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Water Inside Your Building Means Something Is Wrong on the Outside

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 08:35

“Water, water everywhere” is not what you want to be thinking as you’re standing in the living room of a townhouse condominium unit or peering into the lobby of a high rise.

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How Can My Association Go Solar?

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 13:50
How Can My Association Go Solar?

It’s no surprise that solar panels have started popping up all over the area.  Solar can drastically reduce electric bills, protect against the rising cost of energy, boost U.S. energy independence, protect the environment and more.

The cost of solar panels has decreased significantly over the years and continues to drop.

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Cost Segregation Studies

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 06:53

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

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Don’t forget the roof!

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:41
Building owners and managers: add roof to your snow removal checklist.

Several areas of the US are currently experiencing heavy and frequent snowfalls.

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Multifamily Radon Testing and Mitigation Requirements

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 13:54
What does it mean to building owners, investors, and property managers?

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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Is Radon Risk Real?

Latest "Your Home" Article - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:00

You have heard of radon. Perhaps you have tested your home or the home you intended to buy for the presence of radon gas. If so, when you received the results, did you take any action? Did you install a mitigation pump or even refuse to purchase the home?

Is radon risk real? There is a wealth of information out there. Let’s review some facts. Let’s look at what leading agencies are saying.

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Failing Facades

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 08:43
What's a Board to Do?

It is Inevitable
No matter what type of building you live in, one day, the facade will begin to fail. Whether it is water infiltration, cracking wood, spalling concrete or crumbling brick, it’s only a matter of time before you have failing facade.

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Engineering Advisor Bulletin

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:14

National Engineers Week, founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understan

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Retaining Walls

Latest "Your Home" Article - Mon, 12/23/2013 - 10:21

What is a retaining wall? To retain, according to Webster’s Dictionary, means “to hold secure or intact.” A retaining wall, then, holds something “secure or intact.” Typically, as it matters to homeowners, the “something” is soil on a slope or at a higher elevation that, if left on its own, will not remain “secure and intact.”

Retaining walls come in many shapes, sizes and materials. This issue of YOUR HOME will examine a few of them.

Why Retaining Walls?

Have you ever looked around your property to see if you have retaining walls?

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Red Flags that Signal Structural Defects

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Fri, 12/13/2013 - 12:17

Although the housing market has slowed, approximately 80 percent of new construction is still being built as a community association. The recent boom in the housing market has led more people to purchase condominiums and townhouses on impulse, without the benefit of several walk-throughs or an inspection by a Professional Engineer. More than likely, this has happened in your community as well. But what does it mean for the association and its residents?

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A Few Words About WINTER....

Latest "Your Home" Article - Fri, 12/13/2013 - 12:04

Seen on a Maine license plate - BRRRRR. When it comes to winter, that says it all!

But what of our houses in winter? Think about it. Is your home winter-time safe?

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Snow on the Roof

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Fri, 12/13/2013 - 11:44
The Basics

What this means for building owners is that snow is a concern in most areas, yet unpredictable from year to year.

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Defer, Replace, Improve

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Thu, 09/26/2013 - 11:44
Those involved in providing reserve studies (engineers and accounting managers) perform a valuable function. They can tell you how much to put aside today for tomorrow's capital expenditures, as they have it down to a science.

There is also an art to reserve studies that is rarely discussed.

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Let's Caulk

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 09:16

Perhaps by now the March wind-driven weather has convinced the Board it has water infiltration problems, not to mention air infiltration issues.  Interior gypsum board ceilings and walls are starting to stain; floors are beginning to get wet and warp; and unit owners are complaining of mold formation.  Often the answer is not façade re-siding or a new roof surface but rather a need for new caulk.

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Spring 2013 - Let's Caulk

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 07:36

Perhaps by now the spring wind-driven weather has convinced the Board it has water infiltration problems, not to mention air infiltration issues. Interior gypsum board ceilings and walls are starting to stain; floors are beginning to get wet and warp; and unit owners are complaining of mold formation. Often the answer is not façade re-siding or a new roof surface but rather a need for new caulk. 

The best water proofing materials in any building do not depend on adhesive properties.

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Recovering from Hurricane Sandy; It's More than Just Cleaning Up

Latest "Engineering Advisor" Article - Thu, 11/15/2012 - 12:44

In the wake of the damage and flooding of Hurricane Sandy, Criterium Engineers encourages residents, homeowners, condo/apartment owners, and commercial property owners to have a th

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Recovering from Hurricane Sandy; It's More than Just Cleaning Up

Latest "Your Home" Article - Thu, 11/15/2012 - 12:36

In the wake of the damage and flooding of Hurricane Sandy, Criterium Engineers encourages residents, homeowners, condo/apartment owners, and commercial property owners to have a thorough inspection, especially as winter advances.

Criterium Engineers are assessing the clean up for Hurricane Sandy. President of Criterium Engineers, Alan Mooney, P.E.says the devastation is still a shock but cautions commercial and residential property owners to consistently document damage as much as possible.

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Road Weary

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Fri, 04/13/2012 - 08:55

If you have a major paving job for your condo complex, it is best not to wait till the last minute. Now is the time to plan and get your best prices before spring has sprung.

When it comes to paving projects, often the Board needs an education on the paving issues and options available. There is a lot of misinformation out there. There is no better way to have a meeting’s agenda go astray than when no one knows the difference between or benefits of seal coating and a binder top.

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The Inflation Dilemma

Latest "Common Foundations" Article - Tue, 12/20/2011 - 11:22

Inflation is something we’ve not paid much attention to for many years. Since the 1980s, inflation has averaged almost negligible amounts in most years. Furthermore, we’ve grown used to making investments that approximate or at least keep us ahead of inflation based on our rate of return. Those days may be over.

Divergence of Indices

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