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The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

Improve the Performance of Your Building Through Retro-Commissioning

Is your commercial building running at lower efficiency even though it’s only a few years old? Not ready to upgrade to new equipment, but want your system to run better than it currently is? Entek may have just the solution for you.

Did you know there’s a way to improve the efficiency of your equipment without purchasing a new system? It’s called retro-commissioning. While it may sound like a really fancy word, it’s actually a simple, streamlined process that will enhance your building’s overall performance at a low cost.

In fact, retro-commissioning identifies shortcomings in your building’s equipment and makes the necessary adjustments to ensure everything runs smoothly again.

So, what exactly is retro-commissioning?

It’s a way to fix problems that arise from aging equipment or systems that weren’t properly designed or installed. It can also improve the system’s function when a building has undergone operational and occupancy changes.

It primarily applies to a building’s energy-using equipment and can include HVAC updates or improvements to lighting equipment and controls.

What’s the difference between retrofitting and retro-commissioning?

Retrofitting involves replacing your aging equipment, whereas retro-commissioning allows you to operate better with the tools and resources you already have at your disposal. Think of it as more of a re-engineering process. Retro-commissioning enhances the operation of your existing equipment by implementing changes that will improve efficiency, thereby reducing operating costs and helping you increase your bottom line.

Not only will retro-commissioning improve your system’s efficiency, it will also increase the life of your operating system. You can ensure you’re saving money upfront, as well as in the long run by extending your equipment’s life span.

It’s important to note that the cost-savings of retro-commissioning is based on a variety of factors. Building size, age, and location are all factors that can affect the amount of money that will be saved. However, we can provide some general information to help you understand the cost-effectiveness of this process.

Research has shown that the cost of a typical retro commissioning project ranges from only 13 cents per square foot to about $2.00 per square foot. According to a study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, retro-commissioning has a median energy savings of fifteen percent and a simple payback of 0.7 years.

The payback refers to the standard length of time required to recoup your initial investment. That means that in less than a year, most retro-commissioning projects will yield a cost savings.

What kind of problems is retro-commissioning able to fix?

Quite a few. Retro-commissioning can fix belts and valves that are not properly operating, thermostats and sensors that are calibrated incorrectly, and equipment that is running when it needn’t be. These are just a few of the problems that retro-commissioning can solve. And often, fixing a small problem can lead to big results.

There are several types of retro commissioning activities that can be performed, each with its own average simple payback. Correction of operations and control measures has the shortest payback at 0.49 years. That means you’ll see cost savings in the first year of project completion.

On the other hand, design, installation, retrofit, and replacement have an average payback of 2.375 years, meaning it will take just over two years to see a return on your investment. Maintenance measures fall in between the two, with an average payback of 1.275 years.

The significant cost-savings of retro-commissioning make it an attractive option, but there are many other benefits as well. For instance, it can provide you peace of mind and increase employee satisfaction. That’s because the positive effects of retro-commissioning have a trickle down effect. While it certainly benefits a building owner, it will also benefit your employees and/or occupants as well.

For example, in addition to extending your equipment life, retro-commissioning will improve your indoor air quality and better regulate the temperature of the building. This will make building occupants more comfortable, meaning building managers will have to field less complaints. Not only will retro-commissioning make your equipment run more smoothly, it will potentially make your whole commercial operation run more smoothly as well!

Think that because you have a relatively new building, none of this applies to you? Think again. The Energy Star case study has shown that even in relatively new buildings, re-commissioning can provide rapid payback. Re-commissioning is similar to retro-commissioning, but applies to a building that has been commissioned previously, either during the initial construction process or after.

Let’s use the case study as an example. The Gallagher School of Business at the University of Montana in Missoula was built in 1996. But as enrollment increased, the school saw an influx of students that significantly changed the building’s occupancy load. That increase in students put a strain on the building’s heating and cooling system. A re-commissioning project was done and the simple payback for the commissioning provider was just 1.25 years.

These types of periodic HVAC updates are often required in complex HVAC control systems to help maintain operating efficiency. So even if your building is just a few years old, it’s not a bad idea to contact an experienced commissioner like Entek to see if you could benefit from such an update.

We specialize in HVAC updates and can help you improve your building’s overall operating system. Retro-commissioning is one of the most effective ways of improving your building’s energy efficiency. Take advantage of the cost savings as well as the many other benefits it provides.

If you want a free estimate, just fill out this form. We’ll personally visit your building and assess how effective the process will be for you.

When your building’s operating system runs smoothly, everything else will run much smoothly for you, too!


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