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When foul odors kept personnel complaining and customers away, a national automotive reseller decided to do something about it. Read how BPT was able to help...


A national automotive reseller had recently moved into and renovated an older facility and experienced recurring issues with objectionable odors. A foul sewage-like smell would come and go in various areas of the building, without any particular pattern. The odor was affecting sales – people don’t like sewer smell when they are shopping for a car! After unsuccessfully trying to diagnose the odor’s cause with several other companies, they turned to BPT. On the first visit, BPT identified the odor’s source. A number of condensate traps which were connected to the sewer had dried out, and went unnoticed because they were above the cieling and hard to access. We recommended a simple and inexpensive fix to the problem, which was implemented, completely wiping out the stench. Our long and varied experience in HVAC design, our strong understanding of how HVAC equipment operates, coupled with our troubleshooting and communication skills helped this client resolve a long-standing problem that was distracting customers and reducing sales.

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Case Study: 800,000 sq.ft. Midwest facility for major engine manufacturer
This manufacturer was dealing with an aging steam heating system which required frequent repairs and was very costly to operate and maintain. In addition, the maintenance staff had no timely way of knowing when a problem had occurred, causing delays in repair response and impairment of production. Using a BPT team member's recommendations, existing steam equipment was converted to high-efficiency natural-gas heating coupled with easy-to-use digital controls. The new controls enabled instantaneous communication concerning the system's operation and reported on any problem with 17 different pieces of equipment. After this highly successful first phase, a second phase was implemented to gain additional savings.