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Owner’s Hard Cost Contingency: How Much is Enough?

Accounting for owner’s hard costs is obvious to sophisticated owners, but the more difficult question is: “How much is enough?”

The Ultimate Way to Protect Your Investors: Construction Loan Monitoring

Construction loan monitoring is the best way to keep borrowers, lenders, investors, and developers on top of their construction projects.

A Construction Consultant Perspective: Trends in US Construction Pricing

Like most business sectors, the US construction industry has undergone significant change in the past 18 months as the fallout of the pandemic impacts supply chains, the availability of workers, and virtually every aspect of the typical construction project. The changing landscape will affect developers, borrowers, lenders, investors, and homebuyers alike. However, a little insight […]

Perimeter Check

Ben Franklin coined the phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” As independent building consultants, we subscribe to that theory and advise clients on ways to PREVENT maintenance problems before they occur. Unfortunately, we are often called in to fix issues after they have happened, which is always more costly. As […]

Capital Replacement Planning Tips

Effective capital replacement planning requires that a facility prioritizes its capital replacement spending, using its business model and business objectives as guidelines. With sufficient financial underwriting, facilities have the ability to proactively plan for capital replacement. Decisions to replace systems and materials may be based on drivers such as the competition in a saturated market […]

Benefits of 20-Year Planning

zumBrunnen, Inc., founded in 1989, is an independent building consulting firm serving a diverse base of national clients. The firm has developed unique, industry-specific building consulting services bringing cost-savings to existing facilities and start-up, expansion and renovation projects. The company’s construction consulting services help mitigate poor construction, project overruns, contract disputes and non-compliant construction. These […]

Keep Up With Repairs And Maintenance Even In Tough Times

Large, multi-site senior living organizations and small, single-site facilities alike have had to tighten their belts as they try to remain on an even keel. For many, declining revenues have resulted in delayed building repairs, deferred equipment replacements, and shelved maintenance innovations—any or all of which can cause even bigger problems down the road. So […]

Customized Solutions

During this difficult time for the real estate industry, Atlanta-based zumBrunnen, Inc., a national construction and property services consulting firm, is helping owners, developers and investors meet their objectives. President and Founder John zumBrunnen describes his company’s philosophy, Build it Right/Manage it Right, this way: “We provide customized solutions for every client and every project, […]

Role of Construction Consultant

When lenders and borrowers involved in development projects team up to hire a construction consultant, the entire project team-equity investors, lenders, developers, borrowers, architects, and contractors included-share in the benefits. During construction, the independent consultant’s function is to provide due diligence, monitoring the project on a monthly basis and providing the client and project team […]

Due Diligence and Profitability

Longwood at Oakmont is a non-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located in Plum Borough, Pennsylvania, 13 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. By early 1997, the seven year-old facility was ready for the Phase III expansion. This expansion would include a 75-unit three-story apartment building, an Alzheimer’s wing in the Health Center, a new 30-unit assisted […]

Prescription for Building Success

It is time. The financial package is in place, the building permits are displayed, and the contractor is on site ready to break ground. Most importantly, you are confident of your facility’s long term success. Even the market analysis indicates that this project will prosper from startup through the next 50 years. So you have […]

Will You Have Adequate Capital Replacement Funds for the Future?

An effective strategic capital replacement plan requires that a facility owner consider their business model and objectives as primary guidelines in the process.  Decisions to replace capital budget items are often based on your business model or objectives in conjunction with other drivers.  These may include available funds, competition, changing demographics, efficiency, obsolescence, and failure, […]

Energy Conservation: Learn How Recommissioning of HVAC Systems Improves Efficiency

In my last newsletter article, I discussed the new trends in energy codes, conservation requirements and required benchmarking reporting for both new construction and existing buildings. I stated future articles would explore energy savings initiatives that owners could take right now as part of their normal operating procedures and capital replacement plans.  These initiatives are […]

Energy Savings Initiatives to Improve Building Efficiency – Building Envelope

In my newsletter articles this year, we have been discussing new trends in energy codes along with energy-saving initiatives that Owners could take right now as part of their normal operating procedures and capital replacement plans.  The last article focused on retro and recommissioning of HVAC systems to correct poor performance of equipment and controls.  […]

Construction Monitors: How Borrowers, Lenders, Developers, and Investors Can Better Partner

If your project financing includes banking with a commercial real estate lender, chances are your lender will require the services of a bank inspector.  The borrower may have some say in this matter as to whom this will be.  As an alternative, borrowers and lenders should give consideration to partnering in this requirement and hire […]

Why Smart Developers & Equity Partners Add Third-Party Independent Construction Consultants to Their Team

In my previous “Construction Monitors” article, I promised to discuss the perspective of the developer (owner/borrower) and equity partners for hiring an independent third-party construction consultant to monitor their development projects. Most often, this third-party consultant can also be approved by the construction lender to fulfill the lender’s requirement for their own bank inspector.  As […]

How to Avoid Capital Budget Shortfalls

Remember as a child when your allowance never seemed to be enough?  Isn’t it ironic that capital expense replacement budgets are much like your allowance?  These budgets often come up short and are often established by others. The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way.  Using long-term budget forecasting tools, management can […]

10 Fall Building Maintenance Tips – Prepare for the Winter Weather

It’s been a long, hot summer for much of the country. As the calendar turns to September, fall is here, and before you know it, the winter weather will be here, too. For some, this means wet, wintery conditions, and for others farther north, it means snow and ice. Wherever you are in the country, […]

9 Best Practices for Real Estate Asset Management

This white paper outlines best practices for the successful asset management of real property including buildings, grounds, furnishings and equipment. Whether you manage a single property, multiple buildings or a portfolio of real estate holdings, the proper management of these assets is critical to your success. Download this free white paper to learn about best […]

Key Considerations in Conducting a Thorough Facility Condition Assessment

Whether your business is providing health care, education, spiritual guidance or some form of housing services, your buildings not only provide a safe environment in which to provide services, but also serve as valuable assets in attracting and retaining the people you serve and those you employ. Ensuring facilities are efficient, attractive and well-maintained is […]

Four Steps to Creating an Effective Asset Management Program for Real Estate Holdings

Whether you manage a single property, multiple buildings or a portfolio of real estate holdings, the proper management of real property is critical to your success. It is imperative to have an effective asset management plan in place as part of your comprehensive capital planning process. This is a very simplified overview of a complex […]

20 Questions to Ask Prior to Beginning the Annual Budgeting Process

The annual budgeting process is a critical step in managing your facilities and strategic planning. We have developed a list of questions that should be answered before finalizing your annual and 20-year budgets. Are you planning changes in services that may affect building systems or equipment needs? Are any critical warranties provided by a developer, […]

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Reserve Study Funding Plans

This paper explores the advantages and disadvantages of different types of funding plans, and it is the second half of a two-part article. For additional background information, please see the first article: Reserve Study Best Practices & the Most Common Omission in Forecasting. Many reserve study consultants recommend a fully funded plan, but there are […]

