For ten months, a major shoe retailer tried to figure out what was causing temperatures to rise in its store. Initially, the retailer thought that the cooling system wasn’t receiving enough chilled water from the landlord’s central plant. If this were the case, they would’ve had a bigger issue on their hands – the fix for that type of problem was physically impossible.
When the TES Developer Services team got involved, we immediately assessed the plans from the site renovation a few years back. We learned that the retailer added new lighting, but also inadvertently eliminated 75 percent of the return air openings.
We provided load calculation services and discovered costly new equipment wasn’t necessary. In fact, simply adding return air grilles to the ceiling would solve the problem. Through this addition (and a few other engineering details) the comfort complaint was resolved without expensive upgrades.
Both the developer and retailer were thrilled with the solution.