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Understanding How Building Commissioning Works in Contracting

Building commissioning can save building owners the headache of improperly functioning systems. Even after a building and its systems have been planned, designed, constructed, and installed, certain components may still function improperly. At LKPB Engineers, we know how important it is to ensure that all of your building’s systems function the way they are intended to. To help you understand the importance of this process, we’ve put together a quick overview of its implementation in contracting.

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Save Money With Our Pre-Design and Planning Services

Throughout the process of new building construction, proper planning is critical. A well-constructed plan helps ensure the project’s success and creates a foundation from which to build. Before building design begins, LKPB Engineers strongly recommends undergoing a pre-design process. During this process, our team will conduct a variety of studies designed to give insight into the design phase of the project. Once completed, these studies will help determine the most cost-effective systems appropriate for the project. What is pre-design and planning and how can it save you money? Read on to find out.

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How a Building Energy Audit Can Reduce Your Energy Consumption

If you’re looking to cut energy usage costs, a building energy audit can help save you money. Inefficient or outdated system design can lead to overpayment on energy expenses. At LKPB Engineers, our expert team can analyze your current system and provide suggestions for improvement. By optimizing the energy-efficiency of your facility, you save on energy costs while reducing your environmental footprint. We offer the following services to help you reduce energy waste and optimize system performance:

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How to Improve Your HVAC System for Lower Cost and Efficiency

Every year, energy costs go up with no signs of a reprieve. In fact, in 2018 alone, many businesses nationwide will experience anywhere from 5% to 35% increases in their utilities. If you own a business in the Twin Cities metro area, now is the time to take advantage of energy-efficient, low-cost systems throughout your entire facility. LKPB’s Life Cycle Costing Analysis program can help you meet that objective.

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Building Power Distribution Design Enhances Your Electrical System

With the rising cost of building energy in the US, you owe it to your business to find smarter ways of consuming electricity. LKPB Engineers design advanced power distribution systems that offer high performance and low maintenance. We can inspect your current systems to determine what upgrades we need to perform to save you money down the road. Below is a summary of how building power distribution design can enhance your electrical system.

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4 Mechanical Engineering Flaws That Cause Problems

Engineers have developed some of the most innovative and mind-blowing mechanical designs throughout history. When thinking about skyscrapers, bridges, tunnels, transportation, exploration, and many other facets of technology, you can thank engineers for bringing them into existence and improving them through the years. Modern technology, however, brings with it current problems from time to time. While some mechanical failures are costly, others can be disastrous.

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Solar Energy Update: Why You’re Missing Out

Commercial solar energy has reached unprecedented heights over the last decade. Although there are still some concerns with homeowners (namely cost), there is no question anymore that solar panels and other components are a strategic choice for business owners. Many Minneapolis and St. Paul companies have already made the switch. LKPB engineers have served many of these businesses. We have helped them find sustainable energy solutions while saving them thousands of dollars in utility costs. Below are reasons you should join these other companies in embracing solar energy for your business.

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What You Need to Know About LEED Certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building. The system was devised to foster a market shift toward sustainable building design. As an LEED certified company, LKPB Engineers emphasize using LEED-approved methods for making your building more energy-efficient. There are substantial benefits and rewards to becoming LEED compliant including saving money on energy costs, building repairs, and property maintenance over an extended period.

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Minnesota‐based Engineer Re‐Shapes its Future

Minneapolis, MN (January 18, 2018) – With a goal of continuing the firm’s legacy of innovation and thought leadership, Principals at LKPB Engineers, Inc. (LKPB) searched for a solution to instill and promote firm values, internally and externally. LKPB leadership decided a drastic change was key to carrying the nearly 50‐year‐old firm into the future. A new office space that matches LKPB’s culture, supports today’s work‐style, and allows LKPB project teams to better serve clients was a critical first step to future firm success.

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How Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis Improves Ventilation

When designing ventilation systems in commercial or industrial properties, there are two key factors you should consider: efficiency and comfort. Both will save you money and maintain productivity in your business. LKPB Engineers can help you develop a cost-effective ventilation system by utilizing computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This advanced approach to system design will help you find solutions to issues that will arise in your building’s floorplan. Below we discuss what computational fluid dynamics is, as well as its features and benefits.

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