No one who sees a disaster is untouched by it.

Apartment FireTMaintenance  Management and Property Management of properties that house elderly individuals need to evaluate their responsibilities and opportunities for public relations benefits from on site training programs.

Many older adults can be an asset during a disaster, calling upon their prior experience, wisdom and mental resilience to survive, help others, and provide reassurance to those who are frightened or depressed by the events.

However, certain aspects of the aging process can make  older adults particularly vulnerable during a disaster, especially if they have one or more chronic illnesses, functional limitations, or dementia.

Emergency preparedness experts have begun to recognize the special needs of older adults with chronic conditions and are planning to assist this population.

Many resources are available to allow facility managers and family members to help older adults  plan for potential disasters, gain confidence that they have done everything they can do, and then relax and get on with life. An old saying goes, “When you carry an umbrella, it will not rain.” However, if an emergency does occur, being prepared can save valuable time and possibly lives.

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road sign directions4Performance Standards from Industry and Regulatory Agencies are, now, standard features at Buildigest.com.

Property owners, facility management personnel, designers, contractors and technicians find assistance for creating and retaining safe, efficient conditions in their buildings and building systems; with links to appropriate manuals and specialty websites.

Buildigest resources permit development of up-to-date work practices in all trades –

general building, construction management, electrical, plumbing,  environmental systems and fire protection;

including creation and management of  building commissioning and  sustainable facilities

A crisp, practical presentation format allows experienced individuals, administrative staff members and apprentices to grow without intimidation or embarrassment.

Links are provided to industry resources that assist property managers, designers and maintenance techs to improve building energy efficiency, create reliable electrical distribution systems and maintain a safer environment for employees and clients. Read More…


The lift is closedElevator Safety should be a concern for every property manager.  Elevators occasionally stall with occupants.  Building Maintenance Services should have instructions on how to respond.

It is recommended that any evacuation of passengers from stalled  cars be performed by trained service or emergency personnel, as their experience and expertise assume the resourcefulness necessary to cope with the various complex hazards which may arise.

Most building management teams will find it beneficial to perform the recommend communication functions with the trapped occupants, while waiting for the fire department or elevator service team.

Under emergency conditions, the passenger evacuation of a car within 3 ft. of the landing might be performed by staff personnel who are carefully selected and properly trained. Read More…


Electric vehicles are one of the great adventures for the next decade and promise reductions in energy consumption; BUT, they create challenges for property management teams:

1.   The cars require a power connection for recharging, which isn’t a ‘big deal’ for a homeowner operator with a driveway or garage.  BUT, what about the apartment complex or workplace parking lots  –   How will the charging stations be located ?   Coordinated with mandated “handicapped access parking” ?  and managed ?

2.     Standard systems require approximately 8 hours to develop a full recharged condition; and can be “topped” off  periodically to extend the driving distance beyond the 40-50 mile limit – which will be the most prevalent demand made on office, shopping center and hospital parking facilities.

3.     A number of vehicle systems permit  connection  to a standard 20 amp, 120 volt outlet; while others require different  types of  NEMA receptacle configurations and circuit ratings.  The industry is struggling with standardization at the present time. Read More…


Designers are being pushed to create piping systems for sustainable buildings that use fewer resources during construction and operation and have minimal cradle-to-cradle impact on the earth.

BUT, the choices have interesting challenges.

Consider comments from the website of  Marcus De La Fleur , a registered Landscape Architect and renovation contractor,  with experiences in Chicago and Europe:

Really, there is nothing sustainable to collecting your bathroom waste, transporting it through an elaborate sanitary sewer system with lift stations to a central location where it gets treated (to more or less ‘safe’ levels) and then dumped. The liquids get dumped into the nearest waterway, and the solids – well, most of them may end up in a landfill,  as landfill cover or just plain old waste. In short, this is mostly a one way waste stream with little or no recycling or reuse.

The alternative would be to process our sewage at the source. There are small waste treatment units, if there is enough space on the property.If there is not enough space, a large chunk of our bathroom waste could be diverted to a “grey water system” and/or composting toilets.

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