INSIGHT

LEAF Engineers share their expertise in the field.

Commissioning

What is it? One of the fundamental ways to ensure that a building is operating as designed is a process called commissioning. Commissioning in its most simple form is ensuring that the building systems, including mechanical, electrical, and envelope, are properly installed and tested to achieve optimal performance per the specifications and owner’s requirements1. Ideally...

MEP Engineering – Facilities alert! Is your equipment safe?

Carbon Monoxide (CO), an odorless, colorless byproduct of gas-fired heating equipment, is a toxic gas that leads to serious and potentially lethal health issues if allowed to accumulate within any building. If your facility includes natural gas furnaces, boilers, water heaters, and/or roof-top heating and air-conditioning units equipped with gas heat exchangers, there could be a risk of CO...

MEP Engineering – Energy Rehabilitation Program

HVAC and lighting systems in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States account for nearly 70% of a client's energy use. Next to employee salaries, energy costs are typically the largest part of their operating budget. The capability and operation of energy management systems in many buildings is simply inadequate to address the ever-growing demands to optimize gas and...

MEP Engineering – Facilities Alert! Is your water safe?

IS YOUR WATER SAFE? For more than 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has championed children’s health by working together with other federal agencies and through effective programs and policies to prevent childhood lead poisoning. Exposure to lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities in young children and can also affect the...

Zero-Net Energy Building

Did you know that buildings use more energy than any industry sector?  According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), residential and commercial buildings account for 40% of energy use in the United States and 74% of the electricity use. Now we have a solution - Zero-Net Energy building. Everyone knows about LEED, but have...

Ready to Return? Campus Assessments Prepare California Schools to Reopen Safely

By: Brian Hood (Senior Vice President) For months now, the dilemma of whether the threat of the novel coronavirus outweighs the setbacks many are experiencing with remote learning has been difficult to reconcile. Overall, most districts will be providing students with the option to return to in-person learning sometime this fall and in preparation, have...

Regular HVAC Maintenance Creates Long-Term Savings

By: Rex Wang (Director, Ontario) As COVID-19 has permeated daily life and conversation for the better part of a year, the importance of indoor air quality and the role it plays in promoting wellness has been a topic of national importance, particularly in regard to opening schools for and the return to in-person learning. Since...