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.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, BG Energy Solutions

BG installs BMS for Wakefield Town Hall

Heating control and comfort levels have been improved following the installation by BG Energy Solutions of a Trend BMS as part of a major upgraded project at Wakefield Town Hall. It was fitted during a 2-year shutdown for refurbishment work. A PC-based front end has facilitated better ease of use and reduced maintenance.

BEMS, Biomass, BMS, building management system, Controls, LCSL, Linear Control Systems Ltd, Renewable energy

LCSL delivers control of biomass plant for Harewood House

Linear Control Systems Ltd (LCSL) has completed the installation of the building energy management system for the second phase of Harewood House’s £2 million investment. It is for a biomass plant that can heat over 30 buildings and save over 500 t of CO2 a year.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, Priva

Priva Blue ID upgrades controls in Grade 2 listed building

The upgrading of the heating-control system at the St Bueno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales is based on Priva’s Blue ID system. It replaces a poorly designed PLC-based system to improve the accuracy of heating control across the site and enhance accessibility with a user-friendly touchscreen.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, bespoke service, Sontay

Sontay offers bespoke service

Sontay’s investment in new milling equipment enables the company to provide a wider range of options and finishes on its user-interface products. The upgraded facility makes it easier for Sontay to create tailored devices . Plates and accompanying furniture can be sourced to an exact specification and engraved with the required detail.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, sensors, Sontay
The many benefits of smart sensors Sandy Damm.

Smart sensing

To fully understand how efficient a building is you need data, and this is where the humble sensor can play a pivotal role as Sandy Damm of Sontay, explains.

BEMS, BMS, building management system, Controls, Wago

Wago brings intelligence to room automation

Wago’s FlexRoom intelligent room-automation system provides flexible automation of lighting, window blinds, and room control including heating and cooling. It can be used to quickly and easily realise energy-efficient and standard-compliant building automation in nearly all office and administrative buildings. Its ease of use means that configuration and reconfiguration can be carried out in-house, saving time and reducing costs.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, user friendly, Siemens Building Technologies
User-friendly BEMSs Ian Ellis.

Use it or lose it: making BEMS accessible for all

To work effectively, the modern building energy management system (BEMS) should be straightforward to use and accessible for every potential user. Ian Ellis of Siemens Building Technologies discusses past issues with ‘usability’ and positive changes that are being made.

Building Controls Industry Association, BCIA, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls
Enjoying the full benefits of building controls Malcolm Anson.

Let’s remind ourselves of the basics of control

Malcolm Anson, president of the Building Controls Industry Association, says that we should focus on getting the basics right to see the full benefits of building controls and BEMS in the long-term.

Beckhoff Automation, lighting, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls
An integrated view of the challenge of building control Dave Lister.

Lighting the way to more control

Dave Lister of Beckhoff Automation explains how lighting control and the BMS can work in harmony to provide buildings that are more energy efficient and easier to operate in the long-term.

Building Research Establishment, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls
Effective BMS Andy Lewry.

Understanding the key issues

The control of energy in buildings is generally poor, despite the availability of a range of tried and tested systems, with guidance perceived to be over complicated explains Andy Lewry of the Building Research Establishment.

Viessmann, boilers, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

Viessmann boilers have WiFi and Internet connectivity

Viessmann now offers boilers with WiFi and Internet connectivity, enabling installers to respond promptly to automatic fault notifications, with the added convenience of remote performance monitoring and online service planning. Unlike previous connectivity technology, which linked end users’ smartphones with thermostats, this is said to be the first to connect directly with a domestic boiler and the first to remotely provide installers with comprehensive diagnostics data.

AET, air conditioning, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

AET offers alternative control for underfloor air conditioning

AET Flexible Space’s FlexTouch mountable controller provides easy adjustment of the temperature and fanspeed of fantile units in its underfloor air-conditioning system. The traditional way of controlling the fantile units is via a hatch in the grille that covers the recessed fantile. The FlexTouch controller provides control without having to access the control in the fantile itself.

B.E.G., BEG, lighting, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

B.E.G. achieves rapid payback with lighting control in school

Occupancy detection and daylight response to control lighting at the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk is expected to see a return on its investment within a year by achieving energy savings of up to 80%. The Luxomat system installed by building-automation specialist B.E.G. uses a motion detector designed specifically for ceiling mounting and has an optical system covering 360.

Schneider Electric, training academy, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

Schneider Electric training academy wins controls industry award

Schneider Electric’s Built Environment Training Academy at Ashby-de-la-Zouch has been acknowledged in the 2016 awards of the Building Controls Industry Association for its contribution to training. The academy houses a live complex low-voltage distribution system, low-temperature-hot-water distribution system and ventilation system with VAV and fan-coil-unit applications. It delivers courses for the company’s own engineers and the wider controls industry including customers and end users.

Sontay, chilled beams, air conditioning, BMS, BEMS, Buiding management systems, controls

Sontay takes control of chilled beams

A complete range of sensors to control and monitor chilled beams is available from Sontay. These water-based cooling systems are environmentally friendly and unobtrusive, making them a popular choice for commercial buildings such as offices, hotels and hospitals.

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