Reserve Study Best Practices & the Most Common Omission in Forecasting

Introduction: This paper focuses on the fundamentals of a replacement-reserve study and reserve funding plan (Reserve Study). Discussions are based on nationally accepted standards, most specifically National Reserve Study Standards (NRSS). The best practice in executing a Reserve Study is to first identify immediate and long-term needs by commissioning a comprehensive facility assessment of all […]

The Role of the Construction & Consultant on Centro Ybor in Tampa, FL

Lenders, Developers, and Investors Partnering Together When lenders and borrowers involved in development projects team up to hire a construction consultant, the entire project team-equity investors, lenders, developers, borrowers, architects, and contractors included-share in the benefits. During construction, the independent consultant’s function is to provide due diligence, monitoring the project on a monthly basis and […]

2019 LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo

zumBrunnen, Inc., Building Consultants to Senior Living Communities, Exhibiting at 2019 LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen are experts in assisting senior living communities with reserve studies, capital needs budgets, facility assessments, construction monitoring and other specialized services. They will be exhibiting at booth #1217 at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting. […]

zumBrunnen, Inc. Adds James Dixson as Senior Project Manager

The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen help all types of clients make smart business decisions about their buildings, grounds and facilities. They are pleased to announce the addition of James Dixson as a Senior Project Manager. Atlanta, GA, October 8, 2019 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of […]

How Long Will Your Outdoor AC Condensing Units and Heat Pumps Last?

The answer depends on how and where they were installed. In multi-family environments, I frequently see outdoor condensing units installed too close together. Condensing units and heat pumps should have a specified minimum amount of free air space around each unit to facilitate heat rejection – the technical term for the discharge of heat that […]

HOW TO PREDICT THE FUTURE

Can you  accurately estimate the useful life of your rooftop HVAC unit? How about your windows? Your roof? Chiller?  Sanitary waste pipe? Asphalt parking lot? YES you can. The Useful Life of an asset or a building component is not simply a measure of how long an item can last. It is a subjective measure […]

2020 LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting

Doug McMillan, President of zumBrunnen, Inc., Presenting Educational Session at 2020 LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen are experts in assisting senior living communities with reserve studies, capital needs budgets, facility assessments, construction monitoring, and other specialized services. zumBrunnen’s President, Doug McMillan, will be presenting an educational session about Strategic […]

zumBrunnen Announces 34 New Commissions

zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces 34 New Commissions for their Building-Related Services The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen, Inc. are pleased to announce 34 new commissions for their capital planning, reserve studies, facility assessments, construction consulting, and other specialized building-related services. zumBrunnen helps all types of clients make smart business decisions about their buildings, grounds, and facilities. […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces 50 New Projects for 2019

The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen, Inc. are pleased to announce 50 new commissions for their capital planning, reserve studies, facility assessments, construction consulting and other specialized building-related services. zumBrunnen helps all types of clients make smart business decisions about their buildings, grounds and facilities. Atlanta, GA, August 27, 2019 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building […]

2019 LeadingAge Pennsylvania Annual Conference

zumBrunnen, Inc. Co-Presenting Educational Session at 2019 LeadingAge Pennsylvania Annual Conference Doug McMillan is co-presenting an educational session about Strategic Capital Planning at the LeadingAge Pennsylvania Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is co-presenting an educational session at the LeadingAge Pennsylvania Annual Conference. The conference is being held June 19-21, 2019 […]

2019 LeadingAge Washington

The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen are experts in assisting senior living communities with capital needs budgets, facility assessments, construction monitoring and other specialized building-related services. Doug McMillan is co-presenting an educational session about Capital Reserve Budget Planning at the LeadingAge Washington Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is co-presenting […]

2019 LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference

The building consultants at zumBrunnen are experts in assisting senior living communities with reserve studies, property condition assessments, construction monitoring and other specialized services. Firm representatives will be exhibiting at booth #70 at this year’s LeadingAge NC Conference being held in Myrtle Beach, SC. Atlanta, GA, April 30, 2019 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, […]

2019 LeadingAge Georgia Maintenance Professionals Symposium

zumBrunnen, Inc., Building Consultants to Senior Living Communities, Presenting Session at 2019 LeadingAge Georgia Maintenance Professionals Symposium The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen are experts in assisting senior living communities with capital needs budgets, facility assessments, construction monitoring and other specialized services. Doug McMillan is presenting an educational session about Preventative Maintenance at the LeadingAge GA […]

zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces 28 New Commissions

The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen help a broad range of clients make smart business decisions about their facilities. They are pleased to announce numerous new projects for reserve studies, construction monitoring and other specialized building-related services. Atlanta, GA, January 15, 2019 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce 28 new […]

2018 LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo

The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen are experts in assisting senior living communities with reserve studies, capital needs budgets, facility assessments, construction monitoring and other specialized services. They will be presenting an educational session and exhibiting at booth #2308 at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA – October 25, 2018 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Proud to Announce 21 New Projects

The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen, Inc. are pleased to announce numerous new commissions for their capital planning, reserve studies, facility assessments, construction consulting and other specialized building-related services. zumBrunnen helps all types of clients make smart business decisions about their buildings and facilities. Atlanta, GA, Oct. 3, 2018 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting […]

Doug McMillan Celebrates 20th Anniversary with zumBrunnen

Please join us in wishing Doug McMillan a very happy 20th work anniversary. Doug joined zumBrunnen in October 1998, and he has been a driving force in the company’s success over the years. “We are delighted to recognize Doug for 20 years of incredible service to the firm,” said John zumBrunnen, founder of the company. “It […]

zumBrunnen, Inc. Proud to Announce Firm’s Succession Plan

Atlanta, GA, August 1, 2018 – zumBrunnen, Inc. is an independent building consulting firm established in 1989 by John zumBrunnen. With a solid succession plan for continued growth, the ownership of the company is being transitioned from John zumBrunnen to James Robert (Rob) Milam, Jr. who has been with the firm since 2013. Milam has 25 […]

zumBrunnen Co-Presenting Session at 2018 NCHEA Annual Conference

The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen are experts at helping healthcare providers maximize the value of their facilities. They are co-presenting an educational session at this year’s NC Healthcare Engineers Association Annual Meeting. Charlotte, NC – July 31, 2018 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is co-presenting an educational session at the North Carolina […]

zumBrunnen Adds Justin Rider as Senior Project Manager

Atlanta, GA, July 10, 2018 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Justin Rider as a Senior Project Manager with the firm. Rider brings over 20 years of experience in the construction industry to the team. Rider has a broad base of pre-construction and project management skills encompassing […]

New Project Commissions

zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces 20 New Commissions for their Building-Related Services  The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen help a broad range of clients make smart business decisions about their facilities. They are pleased to announce numerous new projects for reserve studies, construction consulting and other specialized building-related services. Atlanta, GA, June 26, 2018 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an […]

