A building automation system works in a similar way as the brain. It tells equipment in a building what they have to do. If you are like most people, you are not familiar with commercial property. Your view of buildings is that they are fixed objects. The commercial property has numerous routines that you may not see.
Many things go on in buildings, such as heating and cooling systems that regulate the temperature and the vents that let in just enough air. There are numerous processes in a building, all of which need control. That’s where building automation comes in. The system controls the building from one place.
Nowadays, most systems are controlled digitally or by an app. A building automation system (BAS) controls all elements of a building. Some automated systems in a building include fire alarms, lighting systems, HVAC systems, plumbing systems, vents, surveillance cameras, and elevators.
What a BAS System Does
Smart buildings are less expensive, user-friendly, and greener than traditional ones. The BAS is designed to lower the use of the heating and cooling system once the homeowner gets home. Machine learning can also be used to determine if a room is not in use and adjust the heating and cooling accordingly.
The BAS is set up to lower the highest amount of energy. The system can also change the interior lighting by detecting the amount of light that enters the room. Some smart offices have motion sensors connected to the BAS, which can determine when the office is not being used. The system will turn off the lights and save on energy.
What the BAS System is Not
Even though the BAS system can be used together with energy management software (EMS), the two are different. The BAS system will only provide tools for controlling a building. However, it doesn’t offer information on what is happening in the building. An excellent way to clearly know the difference between EMS and BAS is to compare the building to a vehicle. The energy management system is the vehicle’s dashboard that ensures you know how the components operate. You can also direct your car accurately.
A BAS, on the other hand, works like a vehicle’s steering wheel. With the steering wheel, you can give your vehicle the directions to go. You can set the car to move automatically within its lane, but with your supervision. A building works in a similar way. An energy management software (EMS) gives you an outline of the operations in the building, which allows you to spot any problems before they happen. An EMS provides in-depth analytics, advanced customization options, in-software collaboration tools, and real-time alerts. You can use the information to run your system efficiently.
Benefits of BAS
The BAS has three main benefits, which are:
One of the main benefits of a building automation system is comfort. Making the HVAC systems automatic helps avoid uncomfortably hot days by controlling the temperature before you enter the room. The system also maximizes the natural to electric lighting in smart offices. Even though it’s difficult to measure, increased comfort is vital for BAS.
When used correctly, the BAS will result in cost savings in the long run. You’ll save between 10 and 30 percent when you use BAS to adjust the HVAC use. The reduced peak load will also lead to reduced utility costs. Smart buildings that have been managed are environmentally friendly and desirable for tenants.
There are also environmental benefits to a building that uses BAS since it makes the property desirable. Smart buildings with a BAS also have smaller footprints. When a building uses smart metering in connection with the BAS, it can provide data on energy usage. Tenants of smart offices can use the data for corporate sustainability reporting.