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Rick Rolston

Rick is CEO of BuiltSpace Technologies Corp. (Vancouver Canada). BuiltSpace provides integrated building information management services to help building stakeholders create more sustainable and valuable building ecosystems.
Rick Rolston has written 105 posts for BuiltSpace Blog

Rethinking energy efficiency

Originally posted on Energy in Demand – Sustainable Energy – Rod Janssen:
Andrew Warren of the UK’s Association for the Conservation of Energy provides an excellent article in Building Magazine about how the European Commission is now treating energy efficiency as the first fuel. He commends this approach and contrasts this with the latest UK…

Building Energy Efficiency: Why is it so Darn Hard to Sell?

Businesses nationwide would save about $1 billion each year in energy costs if they replaced their 10-20 ton commercial units with units that meet this specification. http://www.advancedrtu.org/find-a-product.html The US Department of Energy launched the Advanced RTU Campaign to encourage the replacement of existing rooftop units (RTU) with new high performance units.  These replacement RTU could … Continue reading

Are Service Records the Real Key to Energy Efficiency?

There is a direct relationship between building equipment maintenance and building energy efficiency.    Dirt, heat, corrosion and lack of lubrication, over time make HVAC and electrical equipment work harder.   That uses more energy and increases operating and maintenance costs. Are maintenance service records the key to energy efficiency and lower operating costs? I … Continue reading

You Can’t Email Knowledge:  Transforming Your Mechanical Sevices Practices.

Many mechanical service contractors operate on a transactional services model.   The final service product is often a document summarizing service hours and cost for the transaction, delivered to the customer by email.  Mechanical services become a commodity, easily replaced by a lower cost offer. Leading mechanical services firms are becoming more knowledge intensive, and knowledge intensity changes … Continue reading

Eiffel Tower completes its makeover with installation of micro wind turbines

Originally posted on Energy in Demand – Sustainable Energy – Rod Janssen:
The iconic landmark in Paris never fails to charm its residents and tourists. Tina Casey writes on the CleanTechnica website about the latest developments. How can you resist? Surely you must come and see the new micro wind turbines! ? Eiffel Tower’s Custom-Painted…

The Economics of RTUs. What is Least Cost Maintenance?

My previous post, Best Practices in Building Maintenance. Reactive, Preventative or Predictive?, summarized a DOE study, which described the costs of reactive ( or “run to fail”), preventative, predictive and even reliability centred maintenance, to maintain existing building assets.  With each improved level of maintenance, the study authors found significant maintenance cost reductions. I believe that there … Continue reading

Don’t be a Target: Isolate Vendors and Your Enterprise Systems to Improve Security

In early 2014 Target stores suffered a security breach which exposed millions of customer’s credit card files. The breach occurred when the vendors credentials, to Target’s internal network, were compromised. This allowed hackers to access the Target network and plant malware which hijacked credit card data. The vendor, a mechanical contractor, had been allowed to … Continue reading

Run to Complaint. When a tenant complains, the damage is long done.

Response time, to tenant complaints, is one of the primary key performance indicators (KPI) reported by a well known maintenance management software platform. On first look, this measure of service quality is a reasonable metric, but not as a performance indicator for maintenance management. Waiting for a complaint before initiating maintenance actions takes reactive, or … Continue reading

The Economics of RTUs: The R-22 Refrigerant Problem

There could be as many as 17 million rooftop units (RTUs) running banned R-22 refrigerant just servicing our commercial buildings. This creates a huge problem. As of January 1, 2020 the only available source of R-22 will be recycled refrigerant from units that you already own, or reclaimed R-22, processed by an EPA certified reclaimer. … Continue reading

The economics of Rooftop Units (RTU). Energy efficiency depends on your choices.

Rooftop Units (RTUs) are everywhere. Over 45 percent of the commercial real estate space in the US is cooled, and/or heated by packaged units. This equipment is usually exposed to the elements, on a rooftop or outdoor space. Exposure shortens equipment life, so well cared for RTUs have a life expectancy of about 15 years. … Continue reading

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