The Advantages of using a Building Management System [BMS]

Technology Enhancement Benefits

In the building and development industry, more companies are embracing the benefits of technology by implementing electronic systems that are designed to improve efficiency and assist in the management of properties all over the country.

Among the advancements in technology, building management systems have become popular amongst developers, particularly those specialising in commercial or industrial building projects.

There is a number of ways that a BMS can improve the operations of a building in a range of different industries by consolidating all of the major control systems and communication devices into one central platform.

Whether you’re planning to develop a residential building or a commercial structure, here are some of the ways in which building management systems could increase productivity and streamline the maintenance and operation of your property.

What exactly is a Building Management System?

The aim of a BMS is to connect all of the technology in a property which monitors utilities, electronic devices and mechanical equipment.

This is done through the implementation and operation of a centralised computer system that provides the user with a simplistic interface from which all of the important information regarding the building can be monitored.

The types of equipment monitored by a BMS include things such as air conditioning, ventilation, smoke alarms, security systems, lighting and heating.

Business management systems are most commonly implemented in large development projects where it is more efficient to have a centralised system.

The actual implementation of a BMS includes a mixture of hardware and software.

More recently, the inclusion of internet protocols into business management systems has made remote monitoring and operation possible.

Advantages Through Energy Saving

Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of using a BMS is the ability to accurately monitor energy usage in real time.

By installing a centralised system, developers and business operators can use a digital interface to see how much energy is being consumed on their property and which areas of the building are using the most.

This means that unnecessary wastage can be identified and dealt with in order to cut down on the amount of energy being used and reduce operating costs.

On average, the devices and equipment linked to a BMS account for around 40% of a property’s total energy usage this figure is around 70% if the system includes lighting.

This means that property owners have access to a full breakdown of their energy usage, making it easier to implement energy-saving schemes.

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Increased Value Benefits

The implementation of a BMS will increase the value of a property, which is great news for developers and business owners.

By integrating a modern management system you can add value to your property and increase the potential sale/lease price.

Developers of commercial properties or industrial buildings can charge a higher rate as the buyer will have access to all the benefits of a BMS.

This is also beneficial to business owners looking to sell or lease their property to other operators.

Safety First

The safety of your property is vital, especially if you’re operating a commercial or residential building that houses workers or residents.

A BMS allows to actively monitor the effectiveness and status of important safety systems such as fire alarms, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Being able to monitor this from a central interface can drastically cut down the time taken for safety checks and allows you to identify any potential faults or problems immediately.

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Comfort Control

A building management system allows for regular maintenance and fine-tuning of a property’s heat.

This means that business owners and managers of residential homes can ensure maximum comfort for residents and staff members by maintaining a steady temperature.

This will reduce the risk of overheating or overcooling while still keeping overall energy costs under control.

Productivity & Efficiency

Business owners will often experience an increase in productivity after implanting a BMS.

This is down to the streamlining of internal operations such as building maintenance, safety checks, inter-departmental communication and financial budgeting.

By having access to live information regarding the state of your electronic and mechanical systems you won’t have to manually check them, cutting down the level of manpower needed.

A BMS will also reduce the amount of time it takes to carry out tasks such as utility checks and financial budgeting by providing a constant update on energy usage.

Accurate Reporting Metrics

By having constant access to the energy usage statistics, business owners and building managers can quickly and easily create accurate financial reports and set budgets based on the information from previous quarters.

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