Why Choose A-TECH Engineering Ltd.?

A-TECH Engineering Ltd- a leading building automation system and controls provider based in Toronto provides a wide range of services to help transform your building or facility into an energy saving one while improving efficiency, lowering overhead costs, and reducing carbon footprint.

Despite being quite a young organization, A-TECH Engineering Ltd. has extensive experience in Building Automation System, HVAC Controls, Energy solutions  besides others that increase operational efficiency of building systems. When choosing a building automation system and controls provider or energy management system for your building, there are many factors to consider and a plethora of options from which you can choose. Although there are several giant companies that are renowned for their brands and products, here are a few benefits of working with a young and dynamic organization like A-TECH Engineering Ltd.

Client-Focused – As a client, you are our number one priority, and we are driven by our clients’ wants and needs in order to come up with the best solutions for you. We go above and beyond to ensure that we are able to fulfill your requirements. In addition, we are like an open book to read and will always provide you with honest feedback on what we can do for you and guarantee the results.

Fast and Reliable Service– We understand the value of time and we are here with our team of experts to offer fast and reliable service to resolve whatever issues you are having with your system in a smooth and efficient manner with the least downtime. And the reason we can do this is because we have our own certified inhouse engineers and tech experts across various cities in Canada who are always at your service.

Competitive Pricing – We offer competitive pricing on our range of products and services including building automation system, energy management system, building analytics services and so on so you get more value for your money. 

Go Beyond Traditional Building Automation System with A-TECH Smart Cloud– Our AI and IoT empowered building automation system and controls ensure you can take better control of your building from anywhere, anytime. In addition, we focus on enhancing user experience which is why we have developed our own inhouse BACnet to IoT App with a user-friendly interface through which you can easily monitor and control your building systems, get valuable insights, detect system anomalies, take preventive measures and so on. All of these are done with the least human intervention, thus saving you a massive amount of time, energy, and cost.

Get Tailored Solutions for Your Building – As a growing company and being client-centric, we always have your best interests at heart. We have our inhouse team of experts who will personally do the site visits, prepare assessments, carry out scope of work, feasibility, cost analysis, and so on to ensure we provide the best solutions for your facility as we understand each building and its requirements is unique. 

In addition, most of the time in old buildings the controls are incompatible with new software, depriving the facility managers added benefits of today’s modern building automation systems. We are able to provide system integration and support for a number of major brands including Tridium, Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Alerton, Vykon and other BACnet buildings. With A-TECH Engineering Ltd., you can easily upgrade your controls so that it is functional, efficient, and cost effective.

A Diverse Range of Services Under One Umbrella – As a licensed engineering firm, we have a diverse portfolio of products and services to suit your business. From building automation and controls to renewable energy solutions to electrical services we are able to provide innovative solutions that best fits your building needs.

In addition, we also provide a wide range of partnered solutions such as effective HVAC system cleaning technology, building sterilization packages and so on across various cities in Canada for covid-19 building optimization. You can find out more about our services here.

Satisfaction Guaranteed –We believe in building long-lasting relationships with our clients and stakeholders. With A-TECH Engineering Ltd, you can rest assured that we will go the extra mile to make sure we continue to exceed your expectations.

Create a Better Canada- If your business is based in Canada, then we would love to help you out. We have local techs in various cities across Canada who are ready to serve you. As an advanced energy and engineering company based in Toronto, we strive to provide value to the local community and create a smart city as well as help Canadian businesses achieve net zero carbon emission by 2050. Together, we can create a smarter and greener Canada for the next generation.

Support Local – Although there are giant companies providing services and products similar to ours, you can choose to invest with us and experience the difference as we are committed to providing the best service possible and in return you will have the pride of contributing to your local community. 

While there will always be giant companies around and we love them too, it is the young, pioneering companies like A-TECH Engineering Ltd. which are here to provide groundbreaking and innovative solutions along with unmatched customer service. If you are looking to find simple, cost effective solutions to improve your operational efficiency, reduce energy costs and improve occupants’ comfort while also lowering carbon emissions, then connect with an A-TECH Engineering Ltd. specialist today and unlock your building’s potential.

COVID-19 Building Optimization: Reopening Guidelines for Business & Workplace

With covid-19 pandemic still ongoing all over the world and new variants emerging frequently, it is no doubt that reopening your business in the current stage has to be a critically thought-out decision. Although many regions have been given the green light for reopening, as a business owner, there are several factors to consider and guidelines to follow that will ensure that you reopen your business in a safe and responsible manner for both the staff and customers. In this article, we take a deep delve into how you can navigate these unprecedented times and reopen your business or workplace safely and confidently with covid-19 building optimization.

