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Emergency Preparedness

  • 07/22/2016 1:01 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    FAA Unveils Much-Anticipated Ruling on Commercial Drones

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) recently issued the “Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule,” which sets forth new guidelines for commercial drone operations that will make it significantly easier to commercially operate small, unmanned aircraft weighing no more than 55 pounds. This new rule is good news for the commercial real estate industry, as drones have a wide range of possible uses for commercial buildings—from security imaging to roof repairs.

    Taking effect August 29, the new rule simplifies the process for drone operators to obtain pilot certification and details the safety requirements for permissible flights. These safety requirements aim to protect people on the ground and prevent drones from flying in crowded airspace. The guidelines do not prescribe any privacy-related provisions, but they do require that drone accidents resulting in damage must be reported to the FAA.

    Read the full rule online. If you have questions about how this new rule may affect your building, contact BOMA International’s Manager of Advocacy, Dylan Isenberg, at disenberg@boma.org.


  • 07/22/2016 12:56 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs 

    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, at its June 29, 2016 Board Agenda meeting, approved the New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s Fiscal Year 2017 compliance filing which runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. The filing contained significant program changes as outlined below. New incentive levels and some program changes will be effective July 1, 2016. Consistent with prior fiscal year program changes, participants are provided the ability to submit either a FY16 or FY17 application through July 31, 2016 (with the exception of CHP as noted on page 13 of this notice). The program rules, requirements and incentive levels will be consistent with the application form submitted. As of August 1, 2016, the program will no longer accept FY16 applications and participants must use the FY17 forms... read more

  • 07/15/2016 2:20 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    Summer Savings

    Temperature fluctuations can cause power disruptions and equipment malfunctions. When the thermometer spikes this week, ensure that your investment is protected with these energy-saving tips!

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  • 05/17/2016 2:27 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    Property Management Seasonal Changeover Checklist – Winter to Spring

    As winter keeps moving further and further away, now is the time to make sure all of your properties are ready for the rest of 2016. If you are new to property management, below is a comprehensive checklist to make sure nothing gets missed. The list is an Excel format for you to launch and edit to suit each individual property’s needs. This is a useful tool to ensure your tenants, their visitors and all guests arrive to a clean, fresh property. While the attached does not represent all items to be addressed during this transition season, it represents most. Every property manager is responsible for maintaining their site(s) according to the Owner’s specifications.

    For our experienced property management personnel, we welcome your additions to the list by emailing boma-nj@optimum.net using the Subject Line: EPC – Winter to Spring Checklist Addition.


    Check

    If complete

    Spring Check List

    Patch pot holes (if crack fill is recommended, get a proposal)

    Faded parking lot signage should be replaced

    Repaint parking lot signage poles as needed

    Straighten out crooked sign posts

    Have landscapers remove downed branches, misc. debris as needed

    Have the building porter patrol no less then once daily for garbage in lots, walkways, plazas, etc. Visit the upper floors of your buildings and look down at the grounds to see what can be seen by the tenants.

    Decals on doors should be pristine. Replace if they are not.

    Monuments should be wiped regularly. Pollen, bird droppings, etc. can get them looking shabby very quickly.

    Parking lot paint should be bright. Especially stop lines, cross walks, no parking zones, etc.  If you have other areas that would benefit from painting such as parking spaces, handicapped spots, curbs, etc.. - get a quote and let's discuss it.

    Get quotes to electrostatically paint faded or rusted light poles

    Replace burned out bulbs in monument lights, soffit lights, building lights, parking lot lights, etc.

    Seed edges/bare spots in lawns, islands, etc.

    Repair curb damage from snow plows

    Grind stumps/replace downed trees

    Pull dead shrubs/replace

    Miracle Grow on flowers

    Report weeds to landscapers immediately

    Hedges kept trimmed

    Sidewalk, plaza and parking lot tripping hazards dealt with immediately

    Replace cracked pavers

    Patch curbs as needed

    Have vendor clean up chunks of asphalt pushed up onto grass and islands by plows

    Faded fire hydrants should be painted

    Replace worn door saddles as needed

    If rust is visible anywhere, address it

    Faded metal door handles should be addressed

    Schedule parking lot sweeping

    Get quotes to power wash buildings, walkways, plazas, etc. where needed

    Schedule window washing (coordinate with power washing if applicable)

    Check trimers

    Any additional items as required.


  • 05/17/2016 2:13 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    Property Management Severe Weather Checklist – Mitigating Sump Pump Failure

    With hurricane season quickly approaching (June 1 through November 30), and being deep into Spring 2016, now is the time of year when severe weather can arrive at a moment’s notice no matter where you manage property. It’s never too early to begin preparing for this season.

