What are Building Automation Systems (BAS)?

What are Building Automation Systems (BAS)?

The term BAS stands for Building Automation Systems. This system is placed in a high-performance building during construction and allows the building to be more energy efficient. The system also monitors the structure and ensures all components are working correctly. Further, Building Automation Systems also provide data which show how high-performance buildings work. This data helps to calibrate costs for companies that want to construct these facilities.

Monitoring Performance

Building Automation Systems are in place to monitor performance. With this system, you can avoid the pitfalls of manual operation. You do not have one person changing the thermostat temperature or making changes to the performance of the building. The system reacts to the occupants’ needs, with fault detection and other features in place, such as preventative maintenance.

With a BAS, the building can take the first step in monitoring and controlling equipment. On top of monitoring potential, the system will also provide a better understanding of the buildings’ performance. Once you understand the performance, equipment and techniques can offer more energy-efficiency to the space.

A Base Point

When it comes to the operations of a high-performance building, the BAS is the base starting point. Any building constructed today that is nonresidential will need to include some form of automated control. This coordinates lighting, security, and access. Owners of buildings today typically manage multiple buildings. Without the option of automated control, energy management, and other features associated with BAS, the owner can begin to feel a burden caring for the properties. As a result, the buildings can go neglected in some form or fashion.

With new construction, building owners see the value of BAS. The building benefits from energy savings and sustainability, as well as increasing productivity for the business. With careful design of the HVAC system and zoning implemented, the functionality of the building will ensure thermal comfort. With thermal comfort comes productivity.

You can also add more high-tech features to the space as well based on the business’ needs. From elevator usage to ventilation and more, such elements create a quality work environment. Hence, you may notice higher productivity levels among employees.

Creating a Strategy

When constructing a building, a BAS should be designed based on a specific strategy for the company. The system must be IP-based and compatible with LON or BACnet protocols. This allows data sharing and interoperability between systems that include security, lighting, comfort and power monitoring. With a quality BAS in place, the building can function well for ten to fifteen years without updates.

Taking proper care to install a BAS from the beginning stages will ensure that the property is high performing, in terms of lighting, HVAC, and security. Another option for increasing the energy efficiency of your building is through the use of net-zero energy buildings. If you would like to learn more about this HVAC design, visit our blog here.

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