Certifications

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

Sustainability and Climate Resiliency

Sustainability and Climate Resiliency

Planning, Documenting and Reporting

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA)

Orlando, Florida

In the Southeastern U.S., The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) is a forerunner in sustainable airport operations. In 2013, a time when few of the nation’s big airports were paying much attention to sustainability, GOAA leadership resolved that economics alone would not outweigh environmental and community concerns.

ecoPreserve LLC participated in the development and implementation of GOAA’s original Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) which was unanimously approved by GOAA’s Board in 2014. This SMP created achievable goals for continuous improvement in operations, maintenance, purchasing, engineering, and construction.

To demonstrate transparency and accountability, ecoPreserve recently supported the development of SMP progress reports which address the following areas: quantify the Authority’s reduction in greenhouse gases, waste reduction, water conservation, energy, procurement, alternative transportation, environmental impact, green buildings, and leadership.

Project recap

Services: Stakeholder engagement, staff interviews, gap analysis, metric definition, goal development, program planning, implementation, reporting, and ongoing assessments

Dates: Initiated 2013; updates reported for 2014-2020

Reach: 47 Million Annual Passenger 

Sustainability and Climate Resiliency

In partnership with GAI Consultants Sustainability Action Plan

Orange County Government

Orlando, Florida

Important journeys begin with a map. Community improvements begin with a plan. In 2019, Orange County leadership committed to developing an “action plan for the future”. The plan would be achieved in partnership with the community. Areas of focus would include best practices for energy use, water conservation, purchasing, and solid waste management. The plan would also target improvements in buildings, infrastructure, and transportation.

In 2020, ecoPreserve was contracted to develop a roadmap to resiliency for Orange County’s maniple operations.  The 2030 Orange County Sustainable Operations & Resilience Action Plan:

  • Identifies standards for high-performance buildings
  • Details strategies to achieve greater accessibility and mobility 
  • Addresses methods to decrease waste while ensuring sustainable supply chains 

In developing the plan, ecoPreserve facilitated discussions with Orange County staff. After wide-ranging participation and support, goals were set, envisioning a more prosperous, healthy, and livable community in 2030. By checking pre-established metrics in 2025, the program’s trajectory toward its goals can be verified.

Orange County progress in sustainability has already earned national recognition. In 2020, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation selected the county to receive a LEED for Cities and Communities grant. This provides an exceptional opportunity for sharing best practices while benchmarking progress with 20 other world-class communities.

Project recap

Services: Sustainability plan analysis and documentation

Dates: Orange County, Florida has 1.4 million residents plus 75 million annual visitors

Reach: 2019 – 2020

Energy

Energy Management Services

Energy Project and Portfolio Management
Orlando Health

Orlando, Florida

Every $1 a non-profit healthcare organization saves on energy is equivalent to generating $20 in new revenues. To claim that benefit, Orlando Health pursued operational cost reductions through energy efficiency and technology.  

Hospitals consume up to 2.5 times more energy per square foot than commercial facilities. Health and safety services are provided 24 hours daily along with light, heating, cooling, and ventilation. Energy-intensive services such as medical equipment, kitchens, and laundries, must also be budgeted, managed, and maintained.  That planning cannot overlook backup energy generation requirements.  

The leaders at Orlando Health contracted ecoPreserve as the portfolio-wide energy manager, tasked with pursuing optimal energy use at hospital facilities across Central Florida. In 2020, initial stakeholder engagement brought together an interdepartmental team of management, staff, and contractors. Through this collaboration, the organization’s energy and sustainability goals were codified. Early progress toward those goals involved energy audits and capital improvement planning. Each retro-commissioning, lighting retrofit, and control system upgrade project achieved a further milestone and a further step toward goal accomplishment.

ecoPreserve has seen Orlando Health achieve significant energy and sustainability benefits through energy projects and portfolio management. The consulting team maintains a dashboard of utility analysis reports. Through that dashboard, executive leadership can view electricity, gas, water, and chilled water usage at individual facilities or companywide. That information, updated monthly, remains readily available for cost analysis and planning.

Project recap

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

Initiated: 2016, ongoing

Facilities: Orlando Health has 10 hospitals, as well as urgent care facilities, imaging centers, and cancer institute locations across Central Florida

Energy Management Services

Facility Condition Assessment 
Northwest Neighborhood Center

Orlando, Florida

The City of Orlando’s Northwest Neighborhood Center  had not been renovated or received mechanical improvements within the past 7 years. Because of the building’s age, city leadership saw opportunity to find necessary maintenance and to reduce operational costs while providing a healthier, ADA-compliant environment to staff and community members. A Facility Condition Assessment would find any essential improvements to assure compliance with Orlando’s Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy (BEWES) policy, while estimating and documenting any costs.

