What is Direct Digital Control Technology?
Direct Digital Control Technology is the control of a building’s conditions through a digital device, typically a computer. It is a system that is commonly aligned with Building Automation Systems. And, it is mainly used in commercial HVAC control and energy management system applications. In a commercial building, Building Automation Systems (BAS) and Direct Digital Control Technology (DDC) work together to provide programmable and precise control of the building’s functions. The program features include time schedules, set points, controllers, logic, timers, trend logs, and alarms. They can also warn you when a system critical to the function of the property is at risk.
Direct Digital Control Technology can be implemented within a facility to create a high-tech advantage when it comes to day-to-day business operations. For example, automation can be extended to the security systems of the business. This includes timed lights when someone approaches an area of the building, as well as key fob entry, for when individuals arrive on site. All in all, the building’s security system can be customized with DDC Controls based on the needs of the business.
Maintenance Needs Are Covered
In large corporate buildings, it’s not just the quality of the HVAC system but also making sure it functions properly. With DDC, the HVAC units are installed with sensors. These sensors send alerts when a component of the unit is not functioning normally. You directly receive the alert and can act immediately. Using this technology, facility managers can quickly handle an HVAC issue before it becomes a larger problem. HVAC systems are expensive, therefore, it is important to find issues quickly. This also helps to avoid losing thousands of dollars in repairs.
Climate and Lighting Control
With DDC, a building can easily alter and control climate and lighting systems as necessary. Zones can be set up from any computer where the lighting and climate controls are automated and are all in one place. With central and automated control, the building becomes more energy efficient. Facility Managers can evaluate the commercial building and determine which areas are in use at certain times. And, when space is empty, the lights and climate can be changed to save energy. This helps to eliminate the overall operating costs of the business.
When it comes to automated technologies, today’s commercial buildings are more specialized than ever before. Buildings function at a higher level, providing customized controls in HVAC. Many businesses seek out updated facilities to rent to have a state-of-the-art location for their operations. Moreover, new technology has helped control facility overhead costs. The Severn Group can help if you have any questions about DDC or anything HVAC related. Contact us today.