Challenges of Constructing Athletic Facilities

In order to prosper and grow in today’s marketplace, educational and religious institutions must not only educate the mind and capture the heart, but also build the body and entertain.  Athletic facilities are an ideal venue to train and strengthen the body and provide entertainment value through sporting events.  Today’s progressive schools and churches have […]

20 Questions to Ask Prior to Beginning the Annual Budgeting Process

The annual budgeting process is a critical step in managing your facilities and strategic planning. We have developed a list of questions that should be answered before finalizing your annual and 20-year budgets. Are you planning changes in services that may affect building systems or equipment needs? Are any critical warranties provided by a developer, […]

Exhibiting at 2018 LeadingAge GA & SC Annual Conference

Atlanta, GA, April 4, 2018 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at the LeadingAge Georgia/South Carolina Annual Conference on Aging & Exposition being held April 17 – 19, 2018 in Greenville, SC. Representatives from zumBrunnen will be available to answer questions about reserve studies, facility condition assessments, capital replacement planning, construction monitoring […]

Key Considerations in Conducting a Thorough Facility Condition Assessment

Whether your business is providing health care, education, spiritual guidance or some form of housing services, your buildings not only provide a safe environment in which to provide services, but also serve as valuable assets in attracting and retaining the people you serve and those you employ. Ensuring facilities are efficient, attractive and well-maintained is […]

zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces New Commission

zumBrunnen assists all types of clients in making smart business decisions about their buildings and facilities. They are pleased to announce numerous new projects for capital replacement planning, facility condition assessments, construction monitoring and other specialized facility-related services.  Atlanta, GA, March 28, 2018 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce recent […]

Four Steps to Creating an Effective Asset Management Program

Whether you manage a single property, multiple buildings or a portfolio of real estate holdings, the proper management of real property is critical to your success. It is imperative to have an effective asset management plan in place as part of your comprehensive capital planning process. This is a very simplified overview of a complex […]

Fraudsters Posing as a Construction Company

Learn how fraudsters posing as a construction company fleeced a client for almost $2 million! If your company regularly pays vendors with wire transfer payments, be on the lookout for sophisticated Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams designed to get funds wired to the wrong accounts! https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article196484239.html

zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces New Projects for their Building Consulting Services

The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen, Inc. are pleased to announce numerous new commissions for their capital planning, reserve studies, facility assessments, construction consulting and other specialized building-related services. They assist all types of clients in making smart business decisions about their facilities. Atlanta, GA, January 10, 2018 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, […]

10 Fall Building Maintenance Tips – Prepare for the Winter Weather

It’s been a long, hot summer for much of the country. As the calendar turns to September, fall is here, and before you know it, the winter weather will be here, too. For some, this means wet, wintery conditions, and for others farther north, it means snow and ice. Wherever you are in the country, […]

TriBridge Residential Counts on zumBrunnen’s Property Condition Assessments to Make Smart Real Estate Acquisitions

zumBrunnen’s reports make real estate transactions easier. They tailor their reports to focus on key issues and help us clearly define the most important problems. Their reports give us credibility to better negotiate with sellers, which is critical in today’s real estate market.” Yates Dunaway, Vice President Acquisitions, TriBridge Residential Challenges – TriBridge Residential is a […]

zumBrunnen, Inc., Building Consultants to Senior Living Communities, Exhibiting at 2017 LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo in New Orleans

The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen are experts in assisting senior living communities with reserve studies, capital needs budgets, facility assessments, construction monitoring and other specialized services. Firm representatives will be exhibiting at booth #603 at this year’s LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans, LA. Atlanta, GA, October 25, 2017 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces New Projects

The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen, Inc. are pleased to announce numerous new commissions for their capital replacement budgeting, construction monitoring, facility assessments and other specialized building-related services. They assist all types of clients in making smart business decisions about their facilities. Atlanta, GA, October 10, 2017 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is […]

zumBrunnen, Inc., Building Consultants to Senior Living Communities, Presenting Educational Session at 2017 LeadingAge FL Annual Conference

he independent building consultants at zumBrunnen are experts in helping senior living communities maximize the value of their facilities. They are presenting an educational session and exhibiting at this year’s LeadingAge FL Convention being held in ChampionsGate, FL. Atlanta, GA – July 13, 2017 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational […]

zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces New Projects for their Building Consulting Services

The independent building consultants at zumBrunnen, Inc. are pleased to announce numerous new commissions for their construction monitoring, facility assessments, capital replacement budgeting and other specialized building-related services. They assist all types of clients in making smart business decisions about their facilities. Atlanta, GA, June 27, 2017 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is […]

The Developer and Equity Partners Perspective

In my previous “Construction Monitors” article, I promised to discuss the perspective of the developer (owner/borrower) and equity partners for hiring an independent third-party construction consultant to monitor their development projects. Most often, this third-party consultant can also be approved by the construction lender to fulfill the lender’s requirement for their own bank inspector. As noted in […]

zumBrunnen, Inc., Building Consultants to Senior Living Communities, Presenting Educational Session at 2017 LeadingAge GA & SC Annual Conference

Atlanta, GA – March 22, 2017 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational session at the LeadingAge Georgia & South Carolina Annual Conference & Expo being held March 27-29, 2017 in Hilton Head, SC. Representatives from zumBrunnen will also be available in the expo area to answer questions about facility condition […]

Construction Monitors: How Borrowers, Lenders, Developers, and Investors Can Better Partner

If your project financing includes banking with a commercial real estate lender, chances are your lender will require the services of a bank inspector.  The borrower may have some say in this matter as to whom this will be.  As an alternative, borrowers and lenders should give consideration to partnering in this requirement and hire […]

Energy Savings Initiatives Owners Can Take Right Now to Improve Building Efficiency and Performance – Building Envelope Systems

In my newsletter articles this year, we have been discussing new trends in energy codes along with energy-saving initiatives that Owners could take right now as part of their normal operating procedures and capital replacement plans.  The last article focused on retro and recommissioning of HVAC systems to correct poor performance of equipment and controls.  […]

Asset Management of Real Property – Part 9 of 9 – Insurance

The final section of this blog series focuses on insuring your assets from the potential impact of costly lawsuits. When evaluating insurance, whether it is property and casualty; directors and officers; the various liability policies; worker’s compensation; or others, there are three primary considerations: Premiums Payouts for deductibles Appropriate coverage For policies with deductibles, it […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces New Projects

Atlanta, GA, February 1, 2017 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce recent project commissions for clients in 13 states throughout the U.S. zumBrunnen’s services on the new projects include: construction monitoring, property condition assessments, reserve studies, reserve study updates, and the firm’s exclusive Campus Wide FacilityForecast® (CWFF), as well as […]

