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How to handle a major HVAC upgrade

January 6, 2020

Major equipment replacement can be very disruptive to building occupants during the construction process. Often, the key indicator of success for an equipment replacement project is completion without impact to an operating facility, according to an article from Building Operating Management on the on the FacilitiesNet website.

To successfully complete a utility replacement project in an active facility, the following three steps must be executed: frequent communication, detailed temporary design, and thorough construction pre-planning.

Any critical building with year-round heating or cooling demand must utilize a combination of temporary equipment and carefully planned outages during construction to minimize user impact. 

When designing a thermal utility conversion that could take weeks or months to construct, the consideration of the temporary systems needed to support the facility during the construction window can be just as important as the finished upgrade.

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