Over the years, “energy efficiency” and “sustainability” have moved beyond being buzzwords. In many cases, efficiency has become a core component in a company’s mission statement. For property managers and commercial building owners today, finding ways to save energy is a priority, both for their image and their bottom line. Working with an experienced mechanical and energy engineering firm can help businesses maximize ROI on time and money invested with energy saving efforts.
Let’s take a look at some of the proven mechanical and energy engineering strategies for increasing commercial HVAC efficiency.
Mechanical and Energy Engineering Tips for Commercial Clients
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning accounts for a large percentage of building energy usage. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy, the average commercial building attributes 40% of its energy costs to heating, cooling, and ventilation. This statistic proves that efficiencies found in a facility’s HVAC system can result in significant savings in operating costs.
There are plenty of other benefits as well. For example, taking steps to decrease energy usage may prolong the lifespan of your HVAC equipment. Plus, earning a positive reputation for being an energy conscious corporation can be advantageous for those looking to attract other eco-friendly businesses or tenants.
Careful consideration of mechanical and energy engineering best practices can help reduce energy usage, cut energy costs and even improve indoor air quality. Here are some of the most effective strategies for reducing HVAC operating costs.
Establishing a baseline energy consumption level is the first step in reducing energy usage. A commercial engineering company can set up an energy monitoring system. Tracking energy patterns can help eliminate wasteful practices that may otherwise be overlooked. Energy modeling can also be a powerful tool to assist in accurately evaluating energy reduction strategies beyond the HVAC.
Efficient HVAC Design
The fundamentals of energy efficient HVAC design go beyond finding the right sized unit for your building. It’s important to take a whole building perspective that considers all architectural and engineering concerns, such as daylighting, floor plan and layout, peak operation periods, and even a plan for expansion.
Conduct Maintenance and Repairs Promptly
While it may be tempting to table maintenance and repairs, it’s important to ensure that HVAC systems are always operating at peak efficiency. This will not only help to control energy costs, but also prevent costly breakdowns that impact the bottom line of your business directly.
Alternative Energy Sources
In order to lower utility costs and meet green building standards, more businesses are turning to solar energy. This allows them to power their building’s HVAC with clean energy, while lowering electricity costs (and the impact to the environment) at the same time.
KMB Mechanical and Energy Engineering Firm
KMB is one of the top Mechanical and Energy engineering firms in the United States, with extensive experience in all phases of commercial site development, tenant fit-outs, renovations and system upgrades. Our comprehensive services include MEP engineering, sustainable building design, energy engineering as well as LEED consulting for a wide spectrum of industries such as mixed use and retail, grocery, hospitality, corporate, industrial and institutional.
For more information on how KMB Mechanical and Energy Engineering firm can help you with your next project, please contact us today. We look forward to working together in the future.