Whether you’re managing an office building or a manufacturing facility, controlling the various systems is important. Facility managers can use building management systems (BMS) or building automation systems (BAS), to control costs of their heating and cooling plants, air handling units, lighting control, and other core elements.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV), alarm monitors, security automation, lifts, elevators, and plumbing can also be linked to the BMS.
The systems connected to a BMS usually represent 40% of a building's energy usage. When you add lighting, this increases to approximately 70%.
Among the benefits of a BMS are:
- Ease of maintenance.
- Monitoring your most expensive equipment to detect problems before they escalate.
- Easy access and control of your building’s operations.
- Automatic scheduling and occupancy controls to reduce energy costs.
- Higher rental value.
- Flexibility on change of building use.
- Remote monitoring of the plants (such as AHU's, fire pumps, plumbing pumps, electrical supply, etc.)
The BMS has both hardware and software. Often, the software program, is configured in a hierarchical manner and can be proprietary, using such protocols as C-Bus (a communications protocol based on a seven layer OSI model) and Profibus (used by Siemens).
Many vendors are now producing a system that integrates the use of Internet protocols and open standards such as DeviceNet, SOAP, XML, BACnet, LonWorks and Modbus. Its goal is the interoperability of diverse communication systems with standard communication protocols. An open systems protocol means the BMS can help support growth and expansion of the system in the future.
At Ohio Control Solutions, our goal is to increase the efficiency, comfort and security of your buildings. Call us to discuss how you can start improving the operations of your commercial or industrial buildings at 855-332-6446