The problem of mold in buildings is one that no building owner or manager can afford to ignore. Mold has been suggested as one of the possible factors in so-called “Sick Building Syndrome.” What conditions create mold in buildings? Mold typically reproduces by means of airborne spores. These spores are always present in the air…..
This summer more than ever the return of the snowbirds will be an increased challenge for the many condo communities in those areas most popular to tourists. New England has a significant population of condominiums along its rocky coast and mountainous regions serving as primary or secondary homes for bi-latitude unit owners. Many of these….
To no surprise, early market analysis and evidence is suggesting that homeowners/buyers are developing new priorities for their homes, according to sources like BUILDER magazine. Also, search trends on Google are high for “home office,” “home gym,“ and, “healthy home”. A survey conducted by Realtor.com and Toluna Insights reports a growing disinterest in small spaces….
One of the most crucial periods in the life of a HOA community is the transition of the control from the developer to the association. This is the time when the Board of Directors must determine not only the physical and financial strengths of the development, but also set the procedures in place for future….
There is some good solar power news for condominium and HOA communities. We have spoken in past articles of the unfortunate political restraints on the development of renewable energy sources by certain state governors and administrations. Things have changed with two new solar power pieces of Maine legislature (LD 91 – “An act to Eliminate….
Managing a building in the coronavirus world is a new challenge. Criterium Engineers, building experts who have evaluated over 750,000 buildings across the U.S. and Canada in more than 60 years in business, is offering COVID driven educational material for homeowner association (HOAs) managers and board members to help them learn more about this subject….
When was the last time you thought about your parking lot? The honest answer, probably, is not in recent memory. It’s not a question of ‘out of sight –out of mind.’ Parking lots and other paved areas are highly visible, but they aren’t all that interesting. There is nothing sexy about asphalt. A well-designed, nicely….
Perhaps the most dreaded sound in an HOA or condo complex, other than a fire alarm or screaming siren, is repeated unit owners calls reporting a pest infestation. Pests can come in many types of creatures, both large and small, including bats, seagulls, geese, rodents, mold spores, and wasps. For this brief article our focus….
With COVID-19, how do we operate buildings more effectively in order to inhibit any virus or airborne contaminants? Our Building Science expert and chief engineer, Rebecca Rand Costigan, P.E., LEED-AP, CEM., shares what we’ve learned, along with guidance from national and international HVAC organizations. Click the image below to download our full presentation
What’s the difference between a Reserve Study and a Building Evaluation? Do HOAs need both? A reserve study is basically an accounting exercise; its purpose is to estimate the life expectancy of building components. A building evaluation assesses the condition of those components. Although a Criterium Engineers reserve study includes a building assessment, many reserve….