39 specialists in controls and building-management systems have come together to encourage their more effective application.
Investing in a new BMS system is a major decision for most organisations.
Richard Urwin considers how to make the most of that investment.
Condition-based maintenance is much less costly than taking action only when plant fails. Building-management systems are a vital tool in exploiting its benefits, as Andy Thorn explains.
Lighting is a major user of energy in office buildings, and is frequently provided whether it is needed or not — and at the same high level. Neil Jones explains how a building’s electrical load can be cut by 25%.
The key to the Government’s target of reducing carbon-dioxide emissions by 20% is already in place in many buildings. The key is to use building-mangement systems effectively, argues Alan Aldridge.
All heating and air-conditioning services in a major speculative office development in London’s Docklands are controlled and monitored by a Trend building-management system using Ethernet TCP/IP to provide flexibility for owner and tenants.
The product content of controls and building-management systems rose by 7.5% from 2002 to 2003 to reach £67.2 million — the highest since the Building Controls Group started producing market statistics in 1991. Total product sales rose by 2.3% to £82.5 million.
The total cost of installing Hager’s Klik DCS digital-lighting-control system can now be claimed as a taxable allowance under the Government’s Enhanced Capital Allowances scheme.
Waste heat from telecommunications equipment supplies the total heating needs of a home in a 130-year-old water tower, thanks to the use of Honeywell heating controls. Owner Russell Harris converted Lymm Tower in Cheshire into a modern family home.
The integration of a wide range of building-management functions is conservatively estimated to have saved 40% over a comparable multi-system solution for a major commercial development near Dublin.
The world’s tallest apartment block, the 21st Century Tower in Dubai, is the latest development to feature a web-serving building-services control solution from Tridium.
The open-systems business of contractor Inviron is installing an integrated building system in the new Sandwell and West Birmingham Ambulatory Care Centre. Considerable long-term benefits are expected in terms of functionality and freedom from being locked into a single manufacturer.