When it comes to managing the built environment, you need a way to keep track of and control the various systems operating within the facility, whether it be a large boiler plant or a commercial office space. The most efficient way of doing so is through a building management system (BMS), sometimes called a building automation system (BAS), which manages the facility’s heating and cooling plants, air handling units, lighting control, and other core elements.
Today, many new buildings are built with integrated building management systems, allowing for complete building monitoring and control from day one. Older buildings, however, need to be retrofitted to incorporate building management systems.
At its core, a building management system is most often responsible for controlling the HVAC, heating and ventilation systems of a building, however, there are other functions too. The main components of a BMS and their basic functionalities are as follows:
This is not a complete list of BMS functions; many have additional capabilities and features, and some can even be designed specifically for the facility itself and its unique needs. These systems usually feature a combination of hardware and software to monitor and control the facility; this includes a central server(s), monitoring stations, and remote sensors, as well as software that allows the facility manager to interact with the BMS.
Next Controls are experts in smart building control and energy management, specialising in maximising your investment in BMS technologies well beyond the initial installation phase.