[cs_content][cs_section bg_image=”https://nationaldbs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/30262111_1717791111637590_3038273484531695616_n.jpg” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ _order=”0″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 3% 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”false” marginless_columns=”true” bg_color=”hsla(0, 0%, 0%, 0.7)” class=”cs-ta-left left” style=”margin: 75px auto;padding: 50px 0px;max-width: 900px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ class=”cs-ta-left m-center” style=”padding: 0px 5%;”][x_custom_headline level=”h1″ looks_like=”h2″ accent=”false” class=”man” style=”color: hsl(0, 0%, 100%);margin-top: -25px;”]How Open Systems Are Driving The Growth In Building Automation[/x_custom_headline][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_element_section _id=”10″][cs_element_row _id=”11″][cs_element_column _id=”12″][cs_text _order=”0″ class=”cs-ta-center”]

The global building automation industry continues to be trending upwards as management companies and building owners take advantage of energy cost savings.  In 2017 it is estimated that commercial building automation industry exceeded $77.63 billion, and is expected to surpass $108.4 billion by 2024. That is a projected average annual growth rate of 4.3%.  While most of the growth in building automation can be directly attributed to cost savings, there is an underlying trend driving growth through the engineering side. This can largely be attributed to the benefits associated with open systems.

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  • Environmental Initiatives Regulated By The Government
  • Increased Energy Costs
  • Increase In Demand For Energy Efficient Solutions
  • Maximized Comfort For Building Tenants And Occupants

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  1. Control the building’s indoor climate
  2. Take into account the occupancy and energy demand
  3. Monitor and adjust the system performance
  4. Create awareness of any problems using self diagnostics

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Because the controller is the key component to every building automation system, it is the most important when it comes to communicating in an open source environment.  Today’s controllers are smarter than ever which is why buildings with automation systems installed are often referred to as “Smart Buildings.” Today’s smart buildings learn the habits of their occupants and adjust their systems accordingly in order to maximize efficiency.  Controllers have to communicate with the various components of a BAS and understand how to optimize them too.

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  • Electrical Systems
  • HVAC-R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration) Systems
  • Lighting Systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Security Systems
  • Surveillance Systems
  • Mechanical Systems   

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Almost all building automation systems follow a general process.  Sensors are installed to measure various criteria (Temperature, CO2 Levels, Humidity, Occupancy).  That information is then sent to controllers that act as the brain of the system. Controllers optimize the system based on the data they receive from the sensors by sending commands to the output devices.  This is all done using a digital language known as communications protocols. All of this information is then sent to a user interface or dashboard for building management to assess and adjust accordingly.

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Application Programming Interface (API) is arguably the most important tool for creating an open system environment for building automation systems.  API is the structure and guidelines for building the application software associated with an open system. Think of API as the universal guidelines to which programmers abide by in order to allow each component to communicate with one another.  An Application Programming Interface can be classified as a:

  • Web-Based System
  • Operating System
  • Database System
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Software

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Competition is always a good thing.  Especially in a sector that is rapidly growing.  With building automation transitioning more towards open systems, smaller manufacturers can focus on the innovation of specific components.  This is all possible knowing that their products will be compatible with other manufacturers.

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Open Systems allow for different components of a building automation system to interact with one another by properly exchanging information.  This compatibility allows an HVAC mechanical engineer to design a project using solutions that best fit the client’s needs.

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Under a closed system model, mechanical engineers were forced to use the same manufacturers for an entire building automation system.  The lack of options combined with restrictions on product selection made choosing the right manufacturer critical to a project. HVAC mechanical engineers were forced to weigh the pros and cons of choosing a manufacturer based on the building automation products they offered.  For the small amount of manufacturers that were in the space at this time, it was great. They effectively prevented smaller companies from specializing in particular components by limiting the compatibility of their products.

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Technology is only going to become more integrated into buildings as time goes on.  As more products and systems enter the BAS marketplace, compatibility will remain a top priority.  We are entering a new era in the way buildings are being constructed and maintained. Open system building automation encourages innovation and competition which will only benefit building owners and their occupants over time.  

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NDBS has installed building automation systems across the United States.  Our team can help answer any questions you may have about how a building automation system can make sense for you.  

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