Integrating Building automation system in schools

August 24, 2017

Whether it is healthcare, education, the cultural sector or government, budgets are constantly under pressure. You want a building with the ideal climate for your patients, pupils, works of art, employees and/or visitors. But what do your budget and the ever stricter legislation on sustainability and energy saving allow you to do? In brief: how do you achieve an optimum indoor climate for your usage and users, while keeping the Cost of your building management as low as possible?

Building Automation system in schools

Climate control for each room

The rooms in your building are often used in different ways. Classrooms require a different climate control than gyms. Office spaces or operating rooms require a different climate control than public rooms. With building automation solutions, you can choose the desired setting in each room for:

  • temperature
  • light
  • air humidity
  • CO2 content
  • security systems
  • Measuring copper and silver sulfite for (government) archives.

By linking the various systems to central controller, you can easily set the desired or required climate individually in each room. Without any loss of ease of use, and at any time of the day. Even when organizational changes are made, you can easily reassign the individual controls.

Air Quality & Energy Management

In schools there is need to balance teacher controls (who want lots of ventilation) with cost management. CO2 monitoring and control demand ventilation make your spaces healthy and efficient.  Classrooms are more crowded than ever and demand keeps going up.  At the same time, costs need to be lowered while still maintaining a healthy environment for students.  Educational facilities need to be able to turn off non critical equipment but verify the quality of air in the space.  Scheduling should be easy, and easy to access.  Teachers need control over healthy work environments and facility managers need to deliver smart energy savings.

 

The line of indoor air quality, CO2 and temperature sensors give you the air quality verification you need without the cost of extra sensing equipment. The whole school will be encouraged to make changes in their energy use habits and show them how their actions are making a difference.

This means you will:

  • save money on the cost of installation while maintaining top notch teaching environments
  • always provide just the right amount of fresh air to suit the people in the space without the cost of over ventilation
  • be able to customize  experiences to show space information to the faculty will reduce user complaints
  • schedule equipment use on demand.  Select individual schedules and decide who they are visible to.
  • involve students, teachers and staff in energy saving initiatives

Lighting control

Room controllers can be equipped to control lighting, as well as heating and air conditioning. This is usually accomplished through simple wiring connections that any certified electrician can install. With this capability, lighting in a classroom can be set to turn on and off on a schedule, just as temperature controls are. And, like HVAC, lighting can be controlled by an occupancy sensor so that lights are turned on and off based on use. Estimated Savings: Eliminating the lighting of unoccupied rooms can reduce a school’s overall lighting costs by as much as 20%.

Room and door sensors

Some room controllers offer the ability to link to sensors that can detect when doors and windows are open, and then take appropriate action—such as sending an alert to a BMS, and/or turning the HVAC system off automatically. Also, these sensors can add security value to a school (such as indicating an illegal entry), and they can be linked to CCTV systems for additional security benefits. Estimated Savings: Savings data are not available for this specific capability, since it is usually bundled with other features. However, this capability is a requirement in many school districts in the southern and western United States, where open architectures often include classrooms that directly access unconditioned outdoor space in their physical designs.

 

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