CoEng Advisors has been hard at work lately revolutionizing how energy and asset management is practiced with the development of REA, our Robo Energy Advisor. The advantage of implementing REA in a facility is moving away from the model of static engineering documents (energy audits, building condition assessments, etc.) and transitioning all information into a live cloud environment. Having your data in REA saves professional’s time, improves data sharing, promotes greater collaboration, and allows for powerful database reporting.Continue reading
CoEng was recently featured in the Ontario Centres of Excellence blog to showcase the progress we have made in our REA development due to their SmartStart funding program. Read the full blog here!
Organizations practicing energy and asset management in their building(s) typically have the following options to consider:
- Hire a full-time energy manager – which can be expensive.
- Hire consultants for each individual scope of work to be done (energy audits, retrofit project management, etc.) – which also becomes expensive when multiple consultants are used, as you are paying each firm to tour your whole building and learn all the ins-and-outs before starting the actual scope of work.
- Designate existing employee(s) as Energy Champions and have them work towards reducing energy consumption and costs while doing their original job – this can be very valuable with the proper support group , especially when they have an engineer in their back pocket to guide them along the way!
The most time-consuming aspect of any energy audit or Building Condition Assessment (BCA) is the site visit to a client’s building to capture all the equipment information. The process used by most professionals today is as follows:
- Bring your mobile phone, or a digital camera, to take photos of all equipment.
- Bring a note pad, or use a mobile app, to take notes during your site visit.
Energy audits of the past and present are typically delivered through a PDF document that outlines items including description of the building, energy analysis, and a number of energy efficiency measures through no/low cost and retrofit strategies. The PDF document is delivered to the client as a static report to be implemented over the next few years.Continue reading
The CoEng team recently did a site visit to a multi-residential building to see an installation of heat recovery units on the roof of the building. It was a rainy day, so to warm up and dry off, we stepped into the boiler room also located on the roof. It was in here that we noticed something that should no longer be occurring with buildings in 2018 … Notes for the boiler were all hand written on water damaged paper, taped to the outside panels, with some notes fallen on the floor!Continue reading