What is a Building Energy Management System (BEMS)?

Building Energy Management Systems monitor​or and control services such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, ensuring the building operates at maximum levels of efficiency and removing wasted ​​​​energy usage and associated costs. The optimal level of efficiency is achieved by continuously maintaining the correct balance between operating requirements, external and internal environmental conditions, and energy usage.

Why do I need BEMS?

  • To save money.
  • To control and reduce your energy usage.
  • To be made aware of issues before they become problems.
  • To provide your staff with the correct healthy environment.
  • To help extend the life of your plant.
  • To ensure building continuity.
  • Reduce carbon emissions.

A BEMS can efficiently control as much as 84% of your building’s energy consumption. Furthermore, it performs its functions completely automatically, day in, day out, year after year without the need for much interaction.

This needs to be monitored to manage it! A well installed BEMS will enable you to identify usage patterns, manage these against your expected or desired levels and then help you to adjust control or remove waste. A BEMS should record actual consumption and environmental data. Unless system settings and parameters are properly monitored and maintained the building performance will begin to suffer. The result will be higher building operating costs and reduced occupant comfort.

A BEMS should receive and communicate different levels of alarm conditions, allowing building owners or users to track conditions and respond quickly if is needed. This will be with things such as alarms occurring.

Did you know that lighting accounts for as much as 40% of a commercial building’s total energy consumption?

With this in mind, it’s vital that businesses of all shapes and sizes recognise the many benefits that come hand in hand with integrating lighting control into your overall building automation system if you want to optimise energy savings.

This environmentally friendly approach to the way you control your lighting is also a great way to optimise your business’ carbon footprint and lead by example.