Tagged in Facility Management (FM)

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How a wider scope brings better focus to purchase decisions

ecoPreserve is pleased to bring you this guest article from Sheila Sheridan, IFMA Fellow, CFM, Retired. We are further honored to participate in the panel that Sheila will moderate at this year’s IFMA World Workplace (October 26-28, 2021 in Kissimmee, Florida). The panel, Today, Tomorrow and Beyond – Waste Management, will explore circular economy strategies […]
Life Cycle Assessment

Sustainability with both eyes open

Sustainability returns value to organizations of all types. A sustainability assessment can reduce costs and minimize waste. It also bring market advantage. A recent survey found that 88% of respondents preferred brands that helped them, as consumers, to be more environmentally friendly. Greater sustainability can bring the benefits of  improved environmental management to manufacturers as […]
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Event attendees experience a New Normal

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic have compounded the terrible toll of human suffering. Business losses, and the inevitable cost-cutting and travel restrictions associated with them, have had an immediate impact on conference centers, sports arenas, and public venues of all sizes. Long-planned conferences, concerts, tradeshows, and sporting events have been canceled or […]

Conference to share and celebrate green building best practices

Each year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) brings education and inspiration to the sustainable buildings community through its Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The 2019 event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, on November 19th through 22nd. Conference sessions will explore green building best practices, resource conservation, and strategies to […]
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Workplace water saving quiz

This short quiz focuses on ways to stop water waste! [watu 5]
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Energy Efficiency Quiz

This short quiz focuses on ways to achieve building energy efficiency, including the use of three powerful tools that are available free online! [watu 4]
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Aviation Authority achieves three LEED certifications in 2018-19

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has earned its third Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED certifications are awarded by the US Green Building Council after a comprehensive review. Detailed environmental and human health criteria for building design, construction, maintenance, and operation must be achieved. The Westfield Fire Rescue Station and the […]

A strategic approach to sustainable purchasing

When an organization buys sustainable products and services, it has a positive impact on human health and the environment. Better buying can and should also be cost effective. These five best practices make sustainable purchasing possible without compromising price, performance, or quality:[1] 1) Look beyond the first cost Items with the lowest purchase price may […]
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Five functions for smart tags and beacons

The right technology in the right place finds misplaced assets, helps with navigation, assists customers, improves facilities use, and monitors equipment. Costs can be as low as 7 cents for a passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. If a range beyond 25 meters is required, active RFID tags with five-year battery-power often cost $25 or […]
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Four new paths open to Net Zero

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) developed Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings. LEED certification verifies building design, construction, operations and maintenance to ensure they are resource-efficient, healthy, and cost-effective. Worldwide, 1.85 million square feet of construction space are certified every day.[1] This month, a four-faceted LEED […]
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A sustainable future grows amid daily airport operations

Last year was an exceptional year for Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). The 23rd busiest airport in the United States saw approximately 370 daily scheduled commercial departures[1]. While supporting those flights,  SLC began construction on a new Central Utility Plant, Gateway Center, Parking Garage, Terminal, and the west side of the north and south […]

Workplace sensors help to get the job done

Healthy workplaces with optimal temperature and air quality can boost productivity. A 2014 study published by the National Center for Biotechnical Information measured a 38.56% impact on job performance as a result of temperature extremes. In commercial and office buildings, sensors help ensure comfort and safety within the environment. Here is how they boost workplace […]
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Bringing TCO to the TBL!

First, let’s get the acronyms out of the way. TCO is Total Cost of Ownership. Gartner defines TCO as “a comprehensive assessment of information technology (IT) or other costs across enterprise boundaries over time.” TBL is the Triple Bottom Line, often expressed as Profit, Planet, and People. In this article, you will see similar terms: […]

Seven Deadly Sins of Facility Management

Facilities Management (FM) brings together people, systems, and processes to optimize the building environment. As costly challenges arise throughout the asset lifecycle, the seven deadly sins can impact operating costs, materials management, workplace wellness, and human performance for the asset. HVAC Sin: Neglecting the manufacturer’s recommendations for preventive maintenance will shorten the asset lifecycle. The frequency […]
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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.