3 REASONS TO INSTALL A TOUCHLESS FAUCET

3 REASONS TO INSTALL A TOUCHLESS FAUCET

3 REASONS TO INSTALL A TOUCHLESS FAUCET

We are beginning to see many touchless or hands-free faucets in restaurants, stores, and offices. These automatic faucets are gaining in popularity in the commercial world and for many good reasons. Here are three reasons you should consider a hands-free fixture in your place of business:

1. WATER CONSERVATION

Studies have shown that every time you wash your hands with a traditional manual type faucet, you are using about 2 gallons of water per minute! Hands-free or automatic faucets turn off automatically, potentially conserving a significant amount of water each year. Water conservation is an important issue for all of us. Not only are touchless faucets better for the environment but you should also see a decrease in your water bill as well.

2. PREVENT THE SPREADING OF GERMS

Not having to touch your faucet can help prevent the spread of germs. Germs often linger on faucet handles, which means you can easily pick them up when you’re turning the water on or off to wash your hands. Having a hands-free faucet can help prevent other employees from becoming sick and missing work. A simple upgrade could pay for itself in lost work time and save employees the need to spend off in the doctor’s office.

3. REDUCES THE NEED FOR REPAIRS

Hands-Free faucets are not subject to the physical abuse that the traditional faucet receives. There are no handles, internal washers, packing glands or cartridges to become damaged from the constant use.

When considering a faucet for your commercial property, be sure to compare and contrast a traditional faucet to a touchless faucet. Never forget the benefits of going hands-free. The biggest benefit you can’t beat is never having to worry about someone leaving the water running, resulting in high water usage and a large bill! Save time, money, and health by going hands-free!

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Case Study: LED lighting retrofits replacing fluorescents reduces maintenance costs and greenhouse gases.

Case Study: LED lighting retrofits replacing fluorescents reduces maintenance costs and greenhouse gases.

The Customer:

A manufacturer of electrical and print technology products with several manufacturing locations and strategically positioned distribution warehouses throughout the United States to service their various customer bases. The company offers graphic vinyl films, flexible substrates, print technology, and commercial and electrical signage products.

The Objective:

This manufacturer needed a solution to reduce energy costs while maintaining current light levels at an East coast manufacturing facility.

The Challenge:

Reviewing their existing lighting configuration and components (T12-Lamps, Magnetic Ballasts) we recognized that a traditional retrofit approach of replacing these outdated components with upgraded lamps and ballasts would best achieve a cost-effective improvement.

The Solution:

We offered a lighting retrofit program to replace the existing outdated 360 T12 fluorescent lamped-fixtures with new high-performance, long lasting, energy efficient LED tubes and Power Supplies. Our project management team executed this retrofit on time and within the budget without any disruptions to manufacturing schedules.

The Results:
  1. An immediate reduction of maintenance costs estimated at $7,000+ annually for the first 4-years due to both the products rated life (36,000 hrs.) and their multi-year warranty.
  2. An immediate reduction of energy usage by 53% AND an estimated $12,000+ annual utility cost savings based on the U.S. average retail price of electricity of $0.1032.
  3. An annual reduction of 34,286 lbs. of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere (a fundamental cause of the greenhouse effect).

“The difference is stunning, both visually and financially. The fixtures make a big difference
in the work environment, and we’re extremely pleased with the end result”.

Interested in Learning More?

To learn more about lighting and general maintenance for your multi-site portfolio,
give Ferrandino & Son a call at:
866-571-4609
and ask to speak to someone in our Business Development Team.
You can also reach us at: sales@ferrandinoandson.com

Case Study: Capital Projects Cost-Plus Wins!

Case Study: Capital Projects Cost-Plus Wins!

Case Study Overview

A national REIT with thousands of properties anchored mostly by well-known grocery chains was looking to consolidate their capital expenditures with one company. Some of the outcomes they hoped to achieve included improved pricing, faster turnaround times from “scoped job” to completion, better communication channels with the partner doing the work and a completely upgraded validation process for when work is completed.

