The benefits of having a building management system

Posted on 22 October, 2018 by Bailey Clarke

There are many advantages of a building management system (BMS). One is that it allows the facility management to have control of the building environment as well as remote monitoring. In basic terms, a BMS is a computer-based system which can be installed to help manage the everyday running of a building.

BMS the benefits

Teams that manage large facilities, in general, need to be able to monitor mechanical and electrical services easily without any issues. This is imperative if there was an accident or fire within the building. A time-critical situation needs to be resolved safely and quickly, a BMS helps to save crucial time in an emergency issue.

Examples of what a BMS can monitor and control

  • Lighting control
  • Power control – Electric
  • Heating and Ventilation
  • Air conditioning system
  • Security and CCTV system
  • Lifts/Elevators
  • Plumbing
  • Engineering systems
  • Fire alarms
  • Access control
  • Control Panel

How much would a BMS cost?

The cost of a BMS System depends on how much square foot needs covering, the equipment and infrastructure of the project. Many BMS solution providers offer different systems to match the requirements of the building.

Benefits of a BMS

Energy Efficiency:

  • The building’s energy is analysed and monitored providing effective data on energy consumption.
  • Control the air conditioning system pre-setting timer.
  • Controlled lighting reduces wasted energy via motion sensors.
  • Enforce energy efficient measures in unoccupied areas.
  • Real-time data when improving energy management strategies.

Maintenance:

  • Scheduled maintenance using advanced diagnostics.
  • Detection of potential problems within the equipment.
  • Effective use of staff for required maintenance.
  • Save money and time with the maintenance schedule.

 Management staff:

  • Potential of higher rental value.
  • Remote monitoring of electrical supply, equipment, fire pumps etc.
  • Ease of monitoring and organising maintenance within the facility.
  • Customised reporting helps to highlight the weak areas within the facility instantly.
  • Potential of increased savings by analysing reports and improving weaker areas.

 

As well as all the benefits listed above, a BMS is fruitful when looking to lower utility costs. Even with the running costs of a BMS, the savings on maintenance and energy will increase the value per square foot. Research has shown facilities with a BMS in place provide a good occupancy rate with reduced complaints.

A BMS provides a better environment resulting in improved productivity and working conditions for staff throughout the building.

If you’re looking into a BMS for a facility it might be worth outlining the requirements that are needed prior to reaching out to a solution provider. With many companies providing BMS solutions, you will definitely have a good range of options before committing.



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