What are building automation and control systems?
Building automation includes automated controls for engineered building systems, such as HVAC, lighting, access control and other systems. It may be controlled through a building automation system (BAS) or building management system (BMS). Building automation and controls have several goals, including occupant comfort, efficient operation, reduction of operating costs and remote access control.
Lighting designers must consider many factors when specifying lighting systems and lighting controls for their designs. In addition to considering the type of lighting fixture, they must also take into account daylighting, lighting controls, codes and standards, and other factors. To ensure these systems work as efficiently and effectively as possible, commissioning new systems (along with ongoing commissioning) is vital for success.
To ensure complex systems function as intended, a formal commissioning process needs to be established.
There has been a move away from traditional lighting controls approaches, which have only incrementally improved over decades, and toward an entirely new way of thinking about, designing, and implementing lighting controls—wirelessly, with internet connectivity, and in an individually addressable capacity all at once.