How to optimize building performance during a shutdown

Mar 24, 2020

By Josh Seiler
General Manager, Rocky Mountain Region
U.S. Engineering Service


As COVID-19 causes disruptions across the globe, we want our customers to know that we stand ready. We prepared for crisis, so our customer-focused operations haven’t skipped a beat. We continue to do our job so you can do yours.

As you work through this crisis and are faced with building shutdowns, we would like to share some best practices that will keep your building operational and ready to go when it opens back up. Following these suggestions will allow for a smooth transition as we all get back to work and will prevent any unfortunate surprises upon return.

While your building is shut down

1

Walk the building every 48-72 hours to ensure everything is operational that needs to be.

2

Ensure thermostats are set to new building operation times and programmed to conserve as much energy as possible if the building is unoccupied.

3

Ensure the building automation system (BAS) is working properly, and alarms are triggering as needed.

4

Ensure facility water and bathrooms are operational.

48 hours prior to re-opening

1

Ramp it up slowly. We recommend at least 48 hours prior to ensure building comes to life, and comfort systems are functional for your employees.

2

Ensure thermostats are set to new building operation times, and temperatures are adjusted to new or adjusted operating times.

3

Ensure the building automation system (BAS) is working properly, and alarms are triggering as needed.

4

Ensure facility water and bathrooms are operational.

5

Install new filters in air handling equipment and dispose of old ones.

6

Perform operational checks and/or startups of heating systems, cooling systems, cooling tower, economizer and exhaust fan.

7

Replace evaporative cooler pad and perform other operational checks, repairs or replacement.

8

Clean condenser coil (as needed).

9

Review needed repairs or replacement recommendations after inspection.

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