As many businesses across the country return to their workplaces, our team is here to prepare you and your building. Both ASHRAE and the CDC have given many great recommendations on how to clean and maintain your buildings. However, many of these recommendations are costly and could skyrocket energy costs. Our team at E3M Solutions is here to help you keep your facility & people safe as well as energy efficient.
As things begin returning to “normal,” it seems like the future is going to look different for quite some time. Many companies are allowing more remote work, and health and safety procedures are at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Employees are worried more about their health and safety than ever. With restrictions easing and new procedures in place constantly, it seems impossible to keep up with the latest news. Things will continue change, but we’re here to prepare you to make the best decisions for the health and safety of your building and people.
With such an influx of system capacities and human capital able to be utilized in a space or operations at any given time, scalability must be incorporated into systems. If you’re able to run at 50% capacity or 100% capacity, your system should be able to perform and optimize for the situation. This may be a great time to reevaluate chiller types, VAV systems and other expandable system types. If you’ve considered installing VFDs, now might be the best time to integrate them into your building. Not only are VFDs great for switching between different levels of system capacity, they lead to help lower energy costs long-term.
From faucets, to doors, to toilets, we expect to see the already increasing touchless technology to expand even more. This technology is highly sanitary and potentially reduces the spread of germs; however, there are also other benefits to be explored. Touchless bathroom appliances reduce the overall water usage while lighting controls reduce downtime in between space usage. Touchless door entry allows for increased security of the overall building. These technologies prove useful, but there’s no evidence that these technologies can reduce the spread of the virus. If you’re going to install them, make sure you’re doing it for the other benefits and not just because you think it’ll help slow the spread.
Before COVID-19, remote work was a luxury given to a select few. Now, it’s a requirement to much of the country’s workforce. We expect to see remote work expand in the future. At E3M Solutions, several of our team members have been working fully remote for over a year. With the entire team moving remote the past few months, our team was able to stay integrated better than most. We believe in giving our employees the power to set their own schedule. For some, that’s working a standard 8-5, but for others that means working more flexible hours in a flexible environment. Working from home doesn’t mean not working, it means allowing yourself to better integrate your workflow into your daily living. In the case of COVID-19, allowing your employees to continue working remotely can be one of the safest options.
With any new changes, it’s easy to jump into the quick solutions. Many manufacturers and reps will be pushing hard on products and solutions to ensure the safety and security of your people and building. However, most of these products are untested in the workplace. There is no evidence that these solutions will perform as expected. Keep this in mind. Employee health and safety should be at the forefront of your mind, but make sure the changes you implement are actually making a positive human impact.
Returning to your building is an exciting time for some; however, it can be stressful for those that feel that their health and safety is at risk. Make sure to be sensitive to your employees and do what is best for them. As the situation continues, make sure to stay up to date with the latest updates and regulations. We will be updating our blog regularly in order to improve you and help your transition back into working from your building run as smoothly as possible.
We’re excited to help guide you through your journey of bringing your building back online! If you have any questions or need help starting, give us a call! Our team is available for site visits, engineering & energy consulting, and assessments as you work to bring your space back online. We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep your team and our team healthy during this time.