Earlier this year New York City enacted legislation that requires the phase out of number 6 oil by 2015 and number 4 oil by 2030. This will affect the approximately 9,000 buildings that utilize these fuels. These buildings emit a disproportionate amount of pollutants and serious environmental benefits will be obtained by limiting and then eliminating their use.
But what about the economics? Complying with this legislation will require switching to natural gas, or number 2 oil, as the primary fuel, although dual fuel operation will remain an option. While the relative economics of the choices are outside the scope of this article, it is without question that the change will require a capital investment and may also involve additional operating costs. The other certain thing is that the decision of what to do is not easy or straightforward. This will take time, human capital and cash so owners and managers will need objective professional help to navigate the waters. This is the conundrum.
To date, the focus of Clean Heat and related fuel conversion issues have been on the boiler room and those elements directly related to the choice of fuel. A parallel path involving the balance of the heating and hot water systems should be pursued, and not just in buildings facing forced fuel conversion. Think about the benefits if all buildings simply improved their operating efficiency by getting out of the boiler room and into the buildings themselves. This is the opportunity.
The opportunity exists to control your fuel costs without major capital investment by getting out of the boiler room and into the building. Make sure the system is operating as designed, this may take some research but it will be worth the effort. Equally important is making sure that building personnel are properly operating the system. Taken together total system maintenance and judicious planning for capital upgrades, including those required by Clean Heat legislation AND other Greater Greener Building legislation will ultimately yield the lowest possible ongoing energy costs AND the lowest possible overall compliance costs.
At The Par Group, we utilize our Par Green Solutions services to deliver turnkey, cradle to grave project implementation. This process starts with a complementary consultation and survey to assess your needs and opportunities. This initial document establishes a roadmap for local law compliance and identifies projects that can be implemented now to potentially fund local law compliance through identified savings. If you have already benchmarked your building for 2011, or have completed a detailed audit, it is not too late to get a qualified contractor involved to confirm project costs, schedules and economic benefits. Developing projects from benchmarking studies and detailed audits performed by professional consultants is a core element of The Par Group's Green Solutions service.
The Par Group, privately owned and operated since 1928, is New York's preeminent provider of plumbing, mechanical and fire protection services. The company is dedicated to preserving and building its distinguished reputation for professionalism and reliability. Over the years, the company has played a vital role in New York City's construction industry through its dedication to meeting and surpassing industry standards and has contributed to numerous landmark projects throughout the New York region. The Par Group's services run the full gamut from simple repairs to major residential, commercial and municipal and new construction projects.
As construction projects have grown in scale and complexity, The Par Group has increasingly been called upon to put its operating units to work as a professionally managed, centrally coordinated team. With the help of The Par Group, existing buildings can be transformed into modern, high performance, energy efficient properties. Once you have engaged a qualified contractor to steward the mechanics of project implementation, you can focus on your core business.
For more information please contact Neil Skidell, Managing Director at (516) 394-2034 or firstname.lastname@example.org