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Retrofit

With new commercial construction facing a relatively slow period, some construction and HVAC pros are turning their attention to a largely untapped market: retrofits. Government incentives and a desire to reduce energy costs are giving contractors a good reason to focus on updating older buildings, Ted Craig writes in ACHR News.

“Companies in southern Illinois are eligible for retrofit incentives of $6/Btu for improved energy efficiency,” Craig writes. “A growing number of localities offer rebates for direct gas-fired equipment on the heating side.” Those rebates can be enough to pay the cost of the equipment, according to Doug Eisenhart, vice president of sales, marketing, and service for Cambridge Engineering.

One easy sell for many commercial clients is upgrading the water-heating system with tankless water heaters. By replacing old boilers with arrays of tankless water systems, contractors can help their clients reclaim space in the boiler room, eliminate energy losses from storing thousands of gallons of hot water, and improve resilience and redundancy by using flexible tankless racks that can both meet large peak loads and respond well when demand is low. Check out examples from Ruby’s Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park and the Residence Inn by Marriott in Florence, Alabama, or explore commercial tankless water heating more in our Ultimate Guide.

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