June 21st marks the first day of summer in the UAE, the summer solstice. With the change of seasons come extreme temperatures and high energy bills. Luckily for you, there’s still time to get the ball rolling on a complete energy retrofit for your home or office.
What is an Energy Retrofit?
Energy retrofits are upgrades to a building’s energy-consuming systems. They involve measures ranging from light, low-cost measures/modifications (such as upgrading lighting and windows) to full overhauls with replacements of major systems (i.e. HVAC and ventilation systems).
Major energy retrofits involve measures across multiple building systems. These solutions are determined to maximize energy savings. In fact, a light energy retrofit project can lead to savings of up to 50 percent. Examples include replacing HVAC system (heating and cooling systems) and upgrading ventilation systems, sensors, and insulation.
Properly installed insulation is essential to maximizing energy efficiency in your buildings. Effective insulation slows the rate at which heat and cool air flow within your home or office. If your building has outdated or inadequate insulation, energy escapes, and energy is required to heat or cool the house increases. Essentially, poor insulation increases your energy costs.
Your energy engineers expertise is equally as important as the insulation material you choose. The key to reaping the benefits of upgrading your insulation is that it is “properly installed.” At Taka, our engineers fuse leading industry tools and solutions with their experience to determine the most efficient energy solutions to improve your consumption costs.
Mechanical Ventilation Systems
Your building infrastructure requires a tightly sealed structure to mechanically control the balance of air in your building. Benefits of an upgraded ventilation system include:
- Improved indoor air quality – A state of the art mechanical ventilation system offers improved indoor air quality. With the right system, you can rid your building of stale, polluted indoor air, and usher out pollen, dander, moisture and other potentially hazardous allergens.
- Better control over even ventilation – Relying on natural air leaks is a less-than-efficient means to ensure proper ventilation. You can’t depend on natural leaks to evenly control the distribution of fresh air with a balanced supply of exhausted air. A mechanical ventilation system produces even amounts of supply and exhaust air, ensuring that your building is appropriately ventilated.
- Upgraded comfort – Depending on the type of ventilation system you choose, you can boost overall comfort with features that use conditioned air to treat the incoming air supply. An upgraded ventilation system also dehumidifies, filters the air, reduces drafts and noise, and reduces energy consumption.
- Less energy loss – An upgraded, mechanical ventilation system reduces the escape of heat and air-conditioned air. This equates to significant cost savings.
According to Mohan Reddy Guttapalem, senior facilities manager for the Puget Sound Region of Microsoft Corporation, “commercial buildings consume 40 percent of the world’s energy, with HVAC systems devouring 35 to 85 percent of these kilowatts and costs.” Think of the resources you could save if you streamlined and upgraded these systems in your building? Imagine the cost savings across multiple buildings within your organization.
Leveraging the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), when you connect all of your building’s energy resources, to include your HVAC system, lighting, alarms, etc., you can collect massive amounts of real-time data. Coupled with a centralized cloud monitoring to detect and correct faults in your system, you can use this data to optimize energy management within your building. Better energy management protects your bottom line.
Upgrade Your Sensors
Knowledge is power. Upgraded sensors provide insights into your energy consumption. The smart system (or brain of your building) collects and analyses your energy data to establish predictions. Based on these predictions, your sensors will trigger actions to limit costly energy waste, such as turning the air conditioning on when a room is in use or choosing the right time to turn down the thermostat when a room is unoccupied. These smart sensors will reduce your building management costs for both utilities and staff.
As more companies realize the value and profitability associated with energy efficiency upgrades, they are looking to third-party lenders to help alleviate the cost and initial investment of their project. At Taka, we offer full financing for our energy retrofit projects, which means no upfront costs for your organization! By adopting an innovative paid-from-savings model, we recover the initial costs of the energy upgrade through the associated energy savings. At the end of this contract, our customers keep all the upgraded equipment and 100% of the savings! Together, we can make a difference.
The engineers at Taka will conduct an energy to audit to determine which energy retrofit methods will produce the highest rewards for your building(s). Once they’ve completed your energy audit to determine where your building will most benefit from energy upgrades, you’ll experience immediate savings from upgraded equipment and technologies. Benefits of an energy retrofit include lowered building operating costs, minimized risk against rising energy prices, increased asset value and increased cash flow.
Get ahead of the summer heat! Contact the energy retrofit experts at Taka to set you your free consultation today.