Integrated Mechanical Engineering for Cost and Energy Savings
Our professional heating, vacuum, and air-conditioning (HVAC) mechanical engineers in Los Angeles take the need to control climate-changing emissions very seriously. That means system efficiency, which brings significant energy cost savings to your building operations. K2D specializes in Title-24 Energy Compliance across the board to include HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and other professional engineering services. Properly designed and operated HVAC systems are critical to supporting comfortable and healthy building environments.
A K2D qualified mechanical engineeris often a project manager overseeing everything from design, to equipment selection, to commissioning services (operations verification). A cornerstone of quality assurance is providing detailed training procedures, operating manuals, as well as preventive and predictive maintenance plans.
HVAC systems account for an average of 39% of the energy used in commercial buildings in the United States. Properly selected and performing HVAC equipment results in considerable energy, emissions, and cost savings (10%–40%). Whole building design, coupled with an extended comfort zone can produce much greater savings (40%–70%) according to data from the National Institute of Building Sciences.
Climate responsive design, construction, and renovation encompass a whole-building perspective by integrating engineering solutions into the building architecture. This requires beginning early in the design process. The building design needs to integrate cooling loads with summer daylighting along with winter heating requirements. Lighting and other energy needs go into the calculations to arrive at efficient and properly sized HVAC equipment to optimally balance purchase and operating costs. Equipment, placement, and integration are accomplished with the full system in mind rather than for isolated purchase costs or operating purposes.
Commissioning Improves Performance Even for Existing Systems
Commissioning involves testing the integrated HVAC system under operating conditions. This can lead to discovering and correcting problems that prevent the system from performing as intended. It is also a study to assure that the operating, and maintenance staff has been properly trained.
Commissioning also finds opportunities to fine-tune the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Program. This can be the result of actual operations versus the original operations concept. Actual maintenance requirements may also differ based on time-tested processes. Commissioning results in optimized performance through best practices in operations and maintenance.
Designs and Plans for Future Expansion
You don’t want or need to oversize the original equipment purchase. Instead, you want the original system designed for planned expansion`s in anticipation of higher future workloads. Instead of supersized equipment, the design can be for future physical space to accommodate additional equipment: boilers, chillers, pumps, cooling towers. Distribution systems can also be designed to accept hooking up to additional equipment including building expansions.
The cost savings from “right-sizing” are multiple. You have lower purchase prices today as well as lower operating and maintenance costs. You’ll also have future savings in construction costs and downtime when making expansions or alterations.
The benefits of working with a professional mechanical engineer in Los Angeles allow for energy-efficient and high-performance HVAC solutions to every type of commercial building. Experts at K2D provide solutions for apartment buildings, office and multiple-tenant buildings, industrial facilities, schools, hospitals, and government buildings such as courthouses. For further information or to schedule a consultation please contact K2D a MEP Firm at 310.935.3773 or visit www.K2D.com to learn more.