Building Automation Systems-A Centralized Solution for Energy Systems Optimization
What are building automation systems?
Building automation systems are a computer-based control system installed in buildings that controls and monitors the building’s mechanical and electrical equipment, such as ventilation, lighting, power systems, fire systems and security systems. The system consists of software and hardware. The software program, usually configured in a hierarchical manner, can be proprietary, but uses internet protocols and open standards such as BACnet.
Building automation systems are most commonly implemented in large projects with extensive mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Systems linked to a building automation system typically represent 40 percent of a building’s energy usage. If lighting is included, this number approaches 70 percent. The system a critical component to managing energy demand.
What are the benefits?
• Centralized monitoring
• Energy consumption optimization
• Early detection of problems
• Centralized, granular control
• Computerized maintenance scheduling
• Reduced maintenance costs
• Increased staff productivity
• Increased occupant comfort
• Reporting capabilities