BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, BCIA, Building Controls Industry Association, grid, demand management
Responding to a less-predictable energy supply — Malcolm Anson.

Big changes ahead for UK energy market

Malcolm Anson looks at evidence that the energy market in the UK is experiencing some big changes — and explains why this is important for the controls sector.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, Internet of Things, facilities management, Schneider Electric

Is your building IoT ready?

There are many benefits to be gained by the building-management system becoming the platform on which the Internet of Things within a facility flows. Simon Garratt of Schneider gives an insight into the potential.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, BIM, building information modelling, Trend Control Systems
The importance of BEMS to BIM in the long term — Graeme Rees.

Putting BIM in control

Building information modelling (BIM) is radically changing the way that structures are designed, built and managed, yet BIM activity surrounding the building energy management system (BEMS) sector has not been as rapid as expected. Graeme Rees of Trend Control Systems explains why it’s time for interested parties to get on board.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, lighting, Control Network Solutions
The benefits of true convergence — MIke Welch.

The true value of convergent control solutions

What are the benefits of convergent control solutions? And how can you sure you are getting a truly open and interoperable system? Mike Welch of Control Network Solutions shares his view and outlines five key questions that will help building-services professionals to identify the solution that is right for them.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, Clarkson Controls

Joined-up thinking

Malcolm Anson of Clarkson Controls shares his frustration about controls that do not operate in harmony — and illustrates his point with a new product.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, Solar, PV, photo-voltaic, renewable energy, Carlo Gavazzi

Monitoring solarPV systems across multiple sites

SolarPV systems across multiple sites can be monitored by Carlo Gavazzi’s VMU-Y PV. It is housed in a 2-DIN module and can aggregate data from up to 10 VMU-C PV units within a single centralised interface. This effective enables the monitoring of up to 640 inverters and/or 320 meters and 2250 strings. All information can be access using a standard web browser, with no recurrent annual fees.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, BG Energy Solutions

BG installs BMS for Wakefield Town Hall

Heating control and comfort levels have been improved following the installation by BG Energy Solutions of a Trend BMS as part of a major upgraded project at Wakefield Town Hall. It was fitted during a 2-year shutdown for refurbishment work. A PC-based front end has facilitated better ease of use and reduced maintenance.

BEMS, Biomass, BMS, building management system, Controls, LCSL, Linear Control Systems Ltd, Renewable energy

LCSL delivers control of biomass plant for Harewood House

Linear Control Systems Ltd (LCSL) has completed the installation of the building energy management system for the second phase of Harewood House’s £2 million investment. It is for a biomass plant that can heat over 30 buildings and save over 500 t of CO2 a year.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, Priva

Priva Blue ID upgrades controls in Grade 2 listed building

The upgrading of the heating-control system at the St Bueno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales is based on Priva’s Blue ID system. It replaces a poorly designed PLC-based system to improve the accuracy of heating control across the site and enhance accessibility with a user-friendly touchscreen.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, bespoke service, Sontay

Sontay offers bespoke service

Sontay’s investment in new milling equipment enables the company to provide a wider range of options and finishes on its user-interface products. The upgraded facility makes it easier for Sontay to create tailored devices . Plates and accompanying furniture can be sourced to an exact specification and engraved with the required detail.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, sensors, Sontay
The many benefits of smart sensors — Sandy Damm.

Smart sensing

To fully understand how efficient a building is you need data, and this is where the humble sensor can play a pivotal role — as Sandy Damm of Sontay, explains.

BEMS, BMS, building management system, Controls, Wago

Wago brings intelligence to room automation

Wago’s FlexRoom intelligent room-automation system provides flexible automation of lighting, window blinds, and room control — including heating and cooling. It can be used to quickly and easily realise energy-efficient and standard-compliant building automation in nearly all office and administrative buildings. Its ease of use means that configuration and reconfiguration can be carried out in-house, saving time and reducing costs.

BMS, BEMS, building management system, controls, user friendly, Siemens Building Technologies
User-friendly BEMSs — Ian Ellis.

Use it or lose it: making BEMS accessible for all

To work effectively, the modern building energy management system (BEMS) should be straightforward to use and accessible for every potential user. Ian Ellis of Siemens Building Technologies discusses past issues with ‘usability’ and positive changes that are being made.

