Porta-Fab Enclosures

environmentally-controlled-printing-roomControlled Air, Inc. is now an authorized dealer for PortaFab enclosures. PortaFab products allow us to design and build critical environments such as cleanrooms, data rooms, security enclosures, environmental rooms, temperature and humidity sensitive rooms. PortaFab’s modular walls can be installed quickly and cleanly, with no mess or construction debris. Contact us for more information

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Controlled Air Inc. truly is a family owned business.

ryanControlled Air, Inc. has been a family own business since 1980. Now, almost 35 years later the legacy continues. The business started with Vincent Chiocchio Sr. and Vincent Chiocchio Jr. and over the years more family members have been added to the company. This past week Ryan Chiocchio, nephew of Vincent Chiocchio Jr. and son of Mike Chiocchio, received his Controlled Air truck. Vin & Mike realized how proud Vincent Sr. would have been to see his grandson behind the wheel of a company vehicle.

There are seven additional Chiocchio family members working throughout the company. What continues this “family” atmosphere are the other multiple “families” we have working here at Controlled Air, Inc. We have three sets of father and son, a husband and wife team, and a pair of brothers. These family members, along with all of our employees, are an integral part of the Controlled Air, Inc. team.

We look forward to continuing the family legacy within the Chiocchio family as well as welcoming other “family members” to the Controlled Air team. Happy Holidays from the entire Controlled Air, Inc. family to yours.

Quick Winter Tips

Taking care of these basic items can help save you money and energy.

  1. Clear off roof hatches of snow and ice. If hatches are not cleared and there is an emergency we will not be able to access the roof.
  2. Clear snow & ice away from heat pumps. Heat pumps can freeze, causing improper functioning.
  3. If you run A/C in the winter due to internal load, be sure:
    • Clear snow & ice away from condensing unit.
    • Make sure your A/C is capable of low ambient operation.
  4. Keeping snow away from equipment electrical panels will help prevent water from entering and possibly causing short circuiting.
  5. Safety with snow & ice is always a concern. Keeping your equipment accessible during the winter time can make it easier for our service technicians to access your equipment safely if repairs are necessary.

Efficient Building Controls

energy-efficient-bcBuilding controls systems are one way to save money and energy on your building. If your system is not set up correctly you could lose energy and money. There are many reasons you system may not function optimally and we will discuss a few of them here.

Staff
It is important to make sure that staff does not manually override any of the settingsand that they are trained in reading any errors within the system so that they can react properly.

Monitoring & Evaluation
Another very important part of building controls is evaluation. Once a system is set-up it should be monitored to determine if the building is operating as efficiently as expected. Building controls systems are not a set it and forget it system. You may have expectations that a building will need a certain amount of heating or cooling, but it may actually need more or less.

Maintenance
The building controls system, as well as the equipment connected to it, need proper maintenance. Like all things mechanical,building controls systems require maintenance so that they perform at top efficiency. Maintenance includes calibrating sensors, checking valve actuators, damper actuators and backup information. It is important to make sure all equipment and systems are updated and have the proper service and maintenance.

Improper Set-up
All equipment should be connected to the building controls system. If not, improperly functioning equipment may go unnoticed. This could lead to a decrease in the equipment’s efficiency or a breakdown of the equipment. The building controls system helps to identify smaller issues occurring in the equipment thereby decreasing larger ones. Having more items visible to the building controls system, such as lighting and HVAC has many benefits. Lighting levels within a building can make a very large impact on the energy use and the air conditioning load.

Need Updated Equipment
We often install Facility Explorer supervisory controllers that provide integrated control, supervision and network management services to one or more local networks of field controllers. These controllers also provide system-wide coordination to automate building control operations. All Facility Explorer supervisory controllers provide modular and scalable supervision and control for your building automation system. You choose only those hardware and software features that are applicable to your project requirements. One feature includes the ability to visually see how systems are functioning.

Make sure you are getting the most out of your building management system by using it to its fullest capabilities. The small investment in training, monitoring and maintenance will provide a true cost savings to your company.

What is a Green Building?

green-build

How do we provide green building?

