a few people at the Utah Legislature last week, by testifying against a bill that would arguably facilitate the installation of solar panels in Utah. Those who know me (and those who follow this blog) are well aware

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Utah Op-ed: Let HOA residents join fully in the solar revolution

As the manager of a Utah business, it’s very important to me that we do our part to help protect the health of our community. That’s one of the big reasons we at Mark Miller Subaru chose to invest in

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Utah homeowner associations may be forced to allow solar panels

Lawmakers on Friday advanced a controversial bill to require, in most circumstances, homeowner associations (HOAs) to allow solar panels.  The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to endorse SB154, and sent it to the full Senate for consideration.  Its sponsor, Sen.

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Four Ideas for Water and Energy Savings for Condo Owners

Electricity and water conservation should be a major priority for all Condo Associations. While things like solar panels and EV chargers are the provenance of Associations, there are many things that support water and energy savings for Condo Owners. These

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HOA Homefront: Are we STILL dealing with drought? (CA)

Q:  Regarding water cutbacks and dead lawns, can an HOA require homeowners who stopped watering to replace their dead lawns with other types of ground cover such as drought tolerant landscaping, compost, artificial turf, etc? Or are we stuck with

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Green Technology and Conserving Water in a Condo Association

Electricity is usually one of the biggest expenses in a Condo Association, but not too far behind it is water. Some Condo Associations have individually metered units, but others do not. Irregardless of that disposition, conserving water in a Condo

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Lee’s Summit homeowner fights for right to install solar panels (MO)

Tim Ely wants to do something to his Lee’s Summit home that he believes is every homeowner’s right: install solar panels.  But so far, Ely hasn’t been able to get his homeowners association — Arborwalk Community Association — to agree.

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Energy Efficiency in Your HOA

While there is continuing debate about the reasons driving climate change, most agree on the need for better stewardship of the Earth. While governments often move at a glacial pace to enact green policies, self help is readily available today.

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SB 814: Discouraging Excessive Water Use (CA)

California is experiencing the worst drought in over a century. While recent rains bring good news for our water supply, the California Legislature has enacted a number of laws aimed at water conservation that still stand. Existing law requires the

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Green Technology and Electricity Savings in a Condo Association

Electricity is one of the biggest expenses for a Condo Association. As such, green technologies or other ways to promote electricity savings in a Condo Association is definitely something you’ll want to look into. Improvements to and investments in your

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How to Grow Veggies at Your Apartment or Condo

No access to land for growing a vegetable garden? No problem. You can still grow a vegetable and herb garden, enjoying all the benefits of gardening without the added cost and maintenance of a large outdoor garden bed. Perfect for

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Homeowners, HOA clash over landscape rules (CA)

Richard and Carole DeProspo say they wanted to curb their outdoor water use in light of the drought, not pick a costly fight with their homeowners association.  And yet that’s where they’ve found themselves—headed to court to ask a judge

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The drought defense: Homeowners take association to court over landscaping fines (CA)

Richard and Carole DeProspo say they wanted to curb their outdoor water use in light of the drought, not pick a costly fight with their homeowners association.  And yet that’s where they’ve found themselves—headed to court to ask a judge

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Solar Panel Showdown (FL)

A showdown over solar panels in a South Florida community. One man says he was trying to save money, but says his homeowner’s association gave him a hard time. So he called Help Me Howard With Patrick Fraser.    Read

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Designs by RGA Landscape Architects Earns Ironwood Community Association an Award

From RGA Landscape Architects: RGA Landscape Architects, Inc., a leading landscape architectural firm on the forefront of water efficient design and planning, provided design services to address water conservation for Ironwood Community Association, now recognized by Coachella Valley Water District

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Proposed energy code changes target glass boxes (ON)

Fewer glass towers will be appearing in Canadian skylines if proposed changes to the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) are adopted. Consumer demand may be driving the proliferation of high-rise condominiums with extreme window-to-wall ratios, but recently released documentation

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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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DEQ awards $980,000 low-interest drinking water construction loan to Teton Reserve Homeowners’ Association (ID)

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on Thursday announced the award of a $980,000 low-interest drinking water construction loan to the Teton Reserve Homeowners’ Association in Teton County.  The funding will be used to install two wells and associated

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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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Limitations on Community Association-Imposed Solar and Renewable Energy Restrictions (FL)

Due to its climate, Florida – the “Sunshine State” – is ideally situated to take advantage of unlimited and environmentally friendly solar energy. In the last two decades, the price of solar collectors has dropped significantly in cost and many

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Recycled water project reaches milestone in Encinitas Ranch (CA)

One of Encinitas’ largest residential neighborhoods is weaning itself away from using drinking water to irrigate its parks, trails and landscaping, and celebrated a major milestone in the process this week.  Officials with San Dieguito Water Authority, San Elijo Joint

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