As a Building Owner or Manager you have set energy conservation and financial improvement targets, you have done your research and determined that an energy audit is the best place to start for your facility and your organization. You may have also reviewed the ASHRAE Article 10 Things to ask for in an Energy Audit and

There are a number of factors in addition to the cost of energy that should be considered when evaluating the payback or lifecycle cost of an energy conservation retrofit project in your building. These include maintenance or service costs (either positive or negative), future capital cost avoidance, capital depreciation tax credits, labour or salary impacts,

The chart below illustrates the water use in a typical multi-residential building. Faucet Aerators typically allow 2.2 usgpm flow, but can be as high as 4 to 5 usgpm. Low flow Aerators are available, and range from 0.5 to 1.5 usgpm, with 1.0 usgpm used the most. They are available in Vandal Resistant (need a

How do you know if you are getting value for the money you spend on an energy audit? 1. A Proper Utility Bill Analysis Insist that the auditing firm use software specifically designed for utility bill analysis. It should adhere to the process defined in ASHRAE Guideline 14 – Measurement of Energy & Demand Savings.

What to Look for in a Quality LED

Friday, 11 October 2013 by

With thousands of manufacturers and distributors of LEDs, how does the consumer determine which product to invest in? Cost, average lamp life claims, and warranties vary greatly from product to product, so what helps the consumer steer clear of inferior products? In an effort to accelerate the adoption of the quality Solid State Lighting (SSL)

Project Threat #1 – Scope Creep

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 by

As explained in my previous article (The need for Project Management Professionals) a project is defined by the triple constraint, namely scope, time and budget. These three factors not only explain the project but also quantify its success or failure. In the next series of articles we’ll explain the main threats affecting each of the

Global Adjustment

Monday, 07 October 2013 by

Many electrical bills in Ontario have a line item called “Global Adjustment”. The purpose of this line item is to account for the difference between the market rate for electricity and the rate paid by Ontario to regulated and contracted electricity generators. In theory, this value can be either negative or positive. That is, it

Continuous Commissioning

Friday, 04 October 2013 by

While working on a building’s energy system, it is difficult to refrain from observing other systems. It is often necessary to understand the building as a group of systems working together (or against each other) to implement a proper design. For example, re-sizing a chiller is dependent upon understanding the hot/cold deck arrangement on the

When it comes to energy conservation in existing Health Care Facilities specific expertise is needed to ensure your project goes smoothly right from the beginning of conception, through planning, development, implementation, and into operations. Health Care Facilities (or HCFs) have many design and operating requirements for the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment and plumbing

“Project Management” is a phrase used often in technical literature. Regrettably many who use the term actually do so incorrectly. To successfully manage a project requires much more than the mundane tasks needed to administer an account. Rather it more appropriate to consider that a successful project requires planning, design and execution. A recent survey