Facility managers are hunting for ways to operate more efficiently and conserve energy. We know more now than we did even a few years ago about where to look for unnecessary waste. We also know how to quantify the dollar value of that opportunity. That allows you to create a more accurate proposal that’s more likely to be approved and achieved.
John Guardiola, vice president of engineering at Portfolio Property Management Global (PPMG), knew exactly who to call to help him update the building systems at the downtown Detroit landmark, One Detroit Center: Joe Colleran and his team at mechanical service contractor W.J. O’Neil Company.
If capital expenditures at your customers’ facilities for new equipment have been frozen or eliminated, one way to save money and free up financial resources is to tune up existing HVAC equipment. The checklist provided here should generally apply to most main equipment types and energy waste areas.
Last April, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a substantial investment of $114.3 million in funding for the rapid deployment of approximately 1,000 fuel cell systems in key early markets including combined heat and power (CHP). A team from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is now assessing these systems.
One of the greatest challenges HVACR wholesalers face daily is convincing service technicians to try new products or tools, but two Johnstone Supply countermen in Portland, Ore., have discovered a solution - use it themselves to help skeptics become believers.
One tactic that helps cut fuel and other transportation costs and is growing in popularity is called route optimization. It’s being employed by the mega-fleets of major retailers down to small HVAC businesses. It’s gaining in momentum because of its ability to not only cut costs but also improve customer service.
These conditions were noted in an energy audit report: “The fire/smoke damper was closed.” “The coils are still dirty.” These are not unusual examples. Since 40 percent of the energy used in the United States is used to operate buildings, it is obvious that a big step in making America green is to make our buildings green.
What’s the fastest growing sector of the green building movement? According to consultant Jerry Yudelson, not the usual architectural highlights of zero energy buildings, but the more prosaic existing building upgrades profiled in his latest green building book, Greening Existing Buildings. Building upgrades are being seen throughout the U.S. and Canada.
As an HVAC contractor, you have an opportunity to help educate your customers. With the amount of environmental pollutants we’re exposed to every day, it’s crucial for us to ensure we’re providing our customers with not only high-performing products in their homes, but also healthier indoor environments.
With help from James River Air Conditioning, the Children’s Museum of Richmond has substantially reduced its utility usage implementing the contractor’s Practical Green® solutions - a combination of preventive maintenance and retro-commissioning - designed to reduce operating costs and extend HVAC equipment useful life.