2009 Nov
Focus on... Building Maintenance

Maintenance
2009 Nov Maintenance Deferred

If something’s broken, you fix it. If it's worn out, you replace it. It sounds like a simple equation, but when it comes to construction in cash-strapped times, it can be a case of easier said than done. As many condominiums’ f…

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2009 Nov Healthy Building Systems

A building is, in many ways, like a body.If its residents are the soul, then certainly the mechanical systems that keep it running are at its heart. And just as one cares for one’s body by eating right and exercising, so too must managem…

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2009 Nov All Hands on Deck!

A building is, in many ways, like a body.If its residents are the soul, then certainly the mechanical systems that keep it running are at its heart. And just as one cares for one’s body by eating right and exercising, so too must managemen…

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2009 Nov Slipping and Sliding Preempted

With the arrival of the snowfall season in New England, most community associations are hurriedly pulling out their snow blowers and double checking their plowing contracts. At a few condominiums, however, the arrival of winter is being gr…

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2009 Nov Montpelier, Vermont

Montpelier, Vermont is not a big place. In fact, residents proudly explain that it is the smallest capital city in the United States. They will also patiently point out that, although only a couple hours from French-speaking Quebec, the…

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2009 Nov Unwanted Guests

These 12- to 15-pound birds were once migratory animals, but they lost that instinct when they were employed as live decoys by hunters. In the 1930s, live decoys were outlawed and the captive geese were turned loose, multiplying exponential…

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2009 Nov Environmental Issues

Saving money by going green sounds great, but who has that initial capital in these tough economic times? The average person can’t afford the luxury of buying solar panels or driving a hybrid car, however, there are many energy-saving cha…

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2009 Nov Maintenance Issues

When it comes to the windows in your complex, like most people, you’re probably focused on energy conservation – keeping the air conditioning inside in the summer and the cold air outside in the winter. While you’re probably aware that not…

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2009 Nov Q&A: Who Pays for Soggy Alarm System?

Q I live in a top floor apartment of a condo building. There has been a leak from the roof for a few years. The condo has been trying to stop the source of the leak over that time period, but to no avail. They have now hired a roofer, w…

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