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The Price of Ignoring Commissioning.

The Price of Ignoring Commissioning

The commissioning of a heating or hot water system is the vital, final job to be completed before handing the system over to a building’s owner, manager or tenant. Whilst it may signal the conclusion of a building project, it will typically mark the commencement date for the manufacturer’s warranty and service plans for an appliance, and a new ongoing partnership between the manufacturer and customer.

Commissioning not only considers the gas appliance, whether water heater or boiler, it will also look at the broader system, including the gas supply, pipework, pumps, ventilation and the flueing. This has a twofold purpose, to ensure that the installation has been approached correctly in order for the appliance and designed application to work correctly and efficiently, and more importantly that the installation meets regulations and is safe to be signed off for operation.

Adveco’s commissioning engineers not only bring specialist knowledge of its products, they are all independently trained and retested every five years to ensure they are enrolled on the Gas Safe Register. This is a legal requirement under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations in order to be able to carry out gas work and every installer and commissioning engineer must have this. If you like, the commissioning process can be seen as a peer check of any new system.

We do come across examples of installation where gas pressure into the system is low, for example, in which case the system is going to be inefficient and you are going to lose the advantage of cost savings that efficient operation had originally been modelled to achieve. But errors can creep in that are far more serious, such as a flue venting too low or into a location that is unsafe for those using the building. An example of such practice would be venting a low-level flue into a school playground, or close to an opening window or an enclosed area. This can happen on occasion, typically due to confusion or changes in plans or lack of awareness of regulations, in which case the commissioning engineer will have to halt the process and the system will not receive final sign off for use. That can have serious implications, as it could halt the final handover of a project which can be costly to the developer. It also means the heating and hot water system, which will often see their as business-critical service, is going to be unavailable to the owner/tenant until problems with the installation are rectified, at which point it can only then be recommissioned. So, it becomes extremely problematic. The simple fact is that the regulations are there for the safety of a building’s occupants and our engineers will, as a matter of course, to adhere to them, so using a knowledgeable and accredited installer is always going to pay dividends in terms of achieving successful commissioning on that first visit.

If the commissioning process is avoided or carried out by a third party not associated with the manufacturer it will always be detrimental in the long term to the tenant. Uncommissioned systems or those not commissioned by Adveco’s engineers will breach the manufacturer’s warranty on parts and service for appliances we have supplied, so that can quickly become costly when additional engineering visits are required. It is also worth observing that you cannot retroactively commission a system that has been installed and in operation in order to ‘resurrect’ a manufacturer warranty. Consider that Adveco’s latest range of stainless-steel boilers and water heaters come with comprehensive service and parts replacement warranties that can extend with commissioning for up to ten years. So long term that is a fair-sized additional, unplanned cost to have to find, for the sake of saving on the relatively small upfront fee that commissioning costs.

Opting to commission through Adveco is truly advantageous. You gain access to expert, specialist engineers who will provide a thorough inspection, ensuring correct operation and that all-important safety check and approval. Once a system is commissioned by Adveco, the warranty period for the appliance only then commences, otherwise, it will begin from the date of delivery. Depending on the scale of the project, a standard warranty can be severely impacted if there are lengthy delays to the project’s completion.

To discuss your options or to request commissioning services from Adveco, use the form here or call us on 01252 551 540 Option 6, or alternatively, send your request to spares@adveco.co

 

Last chance to secure products, ancillaries and services at 2019 prices

Due to inflation and increased supplier costs Adveco/A.O.Smith Water Heaters has taken the decision to increase prices by 5% on all products, ancillaries & service charges.  The new prices will come into immediate effect on January 1st, 2020.

If you would like to secure 2019 prices, then the following deals are available:

2019 prices can be secured on orders placed in December and invoiced by the end of Jan 2020 with delivery by end of February at the latest.

Extra discount will be available on orders placed and invoiced by 23rd December 2019. Delivery by end of January latest.

An agreement may be made to store for later delivery, but this would be chargeable.

If you have any questions relating to your quote or pricing please contact your local sales representative.

Standard payment terms apply.  All orders need signed acceptance of terms by authorised person, these will be issued by the office at the time of order, and be customer, and order specific. We will only accept and acknowledge orders that have signed terms.

Meet Adveco’s New Service Coordinator

A stalwart of the Adveco / A.O. Smith Water Heaters internal sales team, we are very pleased to announce that Beverley Noble now brings all that product knowledge and customer relations experience to the role of Service Coordinator.

Alongside application design and system supply, service forms the third pillar of the company, because, at Adveco we believe a product purchase is only part of a long partnership to ensure built spaces are supported throughout their lifespan with the best heating, hot water and low carbon systems on the market.

Bev is now your first point of call for arranging product commissioning, field engineer servicing and warranty maintenance across the range of A.O. Smith and Adveco supplied products…

You can reach Bev via +44(0) 1252 551 540 or email  service@adveco.co with your queries.

 

TOTEM m-CHP site installation

Just Take The Stairs… Meeting the Challenge of Refurbishing an Existing Plant Room

Contracted by a London based customer to supply an improved replacement for a previous CHP system that had failed, Adveco was recently presented with the challenge of locating a new TOTEM micro-CHP system into the existing plant room which offered only step access, raised concrete room dividers and narrow routes of access due to the existing HVAC installation.

