Building Automation Systems

A building automation system (BAS) is the automatic, centralized control of a building's subsystems including, HVAC, Lighting, Electrical, access control (security), and automated shades. A BAS is used to improve the efficiency of the building through the reduction of energy, operating and maintenance costs. Another common goal of the BAS is to improve the user experience. An example of this includes controlling lighting scenes or even tunable color lights via DMX or DALI.

A building automation system (BAS) is the automatic, centralized control of a building's subsystems including, HVAC, Lighting, Electrical, access control (security), and automated shades. A BAS is used to improve the efficiency of the building through the reduction of energy, operating and maintenance costs. Another common goal of the BAS is to improve the user experience. An example of this includes controlling lighting scenes or even tunable color lights via DMX or DALI.

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A building automation system (BAS) is the automatic, centralized control of a building's subsystems including HVAC, Lighting, Electrical, access control (security), and automated shades. A BAS is used to improve the efficiency of the building through the reduction of energy, operating and maintenance costs. Another common goal of the BAS is to improve the user experience. An example of this includes controlling lighting scenes or even turnable color lights via DMX or DALI.

Today, BAS systems are more known for their primary function, which is to control the building's HVAC systems. In a building, the most significant consumption of natural resources, including electricity, gas water, is the HVAC. Proper management of this core system can significantly reduce a building's short and long-term expenses. Most commercial facilities built after 2000 include some form of a BAS. For older buildings that are not equipped with a BAS, they can be retrofitted to provide savings associated with preemptive maintenance and energy consumption.

Since 2009, lighting control systems have played a more active part in the overall BAS system. And although both the BAS and Lighting Control systems communicate via an open protocol known as BACnet, each is designed to operate independently.

Crestron Zūm provides perfect control of the lighting system as part of the overall BAS. The Zūm lighting control system, which can be wired and wireless, operates buildings based on a space-based method. This concept reduces system costs and installation time while allowing each space to communicate to the BAS HVAC system for integration in schedules or demand response.

Including Zūm lighting controls as part of the BAS provides seamless end-user control via wall stations, occupancy and vacancy sensors, daylight sensors, or even an automatic color tuning sensor that can match the indoor lighting color temperature to the outside.

The difference that Zūm brings to the market as part of the building automation system is its programming and startup.  Depending on the end user's preference, the management of the Zūm system can be isolated from the BAS or integrated. Zūm makes this integration easy using a simple point-and-click web page method forBACnet communication. 

ZŪM WIRED & WIRELESS LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEMS MEET ALL REQUIRED ENERGY CODES AND PROVIDE ALL THE FEATURES NEEDED!

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