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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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), […]
ProTec Announces New North San Diego County Office Location
ProTec Building Services (ProTec), the HOA industry leader in repairs, maintenance, inspections, and construction announces the opening of a new office location in Vista, CA. “With the opening of our North County San Diego (Vista) office we wanted to locate our operation’s hub directly in the center of our client’s communities. Our goal is […]
Beyond Timers and Photocells: Wireless Lighting Control is Here
Most managers, HOA’s and buildings use either time clocks or photocells to turn their parking lot lights, landscape lights, signage and other outdoor lights on and off. While time clocks and photocells are better than a plain switch, they are 1970’s technology. A new company called “Wireless Telematics” (www.WirelessTelematics.com) has patented a wireless lighting controller […]
2,000 Year-old Roman Concrete lasts 1,900 years longer than modern concrete?
In this day and age how can ancient Roman Concrete surpass all of the qualities of modern Portland cement concrete? Consider that Roman concrete has lasted over 1,900 years underwater whereas Portland Cement barely last’s 50 years underwater. Well, the secret is out and soon we may have much “greener” concrete.
California Income and Sales Taxes Increased – but lumber and paint too?
By now you’ve experienced the sticker shock of seeing your first paycheck of 2013 and higher Social Security taxes. If you live in California and have bought a new car or truck you’ve definitely seen how sales taxes have increased. If you are rich, you’ll also be paying a lot more state income taxes. Just […]
In what should be great news to the medical marijuana community, Phototron Holdings, a Gardena, CA–based supplier to the hydroponic growing industry, is moving the needle with a branding and equipment licensing agreement with two Las Vegas–area companies that have developed an affordable, quick-assembly house whose first […]