Certifications

We partner with design and construction companies to achieve sustainable building requirements for government projects.

Federal, state, and municipal projects demand unique and complex specifications for sustainable design and construction.

We deliver clarity, focus, and control to your Owner and AEC teams, so you comply with the sustainability requirements of your projects with ease, on time, and within budget.

Clarity

We cut through the noise of confusing documentation to clarify the sustainable building requirements for each of your projects, and we present you with technical recommendations and strategic alternatives to achieve compliance.

Focus

By taking care of the heavy lifting of certification and verification documentation, we free your team to focus on what you do best: design and construction of high-performance buildings.

Control

We eliminate your risk of cost overrun with our lump-sum, fixed fee so you reach your project objectives on time and within budget.

Certified small and woman-own business

We can also help your team meet supplier diversity requirements for government projects.

Since 2009,

Our team of Accredited Professionals has facilitated the third-party certification and sustainability standards compliance for projects that include more than 50 million square feet of high-performance buildings.
  • LEED for New Building Design and Construction
  • LEED for Interior Design and Construction
  • LEED for Operations and Maintenance
  • Federal High Performance Sustainable Building (HPSB) standards
  • Department of Defense Guiding Principles Compliance for New Construction and Modernization
  • Green Globes
  • Envision
  • Living Building Challenge
  • WELL
  • TRUE
  • ISO 14001
  • GBAC STAR™ Facility
“Everyone at ecoPreserve is incredibly knowledgeable, pleasant to work with, and passionate about what they do. They made our facility accreditation application process smoother and quicker than we could have ever anticipated. Thank you for your dedication to making our facilities better.”
– Andrew Sims, Director of Operations

Organizations we serve

We’ve partnered with some of the largest organizations in the United States to achieve their sustainability and resiliency goals.

Certification Projects

Certifications and Energy Management

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) & Commissioning
Grand Avenue
Neighborhood Center

City of Orlando
Orlando, Florida

The City of Orlando established its Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Program to upgrade streets and bikeways while providing more amenities for residents citywide. One project within that program, the redevelopment of the city’s Grand Avenue properties, would transform a school and park into a neighborhood center. Expansion of the former school would add a gymnasium, pottery studio, and more. That new construction would have to meet well-defined standards for energy use management, reduced waste, and creating an optimal environment. Achieving those standards citywide has earned Orlando its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

Orlando’s commitment to green building predates its 2020 LEED Gold. Since 2007, all new construction projects at city properties have been required to achieve environmental excellence standards. Furthering that commitment, the city brought in ecoPreserve to guide, document, and support LEED certification at the Grand Avenue Neighborhood Center. City employees from varied departments participated in briefings and discussions of LEED v4 building certification requirements. The resulting documentation identified potential cost savings along with recommendations for sustainable and resilient design.

 Solar panels, EV charger infrastructure, and other recommended improvements can further the city’s goal of reducing electricity use 20% from 2010 levels.  A 75% waste diversion goal would reduce, reuse, or recycle construction waste that would otherwise be hauled to a landfill.  As design and construction at Grand Avenue are completed, ecoPreserve will document each achievement, earning LEED credits, and ultimately assuring LEED v4 certification for this city project.

Project recap

Services: USGBC LEED Administration, Commissioning

Initiated: 2018; currently in-progress

Expansion: 50,020 square feet of new floor area

Certifications

GBAC STAR™ Accreditation
Orange County Convention Center

City of Orlando
Orlando, Florida

Early in 2020, public venues worldwide were canceling events and closing their doors to mitigate further spread of the COVID-19 virus. In Central Florida, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) had been shut down for more than a month. OCCC leadership knew that reopening the nation’s 2nd largest convention center would require more than the “deep cleaning” that other facilities promoted. Nothing less than comprehensive infectious disease prevention would provide optimal health protection to the public and convention center staff.

The gold standard for preparing facilities to reopen had been established by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC). GBAC STAR Accreditation would eclipse one-time cleaning efforts by establishing an infectious disease prevention program. Enhanced cleaning protocols, hospital-proven disinfection techniques, and best operational practices for disease prevention and response would minimize biohazards at the OCCC.

ecoPreserve lead the certification of OCCC’s 7 million square-foot facility while providing technical guidance and efficiently handling communications with the GBAC organization. Within one month, all 20 elements were submitted to the GBAC Review Committee along with detailed documented evidence. After certification, the OCCC hosted the Back Together Expo, demonstrating optimal safety protocols to stakeholders, staff, and attendees. 

