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Using more data, from more places

Knowledge graphs are based on many kinds of data from many places, shared by computing and bioinformatics experts worldwide. NewsCenter.LBL.GOV — The Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory, managed by the University of California Subscribe to Workplace Wellness Minutes:

Plant-based disinfectants

Thymol (from the kitchen herb, thyme) is the active ingredient in seven disinfectants on the EPA’s List N. Those are products with demonstrated effectiveness for use against COVID-19. BioesqueSolutions.com — Disinfectant containing thymol Subscribe to Workplace Wellness Minutes:

Plexiglass barriers

Plexiglass barriers Public health agencies in the US and Canada recommend transparent barriers to limit virus transmission.

Guidelines for re-entering a workspace

Over 100,000 commercial projects have been certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. That program now promotes best practices for limiting the spread of COVID-19. USGBC.org — US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED guidelines for re-entering a workspace Subscribe to Workplace Wellness Minutes:

Genetics-based vaccines

Most of the more than 120 candidate vaccines now being developed use modified DNA and RNA molecules. This article at the Scientific American website has more information. NEJM.org — Preliminary report in the New England Journal of Medicine Subscribe to Workplace Wellness Minutes:

Antiviral air filters

Antiviral air filters In a recent study, a heated air disinfection system caught and killed 99.8 of Coronavirus particles.

Airflow meters

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62yl9ouLFoM&width=450&height=253&centervid=1[/embedyt] Airflow meters Increasing ventilation can reduce the risk of virus remaining in the air. A variety of tools can verify effective ventilation. Airflow meters measure velocity and air pressure. Airflow capture hoods measure the volume of air coming out of H-VAC systems. The Smart Buildings Center, a non-profit organization has more information about […]

UV light disinfection

Although UV light can damage skin, systems now available can safely be used overnight in an occupied building. Portable systems can be rolled-in to more quickly disinfect any unoccupied room. PuroLighting.com — Disinfection from above Subscribe to Workplace Wellness Minutes:

When is Coronavirus infectuous?

Recent reports describe an infectious period two days before any symptoms. The risk continues during the first week or more of symptoms. A London newspaper reported findings about the COVID-19 infectious period. Also, the CDC has provided this guidance for businesses and workplaces. Subscribe to Workplace Wellness Minutes:

Buildings ready to reopen

The GBAC STAR™ program aligns with CDC-recommended planning, cleaning, and disinfection for reopening public spaces. To earn facility accreditation, the essential work practices, procedures, and systems for preparing, responding to, and recovering from outbreaks must be demonstrated. 20-point program for facility accreditation Accreditation support from ecoPreserve Subscribe to Workplace Wellness Minutes:

Effective surface protectants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published List N, which identifies over 400 products that have demonstrated effectiveness for use against COVID-19. List N at EPA.gov Subscribe to Workplace Wellness Minutes:

OSHA guidance on reopening

Guidance on preparing workplaces The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 describes steps that all employers can take. The Smart Buildings Center, a non-profit organization has more information about airflow tools.
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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.