Building Management Systems have evolved since their inception into an essential component of managing a building’s energy use. Encompassing all of the various systems in a facility including HVAC, mechanical, security and lighting, the BMS can be a powerful tool for facility personnel if used properly. However, buildings with an improperly configured BMS are believed to waste up to 20% of that buildings energy. In addition, many buildings have a BMS that has not been maintained or upgraded, resulting in outdated technology still running such as pneumatic controls, or worse, lack of control over certain parts of building systems due to parts failure.
The first step is to understand the scope of what is currently installed in a particular facility, and then what are the most cost effective ways to remediate the various problems found. In many cases the existing system can be augmented with newer technology that integrates with the existing system to bring it up to modern standards. In other cases, it may be better to install an entirely new system. The ability to use new technologies such as wireless controls platforms and open protocol systems creates many options that are worth considering, and in many areas utility incentives are available for conversion of older systems.
Want to learn more? Contact us to schedule an audit of your facilities BMS and let us show you what is possible.