Tagged in Smart Cities

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Commitment to 100% renewable energy seen nationwide

Cities, counties, and states across the U.S. have set goals to end reliance on fossil fuels and instead to generate electricity from renewable sources. As of January 2019, 166 Ready for 100% campaigns have launched in cities, counties, and states nationwide.[1] Originally planned by the Sierra Club, Ready For 100 (RF100) is a network of local […]
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Regional coalition responds to environmental concerns

The Tampa Bay area faces significant challenges of rising sea levels. Insurance industry analysis in 2015 found Tampa/St. Petersburg to be more vulnerable to storm surge than any other U.S. metropolitan area.[1] Area sea levels were predicted to rise nearly two feet by 2100. Year-round flooding was estimated to impact the regional economy by as […]
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Why develop just one smart city?

India is developing a network of 99 smart cities. A core infrastructure will deliver smart solutions to an urban population of more than 99.6 million, achieving a clean and sustainable environment. This involves an investment of over $27 billion (203,172 Crore Rupees).[1] Already, 1,300 projects are underway.[2] Central infrastructure Seven of India’s smart cities are […]
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Denver’s Internet of Things (IoT) boosts decision-making, safety, and security

Smart City projects in Denver, Colorado are designed to work together. A growing citywide Internet of Things (IoT) monitors transportation, environmental health, weather, and freight. Varied endpoint sensors and dashboard maps are being interconnected to benefit decision-making, safety, and security. Denver’s Enterprise Data Management (EDM) system[1] supports cross-departmental, citywide functions. Its sensors gather data from […]
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Smart City leaders to explore sustainable solutions

Over 400 leaders from Smart Cities worldwide1 will convene in Sacramento, California, November 27-29 for a Meeting of the Minds Summit. Workshop and session topics will focus on sustainable solutions: Climate resiliency Downtown and waterfront redevelopment Food systems the Internet of Things Transportation Water policy [1] meetingoftheminds.org News and Notes items accompany the longer articles found in ecoPreserve’s […]
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What greater value will be found in the Energy Cloud?

Today, many energy networks have a hub-and-spoke design. These centralized networks may one day be superceded by a network-of-networks1. In that.customer-centric model, two-way energy flows are designed to enable greater interactivity between producers, consumers, and prosumers (consumers who produce)2. [1] www.forbes.com. [2] navigantresearch.com. News and Notes items accompany the longer articles found in ecoPreserve’s newsletter, […]
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Which cities are rated smartest in 2018?

Each year, the Center for Globalization and Strategy assesses smart city development in 165 international cities. Each is rated in categories that include transportation services, technology, governance, development of human capital and more. This year’s winner is New York City, followed by London and Paris. SOURCE: Forbes.com. News and Notes items accompany the longer articles […]
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What makes a Smart City smart?

Looking only at streets and buildings, it’s difficult to tell if a city is a smart city. Monorails may dart between tall glass towers that gleam in futuristic shapes. Boulevards may be wide and buffered with parkland. Is that a smart city? Maybe One shining city might deplete resources and accumulate waste, while an older […]
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New team members bring new skills and interests

As ecoPreserve continues to grow in 2018, we are grateful to be working with these team members. Welcome to each of you! Kevin T. Dupree, CFM Kevin has more than 16 years of facilities management experience. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, his professional education continued, resulting in Certified Facility Manager (CFM) […]

How 58 companies saved a total of $14B

The number of companies earning formal international recognition for sustainability initiatives doubled in 2017. The nonprofit environmental disclosure organization, CDP, assessed more than 3,300 companies. Of those, the top 58 earned a place on the CDP Supplier Engagement leaderboard. Among the familiar names were Apple, Bank of America, Honda, Nestlé, Panasonic, Rolls Royce, and Unilever. The […]
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What cities are doing about CO2

Recurring smog and daily bumper-to-bumper traffic have made citizens as well as government officials aware of a problem. Cities are pollution sources. In fact, 70% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions originate in cities. Solutions are being considered worldwide. Sometimes, before the answers are clear the first step may be commitment to a goal. Within the […]
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Visit tomorrow’s smart cities at today’s theme parks

Imagine a world where transportation runs on demand, not by schedule. Imagine trading that key ring for one wearable device which opens every door. Bring your smartphone, because that will reserve your dining, place your order, and pay for the check. Regardless of your day’s agenda, you’ll never wait long, because your entirely-flexible schedule and […]
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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.