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An Essential Resource for Maintenance & Operations Professionals • May 2014

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Advancements in technology and new efficiency standards are just two of the challenges apartment maintenance technicians face with regards to HVAC repairs and upkeep. A changing regulatory environment has also proven to be quite daunting. One such professional who has weathered his share of challenges over the years is David Jolley, CAMT, National Director of Maintenance and Purchasing for the Pinnacle Family of Companies.

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Tips for Starting (and Finishing) Pool Season Right

If your apartment community has an outdoor pool, you have no doubt spent the past several weeks readying the popular amenity for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. However, before your residents go for their first dip, there are a few practical tips to see you through the pool season from start to finish. First and foremost, take proper care of your pool heater as it should last 10 years or more. On a smaller scale, consider chaining large flower pots to the pool fence to prevent plants from winding up in the pool, whether from vandals or heavy winds.


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How to Keep Grass Lush

Last summer's near-record heat has some apartment owners and managers sweating about the upcoming irrigation season. Those who are overly concerned may want to add smart landscape sensors to their arsenals. Such devices interact with a property's existing irrigation system to put water where it counts and when it is needed. Some operators prefer this over leaving all the work to a simple timer that waters a community's lawn daily regardless of weather conditions.

27 Firms to Lead Solar Surge

More than two dozen affordable housing developers and service providers nationwide have committed to installing over 150 megawatts of on-site renewable energy. This campaign would more than double the amount of renewable energy on multifamily housing assisted by HUD, federal officials report. Among the 27 companies and organizations that have made commitments are: multifamily affordable housing providers Affirmed Housing Group; Bayview Community Development Corp.; Horizon Development/Preservation Partners; and WinnCompanies, the largest manager of affordable multifamily housing in the U.S.

Program Improves Apartment Safety

In Memphis, apartment communities are partnering with the Safeways organization to reduce crime and improve living conditions. Julaine Harris, executive director of the Safeways Certification Program, remarks, "We have a nationally certified inspector who actually comes out and walks the property during the day looking at entrances, exits, landscaping, lighting, and really determines what kind of security measures are in place in a particular community and we make recommendations on that." Safeways says 10 of its 15 Memphis properties were able to reduce crime last year, eight of them by at least 50 percent.

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The maintenance assistant provides support, and is accountable for delivering on our commitments to our residents. This includes quality move-ins, residential satisfaction, expedited service, and personal attention to the resident. The Maintenance Assistant responds to our resident's service needs and is instrumental in helping Pinnacle deliver superior customer service to our residents.

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