Friday, January 8, 2021
We can’t think of a better time than the current environment to be introducing to you our newly released Inspections and Checklists Module! Whether you want to document all of the new practices in place because of COVID-19, or to lock down your existing routines for property inspections, employee daily task lists, or monthly/yearly PM (preventative maintenance), there is a new way to do it all:
Make A Checklist Out Of It!
The new Inspections and Checklists Module will help bring consistency and excellence to your daily routines. Your property managers can build checklists of any kind and length - and your staff can document existing conditions or completed tasks conveniently in the field, using the same BuildingLink GEO mobile app they already know and use every day!
This is a very feature-rich module! Be sure to read the below 'Q & A' to learn more about automated inspections via the built-in scheduler, or easily creating work orders during an inspection - and lots of other useful shortcuts and features!
We’ve released the initial version of our Inspections and Checklists module to most of our buildings, and are eager to hear your feedback! Managers can access the module under the “Maintenance” section of the left-hand navigation in BuildingLink. If you’re not seeing it, and want it released for your building, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-501-7117.
You've got questions? We've got answers!
Q: What types of checklists have buildings been creating so far?
A: We are seeing lots of diversity here! For example:
- Daily/weekly/monthly task lists
- Lobby, common areas, and grounds walk-throughs
- Move-in/move-out, in-unit inspections
- Mechanical room and rooftop inspections and PM
- Start-of-shift checklists
- Amenities opening checklists (i.e. fitness center, pool)
Q: Is there a limit to the number of checklists, or number of items on a checklist, that can be created?
A: No, there is no limit! In addition, if you want to make multiple versions of a checklist with small changes (to reflect different apartment layouts or daily/monthly/yearly routines), there is a convenient “Clone a Checklist” function that you can use and modify, to save you time!
Q: What types of inputs are possible for each checklist item?
A: Obviously, a checkbox is added for you, and a textbox for comments from the person conducting the inspection. Finally - and most importantly - the ability to upload one or more photos that document the condition or space being checked.
Q: Is there a library of pre-built checklists that BuildingLink is making available?
A: There are currently three pre-built inspections checklists that a building can use or modify. More will be added in the coming weeks! Topics of pre-built checklists: Facility Exterior, Fire Prevention Checklist, Inspection Plan.
Q: Is there a “Scheduler” or “Assigner” function for inspection checklists that need to be performed on fixed intervals?
A: Yes! The module allows for the scheduling of checklists recurring at fixed intervals, or by specific employees. Any scheduled checklists not assigned to a specific employee, can be completed by any staff member.
Q: Can staff complete checklists "on the fly", that have not been scheduled?
A: Sure! Any existing checklist can be selected and completed by your staff at any time - even if unscheduled.
Q: What if staff discovers items needing work or repair while completing an inspection? How can they flag it for further attention?
A: Glad you asked! From the in-progress checklist page, your staff can effortlessly generate a maintenance request for any checklist item - which flows directly into BuildingLink’s Maintenance Request Module! It is a one-step integration that allows staff to fluidly complete their assigned inspections and checklists, while still queuing up additional work to be done.
Q: How does management know when a checklist is completed (or not completed)?
A: Managers are notified by email once a checklist is completed and, from their Inspections Dashboard within BuildingLink, they can review the results, export to PDF, or print! On the inspections dashboard, managers can also see scheduled inspections that are overdue.
Q: I have more questions about this module. How can I learn more about it?
A: Visit our help section for more information about the Inspections and Checklists Module!
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
CASE STUDY: How Ginsburg Development Company Manages The Reopening Of Their Amenities - With BuildingLink!
Re-opening Common Areas In A Pandemic:
"Avery and the entire BuildingLink Team were incredibly helpful as we began to set up our processes and procedures for the reopening of our amenities. They worked diligently and quickly with all of our Property Managers - across our entire portfolio - to ensure that our reopening was successful and safe."
- Brian Dashnaw | GDC Director of Property Management
In July, Brian of GDC reached out to BuildingLink on behalf of his 12-property portfolio. After months of full closure of all the common spaces, such as pools, fitness centers, and community rooms, there was an urgent need to begin shaping some sort of plan for the safe reopening of these facilities - a plan that was compliant with all the local regulations and pandemic best-practices for social-distancing.
A list of requirements was compiled, which included (a) gathering the necessary attestations of health from residents looking to use the facilities, (b) limiting the maximum number of residents using a space at a given time, and (c) distributing access to limited resources equally and fairly across all residents.
