Category: Building Operations

Maintenance Hidden Dangers:
1997 Oct Hidden Dangers:

A little over a year ago tennis star Vitas Gerulitas went to bed in a friend's pool house on Long Island and never woke up. Unbeknownst to him, a faulty pipe was spewing a colorless, odorless, highly poisonous gas into the air and with ea…

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Design Urban Landscaping
1997 Sep Urban Landscaping

Landscaping is often associated with garden apartments that boast acres of land and rolling hills decorated with towering trees, bountiful flower gardens and lush courtyards. However, landscaping is just as important, if not more so, in …

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Finance Investing the Reserve Fund
1997 Sep Investing the Reserve Fund

If you were walking down the street and spotted a $100 bill on the ground, would you stop and pick it up? Of course you would, and in the literal sense you could consider this $100 found money. Surprisingly, every day, many members of co-…

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Maintenance Electric Deregulation Is Coming
1997 Sep Electric Deregulation Is Coming

The deregulation of the electric industry appears to be a sure thing, but there is still much confusion as to the particulars. Today the three most commonly asked questions concerning the deregulation of electricity are: When will it occu…

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Maintenance Helping Conserve Energy
1997 Sep Helping Conserve Energy

Many co-op and condo boards have realized that energy conservation is not only an issue of environmental importance, but also a key area in helping reduce their buildings' operating expenses. And the industry continues to offer a variety …

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Maintenance Heat Sensor Technology
1997 Sep Heat Sensor Technology

It's the dead of winter. Outside the temperature is below freezing. Your building is sending up heat, and you've got your windows open. What's going on? Why can't your building's heating system just make everyone comfortably warm instead …

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Maintenance 'Home Safe Home'
1997 Sep 'Home Safe Home'

Every 11 seconds a burglary is committed in the United States, according to the Department of Justice's most recent annual Unified Crime Reports. Even Mayor Giuliani, who is perpetually promoting the decrease in crime in New York, is not …

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Insurance Directors' and Officers' Insurance
1997 Jul/Aug Directors' and Officers' Insurance

Being elected to serve on the board of your co-op or condo can be viewed as a great honor or a dreadful burden. Those who look for the positive in any new situation will focus on the fact that their neighbors have confidence in their lea…

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Finance Back From the Brink of Disaster:
1997 Jul/Aug Back From the Brink of Disaster:

Co-op and condo boards, together with their professional managers, are responsible for their properties' financial well-being. Every financially-challenged property faces the same perils: an inability to meet ongoing expenses, the consequen…

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Maintenance Regulating Boiler Repairs
1997 Jul/Aug Regulating Boiler Repairs

You probably don't think about your building's boiler very often. As long as it provides heat and hot water, it's pretty much out-of-sight, out-of-mind. And when the boiler does need repair, you probably depend on your management company …

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