Building Controls Industry Association, BCIA, training, building management systems, controls
The importance of training - Malcolm Anson.

Recognising the skills of our industry stalwarts

Malcolm Anson, president of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), explains the need to highlight the valuable skills that our industry stalwarts bring and why trade associations are doing more to recognise them.

Controlco, building management systems, controls
Controlco managing director Shaun Williams.

Controlco creates new image and web site

Controlco, a BMS company that has been established for 17 years, has created a new brand, including a forward-thinking web site. The new image is described as ‘capturing the DNA of Controlco and showing a true reflection of the extensive capabilities and valuable services offered to new and existing customers’.

Carlo Gavazzi, power analyser, building management systems, controls

Modular power quality analyser

Carlo Gavazzi’s WM20 smart modular power analyser offers faster communication for building automation networks using Modbus, BACnet over RS435 or TCP/IP and Profibus, along with superior functions such as load monitoring measurement and comprehensive alarm management. — all in a compact plug-and-play modular format that streamlines installation and simplifies inventory management.

Trend Control Systems, Trend, Wellbeing, building management systems, controls
The well-being factors are additional benefits that can be achieved through a well-designed and maintained BEMS — Graeme Rees.

Wellbeing under control

Indoor air quality has a major influence on the health, comfort and wellbeing of a building’s occupants. Graeme Rees of Trend Control Systems explains how a building energy management system can optimise comfort conditions and help keep people healthy and happy.

Reznor, heating, space heating, building management systems, controls

Reznor keeps heating costs under control

Reznor’s SmartCom intelligent energy-management controller is compatible with radiant-tube, warm-air and many other types of heating system. It is straightforward and easy to use and has a wide range of energy-optimising features.

Priva, building management systems, controls

Delivering controls for heritage buildings

Priva has published a guide that shows how it is possible to future-proof heritage buildings with the same control-based techniques found in modern structures. The guide explains in clear language how Priva’s technology — which is in use at sites such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel — is delivering significant energy savings, improved indoor climate conditions and greater visibility of energy use.

Schneider Electric, IoT, Internet of Things, building management systems, controls
Enabling the power of software — Simon Garratt.

How software can enable and secure Internet of everything

The hardware of building management system and the Internet of Things is merely an enabler for software, as Simon Garratt of Schneider Electric explains.

Belimo, building management systems, controls

Belimo introduces new range of sensors

Belimo has expanded its product range with the addition of innovative sensors to complement its actuators and valves, optimise system performance and improve energy efficiency. The sensors can be seamlessly integrated into all major building automation and control systems.

BG Energy Solutions, bureau, building management systems, controls
A BMS as the first step towards reducing energy consumption — Gareth Barber.

There’s never a wrong time to consider a BMS

Specifying a building-management system (BMS) at the beginning of an energy-reduction initiative frequently provides the most effective route to optimised usage — but the installation of BMS at a later stage can still deliver major benefits, says Gareth Barber of BG Energy Solutions.

Carlo Gavazzi UK, ISO 50001, building management systems, controls
Continual improvement — Alan Hickman.

ISO 50001: a platform for energy savings

The ISO 50001 energy management standard faces its first revision six years on from its introduction. Alan Hickman of Carlo Gavazzi UK, looks at the benefits of ISO 50001 and outlines how an energy-management system can be put in place.

building management systems, Controls, Helvar, Lighting, Wagobuilding management systems, Controls, Helvar, Lighting, Wago

Wago connectors extend scope of Helvar lighting sensor

Helvar’s iDim Orbit DALI sensor package is fully IEC 60669-2-5 compliant, thanks to the use of Wago push-in cage clamp pluggable connectors. The standard guarantees safe operation within manufacturer’s instructions and allows Helvar’s lighting system to be specified for a wider range of projects and applications. These pluggable connectors are up to 50% quicker to install than screw types.

KNX UK, BEG, building management systems, controls
Accommodating change — Stephen Payne.

Planning for obsolescence to be obsolete

Dealing with obsolescence is a major concern for any industrial sector — and building controls is no exception. Stephen Payne, of BEG Ltd and KNX UK Vice President, discusses the key considerations when identifying technology for today’s building-services projects.

