Category: Building Operations

Maintenance
Multifamily Pest Control

Nobody likes to deal with pests - bugs and vermin are unsanitary, can cause or aggravate health issues, and are just plain gross. In this short video, pest control pros discuss the biggest pest-control issues facing multifamily communities,…

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Design
Green Walls Bring Nature Inside Your Home

For as long as there have been houses, there have been houseplants. Now landscape architects and technology have joined forces to offer the ultimate in indoor botany: the living wall.   Known alternately as a green wall, or even living art…

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Insurance
2018 August The Chain of Communication

The board of a condominium, cooperative, or homeowners’ association literally exists to serve, and to represent residents’ best interests in the day-to-day business of the association. The relationship between the owner/shareholder and the …

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Insurance
2018 August The Upsides of Board Service

One of the unique things that sets co-op, condo and HOA living apart from living in a single-family home, or even a rental, is the buyer’s choice to live in a community-within-a-community. By purchasing a unit in a particular building or de…

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Insurance
2018 August Responsibility for Repairs

There’s an old adage that ‘insurance is for pessimists’ – but that’s very much not the case. In the world of home ownership, and especially in shared communities, proper insurance is a critical factor in protecting not only your most import…

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Insurance
2018 August The Risks of Being Un(or under-)Insured

Insurance can seem like a mundane administrative afterthought – right up to the moment you need coverage. In a community association, just because a responsible board handles the lion’s share of maintaining the policy covering common areas …

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Insurance
Common Insurance-Related Mistakes Boards Make

Insurance may not be the most exciting topic facing boards in multifamily co-ops and condos, but decision-makers neglect it at their peril. Here, an insurance pro outlines some of the more common mistakes he sees boards make when it comes t…

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Design
Revisiting Passive House Building

In April of 2017, The Cooperator  examined the passive house building standard that, according to the Passive House Institute U.S. website , follows a set of design principles to achieve energy efficiency in a structure–or as the orga…

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