Conversion strategy

Andy Sparrow, Mind of Power and Sustainability at Platinum Amenities explains the power and cost saving great things about turning your developing BMS right into a BEMS

C onverting your Building Management Program (BMS) right into a Building Power Management Program (BEMS) is very inexpensive to do and will provide massive energy cost savings, combined with excellent paybacks. Functioning through the many control functions systematically, means that energy make use of will be optimised, and the utmost cost savings realised.

TIME Handle

This means that plant just operates when it’s needed. A seven-day program allows individual times to be programmed, as weekends may be different to weekdays, and allows Bank Vacations to be taken into consideration.

An air-con system needs to activate a couple of hours before individuals arrive, to find the accumulating to its regular occupancy temperature. That is referred to as the warm-up time period and its duration depends on the exterior temperature. An ideal start control program monitors the exterior temperature and means that the warm-up time period is the minimum amount of time, which minimises power wastage. Similarly, the operational system can turn off plant before the finish of the occupancy time period, so the building can operate on residual high temperature left within the heat, reducing run times thereby.


Plant should just operate when required. On-demand control means that cooling and heating only operates when an particular area demands it. If the complete building reaches or above the established point temperature, the heating will never be operational then. Similarly, the cooling won’t operate enough once the building is cool. It is very important avoid simultaneous cooling and heating system.

Plant ought to be sized in order that units will come on incrementally. We usually do not want the full total heating/ cooling capability to operate in a single hit, when just a proportion would suffice. For example, when cooling is necesary, the initial stage shall operate for a collection period. If this can keep up with the set point temp, the second stage is not needed then. However, if the temperatures is too much the second stage will undoubtedly be brought in still, followed by the 3rd, fourth etc, as needed.


The difference between your cooling and heating set points is called the dead-band, that is the temperature range where in fact the operational system remains idle. Only once the heating or cooling set points are exceeded will the operational system reactivate. For example, if the heating place point will be 19°C and the cooling set stage 23°C, heating is only going to operate beneath 19°C and cooling over 23°C then. The operational system won’t operate between 19°C to 23°C.

The heating set stage is normally fixed, however the higher the exterior ambient temperature, the bigger the cooling set stage can be, and the broader the dead-band hence. For example, if the exterior ambient heat range will be 30 °C then your cooling set point could be risen to 24 °C (and the dead-band increases from 4 to 5 °C).

Once the external ambient heat exceeds 16°C, buildings usually do not require any heating system generally. Hence, the heat ought to be locked out, supplying it doesn’t also warmth the warm water.

Once the external ambient temp drops below 13°C, workplace buildings won’t require any mechanical cooling generally. Free of charge cooling should suffice, and the mechanical coolant system ought to be locked out, providing nearby hot spots are usually cooled still.