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EMERGING TRENDS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY

It was only a little over a decade ago when LED lighting, variable air volume, direct digital controls and building automation systems were emerging onto the market. The once cutting-edge technologies are now standard in most new commercial and residential building practices. What about the trends that are beginning to take shape now? What new strategies to help achieve energy efficiency might you expect in the coming  years? Recently, The Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), which assesses the status of the existing technologies that can reduce energy.

In the report it is noted that the building energy use could be cut by more than 20% by 2030. That is a great deal of energy consumption that can be saved! This percentage is based on technologies that are already being used and are known to reduce energy consumption. If research goals are met and improvements are made to the efficiency of these measures it is predicted that the 20% energy savings could translate into savings over 35%.

For equipment such as HVAC, lighting and plug loads, opportunities still remain to increase the performance of the individual components. With new research and development, new technologies could emerge such as…

  • High-efficiency heat pumps that reduce or eliminate the use of GHG-emitting refrigerants
  • Thin insulating materials
  • Windows and building surfaces with tunable optical properties
  • High efficiency lighting devices, including improved green LEDs, phosphors and quantum dots
  • Improved software for optimizing building design and operation
  • Energy harvesting sensors and controls
  • Interoperable building communication systems and optimized control strategies

The result of this report shows that, ““capturing potential future savings will require market-focused programs that encourage rapid adoption of efficient technologies, including credible information, standards, labels and other policies that help consumers understand the costs and benefits of energy purchasing decisions.”

What are  your thoughts on some of these new ideas and trends emerging in the energy efficiency world?

Prepare your office building for winter

With the winter season only a couple months away, now is the time to begin preparing your building for the colder months. While it may not seem necessary right now, doing these things will help to keep your building more efficient and your employees happy.


  1. Keep an eye on the weather– While this one seems like an obvious one, it is important to remain vigilant in doing this. Keeping a watchful eye on any potential weather issues and knowing what to expect can help to give you a head start on checking for vulnerable areas within the building.
  2. Check the roof– With the cold weather around the corner it is best to do a roof inspection on your building to ensure there are no blockages or other issues that could cause clogged gutters or other hazards. If your gutters are clogged with debris, this could prevent water from flowing off the roof properly. If the water is diverted elsewhere, it could freeze and cause water a puncture in the roof. This could make for a huge mess and could also cause the  roof to collapse.
  3. Utilize safety mats/rugs– With the snow comes, sand, rocks, and salt to melt the ice. This all can get tracked inside your building causing a hazard on the floors. It is a smart and safe idea to protect your employees and your building’s flooring with some durable mats. A good rule of thumb would be to follow The Rule of 15- which says that there should be 5 feet of coarse matting outside a building, 5 feet of matting directly inside the building and another 5 feet of matting directly behind it. These mats can get dirty, fast! Make sure you get them properly cleaned to remove any contaminants that can be tracked from the dirty mat into your building.
  4. Perform thorough inspections– The key word here being thorough! A simple walk through is not what we are talking about. Make a checklist of specific things so you do not miss anything important. Checking specific areas thoroughly will ensure that you can identify potential problems before they become an emergency. As mentioned before, pay attention to your building’s roof. You will also want to perform this inspection before it gets cold incase there is a problem that needs to be corrected. This is a great time to winterize any necessary equipment so you aren’t stuck in a freezing situation (no pun intended) come January.
  5. Check your filters– By checking your filters this not only ensures that your systems run smoothly and more efficiently, but that your occupants are comfortable. When it is cold, it is likely that your employees are spending more time inside the building therefore your HVAC system will be working harder to maintain the proper temperatures.

By providing you this To-Do list for your facility, we hope that it can help to make sure your building is ready for the colder months.

Here at Dublin Building Systems we always jump at the opportunity to complete a project that is both challenging and rewarding for the us and the client! Case and point, the recent Lab Corp. project that is just wrapping completion was definitely a one-of-a-kind project! Read on for more details…

Laboratory Corporation of America (Lab Corp.) is located in Dublin, Ohio with their corporate headquarters located in Burlington, North Carolina. Lab Corp. is a global provider of medical testing services. They reached out to us to renovate 53,000 square feet of their 87,000 square foot building. Of the 53,000 square feet of space they wanted to renovate, 30,000 sq.ft. was existing laboratory space. This made the project intense at times, as this limited our work schedule and the work space area itself.

Because the lab still needed to do its daily operations and testing, this required us to plan more extensively and coordinate our daily projects around  expensive testing equipment. There were times that the renovations had to be scheduled at hourly intervals to accommodate testing time constraint windows.

