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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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Climate action quiz

Have you been following climate change concerns? Here you can quickly check your knowledge of the concerns and what is being done about them.
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Renewable energy quiz

Concerns about climate change are increasing and costs of solar and wind-powered technologies are decreasing! That makes renewable energy an essential alternative to fossil fuels.
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Renewable energy growth brings green collar opportunity

The classifications of blue collar and white collar jobs derive from the popularity of blue work shirts among factory workers, skilled tradespeople, and other laborers. White shirts, jackets, and ties have been associated with offices. In all of those workplaces, dress codes have evolved to more comfortable options. The recent designation of green collar jobs […]
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The Walt Disney Company seeks resource resiliency

In its 94th year, the Walt Disney Company earned $59.4 billion in FY 2018 and $55.1 billion in FY 2017.[1] While achieving those earnings, the company committed to diverting 60% of waste from landfills and incineration. In 2017, 46% of operational waste was diverted from Theme Parks, Resorts, ESPN, Studios, and office locations. At existing […]
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With these solar strategies, Orlando aims to achieve Paris climate accord goals

Orlando has become a pioneer in moving beyond carbon-based energy. By mid-century, all of The City Beautiful’s energy will be generated from carbon-free sources. A first milestone targets up 8 percent of the city-owned Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) power to be sourced from solar by 2020. Five years later, the city’s greenhouse gas emissions should […]
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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 […]
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China’s environmental concerns bring lower solar costs

China’s awareness of chronic air, water, and waste pollution have led to a significant focus on renewable energy. In 2017, the most populous country on the planet saw 53 gigawatts of solar power brought online. That 75 percent increase from the previous year nearly tripled 2015 production[1] More recently, China eased domestic capacity quotas for […]
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Costa Rica taps into renewable energy sources

More than a decade ago, the Central American country set a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2021. It’s going well. Over a 300-day period in 2017, hydrocarbons generated less than ½ of 1% of Costa Rica’s electricity. The rest came from renewable sources1: Hydropower provided 78.26% Wind brought 10.29% Geothermal energy was 10.23% Biomass […]
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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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How a cold-climate office building may generate surplus energy

An 11-story office tower1 planned for Porsgrunn, Norway, will capture energy on solar panels placed on its slanted, diamond-shaped south-facing roof. Streamlined design, ample insulation , heat exchangers, and heat pumps are all expected to contribute to energy performance. The building’s architects and designers estimate that within 60 years, enough power will be generated to […]
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Renewable energy: ready and reliable

The lights are always on at healthcare facilities. Events like births, sudden illness, and injuries occur regardless of the hour of the day or the weather outside. Even power interruptions must not interrupt care. At any hour and any facility that provides healthcare, energy needs can be substantial. The need is greatest where inpatient care […]
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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.