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Bioengineering

I’m glad to have stumbled upon this photo posted by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar on his Facebook page in July. The photo showed a segment of Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

According to Sec. Villar, coco net, and vetiver grass are being utilized in the 11-km segment of TPLEX to prevent soil erosion. The photo also carries hashtags #BuildBuildBuild and #Bioengineering.

DPWH Sec. Mark Villar photo

According to Wikipedia, bioengineering means the application of principles of biology and the tools of engineering to create usable, tangible, economically-viable products.

Sun-dried coconut halves

In 2012, we were able to observe how coco nets are developed in Las Piñas. The intricate process includes, drying up coconut halves; decorticating the husks; twining the fibers; finally weaving the net.

The tour at the green social enterprises in Las Piñas was made possible by the Villar Foundation.

Decorticating machine separates coco fibers from coconut husk

Twining and weaving nets from coconut husks are just one of the social enterprises of the foundation. The other livelihood projects include handloom weaving, house waste composting, vermin composting, producing hollow blocks from trash, and crafting baskets from water hyacinths.

Worker separates fiber for twining

The development of these livelihood projects was an offshoot of an endeavor to clean and revive the Las Pinas-Zapote River.

The husks not thrown on the river were left on the sidewalks, and the city had to spend more to haul the garbage. Trash collectors failed to collect sacks of coconut husk, so they end up polluting the river.

Twining the coconut fibers to create ropes

Mrs. (now Senator) Cynthia Villar, managing director of the Villar Foundation, met with experts from the Bicol University for the Coco Coir technology; to address the growing problem with uncollected coconut husks.

Twines are weaved in the loom to create nets

Dr. Justino Arboleda, an agricultural engineer, designed the machinery to make the coco-net. Coco Coir Enterprise utilizes coconut husk and converts them into a coco net.

Finished coco nets are being used for slope protection and control soil erosion. Las Piñas City and private developers use coco nets in various projects.

Congratulations Sec. Villar, for implementing the #bioengineering techniques to assist in the #BuildBuildBuild program of the government. This sure saves a lot of government fundings.

Benefits of HVAC Maintenance

You probably understand the importance of regular HVAC maintenance. Proper maintenance offers several benefits, including fewer breakdowns, higher energy efficiency and enhanced indoor air quality. Hiring a professional for hvac maintenance chicago helps in realizing problematic issues before they become severe. Here are other benefits of designing a preventative maintenance plan for your unit.

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Fewer Breakdowns

Homeowners can face unexpected and stressful situations needing emergency HVAC repair. Your heating and cooling system breaking down in the middle of a cold or hot night is among them. You can significantly reduce the chances of your unit breaking down when you least expect it by designing an annual maintenance schedule with an expert. During each maintenance system, the technician inspects your system for problems that could probably turn into expensive repairs.

Energy Efficiency

Your air conditioner is likely to run throughout the day and night during the hot summer months. As such, you will notice an increase in your utility bills. What you probably do not know is that your air conditioner could be overworking itself if you fail to maintain and check it as often as required. That means that your utility bills are higher than they should be. By maintaining your air conditioner frequently, you prevent it from overworking and lower utility bills.

System Lifespan

Buying a new heating and cooling unit is probably not in your plans. Unfortunately, your HVAC system will wear out over time unless you schedule regular check-ups because the systems are not engineered to live forever. Most air conditioners are designed to last for one decade to 15 years. Regular tune-ups extend the lifespan of your air conditioner.

Call a professional if it’s been a while since you checked on your air conditioning unit. Contact HVAC technicians for questions about air conditioner preventive maintenance. Remember to hire high-quality maintenance services for desirable results.

How To Use Data To Manage Facilities

Managing business facilities is not an easy task and the larger your company, the harder this task becomes. With the right data, however, you can see where improvements or maintenance needs to happen as well as how well you are using the space and your assets.

Facilities Maintenance

Facilities maintenance is a large area which includes everything from cleaning the floors to making sure that the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are working at peak efficiency. This means using facility data management to track when each maintenance job was performed, what supplies you have on hand and what maintenance schedule you need to create moving forward. You can even see where the bulk of your energy spending is going and whether that can be improved.

Space Utilization

Making the most of the space in your facility can help increase effectiveness and remove costs for space that is not being used. For instance, if you own a building that is largely empty, then space management software and analytics can show you how to completely empty it out for repurpose, renting out or even selling off. Analytics can also show you how to effectively design a given space for your needs whether you need to be able to store more supplies or increase lines of communication between team members.

Asset Management

By incorporating data analytics into your facilities management, you can make sure that your company’s assets are being used properly and well. This means that you can stop making educated guesses on where improvements need to be made and have data-backed models of what is actually happening.

The right data and analytics can help you with almost every aspect of your business, especially facility management. These data sets can help you plan and schedule maintenance tasks, space utilization and asset management to get the most out of your facilities.