REDUCING YOUR FOOTPRINT

By Darlys Walker

Published November 2, 2016

   

Most of us are familiar with this term as more and more owners become aware of the damage we are doing to our planet. Many communities are taking proactive measures to reduce their impact, and in some cases, reduce their expenses. Listed below you will find many ways boards have taken for this purpose.

  • Performing unit inspections to determine if there are running toilets or dripping faucets.

  • Requiring owners to install water saving toilets, shower heads and faucets.

  • Closing community pools in the off season (Does Florida have an off season?)

  • Setting common area thermostats at 75-78 degrees, placing tamper proof covers over them so they canít be adjusted.

  • Installing wells as a source of water to irrigate the community.

  • Installing energy efficient lights in all common areas.

  • Installing low maintenance, draught resistant landscaping

  • Encouraging recycling and developing a program for the residents.

  • Utilizing electronic notification to owners, eliminating accumulation of paper records.

Here is my question, in two parts. Do you think boards have the right to require owners to install energy saving items in their unit? Do you think legislators have the right to pass laws requiring the same?


Let us know what you think and what measures has your association taken to lessen their footprint?


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Darlys Walker, Founder and CEO of Condominium Concepts Management, Inc. (CCM), is recognized for her straight talk, subject matter expertise, and valued insights regarding real  

state management, leasing, and HOAs. Her company serves a diverse portfolio of properties, from 16-units up to 600 as well as large mixed-use developments.  

 

   From its beginnings in 2000, CCM has become a well-respected asset manager and now works with over 100 associations with 16,000 units served by over 300 employees. Darlys and her team deliver resources and responsiveness through six regional offices - in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston, Nashville and Atlanta.

  

   Darlys Walker is best known for her passion and precision, understanding that the only difference that matters in today's demanding marketplace is service delivery ... doing what is promised and what is right. She knows that every community serves two masters ... the property owner/developer and the resident/homeowner. "If we are not equally responsive to both, we are not doing our job," she states.  

 

   Her clients say it best: "Darlys really knows her stuff" ... "at the top of her profession and it shows in the caliber of her clients" ... "delivers quality resources that match up well with needs and expectations that are really rigorous."  

 

   She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in four states, holds an Associate's Degree in Marketing and has earned the Accredited Real Estate Manager designation from the Georgia Institute of Real Estate Management. Also she is one of few certified as a Lead-Based Paint Abatement & Removal Trainer in Georgia.

  

   Darlys Walker and her team have been selected to manage the condominium conversion process and day-to-day operations for many of the Southeast's most high-profile condominium communities including luxury high-rises, mid-rises and garden-style homes. Most recently she has been recognized as an expert in 're-versions' of communities from condominiums to leased homes, as well as repositioning projects. A visionary and a tireless perfectionist, Darlys demonstrates hands-on leadership, working individually with each client and staff associate to achieve defined business outcomes and satisfaction.  

  

  For more information about Darlys Walker and Condominium Concepts Management, Inc. please visit www.condominiumconcepts.com.


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