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    • Download the Building Emergency Action Team Training

      Newly developed by the Houston High Rise Triad,  the BUILDING EMERGENCY ACTION TEAM TRAINING GUIDE captures the collective knowledge of private security and life safety professionals along with the insights of highly experienced fire inspectors and fire suppression officers from within the City of Houston Fire Department. The Houston High-Rise Triad urges building owners and stakeholders to use this guideline for training property managers, building engineers, concierge personnel, and security personnel in how to safely respond to fire and other emergency incidents within high occupancy facilities. For more tools and resources life this, click here.

    • Alligator Boots: How to Identify Asphalt Paving Failures

      Identifying existing and potential asphalt repairs can be tricky, but if you remember a few fundamental principles, you should be able to understand what, when and why. First, let’s look at the basics. If you take a cross-section of a typical asphalt parking lot, you will see that there is a lot underneath the asphalt layer on top – which should be considered a “wearing course” of the overall pavement.

      Below the asphalt, by about 8 to 10 inches, you will find the earth, soil or “sub-grade”. This may or may not have been “stabilized” which is a method commonly used to break down the molecules in the soil to make them smaller so you can then compact them as much as possible (so they don’t move or sink later). On top of that, you should find 6-8” of “base material” which is commonly crushed rock, crushed concrete, or a mixture of both.

      On top of the base you now have your asphalt, which is usually 1 ½” or 2” thick. This is the wearing course, which is designed to wear out eventually. If you stay on top of things you can simply remove and replace it and keep things going.  

      Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, busy schedules or other considerations, all too often these necessary maintenance items get put off, overlooked or just avoided. At that point, you are in for bigger problems and more costly repairs. Here is the reason why:

      Water Intrusion. Water is the enemy of any parking lot, whether concrete or asphalt. What happens is this: The deteriorated and cracked pavement is now a source for water to get into and under the wearing course, and into the base and sub-grade - which leads to the soil shrinking or swelling. When this goes on long enough, you wind up having to repair much more than just the asphalt on top. Now, you need to repair and/or replace the base material as well as the asphalt.

      There are two easy ways to identify if your asphalt pavement has reached the “Defcon-4” Status described above:

      1. It looks like an alligator’s hide (think ‘Alligator Boots’) or
      2. You see signs of sand or other “fines” coming out of the cracks. We call this “pumping” - it means quite literally that water has reached the sub-grade and your base material is getting pumped out of the pavement from vehicles. Your pavement is moving, and before too long there will be a chuck-hole deep enough to go all the way to China.

      Lastly, you must know that if your pavement is in this condition and you do not repair the base but simply put more asphalt on top of it – you will be doing the same thing next year. Think of it as putting the frosting on the cake right after you take it out of the oven – it won’t work very well.

      Your trusted paving contractor will be happy to assess the condition of your parking lot and offer a comprehensive analysis and plan to remediate the issues – and fit them into your short-term and/or long-term budget.



      Author Eric Hancock of PaveCon is an active vendor member within the Friends of IREM program in Houston. The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®)

    • Is Your Food Feeding You!

      For those wanting to keep a copy of our February speaker's presentation on nutrition, it can be found here. To contact our speaker Lisa, please call 800.777.1474 or go to to order her book.

    • Your CPM Designation and NAR Institute Affiliate Membership

      IREM is an affiliate of the National Association Realtors (NAR). As a result, you are required to hold membership in NAR in order to maintain your CPM designation – either as a Realtor or an Institute Affiliate. If you are not a Realtor, then your default membership is Institute Affiliate. IREM creates your Institute Affiliate membership on NAR’s database system (known as NRDS) and you have a unique NRDS ID number. 2015 Institute Affiliate dues are $105. You should have been invoiced directly from NAR for Institute Affiliate dues via e-mail notifications only.

      Beginning in 2015, your Institute Affiliate dues must be paid online through NAR’s eCommerce network via credit/debit card or electronic check only.
      To pay your Institute Affiliate dues online, log in to
      Problems? If you do not know your NRDS ID number or need assistance registering, resetting your password, or for someone to walk you through the checkout counter process, contact NAR’s Information Central at 800-874-6500.