Titan, sensors, building management systems, controls

Titan enhances covers for its room sensors

Titan Products has modernised the enclosures for all its surface-mounted room sensors to provide a more attractive appearance while remaining at a size that will not draw attention, due to its non-reflective, discreet finish. The rest of the products remain the same — as does the price.

CPN, lighting, building management systems, controls

CPN delivers lighting control for new Remembrance Centre

CPN Lighting has supplied a comprehensive lighting-management system for the new £15.7 million Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum. The system uses a range of products to tailor the lighting control to the needs of each space, whilst minimising the environmental impact of operating the building.

PIR, lighting, Timeguard, building management systems, controls

PIR presence sensors are easy to install

High-performance, recessed ceiling-mounted PIR presence detectors from Timeguard are designed to be easy to fit, easy to set up and easy to adjust. The procedure is to connect the wiring box, slip it through the ceiling aperture and plug in the RJ11 connector before spring clipping into the ceiling. Up to five slave connectors can be controlled from a single master, with an overall capacity of 240 W of LED or fluorescent lighting and 2.3 kW of halogen.

Building Controls Industry Association, BCIA, BMS, BEMS
Delivering buildings that perform — Malcolm Anson.

Time to train the next generation in building controls

Given the importance of controls in achieving the requirements of Part L, Malcolm Anson, president of the Building Controls Industry Association, reflects on the role of the engineer and future training needs to tackle the building-performance challenge.

IoT, Internet of Things, integration, Schneider Electric, BMS, BEMS

The quiet IoT revolution

The power of the IoT (Internet of Things) to realise integration and automation through cross-system communication to make possible real-time monitoring, optimisation and automation can improve out approach to managing all aspects of a building’s operation. Kas Mohammed of Schneider Electric takes up the story.

Carlo Gavazzi, SH Controls, BMS, BEMS

Carlo Gavazzi appoints specialist energy partner

SH Controls has been appointed as a Carlo Gavazzi specialist energy partner in recognition for its success in using Carlo Gavazzi energy meters, logging devices and software solutions on numerous projects over recent months. In its role, SH Controls will continue to provide the full range of Carlo Gavazzi energy-management solutions to monitor, manage and reduce users’ energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Prolojik, integration, lighting, BMS, BEMS
Meeting needs rather than exploiting the technology’s capability — Mark Vincent.

The key to effective controls integration

The integration of multiple controls systems should be driven by the needs of a building’s occupants and the potential business benefits — believes Mark Vincent of Prolojik.

Toshiba, air conditioning, BMS, BEMS

Toshiba adds more features to its air-conditioning controller

Toshiba’s new-generation RBC-TSI1 Black Pear air-conditioning controller includes a range of built-in modes to suit particular applications. They are hotel mode and two eco modes, one based on a timed fan operation and the other with separate setpoints for heating and cooling.

Trend, BMS, BEMS

Theatre staff get in on Trend BEMS act

Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch, east London, has added a Trend IQView8 touchscreen to its Trend BEMS to enable the system to be monitored in real time and adjustments made to energy use as and when necessary. Terry Abbot, head of facilities at the theatre, explains that he was previously unable to see what the BEMS was doing and relied upon Trend’s engineers to make adjustments when they visited the site for maintenance and service work.

Siemens, BMS, BEMS
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Siemens is a star performer at Carnegie Hall

As technology partner for Carnegie Hall in New York, Siemens installed the new systems for an infrastructure upgrade to Studio Towers, a central focus of which was the installation of the new 5600 m2 Resnick Education Wing on the hall’s upper floors and the refurbishment of backstage areas.

Feilo Sylvania, lighting, BMS, BEMS
Lighting control with a faster payback - Bastiaan de Groot

Reducing the payback period for lighting control

Not only can modern approaches to lighting control in commercial buildings save energy, but they can significantly reduce the payback period — as Bastiaan de Groot of Feilo Sylvania explains.

Rinnai, DHW, water heater, BMS, BEMS

Rinnai offers BMS control of continuous-flow water heaters

Rinnai continuous-flow water heaters can be fully connected with building-management systems across multiple platforms — including popular protocols such as Modbus and BACnet. No longer need water heaters be isolated in lonely plant rooms.

Trend Control Systems, hotels, hotel, BMS, BEMS
Comfort and energy efficiency in harmony — Steve Browning.

