Seven essentials for a better building management system


A building management system, also known as a building automation system, is a computerized control system that controls and monitors the mechanical and electrical equipment of the building such as ventilation, lighting, air conditioning systems. power supply, fire systems and security systems.

Commercial properties and large campuses cannot function without such a system. However, as properties age, building management systems become a challenge. On the one hand, organizations try to minimize costs. In light of the fight against climate change, it is estimated that over 30% of energy is wasted in buildings and is responsible for 40% of global CO2 emissions.

In addition, according to a report by Swedish company Memoori, an independent analytics firm specializing in the smart building industry, the number of vacant offices is expected to peak at 20% by 2022.

Facility management now means keeping energy and operating costs low, supporting sustainability goals, ensuring a healthy indoor environment, improving the occupant experience and optimizing the use of space.

Thus, facilities management is more than the responsibility of a building’s infrastructure. Faced with this reality, a question arises: is it urgent to prepare the technical building management systems for the future? The answer is yes.

According to Schneider Electric, a licensed subject matter expert, a modern building management platform will have seven important attributes that will contribute to successful operations.

These attributes include:

Open and scalable. This means that a platform with such characteristics will connect to existing servers and controllers, thus preserving the investment and making it profitable. IP (Internet Protocol) and wireless connectivity can facilitate the addition of additional sensors, meters or controllers as needed. Up-to-date building management should also allow seamless integration with other systems, such as power and energy management, providing a single window of visibility under all operating conditions.

Cybersecure. As operational technology (OT) and IT systems continue to converge, it is essential to protect building management from cyber attacks. Building management systems must be secure by design, which means development and operation follow strict cybersecurity standards and best practices.

Soft. Building management must also be flexible enough to adapt to new and changing needs of tenants, many of whom are planning a hybrid workplace. Beyond supporting office reconfiguration, building management should also automatically adjust HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) settings based on occupancy, people flow, and quality readings. of air to optimize the efficiency and well-being of occupants.

Clever. The latest building management technology will provide more robust data and analysis with dashboards, trends and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) reports, helping you decide on the best opportunities to reduce energy and inefficiency . The most innovative building management software offers cutting-edge data analysis and modeling that will also flag potential issues, automatically prioritizing alarms to help your staff isolate risks and respond faster.

Accessible for mobile devices. Building management should provide facility teams with remote and mobile access to data and control. This can improve staff efficiency and support times when access to buildings is limited (such as a pandemic).

Hosted in the cloud. Parts of building management and energy management functionality can now be hosted in the cloud, avoiding the costs of maintaining on-site hardware and software. Cloud-based building management can simplify the scalability of your entire building portfolio and open the door to consulting services to help you grow your facility’s equipment.

Attractive. A modern building management system will offer applications and services that provide a more engaging experience for occupants. Mobile devices can be used for access control, room comfort control, orientation, room reservation, maintenance ticket recording, etc.

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