Construction Today - June 2017 - 100
By Tony Saporito
hat do we talk about when
we talk about sustainability?
For the New York City union
mechanical contracting community, the companies that design, install
and service the heating, air conditioning,
and ventilation systems (HVAC) in buildings,
sustainability means embracing new technology that reduces energy consumption
while providing optimal indoor air quality
for buildings and their occupants.
As the world becomes more cognizant
of environmental issues and our carbon
footprint, researchers are also finding that
the cognitive health of building occupants is an important piece of the puzzle,
particularly when it comes to installing
and properly maintaining energy-efficient
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When not properly sized for a building, air conditioning and heating
systems will fail to maintain temperatures correctly and consistently.
The systems end up working harder by continuously turning on and
off, resulting in wasted electricity and unnecessary wear and tear.
This can, in turn, drastically increase the opportunity for these systems to malfunction and ultimately shorten their lifespan. Inconsistent or inefficient temperatures can be an uncomfortable nuisance for
building occupants, but more importantly, well-functioning systems
keep building occupants healthy and productive.
According to Project Drawdown, a broad coalition of researchers,
scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists collaborating to assemble and present the
best available information on climate solutions, adopting automated rather than manual building management systems can reduce
energy consumption by 10 to 20 percent. In addition, Project
Drawdown states, "Beyond energy savings and reduced operations
and maintenance costs, building automation systems benefit the
well-being and productivity of people inside the building. Im-