Our collaborative team with neighborhood center representatives focused the assessment on areas of the building that required immediate repair or appeared to not meet code. After assessing the property, structure, and mechanical systems, ecoPreserve documented the need for immediate repair in lighting and electrical systems, window seals, and preventive maintenance of the roof. The comprehensive final report included recommendations and cost estimates to upgrade center’s lighting from fluorescent to LED.

The City of Orlando now has thorough, engineer-approved documentation for repair and building systems improvements to its Northwest Neighborhood Center. In providing those, ecoPreserve has also recommended cost-effective environmental and workplace wellness improvements. The documentation can support ongoing initiatives to bring the facility beyond BEWES and code compliance.

Project recap

Services: Facility Condition Audit, Gap Analysis, Risk Assessment 

Completion: July 2020

Property: The neighborhood center is 25,000 square feet, on a 16.3 site.

Environmental

Environmental Services

Recycling Quality Improvement Program
Orange County Government

Orlando, Florida

Contamination in the recycling collected from Orange County’s 1.1 million residents was approaching a 15% threshold. Any greater percentage of non-recyclable materials, waste, or dirt collected at curbside would trigger rejection at a Materials Recovery Facility. Truckloads of rejected recycling might be sent to a landfill. To avoid more accumulated waste and transport expense, Orange County Government initiated an audit and education program.

ecoPreserve’s recycling audit team visually audited recycling bin contents across the county, bin-by-bin. Hangtags were placed on any of the blue-lidded bins where contaminated materials were found. On those tags, graphics and text explained which contents should have instead gone into a green-lidded trash bin. Team members shared best recycling practices with residents. At the same time, essential data was collected to monitor improvement resulting from the Recycling Quality Improvement Program.

The results are positive. Current visual audits of recycled materials and recorded data both show a decrease in contamination. One-on-one education has improved resident awareness, resulting in more loads accepted at the recovery facilities. Where ecoPreserve participated, percentages of accepted recycled materials have increased from 42% to 88%. Documentation of where success is greatest and where needs remain can help Orange County target future efforts toward improved recycling quality and reduced landfill diversion.

Project recap

Services: Recycling audits, county resident education

Initiated: 2019; currently in-progress

Environmental Services

Jacksonville Laboratory Porter Building
Florida Department of Health

Jacksonville, Florida

Before renovating two floors of the Jacksonville Laboratory Porter Building, the Florida Department of Health wanted to be certain that the work would not impact indoor air quality. Other floors in that older building would remain open and occupied, so the risk of asbestos contamination was a significant public health concern. 

In an initial walkthrough, trained and certified specialists from ecoPreserve collected samples of materials throughout both floors. They collected samples of any potentially hazardous materials, including thermal insulation and floor, wall, and ceiling materials. 

Analysis of materials has determined where asbestos was found. As the project continues, ecoPreserve is providing qualified supervision of the necessary abatement. They also are preparing a final report which will be presented to the Florida Department of Health. 

Because of this ongoing analysis and abatement, laboratory employees and the public can access other areas of the Porter Building, even during renovations on two floors. The indoor air quality remains safe, free of any carcinogenic hazard from asbestos.

Project recap

Services: Asbestos survey, specification development, and abatement supervision

Initiated: 2019; currently in-progress

Area: Approx. 9,000 square-feet per floor

Environmental Services

AdventHealth Celebration Hospital facility

Celebration, Florida

Employee surveys at the hospital included requests for a recycling program. Hospital administrators learned that many employees were taking recyclables home for curbside residential recycling. 

AdventHealth Celebration’s leadership had heard about ecoPreserve’s planning and participation in the successful recycling program at AdventHealth Apopka. They reached out to ecoPreserve, expressing their goals for waste minimization and diversion. A “Green Team”, organized with ecoPreserve support, would further develop the hospital’s Solid Waste Management (SWM) program. Managers and other representatives from every department would participate. 

ecoPreserve participated in a comprehensive site assessment with the Green Team to identify specific SWM challenges. As a result of the assessment, clearly labelled recycling bins were placed in guest areas, break rooms, and areas determined to require high-volume collection. ecoPreserve assisted with implementing the recycling program by developing a customized training manual and leading on-site staff training.

After thirty days, ecoPreserve conducted audits of collection bin materials. Over 72% of the materials were clean. That success was shared with the Green Team, department managers, and reported in the staff newsletter. Refinements followed, based on photos of common contaminants, and determining where bins could be better placed. A second audit found all issues resolved and the recycling program running smoothly.

Project recap

Services: Waste minimization and recycling program plan, process improvement recommendations, visual waste composition studies 

Completion: October 2020

Property: 315,000 square-foot facility

For the past ten years, recognized by U.S. News and World Report as “One of America’s Best Hospitals”

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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.