Building Controls Industry Association, BCIA, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls
Enjoying the full benefits of building controls — Malcolm Anson.

Let’s remind ourselves of the basics of control

Malcolm Anson, president of the Building Controls Industry Association, says that we should focus on getting the basics right to see the full benefits of building controls and BEMS in the long-term.

Beckhoff Automation, lighting, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls
An integrated view of the challenge of building control — Dave Lister.

Lighting the way to more control

Dave Lister of Beckhoff Automation explains how lighting control and the BMS can work in harmony to provide buildings that are more energy efficient and easier to operate in the long-term.

Building Research Establishment, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls
Effective BMS — Andy Lewry.

Understanding the key issues

The control of energy in buildings is generally poor, despite the availability of a range of tried and tested systems, with guidance perceived to be over complicated explains Andy Lewry of the Building Research Establishment.

Viessmann, boilers, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

Viessmann boilers have WiFi and Internet connectivity

Viessmann now offers boilers with WiFi and Internet connectivity, enabling installers to respond promptly to automatic fault notifications, with the added convenience of remote performance monitoring and online service planning. Unlike previous connectivity technology, which linked end users’ smartphones with thermostats, this is said to be the first to connect directly with a domestic boiler and the first to remotely provide installers with comprehensive diagnostics data.

AET, air conditioning, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

AET offers alternative control for underfloor air conditioning

AET Flexible Space’s FlexTouch mountable controller provides easy adjustment of the temperature and fanspeed of fantile units in its underfloor air-conditioning system. The traditional way of controlling the fantile units is via a hatch in the grille that covers the recessed fantile. The FlexTouch controller provides control without having to access the control in the fantile itself.

B.E.G., BEG, lighting, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

B.E.G. achieves rapid payback with lighting control in school

Occupancy detection and daylight response to control lighting at the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk is expected to see a return on its investment within a year by achieving energy savings of up to 80%. The Luxomat system installed by building-automation specialist B.E.G. uses a motion detector designed specifically for ceiling mounting and has an optical system covering 360°.

Schneider Electric, training academy, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

Schneider Electric training academy wins controls industry award

Schneider Electric’s Built Environment Training Academy at Ashby-de-la-Zouch has been acknowledged in the 2016 awards of the Building Controls Industry Association for its contribution to training. The academy houses a live complex low-voltage distribution system, low-temperature-hot-water distribution system and ventilation system with VAV and fan-coil-unit applications. It delivers courses for the company’s own engineers and the wider controls industry — including customers and end users.

Sontay, chilled beams, air conditioning, BMS, BEMS, Buiding management systems, controls

Sontay takes control of chilled beams

A complete range of sensors to control and monitor chilled beams is available from Sontay. These water-based cooling systems are environmentally friendly and unobtrusive, making them a popular choice for commercial buildings such as offices, hotels and hospitals.

Carlo Gavazzi, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls
A practical response to churn — Kevin Sheldrake.

Planning for change

Buildings frequently change use and are refurbished for new occupants, and businesses often reconfigure their workplaces as demands change. Kevin Sheldrake of Carlo Gavazzi UK, argues the case for a building-controls solution with flexibility to meet whatever the future brings.

Hoval, boilers, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

Hoval brings simplicity to sophisticated control

Hoval’s TopTronic system controller for Hoval boilers, calorifiers, heat pumps and other heat sources can control one or more multiple conventional and low-carbon heat sources with a single unit or in cascades of up to eight units. It eliminates the inconvenience and risk of trying to work with different controls for different appliances and system configurations.

Trend, Trend Control Systems, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

Trend Slims down its IQ4E controllers

The latest addition to Trend Control Systems’ range of IQ4 controllers is the IQ4E Slims range. Trend continues to reduce the footprint of its controllers, and a 70 mm IQ4E Slim compares to the 105 mm of a standard IQ4E I/O module. In addition, vertical connectors mean trunking can be situated immediately alongside a controller, saving even more space.

Timeguard, lighting, dimmer, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

Automatic switch load control eliminates LED glow and flicker

Timeguard’s ZV900 makes it possible to control LED and CFL lighting with smart switches without flicker or glow or prematurely burning out the switches. The device controls the switch load across a whole switching circuit. Once connected, it slips neatly through a standard 50 mm ceiling aperture.

