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Transmission through HVAC systems in Medical Offices

As we navigate through the new world inside the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing businesses slowly re-opening and provinces releasing individualized action plans for said re-opening. These plans are aiming to make businesses safer for everyone and reduce the potential for spread of infectious diseases. Developing these plans is particularly challenging for medical clinics and dental offices where at-risk individuals are often present within close quarters – the normal precautionary measures are difficult to implement because of the direct contact often required.
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COVID-19 Building Closures for Plumbing Systems: Getting our Building Back to Work

2020 has presented many challenges as COVID-19 slowly crept into our lives. COVID-19 is a disease caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It began back in late 2019 as a disease that plagued mainland China and worked its way through travel and trade to North America. By March 2020 it had made its way to Canada. Mid-March Canada began shutting down the doors of its businesses. Fast forward to August and we see many of businesses are re-opening or planning to do so after a stretch of nearly 2 months. Vital Engineering wants to take the time to share information on an area that could get overlooked as these businesses proceed to re-open: Plumbing Systems.
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Ventilation in Apartments

With the COVID-19 pandemic on our hands, people are becoming increasingly concerned about aerosol transfer from the corridors and common areas to apartment suites in buildings. Residents can feel a lot of air coming into their apartments from the corridor and are curious to know if the aerosols can be transmitted to their apartments. With airborne pathogen dissemination, the concern people have is very legitimate.
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The undeniable financial case for parkade LED lighting

The cost of continuing to operate non-LED lighting is NOW higher than cost of an LED retrofit! A full parkade LED lighting retrofit can yield a payback of less than one year while improving lighting quality and the safety of motorists One of the biggest users of electricity in any building is lighting. Parkades and parking garages use a significant amount of electricity for lighting since they are often lit 24/7. Under these circumstances, the cost of a full LED lighting retrofit is often cheaper than continuing to operate the current lighting for the next year! Here is where the savings come from:
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Improving energy efficiency using the City of Edmonton’s new incentive program

The City of Edmonton’s energy efficiency incentive program is now live Commercial, residential, light industrial, and special purpose buildings are eligible Existing rebates for benchmarking and energy audits now serve as the first step to accessing this funding In early June, the City of Edmonton announced the addition of implementation funding to its catalogue of environmental programs aimed at making commercial and institutional buildings more energy efficient. The already existing Building Energy Benchmarking Program and the Energy Audit Rebate Program, which provide energy performance information about buildings, now serve as the first step on the way to a more efficient building.
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Developing a Community Wide Sustainability Strategy - Community Energy Plans

The best way for communities to identify their sources of energy consumption and GHG emissions is through the completion of a Community Energy Plan (CEP).  This initiative provides a foundation for program, policy and investment decision-making for community leaders and organizations.
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Solar Regulation 101 (Behind-The-Meter Microgeneration Projects)

A few months ago, we looked at the economics of solar PV investments for businesses.  This overview specifically explored the concept of behind-the-meter electricity generation which is empowered by Alberta’s microgeneration regulation.  We have received a few questions about the regulation and thought we would provide an overview of the behind-the-meter/microgeneration concept on this week’s blog.
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Investing in Energy Upgrades For Your Building? Use the Energy Savings Cash Flow To Secure Financing

Improving your energy savings is the best way to invest in a building and enjoy an immediate and verifiable cash flow payback. Yes, there are other building upgrades you could explore that reap different benefits that all may be worth pursuing on their own merits.
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When is Solar PV Good for Business?

If you’re a business owner, among the many concerns you wrestle with day-to-day is, of course, your power bill. You pay for electricity consumed by everything from the lights and computers and electronics in your building to running industrial machinery. Electricity enables your business’s operation — but it doesn’t always come cheap.
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HVAC Efficiency: Vital Energy-Saving Tips for Commercial Property Managers

Your HVAC system controls your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. For a property manager, ensuring that your HVAC system is properly maintained can be a source of considerable energy savings.
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