Smart Buildings Are Holistic
Envelope improvements can range from small air sealing tasks to major retrofits. The best times to consider these upgrades are at occupant turnover, end of useful life, in coordination with Local Law 11 façade work, or at time of refinancing, new acquisition, or repositioning.
- Well-sealed wall penetrations
- High performance windows with sensors
- Well-insulated, “cool,” and durable roof
- Enhanced wall insulation
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems should efficiently provide healthy and comfortable spaces. Improvements can range from fine-tuning your existing equipment to complete system overhaul. Consider these upgrades if there are frequent hot and cold complaints; mold, moisture, or odor issues; when incentives are available; or at time of refinancing, new acquisition, repositioning, or end of useful life.
- Right amount of heating and cooling delivered at the right times
- Well-ventilated spaces with good indoor air quality
- Fault detection and prevention
Hot and cold water should be delivered efficiently to meet the needs of the building without excess. Consider a system upgrade if water bills are high, at occupant turnover, when incentives are available, or at time of refinancing, new acquisition, repositioning, or end of useful life.
- Leak detection
- Low-flow fixtures and toilets
- Efficient domestic hot water production and delivery
Lighting systems should efficiently provide safe and well-lit conditions for a range of activities and occupant needs. Consider a system upgrade at any time for spaces with 24/7 lighting like lobbies, corridors, and stairwells. For other spaces, consider an upgrade at occupant turnover, when incentives are available, or at end of useful life.
- LED upgrades
- Occupancy or vacancy sensors
- Photo sensors
- Scheduling and controls
On-site generation and storage systems should be responsive to building demands and changing grid or market conditions. Consider a smart system upgrade when there is an opportunity for third-party financing, when incentives are available, or at time of at time of refinancing, new acquisition, or repositioning.
- Connect how you buy energy with how you use energy
- Flexible grid solutions
- Two-way communication between the building and the utility
- Resilient in the event of a power outage
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