What the Kyoto Protocol Means to Building Owners and Managers

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by HVAC-BC
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Are you budgeting now to replace your rooftop HVAC systems that use CFC?

In both developing and developed countries all over the world, buildings are actually responsible for over 40% of global energy use and 1/3 of global greenhouse gas emissions. The subject of global warming has also been inspiring heated debates among many world leaders, environmentalist, and representatives. Greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, chlorofluorocarbons, and water vapor are trapping the heat in the atmosphere rather than allowing it to be reflected back into the space.

Different human activities are actually increasing those levels of gases in the atmosphere that cause an “enhanced greenhouse effect” in the earth, trapping more heat. Humans are enhancing the greenhouse effects mainly by burning fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil and coil. Such fuels are restored carbon and burning them will return the carbon into the atmosphere in carbon dioxide form which is also a gas that greatly contributes to the greenhouse effects.

Apart from that, there are some systems that are used by many commercial buildings, which contain synthetic chemicals that can bring damaging effects to the environment. Many HVAC systems are equipped with some materials that use chlorofluorocarbons or CFC. These are harmful synthetic materials that are used in the manufacture of solvents, blowing agents and refrigerants. There are also some common chlorofluorocarbons which are used in refrigerators and air conditioners. It is important to note that chlorofluorocarbons are not only trapping heat in the atmosphere but are also destroying the ozone layer.

In order to address the issue regarding the greenhouse effects, Kyoto Protocol has been made as an international issue to bring innovative solutions to this problem. In this protocol, it emphasizes the important things that people should do to be able to effectively reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, especially the chlorofluorocarbons.
According to Natural Resources Canada,

        The total energy consumption of commercial and institutional buildings accounts for 12% of Canada’s secondary energy use and 11% of our national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Office of Energy Efficiency 2013 report on Energy Efficiency Trends in Canada 1990-2010).

Building owners and building managers in Vancouver, Surrey, and Lower Mainland are required to plan a fund in order to replace any rooftop HVAC systems using CFC with new systems that come with equipment that does not use chlorofluorocarbons. In the building construction phase, a systematic testing process will be conducted to make sure that rooftop HVAC systems are designed, made, and installed to perform in conformity with the intended design and according to the operational needs of the building owner. Policies will also be made to encourage all building owners to retrofit their buildings in a way that will optimize emission reductions. The use of energy-efficient and reliable rooftop HVAC systems is one of the most important ways to do that.  At Armour Mechanical, we only design, build, and install the most advanced energy-efficient commercial HVAC systems that will be ready for upcoming CFC-free requirements.

All building owners, property developers as well as construction companies are also encouraged to use innovative rooftop HVAC systems that are incorporated with greenhouse gas emission and energy considerations.

Call (604) 542-5444 for any of these needs.

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