Jim Newman recently contributed an article highlighting keys to designing and maintaining a higher performing HVAC system for maximum profitability.
From Best Practices for Achieving High-Performance HVAC Systems, Building and Operating Management, March 2019, by Jim Newman
Many building owners don’t give proper thought to how much impact a higher performing HVAC system can have on a building and its ability to be profitable. More often they focus on what other people say is important. For example, real estate developers and brokers have long purported that the three most important qualities in a building are location, location, and location. Architects believe buildings must be both stylish and functional, including easy access in and out, natural light, and lots of amenities like outdoor seating, fitness centers, and convenient access to food and fun.
All of these are important. But more and more, building owners and potential tenants look for an environment that is all those things — as well as one that is cost-effective to operate, supports the productivity of the people working in the space, and stands up to increasing weather and security threats. The design of the HVAC system goes a long way to shaping a building’s long-term operating costs, its ability to deliver the comfortable indoor environment that can support productivity, and its capacity to sustain operations through potentially catastrophic events. Read more.