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A Properly Functioning BAS is your First Line of Defense Against Rising Energy Costs


As a building owner or manager, there are many ways to improve your buildings' performance. A well thought out and properly commissioned Building Automation System (BAS) can reap significant cost and energy savings, but many other benefits as well. By utilizing a proper BAS, building owners and managers will achieve:

  • Reduction in energy costs.

  • Increase in building asset value.

  • Decreased carbon emissions

  • Optimal building operating performance.

  • Higher occupant morale

  • An energy efficient organizational image.

  • Reduced maintenance costs.

A successful energy management program requires commitment from both management and staff who are the valued participants in energy benchmarking. Useful data collection from the existing hardware that is facilitating the process heating, cooling, and lighting of the building provides critical energy consumption information that can be analyzed and improved by introducing Building Automation Systems.

The selection of energy-efficient products capable of delivering the benchmarked conditions necessary to provide a combination of occupant satisfaction and energy savings remains a priority for stakeholders.

Direct digital control of analog and digital devices tasked with obtaining measurements and actuating the buildings energy-efficient operations results in an automated process designed for real-time control of building systems. A data historian with memory is a key component of the management system as it used to measure the buildings' energy usage over time. The objectives of an energy information system are to meet the measurement and verification requirements of energy savings projects and to fine-tune building operation conditions.

Seasonal climate often dictates the duty cycles of the buildings process equipment. Building envelope, lighting, HVAC systems, service water heating, electrical power systems and motors are accounted for in energy management programs.


Annex 47, a report created by the International Energy Agency, provides charts and data models for initial commissioning of advanced and low energy buildings. Honeywell is an example of a vendor that provides an interoperable building management system consisting of controller-level hardware, programming and multiple communication networks utilizing direct digital controls. System network controllers manage communications between programmable equipment controllers, application specific controllers, and advanced unitary controllers, so that the existing operator workstation can create operating strategies for the existing controllers and its connected field level devices in the building automation system.

Applications include: calendar functions, scheduling, trending, integration of LonWorks, BACNet, and Modbus controller data. The BAS client/server architecture is TCP/IP based displaying features utilizing web technology standards such as Extensible Markup Language (XML.)

The custom web browser interface displays trending, scheduling, electrical demand limiting, duty cycling, set point adjustment, alarm/event information, navigation trees, configuration of operators, and execution of global commands.

Edgecom Energy is your one stop solution for verifying your BAS and analyzing your building energy consumption and improving it. Contact us to see how.

Edgecom Energy Inc. is not affiliated with honeywell or any other vendors. All of our energy solutions and recommendations are 100% vendor and product agnostic.


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