Even during the pandemic, adherence to GBAC STAR protocols enables the facility to hold a monthly average of five convention events. In addition, OCCC has become the host facility for on-site COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

Project recap

Services: Certification project management and documentation

Completion: July 2020

Property: 7 million square feet The OCCC hosts 1.4 million visitors annually.

LEED Certification Assessment

Convention Center Baseline Condition Report

Tampa, Florida

The sustainability and resilience goals of Tampa, Florida focus on resource conservation and climate change resiliency. As city leaders wanted to better align the Tampa Convention Center (TCC) facility and operation with those goals, they chose Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as a targeting strategy that would identify the most valuable resource conservation and climate change resiliency improvements. To meet their goals most affordably and efficiently, the leaders wanted to know which type of LEED certification to pursue.

ecoPreserve could answer that question. The team met with city officials and TCC staff to determine the analysis and deliverables that would consider all options and specifically recommend that type, version, and level of LEED certification to pursue. 

After receiving input from property-wide representatives, ecoPreserve determined that the TCC should seek LEED v4.1 E-BOM certification. In further study, they observed specific opportunities for attaining LEED Silver or LEED Gold. Their final report to TCC and city leaders documented relevant challenges and ongoing performance requirements. Its conclusions identified practical next steps toward certification.

Today, the convention center has LEED certification in-process. An ecoPreserve team is advising and facilitating progress toward either a Silver or a Gold award.

Project recap

Services: Building conditions assessment, analysis, and reporting. Advising on energy and environmental excellence certification for the facility.

Completed: September 2020

Property: 600,000 square-feet

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Tennis Center

Orlando, Florida

In planning the Tennis Center project, Orlando had a legacy of environmental excellence to sustain. The city earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. That certification, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), recognized Orlando as having made the greatest climate and energy investments of any city in the Southeast United States. Consistent with this environmental excellence and the city’s long-established Community Sustainability Action Plan, Orlando leaders committed to earning LEED certification for all new civic buildings.

USGBC LEED certification requires planning and documentation of actions that reduce emissions, boost energy and water use efficiency, and optimize Solid Waste Management (SWM). While earning a certification, those green building efforts trim operational costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote wellness and comfort at the facility.

For this project, ecoPreserve led a charrette early in conceptual design.  The goals of that brainstorming event were to kick-off the integrated design process, to review project expectations, and to explore design strategies for achieving the City’s sustainable design goals. Fulfilling those goals, the design and construction teams identified, reviewed, and determined innovative and responsible project strategies and desired outcomes.

As it guides, facilitates, and documents the Tennis Center’s energy and environmental achievements, ecoPreserve advises on potential savings and identifies best practices relevant to all that had been specified in design meetings. The center is being landscaped with water-conserving native plants. EV chargers and ample accommodation for bicycles are being installed.

Project recap

Services: USGBC LEED Administration

Initiated: 2019; currently in-progress

Property: 5,000 square-feet

GBAC STAR™ Accreditation

Amway Center and Camping World Stadium

City of Orlando, Florida

After the 2020 pandemic caused events to be cancelled and venue doors to be locked, the City of Orlando looked beyond deep cleaning and phased reopening. The 875,000 square-foot Amway Center and the 65,000-seat Camping World Stadium would first achieve an internationally recognized certification for minimizing infectious disease hazards.

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) has set the standard for infectious disease prevention in public and commercial buildings. That standard, GBAC STAR Accreditation, requires enhanced cleaning protocols, hospital-proven disinfection techniques, and best operational practices for disease prevention and response.

ecoPreserve lead the certification of Orlando’s largest sports venues while providing technical guidance and efficiently handling communications with the GBAC organization. They submitted all 20 required elements to the GBAC Review Committee along with detailed documented evidence.

Through this collaborative effort, both vital certifications have been achieved. Even during the pandemic, adherence to GBAC STAR protocols enables the sporting events to responsibly continue.

Project recap

Services: Certification project management and documentation

Facilities: The 875,000 square-foot Amway Center can seat

18,500 Orlando Magic fans, or up to 17,000 concert attendees.

Camping World Stadium can seat 65,000.

Our mission is to empower organizations with solutions that reduce environmental impact, increase operational performance, and improve quality of life.
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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.