Interest in green construction continues to grow, as LEED building standards spread throughout the world, and more countries get on the energy-efficiency bandwagon every day. That is a big step in the right direction, but 30 percent of the energy consumed in commercial buildings in the United States is still being wasted, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. While intelligent buildings are a significant percentage of new construction and many older buildings are being retrofitted with various control systems in an effort to achieve higher energy efficiency, without building-wide integration of all the individual control systems, these buildings continue to waste energy and money. For commercial buildings to achieve significant energy efficiency and higher performance, owners need to integrate all of the systems that control or affect the day-to-day operations of their buildings into a single building automation solution.
When building owners add control systems piecemeal, differing manufacturer protocols and incompatible operating systems often render the systems unable to communicate with each other. When those individual control components, such as HVAC, access, and lighting control systems, are unable to act as a unified whole, energy efficiency is negatively impacted. Once the systems are integrated into a single system, the individual components act synergistically to reduce energy waste. For example, when access control is integrated with HVAC and lighting control, the building automation system registers when a part of the building is empty and acts by shutting off the lights and adjusting the temperature to decrease energy usage.
Advanced Control Corporation can achieve seamless integration of all of your facility’s various systems in a cost effective manner. Our building automation solutions can communicate with HVAC equipment and other building automation components via various open protocols. A comprehensive integrated solution needs to work in tandem with the latest open protocol standards while communicating with an installed base of legacy systems, which use a wide variety of proprietary protocols. By interfacing with other manufacturers’ systems, Advanced Control’s featured building automation systems can communicate to the entire building, sharing information between component systems such as fire alarms, CCTV systems, lighting controls and more.
In case a facility uses a product without an open standard to communicate, Advanced Control has a list of over 200 third party communication drivers, including many propriety protocols. TAC embraces BACnet, an open ASHRA/ANSI/ISO standard providing the opportunity for building automation systems to interoperate with each other to take full advantage of BACnet’s data sharing, trends, scheduling, alarm tactics, and device management services. We are able to provide the highest level of interoperability at every level, from the BACnet operator’s workstation to the building controller to the simplest terminal controller. The IT-friendly system supports major communication, desktop IT, and building automation standards like email, SNMP, HTML, Active-X and XML through TCP/IP, OPC, LonWorks, BACnet, and Ethernet.
In addition to saving energy, the functionality of fully integrated systems results in enhanced security and increased worker productivity. The financial benefits that come with complete building system integration in Fort Lauderdale are manifold: higher value building and leasing potential from increased individual environmental control, lower consumption costs from using time-of-day lighting and HVAC control, and the ability to track tenant after-hours system use for charge back purposes. Tenants benefit from integrated building control systems as well, gaining after-hours building systems control via computer or telephone, and peace of mind thanks to the increased security.
Advanced Control Corporation has been the industry leader in system integration, energy management, and building automation in South Florida since 1987, helping thousands of buildings to increase their energy efficiency. Contact Advanced Control at 954-491-6660 and let one of our energy experts customize an integrated building automation solution for your company today.