Why Buildings Are Inefficient 2017-03-29T21:05:04+00:00

Inefficient because it’s built that way

The purpose of the construction process is to deliver the building on time and within budget. Today’s construction process is not designed to deliver a building that operates optimally, 24×365, for the next 20+ years. As a building owner you may expect that, but it’s not what you get.

No one sets out to build an inefficient building, it’s just that no one sets out not to either. As the construction process passes from architect to engineer to controls contractor there are huge cracks where details get lost. It’s not the equipment and hardware that get lost, but the software that runs them.

Responsible for Construction Responsible for Operations for the Next 20+ Years
Design Architect
Construction Architect
General Contractor
Mechanical Contractor
Design/Consulting Engineer
Electrical Contractor
Controls Contractor
Lighting Contractor
Owner

 

Think about all the people involved in new building construction, and who is focused on the lifetime operations.

As owner, you have to live with it for the next 20+ years wasting energy and addressing hot/cold calls while your control technicians tinker away.

Every building we analyze provides more evidence the most common cause of operational inefficiency is the automation software provided by the control contractor. This is true across all the automation companies, in all parts of the country. The automation simply isn’t complete, and sometimes flat out wrong.

Commission the automation

IDS has developed an automation commissioning practice that starts at the design phase and carries through the construction process, through occupancy, throughout the warranty period and beyond. Specify the control sequences correctly and completely. Nothing inferred, assumed, or suggested.

Let IDS show you how you can change this process on your next construction project and build an efficient (not to mention comfortable, healthy, and easy to maintain) building.