What is a Building Automation System?
A building automation system is a programmed, “intelligent” control system that regulates the mechanical systems in a building (environmental control systems, chillers, boilers, and temperature). It keeps the building’s climate within a specific range and collects data for documentation of performance. The intent is to create an intelligent building to reduce energy and maintenance costs. At BU, Schneider Electric (formerly Andover Controls) and Siemens Building Technologies work with FMP to program and maintain the system.
When any part of the system malfunctions it signals an alarm, which is visible on the building automation system’s graphic interface. Over 4,000 graphic panels display current conditions. Depending upon the nature of the problem, HVAC tradesmen, BU building automation personnel, or Siemens or Schneider Electric programmers are on hand to address the problem.
What are the benefits of a Building Automation System?
- Control and diagnose what’s going on in buildings
- Graphic representation of building settings
- See and fix programmatic problems quickly
- Generate reports usable by management for tracking energy consumption and the operational status of the system
- Saves energy because temperature settings can be scheduled and controlled
- Economizer cycle allows air systems to work together to minimize energy needed for cooling
- Can collect and store data on energy consumption in buildings for long periods of time