FACILITY CONDITION ASSESSMENTS - HVAC
Numerous companies provide what is commonly
known as Facility Condition Assessments (FCA’s). These assessments
vary in scope and detail provided, and are an effective financial
planning tool for helping the responsible parties assess, track
and manage the condition of their facilities. Typically however,
these FCA’s do not delve deeply into the facilities’ HVAC system
condition, usually just noting the age of the major components
and comparing expected life cycles to industry standards. Life
expectancies can vary widely in similarly aged systems, but
more importantly there is no assessment of the HVAC system’s
condition as it relates to energy efficiency.
Assessing the condition of an HVAC system for fiscal planning
purposes can become a complex process. Depending upon the type
of system the HVAC related energy costs can account for 30-70%
of a facility’s total energy expenditures, and therefore should
be evaluated from an energy perspective as well as a life expectancy
perspective. An underperforming system that can be improved
upon, regardless of age, can postpone capital outlays for many
provide a low-cost and detailed evaluation of your HVAC system
that will assess not only expected life cycle but also energy
performance and maintenance practices and needs. The performance
of the HVAC system will be compared to systems of similar types,
sizes and requirements that will provide planners with a clear
picture of immediate and future needs. The performance of the
system can also be a valuable negotiating tool in the procurement
of buildings or agreeing to lease terms.
provide varying levels of professional assessments, all tailored
to your specific needs, goals and budgets. Including:
- Expected life cycles of major HVAC system components
- Condition assessment of the Energy
- Maintenance deficiencies and needs
- Refrigerant management issues
- Greenhouse Gas (GHG) assessment
- Energy efficiency benchmarking
- Performance improvement opportunities
- Deficiency correction cost estimating
concept of providing a service where compensation for their
efforts is paid for out of energy savings is not unusual.
But having the combined resources to identify problems, develop
alternative solutions, estimate the construction costs and
energy savings dollars, arrange and coordinate the work required
to fix the problems, and on occasions arrange the financial
side as well, is unusual and admirable.
S. Pearson, P.E., C.I.P.E.
PEARSON ENGINEERING ASSOCIATES, INC.