Have a workplace safety plan

As an employer it is your duty to ensure that your workers or employees as well as clients are in a safe environment that mitigates the spread of covid-19. You should have a covid-19 safety plan written as per requirement of all operating businesses. Make sure that the plan is easily accessible to all your employees and visitors. It is important that all the people related to your business are aware of the plan. Also do not forget to regularly change or update the plan as the pandemic is evolving daily.

Ensure covid-19 building optimization

To reduce risk of covid-19 transmission make sure your building is optimized to prevent the spread. For example, rearrange your employees’ workstations to ensure they are 6 feet apart. Create appropriate hand sanitizing stations, screening areas, install awareness signage and stickers in high traffic areas. If your business has visitors or customers, install plexi-glass screens. Make sure the building is well-stocked with hand sanitizers in appropriate places.

Inspect the HVAC system

Since covid-19 has been established as an airborne disease, air quality at your workplace is of paramount concern. Lack of ventilation, inefficient and dirt-clogged HVAC systems not only increase your utility bills but also increase risk of covid-19 transmission through poor air circulation. Before reopening, make sure your HVAC system is serviced, cleaned, and disinfected to mitigate the risk of covid-19 transmission. In addition, improve ventilation and airflow wherever possible as this helps in reducing covid-19 spread.

Invest in HVAC monitoring system

Simply maintaining and cleaning your HVAC system is not enough. With time the HVAC system loses its efficiency with build up of dirt and biofilms. To maintain indoor air quality and ensure a safe environment for your workers, you can try investing in HVAC monitoring app or CO2/T/H monitoring which will send you automated alerts when air quality is poor through sensors that detect CO2, temperature, and humidity levels in an area. This will not only help minimize the risk of covid-19 spread but also ensure overall health and productivity of your employees, thus benefiting you in a multitude of ways.

Sterilize the building

Covid-19 can be spread by surface touching, so it is imperative that you make sure the premises are disinfected to eliminate the risk before reopening your facility or workplace. Whether you have a retail store, an office space or a large industrial area, make sure every square footage of your premises is disinfected. There are several disinfecting methods available that can kill germs even upto 99.9999% and are very fast and efficient. Make sure you hire a professional disinfection service provider that can do the job thoroughly for covid-19 building optimization.

Inspect facility operations

If your building has been unoccupied for a long period of time, before reopening you must ensure that the building systems are running smoothly. For example, perform security and fire alarm checks. Ensure all the tools and equipment are functional and check for signs of structural damage or pest infestation and take necessary steps to fix the issue.

 

Regular cleaning and disinfecting

Apart from sterilizing the building before reopening, to ensure covid-19 building optimization, you also need to have a regular cleaning and disinfecting schedule in place. This should be done for all high traffic areas including entrance, washroom, kitchen, common space as well as high contact surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, workstations and so on. Use hard surface furniture that are easy to clean. Make sure there is adequate supply of cleaners and disinfectants in your building and maintain a log of cleaning and disinfecting schedule.

Have a schedule in place for employees returning to work

Make sure all your employees’ and suppliers’ contact information are updated. Make a list of employees that must return to work immediately and those who can continue working from home. Remember elderly, immune compromised, and chronic illness suffering patients are vulnerable to covid-19. Also, use a staggered return schedule to avoid a large number of employees returning at once.
Determine your building capacity and schedule number of employees at work accordingly to avoid crowded gatherings as prolonged exposure in enclosed and congested spaces can raise the risk of transmission. Have an assigned personnel or HR team that can smoothly handle the transition of employees’ return to the workplace.

Raise covid-19 awareness in the workplace

The first step for any prevention tactic is to raise awareness of the issue. Communicate the risks associated with covid-19 to your employees such as how it is transmitted, steps to prevent it, its symptoms, what to do if someone has been infected with covid-19 and so on. For example, educate your employees to maintain personal hygiene and safety procedures such as avoidance of touching nose, eyes and mouth, covering nose with an elbow while sneezing, regular hand washing with sanitizers, avoiding large gatherings in small, crowded places like the kitchen, not sharing personal belongings and so on. Your employees should also know when to self-isolate if someone has covid-19 symptoms.  You can read more on what to do if someone in your building has been infected with covid-19 here. Additionally, if you reside in Canada, here are additional resources on workplace safety during covid-19.

Take control measures to minimize the risk

Prevention is better than cure. As an employer it is your responsibility to take the maximum precautions for the safety of your employee as well as customers. Apart from covid-19 building optimization, make sure that your staff follow appropriate measures to reduce the spread of covid-19. For example, if physical distancing is not possible, have staff and visitors in the building premises wear face masks.
 

With the above guidelines along with your region’s public health guidelines, you can reopen your business safely while ensuring safety of your workers and customers. A-TECH Engineering Ltd, a leading building automation system and controls provider in Toronto, provides a number of solutions such as sterilization packages via partners, HVAC system disinfection, indoor air quality monitoring and more. Connect with an A-TECH specialist to find out how we can optimize your building for covid-19 and help you reopen safely and confidently. 