The BuildingLink Support Team crafted customized suggestions and implementations to meet GDC's goals of a smooth and controlled reopening, which included implementing some of these useful platform features:
- Rolling out a slotted, limited-quantity reservation structure for previously "Come one, come all" spaces, like pools and fitness centers.
- Implementing mandatory liability waiver consents regarding compliance with health regulations, for all residents placing reservations.
- Tweaking the rules regarding advance reservations, to guarantee that new reservations slots opened up each day.
The GDC portfolio also includes special situations where pools and other amenities are shared across multiple properties. BuildingLink's "Shared Amenities" functionality allowed for these new rules to be applied seamlessly across all buildings and all residents seeking to access these common spaces.
Introducing these and other changes helped GDC smoothly reopen their facilities. Similar "reopening adjustments" were undertaken with many of our 5,000+ properties and property managers. Please contact us at email@example.com if you could use some help in optimizing your property's settings.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Whole-Building In-Apartment Leak-Detection Is Now A Reality
Among the various sensor solutions that Aware™ by BuildingLink has pioneered for the last four years, we have been working diligently on an effective, reasonably-priced solution to whole-building leak-detection – that could cover dozens of apartments, and even 1,000+ sensors – based on a special wireless technology called **[LoRaWAN](https://lora-alliance.org/about-lorawan)**. LoRaWAN makes it possible to distribute dozens, hundreds, or even a thousand wireless leak-detector sensors into your building’s apartments, common areas, mechanical rooms – and to be alerted immediately when a leak occurs.
Up until now, implementing a sensor solution
involving hundreds of sensors relied upon local wireless technologies – with
ranges of 50-100 feet. Technologies like WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and Z-wave
required the installation of many local gateways (several per floor) throughout
the building, and also demanded complicated pairing and provisioning of
sensors. But with BuildingLink’s adoption of LoRaWAN, it is now possible to
deploy with only a few gateways, and sensors that require nothing more than
simply being turned on. It is an exciting, cost-effective, and powerful
your Water Leaks Early On is Key to Damage Mitigation
As you know, water damage is the single biggest insurance claim area in residential buildings, and insurance costs and minimum deductibles for water damage coverage has been skyrocketing! A number of our clients – who have had significant water claims history – find that they cannot get insurance at any price, and are basically self-insuring. Fortunately, there is a better way to control water leak liabilities – and we believe that BuildingLink’s “Whole-Building Leak-Detection” solution is the answer!
Where does your building incur its water
damage? Well, wherever it is, our leak sensors can be deployed there! In
bathrooms, underneath sinks, dishwashers, and washing machines, in PTAC units
or water heater closets, in your mechanical rooms...anywhere! Where leaks and
damage can occur, our sensors can monitor - for water presence, as well as
changes in humidity and temperature.
Detection – Cost Considerations:
What does it typically cost to outfit a building with leak sensors? In addition to a one-time cost of acquiring sensors (typically $60-70 per sensor), and LoRaWAN gateways, there is a small monthly fee. You can deploy a small cluster of 15 sensors in a mechanical area for as little as $100 per month, and 800 sensors (4 per apartment, for a 200-unit building) for $2,000 per month. With a single water damage claim averaging $12,000, and many claims exceeding $100,000 (not counting all the time and headaches of repair and restoration), whole building leak sensors make sense!
About Aware by BuildingLink
Aware is a division of BuildingLink that provides technologies that unlock building data and grant property managers the actionable insights needed to help reduce costs and improve the quality of life for residents and staff. Aware’s smart sensor solutions identify problems in buildings such as water leaks, mechanical system failures, elevators in need of repair, monitor noise situations, manage parking systems, and much more.
For questions and inquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The integration allows Carson Living customers to view smart sensor data and receive sensor alerts from the Aware Smart Sensor platform
Aware by BuildingLink, a leading provider of cloud-based sensor solutions for smart buildings announce an integration with Carson 24/7 remote doorman service and, the one app resident experience for unstaffed and partially staffed multi-family properties.
The integration provides the ability for Carson customers to manage Aware by BuildingLink smart sensor data such as leak detection, mechanical systems monitoring, door ajar, and occupancy monitoring from within the Carson application environment. Sensors can be managed, monitored, and configured by property managers and received within Carson. Additionally, alerts can be configured by property managers to be sent to the recipient of their choice.
Read the entire press release here