Delivering excellent room service

Hotels, by the very nature of their occupancy patterns, can be an energy-efficiency nightmare. Steve Browning of Trend Control Systems explains how a building energy management system (BEMS) can reduce expenditure on this resource while creating the perfect comfort conditions for guests.

Building Controls Industry Association, BCIA, BMS, BEMS, Controls
Delivering buildings that perform — Malcolm Anson.

Collaboration is the key to better performance

Sacrificing a building’s controls specification to reduce costs can only lead to the building failing to perform as intended — believes Malcolm Anson of the Building Controls Industry Association.

Airedale International Air conditioning, BMS, BEMS, Controls
Enjoying the benefits of a well specified BMS — Reece Thomas.

Choosing a BMS

A building-management system is a powerful tool — in many ways. Reece Thomas of Airedale International Air Conditioning Ltd offers guidance on how to choose a system.

Wago, BMS, BEMS, Controls
Accumulating energy efficiency — Steve Emberton.

The role of big data in unlocking BMS efficiency

Without an effective building management system (BMS) monitoring strategy, seemingly small inefficiencies can result in rapidly mounting costs if left undetected, says Wago’s Steve Emberton. By harnessing big data, a building’s systems can avoid downtime and deliver more energy savings in the future through ongoing optimisation and elimination of wasteful practices.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, Sauter

The room-operating unit that works like a smartphone

Sauter’s ecoUnit-Touch room-operating unit has a slick design and can be operated like a smartphone with the touch of a finger. It enables individual room settings to be made easily and elegantly, without impairing the energy efficiency of the system.

Sauter, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

Sauter room controller is highly flexible

Sauter’s ecos505 room controller is a single device that can integrate all systems for room automation with demand-led control of room climate, lighting and sunshading. It is a freely programmable BACnet building controller.

Panasonic and Schneider develop wireless interface

Panasonic and Schneider Electric have developed a wireless interface that enables direct serial communication between Schneider Electric’s SmartStruxure solution and room controllers with Panasonic’s VRF air-conditioning systems via the ZigBee wireless communication standard. This integration provides a view of all building systems — including HVAC equipment, lighting, security, power and electrical distribution — anywhere and at any time. via a single interface. it delivers actionable insights to reduce energy consumption and drive savings.

Cloudfm, Lighting, maintenance, refurbishment, Wolseley

Lighting replacement cuts costs for Wolseley

Renovating lighting in its national distribution centre is achieving energy savings of over £150 000 a year for distributor Wolseley UK. The savings come from an overhaul of lighting infrastructure inside and outside its main warehouse in Leamington Spa and surrounding offices. Supported by FM company Cloudfm, the quality and quantity of lighting was assessed to look for alternatives to reduce energy use and maintenance.

Trend, BMS, BEMS, Controls

Prison reforms energy-wasting operation

The electrical consumption for mechanical services at Her Majesty’s Prison Edinburgh has been reduced by nearly 27% following the implementation of a Trend controls survey. The associated reduction in overall site consumption was 11%. The savings amount to many thousands of pounds, and the return on investment (ROI) for all works, including replacing outdated and obsolete plant was very favourable and fell well within the defined requirements of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS).

Utilitywise, IOT, internet of things, BMS, BEMS, Controls
Bringing the BMS out of the basement — Brin Sheridan.

Beyond BeMS solutions

The Internet of Things opens up whole new possibilities for managing all the systems associated with running a building. Brin Sheridan of Utilitywise comments on the changing shape of building-management systems and the impact of IoT.

Rinnai, DHW, domestic hot water, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

Rinnai offers BMS control of continuous-flow water heaters

Rinnai continuous-flow water heaters can be fully connected with building-management systems across multiple platforms — including popular protocols such as Modbus and BACnet. No longer need water heaters be isolated in lonely plant rooms.

BEMS, BMS, building management system, Controls, Reznor, space heating

Reznor keeps heating costs under control

Reznor’s SmartCom intelligent energy-management controller is compatible with radiant-tube, warm-air and many other types of heating system. It is straightforward and easy to use and has a wide range of energy-optimising features.

Sontay, BMS, BEMS, Controls

Sontay expands Smart Communication sensors

Sontay has expanded its range of Smart Communication sensors to offer system integrators, contractors and building-services consultants more choice. Following the success of the predefined range, Sontay has created a ‘build-your-own’ sensor with a variety of capabilities, depending on customer budgets and needs. Prices start at £75 and rise with increasing proficiency.

