A food manufacturer and distributor located in North Texas has sated its need for improved working conditions and operational efficiency after undergoing an HVAC retrofit to replace its well-aged facility equipment. Past its useful service life, most of this equipment was in desperate need of repairs.
Turner County is a rural community that includes Ashburn, Georgia, two hours south of Atlanta. Like many other school districts across the country, it faced serious infrastructure issues—primarily, maintaining campus building standards in the face of financial challenges.
Sixty percent of U.S. commercial buildings were constructed before 1980. Retrofitting them for energy efficiency is essential to achieve the Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office’s (BTO) goal of halving building energy use by 2030.
Goals such as increasing a facility’s sustainability take a different spin for new construction and renovation projects. Although any building—new or existing—can strive for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the approaches to feasibly achieve that goal change based on the building.
Whether a developer is constructing a new facility, or an owner wants to update an existing building, plumbing choices come into play. Yet, the plumbing decisions for new construction versus renovation can be different based on priorities, objectives, and practicalities.