They needed a better way of handling their capital work.

Project Kickoff

After multiple meetings with different stakeholders to learn more about the needs of the program, Ferrandino & Son launched the program with a two day workshop, bringing in members of our own Capital Projects Team along with IT, Finance and Senior Leadership.

The client was represented with stakeholders from their Facility Department, Operations, Procurement, Accounting and Risk Management teams.

The goals of the workshop included the following:

  1. Identify the goals of each department and then to define the outcome that would be achieved if we delivered on those goals.
  2. Develop a project workflow that would be the guide for every capital initiative, regardless of scale or spend.
  3. Develop a plan to provide transparency and better budget certainly around the projects.
Project Challenges

The client was burdened with what they felt was an outdated model.  Each project was being managed by a local stakeholder, using unique vendor pools with different scopes, missed deadlines and a complete lack of transparency on the final product delivered.  The client needed guidance on how to manage the workflow.

Through the initial planning stages, we identified 3 critical steps:

Step #1: Planning: Identify each area for repair, how each bid should be broken down (areas of the site), and what the time frame is for the project. This would allow all vendors to quote the same scope of work.

Step #2: Communication: Work directly with the Property Managers to ensure each site had before and after pictures and the work was done to the full extent requested by the Property Manager.

Step #3: Budget: Using our Subject Matter Experts, we were able to negotiate the best price per project and ensure that all work would be completed to brand standards.

Ferrandino & Son’s Solutions

With multiple locations in different territories, it was important for Ferrandino & Son to create a plan that was easy for the client to understand and stay within their budget.

Ferrandino & Son first executed site walks at each property. Conversations with each Property Manager, validating areas to be covered, detailed breakdowns of the bids, defining strong time frames and reviewing photos were crucial to ensuring a detailed SOW would be supplied to each vendor to follow. This was all validated by the Property Managers.

After vendor submissions estimates were received, negotiations began with quotes being resubmitted and proposal drawn up for each Property Manager. Once approved by the Property Managers, Ferrandino & Son was able to offer complete oversight during the project.  Project updates and pictures were sent throughout the process to keep the Property Manager up-to-date. In addition, once each project was completed, pictures and completed punch lists were issued to the Property Mangers for final approval.

These new processes significantly improved the time each project took to complete with one point of contact to manage each project from beginning to end.

Summary

Communication was the key to completing this project and driving costs within the budget. The initial stages of reviewing each property with the Property Manager was crucial to ensuring each vendor was able to submit a proposal based on the same requirements.

In addition, this helped with further negotiations and receiving better prices for the work to be completed. The consolidation this REIT took with Ferrandino & Son helped reduce project completion by 30% and additional Cap Ex projects were able to be funneled into this program for Insurance Claims, Emergency Services, and Violations from Inspections resulting in a higher ROI for everybody.

The program ultimately landed on a cost-plus model that allowed both sides to remove the uncertainty around cost and allowed the relationship to move into more of a collaborative effort.

A win-win for everybody.

Interested in Learning More?

To learn more about Capital Projects and a Cost-Plus program for your multi-site portfolio,
give Ferrandino & Son a call at:
866-571-4609
and ask to speak to someone in our Business Development Team.
You can also reach us at: sales@ferrandinoandson.com

Case Study: LED Lighting Retrofit — Distribution Center

Case Study: LED Lighting Retrofit — Distribution Center

The Customer:

A premier kitchen and bath distributor twice named America’s “Wholesaler of the Year”. The company is responsible for supplying some of the most exclusive residences, opulent estates, hotels, landmarks, sports stadiums, hospitals, and universities in the Northeast.

The Objective:

This distributor needed a solution to reduce both energy and maintenance costs while improving current light levels at one of its largest Northeast distribution facilities.

