When you’re a student working with toxic chemicals, jarring alarms are not exactly a desired part of your process. Likewise, when you’re a facilities director, an annual expense of $30,000 to run a third unnecessary fan for a lab environment is something you would gladly shed. Controls and drives recommissioning at this Canadian university not only eliminated those scenarios, it paved the way for broader cost reduction plus better experiences for facility staff and occupants alike.
Control recommissioning in existing buildings presents an excellent opportunity to not only save energy, but to fix operational deficiencies and work with the building’s occupants to reduce complaints. Our recent work with the University of Victoria (UVic) in British Columbia is an example of how installing a VSD and instituting advanced controls measures can achieve significant and persistent results.