Squibm

Author's details

Name: Mark Squibb
Date registered: May 25, 2011

Biography

Chief cook and web person.

Latest posts

  1. RERA should be restricted within the easement — June 4, 2019
  2. RERA Declaration Analysis — May 29, 2019
  3. Just Say No! — May 27, 2019
  4. Is it really an Off Grid home? — July 3, 2018
  5. Is it Really a Berm Home? — July 2, 2018

Most commented posts

  1. A Big Gl ass Wall — 3 comments
  2. Chipcrete Experiment — 3 comments
  3. Knocking $27K off my roof — 2 comments
  4. The 5 Minute Tire — 2 comments
  5. Snow! — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

Jun 04

RERA should be restricted within the easement

The CCIOA Act defines “Common Elements” as real estate explicitly owned or leased by an association. [Case law later expanded this definition to include any property which is commonly used within a community.] “Common elements” means:(a) in a condominium or cooperative, all portions of the condominium or cooperative other than the units; and(b) in a more »

May 29

RERA Declaration Analysis

This presentation explores the potential legal effects of signing the Declaration document distributed by the RERA. I’m not an attorney – but if you have doubts use these talking points with your attorney before you decide to sign the declaration. Covenant Declaration Document

May 27

Just Say No!

This presentation addresses the Redstone Estates Road Association initiative to adopt CCIOA and declare submission of property rights to RERA. Inappropriate Language of Declaration: 1. Submission of Property. The property within the Association will be held, sold, conveyed, transferred, leased, subleased, and occupied subject to the following covenants, conditions, restrictions, and easements which will run more »

Jul 03

Is it really an Off Grid home?

Here is an appraisal error and how it contributed to a declined loan. Here is an appraisal that spooked a lender.  This appraisal describes an on-grid structure as off-grid.  The appraiser then tells the lender that off grid homes are a very small market. Here is a Fort Collins Magazine article that describes the structure … Continue reading Is it really an Off Grid home?

Jul 02

Is it Really a Berm Home?

Did you know most lenders will instantly reject a loan application when an appraiser describes a structure as “Berm Home”? Others will reject it when appraiser describes it as “Off Grid”? This presentation begs appraisers and lenders use clear language and accurate descriptions when describing energy features of structures. Here is an example where two … Continue reading Is it Really a Berm Home?

Oct 30

Squibbship and the outdoor whiz metric

Who ever thought a high end magazine would agree with my curious perspective that the ability step outside and go pee without neighbor complaint would figure as a article-worthy metric for quality of life? The project was officially dubbed a Squibbship.  Who would have thunk… Loading…

Jan 07

Finish Photos

Some photos of the near-finished product. We are still putting finishing touches, but have Certificate of Occupancy. YAY!

Sep 14

Energy Free Buildings

So what makes a building sustainable? Wikipedia defines Green Building here…  Does this definition make sense to you? I hung on the word efficiency as a cop out.  Efficiency means to limit consumption of external resources – minimize waste. How cool is elimination of the need for external energy altogether?  Think of a house as a free-standing energy system – without … Continue reading Energy Free Buildings

Apr 28

Why is it hard to find cool builds?

Green Jazz In today’s world where everybody is super jazzed about green building you’ve probably noticed something very strange…. Why is it so hard to find a cool project to work on? Where are all those ultra-cool green projects that ought to exist? How come all the projects that claim to be so green are … Continue reading Why is it hard to find cool builds?

Apr 07

The New Solar Scoop 

Just about anyone who installs a solar panel has one simple question – where should I point this darned thing?  That silly sun moves around all the time.   A fixed solar panel works perfectly only when the sun sweeps through the daily horizontal alignment for maybe 10 minutes, and at the season-selected tilt angle […]

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