St. John's University
The second innovation is the Building Management System or BMS. This system allows a building manager to control the Lighting Control System and other mechanical and electrical equipment. If there is a problem with one of the sensors, the building manager will be notified to have someone come and check the system. HVAC (Heating, Venting, and Cooling) Systems can also be connected to the Building Management System. Based on temperature, the HVAC Systems can be programmed to conserve energy and limit emissions.
The overall impact of these innovations are exceptionally difficult to quantify. The innovations mentioned were not developed or created by Mr. Grant, but he is choosing to lead by example in persuading his clients to follow suit. As aforementioned, the cost of these systems is off-putting to some. The real impact is getting these clients to buy into a system which will produce instant results. The innovations in their totality can reduce carbon footprints all over New York City, through one building at a time. In persuading clients, Mr. Grant may offer just the Lighting Control System and then revisit the conversation concerning the Building Management System. Starting off small may be a great motivator in future negotiations.
These innovations affect the business because it has awarded Jack Green Associates to amass a large clientele ranging from property management, landlords, developers, and architects. These clients have been able to see changes in their electric and HVAC bills, which has provided the company with the results to support their work and mission.
These innovations have also prompted more learning in this field. More people are thinking twice about their environmental footprint. Research has provided updated versions to the systems being put in buildings today. For example, HVAC systems today are releasing less emissions than the ones of the past. Although all of these things seem like a good selling point, clients have to be convinced to make such a huge leap when most are concerned about their bottom line.
The innovations' benefits to society, the environment, and the business all go hand in hand. Mr. Grant alluded to the benefits being like a puzzle. "Right now we aren't seeing the effect of what we're doing, it's like a puzzle. If I do it, my client does it, they convince a client in another company to do it... over time as we build this puzzle...we are reducing our carbon footprint in the environment. In the long run it will be a benefit to us, our kids, and our kids kids." The completion of this puzzle is only guaranteed if clients can buy into purchasing a more expensive option for a delayed payout. "The human element is the hardest," said Mr. Grant. As a society, we have been exposed to instant gratification and want that in all areas of life. In this industry, it is about looking at the big picture and recognizing that it is beyond you.
Chad Grant, Associate
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New York, New York, US
Business Website: http://www.jackgreenassoc.com/index.php
Year Founded: 1970
Number of Employees: 11 to 50
Jack Greene Associates is a mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and sustainable engineering design firm. The consulting engineers have a management and design philosophy based on providing engineering leadership and excellence through hands-on and day-to-day engineering for projects. (Taken from website)