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Building control systems and energy management solutions

As with all technology associated with utility production, distribution and related industry niches, the nature of energy management solutions has transformed incalculably in recent decades, going from rudimentary mechanical control systems to hi-tech software packages that focus on maximising efficiency, safety and other core aspects of individual grids.

What are they and why are they worth it?

Energy management systems, in particular, have undergone a period of serious evolution, growing from simple gauges and meters to fully-fledged intuitive interfaces where users are able to get real-time information on key variables, such as usage and efficiency. Most notably perhaps, the advent of all-new, so-called Building Management Systems (BMS) has led to an increase in hi-tech additions to new building complexes, allowing project managers and, eventually, tenants or inhabitants the luxury of complete utility control from one single, on-site base.


Implementation of Energy Management

However, such energy management solutions have only really been implemented in large scale, major builds in recent decades, while their integrations into residential construction have been somewhat slow on the take-up. But, with an increasingly social, cultural and, perhaps most notably, political impetus toward green and efficient energy provision, control systems that move to minimise waste in homes are becoming a much more ubiquitous feature.


More about Energy Management

What’s more, for landlords and building developers looking to implement effective embedded networks (a form of utility distribution in private residences and commercial complexes that isolates usage from the main national grid in order to capitalise on reduced wholesale tariff rates), energy management solutions have proved to be an indispensable management tool. Not only have they afforded site managers quick and easy access to control systems for the whole complex, but they’ve made keeping tab of individual tenancy usages a much simpler and straightforward task.

More recently, energy management systems have become associated with a number of other aspects of building control, from access security to infrastructure. Today, many of the most popular systems incorporate a number of these features too, allowing site managers even further reaching control over their premises, from CCTV modules to fire alarms and lift interfaces.


But, while the benefits of implementing a building control system of this type are perhaps obvious for site managers and building developers, who will be able to charge higher rental fees as a result of totally integrated utility systems and perhaps even enjoy more revenue streams from embedded energy networks charged to tenants off the main national grid, there’s also a number of bonuses for the individuals living or working on site. These range from simple aesthetics associated with controlling all building systems in one place, to more practical bonuses related to reliability and maintenance.