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Measurement tools for energy efficient buildings

18 June 2012 – The achievement of savings in energy consumption is a national imperative in South Africa as energy consumers ask what they can do to reduce their energy bills. Fluke, represented in southern Africa by the Comtest group, has come up with a solution to the measures called for in SANS 204:2011 and SANS 10400-XA:2011 which relate to energy efficiency in buildings, environmental sustainability, and energy usage in buildings.

Fluke has put together a range of test and measurement tools to cover this issue. These are:

  • It new 430 series II power analysis which analyses the power quality and calculates how much money is lost to wasted energy.
  • The 376 clamp meter to measure current while distinguishing the load.
  • Its P3 range of thermal imagers for scanning the building envelope to build up a baseline picture of the energy lost through poor insulation via doors, windows, roofs, ceiling boards, light fittings, air-conditioning ducts and pipes.
  • Fluke’s range of indoor air quality instruments; once buildings are properly insulated the more there is a need to test and regulate the air quality within.
  • The 975 air meter, 922 airflow meter, 971 temperature humidity meter, and the 983 particle counter.Fluke’s 6000 series portable appliance testers (PAT) verify the electrical safety and operation of appliances like kettles, TVs, fridges, microwaves, coffee machines, hairdryers to cover the final requirement of the section of the regulation that governs the safety of appliances used in buildings.

In the spirit of compliance, Comtest has undertaken a comprehensive analysis of its head offices in Linbro Park, Gauteng, as to the energy usage and the energy wastage in its buildings. The findings of this audit will be made available as a case history on Comtest’s website www.comtest.co.za. This will comprise not only details of problems encountered but the monetary values of savings that could be achieved by fixing as many of the problems as is feasible.