Aimteq, WEMS, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls
Photo: Go-Ahead Group

Wireless control technology slashes space-heating costs at bus depots

Aimteq’s installation of WEMS wireless BEMS technology in Go-Ahead’s bus depots has achieved significant reductions in gas consumption, with average savings of 30% and a payback on the investment within two years. Go-Ahead is one of the of the UK’s largest bus operators and has a fleet of around 4600 buses that are boarded by nearly two million passengers every day.

Ex-Or, lighting, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls
Maximum energy control — Neil Garland.

Shedding light on integrated building controls

The seamless integration of building energy management systems (BEMS) and lighting control brings together the two largest consumers of electrical energy in a building (lighting and HVAC) and allows them to be controlled from a single common interface. Neil Garland of Ex-Or explains how such integration drives energy efficiency and supports the creation of environments with enhanced comfort and productivity.

Beckhoff, training, BMS, BEMS, building management systems, controls

Beckhoff opens technical training centre

Beckhoff Automation has opened the doors of its new technical training centre and offers an extensive range of courses for controls engineers interested in learning about its innovative approach to BEMS and controls. The Beckhoff Technical Centre in Huntingdon offers industry professional world-class training and application-development courses in the second week of each month, which can be booked online.

Distech, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems, controls

Distech brings BMS control to school

Harting Church of England Primary School now has a building-management system. The Eclypse IP-based system from Distech controls the existing plant and is expandable to allow for alterations and additions to the plant. It will also be able to integrate with any future BMS if it is upgraded or changed.

Schneider Electric, BMS, BEMS, building management systems, controls

Retuning BMS improves comfort and cuts costs

Optimising the existing building-management system in an iconic London business location reduced gas consumption by £15 000 in the third quarter of last year. There was a need to update the Schneider Electric BMS as it had not been updated in response to changes in building occupants and their usage.

BCIA, Building Controls Industry Association, managing energy demands, half hourly metering, BMS, BEMS, building management systems
Managing demand to reduce electricity costs — Malcolm Anson.

Looking closely at the demand side

As National Grid looks more closely at demand-side energy-management techniques for electricity, and new legislation changes how many companies pay for energy, Malcolm Anson considers the implications for building controls and BEMS.

EnOcean Alliance, Enocean, wireless, BMS, BEMS, building management systems
A self-powered keycard-based energy-management system at the Aloha Surf Hotel in Miami has achieved a 45% saving in energy for lighting and 50 % for the HVAC system.

Energy-management savings with minimal disruption

Effective control of HVAC systems can bring energy savings of 20 to 40%. Graham Martin of the EnOcean Alliance looks at how such substantial savings can be achieved with minimal disruption to the operation of a building.

Trilux Lighting, lighting, control, LED, BMS, BEMS, building management system
Controls as a vital part of a lighting system — Richard Holt.

Taking control for better lighting

LED lighting is highly efficient, but it will still benefit from good control technology to support long-term operational efficiency, as Richard Holt of Trilux Lighting explains.

Carlo Gavazzi, BMS, BEMS, building management systems

Carlo Gavazzi adds remote access to VMUC-EM energy platform

Carlo Gavazzi has extended its VMUC-EM platform with the VMU-D module to connect a USB dongle to provide 3G and 4G Internet connection. The result is a comprehensive energy-monitoring system that can be remotely managed by the 3G or 4G mobile network.

Team, cloud, BMS, BEMS, building management systems
The energy-management benefits of the Cloud — Tim Holman.

Exploiting the Cloud for energy management

Why should organisations and businesses be embracing cloud-based energy management tools? Tim Holman of Team shares his views.

KNX, Siemens Building Technologies, BMS, BEMS, Building management systems

My KNX Store adds Siemens products

Products of Siemens Building Technologies that use the open KNX control protocol are now available through the My KNX Store. Ian Ellis, UK marketing manager with Siemens Building Technologies, explains, ‘We believe that making our KNX products available through My KNX Store will ensure our products are easily available and that installers are getting excellent support and advice while using them.

Airbloc, air curtains, BMS, BEMS, building management systems

Electric air curtains

Energy savings of up to 50% are claimed for Airbloc air curtains and controllers for retail applications. The benefits of air curtains are well established, with an open-door policy increasing trade by 40%. Energy lost through open doors can be reduced by up to 80% with an air curtain.

