New workshop/training on the new BPI 1200 standard

The BPI 1200 Standard-Stepping up to the new standard

A lot has changed since BPI published a field guide for weatherization technicians in 1998. All of BPI’s standards have evolved to be internationally recognized and BPI has evolved into an ANSI development Organization, overseeing a formal consensus based standards process.

The current 1200 standard is essentially a “how to guide” for completing all inspections and diagnostic testing to analyze residential homes.

This workshop focuses in detail on comparing to older publications, new testing procedures and required equipment for testing. All participants will receive a voucher toward a digital readout combustible gas leak detector and free shipping.

 

Topics covered will include:

– General Requirements for the BPI 1200 standard
– Health and Safety Related Requirements
– Prioritizing Recommendations
– Combustion Appliance and Fuel Distribution System Inspection (the new gas leak detection equipment- process)
– Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation and the new ASHRAE 62.2 standard now being used.
– Building Enclosure Performance
– Heating and Cooling (HVAC) and Domestic Water Heating Performance and Efficiency (new combustion safety testing)
– Baseload Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation

The flyer for the training is posted at the BPTC homepage.

Happy New Year from Buffalo Infrared and The BPTC

We would like to wish all of our friends, contacts and affiliates a very happy and prosperous

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May the new year be even more rewarding and prosperous for everyone in this exciting industry.

Stay tuned for the new training and workshop lineup we have planned for the coming year. We have been busy authoring some exciting and immensly important workshops and training sessions. All our trainings and workshops are eligible for BPI CEU credits toward recertification.

Have a save and happy New Year and we’ll see you on the other side!

CONGRESS EXTENDS FEDERAL ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME TAX CREDIT

 

Section 45L & 179D Tax Benefits Extended for Energy Efficient Buildings

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (the Act). The Act extends a number of tax provisions that expired on December 31, 2014 and makes some of the extensions permanent.

Among the tax provisions that have been extended for two years, and made retroactive to 1/1/15, are the Energy Efficient New Home Tax Credit (Section 45L) and the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (Section 179D).

The 45L federal tax credit provides a $2,000 tax credit to builders for selling high energy performing homes. The credit expired on December 31, 2014.

As part of an omnibus tax incentive and spending bill, Congress has extended the new energy efficient credit for 2015 and 2016.

The existing homes credit (25C) is extended for the same period.

Buildings placed in service prior to 2015 are still eligible for energy efficient tax benefit. The new extenders now make buildings placed in service in 2015 and 2016 eligible for the tax benefits.

 

ASHRAE 62.2-2013 Training in Buffalo!

BPTC LLC is scheduling a new ASHRAE 62.2-2013 Training in Buffalo!

Please take a look at the attached flyer and share with anyone who could benefit.

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International Code Council (ICC) and RESNET Produces Video for Code Officials on the HERS Index

The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC) includes an Energy Rating Index compliance option. Increasingly, states and local code jurisdictions are adopting the 2015 IECC with the Energy Rating Index option. RESNET and the ICC are implementing an educational effort directed to code officials on the HERS Index and the 2015 IECC Energy Rating Index option. As part of this effort, RESNET and the ICC have developed a short video production aimed at code officials explaining the HERS Index and how it fits into energy codes. Certified RESNET HERS Raters and code advocates are encouraged to use the video to educate their code officials on the HERS Index.

BPTC LLC, the parent company of Buffalo Infrared, is a RESNET accredited HERS provider.
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Join us at this year’s FM Expo……….

Buffalo Infrared, and BPTC LLC it’s parent company, is participating as a vendor in the 20th annual WNY Regional Facilities Management Expo on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at The Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg, NY. Look for us in Booth #824. 

You are invited to attend for free:
Facility Managers
Building Owners/Managers
Property Managers
Plant/Operations Managers & Engineers
Maintenance Personnel
Superintendents of Buildings & Grounds
Production Supervisors
Purchasing Managers & MRO Buyers
Business Owners
Real Estate Owners, Developers, Investors, Remodelers
Architects
Energy Managers
Safety Supervisors
Project Managers
Environmental Engineers
Construction Managers

…and anyone responsible for one of the many facets of a facility
Attending the expo allows property personnel to meet face-to-face with solution providers in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.

The WNY Regional Facilities Management Expo is a regional showcase featuring products and services for the maintenance, repair, operations and management of commercial buildings, industrial plants, government buildings and municipalities, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, hotels/motels, income properties and more.

Pre-register at http://www.fmexpo.net or register at the door.

 

 

 

Preventing electrical fires in the workplace

While some items like good wines or art improve with age, most buildings and the installed electrical and mechanical components do not. In fact, the older a building, the more likely it is to have serious defects, particularly in critical building systems such as electrical, plumbing, HVAC and roofing. Older buildings typically generate more insurance claims than younger properties, especially if they have not been well-maintained or if their building systems have not been updated.

The statistics
Electrical fires consistently rank among the top five causes of commercial and institutional building fires involving a variety of building types. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics for non-residential buildings and operations such as manufacturing plants, hotels, health clinics and hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, warehouses, bars and restaurants and farming operations  clearly show the high risk of electrical fires in these operations. . Fires involving electricity also regularly result in a higher percentage of property damage than those caused by many other sources.  A study by the U.S. Fire Administration found electrical malfunction was the leading cause of 4,065 fires in medical facilities between 2004 and 2006, resulting in more than $34 million in property losses. Warehouse fires sparked by electrical distribution or lighting resulted in $14.9 million in property damage from 2003-2006, according to NFPA. An effective way to address life safety concerns and better protect property against electrical fires is through education.

