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Where sustainability meets profitability

The work of Green Teams A corporate green team is a group of employees, formed to take on shared environmental interests. These teams can benefit the employee participants and organization alike by the change they accomplish and the participation they enjoy. International corporations like Frito-Lay, McDonald’s, Adobe, and Google have established internal green teams that identify […]
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Mumbai Airport recognized for environmental achievement

The Airports Council International (ACI) has certified Mumbai Airport with the highest level of environmental achievement, Level 3+ Carbon Neutrality. Airports receive accreditation in recognition for contributions to greenhouse gas management by offsetting and reducing carbon emissions. How accreditation was earned The airport has measured and improved sustainability through several initiatives. Green buildings Indian Green […]
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Previewing the City of Tomorrow

The flying cars, long-lived humans and their and robotic helpers will live in communities that are being planned today. Among those planners, smart technologies experts from leading companies worldwide now advise and participate in the Smart Cities Council. The council exists to grow smart cities worldwide. It advises on technology, provides policy frameworks and financial […]
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A look down the road ahead… and overhead

The futuristic transportation we have only known in science fiction movies is now in development. Concepts that stirred our imagination as we read about them and saw them on film are now being assembled in labs and test facilities. Over the next decade, we’ll hear them whoosh along rails, buzz overhead, and glide past us as […]
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USGBC tallys building certifications for 2016

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) recently reported its tally of sustainable building certifications for 2016. In the U.S., 3,366 projects received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. That totaled over 470 million Gross Square Feet (GSF). With that information, the USGBC also shared an infographic of the top 10 LEED certification states. […]
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Sustainability means wellness

Building owners, managers, and tenants hear a lot about the savings and energy efficiency that results from sustainability. They may know that the U.S. Green Building Council has reported that substantially lower maintenance costs are associated with LEED-certified buildings, as compared to typical commercial buildings. Retrofit projects for green building typically trim first-year operating costs […]

Earth Day 2016 – Paris Agreement Signed

April 22nd was an exceptionally important Earth Day, now in its 47th year. Leaders from 175 countries signed the Paris climate agreement. This action at the United Nations in New York represented a critical step. With their signatures, the leaders committed to strategies and timeframes that will slow the accumulation of greenhouse gases. The ratification […]
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The Environment – a Unifying Force

Several issues surface in planning sustainability initiatives. ecoPreserve can help you appropriately address them! How do we create a green team structure and initiative that will be effective and successful? How do we gain buy-in, encourage staff and earn financial support to move forward? What policies should form the foundation of a sustainability program? How […]

Are my recyclable items really getting recycled?

Are my recyclable items really getting recycled? Alexa Stone talks with Damon Powell from Waste Management about single stream recycling:
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Is green all talk?

Is green all talk? Where are the stimulus funds going? Alexa talks about the effect of the economic downturn on building sustainability – includes interview with Marty Longest, David Dunn & Mike Siner:
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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.