Building systems integration offers a variety of benefits for commercial building owners. While modern building systems represent decades of innovation and improvements in design, all too often owners are operating those systems independently. As a result, 30 percent of the energy consumed in commercial buildings in the United States is still being wasted, and the buildings are not as secure or as comfortable as they could be. By integrating the individual building systems so they work cooperatively, owners and tenants can enjoy lower energy costs, greater security, and a much more comfortable and responsive environment.
Building system integration facilitates the interconnection of a building’s electrical, mechanical, and security systems so they act as a unified whole to respond to data from different sensors and controls, maximizing the comfort, security, and efficiency of the building environment. An effective building automation system can integrate some or all of the systems in a commercial building, including lighting, HVAC, access control, air quality control, closed circuit television (CCTV), and elevator controls for a whole building solution.
While virtually every system in a building functions more effectively as part of an integrated whole, integrating the HVAC, lighting, and access controls yields a great improvement in a building’s energy efficiency and comfort level. 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. Customized solutions can include tenant override technology that provides tenants with the capability to override HVAC, lighting, and temperature controls via a smartphone based override module.
In addition to saving energy and increasing comfort, integrating a commercial building’s systems enhances building and tenant security. A fully integrated building automation solution can improve safety by controlling elevator use and floor access, notifying staff of unwanted intrusions, and ensuring lighting, fire, and other building-management systems respond as personnel enter and leave the building. Owners can choose to integrate elevator access control with a CCTV video surveillance system to create a complete security and access control solution.
In case of an emergency, building systems integration causes every system to work together to control the situation. The building automation system controls the fire, safety, security, surveillance, and other systems to turn on lighting throughout the building and take control of elevator functions. Occupants receive necessary emergency communications, as paging systems broadcast pre-recorded instructions and messages and networks enhance information provided to individuals. The fire alarm system protects the building and occupants by taking control of the HVAC system for fan shutdown, smoke exhaust, purge and pressurization for smoke evacuation, while access control ensures no one is left behind by keeping track of personnel in the building. The enhanced safety offered by building systems integration benefits commercial building owners by increasing tenant retention.
As the industry leader in building automation in South Florida, Advanced Control Corporation has provided building systems integration for Miami commercial buildings of all sizes that incorporate HVAC control, lighting control, CCTV, and access control to create an efficient, comfortable, and secure environment. Whether you are building a new structure or performing a retrofit on an existing building, Advanced Control Corporation will incorporate the latest technology to provide an innovative building solution for all your building system control needs. Contact Advanced Control Corporation today at 954.491.6660 and let us put our experience and knowledge to work for you.