Integrated Building Control
When you collect all of your building functions into one platform, you can reap many advantages. With integrated building control, you have a single point of access for building, security, fire and energy management. All of your building management systems, technologies and processes are right at hand, increasing your efficiency, making it easier to see both details and the overall picture. Instead of individual controllers, you have one. A single hub monitors, manages and records data in spaces throughout the building. You can make more informed decisions and do it with confidence. You can make the most of building performance, provide greater functionality to your tenants, maximize energy efficiency and reduce risk while gaining greater strategic control of your facility. This centralized system lets you increase safety, giving users a better sense of security. With integrated controls, you can lower life cycle costs in the structure and increase your return on investment over its life span.
Integrated Room Control
Building owners reap rewards, both with increased efficiency and lower bills, when they consolidate building systems. Integrated room control means bringing together all the systems, like HVAC, fans, lighting, and blinds onto one platform. Using the latest technologies like wireless networking, these units have advanced capabilities built into them, meaning less time and money for installation. They handle sophisticated functions and controls, letting you change set points and modes depending on occupancy sensors. You can quickly adjust heating and cooling machinery, regulate fans and make tweaks to improve air quality from one platform. With integrated room control, you can quickly see important room and network data about diagnostics, alarms and building metrics. Take the example of a hotel room using this system. The manager can control heating and cooling as well as blinds, shades, and lighting. They also get up-to-the-minute information from occupancy sensing and diagnostics that let them make changes to maintain guest comfort.
Smart Building Technology
Using smart building technology, owners can automate many of the functions that keep it running efficiently. Software handles temperature and lighting. Sensors monitor changes, including movement in a room and temperature variations, then send the data to the software. That means a single dashboard can target changes to the rooms that need them, not to all rooms in the building or on a floor. All of this data is tracked and recorded so the software can learn from it, adjusting its changes to the seasons or with occupancy plans schedules. Vacant rooms are a headache for building managers. They can waste significant amount of energy on lighting, heating and cooling. With smart building technology, the system automatically turns lights on and off, and temperatures up and down. These systems can also make adjustments based on person preferences, reducing worker arguments about temperature in the office.
Energy management systems for buildings, as part of an overall electronic integration service, result in more efficient use of all types of energy, whether it is lighting or temperature control. Using software tools with a central control platform, managers can monitor and control where and how energy is generated and transmitted throughout the building. Electrical and maintenance processes are optimized and costs lowered. This type of intelligent energy system reduces energy consumption while increasing reliability. All data is recorded for analysis, which can help predict electrical needs and performance and deliver it more effectively throughout the building and to specific spaces.
With daylight harvesting, energy management is easier and more efficient. It reduces the use of overhead lighting by using natural ambient light. A daylight sensor in the room measures the levels of light on a continuous basis. When sufficient light is noted, electric lights are dimmed or turned off. The room always has enough light for occupants to do their job, but the use of energy is reduced significantly. In lobbies and atriums, daylight harvesting includes daylight switching, which allows for lighting to be switched off automatically when there is enough natural light. It is turned back on when light levels drop. In offices, where changes need to be more subtle, daylight and stepped dimming is used. Lighting is either partially turned off or fully turned off, depending on the level of natural light available.