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Building Management/Automation Systems (BMS/BAS)

Building Management Automation Systems (BAS) are centralized, interlinked, networks of hardware and software, which monitor and control the environment in commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. While managing various building systems, the automation system ensures the operational performance of the facility as well as the comfort and safety of building occupants. Typically, such control systems are installed in new buildings or as part of a renovation where they replace an outdated control system.

Generally, building automation begins with control of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems. For instance, the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is almost always controlled, including control of its various pieces of equipment such as:

  • Chillers
  • Boilers
  • Air Handling Units (AHUs)
  • Roof-top Units (RTUs)
  • Fan Coil Units (FCUs)
  • Heat Pump Units (HPUs)
  • Variable Air Volume boxes (VAVs)

Lighting control is, likewise, low-hanging fruit for optimizing building performance. Other systems that are often controlled and/or brought under a complete automation system include:

  • Power monitoring
  • Security
  • Audio/Video
  • Intercom Systems
  • Close circuit video (CCTV)
  • Card and keypad access
  • Fire alarm system
  • Escalators/Elevators
  • Plumbing and water monitoring
  • HVAC Controls

BAS is mainly used in commercial HVAC control systems and energy management system applications. Building Automation itself is an energy management system which saves management companies and building owners by efficiently controlling air conditioning and heating comfort and process systems. BAS is where mechanical and electrical systems and equipment are joined with microprocessors that communicate with each other and possibly to a computer. This computer and controllers in the building automation system can be networked to the internet or serve as a stand-alone system for the local peer to peer controller network only. Additionally, the BAS controllers themselves do not need a computer to process the control functions as the controllers have their own internal processors.

Every building is different and it is important for the BAS engineer to select the proper BAS HVAC control system and programs to control the various types of HVAC systems in a particular automated building. For building automation systems to be effective, it is important that the BAS system is installed and tuned properly.

Lighting Controls

BAS is mainly used in commercial HVAC control systems and energy management system applications. Building Automation itself is an energy management system which saves management companies and building owners by efficiently controlling air conditioning and heating comfort and process systems. BAS is where mechanical and electrical systems and equipment are joined with microprocessors that communicate with each other and possibly to a computer. This computer and controllers in the building automation system can be networked to the internet or serve as a stand-alone system for the local peer to peer controller network only. Additionally, the BAS controllers themselves do not need a computer to process the control functions as the controllers have their own internal processors.

Every building is different and it is important for the BAS engineer to select the proper BAS HVAC control system and programs to control the various types of HVAC systems in a particular automated building. For building automation systems to be effective, it is important that the BAS system is installed and tuned properly.

Energy Management

BAS is mainly used in commercial HVAC control systems and energy management system applications. Building Automation itself is an energy management system which saves management companies and building owners by efficiently controlling air conditioning and heating comfort and process systems. BAS is where mechanical and electrical systems and equipment are joined with microprocessors that communicate with each other and possibly to a computer. This computer and controllers in the building automation system can be networked to the internet or serve as a stand-alone system for the local peer to peer controller network only. Additionally, the BAS controllers themselves do not need a computer to process the control functions as the controllers have their own internal processors.

Every building is different and it is important for the BAS engineer to select the proper BAS HVAC control system and programs to control the various types of HVAC systems in a particular automated building. For building automation systems to be effective, it is important that the BAS system is installed and tuned properly.

The level of automation can be defined as per the requirement of the occupants and facility manager. The extent of automation helps in making the building more responsible for supporting the green cause. We can optimize the use of lighting, power, and water consumption based on occupancy.

Today, almost all multi-story green buildings are designed to accommodate a BMS system for the energy, air and water conservation characteristics. Electrical device demand response is a typical function of a BAS, as is the more sophisticated ventilation and humidity monitoring required of “tight” insulated buildings. Most green buildings also use as many low-power DC devices as possible, typically integrated with power over Ethernet/fiber optic wiring, so by design and concept always connected to a BMS through the Ethernet/fiber connectivity.

SMART buildings all start with a strong network and that begins with an experienced, BICSI certified partner to design, install, maintain and upgrade your facility. Americom has been “the right choice” for developers, architects, contractors, owners, and property managers for nearly forty years. They know technology and can be an important member of your team to design or upgrade your communication systems.

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