What Building Operations and Airplanes Have in CommonAn Interview with Jim Cosentino, Managing Director at Jack Resnick & Sons
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I'm an avid believer that you have to take care of things
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Before they break. If you maintain your equipment
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It's going to last you longer. It's not going to wear out as fast.
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You can foresee problems coming before they happen.
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That's one of the major, major things I've learned from
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My airplane background. I worked the flight line for American Airlines
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With problems for a very long time and
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We were troubleshooters.
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We had to fix what was wrong with that plane
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To get it flying, because that's revenue.
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Every time the plane is on the ground
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The airline loses money, and they don't like that.
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So fix the problem and get the plane in the air
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Without sacrificing any type of safety.
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Every day it's something new, it's challenging, it's not mundane.
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You’re always meeting people, you're always learning something.
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I also have been around at a point where
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Most of the old people that I first started with are gone now.
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They've all retired now, and we have a whole new generation of
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Young building managers and engineers that are very smart.
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And very ambitious.
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I really enjoy working with the young people there.
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They motivate you really, they challenge your intellect.
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They ask good questions, so they keep you on your toes.
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And tenants are becoming more demanding too.
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They are, very much so.
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This makes the building management
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And the corporate environment much tougher.
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I don't rely totally on a BMS.
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That was one of my old boss's philosophies.
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It makes people lazy. With the BMS
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You still have to physically go to the engine room
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And see everything that's happening everywhere.
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But without it today, I don't see how you could
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Actually run a building anymore. Turns the air conditioning on
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Turns them off. Can turn the lights, escalators, you name it, it does it.
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It's a very good tool to help you run a building efficiently.
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But it's only as good as the people operating it.
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I'll always say that.
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If you don't understand how to use it properly
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It's just a fancy computer.
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With all the laws that are coming down the pike with this
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Energy conservation have put a tremendous taxing
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I think on ownership to a large degree.
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What Richard does, for example.
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It's very important, because it's what they're forcing everybody to do
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By 2050, come off of fossil fuels and go totally electric.
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It's a big change. Years ago we burned #6 fuel. It was like garbage.
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You see big smoke coming out of the chimneys.
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You know, nobody cared. You could keep the building at 90 degrees.
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Open a window. Nobody seemed to care if you would.
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Energy costs were very cheap, but it's very important
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To run a building efficiently, especially at the price of everything today.
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They want to switch everything to electric.
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And that to me is a major hurdle to overcome. It's going to take
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A lot of work from a lot of people to see this thing come to fruition.
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If it even does. But, I think this is where
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A company like utiliVisor is extremely important.
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As well as having a good understanding of
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Every part of the electrical systems in your building.
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Actually our largest building down at the seaport
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I had a chance to sit down and talk to Richard
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And his sons, and we went ahead and we developed a plan.
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And we started saving money pretty much right away.
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We changed parts of the BMS, we added some things to the BMS.
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They gave us different ideas, they monitor us constantly.
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So they see whenever the temperatures are rising.
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If something seems out of whack and they would give suggestions
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To the engineers and they would make them.
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And we go back and forth. Adjust this, change that, try this.
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Until we have the systems running properly.
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I would have to say
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Most of the suggestions they have made have turned into dollars.