FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – As commercial property owners grapple with high operating costs, Hill York is launching a new Performance Management Division and introducing Hygreen (Hill York Green) technology solutions to reduce energy consumption in new and existing buildings.
“Since 50% of the cost of owning a building is directly associated with operating costs, energy efficiency is critically important for meeting financial objectives,” said Jeff Phillabaum, president of Hill York. “By achieving ongoing peak performance of HVAC systems, owners can reduce energy use by 10 to 15%. Hill York decided two years ago to invest in the research, specialized training and technology to meet the increasing demand for green building and environmental energy conservation solutions.”
As schools, hospitals, life science research labs and other commercial facilities seek green solutions to control energy costs and meet stringent indoor air quality standards, Hill York has expanded its turnkey approach with sophisticated tools focused on the energy performance market.
Hill York’s new Performance Management Division and Hygreen solutions address the “next wave” of cost and energy savings opportunities while improving indoor air quality as well.
“Building a green structure is not enough – it has to run green,” Phillabaum explained. “Hill York’s building oversight management team fine tunes systems to accomplish that, by capitalizing on energy management systems that continually monitor and analyze energy usage in buildings. New technologies make this approach practical for a wider range of existing and new buildings.”
Hill York is the Florida licensee for Utilivisor, the technology fueling the company’s building oversight management. Utilivisor is a real-time web-based tool that allows Hill York’s team to monitor, analyze and “tune” the efficiency of a building’s HVAC operating systems on a 24/7 basis. The U. S. Green Building Council recognizes Utilivisor as a tool for meeting LEED standards.
Phillabaum said the firm uses data from the last two years of energy use to model potential savings. “We advise clients to consider the Utilivisor technology only if they can expect to recover their investment within two years,” he added.
Hill York’s Hygreen solutions provide performance data and analysis of building systems, which form the basis for future projections.
For schools, hospitals, research laboratories and other sensitive indoor environments, Hill York offers Optinet technology. This is a ventilation control strategy that can sense and measure a variety of pollutants from both human and non-human sources in the indoor air. Optinet technology is the backbone of a multi-parameter demand control ventilation strategy.
In addition, Hill York is the only contractor in south Florida qualified to commission the new Lennox Strategos Rooftop Units – the most energy-efficient rooftop unit in the industry.