Previewing the City of Tomorrow

The flying cars, long-lived humans and their and robotic helpers will live in communities that are being planned today.

Among those planners, smart technologies experts from leading companies worldwide now advise and participate in the Smart Cities Council. The council exists to grow smart cities worldwide. It advises on technology, provides policy frameworks and financial tools, and advocates for sustainable communities.

Offering a challenge

Over 130 cities responded to a readiness challenge from the Smart Cities Council. From those, five were awarded consultation on applying smart technologies, achieving innovation, and strategically investing in future urban life. The winners and some of their key initiatives were:

Austin, Texas
  • Affordable housing
  • Outreach to under-served populations
Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Long-term vision
  • Electric busses
Miami, Florida
  • Sea Level Rise Pilot Program
  • Geographic Information System
Orlando, Florida
  • Smart transportation solutions
  • Sensors and communications for public safety
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Meet common challenges of civic, business, and educational institutions
  • Plan a regional infrastructure

All 130 participants in the challenge received Smart Cities Council feedback and guidance.

Orlando looks to the future

As a winning city, Orlando held a Readiness Workshop on June 6th, 2017.

City leaders, staff and key stakeholders met with industry experts from the Smart Cities Council for a full day. Participants learned techniques and technologies for better infrastructure investments. Among the possibilities they explored were interconnected systems capable of gathering real-time intelligence.

Later in the workshop, participants focused on specific topics within working groups:

  • Affordable housing
  • the Built environment (public buildings, spaces, and parks)
  • Digital inclusion
  • Energy
  • Open data (data sharing and connectivity)
  • Public safety
  • Transportation
  • Water

The working groups shared key concepts to form a smart cities roadmap. That roadmap begins with short-term wins, continues with medium-term projects, then encompasses longer-term goals. The complete roadmap will be further assessed by Orlando’s smart cities leadership team. It will become a resource in planning the city of tomorrow.

Mital Hall

Mital Hall

Vice President at ecoPreserve
As ecoPreserve Vice President, Mital leads all sustainability projects for new and existing buildings. She has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable and Smart Cities development, including work with universities; federal, state and local governments; and businesses. Her skill set includes strategic planning, sustainable process improvement, reporting, third-party green building certifications, ISO compliance, and energy efficiency program administration.
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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.