    If your property has a sump pump, regular preventative maintenance must be performed to maintain the integrity of the unit. Below please find a checklist that covers a few simple steps to proactively prepare a property for a power outage and potential sump pump failure. A malfunctioning sump pump can be a costly expense, involving much more than just water damage. This checklist of action items provides a quick reference for all property managers to use in keeping a sump pump ready to go at all times and avoid costly mishaps; not just in severe weather.

    Severe Weather Checklist – Mitigating Sump Pump Failure

    • ·         Remove, clean and inspect your sump pump every 12 months
    • ·         Clean the pump, screen and/or inlet opening every three to four months.
    • ·         Trigger the float switches to manually turn on the pump once a month.
    • ·         For critical areas, have standby pumps available on the premises in case of a total pump failure.
    • ·         Install a battery back-up to run the pump a limited amount of time during a power outage.
    • ·         Tie in sump pump to an emergency generator, if available, for unlimited run time in a power outage.
    • ·         Have all of the terminations, circuit breakers, switches and electrical equipment checked for loose connections, corrosion and heat damage.
    • ·         Install a high-water alarm system to alert you to pump failure.

    *Always follow the directions on the pump’s owner’s manual before handling or working on a pump.

    We welcome your additions to the list by emailing boma-nj@optimum.net using the Subject Line: EPC – Severe Weather Checklist Addition.


  • 05/09/2016 4:28 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has  recommendations for CDC - BLOODBORNE INFECTIOUS DISEASES LINKS

    The main page is http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/genres.html

  • 04/22/2016 12:33 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    Pledging an Act of Green

    Earth Day was started back on April 22, 1970. It was the day that Americans made it clear that they understood and were deeply concerned over the deterioration of our environment and the mindless dissipation of our resources. We have come a long way since then with remarkable changes in government, law, politic, and economics. It has reshaped many people’s philosophy of life and scale of values. We now understand the fact that “everything is connected to everything else” and accept the responsibility not only to set straight the mistakes of the past but to avoid repeating them in the future.

    And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.

    Trees for the Earth is the 2016 theme.

    To take part you only need to make a small change to reduce your carbon footprint, or you could just finally get round to recycling your e-waste.

           

    Top Ten Energy Saving Tips

    At The Office

    1. Turn lights off when offices, conference rooms, restrooms or break

    rooms are not in use – even when just leaving for lunch or a

    meeting.

    2. Designate a “Last to Leave” policy – the last person to leave the

    office turns off the lights.

    3. Power down office equipment - like computers, copiers and mailroom

    equipment - at the end of the day or when not in use for long

    periods.

    4. Use power strips to turn off equipment that uses power even when

    not in use (standby mode).

    5. Rather than adjusting the office temperature up or down, try keeping

    a sweater at the office.

    6. Keep window blinds open at 45 degrees. This allows enough light in

    to warm in the winter months, but not too much in the summer when

    air conditioning is on.

    7. Reduce the number of emails and documents you print.

    8. Avoid wasting water, particularly hot water.

    9. Adjust break room refrigerator to the optimum setting.

    10. Post reminders about conserving energy.

    Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Thank you in advance for your participation in this event.                                       


  • 04/12/2016 10:21 AM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)



    Short Answers to Hard 


    Questions About Zika Virus


    By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS and NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR UPDATED March 18, 2016

    The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency, prompted by growing concern that it could cause birth defects. As many as four million people could be infected by the end of the year.

    Read more... http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/health/what-is-zika-virus.html?_r=1
  • 02/17/2016 3:46 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    Decoding)Densification)

    Insights(and(opportunities(for(CRE(professionals(

    By!Phil!Mobley,!Principal,!Koine!Communications!

    January!2016!

    !

    Densification!has!become!a!watchword!in!the!commercial!real!estate!industry.!

    Dozens!of!articles,!whitepapers!and!research!reports!addressing!highFdensity!work!

    environments!have!appeared!in!recent!months.!At!the!2015!BOMA!International!

    Annual!Convention!&!Expo!in!Los!Angeles,!a!panel!of!experts!discussed!the!topic!in!

    an!education!session!entitled!“Densification!and!the!Office!of!the!Future.”!

    Read more ... BOMA POV on Densification.pdf


  • 02/17/2016 3:44 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

      As you proceed with a new lease or a renewal of an existing lease, use this simple guide to be sure you have considered and properly addressed the effects of your tenant’s occupancy density.

    Tenant Leasing Checklist.pdf

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