Building automation is overall an older technology than home automation, but it has continued to innovate over the years. Building automation covers a variety of security and electrical applications, including smart HVAC systems, which can slash spending on HVAC related power costs. Cloud based data solutions are often used in tandem with these building automation developments, to keep actionable data of usage and costs available. Building automation also integrates lighting, fire safety, security, and access controls into a smart network that is easily accessible to those who are authorized users, and safe from tampering from those who don’t.

Building Automation Technologies:

HVAC

HVAC systems are one of the most commonly automated features in buildings today, and the systems are only getting smarter. Smart HVAC systems are the truest upgrade to the Energy Management Systems put into place over the 1990s and early 2000s. With companies breaking new ground, there exist smart HVAC systems that can be controlled remotely through apps on a room to room basis. These systems strive for efficiency and lower energy costs by budgeting usage through a Demand Side System, which can even be set to run automatically or predicatively. Smart HVAC systems also do not require costly upgrades, as they are updated by software automatically through the cloud.

Security

Security systems are a mature technology, but as with other fields, the Internet of Things has revolutionized the industry. Rather than a clunky CCTV setup, enterprise security systems can now sync via the cloud, so you can check footage and tighten security from anywhere, at your convenience.

Lighting

Many smart building control systems also include controls for lighting. These controls allow one to control all a building’s lights remotely on a room to room basis, keeping lights off when unneeded, and working with Demand Side Systems to budget energy usage through the day.

Access Controls

Using various technologies like smart locks and keypads, as well as a connection to the overall BAS, protecting your property has never been easier. Monitor your property with security cameras, and grant or revoke access on a case by case basis, or with a standardized system.

Fire Safety

Connected alarms are just one feature of building automation systems. Many integrated services also include smoke evacuation, which uses the HVAC system to cycle smoke out of a building to maintain safety in the event of a fire.

The Appeal of Smart Buildings

Smart buildings bring with them several benefits. The combination of efficiency and cost reduction lowers overheads by a large margin. In addition, the allure of a fully connected smart building with all of its features can drive up property value [STAT] and bring in higher quality tenants. In New York City, there is even law that aims to push more building owners into more efficient energy systems: the Climate Mobilization, which seeks to lower the carbon emissions of NYC buildings by 40% by the year of 2030, and an even greater percentage in the years beyond. To enforce the change, penalties apply to building owners who pass thresholds of carbon usage. As these programs ramp up in scope, the time is now to look into efficient energy retrofitting, and adding smart building automation systems to new constructions.