The Challenge:

Review both their existing interior and exterior lighting configurations and components (Interior-T12-Lamps, Magnetic Ballasts: Exterior–HID/HPS Lamps, Magnetic Ballasts) to decipher a more cost effective solution. After review, we recognized that a traditional retrofit approach of replacing these outdated components with upgraded lamps and ballasts would not achieve the cost-effective improvement required.

The Solution:

We offered an LED retrofit installation program to replace the existing outdated 943 interior T12 fluorescent lamped-fixtures with new high-performance, long lasting, energy efficient LED Tubes, and the 33 exterior HID/HPS fixtures with new energy efficient LED fixtures. The Project Management Team executed this retrofit on time and on budget.

The Results:
  1.  An immediate reduction in maintenance costs estimated at $23,000 annually for the next 10 years due to both the products rated life (60,000 hrs.) and their multi-year warranty.
  2. An immediate reduction of energy usage by 68% AND an estimated $40,000+ annual utility cost savings based on the U.S. average retail price of electricity of $0.1032.
  3. An annual reduction of 303,000 lbs. of Greenhouse Gases emitted into the atmosphere.
  4. This installation qualified for the maximum $63,000 Energy Improvement and Extension Act 2008 (EPACT) tax deduction for capital improvements.

Interested in Learning More?

To learn more about lighting and general maintenance for your multi-site portfolio,
give Ferrandino & Son a call at:
866-571-4609
and ask to speak to someone in our Business Development Team.
You can also reach us at: sales@ferrandinoandson.com

Three Types of Wastewater

Three Types of Wastewater

Three Types of Wastewater

Oh no! You’ve experienced a flooding or sewage emergency. What happens next?

The steps you’ll take to begin addressing water damage in your home depend heavily on the type of wastewater you’re dealing with.

BLACKWATER

Blackwater refers to wastewater contaminated with human waste. Blackwater comes from flush toilets, urinals and bidets, and contains human waste such as urine and feces as well as toilet paper. Blackwater can also include water from food preparation sinks, dishwashers and other sources. Raw sewage is classified as blackwater. Blackwater is a haven for dangerous bacteria and pathogens that must fully decompose before being released into the environment. It can also be contaminated with dissolved chemicals and particulates, making contact even more dangerous.

When it comes to flooding emergencies, blackwater floods are the most dangerous and the most destructive. Because of the extremely unsanitary conditions of the water, porous and absorbent items such as carpets, upholstery and drywall are often unsalvageable. Contact with blackwater via ingestion or skin contact can cause illness.

If you suspect that the flooding situation involves sewage or blackwater, it is advisable to contact a professional plumber and a water restoration expert to assess the situation before attempting to begin remedying it yourself.

GREYWATER

Greywater, or sullage, refers to wastewater that is not contaminated with fecal matter. Greywater could include water from bathtubs and showers, washing machines, dishwashers, and sinks. It generally contains fewer pathogens than blackwater and can be reused for non-potable purposes, such as toilet flushing. Greywater still contains small amounts of contaminants and can induce illness if ingested.

Floods by greywater can be caused by a weather event, an overflowing plumbing fixture or appliance or even a broken pipe. This type of greywater can saturate carpeting, furniture and drywall. If you experience a home flood with greywater, take caution when beginning the cleaning process. Wear protective gear, and keep children, pets and individuals with a compromised immune system away from the flooded area. If the flood is extensive, such as several inches of water in the basement, it is advisable to hire professionals to safely clean up and decontaminate the area. Cleanup must begin immediately–greywater can become blackwater in as little as 48 hours.

CLEAR WATER

Floodwater that does not post an immediate health threat is known as clean water. Seems obvious, right? Clear water floods can result from malfunctioning appliances, toilet holding tanks, and melting snow, rainwater and groundwater. Clear water home floods are generally safe for you to clean up yourself but remember–time is an important factor. Standing clear water can become greywater in as little as 48 hours.

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To learn more about plumbing programs for your multi-site portfolio, give Ferrandino & Son a call at:

866-571-4609

and ask to speak to someone in our Business Development Team. You can also reach us at:

 sales@ferrandinoandson.com