We probably all became painfully aware of the effect of drafts on our homes in the same way; we innocently left a door open and heard our mother scream, “stop heating the outside!”
It all makes sense now because we are the ones paying the bills. Some days, opening the mail can make you want to seal your house up tighter than a drum. But there is also a belief that houses have to breathe. So how much is too much when it comes to air flow? How can we protect our homes and our wallets from Old Man Winter? AssociationHelpNow decided to “shoot the breeze” with Alan Jalon from The Falcon Group, to get an expert’s opinion on the subject.
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
You own a 300-unit condominium and you want to inspect your building’s façade in the most efficient way. You’ve heard drones can be a great resource, but you don’t know what to look for when hiring a drone pilot. How can an association ensure they are hiring both a licensed and insured professional, as well as a company with the expertise to interpret data?
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.
The board has recently decided that the roads within your housing complex need to be repaved. As a resident and member of the board, you’re very unfamiliar with how the process works. Board members are discussing engineering terms and bids and contract administrators. And, to be frank, you sit silently in the meeting asking yourself “What even is contract administration?” [Read more…] about Navigating a Construction Project Using a Contract Administrator