Upgrading the energy efficiency of a building can save money, please the people who use the building and help the environment, but careful planning is necessary, according to a feature at Building Operating Management.
The complexity of modern buildings means that multiple systems must be dealt with in an upgrade. The upgrades are complex and require a tremendous amount of planning. The story says that facility managers must begin projects with knowledge of what equipment is in the building, what it was designed to do and what changes have been made to it since it initially was deployed. Knowledge of the overall building design also is necessary.
The importance of having an understanding of the building before the project starts is particularly important when upgrading HVAC and lighting systems, which the story says are a building’s two largest users of energy. Carefully comparing current use with the intended design can be invaluable in creating the optimum upgrade plan.
Last month, The Buzz Oates Group of Companies in Sacramento, CA, said that it has retrofit LED lighting to almost all of the 25 million square feet of commercial property it manages. So far, the company has cut its lighting bills in half and sliced 20 percent off its overall energy bill. Return on investment on the project is five years.