There are countless resources online describing the many ways that facilities can save energy. And with the ever-increasing emphasis on energy accountability in facilities management, that’s no surprise. Decision-makers are investing more than ever in resources to help staff more carefully manage energy use and, ultimately, control budget. In fact, many cities and states are now making it mandatory to benchmark energy use, leading to the use of software such as Energy Star Portfolio Manager, an energy management tool for commercial buildings to track energy and water consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
Maintaining a facility budget is a true balancing act. Between issues of cost, performance, environment, sustainability, repair costs and more, it can be difficult to determine how to make facility improvements without going significantly over budget. Plus, proposed facility improvements have other departments’ budgets and priorities to contend with, meaning that recommended projects may not always be approved.
The key to creating an effective facilities budget is planning. Of course, budgets for maintaining the plant and/or facilities are often determined by the company’s overall goals. Insulation energy audits are one way that facilities managers and other decision makers can take a realistic approach to budgeting for a facility upgrade that benefits the whole company by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money on the bottom line.
When many people think of an energy audit, the first thing that comes to mind is evaluating their home to determine where they may be losing energy and money. A mechanical insulation energy audit is not the same as a home energy audit, but the purpose and benefits are the same.
An insulation energy audit gives business owners, building owners and facilities managers a complete understanding of the true dollar and performance value of their insulated systems. The process is an effective way to calculate how much money and energy a facility is losing with its current mechanical insulation system, whether because the mechanical equipment is under-insulated, or because the insulation is missing or damaged.
It’s sad but true—most people don’t think about their mechanical insulation systems until something goes wrong. But to have truly effective insulation that generates a positive ROI, it can’t the right approach is not to “set it and forget it.” Problems arise when mechanical insulation is neglected. But there are a few simple habits that are low-maintenance and easy to implement that could help save your insulation and increase its lifecycle. These tips will help you spot small problems--before they become bigger problems.
Finding the right mechanical insulation contractor is critical to the timing and budget of your project. But it can also have an impact on the overall health and efficiency of your facility for years to come. As with any industry, a certain insulation contractor may not be right for every job. Here are four good signs that you’re on the right track when it comes to hiring a mechanical insulation contractor.
As with any industry, there are many questions surrounding mechanical insulation and its role in the overall performance of a facility. Along with questions about types, thickness, and function, there are misconceptions about mechanical insulation that lead people to question whether the investment is really worth it.
In this article, we’ll clear up four common misconceptions about mechanical insulation and reveal the real answers to these frequently asked questions.
Mechanical insulation isn’t exactly the top priority on most peoples’ minds. Whether you’re a facilities manager, building owner, process control engineer, or maintenance professional, you probably have a to-do list a mile long, and insulation is the last thing you want to deal with. It’s understandable—for many people, mechanical insulation simply blends in to their environment, becoming part of their daily landscape.
Building owners, specifiers, and contractors are constantly struggling to find a balance between economical engineering and optimal performance. Unfortunately, this often means making a choice between saving money and optimizing performance as everyone involved strives to do what’s best for the customer while providing a robust system with reliable longevity. The drawback to this strategy is that it often results in “value engineering.”
Many people are under the impression that when classes end for the summer, schools are empty. But, as facilities professionals are aware, this is usually not the case. Whether it’s summer school, extracurricular activities, or recreation programs, school facilities are rarely in disuse for extended periods during the summer.
For many schools, this could mean an increased demand on the building’s mechanical systems. Summer is the ideal time to make updates to the building’s mechanical insulation, because the upgrades made now will have numerous positive effects once the school year starts back up.
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