Valuable energy control at your fingertips

A building energy management system (BMS or BEMS) monitors all the energy used to heat, cool and light a building and run its equipment. It lets you respond quickly as energy demand changes – even remotely – and reports on energy use over time.

By using a BMS to monitor energy use and increase efficiency, you can make substantial savings.

Benefits of a BMS 

  • Centralised control of a buildings’ energy systems. 
  • Real time data tracking, and trend data recording. 
  • Ability to flag excessive or unnecessary energy use. 
  • Can detect inefficiencies and equipment failures early, leading to lower maintenance costs. 
  • Reporting capabilities such as dashboard reporting on demand and consumption.
  • Wireless networks make BMS installation easier and more affordable than they have been historically. 
  • Ability to integrate with electricity grid demand response systems – to help manage load on the grid during periods of peak demand, and keep costs down.
  • Can ‘learn’ over time and optimise controls, such as temperature, based on inputs like weather forecasts.
  • The payback period for an existing building can be a fast as 5 years or less, if there are significant inefficiencies waiting to be identified.  

There are 2 types of BMS

You can install a completely new BMS, or modify an existing system that monitors essential building services and security.

  • Monitoring and targeting systems designed to monitor energy use and target areas for improvement.
  • Continuous commissioning systems adjust your heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and other systems continuously to meet demand.

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