When I started in ancillary services more than a decade ago, the discussion regarding utility management focused primarily on Ratio Utility Billing System (RUBS). While RUBS is still a significant part of utility management (people do conserve and recycle when they have skin in the game), there has been a shift—managing utilities now encompass […]
They work well in commercial buildings, but not a lot of research has been done for multifamily.
What is a blower door test, you ask? Great question. I honestly didn’t understand what it was myself until recently. The first time I heard of blower door testing a few years ago, I (naively) thought it […]
I have a friend who is super passionate about trash. Actually, more correctly stated, I have a friend who is passionate about diversion.
“Unless you or someone you love is in diapers, you should not have trash.” He tells me. “Inconceivable!” I think to myself as I see my properties trash enclosures on Monday morning, […]
I have a proclivity to discuss topics that no one else seems to want to chat about, in greater detail than anyone wants to hear.
When I worked in the healthcare industry and people asked me, how was your day, they would often get a story in graphic detail. My best friend once told me […]
Even if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, “A Clockwork Orange” components of this story are a part of our culture, specifically a form of aversion therapy called the Ludovico technique. If you don’t know what I am referring to, allow me to briefly bring you up to speed with the extremely […]
July 3, 2015, is the 30th anniversary of the Academy Award winning movie, Back to the Future. If you have spent the last 30 years under a rock, you may be unfamiliar with this sci-fi masterpiece.
A brief synopsis: high school student, Marty McFly, is sent back in time in a hot rod DeLorean […]
I know the last thing you want to read is another article, entry, see a meme, on water conservation and drought.
However, sharing is caring. If you manage property in California, it is important to share what resources are available to you during a scarcity. Although there isn’t much water, there is a plethora of […]
There are a number of reasons to build green apartments including it may be mandatory, it can save money and it strengthens our National Security. My favorite green play is Prometheus’ 203-unit property, called Madera, in downtown Mountain View, California, where the air is crisp, the residents are Google, and the rents are strong. Madera […]
Households were given a water budget—families were given an allotment of 225 gallons-per-month of water to use. If you used more than that, you were fined. (In the […]
How much water does one person flush down the toilet each year? If your toilet was installed in 2001 or later, it’s likely to be 1.6 gallons per flush.
That means (best case is 5 flushes per day) we use 8 gallons per day to cast off our waste. Annually, one person uses 2,920 gallons […]