Pumps are serious business in the world of commercial building. Engineers spend vast numbers of hours reviewing usage requirements so that the correct pumps are specified, purchased and installed for building and system needs. However, you may hear months, or even years, later that the building owner is experiencing problems with that same pump you painstakingly selected.
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The DOE compliance deadline for pumps is coming up on January 27, 2020. While it may seem like this date is far into the future, think about this: New Year's Day 2019 is only 166 days away. Time does fly, doesn't it?
Design engineers work hard to design comfort systems that serve the goals of the building and, ultimately, achieve that ever-elusive dream of perfect comfort for building occupants. But after all the meetings are over and the bids are submitted, design is sometimes sacrificed for initial equipment costs. Or, a design is scrapped altogether because the building owner is frightened of initial costs. However, according to a recent article written by AEGIS, the lifetime cost breakdown of ownership of something as simple as an electric motor is boiled down to this:
You can purchase the best pump in all the world for your commercial HVAC system but, if it is installed improperly, it will mean additional costs in replacement parts, labor expenses and equipment down time. If you want to keep commercial pumps running for the long haul, you need to insure that best practices are followed, starting with the initial installation.
25% of currently available pumps will not be saleable as of January 27, 2020 due to new energy efficiency levels being implemented by the Department of Energy (DOE). This is big news for our industry and important for everyone from design engineers to contractors to building owners. TACO Comfort Solutions, PM Engineer and Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine are offering a free webinar in October to help professionals in the industry understand the new regulations.This webinar will cover the scope of pumps affected by the new Commercial & Industrial Pump rules, the new rating system, test methods and performance requirements. It will also explore the industry’s efforts to implement a new Energy Rating labeling program, which is similar in look-and-feel to the Energy Star appliance labels and can easily be used by utility incentive programs to incentivize the purchase of high-efficiency pumps.
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TACO Comfort Solutions is offering a free webinar in the coming weeks. Click on the link at the bottom of the blog post to register. If you can't make these dates, you can schedule one-on-one training and support sessions by emailing Ra Puriri of Taco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In 2016, the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued the Energy Conservation Standard for Clean Water Pumps based on efficiency levels negotiated by manufacturers, efficiency advocates and others. The new standard applies to clean water pumps between 1 and 200 horsepower and requires the least efficient 25% of pumps in the current market to undergo a redesign to both improve efficiency and reduce energy losses. While the rule doesn't officially take effect until 2020, pump manufacturers and building owners should start now to improve pump performance to meet the new DOE standard.