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Buildings ready to reopen

The GBAC STAR™ program aligns with CDC-recommended planning, cleaning, and disinfection for reopening public spaces. To earn facility accreditation, the essential work practices, procedures, and systems for preparing, responding to, and recovering from outbreaks must be demonstrated. 20-point program for facility accreditation Accreditation support from ecoPreserve Subscribe to Workplace Wellness Minutes:

Effective surface protectants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published List N, which identifies over 400 products that have demonstrated effectiveness for use against COVID-19. List N at EPA.gov Subscribe to Workplace Wellness Minutes:

OSHA guidance on reopening

Guidance on preparing workplaces The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 describes steps that all employers can take. The Smart Buildings Center, a non-profit organization has more information about airflow tools.

Airflow meters

  Airflow diagnostic tools Increasing ventilation can reduce the risk of virus remaining in the air. A variety of tools can verify effective ventilation. Airflow meters measure velocity and air pressure. Airflow capture hoods measure the volume of air coming out of H-VAC systems. The Smart Buildings Center, a non-profit organization has more information about […]

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) monitors

Airflow diagnostic tools These guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control recommend increasing ventilation rates and the percentage of outdoor air. Here is more about a hand-held IAQ monitor.

What’s involved in a GBAC STAR™ accreditation?

What does it mean when a facility is awarded GBAC STAR accreditation? Jeff Cross, the Editorial Director of ISSA, asks ecoPreserve’s Morgan McDonald and Alexa Stone about the challenges and best practices they see as they assist teams at conference centers and other large venues in earning accreditation for planning, implementing, and maintaining the safest […]
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Will the new economy be a green economy?

In the early months of today’s pandemic crisis, workers headed home and businesses locked their doors. Globally, the April average of carbon dioxide emissions was 17% less this year. Now, as a new economy is taking shape, those emissions are again within 5% of last year’s levels.[1] Must business as usual lead to climate change […]

ecoPreserve’s Vice President completes CC-P® credential requirements

Mital Hall, Vice President at ecoPreserve, recently completed all requirements for the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential. The CC-P credential, certified by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is awarded to climate change practitioners in recognition of their knowledge and strategic planning capability. Congratulations, Mital, for this latest achievement!
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Work-from-home wellness quiz

As of Spring, 2020, stay-at-home orders have the doors and emptied the parking lots of many businesses. Those businesses and their suppliers seek ways to move forward while ensuring the health and wellness of every stakeholder – whether an employee, customer, supplier, or shareholder. Telework has become an essential and immediate option. Check your knowledge […]
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Two certifications focus on a healthier building environment

Two certification programs respond to today’s need for healthier buildings. The WELL Building Standard (WELL) and Fitwel have both have been implemented at leading global organizations. Their common purpose is to improve the health and well-being of building occupants. WELL certification 4,288 projects across 62 countries are applying WELL Building Standard. This is bringing optimal […]
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Workbook teaches families to “go green while in quarantine”

The Green Actioneers[1], sixty sustainability students from the University of Central Florida, recently published a spiral-bound activity book for families. The two-sided Green Actioneers Workbook[2] suggests free or inexpensive ways to reduce carbon and water footprints. Parents read one side; children solve puzzles and color on the other. News and Notes items accompany the longer […]
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How to bring productivity home

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 3.6% of the U.S. workforce telecommuted on most days. Only 7% of employers offered that option. As of Spring, 2020, stay-at-home orders have the doors and emptied the parking lots of many businesses. Those businesses and their suppliers seek ways to move forward while ensuring the health and wellness of every […]
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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.