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Author: Javelin Controls
Date: September 13, 2021

Building management systems: What does BMS mean and how can it benefit you?

Often, we are asked: what does BMS mean and how can it benefit? This little acronym can cause serious confusion to those outside of the industry. Simply put, it stands for ‘building management systems’ and the term is used to describe a computer-based control system installed in properties that controls and monitors a variety of different equipment.

But, this can still seem confusing for business owners as you are left wondering what exactly you need to control and monitor in the workplace. So, in this Javelin Control article, we’ll be exploring the different features that fall under BMS and how it can benefit your business.

Whatever the shape or size of your business, having a robust management system in place to control and monitor the premises is highly beneficial and can actually motivate your employees too, optimising their workplace performance. Firstly, what falls under building management control?

What does BMS mean and how can it benefit you?

As we’ve touched upon, BMS is a computer-based control system installed to monitor mechanical and electrical equipment. This may include a property’s heating, ventilation, lighting, power systems, fire systems and security - it’s an extensive list!

Systems linked to a BMS will typically represent around 40% of the building’s energy usage - and if lighting is also monitored it jumps to 70%. Immediately, you can see that building management control is a crucial component of managing energy demand. With a BMS installed in a property, you can understand where you could make major energy savings. Ultimately, this can save your business money too.

In addition to controlling the internal environment, a BMS system may also be linked to access control, fire safety or other security measures. In some cases, particularly in countries where natural disasters are more likely, they can even include a disaster-response mechanism. For example, base isolation can be utilised to save structures from earthquakes or floods.

Certainly, BMS is the future for businesses and therefore, we’ve seen the supply and demand leap in recent times. But, what are the key benefits of building management control and is it a worthwhile investment for you?

BMS: The benefits to your business

BMS can have a significant impact on your overall business, be it through boosting employee morale or saving energy. However, often it is overlooked and little second thought is given to the installation of this sophisticated system. Yet, it has the potential to transform your day-to-day operations if effectively installed and utilised. Your business premises are used by many each and every day, so being able to control and monitor key features of the property is crucial to the overall success of your organisation.

#1 Controlling the temperature

There is nothing worse than sitting uncomfortably in an office, whether it be too hot or too cold. If the temperature is not quite right in the workplace, it can be a major distraction and ultimately affect performance levels. Plus, trying to correct the temperature settings can be yet another headache we’d all rather avoid.

Win the thermostat war and implement a BMS software solution to eliminate your employee's discomfort and frustration over temperature control. Building management control is a sophisticated tool, optimising the heating and air conditioning to ensure the office is the ideal workplace environment. As a result, your employees will be able to focus on their daily tasks rather than struggling to concentrate. Whilst it may seem insignificant, the temperature has a huge impact on our mental health and saving unnecessary stress can boost morale considerably.

#2 Reduce your footprint

Did you know that offices account for 18% of the UK’s energy consumption? With BMS you can reduce your energy needs by up to 55% which not only can aid the UK in achieving its carbon goals but also can save your business money too. The primary purpose of BMS is generally reducing your energy consumption needs. Systems will be optimised and staff can monitor how much energy is being used on a daily basis, perhaps revealing where savings could then be made. ‘Smart’ buildings are becoming more and more popular and a BMS can help your business take one step closer to achieving the title of eco.

Furthermore, a building management system prolongs the life expectancy of your HVAC equipment. Why is this exactly? Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning will be monitored and maintained by the BMS, allowing the pumps to rest when possible. As a result, you are creating a circular economy - resources are used for as long as possible before being recovered or regenerated.

#3 Stay up to date

With a BMS, you can stay up to date with the very latest developments in building management and control. But, rather than having to replace a system every time a new one comes along, you can optimise existing equipment to work in harmony with your system. This can prolong the life cycle of your equipment and, when the time does come to replace a system - whether it be security, fire or heating, the building management control can easily be amended to work in harmony with the new installation.

Ultimately, a BMS will ensure your workplace doesn’t fall behind as your equipment continues to function correctly, optimized for use rather than being left to deteriorate. It’s likely the BMS will be able to detect early issues before they develop into something far more major too.

#4 One central point of control

In a business environment, it’s likely you have several different systems installed - from heating and cooling systems to security and fire safety, there is a range of important equipment throughout the premises. Without a business management system, the control for these systems could be dotted throughout the workplace and it can be difficult to remember exactly where a particular piece of equipment is located.

But, you can eliminate the stress and unknown of having several systems by bringing them all under one hat with a BMS. Plus, if a new piece of equipment is required at a later date, this too can be easily added to the overall management system, streamlining the process considerably.

#5 Save time with automation

So, what does BMS mean and how can it benefit your business? Many businesses think of BMS as only controlling and monitoring HVAC systems but this is not the case. You can integrate fully across your premises with fire alarms, access control, CCTV and more. There are few limitations to what can be monitored under a building management system, in fact up to 85% of your property can be managed under it.

As a result, this can save you time and allow you to focus on other areas of your business. Whilst building management is hugely important for the overall performance and thus success of your organisation, it’s an area you don’t want to have to dedicate much time or effort towards. Generally, businesses would prefer it to keep ticking away without little hassle to free up their time. A BMS does just that.

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Javelin Controls: What does BMS and how can it benefit you really?

Able to facilitate the most complex buildings, here at Javelin Controls we’ve been installing building management systems for over 15 years in the South East area. In that time, we’ve successfully supported hundreds of businesses with the development of their property management, optimising their workplace environment. We’re dedicated to customer service and want to ensure you walk away with the right system and feel confident in its ability. You don’t want to worry about your heating or cooling when it comes to pinch point. Nor do you want your access control systems to fail. Bringing all these essentials equipment under one roof can instil confidence in its ability and ensure these systems are optimised and enhanced for long-term performance.

It’s crucial employees feel comfortable within the office and an effective BMS can certainly play a major role in this, eliminating frustration and ultimately boosting productivity. And of course, money matters. By installing a property management system, you can considerably cut costs on energy all whilst reducing your carbon footprint too.

Get in touch with the team on 07808 791998 or email sales@javelincontrols.co.uk to transform your workplace environment with a high-quality building management system. We’ll be more than happy to discuss your requirements and find a customised solution to suit your needs.

Uncompromising on quality, we can assist you with your BMS control needs.

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