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Happy New Year!

That moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived, saying goodbye to 2020! Hopefully 2021 brings happiness, peace, health, and prosperity to you. As a little gift, to help get the new year started right, please download your FREE 2021 calendar.

What is a Capital Needs Assessment?

When building owners and property managers plan the financial future of their facilities, the quantitative tool most often chosen is the Capital Needs Assessment (CNA). A CNA creates a capital forecast of needed reserves to fund depreciating asset replacement and prioritize discovered deficiencies while providing a comprehensive document to justify lending requests. CNAs are often used to….

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Top Ten Building Problems

During Criterium Engineers’ many years in business, we have inspected thousands of buildings for structural and mechanical issues. We are often asked by both prospective buyers and property managers to name the most common problems found in buildings. Interesting enough, new buildings can have more hidden problems than older properties whose defects have manifested themselves….

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Getting Ready for Climate Change

Gale Flags Are Flying! Is your condo or building ready for a climate change future?  Currently we are in the middle of a hurricane season predicted to be one of the worst in recent times in terms of both frequency and severity of future storms.  Prior to June when the hurricane season started, Maine’s Superintendent….

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Why Proper Air Ventilation is More Important Than Ever

If you’re planning a re-roofing project, we recommend in-depth consideration of the building ventilation under the roof. Inadequate attic venting can cause ice dams, energy loss, and moisture damage to the roof structure. Too often roof re-surface projects repeat the mistakes of the past. A proper roof project includes a review of the capacity of….

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HOA Reserve Study: How Are Engineers Different from Other Firms?

The time has come for your homeowners’ association (HOA) to complete a reserve study. Where do you begin? An online search presents a wide range of companies that perform reserve studies for homeowner associations. Why should an HOA in need of a reserve study hire an engineer versus a reserve specialist, accountant, or other type of….

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Spring Checklist

We know most of you have been home for a few weeks now. You’re probably doing some form of home schooling and spending a lot more time with your family. With the warmer weather, more daylight, and a bit more time on your hands, now is the perfect time to tackle some projects around your….

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COVID19 UPDATE

While closely monitoring reports and updates concerning COVID-19, Criterium-Dudka Engineers will remain open for business to serve our clients.  In doing so, we are taking a proactive approach to prioritizing the health and well-being of our team members, clients, and vendors by following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization,….

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Section 179D Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

Section 179D Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Federal tax law 179D was recently reinstated and provides significant tax deductions for building owners—and, in certain circumstances, building designers, for new or renovated commercial buildings that meet certain energy saving standards. This deduction is for qualified commercial buildings with energy efficient lighting, heating-ventilation-air conditioning (HVAC), hot water, and….

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