During my 15+ years in the HVAC and mechanical contracting industry, I have seen A LOT of deferred maintenance, “band-aiding” of problems, and system overrides that don’t address underlying and fundamental system issues that will most certainly cause premature operational failures, some perhaps catastrophic, down the line. The risk in operating this way is immense; risk not only related to acceptable and expected building operations, including potential significant downstream financial and compliance consequences, but also a risk to the reputation and career opportunities of the building operator in question. The question is, how do you proactively approach any problem or concern in any building's HVAC system?
The answer is simple—data.
All buildings, regardless of type or use, are unique and complex. Consequently, truly understanding how HVAC systems operate within these distinct environments can be challenging, particularly when factoring in the influx of advanced technologies that permeates the modern building infrastructure. Here's why it matters—HVAC equipment is an extremely expensive asset to install as well as to replace when it has reached the end of its useful life. It is imperative, therefore, that building operators fully understand how their practices, decisions, and habits directly impact equipment operations and the expected life of each one of these assets not to mention the overall health of their buildings.
The consequences of poor facility operations and continuous “band-aiding” of problems over time will result in increased operational costs and higher capital expenses in the long run, which are avoidable through the proactive use of data and analytics. Meaningful and actionable data delivered in real-time accurately indicates how a system is truly operating. This kind of data provides the type of visibility and understanding needed to identify issues quickly and accurately and to rapidly implement fixes and strategies to mitigate the risks. Data that removes the precarious guesswork from the building operations helps ensure you avoid the problems that “band-aiding” will invariably cause to popup from time to time to ruin your day.
The good news is today’s building operators have access to all the data and technology they need to optimize the performance of their facilities and significantly mitigate the risks associated with poor performance. That’s why I was thrilled to join the Resolute team and help in its mission to provide meaningful data to those responsible for actually running and managing commercial facilities. I truly believe that data and analytics (also known as fault detection and diagnostics or FDD) is the future of facility operations management due to the many associated benefits such as reduced maintenance costs, extended equipment life, capital investment/improvement planning, improved energy efficiency that leads to reduced costs and carbon footprint, risk mitigation and many others. I am passionate about helping facility managers and operators find real solutions to help solve their HVAC problems and to operate their systems more efficiently and effectively to not only ensure that their buildings run as optimally as possible but also to help advance their career opportunities while enhancing the quality of their work/life experience.
Above all else, I am committed to helping facilities leaders and teams make use of the data they already have and leverage proven technologies and best practices to avoid all those potentially debilitating building-operations blunders they will most certainly encounter along the way.