What is Building Automation?
1. Overview of the Topic – Summary:
From Wikipedia: Building automation is the automatic centralized control of a building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting and other systems through a Building Management System or Building Automation System (BAS). The objectives of building automation are improved occupant comfort, efficient operation of building systems, and reduction in energy consumption and operating costs.
A building controlled by a BAS is often referred to as an intelligent building, smart building, or (if a residence) a smart home.
2. What is the focus of this Topic?:
From Wikipedia: Almost all multi-story green buildings are designed to accommodate a BAS for the energy, air and water conservation characteristics. Even a passivhaus design intended to consume no net energy whatsoever will typically require a BAS to manage heat capture, shading and venting, and scheduling device use.
3. Why it’s listed here – What is the relevance to Architectural Medicine?
As the statement above defines, “The objectives of building automation are improved occupant comfort, efficient operation of building systems, and reduction in energy consumption and operating costs.”
All of these are goals of Architectural Medicine, supporting not only good health and wellness physically, mentally and emotionally, yet also to support the built environment to be healthy, green and ecologically designed.
These technological advancements can be utilized to use optimal methodologies to support good health and well being. The use of building automation can support occupant comfort, while also supporting efficiency to decrease energy use. This can help to support both the ecology and to support green building practices.
4. Common groups and individuals involved with this topic:
While this is a worldwide integration based on many technologies, many companies, and products, the main core of Building Automation has different leaders of standards in each country and location.