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Orlando celebrates Earth Day many ways, on many days

A national day to focus on the environment was first proposed in 1970. Setting aside party differences, two U.S. Senators collaborated to support a “national teach-in on the environment”. An initial staff of 85 promoted events nationwide. To encourage youth participation, a date falling between Spring Break and Final Exams was chosen. That was April […]
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Conference addresses recycling industry challenges

In recent months, the recycling industry has faced significant challenges as China accepts far fewer recyclables. Materials must now be less contaminated and additional markets must be found. The 32nd Southeast Recycling Conference (SERC) and Recycle Florida Today Winter Summit, both held last month in Orlando, addressed those challenges.[1] More than 40 exhibitors[2] offered innovative […]
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These 10 states saw the most LEED-certified construction in 2018

In 2018, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) certified more than 468 million square feet of green building space in the Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The highest-ranked state, Illinois, attained LEED certification for 172 projects.[1] Among qualifications to certified, buildings must be energy efficient, use less water, limit […]
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3,600 U.S. organizations pledge to support Paris Agreement goals

In late 2015, 196 international states convened in Paris, France to negotiate the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreement. By early 2019, 195 UNFCCC members had signed the Paris Agreement (PA). Although the United States may officially withdraw, organizations representing a $9 trillion slice of the U.S. economy have pledged to help […]
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Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center Awarded USGBC LEED Silver

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for its intercity bus terminal. The certification was awarded by the U. S. Green Building Council after verification by Green Business Certification Inc. For this LEED certification, the ecoPreserve team working with the JTA included Sustainability Specialist Rains Vickery and Project Manager Gary […]

Conference highlights innovation in sustainable construction and design

For three November days in Chicago, the Greenbuild 2018 International Conference and Expo focused on sustainable construction materials, best practices, and design. Innovative products included a device that, when attached to a trash can, senses the item about to be disposed, and in some cases recommends the option to recycle.[1] Another exhibited item provided an […]
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SESCO Lighting Maitland Awarded USGBC LEED Silver

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) recently recognized SESCO Lighting Maitland as the world’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified lighting agency headquarters. For this achievement the SESCO facility earned points in several LEEDv4 Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) categories, including: Energy and Atmosphere Water Efficiency Indoor Environmental Quality Innovation The […]

Corporate sustainability and resiliency trend toward tomorrow

In today’s rapidly changing and increasingly vulnerable environment, corporations are reinventing their business models. They are finding ways to create long-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities to manage risk while reducing environmental impact. Earlier this month in Atlanta, a panel at the Airports Going Green Conference[1] presented winning formulas for operational efficiency, technology integration, workforce […]
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Regional coalition responds to environmental concerns

The Tampa Bay area faces significant challenges of rising sea levels. Insurance industry analysis in 2015 found Tampa/St. Petersburg to be more vulnerable to storm surge than any other U.S. metropolitan area.[1] Area sea levels were predicted to rise nearly two feet by 2100. Year-round flooding was estimated to impact the regional economy by as […]
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Orlando Refines and Expands Its Green Works Community Action Plan

The Green Works Orlando initiative, launched in 2007 by Mayor Buddy Dyer, has already saved over $1 million in annual energy costs.[1] The initiative also expanded free downtown bus service, completed a commuter rail project, launched bike-sharing, and converted hundreds of vehicle from strictly-petroleum to hybrid, natural gas, or electric. Another key Green Works achievement […]
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LEED EBOM Gold Again Brought Home to OCCC

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), recently re-certified its 3 million sq ft north-south building as LEED EBOM Gold. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) first awarded the building’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in 2013. Because the building had already been constructed, the specific certification was LEED Gold for Existing Buildings: Operations […]
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Here, an unlikely underground source generates renewable energy

Portland, Oregon, has set a 20-year goal of generating $2 million worth of power from within its water system. Parts of the system have been in place since 2015. Portland General Electric (PGE) customers are already drawing electricity from turbines within downward-sloping, 3.5-foot-wide water pipes. The revenue returned to the city offsets a portion of […]
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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.