Air Conditioning Audits South Africa
Why an Air Conditioning Audit?
In most buildings Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) accounts for as much as 60% of the total energy bill and represents the greatest opportunity for savings in most commercial buildings.
Our consultants have been performing audits now for over 10 years in the luxury hotel sector, shopping centres, commercial buildings and hospitals across EAME,
The Audit and Report
A typical A/C inspection would consist of a comprehensive review of the management of these systems identifying opportunities to improve operating strategies, eliminating waste and optimising performance.
The detailed audit would include:
Chilled Water Plant and systems
Review of design and distribution layout in multiple chiller installations matching design cooling capacities to varying building ventilation loads. Review and improve existing operating strategies of plant. Optimise heat rejection unit and systems. Review management, control and layout of secondary distribution systems.
Building Management Systems (BMS)
In our experience we have found that the majority of these HVAC systems have not been commissioned correctly or the operators have a limited understanding on how to operate the plant in an efficient manner.
Our audits comprise a systematic review of the BMS identifying and evaluating working practices so that practical improvements can be implemented. Carry out function and operational checks on BMS to ensure the correct response within the design specification.
Review of existing ventilation plant and control systems identifying inefficient technologies and optimising heat recovery / free cooling settings. Identify opportunities to optimise demand side ventilation and control.
The report would typically include:
- Detailed analysis and breakdown of cost and comparison of energy consumption against performance benchmarks for building type.
- Formulation of an Action Plan detailing potential measures to reduce energy consumption, including calculation of associated costs and paybacks
- The measures to be practical, cost effective and easy to implement.
Our A/C inspectors have extensive knowledge in inspecting A/C plant and systems and have all been CIBSE trained and accredited.