Why Should I upgrade the Building Energy Management System?

My background started when I worked as a joiner or carpenter as it may be called in the US. From there I worked for a housing association as a surveyor which was closely followed by me gaining employment by the Scottish Parliament. I started there as a contactor coordinator which then led to me becoming a project manager. Most recently I worked for an organisation called Leonardo based in Edinburgh which was on a two-year contract which was cut short as I got an opportunity to work with SSE. This has been an objective of mine for a few years due to the potential of working in the renewables sector.

The past three organisations that I’ve worked for have all had the main priority of gaining approval for a new BEMS system and trying to explain the benefits to senior leadership. Simply put, by me and colleagues, “why shouldn’t you upgrade your BEMS?” Technology has advanced so much over a small amount of time, which can improve the performance and energy efficiency of your building.

I am assuming that if you are reading this blog, you may already know the purpose of a BEMS but for those of you who don’t ….

A Building Energy Management System (BEMS) is an integrated system that allows for the monitoring, control, and optimisation of energy usage within a building or a group of buildings. It uses advanced technology and software to collect and analyse data on various aspects of a building’s energy consumption, including HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), lighting, electrical systems, and other energy-consuming equipment. The primary goal of a BEMS is to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy waste, and optimize the overall performance of a building’s energy systems. It accomplishes this by providing real-time visibility into energy consumption patterns, identifying areas of inefficiency, and enabling automated control and optimisation strategies.

Older systems have been known to be closed protocol which means that system is restricted to how it can be maintained and upgraded. Being closed protocol means that you are tied to one supplier or manufacturer which can cause issues if your incumbent contractor is not performing to suit your requirements.

An open protocol system refers to a communication protocol that is publicly available, standardised, and not tied to a specific manufacturer or vendor. It enables interoperability between devices, systems, and components from different manufacturers, allowing them to communicate and work together seamlessly. This is something that will allow buildings to retender value for money contracts easily to suit budget and performance.

Benefits of Upgrading your BEMS include:

  • Improved energy efficiency and reduced operational costs.
  • Enhanced occupant comfort through optimized HVAC and lighting systems
  • Real time monitoring and early detection of equipment faults or failures
  • Reduced environmental impact and carbon footprint.
  • Data driven decision making for energy management and system optimisation.

Hopefully this has been an enjoyable read, we are at an early stage of our journey here at AWPM but are more than willing to help out with any part of your BEMS project. Different organisations go through levels of scrutiny and questioning, if you need help with a business case or anything else, please drop us a message on social media.  

Thanks, AWPM

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