The role of BMS in our lives and resource sustainability.
Continuously changing and evolving world standards and trends, are influencing our priorities and living standards as well. Considering the modern world’s challenges that alarm our society for decades are now more critical. Scientists are warning us to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle and habits. There is now a greater emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency, wellbeing, and connectivity. These concerns have been carefully addressed over several years, but the pandemic may have accelerated the process even further. Remote monitoring, preventative maintenance, and completely accessible locations are all necessary.
BMS, which offers all of those possibilities, is an excellent solution for improving the lifetime of the equipment, preventing energy and water sources waste, and making businesses and homes more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient. In addition to all of that advantages, BMS has a huge influence on the productivity and well-being of the occupants of the building.
Improved wellbeing and productivity.
One of the things that are often overlooked in the process of creating a good working environment is indoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality can result from poor HVAC maintenance, lack of ventilation, and sources of air pollution. If you are a business owner, and you do not take actions to improve the air quality in your office you will likely see a decline in employee productivity. So, how does bad air quality affect your employee’s productivity?
The first reason why you should maintain the good air quality in your office is that it can help your employees stay healthy. It is a fact that Indoor air is usually more polluted than outdoor air. It contains a wide range of particles that are harmful to human health, which can make your employees more susceptible to fatigue, cold, flu, dizziness, and headache. Also, prolonged exposure to polluted indoor air may lead to severe conditions such as chronic bronchitis, heart disease, and lung cancer.
By contributing to an unhealthy work environment, poor indoor air quality can cause your employees to fall ill more often and increase the amount of sick leave they take. This can significantly reduce the productivity of your business.
Furthermore, workplace air pollution might have a severe impact on your employees' attitudes and cognitive capacities. It can lead to fatigue, mood swings, stress, and a loss of concentration, resulting in an unhappy working environment and lower productivity. Employees who are continuously exposed to poor air quality may feel that their employers are indifferent regarding their wellbeing. As a result, they will be demoralized to perform at their best.
Maintaining good indoor air quality in your office does not only make your employees healthier and more productive; it also shows them you care about them. If you want to improve indoor air quality and productivity in your office, make sure your building management system works properly.
Reduced energy consumption.
As it was mentioned before, reducing energy and water consumption is a critical responsibility for us. Many companies are aiming to become sustainable and meet net-zero goal in their corporate by 2030.
The efficiency of management systems and building automation are critical in order to reduce energy consumption. Their performance is critical in lowering construction costs by utilizing various technologies, such as communication and computer, to their advantage. Indeed, the main benefit of using these new energy-saving systems is their flexibility of installation and control on computer networks, which eliminates the need for costly cabling and devices.
Regarding the amount of energy-consuming and due to daylight and outside temperature, this system is able to consider an inexpensive method of use along with economizing on energy. With the help of the data, employers give to the system, the system can highly limit the energy consumption due to its type of use. Moreover, the default data such as daily and seasonal changes, design conditions, and equipment selection help to choose the best choice. As a result, the process of progressive energy consumption and the high cost of maintenance is eliminated. The result of these adjustments can add up to 30% energy savings overall.
The office building in San Francisco, the USA with a 66,943 ft2 area is considered as a case study for this research. According to the study, energy consumption is reduced by 50 percent by implementing BMS in this building. (Ref: Saeed Kamali1, Golrokh Khakzar2, Soolmaz Abdali HajiAbadi3, Effect of Building Management System on Energy Saving https://www.researchgate.net/publication/263926501_Effect_of_Building_Management_System_on_Energy_Saving )
Fire alarm systems are essential parts of the safety systems and require minimum errors in their work process. BMS is the perfect tool to minimize human involvement and mistakes in the process. Thus, BMS provides a system which in case a fire is detected, and then only the fire alarm panel could close dampers in the ventilation system to stop smoke spreading, shut down air handlers, start smoke evacuation fans, and send all the elevators to the ground floor and park them to prevent people from using them.
Moreover, unlike other fire alarm systems that use manually operated devices, like pull stations or automatically activated devices like smoke and heat detectors, an automated system identifies the fire with the help of various sensors installed across the building, and it gives the alarm to the occupants of a building of fire through sounders and flashers and calls the fire-fighters through automatic communication, which minimizes human involvement and increases the effectiveness of the safety systems.
BMS, which provides a solution for all of these issues, is a fantastic option for more environmentally friendly and cost-effective. Aside from all of these benefits, BMS has a significant impact on the productivity and well-being of the building's inhabitants.