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ZEN Industries eNewsletter:
July 2019

HVAC in Retrofitting and Restoration

Cost Savings Through Improved Efficiency

Energy Retrofit ProjectNew construction is not the only market for modern HVAC systems, duct, and accessories. Retrofitting and restoration projects are on the rise, due to cost savings through improved efficiency.

The most famous example in recent history is the Empire State Building.

Starting in 2009, a 10-year major renovation began. Part of the $550 million total was a $20 million green retrofit project for replacing and upgrading a variety of interconnected, energy related systems.

Retrofitting included the chiller plant, windows, air handling units and exhaust fans, digital controls, and more.

As a result, the reduction in air conditioning expenses alone saved $17 million of the project's capital cost immediately and partially funded other retrofits. The 40% energy savings reduced annual costs by $4.4 million, quickly recouping the cost of the conservation measures.

Today, at the end of the groundbreaking project, the Empire State Building renovation is held out as a new energy role model for the world.

In the U.S. today, the median building is 32 years old and about half of America’s commercial buildings were built before 1980. The Northeast is home to the largest and oldest buildings, with a median age of 46 years.

The demand for improving comfort while reducing annual energy costs is a significant part of the continued growth in the HVAC market overall.

Benefits of Replacing Commercial HVAC Systems

Commercial Zone ControlHVAC projects don’t have to be as big as the Empire State Building to benefit from retrofitting.

Any well-planned HVAC retrofit project can bring these important benefits to the table:

  • Energy Savings and Lower Operating Costs
  • Reduced Repair Costs and Improved System Lifespan
  • Quick Return on Investment
  • Improved Tenant Comfort Levels


Experience has shown that the energy savings experienced in the Empire State project is not unusual. HVAC commercial retrofits often result in 40% cost savings on energy.

 These retrofit projects typically involve a suite of related upgrades, including:

  • Ductwork sealing and/or replacement
  • Replacement of aging compressors with new high efficiency ones
  • Adding condenser fan controls with new variable-frequency drives
  • Adding zone capable comfort controls
  • Installing supply fan speed and cooling capacity controls

It’s not theoretical, our experience at ZEN Industries shows that a significant portion of our projects are now driven by restoration projects occurring across the country.

That’s why we make a great partner for supplying duct, accessories and complementary services to contractors engaged with HVAC retrofits. We know the challenges and we’re ready to be your partner in success. Call us at 877-600-0274, or visit our Contact Us page today!

Benefits of Replacing HVAC Duct

HVAC Retrofit ProjectIn any project where an HVAC upgrade is planned, a ductwork inspection is strongly recommended, and duct replacement should be considered.

HVAC duct is designed to function with an airtight seal. Unfortunately, like all physical systems, the integrity of the ductwork can be counted on to decline over time. Holes, gaps, and loose connections degrade the efficiency of the ductwork and can undermine other elements of an HVAC restoration project.

Benefits of replacing old duct include:

  • Energy savings through elimination of leaks and increased efficiency
  • Air quality improvement, as aging duct is a gathering place for dust and allergens
  • Improved comfort levels due to better control of temperature and humidity

When it comes to replacing duct, ZEN Industries has everything you need, from modern spiral ductwork to traditional rectangular duct. Double wall, welded, TDF, Slip & Drive. Whatever your needs, including specialty metals and industrial duct, ZEN is an experienced leader in the field.

ZEN is Your Partner with an Array of Services

Whether At ZEN, we do more than sell duct. We pride ourselves on having developed an industry leading approach to the world of HVAC fabrication and installation.

We call it The ZEN Way, and it offers our clients an array of exceptional savings and opportunities for installation efficiency. The benefits of working with ZEN include:

  • Accurate project estimating that combines decades of experience with the latest layout automations and building information management.
  • Elimination of field measuring and sketching labor through the use of advanced coordination drawing and shop drawing capabilities.
  • Optimization of on-site labor through delivery of precision fit, wrapped and labeled pieces that take the puzzle work out of installation, reducing time and saving money.
  • Avoidance of on-site trade conflicts by careful eliminating collision issues before installation saves both the aggravation of trouble-shooting on-site and the labor of solving problems that never needed to happen in the first place.

The ZEN Way has been proven to save contractors up to 35% over traditional methods! Would you like to work with ZEN Industries? It’s easy, give us a call at 877-600-0274, or visit our Contact Us page today!


Success in All About Great Service

Founded in 1999 on a set of unbreakable core principles, ZEN strives to provide top-quality fabrication, advice, and planning for our customers. We’re celebrating our 20th year in business!

The quality of our HVAC duct work is of the highest caliber and our price is competitive with the best in the industry. Of course, ZEN Industries Inc. gains its edge with unbeatable service, and service means people - it's about our experienced personnel and the relationships we build with each and every customer

Learn more at www.ZENindustries.com

 

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