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                    Building Inspections 
     We only inspect Commercial Properties. We are 
   ex-builders 
and civil engineers with decades  
   of experience
 in commercial construction. We cover all 
   fields
 of building systems, including Structural, HVAC,
   Plumbing, Electrical, Efficiency, Elevators, and ADA Compliance.
   Our Property Condition Assessments follow ASTM E2018-08 
   standards
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                   Phase 1 & 2 Environmental
                          Site Assessments 
      An environmental site assessment is a report commonly prepared 
  for a commercial real estate
transaction that identifies potential or 
  existing
environmental contamination liabilities.
 Our site
  assessments follow ASTME Standards, and reports are easy to 
  read with the conlusions summary at the beginning of the report for
  faster answers. Read more...


We perform ADA compliance inspections for Austin, San Antonio, and surrounding areas  Construction draw, construction progress inspections, Austin, Houston, San Antonio Texas

          Construction Draw/Progress Inspections
      During new construction or rennovations, the lender or fanancier 
  of the project requires inspections of the construction phases prior
  to draw payment to the general contractor and subcontractors. We 
  conduct site visits weekly or monthly according to the schedule of 
  values provided. Accuracy of the contractors' draw estimates are 
  evaluated by line item and unsatisfactory work is reported and
  rectified. Reports include photos and narrative reports. We also
  provide onsite high definition cameras for daily recording of 
  progress via wireless connection. Read more...


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Education Section:

How HVAC Rooftop Units Work
Lester Shen; Mark Hancock; Huma Saqib - August, 2013

On most commercial buildings you will find roof top units (RTUs), air handlers that provide heating, cooling, and ventilation to the building’s conditioned spaces. Heating and air conditioning account for over 25 percent of the energy use of commercial buildings, and rooftop units serve 40 percent of commercial floorspace.

Cooling and Heating


When the space calls for cooling, a blower in the RTU draws warm air from the space below, through the cooling coil, and then supplies the space below with the cooled air.




A similar process occurs to provide heated air.  


 


Ventilation


RTUs also ventilate the space, always supplying some outside air. Notice in the animation below that the outside air damper is no longer fully closed, which allows the RTU fan to bring in a minimum amount of outside air. Notice the addition of pressure relief for the added outside air.



A space with people in it requires more ventilation than when it’s unoccupied. An occupancy sensor or a CO2 sensor can respond to changes in ventilation demand, controlling the outside air damper and bringing in more air as necessary.


RTU and Economizer Operation


An economizer is a control system that takes advantage of outside air conditions to save energy when cooling is called for in the conditioned space. When the outside air temperature is lower than the space temperature, the economizer opens the outside air damper of the RTU and brings in cool air. This saves energy, because otherwise the RTU would cool the inside air mechanically.


The following animation shows the standard operation of an RTU with an economizer. It also shows the operation of the compressor that is connected to the cooling coil. In standard operation, both the compressor and the fan run at a constant speed.



The final animation shows optimized operation of the RTU, where the fan and compressor speeds are modulated based on the conditioning demand of the space. Under normal conditions, this approach leads to the most energy efficient operation of the RTU.





Feel free to link to or embed these videos from this page or our YouTube channel.

The motion graphics animations were designed and produced by Huma Saqib.


 

     

    

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