These 17 goals have a Triple Bottom Line

Every organization’s economic concerns also link with environmental and social concerns. This triple bottom line can be illustrated as interconnecting circles. In a world of limited resources and instantaneous communication, the circles sometimes expressed as people, planet, and profit are never disconnected.

This connectivity can also be seen in goals established by the United Nations In September 2015. The U.N.’s seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are priorities and aspirations to be achieved by 2030.

At first glance, some of the SDGs may seem entirely social; only about people. But in no case can environment or economic impact be detached.

All of these goals are good! It’s inspiring to partner with government and business organizations in working towards smart cities and sustainable workplaces. Imagine this possible future, less than a quarter century from now.

Here are a few where we’ve seen significant progress in recent months:

  • Build resilient infrastructure: promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

    It’s gratifying to see building owners and managers awarded LEED and other certifications for their properties. While those buildings minimize cost, they have a limited “carbon footprint” that contributes to a healthier environment.

  • Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

    Initiatives to reduce energy and water consumption are most easily justified as cost savings. The immediate and long-amortized benefits also bring benefit to the community, customers, and in fact everyone who shares in resources which are by no means infinite.

  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

    Here is something we have seen in many organizations: While taking action toward energy efficiency, the organization also seeks better resource use and, more often, reuse. To encourage a full range of sustainability benefits, their ecoToolkits include education materials about capitalizing on tax benefits while creating greener communities.

Again, that’s just a few of them. We at ecoPreserve wish to congratulate every client and colleague in their triple bottom line achievements. Their work furthers the U.N. SDG. We are proud to advocate for and grateful to participate in these initiatives.

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.