Tag: building automation systems

Building automation is the automatic centralized control of a building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting and other systems through a Building Management System or Building Automation System (BAS). The objectives of building automation are improved occupant comfort, efficient operation of building systems, and reduction in energy consumption and operating costs.

Guest Commentary: Energy Management Beyond HVAC

Guest Commentary: Energy Management Beyond HVAC

The good news in energy management is that many of the challenges in effectively monitoring and controlling HVAC systems have been overcome. Many buildings—both new construction and retrofits—use efficient heating and cooling systems that are optimized with building automation systems (BAS). Plus, under the latest building codes, building envelopes are

Sound Attenuation for Business Energy Applications

Sound Attenuation for Business Energy Applications

Intrusive noise is a growing concern for both the public and private sector these days. If the power equipment rattles, clanks, and booms loudly, there will likely be complaints—or worse: fines and citations. Consider this: according to the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse (www.nonoise.org), 13 states have noise pollution laws, and five provide model

HVAC Innovations

HVAC Innovations

Efficiency is the buzzword for innovations in HVAC technologies. “Government mandates are requiring higher efficiencies overall from the building, which includes everything from the HVAC all the way to the glass in the door,” points out Steve Ulm, spokesperson for SEMCO. “Efficiency is driving the construction industry as a whole.”

Reader Profile: Harshad Shah

Reader Profile: Harshad Shah

Over a beer with good friends at Johnson Controls, Harshad Shah—a native of Mumbai, India—learned of the need for more energy management in facilities. “I listened to a lot of horror stories—why some of the things weren’t working—and about the cost of energy going up,” he says.

Automation and the Internet of Things

Automation and the Internet of Things

The Internet has made possible a revolution in power controls—a revolution often referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). Until it—and the fiber optics that connect us all—came along, plant machines operated in their own universes, leaving facility engineers unable to understand how whole plants work together, and unable to find operating

Improve Energy Efficiency With Integrated Building Controls

Improve Energy Efficiency With Integrated Building Controls

Author Ed Ritchie continues this series on building automation systems technology-a comprehensive approach to building energy management through the implementation of data systems, software applications and centralized computer systems. Whether these applications are adopted for improved energy efficiency or curtailing power consumption (or both), these sophisticated systems shed light on

Network Solutions in Building Automation

Network Solutions in Building Automation

In Part 1 of a continuing series, author Ed Ritchie examines a data communication protocol known as BACnet and the multitude of benefits that this network solution provides when integrating components of building automation systems. As a widely recognized standard among data communication protocols, this author explores tangible advantages that

Improve Energy Efficiency With Integrated Building Controls

Improve Energy Efficiency With Integrated Building Controls

Author Ed Ritchie continues this series on building automation systems technology—a comprehensive approach to building energy management through the implementation of data systems, software applications, and centralized computer systems. Whether these applications are adopted for improved energy efficiency or curtailing power consumption (or both), these sophisticated systems shed light on

Advancing Building Automation Systems Through Integrated Data Communications

Advancing Building Automation Systems Through Integrated Data Communications

In Part 1 of a continuing series, author Ed Ritchie discusses BACnet’s data communications protocol and network solutions toward the integration of building automation systems. Our author explores business energy advantages in improved energy efficiency with a higher return on investment when facility managers adopt this widely-recognized standard among communication

Advancing Building Automation Systems Through Integrated Data Communications

Advancing Building Automation Systems Through Integrated Data Communications

In Part 1 of a continuing series, author Ed Ritchie discusses BACnet’s data communications protocol and network solutions toward the integration of building automation systems. Our author explores business energy advantages in improved energy efficiency with a higher return on investment when facility managers adopt this widely-recognized standard among communication

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