Air and Hydronic Testing and Balancing
This device called a flow hood captures the amount of air coming from the ceiling outlet. Engineers will design a specific amount of airflow through each outlet based on room size, location, and occupancy. We use a variety of technical instruments, equipment adjustments, and speed changes to achieve design airflow. From new construction to retrofitting, Design Balance is there to ensure occupancy comfort at design specifications.
Sometimes water coils are used to heat and cool air. The engineers will also design a specific amount of water to flow through these coils based on room size, location, and occupancy. As you can see some HVAC systems can get very technical shown here with our water meter connected above ceiling tile balancing a water control valve.
Commissioning is the process in which our commissioning agent verifies that all heating, ventilating, air conditioning systems are installed and functioning properly. We also verify the trades involved with the HVAC system (sheet metal, controls, electrical, plumbing) are 100% complete and have followed their design specifications. A report separate from the test and balance report will be issued.
Indoor Air Quality Testing
Let's face it, since the energy crisis in the 1970's commercial builders placed a high priority on energy consumption and conservation. While a tightly sealed building may be more energy efficient, without proper ventilation a green building may do more harm then good. IAQ generally refers to the quality of the air in an office environment. We can assure you there is no buildup of indoor air contaminants which provides you a more productive and healthy work environment.
Fire Life Safety Inspection
Is your facility in compliance? The NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) requires periodic inspection of all fire and smoke dampers to ensure proper operation. Most believe a properly sprinklered facility will save lives and property. The fact is most deaths occur from smoke and toxic gases. We inspect operation of fire and smoke dampers in HVAC systems to ensure occupants have a "safe zone" free from toxic gases and deadly smoke. Through our testing process, we can ensure your facility is in compliance with the NFPA fire & life safety codes.
Bio Safety Cabinet & Fume Hood Testing
Adequate laboratory chemical hoods, and special purpose hoods are used when there is a possibility of employee overexposure to air contaminates generated by a laboratory activity. In conjuction with the American National Standard for Laboratory Ventilation, and National Sanitation Foundation guidlines (NSF), we address the ventilation requirements to satisfy the first and foremost goal: making the laboratory a safe place to work.