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Citizens seek assistance for west side water woes (AZ)

Mayor Ernie Bunch issued a proclamation at the beginning of Monday night’s council meeting proclaiming Oct. 23-31, 2017 as Red Ribbon Week and encouraged citizens to participate in drug prevention education activities all year long to make a visible statement

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Big water bills fuel meter mystery in Ahwatukee (AZ)

Last month, Phoenix officials celebrated the city Water Services Department’s recognition as a “Utility of the Future Today” – one of 25 utilities across the country cited for “forward-thinking initiatives.”  Don’t tell that to some Ahwatukee customers who have seen

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Big Buildings May Have to Undergo Costly Retrofits (NY)

If Mayor Bill de Blasio has his way, owners of buildings larger than 25,000 square feet – including co-ops and condos – will be required to make costly retrofits to heating and cooling systems, roofs and windows in order to

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Assessing Your Building’s Energy Consumption: How Green Are You?

Most folks know that turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, taking shorter showers, and turning down the thermostat a couple of degrees can help save energy – and by extension, money. However, helping an entire building or association cut costs

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A Look at Cogeneration: Is It for Your Building?

Many residential properties obtain their power from a local energy supplier. But in recent years, boards and managing agents have investigated, and in some cases, installed “cogeneration ” systems that allow properties to produce a portion of the energy they

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Secret ORNL West Knox ‘smart’ house makes way for neighborhoods of the future (TN)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a secret house in a West Knoxville neighborhood.  Forbidden to reveal the location of the house by the Homeowners Association, ORNL researchers quietly monitor energy use from a remote office in Oak Ridge.  The house

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Tips for Maintaining Condo Environmental Systems

There are many things that a Condo Association must look to provide for its Owners. At the highest level, they boil down to the big three: safety, security, and transparency. In pursuit of this goal, there are certain key building

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Chandler residents petitioning HOA to allow artificial turf (AZ)

Many people are switching from real grass landscapes to artificial turf because of lower water usage and less maintenance. But some Chandler residents can’t because their homeowners’ association won’t allow it.  “We couldn’t keep it green, our water bills were

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Can an HOA require you to keep your grass green? (FL)

Here in Jacksonville, we have a lot of subdivisions. Most of those have a Homeowner’s Association that makes rules to help keep home values intact. Those rules can range from making sure your trash cans aren’t left on the street

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Phoenix Shutting Off Supply of Trucked Water to New River & Desert Hills (AZ)

The City of Phoenix will no longer allow commercial haulers to fill from city hydrants for delivery outside city limits, creating concern among Desert Hills and New River residents who rely on periodic delivery of potable water.  City officials say

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6 Ways To “Go Green” in Your HOA or Condo Association

There are more than 7 billion people on the Earth. We take up a lot of space and use a lot of resources. That makes implementing eco-friendly practices even more critical to preserve the environment and the resources that we

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Lakewood Ranch HOA hopes to reign in unnecessary irrigation (FL)

All around Steve Ayers’ yard there are hints of what some may consider an obsession with rainfall and irrigation.  In flower beds and under oak trees, yellow cups made for measuring rain dot the landscape. An irrigation pressure reader hides

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Rancho Santa Margarita resident, HOA at odds over drought-tolerant front lawn

Jeff Armbruster installed a drought-tolerant front lawn including nine yards of pink sandstone at his Rancho Santa Margarita home. He is now in trouble with the Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corporation because the yard isn’t covered with 85 percent

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Commentary: Lawns are most irrigated crop

When you think about irrigated crops, what likely comes to mind is corn, soy, and other agricultural crops. But the largest irrigated crop in the United States is not one that ends up on our dinner plate. It’s our lawns.

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No quick fix for old irrigation system at condo community (NV)

Q: You emphasized it’s better to water longer rather than more often. But what if that’s not possible? Our small condo community has an old irrigation system with everything watered from the same lines. We irrigate for nearly 24 hours.

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Solar Panels: Let the Sunshine In But Only After Approval (CO)

Colorado law prohibits associations from adopting rules or regulations that effectively prohibit the installation of solar panels on homeowners’ properties, but associations are allowed to adopt reasonable rules governing such installation, which can be based on aesthetic considerations and to

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Five Paths to Reducing Your HOAs Carbon Footprint

It’s one thing to want to reduce your carbon footprint in an HOA, but how do you actually go about doing that? Here are five pathways that might help.   Read the article………………

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Mount Pleasant man’s battle for solar panels remains unsettled (SC)

Mount Pleasant resident Steve Zimmerman just wanted to get off the grid.  In December, Zimmerman moved into Lakeshore subdivision, a cozy little community of about 70 homes off bustling Rifle Range Road.  Soon after, he started investigating the possibility of

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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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