Building Automation Systems (BAS) for Efficiency & Savings

Building Automation Systems (BAS) are networks of hardware and software to control the environment in commercial, industrial and institutional facilities and conserve resources such energy, air and water.

Many systems can be controlled and some of the standard systems within the BAS are as follows:

  • Chillers
  • Boilers
  • Heat Pumps
  • Air Handling Units
  • Roof-top Units
  • Fan Coil Units
  • Lighting

Other systems can also be included in the BAS for control and conservation:

  • Power Monitoring
  • Security
  • Closed Circuit Video (CCTV)
  • Card & Keypad access
  • Fire & Flood Safety
  • Elevators/Escalators
  • Plumbing & Water Usage

The primary functions of the BAS are:

  • Keep building climate within specified range
  • Light rooms based on occupancy schedule
  • Monitor performance and device failures in systems
  • Provide malfunction alarms to building staff and contractors

As we move toward more green and intelligent buildings, we see new trends evolving with BAS:

  • Wireless technology is beginning to replace wired systems
  • Direct digital control (DDC) systems replacing the pneumatic controls
  • More controls arriving at the construction site, factory pre-mounted to the equipment
  • Significant consolidation among BAS manufacturers