Maintenance and Planning STRATEGIES FOR LOWERING THE COST OF BUILDING OWNERSHIP

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Is My Building Fractured or Just Cracked?

Conflicts among building stakeholders can make decisions feel impossible. Learn the art of persuasion to help fractured groups resolve their differences and make mutually beneficial decisions about their assets.

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  • Posted on August 17, 2015
  • David Albrice

Guide to Managing Renewals Projects in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

The HPO’s new Guide to Managing Renewals Projects in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings provides practical information for owners, strata managers and strata council members to help manage the planning and implementation of renewals projects for multi-unit residential buildings.

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  • Posted on June 18, 2015
  • Laureen Stokes

What's Hiding in My Building?

“Sometimes, the most dangerous things are those that are hiding in plain sight.”

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  • Posted on June 13, 2015
  • David Albrice

Is My Operating Budget a Fairy Tale?

There are several interesting money management lessons we can learn from Fairy Tales.

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  • Posted on June 1, 2015
  • David Albrice

The Grasshopper’s Lesson on Asset Management

One fine summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about chirping and singing. An Ant passed by carrying a large bag of corn husks on her back…

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  • Posted on May 12, 2015
  • David Albrice

Are my Assets Fading or Degrading?

We all know that if we ignore our assets they will eventually suffer from physical deterioration — it is a reality of life. But some assets also fade. What’s the difference and why care?

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  • Posted on April 24, 2015
  • David Albrice

Urgent vs. Important: Maintenance Prioritization on Limited Budgets

They say that two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Well… I say that there is a third certainty: limited budgets.

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  • Posted on March 29, 2015
  • David Albrice

Can Dominoes Topple a Building? (Video Included)

A few weeks ago I blogged that ignorance and apathy are often the very first dominoes in a chain leading to failure of assets on buildings (or pieces of equipment). These human traits are therefore “upstream” of the failure and failure is “downstream” of the cascading effect.

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  • Posted on March 9, 2015
  • David Albrice

Heated Decision-Making on Expensive Capital Projects

The bigger — and more expensive — the decision, the more emotions play a role and the more explosive things can become.

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  • Posted on March 2, 2015
  • David Albrice

Gambling with Deferred Maintenance: Food for Thought

We may think we can outsmart consequences, we may try creative tricks to avoid consequences, but we can only do this for so long. Eventually, we will lose.

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  • Posted on February 16, 2015
  • David Albrice