Climate Change: A Growing Storm

In early October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)[1] reported that global energy-related CO2 emissions have risen 21% in the past 12 years. The report, which referenced 6,000 works, concluded that nations must make substantial changes to limit their carbon emissions.

The nearly 100 scientists who authored the IPCC report noted that climate change has already caused devastating events. Hurricanes and typhoons occur more often and with faster intensification. Record droughts are seen wither crops from Cape Town to California. Forest fires sweep across the Arctic.[2]

The essential goals drafted in the Paris Climate Agreement now seem an extreme challenge to meet. Current promises within that agreement would lead to about 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming by the end of the century.[3]

SEVERE FORECASTS

Paris Climate Agreement Goals, written in 2015, were intended to keep global warming from rising more than 1.5C before 2030. Even half a degree greater within that time would magnify risks of drought, floods, and extreme heat. All coral reefs would be lost. In the Arctic, the permafrost in an area as large as Alaska would thaw, releasing methane that would further accelerate climate change. These catastrophic events would bring suffering to an additional 420 million people.[4]

ACTION REQUIRED

The IPCC Report states the urgency of reducing carbon emissions over the next decade. Currently, over 40 billion tons of CO2 are emitted worldwide. Unprecedented action is required to halt further increase.

That action might include many, if not all, of these:

  • Replacing gas and diesel-power cars, buses, and trucks with electric vehicles. Currently, only four percent of road vehicles are powered by renewable fuel.
  • Implement Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS) equipment at coal and gas plants to prevent CO2 release.[5]
  • Restore trees to vast regions of cropland
  • Control other greenhouse gases, especially methane

The trend toward improvement must begin soon. Global net emissions of carbon dioxide must fall 45 percent below 2010 levels. To achieve that, renewable use would have to increase from 24 percent today, to 50 or 60 percent in 2030.

BUSINESS RESPONSE

Top 10 Cities in the 2018 Green Building Adoption Index [6]

Consumers, as well as business, will implement new technologies and conserve resources, business and industry must lead in developing and implementing clean technologies.

Studies by the CBRE Group, Inc. and Maastricht University have found substantial progress in the commercial real estate market. Their Green Building Adoption Index[6] tracked green building certifications in the 30 largest U.S. office markets. Research there showed favorable loan pricing for ENERGY STAR and LEED- certificated properties.

Researchers found that capital markets are increasingly incorporating green building certifications into loan pricing and alternative financial instruments such as green bonds. Other research concluded that those buildings transacted for about 10.1% more than similar uncertified buildings.[7]

LOOKING AHEAD

To navigate the maze of concerns and possible solutions, ecoPreserve offers a 2030 Response Roadmap. It’s a proactive response, enabling benefits to be claimed more quickly. That also controls costs.

The Response Roadmap looks 360-degrees to encompass facility commissioning, energy conservation, Solid Waste Management (SWM), and workplace optimization. Our experienced team provides professional services to meet your organization’s needs and choices.

CONSULT
  • Study facilities and assess needs
  • Identify right-sized solutions
ADVOCATE
  • Secure competitive bids for varied components
  • Quantify costs and benefits
TRANSFORM
  • After the organization’s decision, implement a customized action plan

To learn more about the 2030 Response Roadmap, here’s how to contact ecoPreserve!

Alexa Stone
LEED AP, Sustainable Facility Professional, Envision Sustainability Professional - - Alexa has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable operations, decarbonization, and occupant wellness. Her strategic planning work has served local, state, and federal government, higher education, and private industry. Alexa founded ecoPreserve in 2009 as a team of three and has grown the company to over 20 of the brightest sustainability and project management professionals in the industry.
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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
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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.

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.