MINT hosts files, created by the user, which act as containers for all the building information collected. Each file offers a File Overview screen, providing quick access to client information, directions to the site, and the ability to call the client. It also consists of the following main areas, each briefly discussed below. All information is collected offline. No internet connection is needed.
To create a new file in the MINT app to gather data for a new building assessment, complete the following steps:
- Open the Hancock Mint App on your iPad.
If other files already exist, they will display on your home page. Otherwise, the page will be blank.
- Click New file in the top-right to gather data for a new building assessment. A New File Setup window displays.
- In the Program section, select a program for this file by clicking the down arrow.
A drop-down menu allows you to choose what data you want to collect. This example uses C&I Lighting Incentive Retrofit program. Make your selection and click Done.
- In the Default Operating Schedule section, assign the building default schedule using the radio buttons.
Note: An operating schedule is the number of hours that the building is active during the year. This can be modified at any time.
- Click Create File.
- A Client Info dialog box displays. Client Info is the location to capture the contact information for the Owner or Manager of the building which is being analyzed. Enter all pertinent information.
- When complete, press the arrow at the top-left of the screen to get back to Home.
Your new file displays. In this example, it is 215 Beale St., Building #2.
Note: MINT allows you collect any type of data, any type of energy level audit in any type of building. To add content to the Building, you will View and Edit this file.
- Click the View File icon in the new file created. A File overview window displays.
For an overview of the data types which can be collected, please review the MINT Overview.
Note: MINT offers multimedia support. You can take photos of the building in the Notes Summary section using the Camera icon. You can also add notes about the photo, as shown in the following example.
- To collect inventory data for the new site, go to the Items section in File Overview.
- Tap Add Items. The Add Inventory dialog box displays.
- Enter the fixture you want to add in Search Catalog. This will search the universal catalog for this item.
This example uses T12 F34 lighting fixture in its search. The catalog shows the inventory available. Tap Add to add this fixture to your file.
Note: If you would like to enter in an item which is not in the catalog, you can search for the term BLANK. This will return a list of all item types, and you can choose the item type you would like to enter. Tap Add the Item you would like to add and Edit to update the details.
- The fixture is added to your Items list. You can easily change the amount needed using the quick counter that displays when you tap 1x. Enter the number of units you need and tap Update & Continue.
The number of items selected now displays in the main items window. For example:
- Repeat these steps for each fixture you want to add. Your items list will update.
- You can tap on any item to see more detailed information.
A detailed items window displays.
For more complex audits, MINT allows you to create pinpointed area definitions. Instead of just listing a floor, you could break areas down to specific locations. The following shows various area data collected, including Men’s Restroom, Conference Room, etc. Once you have added all your items, you can add new areas to your file.
- To add areas to your file, in the File Overview Areas section, press Add Area.
- The New Area dialog box displays with a scroll down menu. This example chooses Office.
- Assign the Default Operating Schedule. From the pull-down menu, scroll to select your preferred schedule.
- Press Create to add the new area.
- You can add inventory and fixture data for this new area by searching the catalog.
- You can also add inventory and fixture data using recently used inventory, as shown below.
- After you add the item needed for this new area, you can change the count. Press Details in the item row.
- The Change Area Item Count displays. Adjust the amount needed and press Continue.
All area updates display in the Areas section.
Each area can be cloned as many times as needed for floors with the same layout.
File Overview will be updated with your new information.