HVAC Design for Commercial Building – Basics of Cost-Effective solutions
Throughout the years, entrepreneurs are still looking for solutions that can make their HVAC design for commercial constructions cost-effective. A typical system consumes up to 40% of energy from your monthly electric bills. But before you purchase an HVAC system, you need to ask the following questions first;
- Is it the lowest first-cost structure that meets the requirement?
- Does the HVAC design have the lowest operating and maintenance costs?
- Is the building proven to have a long life span?
- Are the occupants of the building productive?
- Does the facility offer a great return on investment?
If you could answer one of these questions positively, there is a chance that your establishment is cost-efficient already. However, while a low-cost project is likely to have one or more attributes, it is impossible to summarize cost-effectiveness by only a single parameter. Labeling your commercial building as a cost-efficient one may still require a life-cycle perspective of evaluation.
For your HVAC systems, we have gathered the common principles that make them cost-efficient.
The HVAC System Life Cycle Begins on the Day of Installation.
Teamwork and coordination are required to develop the client’s short, medium, and long-term expectations of indoor thermal comfort for occupant effectiveness. This phase is where the clients suggest what they want and how well their HVAC systems should perform. This information is all written in a document called DDID that stands for Detailed Design Intent Document. This file will be the operations personnel’s basis for the design development, operation, construction, modifications, and performance.
Ensure Supervision of Your HVAC System During Design and Installation
The HVAC installers will revisit the project throughout the first year. The visit is to ensure that they install the HVAC system correctly to operate optimally through any season. Ensure that the company that provided your HVAC system organizes an ongoing process throughout the life of the building, providing annual certification when necessary.
They will need to evaluate the occupants’ satisfaction in their current space to establish a baseline for comparison purposes. A post-occupancy evaluation of facility performance and user satisfaction is necessary for the new environment. This process will determine if the client’s expectations for improvement are applied and if some adjustments are still needed.
Resolve the Unwanted Degradation of HVAC System
It is a common and significant problem when an HVAC system experiences a degradation in the first five years of a building’s operation. HVAC design optimization assures that system and component selection attains a long-term performance. An efficient HVAC system must be able to operate and perform the ideal expectations of the occupants. Therefore, it must be maintainable throughout the lifetime of the building. With the help of HVAC access doors and panels, the maintenance team can quickly inspect your HVAC’s systems progress and if there requires any repair.
Conclusion of Evaluation Process
Suppose the evaluation process of optimizing your HVAC system turns out positively and successfully. In that case, combining your system with lighting and acoustics can surely increase occupant effectiveness by over 25%. This in turn can pay for a portion and sometimes all of the construction costs. One year of the worker’s salary in a typical office building can equal twice the total price of the building and 100 times the yearly electricity bill. Your staff’s productivity can increase up to 10%, which creates a 30% increase in a company’s bottom line if your building meets the ideal working environment.
Optimizing your HVAC system’s cost efficiency will not only save you money on the energy bills, but it can also affect other factors positively. These factors can create an overwhelming impact for your company that can boost your sales and your business. So always remember to think wise when investing in your HVAC systems.
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Chris Jackson is an experienced Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. He currently works for Best Access Doors, an access door supplier in the US and Canada, and has been working for the company for more than 12 years now. His area of expertise is on Negotiation, Roofers, Sales, Project Estimation, and Facility Management (FM)