Building Automation System for Condominiums

Before, people used to think that building automation systems are only for large commercial and industrial projects and not necessary for residential buildings. Even though smart home technology has been prevalent for many years owing to their convenience and comfort, it has been only recently that facility managers and multi-residential property managers are realizing the potential and benefits of building automation system for condo buildings. Condominiums range in size from mid to large but usually comprise a large number of units with varying number of occupants and energy needs so it makes sense that integrating building automation systems in condominiums will provide added benefits to both occupants and managers for better utilization of space, energy management, enhanced comfort and so on. In this article we take a look at how condo boards, condo managers and occupants can all benefit from having an efficient building automation system.

Building Automation System

Building automation system in condominiums refers to automatic and centralized control of the condo’s systems, including HVAC, lighting, security and so on. Usually building automation systems (or BAS) are driven by sensors, controls and a network infrastructure installed in the building and managed from a unified interface. Although previously building automation systems used to be expensive, the advancement of technology, Artificial Intelligence and IoT have made building automation systems highly affordable even for small building sizes. With easy upgradation, even older buildings that use BACnet protocol can be integrated with updated and newer software that are user-friendly and requires the least human intervention, thereby reducing the hassle of frequent technical support or maintenance issues. Some of the major benefits of having building automation system in condominiums are:

Reducing Utility Bills

Utilities usually account for 30-40% of a condominium’s operating costs covering lighting, heating, ventilation, and air cooling. Moreover, obsolete HVAC equipment that are rarely maintained in condominiums are highly inefficient and waste a ton of energy, thereby increasing utility bills redundantly. Furthermore, when you rely on human intervention, energy bills also increase in condo projects due to misuse of electricity, water and so on.

Having building automation system helps to identify wastage areas, minimize the need of human intervention in maintaining the building systems and reduces energy costs by 5%-30% in the long run. In addition, there are building automation systems that integrate submetering, which is extremely useful for condominiums. Submetering gives you a clear picture of how much energy each unit consumes, detects areas of cost improvement as well as offers occupants a fair-pay system for utilities.

Better Energy Management

As automated building systems reduce electricity bills, they also provide an improved energy management system for condominiums. With automated building system controls, as a condominium manager, you can utilize smart sensors that can trigger automated actions that optimize energy usage while ensuring occupants’ comfort. For example, when the gym experiences high traffic on a particularly hot and humid day, automation can activate the air conditioner and when the gym is unoccupied, it can turn off the lights and AC to prevent energy wastage. In this way building automation system is also able to provide better space utilization in condominiums which otherwise would eat up a lot of resources to look after the condo amenities and facilities.

Useful Data 

Condominiums are storehouses for a large amount of data most of which are either not collected or utilized properly. With building automation system in condominiums, condo managers can access this data anytime, anywhere and make much better informed decisions such as managing building resources in an energy efficient way, taking preventive measures for maintenance issues and so on. For example, say there is a water leakage in one of the condo units. Realistically, it might not get inspected by anyone until some serious damage occurs. Having building automation system with water sensors, condo managers can easily note the spike in water usage and be able to take care of the issue before any real damage occurs. 

With the vast pool of data, building managers can also know traffic or number of occupants in various areas during different times. This information will help to schedule any maintenance work easily without interfering with occupants timing, thus elevating their condo living experience.

Hassle-free management

Today’s IoT enabled building automation systems can be monitored and accessed from anywhere and anytime, giving you full control over your building systems. Moreover, with AI integration, the process works on its own with minimal human intervention so you have the peace of mind that if something goes wrong, it will be taken care of without any added stress. 

Heightened Security

Most traditional condos used to rely on concierge service for security. This involved a lot of hassles including having to recruit the right people, managing them, and also paying them. However, with building automation system in condominiums, security and access controls are much more efficient, intuitive, and able to send alerts instantly to any security anomaly. Smart security systems have evolved greatly from traditional and simple CCTV to IoT empowered digital access controls that use sensors, biometrics, camera and data analytics for ensuring effective and hassle-free security of the condominium. In addition, condo managers no longer need to install and maintain complex IT infrastructure as most of these systems are cloud-based.

Condo boards can significantly reduce energy consumption by embracing automated building systems which not only provide financial benefits through energy savings but also add to occupants’ comfort. In addition, instead of wasting resources for monitoring multiple building operations and units, building automation system provides an easy and better way to evaluate the energy profile of the building and helps you make better energy management decisions. A-TECH Engineering Ltd. – a Toronto based energy management company – provides innovative IoT enabled building automation system that gives you guaranteed energy savings, increased efficiency, and enhanced occupant comfort. Connect with us to reduce your condo management hassle and provide a better condo living experience with smart and efficient buildings.

