Building control technologies have changed drastically over the last 8 to 10 years. We’ve moved to open-protocol, web-based systems, and the demand for these systems to do more and provide better information have thrown a new learning curve at facilities managers.
This newer technology has become so capable and flexible in its ability to control and interface with so many kinds of building systems and data points, designing a building control system can be compared to how an architect operates – designing a new building from scratch each time he/she sits down with a clean sheet of paper. That’s the way it works when designing today’s building control system and integrating it into your facility.
Changing much faster than most people have been able to keep up with, sometimes even the sales, engineering, and installation staff can’t stay up-to-date with these systems. And that can be a problem: If the control system isn’t designed, engineered, and installed correctly, the operation and maintenance of the system will produce less than favorable results for you and your team.