As a Registered Architect (R.A.) and building envelope specialist, it is my duty to educate my clients so that they can make informed decisions. Part of my job is presenting facts and information that in some cases may make me unpopular. One of the biggest push backs that I often receive from my clients has to do with my recommendation that they remove their attic fans and replace it with a properly-designed, passive ventilation system. [Read more…] about Debunking The Myths About Attic Fans
Along with the warm weather comes some unwanted guests, or should we say pests? Mosquitoes present not just an annoying aspect of spring and summer, but pose potential health risks as well. As residents and managers, how can our communities strike a balance between harmful pests and potentially harmful control solutions? [Read more…] about Mosquitoes? Don’t Spray — Get Some Dragonflies!
Each spring when weather begins to warm up, residents eagerly anticipate breaking out their swimsuits, while at the same time condominium and homeowner association boards begin to expedite opening community pools. Ever present in the minds of those tasked with this job, are the possible unexpected delays and problems that have the potential to derail the best laid pool opening plans. [Read more…] about Associations Don’t Stress — Power through that Pool Opening with Best Practices
It’s something every manager strives for and every resident demands — curb appeal. Maintaining it is one of the board’s fiduciary duties. But what happens when those flower beds, pathways and rolling hills turn into mud, ice and standing water? What if these problems pop up unexpectedly for no apparent reason? [Read more…] about Know Where the Water Will Go — Avoid Damage Caused by Drainage Problems
Keeping your Fitness Center “Fit” for Use
Preparing a Community’s Grounds for Winter: What Associations Can Do Now
While it’s true that harsh winter weather, snow plows and ice melting chemicals can cause destruction to a community’s grounds, there are a number of steps associations can take to minimize the damage to their properties.