Asset Management of Real Property – Part 8 of 9 – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “Safety first” may be a common cliché, but it is fundamental in the management of your assets, whether it be real property or the safety of employees and residents. Vital concerns involve safe practices in daily operations, equipment maintenance, and storage and handling of hazardous materials including infectious wastes. […]

Asset Management of Real Property – Part 7 of 9 – Key Elements of Building Security

Key Elements of Building Security Security is about protection and prevention, important facets of asset management in the overall operation of senior living communities. In past years, high-profile cases of unauthorized entry, theft, and abuse has heightened the need for security. A secure living environment gives comfort to the residents and the families who are […]

zumBrunnen, Inc., Building Consultants to Senior Living Communities, Exhibiting at 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Exposition in Indianapolis

Atlanta, GA, October 25, 2016 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Exposition being held October 30 – November 2, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN. Representatives from zumBrunnen will be available at booth #3818 to answer questions about facility condition assessments, capital replacement planning, construction monitoring and other […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Exhibiting at CAI Southeast Florida Trade Show

Atlanta, GA, October 5, 2016 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at the Community Associations Institute Southeast Florida (CAI-SEFL) Trade Show on October 13, 2016 in Hallandale, FL. Representatives from zumBrunnen will be available at booth #61 to answer questions about reserve studies, transition reports and other building-related services. “As building consultants, […]

Will You Have Adequate Capital Replacement Funds for the Future?

An effective strategic capital replacement plan requires that a facility owner consider their business model and objectives as primary guidelines in the process.  Decisions to replace capital budget items are often based on your business model or objectives in conjunction with other drivers.  These may include available funds, competition, changing demographics, efficiency, obsolescence, and failure, […]

Energy Saving Initiatives Owners Can Take Right Now to Improve Building Efficiency and Performance – Retro and Recommissioning of HVAC Systems

In my last newsletter article, I discussed new trends in energy codes, conservation requirements and required benchmarking reporting for both new construction and existing buildings. I stated that future articles would explore energy savings initiatives that owners could take right now as part of their normal operating procedures and capital replacement plans. These initiatives are […]

Asset Management of Real Property – Part 6 of 9 – Key Components of a Service Contract

Key Components of a Service Contract As previously stated, you are most likely to require some maintenance and service contractors. Develop corporate standards for your contracts to ensure contracts are complete and protective provisions in place. It is best to have a checklist of standard contract terms and conditions that have been reviewed by council […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces New Projects

zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce recent project commissions for clients in 17 states throughout the U.S. zumBrunnen’s services on the new projects include: construction monitoring, property condition assessments, reserve studies, reserve study updates, and the firm’s exclusive Campus Wide FacilityForecast® (CWFF), as well as CWFF report updates. The new […]

Asset Management of Real Property – Part 5 of 9 – In-House Maintenance Versus Service Contractors

n-House Maintenance Versus Service Contractors There are various types of maintenance services that can be outsourced, such as landscaping, HVAC mechanical systems, elevators, laundry equipment, and life safety equipment, to name a few. Regardless of the size of a community, almost every community will benefit by outsourcing some maintenance services. The initial thought process for […]

Asset Management of Real Property – Part 4 of 9 – Preventative Maintenance Program Software

Preventative Maintenance Program Software A PM program can only be as effective as is the management of its data. The amount of data managed, including accuracy, record keeping, and reporting, determines if the data management system can be paper based (manual) or electronic (software). The key question, is a Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) software […]

Benefits of 20-Year Planning: Why Smart Executives & Boards Focus on Long-Term Budgets

Remember as a child when the allowance your parents gave you was never enough?  Isn’t it ironic that capital expense replacement budgets are much like your allowance?  These budgets often come up short and are often established by others without your input. The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way.  Using long-term […]

Asset Management of Real Property – Part 3 of 9 – Physical Maintenance and Preventative Maintenance Programs

Physical Maintenance and Preventative Maintenance Programs Once assets are accounted, evaluated, and funding planned, then comes the task of physical maintenance. To understand the concept of physical maintenance best is first to realize that to achieve excellence within your maintenance program is to implement scheduled and preventative maintenance procedures versus dealing with curative, deferred, and […]

Building Owners: Prepare for Tighter Energy Regulations & Requirements to Submit Energy Reports & Building Benchmarking Data

Green building policies and energy conservation guidelines will continue to get more stringent over time as we look for new ways to improve the energy efficiency of both residential and commercial buildings. Although climate change has become a political hot button issue, there remain economic and environmental advantages to making new and existing buildings more […]

zumBrunnen, Inc., Building Consultants to Senior Living Communities, Presenting Educational Sessions at Two State-Level LeadingAge Conferences in June

Atlanta, GA – June 6, 2016 – During the month of June, zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting educational sessions at the LeadingAge Washington Annual Conference  in Spokane, WA and the LeadingAge Pennsylvania Annual Conference in Hershey, PA. Both state-level senior living associations are affiliated with LeadingAge, a national association of over 6,000 […]

Asset Management of Real Property – Part 2 of 9 – Replacement Planning and Budgeting

Replacement Planning and Budgeting Most providers struggle with how much repair and replacement reserve funds are necessary to ensure fulfillment of mission. Nationwide, most providers budget for replacement expenses on either a five- or ten-year budget plan, and rely primarily on historical data, depreciation schedules, and internal evaluations. Often, covenants establish reserve funds using depreciation […]

Asset Management of Real Property – Part 1 of 9 – Management of Fixed and Moveable Assets

Best Practices for the Management of Fixed and Moveable Assets Regardless of whether your responsibility is for a single building, multi-buildings, or a multi-site system, proper management of real property assets is crucial to mission, a process better known as asset management. The first steps of asset management are to identify and record; next to […]

zumBrunnen, Inc., Building Consultants in the Senior Living Industry, Presenting and Exhibiting at 2016 LeadingAge North Carolina Conference & Trade Show

Atlanta, GA – May 4, 2016 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational session at the LeadingAge North Carolina Conference & Trade Show being held May 10-13, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Representatives from zumBrunnen will also be exhibiting at booth #50 in the trade show area. The Art of Strategic […]

LeadingAge Georgia & South Carolina 2016

Atlanta, GA, April 13, 2016 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at the LeadingAge Georgia & South Carolina Conference on Aging and Solutions Center Expo being held April 19-21, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, SC. Representatives from zumBrunnen will be available in the expo area to answer questions. “Over the […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Opens South Florida Office

Atlanta, GA, November 11, 2015 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce the recent opening of an office in South Florida.  Richard Lombroia, P.E., CEI, will manage the satellite location. Lombroia joined zumBrunnen in 2008, and he is a Senior Project Manager with the firm. In addition to providing building consulting […]

zumBrunnen, Inc., Building Consultants to Senior Living Communities, Presenting and Exhibiting at the 2015 LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo

Atlanta, GA – October 27, 2015 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational session at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo being held November 1-4, 2015 in Boston, MA. Representatives from zumBrunnen will also be available at booth #1322 in the exposition hall. A Pathway to Successful Facility and Strategic Planning: […]

zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces New Projects for their Building Consulting Services

“We continue to see strong growth in senior living facilities, multifamily properties and with condo and home owner associations, as well as activity in industrial, hospitality and educational sectors,”explains Doug McMillan, PE, President of zumBrunnen, Inc. “As independent building consultants, we assist all types of clients with property assessments and capital planning services. We are […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Proud to Announce New Projects

Atlanta, GA, June 16, 2015 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce recent project commissions for clients in 12 states throughout the country. zumBrunnen’s services on the new projects include: construction management services, property condition assessments, pre-closing document review, owner representation, reserve studies and updates, the firm’s featured Strategic Capital Replacement […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Proud to Announce New Projects

Atlanta, GA, June 16, 2015 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce recent project commissions for clients in 12 states throughout the country. zumBrunnen’s services on the new projects include: construction management services, property condition assessments, pre-closing document review, owner representation, reserve studies and updates, the firm’s featured Strategic Capital Replacement […]

zumBrunnen, Inc., Building Consultants to Senior Living Communities, Participating in Three State-Level LeadingAge Conferences in June

Atlanta, GA – May 27, 2015 – During the month of June, zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting educational sessions at the LeadingAge Arizona Annual Conference & Exposition in Scottsdale, AZ and the LeadingAge Pennsylvania Annual Conference & Exposition in Hershey, PA. They are also exhibiting at the LeadingAge Florida Annual Convention & […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Exhibiting at LeadingAge North Carolina Show and Presenting at LeadingAge Texas Conference During May

Atlanta, GA – May 7, 2015 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at the LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference & Trade Show in Pinehurst, NC and exhibiting and presenting an educational session at the LeadingAge Texas Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Austin, TX during the month of May. Both state-level associations […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Presenting Educational Sessions at Two State-Level LeadingAge Conferences in April

Atlanta, GA – April 15, 2015 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting and exhibiting at the LeadingAge Georgia & South Carolina Annual Trade Show in Hilton Head, SC and the LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo in Rosemont, IL during the month of April. Both state-level associations are affiliated with LeadingAge, a […]

Benefits of Updating Your “Life Term” Capital Replacement Plan and Budget

Congratulations! You completed that big first step. You had zumBrunnen visit your facility, and you developed, in collaboration with us, a comprehensive “life term” capital replacement budget and reserve plan. It took a lot of work, not only from our team, but also from you and your staff by participating in inspections, conducting meetings with various department […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Announces New Projects

Atlanta, GA, February 10, 2015 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce recent project commissions for clients in 15 states throughout the country. zumBrunnen’s services on the new projects include: completion and compliance reports, construction management services, drawing review, property condition assessments, pre-closing document review, project assessments, reserve studies and updates, […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Names Doug McMillan as President of the Company

ATLANTA, GA, December 3, 2014 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Doug McMillan, PE, to President of the company effective January 1, 2015.  McMillan succeeds John zumBrunnen who has served in this position since founding the company in 1989. zumBrunnen will continue to serve as CEO of the […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Exhibiting at Booth 1014 at 2014 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN

Atlanta, GA – October 14, 2014 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo being held October 19-22, 2014 at Music City Center in downtown Nashville, TN. Representatives from zumBrunnen will be available in the expo area at booth 1014 to answer questions. About LeadingAge: LeadingAge is […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Announces New Project Commissions

Atlanta, GA, October 2, 2014 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce several new project commissions for clients throughout the country. zumBrunnen’s services for the new clients include: pre-closing document review, plan and cost review, construction monitoring services, property condition assessments, transition studies, reserve studies, water intrusion inspections, hourly consulting, and […]

Understanding Recent Code Changes Requiring Low Frequency Fire Alarm Signals

A recent code requirement for low frequency fire alarms (520 Hz) in commercial sleeping spaces went into effect on January 1, 2014. We are still receiving many questions about changes to NFPA 72 (the National Fire Alarm Signaling Code) and wanted to share a helpful article on the topic. Why the change? Studies have shown […]

Thinking of Deferring Maintenance? Think Again!

The senior living industry is now an established marketplace with facilities of all ages to manage. Older buildings, constructed more than 30 years ago, represent different challenges than more recent construction. As senior living communities continue to age, the importance of maintaining and improving buildings, facilities and grounds is critical for managing continued and long-term […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Presenting Educational Session and Exhibiting at LeadingAge FL 2014 Annual Convention

Atlanta, GA – July 23, 2014 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is co-presenting an educational seminar at the 51st Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition being held July 27 – July 31, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, FL. In addition to making a presentation, representatives from zumBrunnen will also be in […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Announces New Projects

Atlanta, GA, June 24, 2014 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce recent project commissions. zumBrunnen has been retained to provide services for clients in 17 states, including a project in Hawaii. zumBrunnen’s services for the new clients include: pre-closing document review, construction monitoring services, completion and compliance reports,  property condition […]

Water Intrusion: An Infrared Thermographic Study

Whether your building is approaching substantial completion, or it has been occupied for the past twenty years, one of the most important maintenance issues that will be faced is the damage caused by water intrusion.  Rain will find its way into walls and roof assemblies through improperly installed roof penetrations and flashings, window flashings, and […]

Refrigerant Line Rooftop Penetrations

Refrigerant lines for rooftop condensing units must penetrate the roof at some point.  There are proper ways to create this penetration, and others are not-so-appropriate.  A proper penetration sheds storm water, but also allows for removal and replacement of the line-set without disturbing the roof surface.  A “goose-neck” opening, pictured here, accomplishes this purpose.  A […]

Transition Report & Reserve Study Versus a Property Condition Assessment Report

When dealing with homeowner associations (HOAs) and property managers for residential communities, condos, etc., we often get requests to provide a Property Condition Assessment (PCA).  However, the PCA is not the right product to address the unique reporting needs of HOA’s and property managers of Common Interest Real Estate (CIRE) market products, which include properties such as […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Presenting Educational Sessions at Three State-Level LeadingAge Conferences During May

Atlanta, GA – May 1, 2014 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational session at the LeadingAge California Annual Conference, presenting and exhibiting at the LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Meeting, and presenting at the LeadingAge Texas Annual Meeting during the month of May 2014. All three state-level associations are affiliated with […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Presenting Educational Session and Exhibiting at Booth 617 at 2014 LSN Annual Meeting

Atlanta, GA – April 23, 2014 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is co-presenting an educational seminar at the Life Services Network (LSN) 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibition being held April 30 – May 2, 2014 in Rosemont, IL. In addition to making a presentation, representatives from zumBrunnen will also be in booth 617 […]

