Heating and cooling systems (HVAC) installed in local government buildings contain:
- Heating equipment
- Ventilation equipment
- Air conditioning equipment
HVAC systems regulate temperature all year, keeping buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Virtually all HVAC systems are controlled by a building automation system (BAS) that monitors:
- On and off scheduling
- Basic diagnostics
- Routine status updates
A traditional BAS is not capable of optimizing the efficiency and operations of a building without the constant attention of a highly skilled HVAC systems engineer, a daunting thought in today’s workplace. The range of factors and conditions that affect building performance are as varied as the people who inhabit them. Yet the expectation of our constituents is that their public facilities will be healthy, safe, comfortable, and durable.
Compounding these challenges is the reality that most municipalities have multiple different types of BAS and mechanical brands installed throughout their facilities, thereby making the learning and support curves more difficult. Understanding how your system operates requires expert knowledge of the equipment, the BAS system that controls it, and advanced computer literacy. It is typical that BAS systems are ignored by in-house staff because the complexities have outpaced building maintenance staff capabilities.