AHN PA.Iss. 2, 2018 (OP)

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Do Your Pool Rules Violate the Fair Housing Act? By Michelle Tomko

HOA Qualified Management Companies

“In the case of pool rules...via the Fair Housing Act, you cannot discriminate

on the basis of gender or age.”

Debunking The Myths About Attic Fans By Steven J. Lang, R.A., LEED G.A.

A s a Registered Architect (R.A.) and building en- velope specialist, it is my duty to educate my clients so that they can make informed decisions. Part of my job is pre- senting facts and information that in some cases may make me unpopular. One of the big- gest push backs that I often re- ceive from my clients has to do with my recommendation that they remove their attic fans and replace it with a properly- designed, passive ventilation system. Myth – Powered attic fans are the ideal solution to venti- lating an attic space. Fact – Properly installed passive ventilation systems provide year round attic ven- tilation that is particularly important in the Northeast to prevent ice damming and has proven to be more efficient and effective at providing proper attic ventilation than powered attic fans. At this point in time, you may be scratching your head and thinking “haven’t I been told that attic fans are good for my attic”? This is probably be- cause over the past 15-25 years, conventional wisdom suggest- ed that attic fans provided su- perior ventilation. In theory, a powered fan should provide better air flow and ventilation than static openings that pro- vide passive air flow. Based on this line of thinking, motor driven attic fans became quite

CONTINUES ON PAGE 15. manufacturers now prefer. Active Ventilation System In an “active” ventilation system, a motor driven attic fan is used to ventilate the attic space. These fans are typically installed high up in the attic and pull air from within the attic and exhaust it to the ex- terior. These fans also require openings in the soffit to allow cool exterior air to be pulled into the attic. The attic fans are often hard wired, but newer solar powered fans are becom- ing more common on the mar- ket. Because they are powered by a motor, these fans are re- ferred to as an “active” ven- tilation system because they actively pull air out of the attic. Some of the attic fans have a temperature sensor that turns them on and off and some- times, particularly in older models, they are connected to an on/off switch. The main objective of these fans is to cool the attic in the warm summer months. While some fans have a sensor that measures the rel- popular. However, over this time, we have learned a lot more about how these fans ac- tually perform and also gained information regarding the un- intended side effects that come along with them. The follow- ing is brief summary of the differences between an active attic fan ventilation system compared to a proper passive ventilation system that indus- try standards and roof shingle

ATTORNEYS: Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC...................5 Clemons Richter & Reiss, PC............. 10 Steven L. Sugarman & Associates.......8 Young & Haros, LLC........................... 12 ENERGY PROVIDERS: PECO...................................................9 ENGINEERS: Berman & Wright Architecture, Engineering & Planning, LLC...............5 DW Smith Associates, LLC..................6 The Falcon Group - Engineering, Architecture & Energy Consultants..........2 FWH Associates, PA............................9 to socialize, exercise and even just hang out. As warm weath- er approaches, associations will be posting pool hours and rules for residents to follow. This all seems like a typical and mundane annual ritual for boards and managers of communities with outdoor pools. What could go wrong? Sometimes, with the greatest intentions of fostering safety and maximum enjoyment for A swimming pool is a great community ame- nity. It offers a place

CONTINUES ON PAGE 14. In a recent case, Marie Curto, et al. v. A Country Place Condominium Association, Inc., et. al, . plaintiffs claimed that separate hours for men and women violated the FHA. The association contended that a majority of the units were occupied by those practic- ing Orthodox Judaism, who strictly separate by gender during public swimming. The plaintiffs were assessed fines by their association each time they used the pool in discor- dance with the posted swim

INSURANCE: Community Assn. Underwriters.............13 NFP, Property & Casualty........................6 Smith Insurance.......................................3 LAKE & POND MANAGEMENT: SOLitude Lake Management.............. 12 LENDERS: Alliance Association Bank..................... 8 Mutual of Omaha Bank, Community Association Banking / CondoCerts......7 National Cooperative Bank....................15 MAINTENANCE / JANITORIAL: Planned Companies.............................4 PROFESSIONAL / INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS: CAI PA & Delaware Valley Chapter... 11 residents of various ages and stages of life, associations un- knowingly violate the United States Fair Housing Act (FHA). In a perfect world, associations want to make all of their resi- dents comfortable. To that end, it can be tempting when establish- ing a pool schedule to consider age- or gender-specific hours and/or considerations to reflect the demographics and comfort levels of residents. However, re- cently, associations nationwide are finding themselves in court for doing just that. 

INDEX OF INDUSTRY LEADERS

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT: ACRI Realty.......................................8 Arnheim & Neely Inc..........................9 Associa............................................... 13 DelVal Property Management............. 10 MICO Management.............................. 7 Property Management, Inc.................. 14 Robert H.Wise Management Co., Inc...10 RECONSTRUCTION / RESTORATION: Accurate Reconstruction....................... 4 SECURITY / CONCIERGE: Planned Companies............................. 4

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