Simplified BAS Solutions are Feasible and Cost-Effective for Smaller Commercial Buildings
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According to the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), only about 10 percent of buildings in the United States use a BAS or central controls to manage building systems. Buildings that do use a BAS are typically greater than 100,000 sq.ft., but more than 90 percent of buildings in the United States are less than 5,000 sq.ft. or between 5,000 and 50,000 sq.ft.
BAS Benefits Drive Efficiency
Among the numerous options, BAS systems provide an easy-to-use single point of control for multiple building systems and zones, so building owners and managers can run their buildings smartly and more efficiently. Available BAS solutions also allow remote access to these control capabilities, for Web-enabled access to building systems from nearly anywhere.
HVAC rooftop equipment is becoming more advanced with new technologies, which helps optimize performance and significantly improve the bottom line.
HVAC rooftop equipment is becoming more advanced with new technologies, which helps optimize performance and significantly improve the bottom line. Taking advantage of these high-efficiency, variable-speed technologies in rooftop units is made easier with advanced building controls. This helps drive savings and allows building owners to get the most out of the new technology in rooftop units.
Simplified BAS solutions also provide greater insight and enable access to a wealth of data regarding what’s happening in a building. For contractors, this additional connection to the building and its systems provides an opportunity to act as a proactive partner in maintaining and servicing the building — for faster troubleshooting and efficient resolution of issues. Contractors can get remote building access — with customer permission — that allows them to see issues or problems prior to a service visit, so they can prioritize service work for the most critical issues and come prepared with any necessary parts for maintenance. A BAS also enables contractors to receive email alarms and alerts, so they can notify customers of issues before they impact occupant comfort.
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Utilizing wireless communication technology with a simplified BAS solution can shorten the installation cycle and help keep projects on track and on budget — putting this type of building technology within reach for more facilities. It also offers greater flexibility for the future, as technology and capabilities change.