2011 September
Focus on... Energy & The Environment

Energy Conservation Lean and Green
2011 September Lean and Green

 CHP (combined heat and power) is a marriage of electric generation and thermal  power—the use of an engine, usually gas-fueled, to simultaneously generate electricity  and heat. It can be done on a grand scale, as in manufacturing, hospit…

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Energy Conservation The Hot and Cold of It
2011 September The Hot and Cold of It

 Utility submetering is the implementation of a system that allows a condominium  association or other multi-tenant property to bill tenants for individual  measured utility usage by making use of individual water, gas, or electricity  met…

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Energy Conservation Button Up Your Overcoat
2011 September Button Up Your Overcoat

Winters these days don’t seem to be quite as brutal as they once were, due in part to the fact that in recent years, the Northeast has had more flooding and ice storms than blizzards. But pipes still freeze in the dead of night, and win…

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Energy Conservation Green Savings and Incentives
2011 September Green Savings and Incentives

 In an era of tight budgets and growing green consciousness, more co-op and condo  communities than ever before are moving toward energy conservation and  sustainable resources. For residential buildings in New Jersey, an  extraordinary nu…

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Energy Conservation Valued Volunteers
2011 September Valued Volunteers

Living in a condominium community means working together. Cooperation and a spirit of volunteerism are visible every day in community gatherings, board meetings, even in the scheduling of time on the tennis courts. The men and women wh…

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Energy Conservation Too Much Stuff
2011 September Too Much Stuff

 Sue” is a retired professional who is well-to-do, rarely eats at home and has lived  in her condo for decades. While everything seems perfect from the outside, Sue  is the keeper of a dirty little secret.    When the unit above her…

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Q&A Q&A: Legality of a Credit Check
2011 September Q&A: Legality of a Credit Check

Q Our sale is being blocked by a condo association application wanting our social security numbers to run credit checks. We will not release that information. It is not in their bylaws or documents recorded with the county. Do they have…

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Q&A Q&A: Board Member Crossing the Line
2011 September Q&A: Board Member Crossing the Line

Q I live in a mid-rise condo. A board member took it upon herself to park in a handicap parking spot, requested to use the building’s hose and used the building's water to wash her car. It is not stated in the house rules or bylaws that…

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