Time for an Energy Check Up

service photos LOW RES DSC_4232The quality and use of energy in commercial properties becomes much more important as the building structure and equipment ages pass ten years. This is a crucial time when your equipment may begin to show signs of needed updates and repairs. Facility managers who take the time to have their equipment inspected with an energy audit will avoid costly emergency repairs and potentially delay the cost of replacing equipment.

Energy audits can include a review of:

  • heating
  • cooling
  • lighting systems
  • water consumption
  • ventilation
  • control systems
  • the building envelope

Energy Audit Results

According to researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, energy audits, which can sometimes be called commissioning, can identify savings on average of 16 percent in existing buildings and 13 percent in new buildings. Facilities with a comprehensive approach to audits, sometimes also called commissioning, achieved twice the average savings and those with a constrained approach achieved five times the savings.

Where Do We Begin?

service photos LOW RES DSC_4308Typically, you will find that HVAC, lighting and production equipment use the most energy and should be the primary focus of energy audits. Different commercial properties serve different purposes and each must have an energy audit that is custom for the building’s main business.

Energy audits promote building longevity and durability and make building operations more cost effective. We can help you prioritize and invest in energy-saving measures.

The benefits of a custom energy audit can include increasing property value, as well as the comfort and health of your employees and customers. While saving money is a huge benefit, there are more long-term advantages to your health for everyone in your building. Energy audits can identify ways to improve indoor air quality by analyzing the ventilation systems and checking for harmful toxins.

A high energy star rating can also contribute to your sustainability initiatives and brand image. As part of an energy audit, our inspectors will examine your internal structure, locate any inefficiency and recommend changes that can help you achieve a high energy star rating.

You Next Move

TP Mechanical brings more than 60 years of experience serving customers with more efficient systems. During our visit, we will make recommendations for alternatives and facilitate systematic replacement over time to keep your operation running smoothly and keeping you in the green.

Energy audits or any other emergency service call can be requested by calling 800-829-1989 or by filling out a service request form.

Carve your path to success at TP Mechanical

DSC_4427 ApprenticeAt TP Mechanical, we recognize that the future of our industry depends on the training of skilled workers. That’s why we’re committed to training the next generation of skilled craft workers. TP Mechanical’s apprenticeship program and ongoing education initiatives offer employees the chance to advance their knowledge and expertise.

The Apprenticeship Program’s success with employees is due in part to the combination of in-class and on-site job training. The in-class portion of our program is enhanced by quality instructors who have years of experience and were selected by TP Mechanical personnel. The on-site training takes place in the field where you will get the chance to acquire knowledge alongside their classmates.

Our current group of apprentices will attend a recognition event on June 19, and those who have reached the end of the four-year program will officially graduate. TP Mechanical will advertise for applicants to the next class of apprentices in June. Be on the lookout and you could be a part of the program next year.

What is your path to Success?

TP MechanicalBuck,Daniel_apprentice banquet cincy LOW RES DSC_6746 seeks out apprentice candidates based on their commitment to the work, attitude and their desire to learn. Many of the people seeking to become apprentices are new to the skilled trade. Therefore, we provide the skills and training to make them successful. Our company leadership believes in developing our culture by promoting within and coordinates learning plans to build individual capabilities and our workforce.

Which Trade?

Three trade options are offered for extended training during the four-year Apprenticeship Program.

Courses offered include:

Fire Protection

  • Processes that go into a fire protection project
  • Studying the design and fabrication aspects of fire protection systems
  • Preparation for State of Ohio or Kentucky fire protection licensing tests

Plumbing

  • Processes that go into plumbing and piping systems, fixtures, and welding
  • Studying state and international plumbing codes
  • Preparation for the Journeyman tests

Sheet Metal

  • Processes that go into HVAC systems design and construction
  • Indoor Air Quality and Commissioning
  • Fuel gas code and mechanical code

 

By The Numbers
Our apprenticeship program consists of a minimum of 8,000 on-the-job training hours and 576 hours of classroom learning over the course of 4 years.

Contact Us for more information on the apprenticeship program. Start now on your path to success with TP Mechanical.

Custom Prefabrication. Your Job. Your Specifications.

We are excited to announce the launch of our TP Mechanical Fabrication Shop website, www.TPFabricationShop.com, which will offer customers and potential customers, custom fabricated construction materials shipped directly to their job site.

The new website makes it easy for customers to create an account, describe their project and details about the products they need and upload their drawings and schematics. The TP Mechanical team will deliver a quote to customers promptly. The website also offers a comprehensive catalog of prefabricated building products, each can be customized to meet the specifications of a particular job.

The TP Mechanical Fabrication Shop is a one-stop-shop for the building materials a contractor needs to complete a job efficiently and cost effectively.

