As Mary Krogh was reaching out to hospital and nursing homes to assess their needs and acquire hard to find items, she heard about West Haven-based removable insulation manufacturer Thermaxx putting aside its regular business to design, cut, and sew Thermaxx Gowns for first responders, hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare professionals in need. Mary contacted Brian Bannon, President of Thermaxx, to see how her Lions Club district could help.
Thermaxx has been very active in the fight against COVID-19. Our efforts began by organizing the design, assembly, and delivery of Thermaxx Gowns to help first responders and medical professionals across CT & beyond who were unable to acquire PPE due to shortages. Now, Thermaxx is continuing the fight by donating 250 “Clean Slate Pledge” placards to businesses that are choosing to reopen in CT (approx $10,000 value)!
Located in Washington D.C. is a non-profit hospital licensed by the District of Columbia Department of Health and Human Services. The hospital specializes in surgery, orthopedics, and oncology services. The hospital’s energy management team is responsible for the utility spend and construction projects for the hospital, while driving energy saving projects in an effort to reduce operating costs.
Heat loss is a measure of the total transfer of heat through the fabric of a building from inside to the outside, either from conduction, convection, radiation, or any combination of the these. This heat loss figure is normally given in either kilowatts (kW) or British Thermal Units (BTUs) and represents the energy required to keep a room at a given temperature on the coldest days.
We have tied our data collection tool directly to Salesforce and have the ability to generate an insulation survey within 24 hours of walking through a property. Going into this new phase of remote working, we luckily had a backlog of many jobs we surveyed. A lot of our projects are incentive eligible and require much more attention beyond the typical procurement process. Most utility incentive programs require a pre & post inspection. When we perform a site walk through, we are documenting all the required data for the incentive engineering review with our app, including photographs of each “asset.”
What is a heat-loss survey? Simply put, a heat-loss survey is the first step in Thermaxx’s insulation process, but beneath the surface of the simplicity lies a wealth of useful information. This no-cost energy analysis is the baseline for all Thermaxx insulation projects and provides our customers with a comprehensive insulation opportunity report. These projects include, but are not limited to, insulation for all steam, condensate, and hot and cold-water components and systems. The information on the report is collected by one of our experienced field technicians during an initial site visit and carefully recorded into our field data processing app.
Do you have a Preventative Maintenance Program protecting your capital assets (equipment)? Most employers do, but how does your program protect your most important asset – your employees? How do you prevent injuries and especially how do you prevent burns? Normally we think about protecting steam lines from energy loss, but let’s turn that around and think about the risk of our personnel contacting those steam lines.
When leadership at Thermaxx was asked by a local fire chief if it was possible to manufacture disposable gowns in Thermaxx’s insulation blanket factory, the leadership team quickly responded with, “Yes!” Thermaxx knew that firefighters, EMS, and other medical professionals across Connecticut were quickly running our of protective gear such as disposable gowns, so a non-FDA tested prototype was created using housewrap.
Throughout the country and across the world, the sentiment is catching on and the pleas of the scientists are being heard. In April of 2019, NYC enacted its most stringent effort to date, The Climate Mobilization Act. In the same state, slated for 2021, is the anticipated decommissioning of Indian Point, a major source of electrical power. LL87, LL97, are just a few of the energy related actions taking place in New York right now.
Outdoor mechanical systems create many challenges for the facility managers and engineers tasked with maintaining them. While most HVAC systems are found within a facility, in boiler rooms, mechanical rooms and penthouses, often times that piping is run outdoors on rooftops as well.