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Smart buildings take advantage of information exchange to provide a flexible, productive and cost effective environment for building occupants. There is a high demand for smart buildings in the marketplace, with a majority of office employees citing features available through smart building infrastructure as important features for their office spaces. Total lifecycle costs for smart buildings are generally lower than costs for conventional buildings due to large energy and churn cost savings to building tenants as well as lower vacancies, increased lease income and lower tenant improvement costs for building owners.

A Building Automation System (BAS) with microprocessor based control in each building zone transfers information through this cabling system, providing the sensory functions, signal processing and control responses that lead to smart building operation. Building automation systems that include a smart integration with electrical equipment’s and other utilities further increases the energy management capabilities available with smart buildings, giving facilities managers the information necessary to make better controls that can reduce overall energy use and costs.

To minimize the cost impact of providing smart building capabilities the should be incorporated into the design of new facilities form the beginning, retrofitting these system into an existing building is far more expensive and disruptive than simply getting it right the first time. Starting early affords greater opportunities to integrate and consolidate different building system functions into fewer independent systems, which can reduce overall complexity.

The BMS Operator Workstation is a power full tool that’s easy to use. Using a mouse the operator can simply point and click through dynamic graphics of floor plans and system schematic, live trend data, historical information and comprehensive reports and summaries. The Operator Workstation places the building manager in full control of a facility providing the ability to interactively change status, schedules set points and control strategies. The seamless integration of BMS is extended to the Operator Workstation. This not only means complete access to all information from every part of the network, but it also means that the information is presented to you the way you want it to be. The Operator Workstation can support a full-featured maintenance program, so you can use the power and data gathering features of BMS to more effectively manage your ongoing equipment maintenance.

1. Smart Building Technologies

In a “smart building” the systems structure and function of the building are optimize to provide a productive and cost effective environment that adapts to the current and future needs of building occupants. Although smart buildings are diverse in nature and employ many different techniques to enhance productivity and drive down cost, most smart building share a set of characteristics that set them apart from other buildings. These characteristics include:

a) Advanced HVAC control system
b) Lighting control system
c) Voice and Data System
d) Public Address System
e) MATV System
f) Security System
g) Fire Alarm System

Who benefits from Smart Building Technologies?

Smart buildings give facilities managers the information and control options necessary to effectively manage their buildings. Through the use of digital controls at the zone level, smart buildings keep facilities managers well informed, providing large quantities of information about building systems and components. The information for all building systems, ranging from the chiller plant to security systems can be accessed from one computer terminal. This centralization of information gives facilities manager the capability to simultaneously monitor multiple building systems and to respond rapidly to any system malfunctions. Further, the control options available in smart building allow facilities managers to change system operational procedures remotely. Therefore, smart buildings allow facilities managers to minimize occupant complaints through event and alarm management and respond rapidly to any complaints that do get reported.