Commercial buildings use various types of equipment for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC), and refrigeration. Equipment types vary depending on the building size, nature of business or activity conducted, variety of energy sources used, the climate of the region, etc. Auditors conduct detailed commercial building energy assessment inspections specifically focusing on HVAC and refrigeration systems to help identify energy utilization gaps and design plans for optimized energy consumption. In this post, we will look at the following:
- What does a typical commercial building energy assessment include in the HVAC and refrigeration context?
- Why are the energy assessment vital to commercial property owners and managers?
- How does Fielda help streamline these assessments?
Commercial Building Energy Audits: During commercial building energy assessments for HVAC and refrigeration, inspectors identify the critical energy consumption patterns within these systems. They collect data on electricity tariffs, average power consumed, metering accuracy, operating hours, utilization of HVAC and refrigeration to demand cycles, etc. They also document details about the equipment in use, such as the model make and number, building location, photographic images of HVAC and refrigeration equipment, performance metrics, etc.
Why these inspections are necessary: HVAC and refrigeration power consumption are often a significant part of total energy consumption in commercial buildings and establishments. Energy assessments help building owners evaluate risks, identify energy waste, inefficiencies in consumption, etc. and put a plan in place to optimize energy utilization. These could include infrastructure upgrades, changes in usage patterns, better workforce shift planning, etc. These changes help save power, reduce energy costs, and support commercial establishments comply with regulatory norms.
How Fielda improves HVAC and Refrigeration energy inspections: During HVAC and refrigeration energy audits, inspectors must capture vast amounts of data in varying formats depending on the equipment, industry, and regulatory context. In addition, they often need to gather photos and videos of equipment as additional inspection evidence. Fielda helps inspectors schedule and conduct these assessments meticulously with its simple and customizable workflow management feature. Inspectors can also edit checklists as they see fit to accommodate specific field data gathering requirements. All data, once collected, becomes readily accessible to key stakeholders in real-time so they can make informed decisions on planning, scheduling, and follow-ups.
Inspect: Gather photographic evidence to bolster inspection data and upload it directly from the convenience of a mobile device.
Inform: Flag tasks that need immediate attention and group mid and long-term energy optimization plans through efficient collaboration and reporting.
Leverage: Improve operational efficiency with Fielda’s cloud data storage for enhanced security and operational agility.
About Fielda: Fielda helps companies manage and maintain their assets and gain real-time oversight of all tasks, workflows, and projects to improve operational efficiency, enhance team productivity and impact the bottom line. Whether it’s installations, inspections, repairs, replacement of parts, servicing and maintenance, or routine audits, with Fielda’s mobile data collection, GIS-enabled technology, automated and custom workflows, and analytics, you can eliminate errors, enhance response time, ease workflow bottlenecks, and simplify your field operations.