Standarts

The two NFPA documents addressing electrical safety and maintenance are NFPA 70B and NFPA 70E. 70B is the Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance, while 70E is the standard that covers electrical safety in the workplace.

Even tho the NFPA can not enforce any of it’s recommendations, when the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) adopted these recommended practices into their workplace safety standard they became “the law of the land” so to speak.

NFPA regards systematic and regular thermographic electrical inspections to be a critical part of an EPM program stating that “these (thermographic) inspections have uncovered a multitude of potentially dangerous situations.

The 70B standard prescribes in part:
“Routine infrared inspections of energized electrical systems should be performed annually prior to shutdown. More frequent infrared inspections, for example, quarterly or semiannually, should be performed where warranted by loss experience, installation of new electrical equipment, or changes in environmental, operational, or load conditions.”
“Infrared detection can be accurate, reliable, and expedient to use in a variety of electrical installations. More important, it can be relatively inexpensive to use considering the savings often realized by preventing equipment damage and business interruptions.”
“Many organizations are finding it preferable to obtain these surveys from qualified outside contractors. Because of their more extensive experience, their findings and recommendations are likely to be more accurate, practical, and economical than those of a part-time in-house team.”

Many insurances also recognize annual Infrared scans as a critical part of risk management.

Critical equipment:

A partial list of critical equipment that should be scanned at least annually includes

• Electrical utility substations, transformers and feeder poles
• Main electrical incoming services, transformers, capacitor banks, etc.
• Main electrical switchboards and disconnects
• Main electrical distribution panels and disconnects
• Uninterruptable electrical power supplies
• Generator controls and transfer switches
• Main I-Line electrical panels
• Lighting and receptacle electrical panels
• Motor Control Centers
• Service electrical disconnects for motors
• Bus Ducts

Depending on the type and use of a given facility other components and equipment might also benefit from a professional infrared thermographic scan to be performed annually.

Did your flat roof take a beating this winter?

This winter has been wild, with record-breaking temperature drops and more snow than the northeast has experienced in recent memory. Many flat and low slope roofs took a severe beating in the extreme weather and many buildings in the northeast even collapsed under the tremendous stresses forced on them.

Winter can be quite hard on a flat roof, particularly if the roof has signs of wear and tear.

Extreme temperature changes

Extreme temperatures can damage a roof. During the winter, it is not unprecedented for the daytime high temperatures to be above freezing. When the temperature gets warmer, the building’s structure starts to expand. Then when the temperature gets colder, the building’s structure starts to contract. This expansion and contraction can wear on a roofing system and lead to leaks, especially in the winter months.

Ice dams on rubber and membrane roofs

Ice is rarely the direct cause of damage to a rubber or membrane roof. However, the creation of ice dams can compound problem areas in the membrane and increase the chances of leaks. Ice dams can hold water on a roof and not allow it to drain properly. As the ice melts, the water can drain into small cracks in the roof and then re-freeze. The expanding ice can make the hole even larger. This freeze and thaw cycle can repeat many times a day in some areas. Overtime the roof system will start to show signs of wear and tear. The roof should be inspected periodically for necessary repairs that can extend the longevity of the roof membrane.

A qualified thermal infrared flat roof inspection can save money

It doesn’t matter if a flat roof is rubber, or other membrane, the roof will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. The components that hold a roof system together can deteriorate in as quickly as a few winters. If the roof system is not properly repaired, it can damage the sub-structure of the roof and eventually migrate into the building. This will lead to increased costs of repair and cause potential health problems due to elevated moisture levels and potential mold contamination. Every roof is unique, and there is not a one size fits all for roof repair. Thermography is a very valuable and non-destructive tool to find leaks and wet areas in the roof assembly.

The roof pictured here has evidence of moisture saturating the insulation below the membrane. The thermogram clearly shows the warm area caused by moisture beneath the topmost layer.

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The small temperature differences between wet roof insulation and the dry areas allow a skilled thermographer to determine where a possible leak exists and to determine the overall integrity of the roof surface. If a roof is showing signs of wear and tear, a qualified thermographer can assess the roof system, mark damaged areas not otherwise visible, and recommend the necessary repairs. Building owners and property managers can use this information to increase the “life expectancy” of their roof system and in many cases avoid the substantial cost of a complete roof replacement. Preventive maintenance is especially important on flat roof systems. An ongoing maintenance plan can save them significant money over the life of the roof system.

If the roof on your building is more than 3 years old you should consider investing in a maintenance plan that can help extend the life of your roof by many years and defer the cost of a new roof well into the future. With the average lifespan of the typical commercial or industrial roof being seven years, regular inspections and a proper roof maintenance program are required if the owner wishes to properly maintain the roof. The lifespan can be increased by as much as 300%, resulting in significant savings for the roof owner.

For more information on all of our thermography services please visit http://buffaloinfrared.com/flat-and-low-slope-roofs/