Services Required By A Commercial Building

A lot of things can go wrong when you own a commercial building but luckily there are many services available that can take care of that. As an owner you will need to deal with the day to deal maintenance needs which may include having the building vacuumed, cleaned and dealing with any issues that may arise. The complexities of managing a building depends a lot in its size. Larger buildings with more tenants are generally more work to maintain. Bigger buildings also have complex cooling and heating systems and may require commercial HVAC services. Let’s take a look at what type of maintenance a commercial property truly requires.

If you want to tear a part of the building down and start from scratch you may need construction services and tenant improvements. This also includes major renovating and remodeling jobs. The finished project will make the spaces more tenant-friendly and as a result the owner may be able to ask for higher rates. Projects will be completed at a faster rate with the assistance of a professional construction company.

The lighting system will need to be maintained and serviced on a regular basis in order to function properly. They are able to install new electrical installations or repair lighting. They can even perform power factor corrections in order to lower the utility bill. It is important to make sure that the electrician is certified. A system that isn’t well maintained can possibly face downtime. It’s also important to ensure that the building is energy efficient and not wasting resources which can cut into your bottom line.

As stated earlier, the cooling and heating systems (HVAC) need to maintained, It’s important to keep both systems in working order at all times. Professionals can be helpful when it comes to balancing HVAC systems and monitoring and updating energy management systems.

Any large building will need building services; these are the daily tasks that need to be performed in order to keep the place running smoothly. This may include moving furniture around, vacuuming the floors, thawing the pipes, clearing the drains or restoring water and power. A lot of issues can occur in a commercial building and building services ensure that the building continues to run in an orderly fashion.

Running a building can be a lot of work but it’s a lot more manageable if you have a god team of people to work with. Maintaining your building is essential and you want to pick a company that you trust and feel comfortable with. Ask business associates for references and check credentials before agreeing to any commercial building services.

Commercial Building Inspections – Tips for Finding a Reliable and Competent Building Inspector

If and when planning to purchase a commercial property, the question often arises, ‘How Can I Find a Reliable and Competent Building Inspector for Conducting a Commercial Building Inspection?’ While one could easily write an eBook on this subject matter, this article offers several tips to help you hire a reliable and competent inspector for the purpose of obtaining a thorough and diligent commercial building inspection. So without further ado, let me begin by telling you ‘What Not to Do’.

Never hire a commercial building inspector who was referred to you by the real estate agent or any other outside party who has a vested interest in and stands to gain from the sale of the property.

Although this statement goes without saying, it’s worth mentioning simply because many of those looking to purchase commercial real estate believe it is standard protocol to rely upon the realtor’s recommendation for hiring an inspector. In reality, this practice poses a conflict of interest that can have dire consequences for the party purchasing the property. Unfortunately, real estate agents who knowingly partake in this practice along with inspectors who continue to burn the candle from both ends know exactly what they’re doing and how to get away with it. While there may be a few exceptions to what I am telling you, I can assure you that the majority of inspectors who rely heavily upon referrals from real estate agents for their business are not going to rock the boat by disclosing any information to the client during the course of an inspection that may later serve to jeopardize their relationship with the broker or real estate company who referred them in the first place.

Never hire a Home Inspector to conduct a Commercial Property Inspection.

As for hiring a home inspector to conduct a commercial building inspection, suffice it to say that in most cases, conducting a commercial building inspection is altogether different from performing a home inspection for reasons too numerous to list in this article. However, the proliferation of home inspectors over the past twenty years (everyone wants to be one, especially in those States where home inspection licensing has become mandatory making it relatively easy for anyone to become licensed), hasn’t helped either as this has spawned an increasing number of home inspectors who are still unable to properly inspect a home, much less a commercial building, even if their life depended upon it. Moreover, given the number of significant and distinct differences between residential and commercial property, while experience in inspecting homes may well serve as a prerequisite, it is by no means a substitute for the vast amount of knowledge and experience required and yet to be learned by most home inspectors before they can even begin thinking about conducting a diligent and thorough building inspection.

Aside from ‘What Not to Do’, there are also other criteria you need to consider or at least be aware of in your quest to hire a reliable and competent commercial building inspector. namely:

Know the fundamental difference between a Commercial Building Inspection and a Property Condition Assessment (PCA).

