When an HVAC system needs significant investment to continue to function reliably, there are often two opposite reactions. The building engineer and property manager see an opportunity for less maintenance, higher efficiency, and generally smoother operations. Conversely, an asset manager thinks of all the other things that capital could be used for to improve the value of the investment. Is … Read More
Retrocommissioning Heightens Efficiency
McKenney’s monitored, analyzed and repaired existing mechanical systems in the Allen Plaza high-rise tower to improve energy efficiency.
Conserving Energy One Step at a Time
McKenney’s implemented a wide range of energy-saving initiatives for building operating systems at T3 Labs in Atlanta, Georgia.
Twisted Problem Solving
When a system malfunctions, somebody needs to fix it. The systems we deal with at McKenney’s often have thousands of variables with one, or ten, of those variables being the issue. So how do you solve a random problem when everything is all twisted together? The following is a description of the steps we used to solve a recent problem.
Gold Medal Design
Just like an Olympic athlete, the design, efficiency and consistency of a building project can be crucial in the balance between success and failure.
Helping Building Owners Comply with Atlanta’s Energy Efficiency Ordinance
With the recent implementation of its Energy Efficiency Ordinance, Atlanta has become the first city in the Southeast to adopt a comprehensive policy to significantly reduce energy use in commercial buildings. McKenney’s, Inc., the Southeast’s most trusted name in facility construction, operation and maintenance, is working closely with building owners and operators to help them meet the new standards set … Read More
Validating Energy Savings
McKenney’s assessed, repaired and upgraded mechanical equipment and controls at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.
Condenser Water Temperature: “What is your strategy?”
We are in the midst of summer here in Atlanta and our air conditioning systems are working hard to keep us comfortable. Operating a chilled water system in larger facilities can be a challenging thing. Understanding what your largest energy consumer in your system wants can be the key to operating these systems as efficiently as possible. As is the … Read More
Would You Buy This?
What are owners and operators truly buying when they buy building systems? Have these purchases become too complicated? For many building systems, just as in all of our world today, the technology is evolving quickly and this makes what used to be a relatively straightforward “apples to apples” comparison nearly impossible. Could our industry (HVAC) make buying decisions different and … Read More
The (Dis)connection between Construction and Operations
When considering options for HVAC systems for a large commercial or industrial facility, which option is better … saving 20% on design & construction costs or saving 10% annually on operating & maintenance costs over the expected life of the installed system and associated equipment? Instead of answering this question let’s consider another first, “Do construction and operation teams make … Read More