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ESG factors: essential to investment

Disclosure of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors is an international business investment standard. European companies with more than 500 employees must disclose ESG factors in order to operate. In the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission has the authority to require disclosure of ESG factors when they are material to investors. Those ESG factors […]
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Can climate change impact be forecast for business?

Weather forecasts, once essential to family farms, are only accurate for a few days. For longer-range forecasts, 21st-century agribusiness has set aside almanacs and now relies on sophisticated calculations and technology. As global temperatures rise, more types of businesses will review climate change forecasts when making investment and operational decisions. What will be the consequences? […]

Conference to share and celebrate green building best practices

Each year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) brings education and inspiration to the sustainable buildings community through its Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The 2019 event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, on November 19th through 22nd. Conference sessions will explore green building best practices, resource conservation, and strategies to […]
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Major coffee chains commit to resiliency

In one year, hot beverage purchases at one coffee chain left 3.85 billion paper cups in the global waste stream.[1] That company, along with other large coffee shop and restaurant chains, has set Solid Waste Management (SWM) goals and is implementing improvements. SWM of coffee cups, lids, stir sticks, and more is an industry-wide problem. […]
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Wish-cycling sends needed glass to the landfill

Only a third of the 11 million tons discarded glass in the U.S. is recycled. If clean, most of it could be crushed into cullet particles, blended with sand, soda ash, and limestone, then melted to be reformed new glass containers. Instead, much of it is crushed and used as day cover at landfills. In […]
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Report shows progress toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

A recent report documented how more than 100 major metropolitan areas are progressing toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Along with comparison rankings, the report shows where further action is needed to reach goals by 2030.[1] The SDGs were adopted unanimously at the United Nations in 2015. The 17 wide-ranging goals address human needs and […]
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Online game explores sea level rise concerns

An online Los Angeles Times article, posted 7/7/2019, describes the favorable weather of “sea level rise suppression” which has encouraged waterfront development. Conditions are likely to change. The article reports that sea level rise has been less than 9 inches over the past century. By the year 2100, that could exceed 9 feet.[1] An online […]
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Organizations address smart city challenges

A London-based think tank recently surveyed city leaders and corporate executives. Survey participants were asked about smart cities. Of the 105 respondents, 76% answered that smart cities do not exist. That belief does not erase significant progress seen worldwide in leveraging technology. Whether or not the ribbon has been cut, tomorrow’s communities and workplaces are […]
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Climate change extremes impact hydro power

Rainfall pattern changes, a long-predicted impact of climate change, are being globally observed. Dry regions are becoming drier as wet regions become wetter. At both extremes, hydro schemes designed around a predicted annual rainfall now experience greater financial and operational risk.[1] When rain accumulation can no longer be predicted, even within a significant range, serious […]
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City of Orlando to consider replacing single-use plastic at events

A policy soon to be reviewed by Orlando City Council would reduce the use of single-use plastics and styrofoam products at large-scale events. Styrofoam and other plastics currently make up about 30 percent of the landfill volume in the United States. These products are NOT biodegradable meaning that a single use cup or tray can […]
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Renewable energy likely to surpass coal as a power source

A clean energy transition is now in-progress. In some months this year, coal’s 240 remaining gigawatts are expected to generate less electricity than the renewable energy from wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and geothermal sources. Over the next two years, renewable energy is projected to be the fastest-growing source for power generation. Years from now, it […]
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Aviation Authority achieves three LEED certifications in 2018-19

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has earned its third Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED certifications are awarded by the US Green Building Council after a comprehensive review. Detailed environmental and human health criteria for building design, construction, maintenance, and operation must be achieved. The Westfield Fire Rescue Station and the […]
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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.