B.E.G, BEG, BMS, BEMS, Controls

B.E.G. delivers lighting efficiency for electrical solutions business

Building-automation specialist B.E.G. has delivered an integrated lighting-control strategy for the new premises of electrical-engineering company Darke & Taylor in Blenheim Office Park at Long Hanborough in Oxfordshire. Not only does the system provide effective control for individual rooms, but, as Simon Newton, commercial director with Darke & Taylor, explains, ‘An added advantage is that we can demonstrate the benefits of these technologies to existing and potential customers.’

Connected lighting on a single platform

Beckhoff Automation’s CX-series controller provides a flexible and simple-to-use platform that enables building owners to reduce energy costs. Embedded PC technology allows for scalable solutions — from standalone single-application devices through to multi-core devices capable of full building control, including vast data processing and reporting in real time.

BACnet standard is updated

The BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) has announced the release of BACnet Standard ASHRAE 135-2016, four years after the publication of the last version. A multitude of additions and revisions have been included in 400 additional pages.

Trend, BMS, BEMS, Controls

Park Lane office regains control of energy use

When KCE FM won the facilities-management contract for an office building in London’s Park Lane, one of the immediate tasks was to reduce energy consumption and enhance comfort. With the help of the existing Trend BMS, energy costs for 49 Park Lane were reduced by over 21% compared with the same period a year earlier.

Trend, BMS, BEMS, Controls
When less is more — Peter Moore.

No cause for alarm

Timely notification about any events concerning a building-services infrastructure is vital. However, Peter Moore of Trend Control Systems is concerned that too many individual alarms are deterring end users from configuring a building energy management system (BEMS) to undertake the monitoring of their key compliance needs.

BMS, BEMS, Controls, Cool Designs, Toshiba

Cool Designs develops versatile control system

Cool Designs, which distributes the Toshiba range of air-conditioning and heat-pump systems, has developed a controller that can be used with Toshiba’s full commercial range of splits, heat pumps and VRF systems. The controller optimises indoor comfort for individual rooms in a building and reduces energy use.

BMS, BEMs, building management system, controls, actuators, Sauter

Sauter valve actuators can be retrofitted

Sauter’s Vialoq AVM 215 valve actuator provides 500 N of actuating power and has a nominal stroke from 8 to 20 mm. Its compatibility with commercially available valve types makes it well suited for retrofit projects. Synchronous motors are available for 24 or 230 V power supplies.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, BCIA, Building Controls Industry Association, grid, demand management
Responding to a less-predictable energy supply — Malcolm Anson.

Big changes ahead for UK energy market

Malcolm Anson looks at evidence that the energy market in the UK is experiencing some big changes — and explains why this is important for the controls sector.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, Internet of Things, facilities management, Schneider Electric

Is your building IoT ready?

There are many benefits to be gained by the building-management system becoming the platform on which the Internet of Things within a facility flows. Simon Garratt of Schneider gives an insight into the potential.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, BIM, building information modelling, Trend Control Systems
The importance of BEMS to BIM in the long term — Graeme Rees.

Putting BIM in control

Building information modelling (BIM) is radically changing the way that structures are designed, built and managed, yet BIM activity surrounding the building energy management system (BEMS) sector has not been as rapid as expected. Graeme Rees of Trend Control Systems explains why it’s time for interested parties to get on board.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, lighting, Control Network Solutions
The benefits of true convergence — MIke Welch.

The true value of convergent control solutions

What are the benefits of convergent control solutions? And how can you sure you are getting a truly open and interoperable system? Mike Welch of Control Network Solutions shares his view and outlines five key questions that will help building-services professionals to identify the solution that is right for them.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, Clarkson Controls

Joined-up thinking

Malcolm Anson of Clarkson Controls shares his frustration about controls that do not operate in harmony — and illustrates his point with a new product.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, Solar, PV, photo-voltaic, renewable energy, Carlo Gavazzi

Monitoring solarPV systems across multiple sites

SolarPV systems across multiple sites can be monitored by Carlo Gavazzi’s VMU-Y PV. It is housed in a 2-DIN module and can aggregate data from up to 10 VMU-C PV units within a single centralised interface. This effective enables the monitoring of up to 640 inverters and/or 320 meters and 2250 strings. All information can be access using a standard web browser, with no recurrent annual fees.

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