On Site With: Michael Mendillo and Judy Julison

In today’s developments, promoting lifestyle amenities in a more nuanced way can speak to what homebuyers want.

Lifestyle amenities offered by a new community will attract homebuyers and residents, but the most successful developers and builders know there’s an art to what they offer. A well-sculpted golf course or luxurious clubhouse on a prospectus might help, but designing and promoting lifestyle amenities in a more nuanced way can speak to what individual homebuyers want. Developers and builders can increase chances for success by incorporating an experienced management company early on, gaining from their expertise, research and resources. We asked Michael Mendillo, president of FirstService Residential Mid-Atlantic, and Judy Julison, senior vice president of lifestyle programming for FirstService Residential (www.fsresidential.com), to share their perspectives. 

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Window Film Wonders

Using today’s technology, window film is now engineered to deliver energy savings similar to low-e windows.

Introduced over 40 years ago, window film is a thin sheet ofwindow coating, professionally and permanently installed, that delivers a range of high-value benefits to residential and business owners. Using today’s technology, window film is now engineered to deliver energy savings similar to low-e windows and can be installed at a fraction of replacement window costs.

Surprisingly, many professionals and consumers are still unaware of how far window film has progressed since the 1980s. In a recent Harris survey by the International Window Film Association (IWFA), 53 percent of Americans were unaware that window film allows natural light to enter a building’s interior while offering energy savings, environmental comfort, and health and safety benefits.

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Designing an Online Presence

Online platforms have changed the nature of business-to-consumer and business-to-business interactions everywhere.

Two decades ago, no one had heard of social media. Today, it’s everywhere. Social media has become an integral part of how we learn, how we share, and how we communicate. And that, in turn, has completely changed the nature of business-to-consumer and business-to-business interactions everywhere, including in the building and construction industries.

Now imagine if the building industry and businesses in innumerable other sectors including manufacturing and distribution could tap into the same techniques that have made the social media revolution so successful to manage change and create a culture of process improvement.

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