TPMechanical_MiamiValleyHospitalSouthTowerAdditionOur fabrication shop is a 45,000-square-foot ISO-registered facility, staffed by skilled tradesmen, using state-of-the-art building information modeling (BIM) technologies. The shop fabricates a variety of products used in HVAC, plumbing and fire protection construction, including corridor system mechanical racks; CPVC, PVC and copper pipe assemblies; pipe hangers and supports; equipment skids and carrier groups.

Contractors and construction companies can utilize prefabrication to help shorten their time schedule, reduce material waste at the job site and ultimately provide cost savings.

For more information about the fabrication shop and our capabilities, visit our website today or call Jef Schachleiter, Internal Operations Manager for TP Mechanical, at 513-842-5910.

The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

It is always a surprise when I meet new people and ask about their HVAC equipment. Do they do anything to maintain their HVAC equipment? In my 12 years in HVAC, I’ve heard “no” as their answer most often. Then, I ask if they change the oil in their car. Their answer is then always, YES!

20121102_140148Preventative Maintenance (PM) for your HVAC systems is the equivalent of changing the oil on your car or rotating the tires. It is the best, easiest and cheapest way to keep an HVAC system in good working order and to prevent unwanted down time in the most extreme weather conditions. PM contracts also save money on untimely service needs by offering you preferred labor and parts rates, as well as to put you on a preferred customer list for faster response time in the case of emergency service.

One of the “unseen” benefits to a PM plan is the energy savings you receive. Any type of equipment will run much more efficiently when it’s clean and properly maintained. This results in lower energy consumption. Don’t forget that if something doesn’t work as hard, it will also last longer!

Take a moment to consider your maintenance plans. At TP Mechanical, we can help you with regular PM schedule. Call us at 1-800-829-1989.

Think of Preventative Maintenance as an investment to help you be more energy efficient, increase the life of your equipment and ultimate save costs in the long-run.

By Tim Sargent, Service Business Development Leader

With BIM technology, it all comes together.

Every sophisticated machine has thousands of moving parts that come together to make a whole, working system.

A car, for example, is made up of an electrical system, an engine, a computer system, a transmission and systems for steering and suspension, to name a few. Each of these systems is comprised of complex parts and intricate details. Built separately and standing alone, they work flawlessly.

However, a car does not function unless each of these systems can be connected and integrated without error. The systems cannot be designed in isolation. They must be engineered to ensure that their pieces connect and work together.

A building is like a car. Behind the walls, many sophisticated systems are humming along individually and have been engineered to function cohesively. The plumbing has to fit around the HVAC system; the electrical lines have to be accessible; water and electricity must flow seamlessly and control units must be easy to get to. All of these pieces have to fit behind the walls, among the building’s framework, beneath floors and above ceilings. BIM01

BIM (Building Information Modeling) makes all of this easier to design, manage and install. By allowing designers and engineers to create and integrate designs in a virtual 3-D environment, multiple trades can collaborate on one project, share designs digitally and virtually envision how the systems will combine within the space and coexist.

The benefits of this technology are numerous:

  • Multiple trades collaborate on comprehensive projects before the first pipe is welded, allowing for seamless integration of multiple systems and eliminating confusion on the jobsite at installation time.
  • The level of detail that we can design allows us to carefully plan for every contingency, eliminate waste, reduce time on the jobsite and cut costs associated with expensive errors and revisions.
  • New or upgraded systems can be designed and incorporated into existing buildings or blueprints with ease.
  • Custom parts can be designed to solve complex challenges that arise on a project.
  • Sophisticated custom systems such as corridor racks, medical gas walls, pump skids, water heater packages, pipe racks and underground systems can be designed and fabricated in the controlled environment of a manufacturing facility.

At one time in the construction business, each of these systems was designed, manufactured and installed separately. Engineers designed systems using paper blueprints and conceptualized the integration of their system with others in their minds’ eye using careful calculation. To visualize how it would all fit together in final layout, other system design blueprints were printed on tracing paper and layered over one another.

When it came time to install and integrate the systems, the job site was clogged with tradesmen, confusion was typical, and errors arose – all causing time-consuming and expensive delays.

BIM02Thankfully, the technological advancement of BIM has made these headaches a thing of the past.

The applications of BIM technology are exponentially versatile. The TP Mechanical design/build team has extensive expertise utilizing BIM to the benefit of all of our clients and has solved the toughest of challenges by optimizing little-known BIM capabilities.

Ultimately, BIM technology is invaluable to us as we strive to save our clients time and money. It’s a crucial tool that allows TP Mechanical to deliver innovative solutions and speed projects to completion. In short, BIM is the glue that makes a project’s multiple moving parts – trades, timelines, systems and budgets – come together faultlessly.

Got allergies? The TP Mechanical Service Team can help.

Allergy medicine isn’t the only remedy to help you survive the coughing, sneezing and wheezing.

