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8 Steps to Take Now to Prepare for the 2019 Chicago Energy Rating System

Dec 13, 2018

Is your Chicago building ready for 2019 energy benchmarking? Each year all the large buildings that have at least 50,000 square feet in Chicago are required to submit an energy report. In order to prepare for your 2019 energy benchmarking report, we have created a list of steps to make the process as quick and easy as possible.

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8 Steps to Take Now to Prepare for 2019 Chicago Energy Rating System

Dec 05, 2018

Is your Chicago building ready for 2019 energy benchmarking? Each year all the large buildings that have at least 50,000 square feet in Chicago are required to submit an energy report. In order to prepare for your 2019 energy benchmarking report, we have created a list of steps to make the process as quick and easy as possible.

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Energy Efficient Boiler Retrofits with Hydronic Controls

Nov 28, 2018

Does your multifamily building in Chicago have a steam or water boiler that supplies your winter heat? If it does, you may benefit from having hydronic heating controls installed. Installing hydronic heating controls can help keep your residents comfortable and eliminate hot and cold areas in your building.

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Why Does My Heater Make a Screeching Sound?

Nov 26, 2018

You finally get home after a long, chilly day. As soon as you come inside, you crank up the thermostat hoping to knock some of the chill out of your bones. But instead of being greeted with a warm, gentle breeze from the furnace, you’re startled by the sound of an earsplitting, hair-raising screech.

Your first thought is probably, “That sounds expensive.”

A screeching heater is unnerving. However, most of the time, it’s a simple fix that requires a bit of expert knowledge and skilled hands to repair. It’s not a sound that you want to turn up the TV and ignore, though—the longer your heater screeches, the more you risk costly damage.

Let’s take a look at the most common causes of a screeching or squealing heater.

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What to Expect During a Building Inspection

Nov 21, 2018

Is your commercial or multi-unit residential building in Chicago ready for its next building inspection? Each year, certain items must be inspected in order to make sure your building is up to code. Common items that are inspected include the backflow preventers, elevators, boilers, sprinklers and facades, and plumbing systems, and if you aren’t ready, you could be surprised by your inspection results, especially if it results in a Life Safety Violation.

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Extreme Green Heating for Your Multi Family Building

Nov 15, 2018

Have you heard of the new extreme green hyper heating systems? It is entirely okay to answer 'no' - hyper heating has been around only for slightly more than a decade, so it is still a relatively new term in the HVAC field. The technology was initially developed by Mitsubishi in order to manufacture an extremely energy efficient, durable and reliable heat pump with the ability to operate in temperatures below freezing. These units use inverter technology in order to improve heating and cooling efficiency along with Mitsubishi’s H2I™ technology.

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The ZERO Code Building Energy Standard for New Building Construction

Nov 13, 2018
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Traditional vs. Modern Building Optimization

Oct 31, 2018

Is your Chicago building still relying on traditional building optimization? If it is, you could be spending more on your energy usage than you really need to spend. This is because modern building optimization provides real-time data and metrics so that you can make adjustments immediately rather than relying on separate inspections of your critical equipment so that you can implement energy-saving ideas.

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Why Is My Furnace Running but Not Blowing Hot Air?

Oct 29, 2018

Your furnace clicks on and the blower motor is running, but the air coming from the vents is cold or cool instead of hot. Or maybe the air starts off hot, then turns cool before the furnace shuts down.

Let’s look at some of the solutions to this common furnace problem.

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The Importance of Reevaluating Your HVAC System when Expanding Your Critical Power Systems

Oct 24, 2018

When is the last time you evaluated the capacity of your HVAC system? If your facility has recently added new critical equipment or expanded your electronics, the added heat created by the equipment could be overtaxing your HVAC unit, resulting in higher energy bills and more frequent repairs.

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