HVAC & Lighting Control Automation

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 Typically, such control systems are installed in new buildings or as part of a renovation where they replace an outdated control system.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
  • Close circuit video (CCTV)
  • Card and keypad access
  • Fire alarm system
  • Escalators
  • 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. Request Service in Chicago and Northshore >>

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. Request Service in Chicago and Northshore >>

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. Request Service in Chicago and Northshore>>

You may hear any of the following terms to describe the control or automation of buildings:

Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS), Building Control System (BCS), and/or Building Management System (BMS)—same as “Building Automation System” or the subject of this page.

Controls

This term is appropriate in describing discrete devices that control particular pieces of equipment or processes.

Direct Digital Control (DDC

Describes the communication method used in modern devices (hardware and software). Collectively, DDC products control various building systems and form the automation system.

Energy Management System (EMS)

Generally understood to be the same as a “Building Automation System”but may have special emphasis on energy metering/monitoring

Energy Management and Control System

well, you’re getting the idea.

Smart (Intelligent) Building

a building equipped with a data-rich BAS.