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In order to achieve your goals for your building, we provide several services; at the base of these services is Building Commissioning. Acting as a third party, independent commissioning service provider, we start by identifying and documenting your needs, and then we provide the process, tools, and solutions to meet those needs. We are your consultant every step of the way, and success for us is meeting your goals!
We strongly believe in the Commissioning process and the value it adds. Our website not only contains information about our company and services, but will provide you with details on the commissioning process as well. We are happy to educate anyone who cares to listen on what the process is, how it should work and why it is going to become standard practice in the construction industry.
Please contact us if you’d like to learn more. We would be happy to visit and educate you and your staff on the services we provide.
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Posted by Tama Wagner at Nov 24, 2014 3:23 pm
As energy prices continue to climb (with or without rate hikes), the costs to heat, cool, and light a building also increase. A good Energy Solution will help to lower those costs while also reducing equipment stress and run-times. Lowering energy costs is good business, and when done right, can be great business.
Should you look into Energy Solutions in your own building? Check out the list below for signs that your building may be in need of assistance.
1. Parking lot lights are on during the day.
Parking lot lights do not need to be on during the day, and when they are, they’re using energy. Additionally, this can point to possible issues such as a faulty photocell, or the time clock could have the wrong time causing the lights to not turn off properly. Finding the solution to this issue could save you up to $120 per year, per lamp.
2. People in the office or facility are using space heaters to keep warm.
If the heat is working properly in a building, people in the building shouldn’t feel the need to use a space heater to keep warm. Granted, some people get cold easier than others, but if you notice a majority of the occupants are using heaters, or if several occupants are using heaters in a particular area, it is likely there is an issue that is costing you money.
3. Areas in the building seem very bright compared to other areas.
Have you ever walked into a room and feel like you’re squinting or getting a headache? Lighting could be the issue. Standards have been put in place to not only make sure occupants of a building are getting enough light, but also that they’re not getting too much light. Over-lit spaces can cause comfort issues in addition to using too much energy.
4. Incandescent lamps are installed in the building.
Incandescent lamps are old technology, which use more energy than the options available today. Rather than changing all lamps at once, you can work with an Energy Solutions Professional to replace lamps gradually in order to save on costs.
5. Thermostats read lower than 72°F in the summer and higher than 72°F in the winter.
Examine your thermostats to see if you can lower your set point by 1 degree in the winter and/or raise your set point by 1 degree in the summer. This small change can add up and help you save money throughout the course of the year.
6. Areas feel extremely cold or hot.
First, since hot/cold preferences can vary from one person to another, validate the claim by using a thermometer to determine the actual temperature in the space compared to other areas in the building. Extremely cold or hot areas within a building may indicate an issue with the HVAC system performance or building envelope.
7. Lights are on when no one is in a room.
Growing up, you’ve probably always been told to turn off the lights when you leave the room, so you’re probably already familiar with the fact that having the lights on when no one is in a room is just a waste of money.
For example, a typical conference room in a building has six four-lamp fixtures. If the lights in this room were used just one less hour per day, you’d save approximately $20 for the year.
8. Substantial air movement occurs when opening a door or walking through a building.
Substantial air movement in the space can point to an HVAC balance or control issue. Addressing the issue will not only save you money in the long run, but will help with comfort issues.
All of the above are great items to get you headed in the right direction, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve never found a facility that doesn’t have potential for more savings. Consider checking in with an Energy Solutions Professional who can help you save money on energy bills. The money you save can then be put back into your business.
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