Extending on the ideas behind smart thermostats, building automation systems (BAS) allow for more accurate measurement and control of building environmental systems, such as electrical, HVAC, lighting, and even water distribution.

These systems are most effective when used on larger buildings, and for facilities engineers who manage multiple buildings. With a BAS, a building manager can see various building loads and proactively adjust the system usage to compensate. A building manager can control schedules and set-points remotely if needed, and can set up occupied and unoccupied schedules based on the occupant needs. These functions make the whole building work more efficiently.

 

Resources:

Project Drawdown

International Society of Automation

Building Automation Monthly