Building Automation Systems for your business
Modern buildings have complex systems that include lighting, HVAC, and mechanical components. Often times these systems are not in sync with how the buildings are being occupied and/or utilized, and without proper control over how these systems are run, significant amounts of energy can be wasted. Building Automation Systems (BAS) are used to automatically control how these systems are functioning, and can be setup to optimize the building's various components to match the needs of its occupants. BAS functionality can include:
- Keeping building temperatures within a specified range
- Providing lighting based on an occupancy schedule
- Monitoring systems performance and device status
- Providing notification via email or other methods to building engineering staff
The BAS functionality can significantly reduce building energy, maintenance costs and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions versus an uncontrolled building. For those buildings that have some BAS integration, there are improvements that can be made to allow for greater control over the building environment due to advances in technology. OpTerra can identify and develop solutions that address the various energy conservation opportunities of Building Automation Systems.
types of controls
Building Automation Controls
It is not uncommon for building occupants to complain that their work areas are too hot or too cold. Building systems don't seem to be working together as well as they used to. Lighting stays on long after the occupants leave. These can be symptoms of inadequate or malfunctioning controls. Well-designed direct digital control Building Automation Systems (BAS) provide solutions to these problems and allow for integration and automation of other systems such as building access and fire safety. OpTerra's engineers develop and provide turnkey BAS control system solutions that improve comfort levels, reduce energy levels, and provide system information so that equipment malfunctions can be quickly identified, diagnosed and remedied.
There are several wireless standards that enable Building Automation Systems (BAS) equipment to be grouped into wireless monitoring and control mesh networks that automatically configure themselves. These networks typically control infrastructure components of buildings such as:
- Temperature sensors and humidity controls
- Lighting controls
- HVAC dampers
- Smoke and CO detectors
- Automatic meter reading
Building Engineers can significantly reduce the upfront cost and implementation issues of improving the energy efficiency of their facilities by using wireless building-automation controls. OpTerra can help identify which automation controls could benefit from being wireless and/or battery-free, and help free facilities from the issues that typcially have stalled widespread adoption of BAS in their facilities.
Wireless Advanced Lighting Controls
In commercial buildings, lighting can account for up to 40% of total energy cost. Implementing an advanced lighting controls system allows for centralized, granular control, down to the fixture level. Dimming, scheduling, sensors, and task tuning provide maximum efficiency by dimming or switching off fixtures during unoccupied hours, and the ability to tune fixtures to output the exact light level required by the customer. Wireless controls systems offer an increased ease of use through their flexibility, reliability, and scalability, further reducing both installation and long-term costs. For more information, visit our Lighting page.
Utility Monitoring Systems
OpTerra can provide monitoring software and metering equipment to help Facility managers collect, store and analyze Electrical, Gas, Oil, Steam, and Water usage data. This will give customers an overall picture as to the energy use and efficiency of various parts of their buildings, allowing them to make intelligent decisions as to how their equipment should run and what their energy needs are going forward.