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Denver’s Internet of Things (IoT) boosts decision-making, safety, and security

Smart City projects in Denver, Colorado are designed to work together. A growing citywide Internet of Things (IoT) monitors transportation, environmental health, weather, and freight. Varied endpoint sensors and dashboard maps are being interconnected to benefit decision-making, safety, and security. Denver’s Enterprise Data Management (EDM) system[1] supports cross-departmental, citywide functions. Its sensors gather data from […]
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Air pollution is taking 139 days from your life. Want them back?

A study recently published in Environmental Science & Technology[1] estimated the impact of air pollution on the human lifespan. It drew data from a 2016 project, the Global Burden of Disease. Results were compiled by country. According to that study, air pollution in the United States will shorten our lives by an average of 139 […]
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China’s environmental concerns bring lower solar costs

China’s awareness of chronic air, water, and waste pollution have led to a significant focus on renewable energy. In 2017, the most populous country on the planet saw 53 gigawatts of solar power brought online. That 75 percent increase from the previous year nearly tripled 2015 production[1] More recently, China eased domestic capacity quotas for […]
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Online portal makes the most of unsold food

A startup company, Spoiler Alert[1], offers a way to substantially reduce food waste in America. Their strategy includes a tracking tool for grocers, food distributors and manufacturers to record and monitor food recovery and waste diversion. Then, an online portal assists in enabling food donations, discounted sales, and the redistribution of organic byproducts. Free resources[2] […]
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Architecture, engineering, and planning firm sees aviation growth in Florida

Citing Florida’s leadership in aviation, Mead & Hunt is opening their third office1 in that state. The Tampa office, led by Vice President and Aviation Group Leader Ron Engel, will focus on aviation services. Among the reason cited for Florida expansion, the state ranks second nationally for aviation and aerospace establishments. Over 100 public use airports […]
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Smart City leaders to explore sustainable solutions

Over 400 leaders from Smart Cities worldwide1 will convene in Sacramento, California, November 27-29 for a Meeting of the Minds Summit. Workshop and session topics will focus on sustainable solutions: Climate resiliency Downtown and waterfront redevelopment Food systems the Internet of Things Transportation Water policy [1] meetingoftheminds.org News and Notes items accompany the longer articles found in ecoPreserve’s […]
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Costa Rica taps into renewable energy sources

More than a decade ago, the Central American country set a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2021. It’s going well. Over a 300-day period in 2017, hydrocarbons generated less than ½ of 1% of Costa Rica’s electricity. The rest came from renewable sources1: Hydropower provided 78.26% Wind brought 10.29% Geothermal energy was 10.23% Biomass […]
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Hilton Head Island Airport improvements benefit travelers and wildlife

The runway at Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) has been extended to 5,000 feet. Along with the $14.1 million effort1, HHH replaced a drainage canal with a $5.4 million stormwater management system. The system treats and transports the water through a system of underground plastic chambers that lead downstream. Because the airport site is within an 81,000-acre […]
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Solar project to bring savings to a hospital and its neighborhood

The 4,199 solar panels installed at Harrington HealthCare in Webster, Massachusetts will generate approximately 1.299 million kWh per year. While the hospital trims its energy expenses, it brings opportunity to dozens of nearby residents who may subscribe to a community solar program. That program will save them an estimated 15% per year.1 [1] SolarIndustryMag.com. News […]
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Report explores climate change and human health

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)1, an organization of 101 healthcare facilities in 18 states offers a downloadable report on Climate Change and Human Health in the United States2. The report looks at how climate change impacts severe medical conditions including cancer, respiratory illness. Impacts on cardiovascular, neurological, vector borne, and zoonotic diseases are also explored. For […]
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University study shows green buildings make smarter workplaces

In a study by Harvard University and SUNY Upstate Medical University1, participants worked for six days, exposed to the varied conditions of conventional and green office buildings. The green-certified, high-performance conditions brought 26 percent higher cognitive function scores. Under those conditions, participants also reported better sleep and fewer health symptoms. [1] www.SustainableBrands.com. News and Notes […]
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What greater value will be found in the Energy Cloud?

Today, many energy networks have a hub-and-spoke design. These centralized networks may one day be superceded by a network-of-networks1. In that.customer-centric model, two-way energy flows are designed to enable greater interactivity between producers, consumers, and prosumers (consumers who produce)2. [1] www.forbes.com. [2] navigantresearch.com. News and Notes items accompany the longer articles found in ecoPreserve’s newsletter, […]
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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.