AET, underfloor air conditioning, BMS, BEMS, building management systems

AET offers alternative control for underfloor air conditioning

AET Flexible Space’s FlexTouch mountable controller provides easy adjustment of the temperature and fanspeed of fantile units in its underfloor air-conditioning system. The traditional way of controlling the fantile units is via a hatch in the grille that covers the recessed fantile. The FlexTouch controller provides control without having to access the control in the fantile itself.

WEMS, Wireless Energy Management Systems Ltd, BMS, BEMS, building management systems

WEMS in Latin America

WEMS (Wireless Energy Management Systems Ltd) has reported its largest-ever order. It is for a company in Mexico and was placed by its newest value-added reseller PointVerde, based in Mexico City. The order is seen as a major step forward in the development of the WEMS business in the Latin American region.

RDM, BMS, BEMS, building management systems

RDM helps leisure group reduce energy costs

Energy costs for an Australian operator of premium leisure assets have been reduced by 20% following the installation of RDM control and monitoring solutions in a number of locations across its division. Ardent Leisure’s portfolio consists of 52 bowling centres and amusement arcades, 77 health clubs, three theme parks and seven marinas.

BACnet, Siemens Building Technologies, BMS, BEMS, building management systems, VAV, air conditioning

BACnet controller for terminal units

The DXR range of BACnet controllers from Siemens Building Technologies offers robust control for various widely used terminal units. The controls are easy to install, saving money at the outset. They can support the efficient use of energy by occupants with the help of the Green Leaf programme. If there is a green leaf on the display, the system is operating efficiently. If the leaf turns red, simply pushing a button restores the system to its most energy-efficient setting. Calculations based on BS EN 15232 show that Green Leaf can save up to 25% of energy use.

Rinnai, BMS, BEMS, building management systems

Rinnai offers BMS control of continuous-flow water heaters

Rinnai continuous-flow water heaters can be fully connected with building-management systems across multiple platforms — including popular protocols such as Modbus and BACnet. No longer need water heaters be isolated in lonely plant rooms.

Siemens, VAV, air conditioning, BMS, BEMS, building management systems

Siemens controllers for VAV systems

Siemens Building Technologies has added four controllers for VAV (variable air volume) systems to its OpenAir range, along with a robust handheld operating unit. The new products are aimed firmly at the VAV market and support all major communications protocols — including KNX, BACnet and Modbus. They therefore integrate seamlessly into any application and system, including those from third-party vendors.

Trend Control Systems, dry cycling, BMS, BEMS, building management systems
Wasted energy — Yasar Butt.

The heat is on for boiler control

Lowering utility bills and being more sustainable are high on the agenda for most organisations, yet boilers across the nation continue to be inefficiently operated. Yasar Butt of Trend Control Systems, explains how anti dry-cycling measures can achieve significant energy savings when introduced into a Building energy management system (BEMS).

Towards better- performing hospitals

Not only can a modern and well managed HVAC infrastructure in hospitals improve patients care, but it can also dramatically reduce energy costs. Chris Needham of Schneider Electric shares his experiences.

BEG, LED lighting, control, BMS, BEMS, building managemant systems

BEG takes control of LED lighting for freight services company

The energy-efficiency capabilities of LED lighting in the 1800 m2 facility of Southampton Freight Services (SFS) are maximised by a control system devised by BEG. The new facility includes two warehouses. One is fully racked for bonded storage, and the other is designed to accommodate the fast-moving ‘in-transit’ operation.

Trend, BMS, BEMS, building management systems

Trend Slims down its IQ4E controllers

The latest addition to Trend Control Systems’ range of IQ4 controllers is the IQ4E Slims range. Trend continues to reduce the footprint of its controllers, and a 70 mm IQ4E Slim compares to the 105 mm of a standard IQ4E I/O module. In addition, vertical connectors mean trunking can be situated immediately alongside a controller, saving even more space.

Trilux, Steinel, lighting control, BMS, BEMS, building management systems

Bringing intelligence to lighting control

The LiveLink light-management system is the result of co-operation between lighting-technology company Trilux and sensor specialist Steinel. The system is based on the DALI standard and offers optimally matched hardware components and intelligent, intuitively operated software tools.

