Meet the next generation of project performance tools

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Written by: Alexa Stone

Built Environment

In 2016, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) launched Arc Skoru Inc. to administer a new online platform for recording and comparing project performance in five categories:[1]

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Transportation
  • Human Experience

Today, Arc optimizes that performance in projects ranging from single buildings to entire cities. User-friendly dashboard interfaces collect and present project data from secure storage. The platform connects people worldwide and informs their decisions about the built environment.[2]

SCOPE AND POTENTIAL

More than a website, Arc provides an online platform for the next generation of green building. The data available through it enables benchmarking from global perspectives, simplifying collaboration and enhancing resource efficiency in building projects.
As discussed at Greenbuild 2018[3] last November, Arc has documented the sustainability performance of 1.8 billion square feet. It currently tracks projects at more than 4,000 buildings in no fewer than 30 cities and communities. As a result of those efforts, nearly 19 million people can enjoy better building performance.

The platform streamlines project communication. Organizations pursuing resiliency on multiple fronts can easily share project data between remote departments and teams. Arc brings real-time access to activity locally, nationally, and internationally while providing secure data storage.[4]

ARC AND GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS

The Arc platform incorporates the guidelines of USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) along with other green building rating systems.[5] It also integrates with other essential industry tools, including the Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

As users measure and assess building performance, they learn which improvements bring greatest value. They can then make incremental improvements, putting their project on track for a green building certification.[6]

Supported certifications include LEED v4.1 beta, LEED v4 O+M, LEED v4 O+M: Transit. Arc also registers Parksmart projects. The recently-implemented LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities certifications are hosted on Arc, giving civic leaders and planners globally-recognized tools for optimizing resource use, waste management, transportation, and overall quality of life.

Arc brings value to a project regardless of any certification being planned. When used to benchmark and track progress, the platforms offers perspective to help leadership improve project performance or — in a future initiative — to achieve certification.[7]

THE ESSENTIAL METRICS

Arc provides performance scores that can total as much as 100. Scores are based on building energy sources and use, water usage, waste audit results, and indoor air quality readings. Occupant commuting habits and survey results are also components of the score. Project ratings can be evaluated locally or compared to global benchmarks.[8]

GETTING STARTED

Any project can claim the benefits of Arc.

Is your project registered in LEED Online? If so, you already have access. LEED registration fees include the Arc platform. Projects and teams may use it to track energy and water data required for their LEED submission.[9]

Administrators of projects that are not registered can log in, pay a fee to access the Arc platform and then enter your project’s information. The data can later be used in gaining that project’s LEED certification. A no-cost option is available for the purpose of tracking incremental improvements.

At ecoPreserve, all registered LEED projects are in Arc. We have found LEEDv4.1 (Arc) to be exceptionally efficient, aimed at achieving the greatest environmental impact. Let us know how we may assist with analysis, configuration, and benchmarking to ensure that your building or community project receives full benefit of the Arc platform.

[1] USGBC.org
[2] ArcSkoru.com (about)
[3] GreenBuildExpo.com Recap of 2018 Conference
[4] USGBC.org (about Arc)
[5] USGBC.org (LEED tracking)
[6] USGBC.org (Arc launch)
[7] USGBC.org (about Arc)
[8] GreenBix.com
[9] USGBC.com (Arc cost)

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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
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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.