Title: Enhanced Preventative Maintenance Program for Sustainability
Preventive Maintenance (PM) programs lay out how, when, and where various maintenance tasks should be done. The objective of our PM program is to prolong equipment life, reduce costs, prevent disruption to service, and ensure that systems critical to the mission of the college are fully operational and code compliant. Key to our PM program is the maintenance and testing of life-safety systems, including emergency lighting, emergency generators, fire and smoke alarm systems, and domestic water backflow preventors.
Among its primary benefits, our campus PM program
- extends equipment life
- reduces equipment failure and makes maintenance easier
- reduces costs
- saves energy
- improves the experience of building occupants.
PM programs reduce energy consumption to its lowest possible level. Slipping drive belts, dirty electric motors, and clogged air filters all reduce equipment efficiency, but are easily correctable through preventative maintenance. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems make up a considerable amount of the maintainable equipment in any campus building and can also cause significant increases in energy consumption when not maintained properly. For example, an improperly maintained heating system could require as much as 30 percent more natural gas to operate. Similarly, replacing a filter and cleaning a clogged evaporator coil on an air conditioner could reduce electricity consumption by 40 percent.
Key areas of the SUNY Brockport PM program:
- Heating systems
- Air handling systems
- Cooling systems
- Fire protection/suppression systems
- Mechanical controls
- Plumbing systems
- Lighting systems
- Foundation and substructure
- Roof systems
- Exterior wall systems
- Power distribution systems