Stand Alone Energy Management Systems (EMS) which are compatible with most Building Management Systems or extend your existing BMS, via high Level interface, to collect the data from energy meters to trend log in your existing BMS
There is also an opportunity to increase the overall value of the asset with the Nabers assessment results and CBD lighting assessment results.
Bring the lighting control in line with the air conditioning or HVAC control. The energy savings can be significant. Simple strategies such as an occupancy sensor for meeting rooms shuts of the air conditioning while the room is unoccupied, saving both the tenants and the Landlord energy costs
Email and SMS alerts to plant equipment faults are now common place, monitoring building systems from web servers designed and programmed specifically for commercial and residential buildings, are delivered with scalable and expandable options.
This means building owners need not invest in all strategies today, but can stage their integration with the knowledge open protocols will allow devices and building systems to "talk" to one another, without hardware replacement.
Currency in software and firmware assists t maintain compatibility with other systems. Often new revisions are free (new versions may have a cost).
Keeping a service maintenance agreement in place should include revision update at no extra cost, subject to the supplier and the brand.
Upgrading software is similar, but there are opportunities which are cost effective to improve the performance of a BMS without huge expense.
Automation systems need maintenance, it is mostly the moving parts and sensitive parts such as switches, relays, valves, actuators, power supplies, and field sensors which need the most attention.
The Controllers should be checked for heat stress as this ages them faster and the components start to fail sooner.
Parts between systems are often interchangeable, often the systems use different scales, but similar voltages so a simple programming adjustment makes a non-proprietary part compatible.
Building Management Systems, Energy Management, major plant equipment and people are becoming more and more interconnected.
There are huge savings opportunities in both direct and indirect costs by taking advantage of the "Internet of Things". It is cost effective, but, initially can be time "heavy".
Knowing your objectives for your building or facility is the start, understanding your time lines and portfolio objectives underpins the scope, this ensures your return investment crystallizes to the bottom line
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