Maintaining building operations is a balancing act. It entails maintaining low business costs while keeping occupants safe and comfortable.
The Role of Building Automation in Emergency Situations
The rise of building automation systems (BAS) is encouraging building managers to embrace smarter and more energy efficient campuses. And adopting BAS allows building owners to easily monitor and control their systems.
More importantly, a good BAS makes it possible to respond to emergencies quickly.
How Does Building Automation Help?
BAS is a network of controlled devices that monitor and regulate the different systems of your building. These include security, fire and flood, HVAC, ventilation, and mechanical systems. Through a centralized platform, you will have the ease and convenience of monitoring your building’s occupancy and energy demand.
Conventional buildings are not usually run this way. Building owners access these systems separately, and this process can be impractical and inconvenient.
Think of it this way: imagine heating a room. Standard systems require you to adjust the heat often just so the entire building can heat up that single room. But with BAS, you can control the temperature anytime, anywhere, and from one place.
Easier Responses to Emergency Situations
A centralized system that monitors and controls your building’s systems is a valuable tool in reducing operating costs. But in addition to achieving better energy efficiency, it also makes it easier to manage emergencies. These include:
When a power interruption happens, a BAS allows you to restore the operation of motors, pumps, and fans to avoid power surges from a single network. And during a power failure, these systems will restore critical items, helping you retain program memory and time-clock information.
A BAS provides a solid line of defense for people, equipment, and building assets. It detects fire and smoke and responds by activating the necessary emergency equipment in your building, such as:
Alarm and voice command – A BAS system activates alarms or signals, prompting occupants to move to smoke-free areas and take escape routes. And some are equipped with microphones so you can make announcements for evacuation purposes.
Smoke control – BACs make it possible to program fire management systems for more efficient smoke control. Also, they can pressurize elevator shafts and stairwells to prevent the entry of smoke in those areas.
Elevator control – A BAC interconnected with elevator controls gives you the ability to close elevator doors and return cars to the lobby so firefighters can access them. And smoke detectors in upper floors can alert elevators not to make stops on those areas.
Firefighter control and communication – Efficient firefighting calls for two-way communication between firefighters and the stations on each floor. This way, it’s easier to cover more ground and respond to fire emergencies faster.
Immediate Action When the Need Arises
Emergency situations call for immediate action. Protect your building, its contents, and your employees from costly damage with an innovative BAS.
Pro Circuit Inc. provides complete installation services for all major BAS providers. Our technicians are qualified and experienced in the wiring and control of BAS systems for access control, lighting, heat recovery, HVAC, and security.
To request a bid, get in touch with our team today.