Can the Future of Common Areas be in Farmland?
Farmland is beginning to displace golf courses in many new HOA communities across the US as the common area of choice. As the interest in local sustainable food increases, communities are jumping on the bandwagon to bring farmed food right to your backdoor! So how much will this new amenity cost the homeowners? Like HOA’s located […]
SB 800: Down but Not Out!
Until recently SB 800 was down for the count. Many in the building industry thought the law was going to be killed by the Liberty Mutual decision two years ago. It was there that the California Court of Appeal (in Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Brookfield Crystal Cove, LLC) determined that California’s Right to Repair […]
Interview with David Norvell, Director of Community Relations, Pardee Homes
Can you imagine having served on more than 800 HOA Boards or having attended over 30,000 HOA meetings? Well Dave Norvell can. As a seasoned vet of the HOA and Building industries, Dave brings us a unique perspective from having worked in both industries. ProTec sat down with Dave to discuss best practices and […]
El Nino or Arkstorm, What’s the Difference?
There is talk in the meteorological community about the possibility of a 100-year storm event hitting California and the West Coast. The last time that happened was in 1862 when the Great Flood of 1862 hit California, Oregon and Washington causing millions in property damage and many deaths. What is the cause of this talk? […]
Reclaimed Water Restrictions
Did you know using reclaimed water for irrigation comes with some restrictions. Reclaimed or recycled water is former wastewater (sewage) that is treated to remove solids and impurities. It has been widely used as a tool to keep landscaping irrigated in drought ridden states. However, due to the intense process involved in removing impurities, human contact […]
Government Regulations Increase Costs, Especially Housing Costs
Homes in San Diego California are twice as expensive as in other states because of government regulations, a recent study concluded by Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University. The study explains why San Diego is in its 10th year of distributing well under 12,000 building permits, which is the San Diego […]
Our four year drought has finally shown Californians that we do not live in a tropical paradise but in a desert. We’ve got to start emulating our neighboring states (Arizona and Nevada) water saving practices. Even better, we should follow the example of Israel who has been dealing with drought since it became a nation. […]
Could you live in a house that bends with the wind? Bamboo is no longer just for your eco-minded floors. Elora Hardy who lives in Bali is making “bespoke bamboo” homes that are not only beautiful, but also bends in the wind. Bamboo is not only a prime sustainable building material but it is ubiquitous. […]
El Nino this Winter? The Real Thing or Another Dud?
If you are a skier, surfer or meteorologist you were most likely disappointed when last winters predicted El Nino never appeared. It felt like an NFL Super bowl was put on, but one of the teams didn’t show! Well, now that we’ve recovered, word is spreading that it’s not only “for real” this time, but […]
Changes to the CA Green Building Standards Code
Changes are being made to improve energy conservation in hot water delivery to plumbing fixtures, to make the installation of grab bars in bathrooms easier, and to make sure maintenance information for solar and car-charging systems is included with the documentation provided to new home buyers. Three (3) changes to CALGreen (Title 24, Part II), […]