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.



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