To ensure the safety of everyone and to maintain the highest quality of work, we created pathways for construction materials, testing specimens and personnel. After a clear and concise plan was devised, work began on the renovations starting with the removal of all ceilings and updating the HVAC, electric, sprinkler and plumbing work. Corridor and office walls were also removed to create a single “open” lab space.

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Other areas of construction included transforming the existing courtyard area to an 1,100 sq. ft., 18-foot tall cooler for storing temperature sensitive specimens and reagents. (See picture below) The court yard was not accessible from the outside since it was surrounded by 4 walls of the building.   Timing and coordination of the work came into play while performing the demo of the court yard and build-back of the cooler.

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Renovations of the 22,000 sq. ft. administrative offices were performed in 2 phases to minimize the relocation of the Lab Corp. staff to satellite locations. Temporary provisions and offices were installed during the 1st phase of the construction to allow for a maximum use of the space during the construction. Enclosing and expanding the loading dock area was also completed to add more security to the facility. This was also done in phases so to maintain the dock’s use and accessibility 24/7. In addition to all of the renovations listed above, we built a 500 sq. ft. addition to accommodate the equipment that is used to support the lab testing operations.

We started the Lab Corp. project in February of 2015 and we are wrapping completion in the next week (October 1st!) – This was roughly an 8 month project and it could not have been completed without the help of our awesome team!

  • DBS – Construction Manager
  • Lab Corp – Owner
  • Navigant Consulting – Owner Representative
  • BHDP – Architect
  • Prater Engineering – Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical Engineers
  • Paul J. Ford – Structural Engineers

Local Subcontractors:

  • Roehrenbeck Electric
  • Executive Construction
  • Haslett Heating & Cooling
  • Gutridge Plumbing & Fire Protection
  • Floor Systems & Design
  • Sunderland Painting
  • Jon Edwards Steel
  • Carlisle Masonry
  • Northstar Demo & Remediation

We hope that you enjoyed this project highlight on the Lab Corp. building renovation and learned a little more about what all goes into the projects that we do here at Dublin Building Systems. If you are interested in learning more about how Dublin Building Systems can help you build or renovate your next commercial building, we would love to hear from you.  Contact us today!

Here at Dublin Building Systems we take pride in every single one of our projects. We like to keep you informed on the new projects that we have going up throughout Central Ohio and beyond. As we continue this series on our Project Highlights, we put the spotlight on the Columbia Gas building that we are currently working on in Marion, Ohio.

The groundbreaking for this 14,000 Square Foot Maintenance Operation Deployment center took place on April 29th. This will be the reporting site for approximately 20 full-time Columbia Gas employees, including maintenance, service and construction personnel. Training will also be conducted at the facility.  The building will sit on 5 acres of land at 2365 Innovation Drive.

Columbia Gas and Dublin Building Systems have a very close relationship as this is now the 11th building that we have built for Columbia Gas while working with the same developer, Steve Pagura over the last 10 years. Stay tuned for updates on this and other projects with Dublin Building Systems!

Here at Dublin Building Systems we pride ourselves in the work that we do for our clients so when they return to us again for new projects it is an honor to be able to work with them again. One of our most recent projects comes from a client that we have done work for a couple years back. The company is called Sertek, LLC. Sertek makes stainless steel commercial kitchen counters, tables, and equipment for the restaurant industry.

The warehouse that Sertek is working out of is a building that Dublin Building Systems built back in 1971. We sold the warehouse to Vincent Graphics and then bought it back from them in 2005. In June of 2013 Tim Schiff with Sertek, LLC bought the warehouse and we then built an office and production facility addition (50,400 Sq.Ft.) onto the existing warehouse in 2013. As we mentioned previously, Sertek, LLC has come to us again for a new project that we are currently working on. In this project we are tearing down and rebuilding the original warehouse, which will be attached to a 2015 project (building a 23,500 Sq.Ft. warehouse addition).

Since Dublin Building Systems operates as a design-build company we have been able to oversee and operate at every level of the process, including utilizing a pre-engineered steel building. We are working adjacent to the existing building with no interruptions to the owner’s operations. The facility is also built on an old 5-6 acre lake that was filled in and redeveloped. Special foundations were used to support the building and special equipment loads.

We love that we are able to see this company grow and feel honored to be able to contribute to their success by helping them grow their facilities. If you are interested in learning more about how Dublin Building Systems can help your company achieve it’s goals then we would love to hear from you. Contact us here for more information.

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The new addition which is currently under construction

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The existing building before the addition

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