What is building automation?

Building automation is most often defined as an automated system or network of controllers which monitors and controls important subsystems in a building. It may be heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, lighting, fire/smoke-alarms, security, building access etcetera. It allows users to get a complete overview of the building, to easily manage and maintain the equipment and to optimize energy consumption.

A well-functioning building automation system gives a comfortable and consistent indoor climate, ensures health and safety, reduces energy consumption, simplifies maintenance, and thereby decreases operating costs. In other words, to implement building automation is an essential part to create a sustainable building. Very often the energy savings reaches levels around 20 percent, which also gives a fast payback-time as well as an increased property value.

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