Independent Building Consultants at zumBrunnen Announce New Projects

Atlanta, GA, March 11, 2014 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce recent project commissions. zumBrunnen has been retained to provide services for clients in 17 states throughout the continental US and four projects in British Columbia, Canada. zumBrunnen’s services for the new clients include: construction monitoring services, completion and compliance […]

zumBrunnen Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Atlanta, GA – January 14, 2014 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is celebrating their 25th anniversary. Founded in 1989 by John zumBrunnen, the Atlanta-based firm specializes in construction consulting, facility assessments, property condition assessments and long-range capital reserve planning services for a diverse list of national clients. The firm is also recognized for their proprietary […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Adds Rob Milam as Project Manager

Atlanta, GA – November 14, 2013 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is  pleased to announce the addition of Rob Milam as a Project Manager with the firm. Milam has worked with zumBrunnen since 2007 as a part-time Project Manager, and the firm is delighted to add him to the team on a full-time […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Presenting Educational Session and Exhibiting at Booth 1806 at 2013 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX

Atlanta, GA – October 22, 2013 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational seminar at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Exposition being held October 27-30, 2013 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX. In addition to making a presentation, representatives from zumBrunnen will be available to answer questions in booth […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Announces New Project Commissions

Atlanta, GA, August 28, 2013 –zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce several new project commissions for clients throughout the country. zumBrunnen’s services for the new clients include: pre-closing document review, construction monitoring services, property condition assessments, reserve studies, water intrusion monitoring and the firm’s feature Strategic Capital Replacement Budget™ (SCRB™) and their […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Exhibiting at LeadingAge Florida 50th Annual Convention and Exposition

Atlanta, GA – July 11, 2013 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at booth #205 at the LeadingAge Florida 50th Annual Convention and Exposition being held July 14-18, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. zumBrunnen specializes in providing senior living communities with critical services such as: property condition assessments, reserve studies, reserve study […]

Independent Building Consultants at zumBrunnen Announce New Projects

Atlanta, GA, June 26, 2013 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce several new project commissions for clients in 14 continental US states and also for a project in Hawaii. zumBrunnen’s services for the new clients include: property condition assessments, reserve studies, construction monitoring services, hourly consulting services and the firm’s […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Participating in LeadingAge California & LeadingAge North Carolina State Conferences

Atlanta, GA – May 2, 2013 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational session at the LeadingAge California Annual Conference and exhibiting at the LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Meeting during the month of May 2013. Both state-level associations are affiliated with LeadingAge, a national association of over 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Co-Presenting Educational Session at 2013 LSN Annual Meeting

Atlanta, GA – April 26, 2013 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is co-presenting an educational seminar at the Life Services Network (LSN) 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibition being held May 1-3, 2013 in Chicago. In addition to making a presentation, representatives from zumBrunnen will also be in booth 1211 in the exposition area. […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen Exhibiting at LeadingAge Georgia & South Carolina Joint Annual Conference

Atlanta, GA – April 16, 2013 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at booth #21 at the LeadingAge Georgia & South Carolina Joint Annual Conference being held April 16-18, 2013 in Augusta, GA. zumBrunnen specializes in providing senior living communities with critical services such as: property condition assessments, reserve studies, reserve study […]

Questions to Ask Before Updating Your Reserve Study or Reserve Funding Plan

Reserve funding plans (also known as replacement reserve studies) are critical planning and budgeting tools for effective facilities management. The process of developing an initial reserve study (or funding plan) involves a comprehensive facilities assessment of all fixed and movable assets. This property assessment provides the foundation to develop a list of immediate and long-term facility budget […]

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces New Project Commissions

Building Consulting Firm zumBrunnen, Inc. Announces New Project Commissions Atlanta, GA – March 27, 2013 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce several new project commissions for clients throughout the country. zumBrunnen’s services for the new clients include: construction monitoring services, property condition assessments, reserve studies, bank reports and the firm’s […]

2013 Off to a Strong Start for the Independent Building Consultants at zumBrunnen, Inc.

Atlanta, GA – January 23, 2013 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce several new project commissions. zumBrunnen was recently retained to provide  services for clients in 13 states throughout the continental US and also commissioned for projects in Hawaii and Guam. zumBrunnen’s services for the new clients include: property condition […]

2013 Off to a Strong Start for the Independent Building Consultants at zumBrunnen, Inc.

Atlanta, GA – January 23, 2013 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce several new project commissions. zumBrunnen was recently retained to provide  services for clients in 13 states throughout the continental US and also commissioned for projects in Hawaii and Guam. zumBrunnen’s services for the new clients include: property condition […]

Is It Necessary To Fully Fund Depreciation?

Often when providing Reserve Studies we are asked, “When funding replacement reserves, should we adhere to the national standards for a Fully Funded Plan (100% of depreciation) versus a Threshold Funding Plan (a plan based on a cash flow analysis with a contingency)?” Before beginning this discussion, please note it has been our experience that one of […]

zumBrunnen Announces New Project Commissions

Atlanta, GA – November 30, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to announce ten representative new project commissions. zumBrunnen has been retained to provide a broad range of services for clients across the country. Their services include: property condition assessments, budget review, drawing review, reserve studies, construction monitoring services and the […]

zumBrunnen Presenting Educational Session on Long-Term Facilities Planning and Exhibiting at Booth 1606 at 2012 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Denver, CO

Atlanta, GA – October 16, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational seminar at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Exposition being held October 21-24, 2012 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. In addition to making a presentation, representatives from zumBrunnen will also be in booth 1606 in the […]

zumBrunnen Selected to Present Educational Session at 2012 LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show

Atlanta, GA – August 23, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational seminar at the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show being held August 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, OH. Tom Doyen, Director of Business Development for the firm, will present the educational program. Ensure Mission – […]

zumBrunnen Selected to Present Educational Session on Long-Term Facility Planning at Tennessee Assisted Living and Long-Term Care Conference

Atlanta, GA – August 17, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is co-presenting an educational seminar at the 2012 Tennessee Health Care Association (THCA) and Tennessee Center for Assisted Living (TNCAL) Convention & Trade Show. The convention is being held August 19-22 at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN. Tom Doyen, Director […]

Reserve Study Helps Beach Condos Budget for Future

“We are very pleased with zumBrunnen’s reserve study. Dan Williams was very helpful and knowledgeable. He reviewed our prior study and helped us add and delete items for budgeting purposes. Dan answered questions at each step of the way and continues to answer our questions even after he completed our study.” –Vinny Spera, General Manager, […]

Learn How Facilities Audit Helped Private School Fix Problems

“The assessment helped us uncover facilities issues that could have grown into larger problems over time, and zumBrunnen helped us resolve them. The database allows us to accurately budget for the future and know how much to set aside for healthy maintenance reserves.” -Lynn Robertson, Finance and Facilities Director, The Fletcher School

Fundamentals of Replacement-Reserve Funding

Do you wonder about the benefits of different funding plans and want to learn how to evaluate the best option to meet your needs? If so, you need to read John H. zumBrunnen’s white paper on the Fundamentals of Replacement-Reserve Funding. It includes helpful examples and illustrates the pros and cons of various funding reports.

