Building automation is an automated system for remote, centralized building management Its objective is to facilitate the overall administration of the building and reduce energy consumption. It is aimed at tertiary sector facilities and entire buildings with a single use such as hotels, offices, commercial premises, restaurants, hospitals, gymnasiums, industrial buildings and schools, among others.
Building automation has many advantages. It not only improves the comfort level of buildings as well, but also reduces electricity bills by ensuring that energy is used more responsibly and efficiently.
The advantages include increased security, improved telecommunications, supervision of surveillance and alarm systems, energy control and optimal lighting and climate system management. This will help you with your energy audits, which are mandatory for all large companies every four years.
A smart business
You are probably thinking of all those times when you arrived at your place of business and noticed that you had left your bathroom light or computer on. And you are not the only one. We are well aware of the energy behaviour of Spanish companies and this practice is quite common. The consequences? Increased environmental impact and an increase in your electricity bill.
Building automation will transform your company into a smart business. It will seem a bit futuristic: for example, you will be able to regulate the temperaturedepending on the weather that day and how much sunlight enters the interior and, with this action, save up to 40% on heating.
It also lets you manage the lighting in three different ways: personally, through a program or from the incidence of natural light in every corner of your business. You can also turn all kinds of electrical devices on and off.
Control your business from wherever you are
Added to this is the ability to control other features, such as lifts, detection of dangerous gas leaks or malfunctions in the building, access or fire detection systems and the supervision of electrical panels. And all this is done by means of a remote control through a web page. For example, you can choose not to water the lawn if it is raining or close the blinds of an office if too much sun is coming in through the windows from your mobile phone, tablet or laptop. And, of course, from anywhere, any time.
Building management vs. Home automation
Are building management and home automation the same thing? No, although they are closely related. Home automation is applied exclusively to homes. It is used to convert a normal home into a digital space prepared to optimise energy services, security, communication networks and, in short, the comfort of its occupants.
Building management, in contrast, is not used in private homes. It is used for the management of buildings not intended for housing, such as universities and city halls, and industrial and commercial premises.
Building management vs. Home automation vs. Smart cities
Smart cities is the term used to describe an automated public space system aimed at improving city management through public services, security, communications and general energy savings.
It is based on the design for a smart city that applies functions in different fields such as automated waste collection, regulation of traffic lights, citizen information points, video surveillance systems, remote management systems or public lighting.