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

The Issues:

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 Solution:

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.

Service Uninterrupted:

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 support@buildinglink.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

Whole-Building In-Apartment Leak-Detection Is Now A Reality

Introducing: LoRaWAN
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 technology solution.

Detecting 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.

Whole-Building 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: aware@buildinglink.com