Building Management Systems

What are Building Management Systems?

Building Management Systems are software programs that allow building owners and managers to manage security, climate control, lighting, heating and other building systems. Integrating these disparate systems together can significantly increase the energy saving potential by allowing the building manager to make decisions about what to run and for how long.

Since most commercial building owners operate their buildings' lighting, temperature, security, data and communications networks separately, the lack of interaction in their building management systems prevents them from accessing these remotely and results in unnecessary energy wastage. Linking these building management systems through motion sensors or identification cards will drive down costs by eliminating lighting, warming and cooling of empty spaces. By creating a ‘central control capacity’ for their building management systems, owners and managers allow for real-time identification and response to environmental issues as they arise (e.g. spike of temperature in a room) from anywhere in the world. Motion sensors, for example, can log how long bathrooms have been used, allowing janitorial staff to determine whether to restock cleaning supplies or when to clean. Besides reducing maintenance costs, converging data from integrated building management systems informs climate controls when to shut off systems with no occupancy, collect data on energy use and report any repair issues that may need to be addressed. 

Innovations in Building Management Systems

The Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) or the Building Management Systems (BMS) market has evolved rapidly with the availability and dissemination of data on the operational and energy performance of commercial buildings. Building automation and control systems are being constantly installed or upgraded in large residential and commercial properties, making building management systems essential to achieving energy efficiency in New York City’s built space. Commercial buildings are energy-intensive entities, and as such have been receiving much attention with regard to monitoring and controlling of their energy use. Building management systems give property owners, managers, tenants, utilities and governments the ability to monitor and analyze building energy performance.

Innovation in the building management systems market has allowed for rapid energy modeling, cloud computing for energy efficiency uses, energy kiosks, app labs and app stores for building data entry and analysis, BMS (building management systems) hardware and BMS services.

Logging energy usage with the help of data loggers during energy audits can be accomplished through Building Automation Systems (BAS), or with stand-alone data loggers. Data logging provides much more complete and accurate information about the site at a higher cost, which is justified by high returns and short payback periods of the capital improvements undertaken.

Our Process

Associated Renewable’s Energy Solutions team consists of certified mechanical, electrical and energy engineers that provides comprehensive solutions for integrated building management systems to reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency. After evaluating the energy usage behavior of your properties, our team of BMS experts will determine all energy-saving opportunities from linking building management systems for centralized control and monitoring. Additionally, the Grants Services team will identify and obtain all applicable grants, rebates and incentives to reduce the costs of installing or upgrading the BMS controls.