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Community Essentials: Are you Reserving for Siding?

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Wed, 10/27/2010 - 11:29

As associations continue to discover the benefit of reserve studies and the long-range planning options they provide, some Boards also unearth some less-pleasant realities about their current funding—especially where siding is concerned. The idea that siding should last “as long as the building” or at least in the 40-year range has been a common misconception of Board members and property managers. The truth is, your building’s siding takes the brunt of the elements and can deteriorate more quickly than expected.

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Repair, Replace, or Renovate?

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Wed, 10/27/2010 - 11:11
How to Maintain Value and Improve Efficiency

Some associations struggle with long-range vision, especially if it means spending large amounts of money. It’s not realistic for a board to plan for the exact property value 10 years down the road or rely on an outdated reserve study to predict the remaining useful life of all common elements. But making it up as you go along is clearly a recipe for disaster! What’s a board to do?

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Spring Into A Maintenance Schedule

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Wed, 10/27/2010 - 10:38

WINTER is drawing to a close, and your residents are eager to replace the snow shovels with tennis rackets. However, it’s not too late to implement an ongoing maintenance plan that will save your association time and money for many seasons to come.

View your association as a complete network with many important pieces working together, and ensure that each system is functioning properly.

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7 Things You Must Know Before Conducting Your Next Reserve Study

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Wed, 10/27/2010 - 09:15

One of the primary business duties of Community Associations is maintaining and preserving property values of the Association’s common property. To do this properly, Associations must develop funding plans for future repair or replacement of major commonarea components. A reserve study is a budget planning tool that identifies the current status of the reserve fund and establishes a stable and equitable funding plan to offset the anticipated future major common-area expenditures.

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Snow on the Roof

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 13:03

The winter of 2009/2010 was remarkable in some ways and quite average in others. Remarkable in that measurable snow fell in 49 states.

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Energy Audits

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:36

Energy audits are popular again. They were first offered in the ’70s and ’80s, but owners and consumers lost interest as fuel prices stayed low relative to income.

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Chinese Drywall

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:29

So-called Chinese drywall refers to a product imported from China to be used in the construction of walls and ceilings of homes and other buildings.

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Elevators

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:21

Elevators make modern buildings possible.

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Paying For Green

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:14

One cannot help but notice – every magazine and every professional publication these days has at least one article on green building technology.

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Curtain Walls

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:06

Curtain walls are common today in commercial construction, adding simplicity and design options for buildings of all types.

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How Long Will It Last?

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:57

Determining how long a building component will last before it requires repair or replacement is one of the primary tasks in performing a Property Condition Assessment (PCA).

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How Big Is It?

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:41

When performing a Property Condition Assessment (PCA), we are often asked to confirm building dimensions.

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Fiber Cement Siding

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:55

Fiber cement building materials are being used more and more in new construction, primarily for siding. In fact, it is used by most large builders in about 20 percent of the new home market.

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Facility Management and the Bottom Line

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:48

Corporate real estate owners and real estate investors have traditionally viewed Facility Management (FM) as an expense.

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Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER)

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:41

As of January 23, 2006, manufacturers of heating and air conditioning equipment can no longer manufacture single-phase central air conditioners and heat pumps with output of 65,000 BTUH (British th

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Commercial Painting

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:34

Approximately $7.6 billion was spent on architectural coatings in the U.S. in 2003 according to the National Paint and Coatings Association, Inc.

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Cost Segregation Studies

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:23

Depreciation enters significantly into the financial performance of commercial buildings. Typically, property, exclusive of land, is depreciated over 39 years.

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Reduce Lighting Costs

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:05

Energy costs for commercial buildings are estimated to run about $100 billion per year, or on average, about $1.50 per square foot of commercial floor space.

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Green Technology and Existing Buildings

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:58

In the early ‘80s, a few designers started paying attention to sustainable architecture. Twenty years later, green buildings are mainstream.

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Fire Safety

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:50

FIRE! Don’t shout it in a crowded theater. However, building occupants are more concerned than ever about fire safety.

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