Tagged in Greenhouse Gases (GhG)

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A surprising source of climate calamity

Today’s super storms, famine, and rampant wildfires are, substantially, the consequence of climate change resulting from human induced Greenhouse Gases (GhG). To slow this process, CO2 and methane emissions are of immediate concern. Current atmospheric methane concentrations are higher than at any point in the past 800,000 years. In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate […]
Charleston
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Meeting the challenge of building energy use and CO2 emissions

Commercial buildings consume 35 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. They send 826 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the troposphere. That volume is 16 percent of all U.S. CO2 emissions. It’s expected to grow 1.8% by 2030.[1] The trend is not inevitable. Best practices in the construction, renovation, commissioning, and certification of better buildings can […]
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Orlando’s high-speed charging hub to be Florida’s largest

The City of Orlando’s 100% Renewable Energy Resolution, published in 2017, sets a 2050 target for sourcing 100% of electricity consumed in the city from renewable energy resources and associated technologies. Toward that target, the Orlando Utility Commission (OUC), Orange County, and Power Electronics are collaborating in development of the largest high-speed charging facility in […]
Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, 2021

Our 4.5 billion-year-old planet has seen a 11% increase in carbon dioxide, just since 2000. Automotive and industrial activities add another 24 billion tons of it every year. Greenhouse gas accumulation is just one reason why Earth Day is more urgent than ever. You’ve heard about (and maybe seen!) the storms, the fires, the catastrophes […]
Electric Cars
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Will tomorrow’s autos take us beyond the climate crisis?

We hear so much from auto manufacturers about Greenhouse Gas (GhG) reduction goals for 2030 and beyond! Auto manufacturer goals are important and commendable, but many other sectors must be involved to take us beyond the climate crisis. Achieving the original Paris Climate accords goal (50% below 2017 emissions) will require significant consumer and corporate […]
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Climate change solutions can serve social needs

Ever-increasing numbers of weather and climate disasters have brought tragedy all too often. In 2020 alone, no fewer than 262 lives were lost. Property damages exceeded $95 billion. Each of those 22 disasters claimed or impacted lives while disrupting business and commerce.[1] Low-wealth communities were hardest hit by storms, floods, and fires. Those same cities […]
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Green economy quiz

Green economies — as defined by the environment program at the United Nations — are low carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive.
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The persistent perils of climate change

Shutdowns in the first months of the Coronavirus pandemic initially reduced greenhouse gases (GHG) by 17%. After nine months of phased reopening and shutdowns, CO2 has resumed its annual increase, erasing all but a scant percentage of earlier reductions.[1] Over the next four decades, annual averages dipped below 13.9° C. Overall, the annual changes have revealed a predictable […]
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Global warming challenge quiz

As fossil fuels are combusted, carbon dioxide (CO2) is being sent into the atmosphere. There, CO2 — along with methane and other greenhouse gases — trap solar radiation, causing gradual heating of the Earth’s surface and oceans.
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Better carbon capture reduces power plant emissions

Since the 19th century, Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions have increased Earth’s average temperature by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) comprises 65% of those emissions. Coal-fired power facilities pollute the most. Even so — in one year — natural gas sent 523 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.[1] A new technology may one day reduce those […]
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Will the new economy be a green economy?

In the early months of today’s pandemic crisis, workers headed home and businesses locked their doors. Globally, the April average of carbon dioxide emissions was 17% less this year. Now, as a new economy is taking shape, those emissions are again within 5% of last year’s levels.[1] Must business as usual lead to climate change […]
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Digging deeper into carbon offsets

Dig Deeper articles share highlights and source links from recent reporting. Topics for this series focus on the environment, workplace wellness, sustainability, and smart technologies. What is a carbon offset? Carbon trading, described as emissions trading by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is designed to offset the Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions, often caused by use […]
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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.