Tame the dreaded allergy season by controlling the indoor air quality of your building. It’s a common misconception that the air contaminants that cause allergy symptoms to flare up are found outdoors. The fact is the majority of the culprits are found inside.

Many people believe the pollens floating around outside, especially during the springtime months, are the problem. So they lock their windows and turn their HVAC dials to “recirculate” to minimize the introduction of outside air. Unfortunately, this is the worst thing they can do. The constant recirculation of air within a building causes microbes and chemicals to accumulate in the filtration system and makes it difficult to purify the air over time.

Studies suggest that 50% of illnesses are caused by polluted air – and have shown that air is 70% more polluted inside a building than outside. According to the American Lung Association, air ducts have more germs than a chicken coop.

Here’s what’s really making your allergies go nuts:

  • Exhaust emissions that make their way inside a building from surrounding traffic
  • Fumes from common cleaners, paint on the walls and even your office furniture
  • Dirt, dust and mites
  • Mold spores from damp air

Even clean air that’s overly dry can cause noses to bleed, sore throats and burning eyes.

The TP Mechanical Service Team has extensive knowledge of the most effective methods of creating comfortable, clean indoor climates that keep allergy symptoms at bay. As part of our preventative maintenance checklist, our team will clean and prepare your HVAC system to enhance the indoor air quality of your building. Give us a call and get us on your schedule.

In the interim, here’s what you can do now to get a jump on the season:

  • Constantly flush the building with outside air. We recommend using an economizer. The device pulls outdoor air into the building on a consistent schedule and also controls the humidity levels. You don’t want air that’s too damp or too dry. If your system doesn’t have one, we’ll help you put one in place.
  • Change your filters consistently and often. Be aware of the MERV rating of the filters your building requires. We can tell you what kind you need if you aren’t sure.
  • Monitor the chemicals used to clean your building. Use only environmentally and allergy-friendly products and check everything from carpet cleaners to what’s used to wipe down your desks. We can recommend products that help support indoor air quality.
  • Call our service team to assess your system and give you more specific advice as it pertains to your building’s system. Or sign up for an assessment today.

Allergy season is brutal. TP Mechanical will help you keep indoor air contaminants at bay so you can breathe a little easier this season.

Safety Matters!

As participants in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) we’ve implemented meticulous safety and health management practices that address hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training, management commitment and worker involvement. We voluntarily submit to rigorous evaluations to identify ways that we can continue to improve our system. Our first core value is “Safety First, Always First,” and we will relentlessly pursue the highest standard so that we can send each of our employees home to their families every night, injury-free.

This is why as of today April 19, 2013 TP Mechanical has worked 2,329,627 hours without a lost-time accident.

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Safety is a team effort

bigstock-Safety-First-Vector-7506065Superintendents can’t be everywhere at once. That’s why TP Mechanical works tirelessly to empower our employees to protect themselves and each other.

Safety is a team effort

One of the most effective strategies contributing to our safety success is our Job Safety Analysis (JSA) procedure. Recent reports indicate that 76% of injuries on the job are caused by inattention and complacency of workers on the site. The JSA is a critical tool in combatting inattention.

The TP Safety Department, in conjunction with Superintendent and Project Management, helped create a streamlined, user-friendly JSA document to help save superintendents valuable time. Together with intensive employee education and open lines of communication between team leader and team member, our JSA procedure is swift, thorough and effective.

The conditions on any given job site are constantly changing, requiring relentless vigilance on the part of every man and woman present. It’s our belief that the responsibility for safety rests with every team member in the field.

Heightened environmental awareness means workers take the appropriate precautions to keep their areas hazard-free. TP Mechanical trains all employees on every aspect of jobsite safety, while emphasizing the fine points of their specific trades or assignments. When TP Mechanical is on the job, the workers know their areas as thoroughly as their supervisors, allowing them to take ownership of their protection.

Before daily work begins, superintendents walk the job site, reviewing a checklist specific to every trade or specialty present. They then meet with team members in every area to discuss the hazards and safety procedures related to the work they will do that day. Workers are asked to communicate any issues they have identified. This back-and-forth communication ensures that every individual is on the same page and working to eliminate potential hazards before they can become accidents. Last but not least, every team member in a designated work area must sign the JSA at the beginning and end of every work session.

The TP Mechanical commitment to safety begins with the belief, dedication and unwavering support of upper management and the true abilities of all TP employees to embrace our company’s first core value of “Safety First, Always First.” With a strong belief in this, all TP employees exemplify how safety should be conducted throughout the industry. The ongoing evaluations and feedback provided by TP employees allows our company to be a front runner in safety.

TP Mechanical hours worked without a lost-time accident are..

TPM-SafetyFirstAlways2_1-30-13As of April 5, 2013 our employees have worked 2,301,885 hours without a lost-time accident.  Congratulations for your continued success for upholding our first core value Safety First, Always First!