zumBrunnen Presenting Educational Session on Bricks with Sustainable Mortar at Annual Risk Management Conference for The Association of Boarding Schools

Atlanta, GA – June 18, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational workshop at The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and Campus Outreach Services (COS) Annual Risk Management Conference being held June 20-22, 2012 at the historic Hotel Dupont in Wilmington, DE. The conference will bring together boarding school leaders […]

zumBrunnen Presenting Educational Session at Aging Services of Washington Annual Conference in Spokane

Atlanta, GA – June 1, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational seminar at the Aging Services of Washington 61st Annual Summer Conference being held June 5-7, 2012 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA. (Pre-conference workshops and a golf tournament will be held on June 4.) Tom Doyen, Director of […]

zumBrunnen Presenting Educational Sessions at LeadingAge Annual Conferences in North Carolina and Texas

Atlanta, GA – May 9, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting educational sessions at the LeadingAge North Carolina and LeadingAge Texas annual conferences both being held in May 2012. Both state-level associations are affiliated with LeadingAge, a national association of over 5,600 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to making America a better place […]

zumBrunnen Selected to Present Educational Session at Life Services Network 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Chicago

Atlanta, GA – April 26, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is co-presenting an educational seminar at the Life Services Network (LSN) Annual Meeting & Exhibition being held May 2-4, 2012 at the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. John zumBrunnen, Founder and President of the firm, will co-present the CEU session. The firm […]

zumBrunnen Now Offering Energy Audits for Commercial Facilities to Help Building Owners and Managers Conserve Energy, Improve Efficiency and Lower Utility Costs

Atlanta, GA – April 3, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is now offering Level 1 and Level 2 Energy Audits for commercial and multi-family properties. The Energy Audits help identify energy conservation measures to lower power, gas and water expenses. The audits uncover hidden problems such as moisture, ventilation issues, missing or […]

Summary of Reserve Study Funding Plans

This summary provides a quick overview of the five different types of funding plans. If you need assistance in selecting the best type of plan for your business, please feel free to contact us at 404.601.4050 or info@zumbrunnen.com. Current Funding Plan The current reserve fund balance, along with the historical or current planned annual reserve contributions, […]

Diagnostic Tools for Energy Management and Maintenance

The average operations department is not properly equipped to study energy performance in a campus, large multi-family community, hospital, or commercial complex.  Many of the necessary tools are easily available and require little training, with the exception of infrared cameras and electrical testing equipment.  Use these tools to their fullest capacity.  In addition to locating […]

Level 1 Energy Audit

zumBrunnen follows American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Level 1 Energy Audit guidelines and consists of assessing a building’s energy cost and efficiency by analyzing energy bills and a brief survey of the building.  The Level 1 Energy Audit Report will discuss energy conservation measures, including estimated capital costs, anticipated annual energy […]

zumBrunnen Presenting Roundtable Session and Exhibiting at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) 2012 Symposium

Atlanta, GA – February 22, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational roundtable session on replacement reserve planning at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) Symposium on Tuesday, February 28 from 3:30-5:00 pm. zumBrunnen will also be exhibiting at booth #18 on Monday, February 27 from noon to 7:00 pm. […]

zumBrunnen Senior Project Manager Richard B. Lombroia Earns Certified EIFS Inspector (CEI) Designation from the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI)

Atlanta, GA – January 17, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to recognize Richard B Lombroia, P.E., for earning the Certified EIFS Inspector (CEI) designation. Lombroia joins the ranks of only nine Certified EIFS Inspectors in the state of GA. The CEI designation is awarded to individuals who have passed […]

17 Questions to Ask Prior to Beginning the Annual Budgeting Process

The annual budgeting process is a critical step in managing your facilities. Before you jump into the process, there are many important issues to consider. Does your planning process “prompt” you to consider everything on OUR list? Please use this as a handy checklist: Are any critical warranties provided by a developer, contractor, or major […]

zumBrunnen Presenting Two Educational Sessions and Exhibiting at Booth 2406 at the 2011 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

Atlanta, GA – October 11, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting two educational seminars at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & IAHSA Global Aging Conference being held October 16-19, 2011 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. In addition to the presentations, representatives from zumBrunnen will also be in booth 2406 […]

zumBrunnen Exhibiting at South Carolina Chapter of Community Associations Institute 2011 Annual Conference & Trade Show

Atlanta, GA – October 4, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at booth #14 at the South Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute’s (SC-CAI) Annual Conference & Trade Show being held October 13-14, 2011 in Columbia, SC. zumBrunnen specializes in providing community associations and community management professionals with critical services […]

How Elastomeric Paint Prevents Water Penetration, Eliminates Cracks and Offers a Durable Line of Defense for Exterior Finishes

Water penetration is a building’s worst enemy. Stucco, exterior insulation finishing systems (EIFS), concrete and masonry are prone to cracking in climates with extreme temperature changes, and if water penetrates these cracks, serious and costly repairs often result. One great preventative maintenance product for exterior stucco, EIFS, concrete and masonry walls is elastomeric paint. Unlike […]

How Elastomeric Paint Prevents Water Penetration, Eliminates Cracks and Offers a Durable Line of Defense for Exterior Finishes

Water penetration is a building’s worst enemy. Stucco, exterior insulation finishing systems (EIFS), concrete and masonry are prone to cracking in climates with extreme temperature changes, and if water penetrates these cracks, serious and costly repairs often result. One great preventative maintenance product for exterior stucco, EIFS, concrete and masonry walls is elastomeric paint. Unlike […]

Fall Building Maintenance Tips – Prepare for the Cold Weather to Come

Fall Building Maintenance Tips – Prepare for the Cold Weather to Come It’s been a long, hot summer for most of the country, but as the calendar gradually turns to September, fall is almost here and before you know it, the cold winter weather will be here, too.  Here are a few things you can […]

Fall Building Maintenance Tips – Prepare for the Cold Weather to Come

It’s been a long, hot summer for most of the country, but as the calendar gradually turns to September, fall is almost here and before you know it, the cold winter weather will be here, too.  Here are a few things you can do as a building Owner or Director of Facilities to ensure you […]

Conduct Perimeter Check Twice a Year

Ben Franklin coined the phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” As independent building consultants, we subscribe to that theory and advise clients on ways to PREVENT maintenance problems before they occur.  Unfortunately, we are often called in to fix issues after they have happened, which is always more costly. As […]

zumBrunnen Exhibiting at Florida Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (FAHSA) 48th Annual Convention & Exposition

Atlanta, GA – July 12, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at booth #602 at the Florida Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (FAHSA) 48th Annual Convention & Exposition being held July 24-27, 2011 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, FL. zumBrunnen specializes in providing building consulting […]

zumBrunnen Senior Project Manager Daniel J. Williams Earns Reserve Specialist Designation from Community Associations Institute

