Improve your knowledge of Building Automation Controls

A new guidebook provides an overview of the various aspects of building automation, controls and technical building management

The guidebook is entitled “An Introduction to Building Automation Controls & Technical Building Management.” It’s produced by REHVA (the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations) and eu.bac (the European Building Automation Controls Association).

The aim of this guidebook is to provide in-depth information on specific issues in the area of building automation control, thus increasing the readers’ awareness and knowledge of what is an essential piece of the construction sector puzzle.

The guidebook avoids reinventing the wheel but focuses on collecting and complementing existing resources on this topic in an attempt to offer a one-stop guide.

Among other aspects it captures the existing European product certification and system auditing schemes, the integrated system approach, EU’s energy policy framework related to buildings, indoor environment quality, smart buildings and behaviour change related to energy use.

The reader will also benefit from several compiled lists of standards and other relevant publications as well as a complete terminology guide specific to building automation, controls and technical building management.

The guidebook is available from the REHVA online shop.

Building automation and controls in a nutshell

Controls and building automation used in buildings range from simple thermostatic radiator valves, automatic balancing valves, automatic air dampers, thermostats and schedulers to building automation and control systems (BACS), building management systems (BMS), also known as building automation systems (BAS), energy management systems (EMS) and building energy management systems (BEMS).

In their more complex forms, BMS and their related subsystems may have many thousands of datapoints controlling non-residential buildings and dispersed estates. Residential controls traditionally have a single room thermostat controlling the boiler and pump on/off, a scheduler to set the stop and start times for heating and domestic hot water systems plus thermostatic radiator valves for room temperature control.

BAC’s key role in supporting energy and climate objectives

  • Empowering building occupants to control their energy consumption and energy bills.
  • Closing the gap between designed and actual energy performance of buildings and optimizing the energy performance of technical building systems, thus preventing energy waste, reducing gas imports, mitigating energy poverty and cutting GHG emissions.
  • Acting as a monitor of all technical building systems (e.g. HVAC, lighting, solar shading, appliances etc.).
  • Facilitating the integration of on-site renewable energy sources (nZEBs).
  • Enabling demand side flexibility.
  • Contributing to changing consumer behaviour towards energy use.
  • Improving indoor environmental quality (with the resulting positive impact on health, well-being, comfort and productivity).

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