May 15, 2016 admin

THE HOT WATER SYSTEM UPGRADE

The Challenge

The licensee has had experience with a building of historic value with over 600 units of student accommodation.

Once the hot water system went out in one of its 4 zones, the result was no hot water being available for the students in 150 apartments.

Whilst the on-site building engineer and current hot water service contractor made on-going temporary repairs to the hot water system, a good case was provided to upgrade the system.

The challenge was to build a new and modern hot water system giving consideration to energy efficiencies/solar power and reliability for the coming decade(s). Furthermore, it was essential that there was limited downtime when the system was being decommissioned and installed.

The Strategy

At the schemes Annual General Meeting the Chairperson and Treasurer outlined items that would be required to be considered by the incoming new Executive Committee for the forthcoming year and the replacement of the hot water system at a cost of approximately $400K was set as a priority.

Accordingly, a hot water system upgrade sub-committee (of which the licensee was a member) was appointed to liaise with the on-site building engineer who had experience with the current system to determine the needs for the building.

The sub-committee accordingly discussed the buildings needs with an appropriate hydraulics consultant and recommended to the Executive Committee their appointment.

Once appointed, the hydraulics consultant wrote the scope of works for the removal and installation of the new hot water system and then tendered the replacement in the open market.

The Result

Following the successful tendering of the hot water system replacement, the Executive Committee agreed and has had the new hot water system installed.

The system is still zoned into 4 zones, however, built into it are also redundancies for peak periods of use. The water is constantly hot and opportunities for any breakdowns have been minimised.

Additionally, extended warranties were provided to the scheme and the on-going savings of the new installation meant that the project had a buy back period of 3 years.