Building Automation Simplified:

Definition

Many people wonder what exactly Building Automation is. By definition, building automation itself is an energy management system that consists of computerized, interlinked, networks of hardware and software which monitor and control the mechanical and lighting systems in commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities.

Promises

Often referred to as a Building Automation System (BAS), the core promises of a BAS are to keep the building climate within a specified range, provide lighting based on occupancy schedules, and monitor system performance and device failures that trigger email and/or text notifications to building engineering staff. This functionality results in:

  • higher energy efficiency
  • lower operating and maintenance costs
  • better indoor air quality
  • greater occupant comfort and productivity

With rising energy costs, increased security concerns, and the needed productivity of more comfortable work environments, the installations of BAS have become more the norm rather than the exception. Today, facility executives thinking about integrating systems can count on powerful, user-friendly technology that offers a wide range of tools and capabilities.

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Potential Pitfalls

However, too often facility executives are unpleasantly surprised to find that a newly installed system does not perform as expected. There are many factors that can contribute to failure; factors such as, not properly identifying needs, focusing on first costs, underestimating complexity, assuming one size fits all, inadequate coordination, etc. To eliminate these pitfalls, it’s important that building owners and facility professionals understand that selecting the right BAS manufacturer is essential to ensuring the success of their project.

At KMC Controls we make it easy for you to increase the energy efficiency and operational performance of your commercial or institutional buildings by automating and controlling your building systems. We offer products designed around the BACnet protocol that allow you to meet the demand for open and interoperable systems. Building Automation From powerful operator workstation software to advanced application and building controllers, these scalable systems offer owners and management personnel maximum flexibility in implementation. For over 40 years we have pioneered innovations that include pneumatic and electronic control devices for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) applications, as well as a complete line of fully programmable digital hardware and intuitive software for local and remote web-based facility management. Our products reach the world through a network of Authorized Distribution Partners that have years of engineering expertise, unsurpassed system knowledge, and unparalleled project management qualifications. These experts are qualified to help you and your business every step of the way.

Take a moment to view some of our Success Stories, and see how we have helped others achieve their energy efficiency and management objectives.