Fortunately, the compact form factor of the TOTEM T10, despite weighing in at 720 kilos, meant navigating tight spaces should be relatively easy. If needs be the entire unit can be stripped down into separate parts and then reassembled once moved to a new location, usually within a single working day. In this case, it became clear that a set of temporary timber ramps and supported bridges would suffice. With these built on location by Adveco’s engineering team, it was a simple and amazingly fast operation to bring the TOTEM onto site for installation and commissioning by the team.

Adveco’s specialist team of engineers navigated the issues of the site for a flawless install, and the customer can now take full advantage of cogenerated electricity and recovered heat from the unit to make considerable operational savings and guarantee accurately modelled return on investment.

TOTEM m-CHP installed location, refurbishing an existing plant room.With Adveco providing remote monitoring, service and maintenance call out for the TOTEM, the new m-CHP will continue to provide energy and heat for years to come. With assured quality of performance from Adveco, the TOTEM T10 delivers a refurbishment investment that comes with peace of mind for the customer, alongside all the advantages of a resilient, onsite source of power and heating whenever there is demand.

Watch the video of the delivery and locating of the m-CHP for installation by Adveco.

Bootham School Adveco mCHP exterior

Adveco TOTEM mCHP, a Lesson in Reduced Energy Cost and Lower Emissions

  • Bootham School selects Adveco TOTEM m-CHP based system for heating and domestic hot water
  • System design modelling accurately predicts operational costs and payback period
  • Savings of approximately £37,000 per annum

Bootham School in York, a charitably run independent boarding school, has selected a TOTEM micro-cogeneration (m-CHP) based system from commercial heating and hot water specialist, Adveco Ltd., for sustainable and cost-effective provision of power and heating throughout the school estate. The system provides £37,000 in annual operational cost savings and reduces the school’s CO₂ generation helping adhere to its Quaker values.

Working in partnership with Brentwood Consulting Engineers and contractor John Wright Electrical and Mechanical, Adveco recommended the installation of two TOTEM T25 m-CHP units and an Adveco MSS5000 for a pre-fed boiler system. Electrical generation by the m-CHP would decrease the energy import of the school, as well as lowering carbon dioxide emissions. Heat generated would be delivered to the hot water circuit which operates constantly through the entire school.

Adveco also provided Bootham school with a Full Maintenance Contract, covering all moving parts and controls, that guarantees long-lasting CHP unit efficiency. “Whilst there are high servicing costs, we factored all of that into the total lifecycle costs. This means after 10 years rather than replacing the whole unit we can simply extend the contract with Adveco, saving the capital cost of installing new units,” says Craig Pierotti, Estates Manager, Bootham School.

Bootham School Adveco Totem T25 mCHP

Running data was analysed against the pre-contract predictions which shows that the units are performing better in terms of cost savings per run hour. By extrapolating the figures to give a full year’s running (6,677 hours) the payback periods for the project will be achieved and Bootham School should save an estimated £36,996. Importantly, the CHP system also enables the school to adhere to its Quaker values with CO₂ savings of more than 115,500 (kg.CO₂). The NOx emissions are also greatly reduced with emissions from the TOTEM units less than 40 mg/kWh of electricity output.

“The installation was completed on time, to cost, and successfully due to the team effort.  Everyone was on board and got on with it, otherwise, I don’t think we would be in the situation where we are, producing the results we are today,” says Craig “Adveco are constantly monitoring the CHP’s for us and contact us only when they want to come and service the units. It is literally fit and forget. It’s absolutely fantastic!”

Read more about the Bootham School TOTEM m-CHP project

Steve Griffiths national accounts manager Adveco

New National Accounts Manager for Adveco

Commercial hot water and heating specialist, Adveco, announces the appointment of Steve Griffiths to the role of national accounts manager.

“Adveco already has considerable success supporting national franchises in the hotel and catering sector with our bespoke heating, hot water and power systems. I look forward to further building on those partnerships as well as exploring exciting new opportunities within leisure as well as the health and education sectors,”

said Steve Griffiths, national accounts manager, Adveco.

Steve is well known to national accounts through his prior role at Adveco as national service manager. He will continue, for the interim, to also oversee service & commissioning ensuring the high quality of customer service delivered during his tenure is retained as the business continues to grow and evolve.

“Steve has shown invaluable skill in building trust with our national accounts customers through his sterling work managing our market leading commissioning and maintenance services,”

said David O’Sullivan, managing director, Adveco.

“As national accounts manager, he brings a depth of technical knowledge and familiarity with our customers that adds real value to existing accounts and provides a tremendously safe pair of hands for new customers looking for the perfect partner for their heating and hot water needs.”

Adveco mCHP servicing

Keeping Business Critical Hot Water Flowing

Ensuring consistent operations and prolonging life of a commercial hot water and heating system should be a key factor when specifying and costing out these business critical systems. That process begins with commissioning. This choice falls to the customer, but Adveco advises that it should be engaged to commission A.O.Smith and its own branded appliances. This ensures product warranty commences from the date of commissioning, rather than date of delivery which may be months before a system eventually goes live. If not commissioned by Adveco, it will also fall to the customer to fault find, order the new part and return the faulty part, which can be a painful, time consuming process for any facility manager who is already time poor.

To support consistent operations,we specialise in both commissioning and proactive service to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Reactive service providers will only check gas pressures and overall condition, they will then wait for breakdowns and call outs. We want to ensure any downtime of business-critical hot water is absolutely minimised. Operating vehicles fully stocked with authorised parts, we can replace in a single visit consumable parts or address any issues before critical failure, to leave a unit in optimal condition for the coming year.