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Condominium association residents and volunteer board members around the world understandably have questions about the safety of their own communities and are wonderi​ng how to protect their building​s after the tragic collapse of ​Champlain Tower South in Surfside, Fla. Co​mmunity Associations Institute (C​AI), the leading interna​tional authority in community association education, governance, and management, is providing information and resources to help concerned ​residents and board members understand struc​tural integrity, maintenance, and reserves.

Breaking Point: Examining ​Aging Infras​tructure in Community Asso​ciations 
​​Condo Safety Resource Guide

Best Practices: Reserve Studies/Management

2021 Statistical Review​

Reserve Funds: How and Why Community Associations Invest Assets​​

Condo Safety Resources:
The following articles were published in past issues of CAI’s members-only magazine and newsletter. They are not directly related to the Champlain Tower South tragedy but may serve to educate the general public on topics such as aging infrastructure, reserves, maintenance, and disaster planning.

Disaster Ready | Common Ground March/April 2021
Disaster planning should be customized to fit an association's unique needs, but there are three steps every board should follow to help prepare a building​.
​Sea Change | Common Ground Nov/Dec 2014
A Jacksonville beach condominium reverses 40 years of salt water and sea air damage. 
​Danger Ahead | Common Ground Nov/Dec 2020
Smart steps on a detailed roadmap can help your community avoid three common infrastructure pitfalls. 
Got Defects? | Community Manager May/June 2014
Construction defect litigation should be a last resort.
System Failure | Common Ground May/June 2020
Regular reserve studies and funding aren't enough to cover the increasingly common threat of infrastructure failure. How do we fix the system before more tragedies strike? 
Crumbling, Tumbling | Common Ground March/April 2013
What goes up must come down (and be repaired or replaced). Prepare now for your community's aging infrastructure. 
High-Rise Risks | Common Ground March/April 2020
Paying attention to the signs of structural problems before they become irreparable. 
Below the Surface | Common Ground Jan/Feb 2009
Long-term infrastructure repairs aren't included in many association reserve plans. But ignoring them could endanger your community's financial health.  ​
Gone with the Wind | Common Groun​d May/June 2016
Condemned for serious defects, a North Carolina beachfront community finds salvation in declaring bankruptcy, dissolving the association and selling the land. 
Rights and Responsibilities for Better Communities​
Principles for Homeowners and Community Leaders
This document can serve as an important guidepost for all those involved in the community.