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The persistent perils of climate change

Shutdowns in the first months of the Coronavirus pandemic initially reduced greenhouse gases (GHG) by 17%. After nine months of phased reopening and shutdowns, CO2 has resumed its annual increase, erasing all but a scant percentage of earlier reductions.[1] Over the next four decades, annual averages dipped below 13.9° C. Overall, the annual changes have revealed a predictable […]

We have a shero in our midst!

The US Green Building Council (USGBC), Florida seeks to acknowledge women who are making a difference in their local communities. The council’s Sheroes, Stand Up: Women in Green leadership recognition campaign recently named ecoPreserve Vice President Mital Hall as a 2020 South Atlantic Woman to Watch. This certificate was awarded in recognition of Mital’s contribution […]
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Global warming challenge quiz

As fossil fuels are combusted, carbon dioxide (CO2) is being sent into the atmosphere. There, CO2 — along with methane and other greenhouse gases — trap solar radiation, causing gradual heating of the Earth’s surface and oceans.
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A mindfulness boost:Happiness + Productivity

Stress is common in this COVID-19 pandemic but manageable. Even the fortunate individuals who never contract the virus or experience financial setbacks can experience the pervasive stress surrounding them. Recognizing stress can help an individual manage it. Its impact on wellness, emotions, and productivity can be reduced.[1] A highly stressed state can interfere with the rational thinking done within our brain’s […]
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Airlines respond to pandemic concerns

The COVID-19 pandemic brought immediate and severe economic impact to the aviation industry. Second and third quarter air travel decreased by 353 million passengers in 2020. April brought a 95.3% drop in air travel. The good news is that travelers are coming back. In fact, September 2020 passenger numbers are within 67.7% of September 2019.[1] […]
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How to avoid the “Quarantine 15”

The costs of the COVID-19 pandemic can be measured in death, misery, and economic havoc. Even the fortunate individuals who can work from home risk a serious detriment to their wellness: the “Quarantine 15”. For the more than 70% of Americans who already are overweight or obese,[1] fifteen added pounds would further boost their Body Mass Index (BMI) […]
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As petrolplastics pile up, meet the bioplastics!

Petroleum-based plastics are piling-up on landfills, littering beaches, and polluting oceans. They may take hundreds of years to decompose. Concern over that environmental blight has led eight states to ban single-use plastic bags[1]. Similar laws in municipalities across the country forbid the distribution of plastic straws, stirrers, and takeout containers.[2] In all of those places, […]
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Better carbon capture reduces power plant emissions

Since the 19th century, Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions have increased Earth’s average temperature by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) comprises 65% of those emissions. Coal-fired power facilities pollute the most. Even so — in one year — natural gas sent 523 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.[1] A new technology may one day reduce those […]
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Healthier buildings quiz

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that Americans average 7.9 hours per day at their workplaces. An environment for so many people for so many hours must support human health!
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Event attendees experience a New Normal

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic have compounded the terrible toll of human suffering. Business losses, and the inevitable cost-cutting and travel restrictions associated with them, have had an immediate impact on conference centers, sports arenas, and public venues of all sizes. Long-planned conferences, concerts, tradeshows, and sporting events have been canceled or […]

Productivity beyond the pandemic

Does the “new reality” of pandemic worklife sometimes leave you listless, sluggish, and drifting toward cynicism and gloom? That’s a 2020 flavor of burnout. Prolonged stress brings the emotional, mental, and sometimes physical exhaustion of burnout. Yes, we’re living in stressful times! At ecoPreserve’s quarterly team meeting, our special guest speaker, Holland Haiis brought a fresh perspective […]

Using more data, from more places

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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.