Although this topic warrants a separate discussion, it’s important to note that the terms ‘PCA’ and ‘Commercial Building Inspection’ are often used interchangeably in the commercial sector. This in turn has resulted in a lot of confusion not only among real estate investors and others looking to purchase commercial property but real estate agents as well who more often than not simply do not know much less understand the difference. To make matters worse, the ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials) has also gotten in on the act by promulgating their ASTM Standards for Conducting a Baseline PCA. What this means is that since they happen to be a nationally recognized organization in the construction industry, in certain respects they’re similar to the AMA in the medical profession meaning anything and everything they write on a particular subject happens to bear a lot of weight. The problem arises in that the Standards for Conducting a Baseline PCA are often misunderstood by many in the profession and seldom if ever read by those buying and selling real estate.

To simplify things, all one really has to know is that the difference between a commercial building inspection and a Baseline PCA is like night and day since the later can be performed in a fraction of the time it takes to conduct a thorough and diligent commercial building inspection. The reasoning behind this is pure and simple in that a PCA is essentially a cursory walk-through of the property that relies heavily upon second hand information obtained through interviews and documentation (that may/may not be readily available let alone veritable) normally obtained through the owner and/or occupants of the property. Hence, my advice to anyone who is seriously considering having a PCA in deciding whether or not to purchase a commercial property is to forget it since in most cases a PCA is a total waste of time and money in providing information contained in a property condition report that isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

Try to obtain as much information as you can about the company and the inspector beforehand

This is another statement that goes without saying but I mention it because many people feel uncomfortable in asking questions of this nature especially when speaking with someone they don’t already know. However, if you reflect upon what I’ve just said for a moment, the fact you don’t know anything about the company or the inspector should be reason enough to ask all the questions you can to solicit answers without being embarrassed.

Be sure to ask the company or building inspector for references

Last but not least, do not be embarrassed to ask for bonafide references regarding recent clients for whom they have conducted similar commercial building inspections. If the company or inspector is reputable and if they have confidence in the service they provide, they normally will not have any reservations whatsoever in providing you with this information.

My next article will provide tips as to what questions you need to ask and what else you need to be aware of in looking to hire a reliable and competent commercial building inspector.

Commercial Buildings – The New Environment Friendly Trends

The industry of commercial buildings has been evolving to become more and more environment friendly, consuming less and less energy and being more and more efficient. Construction companies are adopting higher standards for energy efficiency, for enhanced sustainability, and other approaches which conform to the global needs for more green attitudes. The sector of green building is expanding, and the trend is going to remain and expand.

The new factors by which modern building companies abide when both commercial and residential buildings are built is greater transparency and declaring of the use of environmental products. Furthermore, commercial building developers are adopting more and more Zero Net Energy designs. There is also a strong trend towards the use of alternative energy sources. The last factor is especially important when companies think of economies, as a result of lowering of utility costs. Generation of own electricity is another advantage which is based on the use of alternative energy sources. Solar power is available widely, it is free and clean energy, and it is increasingly used to power the heating, ventilation and air conditioning of commercial and residential buildings. That energy can also be used for lighting. The ensuing result is the lowering of electric costs by substantial amounts, and another benefit is the positive impact on the environment. There are sun sourced commercial energy systems which are directly integrated with solar power, and they provide SEER which reaches 34 and over.

When it is estimated that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems account for about half of the total energy use of a commercial or residential building, it is clear that when greener approaches are adopted towards the operation of such systems, that will make a great difference for the environment. Companies are manufacturing commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning units which are not only in conformity with modern standards for efficiency, but they also come with features that can enhance overall comfort and on the other hand significantly reduce the electricity costs of a building. A feature of that type is the MSAV, or multi stage air volume, supply fan technology.

The prime issues for green building operation are the conservation of energy and the quality of the indoor air. They are related to the design of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning design. While in the beginning it can be complex and costly to install such systems, in the long term there are a lot of opportunities provided by green buildings with modern environment friendly heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

It should be remembered that commercial HVAC systems are not just a group of items of mechanical equipment. They are also systems that are important for commercial and residential buildings and form part and parcel of them. To ensure the most environment friendly operation, HVAC systems should take into consideration the local climate and the local building designs. An important difference in favour of green commercial and residential buildings is the availability of smaller heating and cooling equipment units which are less complicated, cheaper, and more efficient.