Renewable Energy – Why Choose It for Your Business?

With traditional energy sources becoming increasingly costlier, the scope of alternative energy is rapidly becoming the object of attention for several progressive business owners looking for sustainable, cleaner, and reliable energy solutions. Using renewable energy not only provides businesses and organizations with monetary benefits but also provides long lasting positive impact on the environment. In this article we take a look at what renewable energy entails and how businesses can leverage it. 

WHAT IS RENEWABLE ENERGY?

Renewable energy refers to energy that is harvested from natural resources, which are inexhaustible in nature and can be easily replenished. This  comprises carbon neutral sources like solar, wind, water, tides, geothermal heat as well as photovoltaic and biomass resources. 

On the other hand, non-renewable energy resources which include fossil fuels such as oil, coal, natural gas, and others are consumed at a much faster rate than they are replenished. Because of the finite nature of non-renewable resources, renewable  or alternative energy has been gaining a lot of momentum in many industries in order to fill in the energy gap created as these non-renewable resources get exhausted. 

APPLICATIONS

Renewable energy is used to provide energy in four important areas including electricity generation, air and water heating or cooling, off-grid energy generation and transportation. It offers comparatively safer, cleaner, cheaper, and efficient energy than non-renewable energy as well as  plays a critical role in replenishing non-renewable energy sources as well as mitigates the risks of climate change resulting from use of fossil fuels. 

With the demand for efficient and reliable energy as well reduced environmental impact, alternative or renewable energy promises to be part of any sustainable energy management system for a business. 

Here are some of the ways your business can leverage renewable energy.

  • Environmental benefits: Renewable energy provides a clean source of energy compared to conventional energy generation sources. For example, a recent study revealed 29 percent of global warming emissions in the US results from the electricity sector from burning fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas. However, most renewable energy sources generate little to no global warming emissions at all. In addition, by reducing carbon footprint, it also helps to improve overall air quality and public health. Due to air pollution and poor air quality, people all over the world suffer from serious health issues including respiratory diseases, neurological disorder, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, premature death, and a host of other health risks.
  • Reliable energy: Most of the time non-renewable energy generated has to be distributed from source to usage area. During this process, a majority of the energy is wasted and there are also power disturbances. On the other hand, renewable energy is produced locally. As a result, it saves energy, prevents wastage, and mitigates the risk of power outage or fluctuation problems, thus benefiting your business. 
  • Cost-effective – Many traditional business owners tend to think renewable energy is costly and not at all financially feasible for their business model. However, in reality this form of energy is economically viable as it provides a safety net against increasing cost of electricity which is a major overhead cost for many businesses. For example, a study reveals that commercial property owners can reduce their electricity bill by 75 percent by simply installing solar panels.
  • Get incentivized – Many governments all over the world including Canada, in order to mitigate climate change, have introduced several energy programs that provide significant incentives, tax rebates and grants for participating in clean energy programs and helping the world to be a safer and cleaner place. Your organization can benefit financially from this too. For Canadian organizations, you can find more resources here.
  • Goodwill and brand recognition – Not only organizations and people working in the environment sector, but common people as well are becoming aware of the effects of climate change and the need to participate in cleaner, environment-friendly energy generation and consumption. As a business that employs sustainable business practices including using alternative energy sources, you can benefit from the goodwill of mass people and reinforcement of a positive brand image, which will reflect in increased sales and ROI.
  • Employee loyalty– Studies have also shown that 64 percent people will not take up a job in a company that does not participate in corporate social responsibilities. As a result, by investing in alternative energy solutions, you will also be able to recruit and retain a team of talented employees that are loyal to your organization.
  • Employment opportunities – The renewable energy sector is labor intensive and by investing in it, your organization will be creating more job opportunities in the market and contributing to overall socio-economic development.

Investing in renewable energy solutions can help your businesses beyond just significantly reducing energy bills and improving efficiency. Conventional energy solutions are increasingly becoming more costlier and disruptive day by day and the trend is likely to continue. Switching to alternative energy solutions will not only help your business alone but also have a positive impact for the future generation. A-TECH Engineering – a leading energy company based in Toronto provides innovative energy solutions including CHP, solar energy and more to help your business become sustainable while saving energy and reducing carbon footprint. Connect with us to learn more today.

Our Latest Work: Building Controls Upgrade at Angus Glen Community Centre

A-TECH Engineering Ltd. a leading energy company based in Toronto is excited to announce that recently we have completed Building Controls Upgrades for new Rooftop Condensing Unit by Daikin at Angus Glen Community Centre with City of Markham and Sharpline HVAC Inc.. We successfully integrated the upgrade with existing BAS Control System onsite that included Siemens Desigo as well as completed the electrical work.
For any building automation and controls query or discuss the energy savings potential of your building, feel free to connect with us.