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Solar Panels And Community Associations: Sparks Can Fly

Green living sometimes can be at odds with community association living. As much as we all likely strive to live in an environmentally responsible manner, sometimes these ambitions clash with the wants and desires of our neighbors, bringing strife and dissension to a neighborhood. Though the Washington legislature has not attempted regulating chickens, clotheslines or composting (yet), it has enacted legislation affecting a homeowner association’s right to govern solar panels within a community association.

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Best Practices Reports

Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the CAI Research Foundation are dedicated to conducting research and acting as a clearinghouse for information on innovations and best practices in community association creation and management.

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Exterior Lighting for Community Associations

As we work our way through fall and into the winter months here in the Pacific Northwest, the days become shorter and shorter. Many of us are heading to work in the dark and returning home in the dark. There are, however, some things that we can do to help our associations through this time of the year which will not only improve the aesthetics of our communities, making them more inviting and pleasant, but can also improve safety and reduce crime.

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Leaving Leaves Be

The close of the growing season is one of the most beautiful times of year in the northwest. The sun typically sticks around for a while even as daytime air temperatures are cooling, resulting in foggy mornings and dewy spider webs. As day length decreases, deciduous trees and shrubs begin pulling starches and sugars out of their leaves and storing all of that energy in stems and roots for the next season.

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Introducing The WSCAI Business Partners’ Code Of Ethics: Raising The Bar

Last year, the WSCAI Business Partners Committee took up the subject of a Business Partners’ Code of Ethics. The subject was complex and the discussion spirited. The Committee’s engagement on the topic was prompted by the experiences of several committee members that raised ethical issues—in particular, concern that possible “pay-to-play” arrangements by some companies were preventing business partners from being fairly considered for projects. As part of its process, the Committee reviewed ethical rules applicable to CAI designations (e.g., PCAM, RS, CIRMS), practices in other CAI Chapters, and laws across the country regulating association managers and other service providers.

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