Energy & Sustainability:
Building Diagnostics and Forensics
Vidaris professionals diagnose the source of problems in buildings and then propose workable solutions. We address the entire building, from envelope through mechanical systems and lighting.
We have performed testing and monitoring in collaboration with National Laboratories, troubleshot a wide range of facilities — from small to half a million square feet — and helped mitigate complex problems.
Vidaris has tested airflow through the envelope of buildings ranging from 2-story to 60-story. We perform a full range of air movement tests to detect:
- Ventilation rates
- Air infiltration
- Contaminant migration
These tests include blower door, duct pressurization, whole-building pressurization, and tracer gas. We also have significant experience with thermal imaging.
In addition, we have performed Class-A monitoring of heat flow through walls and roofs, and have investigated moisture movement through the building envelope.
HVAC and Central PLANT
We have broad experience in building commissioning – and use testing and monitoring for underperforming HVAC systems and central plants. We monitor and test all HVAC equipment, from boilers and chillers to pumps and fans, and to terminal devices. We also monitor PV installations.
Daylight dimming and lighting controls are part of their HVAC troubleshooting experience.
A few examples of investigations that resolved long-standing problems follow:
- Tracer gas testing and monitoring at headquarters of a National entertainment company led to the discovery of gaps in the envelope and faulty HVAC distribution. Outcome: a fairly inexpensive remediation instead of a planned five million dollar addition to the chiller plant
- Pressurization and thermal imaging at a children’s’ hospital led to the discovery of problems at the junction between wall and roof, as well as thermal control flaws. Remediation of these problems resolved the comfort issues
- Central plant monitoring at residential high-rise evidenced that the condenser water pumps were not throttling down at part-load. The solution that saved thousands of dollars per year was to relocate a pressure sensor.