Posted in Green/Sustainability | Original Article
The operating costs of a building can be pretty substantial, no matter what the building is being used for. Depending on the size of the building, maintaining operations can be somewhat of a challenge, as well. In order to lessen operational costs and to make it easier to access and maintain operations, both newer and older buildings are choosing Building Automation Systems (BAS).
The Benefits of a Building Automation System
Implementing a building automation system makes it much easier to run and maintain your building. So not only is it a huge convenience, but it helps to reduce operating costs, in turn, reducing your overhead.
Here are a number of specific ways a building automation system can be beneficial to your building:
You can program building security to notify you, or anyone else, in case of alarms. You can even set it to alert the next person in a programmed notification line if a critical alarm is not reviewed in the proper amount of time. Additionally, you can avoid false alarms that hurt productivity by using intelligent filters and prioritizing non-critical events into different levels of urgency.
Most buildings contain an abundance of electrical outlets, many of which are used to plug in all kinds of appliances and electrical devices. However, even when a device is shut off, it will still consume energy if it is plugged in. This is often referred to as vampire power or phantom loads. A building automation system uses controls to let you manage your building’s plug loads. The two work together to automatically shut down electronics and appliances after hours for energy savings of upwards of 50 percent.
Reduced Energy Costs
A building automation system can allow you to pre-program your HVAC settings. This means that you can program your HVAC system to begin heating or cooling your building to a desired temperature at specific times of the day. This helps to ensure a high level of comfort so that you don’t have to worry about the heat or cold affecting daily activity, in addition to helping to reduce the building’s heating and cooling costs. You’ll also have control of your lighting system, allowing you to shut off all of the building’s lights at any time. This limits wasted energy and reduces your building’s energy costs.
The ability to control security and temperatures will in turn improve the comfort level of the employees working in your building. The first people in the building will no longer have to work in the cold during the winter as they wait for the building’s heating system to kick in – the heat can be programmed to turn on automatically before they arrive. This improvement in conditions will help to increase productivity for working employees, students or government officials.
Building automation doesn’t just give you easy access and control over various building operations, but it allows you access and control from the palm of your hand. This means that you can turn on, turn off and adjust the settings for all of these operations from a single remote, whether it’s a computer or a smartphone.
The Ability to Upgrade Tech
Once building automation has been implemented, it will become much easier to implement new technology as it is developed throughout the years – especially since a majority of building tech is being designed to run to be wireless, on your existing Wi-Fi connections.
Real Time Status Updates
Most building automation systems are wireless and cloud-enabled, this means you can access and review the status of your building’s operations at any time. You have more control over building operations when you’re able to access reports and make changes from anywhere, at any time.
Improved LEED Rating
A building automation system makes for a more energy efficient structure, giving you an opportunity to obtain or improve your LEED certification rating. Why is this a big deal? LEED certification identifies your building as environmentally friendly, which increases its value and boosts its reputation. Being known as a sustainable building and workplace is a must today – both consumers and the workforce are looking for green businesses.
These are just some of the benefits of using building automation. Buildings like yours are using Building Automation Systems to create leaner, greener operations.