||Why intelligent BMS Systems
There are a number of economic and environmental reasons why building owners may consider installing an intelligent BMS. The ability to gather data across a whole building, measure energy use and automate systems accordingly results in a number of benefits, including:
Saving Energy: Emissions from buildings currently account for 36% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions, but the governmental advisory body the Committee on Climate Change predicts that there is scope for reductions of 74% in this area by 2030. Lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contribute up to 70% of energy used in buildings, in addition to the electricity needed to power lifts, machinery, computers, security controls and so on. An intelligent BMS can reduce this energy load significantly. For example, lighting can be controlled zonally or by timer, and can be activated automatically by occupancy sensor or lux level monitoring, so it should only be on when needed. Infra-red occupancy sensors can also be used to control heating.
Reducing costs: In recent years, greater attention has been given to the whole-life cost rather than simply the capital cost of buildings. With the growth of energy-saving technologies, energy is the largest controllable operating expense in a building. An intelligent BMS enables energy costs to be monitored and controlled more closely - meeting room occupancy sensors could control the lighting, heating and telephone systems, for example.
Reliability: The power grid varies in continuity and quality depending on geographical location. With businesses increasingly reliant on IT and digital communication, an uninterrupted energy supply is vital. An intelligent BMS allows for close monitoring in order to ensure that there is no variation in energy intensity.
Safety: An intelligent BMS enables safety features such as fire doors, smoke extraction fans, supply fans and dampers to be controlled and driven to a “safe” position or state.
Improving Value: BMSs can help building owners to raise the value of their assets by reducing operational costs and providing a higher level of comfort for occupants.
System design and project management are important if there is to be successful implementation to a project. The skills we have inhouse include electrical and mechanical disciplines, IT, integration and controls engineering. We are familiar with working with professional consulting engineers when preparing all critical information in terms of specifications, plans and drawings.
• Specification Development
• Advice on integration issues
• Preparation of control schematics
• Preparation of budgetary costs
• Energy Audits
• Condition Surveys
• Design Engineering
• Project Management
• Supply of intelligent building control
• Manufacture of control panels
• Electrical installation
• Structured installation
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