Building automation consists of a computer-based system with integrated measurement sensors and control devices for components such as HVAC equipment, lighting, and renewable energy systems. Building Automation Systems (BAS) are a common form of energy management and information system (EMIS). Monitoring and controlling building systems allows building owners to identify opportunities for improved performance by tracking energy and water use, ventilation and other elements of IEQ, security and other operations. Investing in a BAS can realize significant savings:
- Consider synergies among building systems.
- Employ ongoing commissioning practices to ensure building systems are properly calibrated and maintained over their life.
- Use data to address areas of concern.
Building automation is interrelated with energy efficiency, water efficiency, ongoing commissioning, systems level metering and lighting control. Consider these strategies and other cost-effective upgrades:
- Occupancy sensors save energy by turning off lights when no occupants are present in a space. Occupancy sensors are often connected to lighting, HVAC and security control systems to display continual energy use data for verification and occupant education purposes.
- A daylighting system that integrates photosensor controls, dimming and glare control can provide high quality natural light to workspaces while significantly reducing the need for electric light and the energy it consumes.