Building Control Systems, sometimes called Building Automation Systems (BAS) are networks of hardware and software that are inter-connected and used to monitor and control the environment in commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings.
These building control systems are centralized in one spot and ensures the operational performance of the building as well as the comfort and safety of the people within the building.
What can a Building Control System manage?
Let’s just say a lot. Buildings controlled in this manner are sometimes referred to as ‘smart houses’ or ‘smart buildings’ and for the most part, these systems control the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems within a building. The heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are usually always controlled, as well as various components of these systems, including:
- Air Handling Units (AHUs)
- Roof-top Units (RTUs)
- Fan Coil Units (FCUs)
- Heat Pump Units (HPUs)
- Variable Air Volume boxes (VAVs)
Other systems that are can be controlled using a complete building control system, include:
- Power monitoring
- Close circuit video (CCTV)
- Card and keypad access
- Fire alarm system
- Plumbing and water monitoring
Why use a Building Control System?
The old way of managing buildings relied on stand-alone mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, each with their own separate monitoring and control stations. Today, with the use of a building control system, you can manage all of these systems under one, intelligent, affordable and customized solution. This gives you many benefits, including:
- Automated building control processes
- Shareable information between departments
- Increased productivity
- Operational efficiency
- Improved response time to events
- Reduced installation and life cycle costs
- Provide building performance data to help make intelligent resource decisions
- Earn the EPA ENERGY STAR or the LEED certification associated with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
What does a Building Control System look like?
Not clunky or obtrusive, if that’s what you were thinking. In fact, most of the automation system is behind closed doors, mounted to equipment or hidden under floors or in the ceiling. The central controller typically is installed as software on an operator workstation (computer) or is available on the Cloud or Internet as a web page.
Who Installs and Maintains the Building Control System?
We do! Our dedicated controls installers and system integrators will meet with you to design the initial installation. Once installed, a trained in-house staff person should be able to manage the daily operation of the Building Control System. Some staff, with the right experience and technical ability, can even maintain the Building Control System. If you don’t feel comfortable or don’t have the right person for the job, our system integrators can provide on-going assistance in the maintenance of your systems. In fact, it is becoming more common for today’s companies with complex facilities to hire multi-functional system integrators, like us, to handle the systems.
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