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Niagara building management systems In South Africa, you do not have to look any further than Tridium Niagara  building management systems as supplied by ACS, which is a Tridium Platinum Distributor for 2022. 

When managing a commercial, residential or industrial facility many factors need to be considered as it is a complex task. Aside from the fixed costs such as bond instalments, rates, taxes, and insurance which all remain the same whether the property is occupied or not, the biggest cost comes from utilities. 

Building Costs 

According to figures from the US department of energy, 22% of operational costs are spent on power and water and of this amount, approximately 35% is spent on lighting. This can be reduced to an extent by retrofitting low power lights. 

However, the biggest cost in operating a building is the HVAC system which accounts for around 40% of a typical building’s energy usage. Some low-tech cost reductions involve items such as window film to limit heating from UV, upgrading insulation, shutting down motors, and switching off lights at the end of the day and determining what loads are on after hours. 

Building Management Systems

Costs can be significantly reduced by implementing a building management system (BMS). HVAC costs can be reduced almost immediately by programming detailed variable duty cycles and integrating the lighting system with the building management system. The BMS can also implement routine preventative maintenance schedules which will result in the avoidance of costly repairs and ensuring that operations are efficient which in turn lowers costs. 

To calculate improvement costs versus return on investment, accurate data capture is required. Only with accurate data capture can the costs of improvement be calculated. This allows management to determine if the cost of an improvement will offer a net return on investment. If the costs of an upgrade to a particular area of the building will save more than the cost overall then it is worth it. 

A lot goes into determining the feasibility of retrofitting equipment and a Building Management System (BMS) makes it easier to do it. The choice of a BMS is just as important in a small or medium size business as it is in a mega skyscraper. The BMS is there to support senior management, operations staff and occupants. 

The core reason to install a BMS is to break down the silos that exist in the management of a building. HVAC, lighting, security and utilities monitoring exist separately without a BMS. A BMS provides the harness to the synergies that exist within these disparate functions. The BMS serves in auto-response scenarios where automatic adjustment of set points across functions is required. The BMS also runs the complex algorithms that conduct fault finding and diagnostics on equipment such as chillers and AHU generators, automatically adjusting them as required. It is instrumental in detecting problems before they arise. 

Niagara building management systems

Tridium Niagara Building Management Systems

Tridium Niagara can monitor and control energy usage, deliver vital data about building activities and drive a business towards better business outcomes. The selection of Niagara as the BMS front-end sets the stage for digitalisation of both building and business operations.

Niagara Framework is the transformative platform that disrupted proprietary-protocol building automation with its open-protocol approach over 20 years ago. It has subsequently achieved the position of the de facto industry standard in BMS by supporting connectivity through the most popular existing and emerging protocols. 

Because of its open distribution model, it has the largest marketplace for drivers, applications, and graphics to make deployment easy and cost effective. Niagara Framework has the momentum to support its large customer base now and into the future. 

Niagara can provide cyber-secure device to device connectivity and the data normalisation needed to obtain and use data from device-level and equipment-level silos. Integrate the entire building from HVAC, lighting, access control and every aspect of building management. Niagara enables users to monitor data flows and create logic sequences that affect programming based on data observation. Systems integrators can manage histories, schedules and alarms through data monitoring and create user interfaces for end users with the tools built into Niagara. Graphical UI templates and components from the many Niagara partners that specialise in graphics and dashboarding are also available. 

Tridium Niagara is the brain of your building. To find out more, contact ACS https://www.acontrols.co.za/acs-contact-details/.