By mitigating the liability of high energy costs on financial performance of real estate assets, investors are in a better position to solicit multiple strong offers on properties ready for disposition.
Operations and Maintenance Manuals:
A site operations manual is a custom manual developed by our professionals to document the most efficient means of operating the site’s mechanical systems. In many cases, we have seen building operating efficiency eroded by uninformed operations procedures. This has led us to offer building operations manuals. This includes operating diagrams and instructions described in lay terms for your operators. In addition to informing current site operators, another substantial advantage of the manual is that it institutionalizes the site knowledge, thereby lessening the impact on energy efficiency of staff turnover and is available at any time to staff or service providers. This is delivered as a hard copy and electronically in Adobe PDF® format on CD.
Measurement and Verification of Energy Performance:
Each month, Strategic Energy Group would acquire the utility bills for each meter at each site, normalize the data for weather and other factors, and evaluate the property’s energy performance. The results would be reported to ownership on a Quarterly basis. Also known as “Utility trending”, this service will help the building owner evaluate the long term performance of the property from an energy perspective, and more importantly, identify issues with mechanical systems performance or resident behaviors that are negatively impacting energy performance.
In essence, retro commissioning is a methodical process by which a third party evaluates and tests building mechanical systems to ensure that they are functioning as intended. The intention is to get the most out of existing equipment. This process is typically the most cost effective energy performance optimization process that building managers can implement. Specifically, retro commissioning is
• Articulating/verifying energy-related design intent
• Warranty enforcement
• Training operators
• Enhancing safety and risk management
Common problems that this process is designed to catch include over-sized equipment, mis-sized valves/dampers and chillers, unnecessary components, low-quality or clogged filters, construction debris blocking ventilation, overridden/stuck VFDs or economizers, specified equipment not installed, improper set points or control sequences, circuitous duct or piping runs, and bad or inaccurate sensors.