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Certified Access Specialist of the Future

CASp Parking Lot Certification Complies with Green Industry


In our company’s history, I’ve noticed that just before winter starts many orders come in for remediation for areas with standing water, basin repairs, and parking lot pot holes needing repair. With time and access being so important, we also get an influx of Los Angeles CASp ADA Parking Lot Certification Requests and reconstruction work orders at the first sign of snow. The reason we pair parking lot ADA parking lot access and parking lot asphalt repair is due to the fact that they must work together. If neither are ADA compliant or ready before winter, the public will suffer. In fact, since El Nino has been forecasted for this year, many different managers of various properties and facilities are wondering if the winter is really going to be as bad as projected. There are many reasons that I think this approach is the wrong one.


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We proudly support the reclaimed asphalt pavement (PAV) program as this really helps lesson the footprint asphalt creates.

1. Projects completed during the cold weather months risk not being completed due to weather conditions, come with higher costs for materials, often have interruptions in work days, and the quality of work may suffer as a result. We suggest starting the DSA – ADA inspection of your parking lot reconstruction plans during this time.

2. Once temperatures dip below the freezing mark, the asphalt plant may not be operational on a day that repairs must be done and emergency repairs might not happen. If the thermoplastic reflectors are installed the tape does not adhere correctly and must be reapplied or your disability placards may be at risk for lawsuit.

3. We must use ADA compliant cold patch asphalt when we can’t get hot mix asphalt because the temperatures are too cold. ADA compliant Cold patch asphalt doesn’t last as long as repairs that are done with hot mix asphalt so a second callout will be necessary to permanently make the repair.

4. Contributory Negligence and Liability Issues. Landlords must consider the fact that if a tenant has made numerous complaints about large pools of water and they don’t make the repair promptly, they risk being pulled into a deposition by their tenant’s attorney after the tenant falls and injures themselves on the ice that formed in the area where the repair was not made. It will be game over for you once the date that you were made aware of the problem is brought up.

Handicap Parking Compliance & Asphalt Repair

parking lot ada inspection

In the picture shown above, you can a nicely repainted parking lot. This type of job will reduce your ADA compliance largely due to the environmental friendly parking lot material on the parking lot.

Any time that local temperatures fall well below the freezing point, black ice may occur due to ground water.

The geology that exists below your concrete sidewalk or asphalt parking lot creates the potential for groundwater issues due to hydrostatic pressure. This can be corrected even though it is impossible to prevent. Hydrostatic pressure occurs because water follows the path of least resistance. When it is forced to the surface, it will flow through cracks that already exist in the concrete or asphalt but that may be diverted through islands in the landscape.

Culvert areas or storm sewers are simple ways to divert groundwater away from the surface.

How Much Does It Cost To Fix Concrete Sidewalks Or ADA Compliant Asphalt Parking Lots With Underground Water Problems?

Depending on the difficulty of tie-ing into a culvert or storm sewer, the length and depth of the project, the cost of disposing of subgrade that has been excavated, and the amount of necessary restoration including grass seeding, topsoil, mulch, and patching of concrete and asphalt, you can expect to pay somewhere between $35 and $60 per lineal foot.

Keep up to date with your parking lot handicap compliance for California 


Pool Construction Service Done Solar

An important part of maintaining a small footprint is keeping your electricity down. Owning a pool, spa, or koi pond can lead to a larger footprint than expected due to the electrical pull of the pump used for the water feature.

pool and koi pond pump and filter

In some states like California, they have enacted a law stating all pool pumps purchased or worked on after 2006 must be variable speed pumps offering both a low-run setting and a high-run setting. The amount of electrical consumption water feature equipment can utilize makes this weeks “small footprint qualifier” a great addition for any property be it residential or commercial.

Pool & Spa Building with Solar in Mind

As a property owner, you can pull a specific permit allowing you to install a PV and/or solar pool heating equipment, but must still pass inspection. Sometimes its worth hiring a professional pool service company to handle such a task as doing this incorrectly can result in a lot of lost money if done incorrectly.

Solar panels and PVC can be used as passive heating techniques which should meet all requirements of what an in-ground pool or spa owner is looking for, a reduced bill and a functioning water feature with little footprint.

The downside to supplying to style of pump electricity, is your area must have sun most times of day, and can only be provided during the day time.

Pool pump solar panel repair

After extensive research, we have agreed “TWO 170W 48V DC solar power modules” should provide 340W at 96V/ 3.54Amps. One HP Pump = 746 watts, so this system might only accommodate a 1/2 to 3/4 HP pool pump.

If you own a koi pond or water garden, most of these pumps are 1/2 HP or less, which means this size solar panel can/ should be able to power your koi pond without the need to upgrade.

Unfortunately, owning a koi pond means you will most likely need to repair your pond equipment in order to meet the demand of the solar power unit.


Purchasing a converter box is ideal for this situation to avoid any miscalculations with your electricity and pool pumps.




Partners for a sustainable future...

green_buildingThe New Community Coalition is committed to identifying, coordinating, and implementing sustainability projects in Telluride, Mountain Village, and San Miguel County. We recognize community as the key ingredient in our quest for a positive vision of the future. The quality of interactions between members of our community—businesses, governments, individuals, and organizations—will define our ability to adapt to an energy-constrained future and the unpredictable nature of global climate change. By stimulating interest and dialogue in the pressing issues of our time, we hope to herald a new paradigm of interactions between members of our community. We envision community collaborations to increase our energy efficiency, re-localize our economy and food sources, develop a greener built environment, reduce our carbon footprint, and expand educational resources.

375px-Nested_sustainability-v2.svgTNCC has established five working groups to address and coordinate projects in the areas of Energy,Green Building, Resource Recovery/Recycling, Food and Economy. Each group is comprised of community members and overseen by TNCC staff.

 Check it out! Kris Holstrom was recently the featured guest on a Peak Moment TV Conversation. Peak Moment Televsion explores perspectives and initiatives for local self-reliance in the face of energy, climate, and economic uncertainty.

 View Kris’ conversation with Peak Moment producer and host, Janaia Donaldson:

“Go-getter Gets Governments Going on Sustainability”

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