Building Automation: Translating Technical to Comprehensible

We’re pretty sure that if you stop Average Joe on the street, he’s not going to have a clue what building automation is. Although Advanced Control Corporation is generally a business-to-business organization, we wanted to explain, in more relatable terms, what some key phrases and terms actually mean – both by definition and real-world application.

If you’ve read any of our previous blogs, you’re probably at least familiar with most of the goods and services most often associated with building automation. By now, you also probably know that installing a building automation system is not only better for the environment, it’s much better for your company’s bottom line; but how? Let’s take a look at a few of the terms most often mentioned, and least often understood, when someone reports about news within the industry:

Building automation: An intelligent, computerized control system built into a building that monitors and controls the mechanical and lighting systems within the building. The system automatically turns power sources off and on based on how and when they are used.

Smart grid: An electrical grid that essentially monitors power usage by anyone (suppliers, consumers etc.) in the building in order to schedule when power sources should be turned off and on for maximum efficiency.

Demand response: The management of electricity consumption in response to supply conditions. Demand response management means having customers reduce their energy consumption at critical times, or in response to market prices.

These are just some of the technical terms most casual readers may not fully understand. While we know this certainly won’t make you an energy management expert, it’s a decent start for those who don’t need to know the technically intricate details of all that goes in to creating an effective and efficient power monitoring system. For more information, contact Advanced Control Corporation today at 954.491.6660.