Article by I&AT electrical engineer offers cost-saving ideas for electric system equipment

April 29, 2013 - I&AT senior electrical engineer Debra Vieira wrote an article for the Spring issue of Pure Power magazine offering suggestions of cost-saving ideas for a building's existing electric system equipment.

In the article's introduction Debra explains "It happens too often on projects.  You're working hard on a project when the client decides to check a cost estimate.  The next thing you know, the design comes to a screeching halt because the project is over budget.

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"The client is asking for ideas to reduce construction costs without changing the facility's function.  Simple items begin to be pulled from the project.  Fancy architectural finishes, angular rooms, and curved walls are replaced with more cost-effective solutions.  High-end light fixtures are replaced with more practical fixtures.  

"As a natural extension to cost-cutting measures, focus then turns to the electrical distribution system because the components are expensive to procure and install. 

"You're tasked with engineering new concepts for the electrical system.  This article presents cost-saving ideas for retrofitting existing equipment and tips for cost savings throughout the new building engineering process."

Here are some of those ideas:

In the article's conclusion Debra writes "When developing options for your client, recognize that the initial cost of equipment is not the only important issue.  Equipment and material choices, rewiring, offsite assembly, and multiphasing are approaches that focus on one part of the pie: the initial cost of a product.  Client-owners must be cognizant of how these cost-saving efforts will affect their total cost of ownership, which includes costs for operations, maintenance, and eventually disposal – and how early cost-saving measures will affect operations in the future."

Here's a link to Debra's entire article in Pure Power magazine.

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