Building automation is the automatic centralized control of a building's HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), electrical, lighting, shading, Access Control, Security Systems, and other interrelated systems through a Building Management System (BMS) or Building Automation System (BAS). The objectives of building automation are improved occupant comfort, efficient operation of building systems, reduction in energy consumption, reduced operating and maintaining costs, increased security, historical performance documentation, remote access/control/operation, and improved life cycle of equipment and related utilities.
Building automation is an example of a distributed control system – the computer networking of electronic devices designed to monitor and control the systems in a building.
BAS core functionality keeps a building climate within a specified range, provides light to rooms based on an occupancy schedule (in the absence of overt switches to the contrary), monitors performance and device failures in all systems, and provides malfunction alarms to building maintenance staff. A BAS should reduce building energy and maintenance costs compared to a non-controlled building. Most commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings built after 2000 include a BAS. Many older buildings have been retrofitted with a new BAS, typically financed through energy and insurance savings, and other savings associated with pre-emptive maintenance and fault detection.
Today’s smart buildings require simple integration across systems, access to the latest IoT devices and comprehensive safety solutions. With an open and secure software integration framework, EcoStruxure Building Operation allows collaboration across complex third-party systems to create truly innovative custom solutions. It supports standard open protocols, and includes BTL certifications across the system’s SmartX hardware and software. This helps integrate connected products and create future-ready buildings.
The open innovation platform of buildings, EcoStruxure™ Building Operation securely facilitates the exchange of data from both Schneider Electric and third-party energy, lighting, HVAC, fire safety, security and workplace management systems to create future-ready smart buildings.
Monitor, manage and control building systems conveniently – anytime, anywhere on any mobile device.
This IP-enabled software addresses the entire building ecosystem with easy integration of devices, other building systems, and cloud services, delivering the performance and data-throughput needed for small buildings to large, complex multisite enterprises.
EcoStruxure Building Operation and its next-generation visualization tools enable customers to better manage and optimize building assets with enhanced insight, more engineering efficiency, and increased cybersecurity and compliance certifications.
Divco is a Schneider electric dealer, however we are well versed in all types of BAS. Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Automated Logic, and Carrier to name a few. If you need help with your BAS Divco is the company to call.