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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 These centralized networks may one day be superceded by a network-of-networks1.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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How a cold-climate office building may generate surplus energy

An 11-story office tower1 planned for Porsgrunn, Norway, will capture energy on solar panels placed on its slanted, diamond-shaped south-facing roof. Streamlined design, ample insulation , heat exchangers, and heat pumps are all expected to contribute to energy performance. The building’s architects and designers estimate that within 60 years, enough power will be generated to […]
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Business value found through environmental and social innovation

Launched in 2006, Sustainable Brands[1] encourages business and brand leaders to work toward a more sustanable, abundant future. Among their 348,000 current members are leaders represeting many of the largest organizations and most familiar brands seen in today’s marketplace. Sustainable Brands1 shares news online, hold events, organizes learning groups, and offers an online resource library […]
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Which cities are rated smartest in 2018?

Each year, the Center for Globalization and Strategy assesses smart city development in 165 international cities. Each is rated in categories that include transportation services, technology, governance, development of human capital and more. This year’s winner is New York City, followed by London and Paris. SOURCE: Forbes.com. News and Notes items accompany the longer articles […]
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New amenity brings pedal power to IND

Human power may not be the most efficient way to generate electricity, but at a small scale, it has benefits. Stationary bikes at several Indianapolis International Airport (IND) locations are connected to generators that recharge portable electronic devices while invigorating travelers who might be in need of a stretch break. News and Notes items accompany […]
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TravelBank announces the best airports for business travelers

The developers of TravelBank travel and expense software have identified which U.S. airports lead in several factors, including average public transport travel time. The top five airports were: Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS) Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Salt Lake City International (SLC) San Diego International (SAN) We were pleased to […]
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BRU to introduce driverless electric buses

Driverless autonomous shuttle vehicles will operate at Brussels Airport (BRU) beginning in 2020. The electric buses will navigate a fixed route on existing roads. By avoiding the need to construct dedicated separate lanes, the project will have minimal impact on surroundings. News and Notes items accompany the longer articles found in ecoPreserve’s newsletter, Sharing Sustainability. […]
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Zero waste to landfill achieved at LGW

The Decade of Change Report published by London Gatwick Airport (LGW) announced their achievement of Zero Waste to Landfill accreditation. Among the contributing factors, Zero Waste was made possible by materials reuse, increased recycling, and Waste To Energy (WTE) conversion. LGW has the world’s first onsite airport WTE plant. News and Notes items accompany 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.