Building Management: Thinking in Systems

Today t-mac explores some of the many benefits of integrated building management systems (BMS) and how we can install and oversee such systems to help you cut costs and budget more effectively.

Systems thinking

The concept of systems thinking was first developed in 1956 by Professor Jay Forrester of MIT, utilising computer simulation and diagrams to visualise and predict behaviour in complex systems. Fundamentally the idea refers to viewing the separate elements of a system as being interrelated, much like the utilities of a building.

BMS are a natural product of the increasing value of data-based analysis and reflect the desire to capture as much pertinent data possible via remote and automatic means. Integrating the various systems required for a building’s utilities management can yield a significant improvement in cost effectiveness and strategic development for the future.

Well informed is well prepared

Employing a wide range of sensors outfitted to monitor indoor environments, such as occupancy levels, airflow and temperature, provides a richer data set by which to calculate the needs of those environments.

The rewards don’t stop at data either, a BMS affords unprecedented control over utility usage. Individual room control, improved plant reliability, increased staff productivity through temperature and air quality monitoring and, of course, time and money saved during maintenance are among many possibilities available in t-mac’s bespoke service packages.

Come one, come all

While BMS have historically been employed in large scale operations, t-mac believes that every business has the potential for greater energy efficiency and offers micro and mini BMS options to small and medium-sized businesses as well.

The combined software and hardware packages we offer include occupancy sensors, smoke detectors and humidity sensors, as well as a wireless smart hub that allows full access via smartphones and tablets.

Similarly, to smart metres, BMS also gives the added benefit of being able to perform crucial capture and analysis of utility data remotely, thereby mitigating the need for physical site visits. Indirectly this also reduces the embedded carbon involved in these visits by removing the need to travel.

Visit our solutions page for a deeper insight into the BMS services we provide and our vision for the future of intelligent building management.

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