The U.S. energy infrastructure is large and plodding. Assets span coal mines, gas wells, oil refineries, hydro turbines, nuclear plants, generating stations, pipelines, power lines and technology—to name a few. Trillions of dollars over scores of generations have built a system that delivers a continuous stream of energy to the third-most […]
As the world gets greener and apartment residents desire to leave a smaller carbon footprint, providing electric vehicle charging stations at communities is gaining traction. Multifamily energy and sustainability roundtables inevitably are turning to accommodating renters who own or plan to buy battery-operated cars and trucks.
And it’s not just all talk. The […]
Reducing expenses through solar and other renewable energy sources is growing among affordable and conventional multifamily housing operators.
Solar energy and other renewables now make up nearly 20 percent of net domestic electrical generation in the U.S., according to Renewable Energy World. Favorable policies, programs, green contracts and incentives are affording apartment operators greater opportunities […]
It is indeed an unprecedented time that we find ourselves in as uncertainty, anxiety and confusion seem to be everywhere.
As society adjusts, the Earth appears to be temporarily healing itself as reduced pollution and fewer carbon emissions result from new restrictions and limitations on global travel. Fish are visible in the Venice […]
“If you want to be an innovator in the utility management space, then adopt the SimpleBills model,” Jason Lindwall, RealPage SVP of Utility Management said. “This is the future of utilities.”
Since its genesis over 10 years ago, SimpleBills’ services have given property managers that lightbulb moment upon realizing their job has the […]
When sustainability is discussed, there is often a primordial assumption that sustainability initiatives inevitably require capital expenditures: low-flow fixtures, high-efficiency boilers, LED lighting or others.
Those are obvious opportunities with tangible results for improving sustainability, and yes, they do require capital expenditure.
However, as Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) happily tells us, […]
Your leasing office and common areas are clean, but are they disinfected? Welcome to the age of microscopic traffic.
Counting incoming traffic was once done to analyze the quality of lead generation and the effectiveness of marketing channels. Today it’s more often done to manage people who come into the office in order […]
As we work within our universe of utility management, our job descriptions often require us to be at least some part asset manager, regional supervisor, property manager, service manager, project manager, financial analyst, auditor, accountant, sales, marketing, IT, and (increasingly) environmentalist. The cool kids’ word of the day is “sustainability,” and though we […]
One of the most overlooked aspects of property management is maintenance. The maintenance team is on the front lines of the community, interacting with and satisfying residents, and saving money by extending the life of appliances and equipment. It’s a mistake to underestimate their value.
“The service team is the heartbeat of return on investment, […]
With increasing frequency, the term net zero is entering conversations around the design and operation of the built environment. This is an important goal, but what if what we are designing and calling net zero will not be net zero for decades?
The impact of the built environment is well documented and accounts […]