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Efficient Monitoring of Building Operations
Efficient Monitoring of Building Operations
June 02, 2016

When a building is energy efficient the same amount of work can be accomplished with less energy than it normally takes. Energy efficiency has become a critical factor in building construction today because of the serious implications on operating expenses as well as the effects on climate change. Buildings consume a significant amount of energy but through Energy Management Control Systems, building owners are given the opportunity to save on fuel bills and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

What is Energy Management Control System?

A few decades ago, energy efficiency within buildings was accomplished through mechanical and hydraulic devices. Innovations in technology have introduced direct digital controls or computer-based control systems that consist of devices with microprocessors and communication capabilities. When these devices are fully utilized the comfort of building occupants is enhanced while enjoying facilities at lesser cost.

Energy Management Control Systems for buildings have several functions according to their capabilities. Standard systems that are offered to building owners frequently include sensors that are used to measure control variables like temperature and flow rates. The system also includes a controller with the capability to perform logical operations at the same time that it produces control outputs. A controlled device accepts control signals and performs actions like moving dampers and valves. Energy Management Control Systems integrate various equipment necessary to make the building efficient and effective like boilers, chillers, variable speed drives, power metering equipment, electrical switch gears, HVAC equipment and uninterrupted power supply. Software that is developed for the control system allows the building manager to access and manipulate data through a desktop computer or mobile device.

The building manager monitors day to day operations in the building through the data provided with Energy Management Control Systems. Different types of information are available from temperature, humidity and air flow so that troubleshooting can be made when necessary. When the control system is designed with automatic recovery, backup equipment is required in case there is a fault in normal building operations. Events may occur anytime but their impact to the building operations are kept to a minimum because of timely notifications and alarms provided to occupants. The control system also limits the exposure of personnel to hazards and accidents because any faults and failures to the systems are immediately reported.

However, a successful implementation of Energy Management Control Systems is dependent on the technical knowledge and experience of a core group of individuals that will ensure proper installation, proper maintenance and operation of the system. Staff must be fully trained to work daily with the system for efficient building operations. Operations of major equipment must be scheduled accordingly from lighting, ventilation and heating to save on the use of energy and to reduce unnecessary wear on equipment. There are instances when the building is unoccupied which may require limiting of some operations to reduce energy consumption. On the other hand, if there are special events beyond the normal operating hours, temporary scheduling may be enabled to revert back to normal operations automatically upon completion of the event. 

Great way to save on energy.
Posted by: ALex | July 14, 2016, 1:42 pm
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