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Quick-Wins for a Quieter Workplace

[mks_dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#009966″]C[/mks_dropcap]ould it be true that, on average, office workers are interrupted every few minutes… and on average, interruptions cause more than 20 unproductive minutes? Woah! That would make every interruption costly… and these simple, popular ways to reduce interruptions could be valuable: Quiet zones It doesn’t take a bulldozer or sledgehammer to […]
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Four ways to boost building efficiency

Commissioning, re-commissioning, retro-commissioning, and building tune-ups all offer substantial benefit to building efficiency: Identifying energy savings Improving indoor environmental quality Fine-tuning building operation and maintenance. What distinguishes one commissioning process from the others?  What is the value of each?  What is mandatory or simply advisable for buildings in your state? Commissioning (Cx) Before building systems […]

Clean and sanitize with electrolytes for safety and savings

It all can be done with salt and water. Cleaning a business or commercial facilities no longer requires exposure to harsh chemical cleaners. In fact, salt may be all you need. In the system we reviewed, an electrolytic system converts salt and water into alkaline cleaner (NaOH) and acidic sanitizer (HClO) solutions. This environmentally-friendly cleaner […]

Commissioning panel discusses Shands Hospital success

The CxEnergy 2017 conference brought building commissioning experts to Orlando’s Champions Gate Resort, where they discussed and viewed state-of-the-art tools and technologies. The April event focused on building commissioning and energy management, as well as measurement and verification. Alexa Stone, ecoPreserve President, moderated a panel discussion of the success that the University of Florida had […]

Planning proves powerful for Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Management (SWM) can begin with setting out a few recycling bins. That will capture some paper, plastic, and aluminum cans that otherwise piles up on a landfill. With planning, SWM offers a business far more than that. More recycling can reduce trash removal costs. Recycled material can be sold. Setting goals for waste […]

500 Town Park project achieves LEED Silver Certification

Lake Mary’s 500 Town Park building recently earned LEED Silver Certification. What is LEED? Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification was developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). It evaluates a building’s environmental performance. Why certify a building? Environmental performance brings a substantial potential for savings. Among the ongoing, measurable benefits for […]
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USGBC tallys building certifications for 2016

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) recently reported its tally of sustainable building certifications for 2016. In the U.S., 3,366 projects received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. That totaled over 470 million Gross Square Feet (GSF). With that information, the USGBC also shared an infographic of the top 10 LEED certification states. […]

Quick wins for better breathing

Fresh air beats air fresheners Who doesn’t like the aroma of cinnamon, apple, or vanilla? Unfortunately, the chemicals used to create these scents can aggravate allergies or worse. Keep it simple and steer away from artificial air fresheners. Strategically increase ventilation Airing out your office or residence is a good idea, but must be done […]
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Front-line reports from two building commissioning projects

Often, buildings cost over $200 per square foot. That level of investment allows no slack in cost containment. The building infrastructure must run efficiently. In each of the more than 100 buildings I have commissioned, results have exposed serious Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) system issues. These issues could have led to increases in equipment […]
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Sustainability means wellness

Building owners, managers, and tenants hear a lot about the savings and energy efficiency that results from sustainability. They may know that the U.S. Green Building Council has reported that substantially lower maintenance costs are associated with LEED-certified buildings, as compared to typical commercial buildings. Retrofit projects for green building typically trim first-year operating costs […]
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Event Calendar

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Get greater returns from your recycling efforts

Video source and further information: http://www.recycleacrossamerica.org   Recycle Across America is a nonprofit organization, advocating for recycling efforts and finding ways to make it more valueable. Recycling could return even greater financial rewards if the labels used in recycling were standardized. Confusing and inconsistent labels result in garbage being thrown into recycling bins, and less recycling […]
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AWARE of CDC and NIH guidelines

The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

Tools tailored to location and need

Disaster resilience requires a select toolset, identified, adapted, or created as needed based on planning calls and inclusive workshop participation.

Business and government organizations today are confronted by threat categories that range from drought to flood, from fire to hurricane, and extend globally to pandemics and sea level rise. Threat categories are broad and diverse, but ecoPreserve and collaborating organizations design resiliency tools for specific local context.

Local needs are identified and verified. Building from that essential understanding, tools are designed, tested in pilot programs, refined, then implemented through action plans.

Today's challenges/
tomorrow's potential

ecoPreserve collaborates with major community and private organizations in optimizing the resiliency and resource efficiency of their workplaces, venues, and public spaces.

In response to ever-increasing environmental, sociopolitical, and public health challenges, we advocate for and participate in assessment and planning actions that directly address disaster preparations, recovery activities, infrastructure improvements, and smart building/city design.

Online and in-person workshops

ecoPreserve designs and leads workshops in varied formats, to achieve varied goals.

Often an event is held for skill and knowledge development, but some needs of an organization or community are better resolved through collaboration to identify requirements and to design solutions. A range of Disaster Resilience workshops are available for solutions planning and development, as well as for training and communication.

Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshops

  • Identify technical and business process gaps
  • Define stakeholders, recovery teams, and processes/functionalities necessary for operation
  • Highlight missed expectations from a data loss and recovery time perspective
  • Address compliance with regulatory agencies and industry standards
Here's how to request further information. Thank you for reaching out!

Here's how to request further information. Thank you for reaching out!

Facility Condition Report

The report is prepared in accordance with the recommendations of ASTM E2018-15, Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments. This is a partial list of contents:

  • PHYSICAL CONDITION
    • General condition of the building, grounds, and appurtenances
    • Physical deficiencies, their significance, and suggested remedies
    • Photographs
    • Safety issues observed
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPREAD POTENTIAL
  • OPPORTUNITIES
    • Potential operating efficiencies
    • Electricity and water use reductions
    • High-efficiency interior and exterior lighting
  • ORDER OF MAGNITUDE RENOVATION BUDGET
    • Recommended interior finishes
    • Construction costs

Risk Mitigation Improvements

  • IAQ
    • Airflow
    • Temperature and humidity
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC EQUIPMENT
    • Settings
    • Conditions
    • Capability
    • Filtration
  • FLOORPLAN
    • Traffic patterns
  • FURNISHINGS
    • Placement for social distancing
    • Clear barriers where social distancing is not possible

Interior Elements

  • Foundation
  • Building frame and roof
  • Structural elements
    • Floors, walls, ceilings
    • Access and egress
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC equipment and ductwork
  • Utilities
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
  • Safety and fire protection

Grounds and Appurtenances

  • Façades or curtainwall
  • Topography
  • Storm water drainage
  • Paving, curbing, and parking
  • Flatwork
  • Landscaping
  • Recreational facilities
Here's how to request further information. Thank you for reaching out!

AWARE of CDC and NIH guidelines

The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

An OPTIMIZED Assessment

Certified Sustainability Consultants on a facility assessment team can discover ways to lower energy costs. Their understanding of HVAC equipment suitability and condition along with the specifics of LED lighting retrofits can provide offsets for needed investments in upgrades and replacements.

Knowledge of water systems can bring further savings while averting water waste. It can all be part of an assessment which might otherwise overlook water fixtures and irrigation schedules.

How should a facility be ASSESSED?

A thorough facility assessment finds the issues - on the surface or below - which have a potential negative impact on the building. That brings the facility to meet building codes. Beyond that, the assessment proactively addresses the deficiencies not covered by code.

The occupants of a building benefit as the assessment reveals conditions having a potential impact on their health or safety. The assessment must not overlook those conditions, nor fail to consider the frequency and duration of occupant visits.