Beckhoff Automation, PIR, BMS, BEMS, building management systems

Beckhoff Automation integrates all aspects of building control

Beckhoff Automation offers a single, compact system that can be used to monitor and manage all aspects of a building — from lighting to heating, cooling and shading. The company describes its technology as open and holistic. Its controls allow numerous protocols to be used, but linked to a single building

While many companies tend to focus on lighting within offices, there is a strong case for energy- and cost-saving measures within spaces such as warehouses, where lighting can account for more than 50% of the total energy budget. Advances in lighting-control technology enable end users to manage their energy consumption, and, on the strength of the financial benefits alone, there is a compelling case for immediate action. In many respects a warehouse is not unlike an office building because there are several different types of control scenario to suit every warehouse space and the way in which it operates. Presence detection is a very common example, allowing lights to be switched on as required, for instance when someone is picking in one of the aisles. Another scenario would allow for the lights to be switched on when someone enters a specific area and then dim when they leave, ensuring that there is always a minimum level of illumination for safety purposes. A further notable example is the use of daylight harvesting, which allows lights to be switched on when someone enters an area but then automatically adjusts to the level of natural light within a specific area. What these examples share is that they all harness control technology to deliver significant energy savings. Whichever scenario best suits the needs, the success of the lighting controls depends on the types of controllers which are installed. PIR (passive infrared) detectors are a common choice and work by detecting moving heat, whether this is generated by people or machinery. What is crucial, however, is that the correct type of detector is used. For example, when mounting at height, high-sensitivity long-range detectors (such as the CP Electronics EBDHS range) are essential. If a longer detection range is required, microwave or HF detectors are ideal and work by using low-power radar to detect moving objects. However this type of detector can be triggered with any movement such as loose packaging so the likelihood of lighting being switched on as a result of ‘false triggers’ is fairly high. In addition, lux sensors are often incorporated into the PIR or microwave detector so that the area is only illuminated if the natural light levels are not sufficient. This is an excellent way of making use of natural light and provides additional energy savings. One of the main considerations when implementing a lighting-controls solution is the correct selection of the control device. Close consultation with the luminaire manufacturer is advisable as this ensures compatibility with the selected product; this process may involve testing the proposed luminaire type with the control device. The second most crucial consideration is the type of environment. Care needs to be taken when siting control devices as the ambient temperature may affect their operation and range. Also, the number and positioning of devices is crucial to ensure there are no blind spots and that moving objects such as fork-lift trucks and lifting devices activate the control device as and when required. The next step is to understand how and when the warehouse is in operation. For example, a 24-hour warehouse which is constantly occupied would benefit from some form of daylight control, which either switches the lights off or dims them down as ambient light becomes available. A warehouse that has occasional picking of items from aisles would achieve maximum energy savings by utilising some form of occupancy control on the lighting. Where a warehouse has a number of different shift patterns with different lighting requirements, a networked solution, available in wired and wireless options, could be advantageous.  A major advantage of a wireless network (like the CP Electronics An-10 system) is the ease of installation and flexibility as it can be moved and scaled as required. However, a wired system (such as the CP Electronics RAPID system) may be preferable in very large installations or where the environment is hostile to wireless communication. There are, of course, numerous additional considerations which must be taken into account, such as the need for minimum levels of light for safety reasons. Perhaps the most important consideration, however, is ease of use, almost negating any need for end-user intervention. The ability of lighting controls to achieve energy savings is widely publicised but generally speaking the examples only refer to office environments. Historically, little attention has been paid to lighting in warehouses despite this type of environment quite often having the highest energy bills. This is undoubtedly an area which we are now addressing because there are considerable energy and cost savings to be achieved by installing energy-efficient luminaires in warehouses and then controlling them correctly. If we use the same approach as we do in office buildings to understand the usage of the space and introduce the appropriate control regime, then not only will the installation costs be minimised but savings will be effective immediately —  a fact which is difficult to overlook for any company.  Rob Crookes is product manager with CP Electronics.
Economic lighting for warehouses — Rob Crookes

Taking stock of lighting control in warehouses

With lighting everywhere but often very few people, lighting control in warehouses can pay rich dividends — as Rob Crookes of CP Electronics explains.

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