I always think of the word Essential as anything it describes is a “must have.” Like having a pair of black shoes…. they just go with everything. What is “must have” in multifamily? Granite counter tops? Pool and fitness center? Pet relief stations? Has sustainability always been essential, we have haven’t been ready to embrace […]
An old saying has become more meaningful lately: “May you live in interesting times.” I think the last few years certainly qualify.
The pace of change has picked up. Trends have accelerated to change how we work, shop and even eat. The discipline of utility management is no exception. Changes that were building slowly before […]
As 2022 gathers momentum, five important trends have emerged that are changing how we are executing, improving and finding value in utility management for rental housing.
Owners, operators and investors across the country are watching the increasingly complex utility market and shifting industry factors to identify new opportunities and update their strategies for […]
If the past two years of COVID-19 have taught us anything, it’s that the built spaces where we live, work and enjoy are extremely important.
Besides reliable internet, healthy and more “green” spaces lead the demand curve as top multifamily and commercial renter preferences for 2022. But how do residents, investors, staff […]
By any measure, the shift to clean energy has been remarkable. The rapid expansion of energy generated by wind and solar means that 20% of the U.S. electric grid is now powered by renewables, with some electric grid segments approaching 40%.
As the shift to decarbonize electricity accelerates, more alternatives in accessing […]
The other day I ran across an article on the question of whether product performance really mattered — and whether that performance was critically important to the health of the submeter installation. It actually got me thinking more about submeters and the important surrounding factors that impact product performance in the submeter […]
While many people know that buildings and companies can earn sustainability certifications, did you know that people can become green-stamped, as well?
According to the “2020 GreenBiz State of the Profession Report,” the most commonly held credentials for sustainability professionals are GRI or Global Reporting Initiative (53%), LEED (45%), universitybased programs (18%), […]
An HVAC system with an AI or analytics-capable software platform can evaluate the outside temperature and humidity levels and use these measurements to regulate internal building air conditioning as well as determine temperature stress on the building.
A while back, I wrote an article on using external temperature measuring within a home (or […]
What we have here is a failure to communicate, proclaimed the Captain to justify beating Cool Hand Luke (1967). The Captain of Road Prison 36 also advised Luke that he’s wearing chains for his own good.
“Wish you’d stop being so good to me, Cap’n,” the coy prisoner (Paul Newman) replied.
A kinder, gentler business […]
In 2020, 70 to 80 percent of small and medium businesses (SMBs) experienced a drop in revenue of between 30 and 50 percent, according to recent research by OECD. Well-capitalized giants performed better than cash-strapped SMBs.
This is important for two reasons. First, the multifamily housing sector is primarily SMBs—family, multi-generational, small to medium-sized businesses—making […]