A Message from the Publisher – Spring 2023
Welcome, dear reader, to our issue focused on energy transformations. Here we find ourselves just out of the starting gate of 2023, and I am so excited to see what we can accomplish together before the end of the decade. Many countries and companies have set goals to reduce emissions “fill in the blank” percent […]
A Message from the Guest Editor – Spring 2023
Walt Disney famously said “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” I feel the same about energy—which dovetails perfectly into the theme of this issue, Energy Transformation.
We’ve seen a lot of energy transformation over the years based on various resources such […]
Demand Response is Coming Your Way
If you haven’t received your letter yet, it is probably on its way… Demand Response (DR) is coming to residential energy users. If you have commercial properties as well, you likely have worked with DR, but it is quickly moving to residential, even single family residential.
So, what is Demand? On your electrical bill, there […]
How Do We Get to Net Zero?
I have a bumper sticker that says “Energy Is Sexy” that I used to decorate my office door with. One day the VP of Human Resources came by and looked at my sticker. I held my breath, waiting for the discussion of what was appropriate in the workplace. She simply sighed, looked me square in […]
Induction Cooking – Trendy or Here to Stay?
If you’ve heard of induction cooking, you may be wondering if it is actually relevant within the apartment industry, or just another buzzword or fad.
While some may think induction and electric cooktops are similar, there is actually a very big difference with induction versus electric cooking, and it comes down to efficiency. An induction […]
Resident Trends – Apartment Design and Amenities
We can all agree that we are living in a very different world today than we were just 3 or 4 years ago. So many things have changed in our daily lives recently, and the ways we work and live are no exception. We have new priorities and focuses, as well as new preferences.
ESG: Shared Office
While the working remote trend is still going strong, many of us are going back to the office and some of us never left. The office working environment gives us an opportunity to explore ESG practices and stimulate ideas that may transfer to multifamily properties. Here are some suggestions for office ESG practices:
Shared offices/cubes: […]
Vicki Parrish – A Lasting Legacy
In August of 2022, our friend and colleague, Vicki Parrish, passed away. Vicki was an influential leader in our industry, specializing in utility billing management.
Vicki attended Texas Tech University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. Since the 1980s, Vicki helped shape our industry and worked at both utility billing and property […]
Message From the Publisher – Summer 2022
In literature and for some in life, one of the conflicts is Man vs. Self, which represents the epic internal battle against our weakness to make ourselves stronger. Set goals: “I am going to workout” or “I am going to rewrite this letter (repeatedly)” because we are not feckless. Mediocrity is not our state, and […]
Message From the Guest Editor – Summer 2022
It is interesting to see how different people/organizations choose their objectives and design their pursuit of excellence. Excellence itself means different things to different people/organizations. For some it means increasing Net Revenue, for some it means increasing IRR and for others excellence can be achieved by controlling expenses.
More so today than in the past, […]