Building Automation Controls: The Basics
Automated building controls are the development and implementation of a network of hardware and software that enables the centralized management of a facility’s essential MEP and related systems, such as HVAC, lighting, plumbing and security.
The centerpiece of building automation is the controller — a small, computer-like device that regulates the function and performance of the mechanical systems. Other components include sensors, output devices, protocols that enable the components to “communicate,” and a user interface that allows facility managers or owners to interact with and manage the system.
What Can You Do With Automated Building Controls?
Implementing automated building control solutions allows you to:
- Increase the overall efficiency of a facility’s systems by integrating and coordinating their functionality
- Control the building’s temperature by regulating the flow of air from the outside
- Monitor the performance of mechanical systems and even set up an automated schedule to control their operation
- Receive an instant alert whenever there’s a problem with a system
- Monitor who is entering and exiting a facility and designated areas within it
- Initiate the operation of surveillance cameras for monitoring and recording purposes when activity occurs in a specific area