Re-engineering of existing systems
Sometimes the owner of a building may wish to use that building in a different way than that for which it was originally planned and designed. It may also be the case that certain conditions and processes that were foreseen, e.g. heat-emitting equipment, high electrical load, have changed or are no longer valid. At this point in time, we can sit down with the client and understand the best way to re-engineer the building services systems so they are fit for the new purpose. This may involve a replacement, reconfiguration or finetuning of the systems to suit the present-day needs.
At times it becomes necessary to check whether your building services and systems are working according to specifications and performing their function well with respect to the number of people they are serving. The need to conduct a performance monitoring exercise may well be triggered by a complaint from the people who are using the building – for example, cases of dizziness, mild nausea, headaches, etc. may be linked to poor indoor air quality in commercial buildings.
Over time, either because of lack of maintenance, or change of use of the building, the performance of the building systems may decrease. We can provide regular housekeeping services, which means that, every so often we come in and conduct a review of the performance of the buildings and their engineering systems and draw up recommendations for the upkeep of the facilities to increase the lifetime of the systems, decreasing energy consumption and increasing the comfort of the occupants.
At Sammut & Associates we also cater for more specific reviews of building services such as in instances where there has been a change in the conditions. During the COVID19 pandemic, for example, many businesses felt the need to conduct a review of their ventilation and air-conditioning systems to see whether these were adequate in terms of the restrictions and the safety measures that were introduced.
When we are called in to conduct a third-party review, we offer our unbiased and expert opinion on the similarities and differences between two or more processes or systems. This is not unusual. It is the same as getting a second opinion in view of a sensitive medical procedure, only in this case, it is a third opinion, and it is external and not in any way associated with the other two. It pays to get advice on how best to use your money when investing in building services and infrastructure.