Unlock the Power of Building Automation Systems
Today's building automation systems do much more than operate equipment and control building temperature. They can help you manage more with less. Are you taking full advantage of your building automation system?
A building automation system (BAS) integrates building equipment and systems, using an information technology-based infrastructure to gather information, logically organize it and deliver it where and when it is needed. Facility managers typically use building automation systems to more effectively manage the energy, comfort and safety needs of the building and its occupants, even on a global scale.
A BAS gives facility managers the ability to:
- Schedule zones and turn equipment on and off as necessary
- Analyze whether a building is performing properly or if it is operating out of range at any time during the day, with the help of key performance indicators embedded into the system
- Provide maintenance reminders and to troubleshoot equipment with alarm and trending features
- Predict potential energy peaks (demand limiting) by monitoring the building's utility meters and ensuring that prioritized energy-consuming loads are deferred until energy use is billed at lower rates
- Reduce total energy usage by continually turning off noncritical equipment through load rolling
- Create even greater efficiencies by integrating other systems, such as lighting and security systems, into the BAS and incorporating motion or occupancy sensors to determine whether a room booked for a meeting is actually being used
Making the most of any building automation system also requires proper maintenance. After it has been installed, make sure your BAS is helping you meet your goals for energy efficiency and building performance.
- Post-installation commissioning ensures that the BAS is operating according to the original design specifications.
- Periodic re-commissioning evaluates the system against the way the building is actually being used, rather than against design requirements.
- Regularly scheduled maintenance helps facility managers make decisions on how to operate the building. Maintenance conducted by qualified technicians who know the equipment and the software could, for example, identify sensors out of calibration or respond to changes in equipment, spaces or BAS programming.
Read more about how building automation systems can help you do more with less in this article written by two Johnson Controls contributors and published on the CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management web site.