What is a Building Automation System?

What is a Building Automation System?When we visit a building or step into one as an employee, often times we give little consideration to all of the inner functions that make that building operate efficiently and safely. From good lighting and comfortable air temperature to sliding entry doors and powerful elevators and escalators, there are many moving parts that encompass all of a building’s amenities. So how does this technology function smoothly behind the scenes from visitors and occupants? That is where a Building Automation System comes into play. Also known as a BAS, these systems consist of centralized, interlinked networks that contain both hardware and software that monitor and control a variety of environments inside and outside of a building or facility. By managing multiple systems of a building at one time, a BAS helps maintain optimal performance and efficiency of a building in addition to keeping occupants and employees comfortable and safe. They monitor and control items including mechanical and electrical function, elevators, air control levels, lighting, air conditioning or heating, security, access and more. Each system works together by sharing its information, which is all accessible at a centralized hub or via your smartphone or laptop, as long as you have an internet connection.

Many different structures take advantage of a Building Automation System including schools, hospitals, high-rise condominiums, commercial businesses and more. At Advanced Control, we specialize in designing a unique BAS that will meet the needs of your enterprise, manage and control multiple systems, and help reduce your energy and operation costs. Here are just a few of the benefits you can take advantage of with a Building Automation System:

  • Increase comfort level – Provide optimal comfort to occupants of your building with computerized controls that will help maintain air purity, temperature and lighting. Not only are comfortable occupants more productive occupants, but having this type of control that can temporarily shut down lighting and heating/cooling in unoccupied areas can save you money.
  • Decrease money spent on utilities – You may not be aware that installing a BAS can save you up to 15% of your annual operating costs. Broken down, this is about $.25 to $.40 per square foot.
  • Simplify building management and operations – A network of computerized controls and systems with one centralized location and real time displays can help simplify your buildings equipment, systems and multiple components. A BAS will alert you when one area is experiencing problems, saving you from having to schedule and pay a professional to locate the origin of the issue.

Now that you are aware of some of the benefits, let’s take a look at some of the areas a Building Automation System can efficiently control:

  • TemperatureTemperature control is crucial for industrial and commercial spaces. A BAS can help you not only reduce energy costs, but monitor individual areas for proper temperature and also to schedule control points. Control points help maintain specific temperatures during certain hours and days of the week. In addition, because you can have remote access, you can use your laptop, tablet or smartphone to adjust these control points if an unexpected trip to the building is needed during off-peak hours.
  • Access control and CCTV – Monitor all areas inside and outside of your property with a BAS. First, access control management lets you regulate who can use certain sections and floors of the facility. CCTV that is interlinked with a BAS helps you or your security team monitor all areas from one simple-to-use graphic interface.
  • Life safety monitoring – A Building Automation System offers you an easy way to keep danger away from the occupants of your building by interlinking security, fire, surveillance, smoke systems and more into one interlinked area.

Imagine the time and money you can save by monitoring and controlling all the inner workings of your facility through a main touch-screen interface that also offers remote capabilities. Reduce energy and utility costs and make your building run as efficiently as possible. All of this and more is possible when you partner with Advanced Control.

Call Advanced Control today at 854-866-1139 and learn more about our building automation systems and how one can be designed to fulfill your specific needs.