Reduce energy consumption by:

  • High Efficiency Lighting
  • Energy Management Systems
  • High Efficiency HVAC
  • Envelope Improvements

Cut carbon emissions by:

  • Reducing Energy
  • Sustainable & Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Construction

Create healthy and comfortable workspaces with:

  • Natural Lighting
  • Proper Ventilation
  • Low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Proper HVAC Control
  • Green Cleaning Products

Help make a sustainable environment with:

  • Recycled Construction Materials
  • On Site Power Generation
  • Waste Reduction
  • Water Efficiency
  • Operation and Maintenance Optimization

 

Level 1 Energy Audit

Energy Efficiency Rating ChartWe perform energy audits for most of our customers. It gives us information about energy usage,  savings, and the potential for rebates and incentives. Our audits begin with a Level 1 Energy Audit/Pre-Audit. The pre-audit Identifies the potential for improvement and conceptual approaches for closing the gap from a low performing building to a high performance building.

Step 1: Survey and evaluates the energy usage in a building through:

  • Talking to occupants and building managers
  • Collect drawings and building information
  • Collect All Utility Bills – Minimum of one year
  • Equipment
    • HVAC, Controls, Data Loggers and Flow/BTU Meters
  • Usage/hours of operation and Occupancy

Step 2: Preliminary Analysis

  • Review large energy uses
  • Compare to standard database the dollar per square foot energy use
  • Comparison to other Like facilities
  • Benchmarking (Energy star and ASHRAE)
  • Analyze heating and cooling practices and identify inefficiencies
  • Identify possible cost saving measures and energy saving opportunities

Sep 3: Initial Planning and Ideas for a Capital Improvement

  • Identify opportunities with best ROI
  • Plan equipment replacement with High Efficiency options
  • Demand limiting EMS system that also tacks and monitors energy such as lighting, process or HVAC loads.
  • Identify large and fast payback opportunities (1-5 yrs)
  • Identify longer term payback opportunities
  • Identify possible rebate and incentive opportunities

Step 4: Discuss Common Potential Upgrades:

  • Energy Management Systems
  • Cogeneration System
  • Gas fired chiller for HVAC and ice making equipment.
  • Separate Suite HVAC from main chiller plant.
  • Economizers for central heating plant
  • Use cogeneration or separate generation system to handle peak demands
  • Improve heat recover opportunities
  • Maximize the use of the desiccant dehumidifiers.

Review:

  • What makes sense
  • Agree on direction or plan
  • Move on to more detailed analysis
  • Computer Energy Modeling of Building
  • Level II Energy Audit
  • Prioritize solutions and energy saving measures

Long Wharf Theatre Project Wins Award for “Excellence In Construction”

photoThe Long Wharf Theater Main Stage project has been recognized for an “Excellence In Construction Award” by Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
The Long Wharf Theater received over $24,000 in utility incentives from CL&P for being more efficient than required by code. Controlled Air, Inc. provided them with economical solution through custom design build, saving them well over $1mil from their original budget. Seven roof top units were installed: Three AAON single VAV variable speed units and four efficient Johnson Controls units. The RTU’s were connected to a CO2 detection system that allows them to limit the outside air intake to only what is necessary, saving money and energy. Noise was also a concern for our customer and as such, we worked directly with acoustical engineers to ensure that the air distribution system and equipment ran with the lowest level of noise possible.
Controlled Air, Inc. will be part of the team presented with the “Excellence In Construction Award” at a ceremony held on January 30, 2014.

Rebates & Incentives

Don’t forget that there are multiple rebates and incentives available to help pay for energy efficient upgrades.

  • CPACE – Low Interest loans paid back through the property tax bill. We have many customers who are finding this a great way to help finance upgrades!
  • CHP – The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) seeks proposals for grants, loans, loan enhancements or power purchase incentives to help finance the cost of combined heat and power equipment for energy-generating projects.
  • LREC/ZREC – This LREC/ZREC program is a bidding process for projects to compete to obtain a 15-year revenue stream from the sale of RECs (Renewable Generation Credit) to the electric utilities.