Atlanta, GA – June 29, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to recognize Daniel J. Williams, Senior Project Manager, for earning his Reserve Specialist (RS) designation from the Community Associations Institute (CAI). The RS designation is the only national credential for community association reserve study providers. The designation is only awarded […]

zumBrunnen Selected to Present Educational Session at PANPHA 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition

Atlanta, GA – June 8, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is co-presenting an educational seminar titled “The Fundamentals of Strategic Capital Planning” on Friday, June 17 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm at the PANPHA Annual Conference in Hershey, PA. Tom Doyen, Director of Business Development for zumBrunnen, will co-present the session with […]

Three Green Initiatives to Take this Summer

Whether you are a building owner/operator, developer, architect or in any way involved in the development and construction of new buildings or operation and maintenance of existing buildings, you have heard plenty over the last few years about sustainable development, green buildings and environmentally friendly construction, design and operations practices.  The U.S. Green Building Council […]

zumBrunnen Selected to Conduct Facilities Audit at Woodward Academy

Atlanta, GA – May 17, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, was recently selected to perform a full facilities audit by Woodward Academy. The facilities assessment includes an inventory of all buildings, athletic facilities and grounds owned by Woodward Academy on their 80-acre main campus, including the 4-acre primary school in College Park, […]

zumBrunnen Presenting Continuing Education Session for Chief Financial Officers at North Carolina Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging 2011 Conference

Atlanta, GA – May 4, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational session at the North Carolina Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging (NCANPHA) 2011 Spring Conference and Trade Show being held May 9-12 at the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa in Asheville, NC.  John zumBrunnen, Founder and […]

zumBrunnen Selected to Present Educational Session at Aging Services of California’s 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition

Atlanta, GA – April 29, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational seminar at the Aging Services of California’s Annual Conference and Exposition being held May 2-4, 2011 in Monterey, CA. Tom Doyen, Director of Business Development for zumBrunnen, will present the session. Doyen is a dynamic speaker and an […]

zumBrunnen Exhibiting at Community Associations Institute (CAI) Neighborhood Conference & Expo in Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA – April 5, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at booth #304 at the Community Associations Institute (CAI) Georgia Chapter Neighborhood Conference & Expo being held April 16, 2011 from 8 am to 3 pm at the Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, GA. zumBrunnen specializes in providing community associations and […]

zumBrunnen Selected to Present Educational Session at Life Services Network 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo in Chicago

Atlanta, GA – March 15, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is co-presenting an educational seminar at the Life Services Network (LSN) Annual Meeting & Expo being held March 23-25, 2011 at the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. John zumBrunnen, Founder and President of the firm, will co-present the session. zumBrunnen is a […]

zumBrunnen Announces Latest Release of FacilityForecast® Software Version 5.4

Atlanta, GA – February 16, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, just announced the latest release of their proprietary FacilityForecast® Software System with version 5.4. The latest version of the software introduces more client-friendly features offering users greater control, enhanced functionality and increased funding report options. zumBrunnen’s clients with a current license of […]

Infrared Study for a Refrigerated Food Processing Plant

zumBrunnen was asked to perform an infrared study of a recently completed refrigerated food processing plant in Florida.  The goals of the study were: To determine whether the 4″ thick insulated panels were installed to prevent infiltration of hot air from the outside, and identify where problems exist. To determine where electrical problems may exist […]

zumBrunnen Selected to Present Educational Session at Aging Services of Minnesota 2011 Institute

Atlanta, GA – February 4, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational seminar titled “Strategic Capital Planning – Real Answers for Real Problems” on Wednesday, February 9 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm at the Aging Services of Minnesota 2011 Institute in Minneapolis, MN. Tom Doyen, Director of Business Development for […]

zumBrunnen Exhibiting at North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS)

Atlanta, GA – January 11, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) Conference for Heads and Trustees being held January 12-14, 2011 in Southern Pines, NC. The mission of NCAIS is to support and strengthen independent schools in North Carolina. NCAIS was incorporated […]

zumBrunnen Presenting Training Session at the Florida Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (FAHSA) Annual Maintenance & Environmental Services Workshop

Atlanta, GA – November 16, 2010 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting a training session titled “Lower Your Overall Operating Expense:  Assess – Plan – Execute” on Tuesday, November 30 at the Florida Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (FAHSA) Annual Maintenance & Environmental Services Workshop in Orlando, FL. John […]

zumBrunnen Now Offering New Thermal Imaging Services to Enhance Building Diagnostics and Improve Property Condition Assessments

Atlanta, GA – October 28, 2010 – Imagine having the ability to “see” through walls or equipment. Now, the building experts at zumBrunnen, an independent property consulting firm, can “see” into walls, rooms, ceilings, equipment and more with their new thermal imaging equipment. Infrared thermography measures the infrared energy of an object and produces a visual […]

zumBrunnen Selected to Present Two Educational Sessions at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Los Angeles, CA

Atlanta, GA – October 27, 2010 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting two educational seminars at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition being held October 31 – November 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to the presentations, representatives from zumBrunnen will […]

Infrared Thermographic Studies for Building MEP Systems

In addition to the obvious benefits of performing a water-intrusion analysis or an energy efficiency study for your facility, testing can be done for predictive maintenance.  Predictive maintenance techniques help to determine the condition of in-service equipment in order to predict when maintenance should be performed. This approach offers cost savings over routine or time-based preventive […]

zumBrunnen Exhibiting at Southern Association of Independent Schools 2010 Annual Conference

Atlanta, GA – October 13, 2010 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is exhibiting at the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) Annual Conference on Sunday, October 17, 2010. The two-day conference is being held at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, GA. SAIS is an organization of independent elementary and secondary schools throughout the Southeastern […]

John zumBrunnen Instructs Candidates as a Faculty Member at the Certified Aging Services Professional 2010 Fall Institute in Dallas, TX

Atlanta, GA – September 28, 2010 – John zumBrunnen, Founder and President of zumBrunnen, Inc., served as a faculty member at the Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) training program offered through the Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services (CLAS) at the University of North Texas (UNT) from September 13-16, 2010. zumBrunnen instructed executive level candidates on […]

Coordinating Scope of Work in Corridor Renovations

Many of our senior living community clients are planning upgrades to finishes in their common spaces and corridors.  Sometimes the scope of work may include replacement of lighting fixtures or suspended acoustic ceiling tile.  However, it may also be time to evaluate certain MEP items routed above corridor ceilings to determine if renovations/replacement may be due […]

Routine Roof Inspections

We would like to offer some general direction to help building owners and facility managers perform routine roof inspections.  Please call a professional if you are not comfortable accessing and walking your roof. Common issues to look for on your roofs: Built-Up Roofs Loss of felt surfacing, gravel, aluminum coating, or asphalt surfacing Felt erosion, […]