An Intelligent Building works seamlessly across processes, platforms and systems to provide building users with the best possible outcomes for a great user experience. The basic elementof an intelligent building is Building Automation System(BAS), which comprises of HVAC, Lighting Controls, Fire and Safety, Power meters, alarms and faulty mechanism warning systems to list a few. However the complicated nature of BAS makes it increasingly difficult to implement the system at its full potential, while also being aligned to the need of the building’s occupants and operations managers.
In the current construction scenario, a huge gap exists between the understanding of Building Automation System functionality and its optimal utilization. With increased occupancy and the sheer size of building operations, it has become essential for almost all commercial and corporate buildings to maintain and operate complex BAS. And yet, with little understanding of how BAS can optimize building management and function, building managers tend to underutilize the existing automation systems. If handled properly, BAS tends to increase operating efficiency and this, in turn, boosts the building’s environment in terms of productivity and effectiveness. The dearth of well-informed BAS engineers brings the whole process to a standstill.
As with every intelligent building concept, over time the systems in place get outdated and also come to the end of their life cycle. In such instances, most organizations tend to replace the existing BAS with in-kind replacements that provide the same functions. This adds no value to the organizational process and falls short of applying the full capabilities of the automation system, again. Many times, the systems are not even replaced until it causes problems in building operations and productivity. In terms of financial feasibility, this works out better for corporations and building managers since new systems and processes needed to replace the old, cost more. Cost of installation and operations, system and process overhaul to accommodate the new system also add to the overhead.
The complexity of BAS requires expertise in terms of machinery management, maintenance and system efficiency inspection, the creation of systems that are customized to each project and other requirements. The overall cost of managing such complex systems further increases the financial burden of the organizations. That is why ‘As A Service’ (AAS) Model for BAS implemented during the construction phase or during replacement of machinery or system for intelligent buildings is optimal for organizations and third-party vendors alike.
With the AAS Model, organizations will be able to do away with the red tape that exists within organizations during construction and in-kind replacements will be able to use BAS functionalities to the fullest potential. If organizations adopt the model, they will be able to focus on their core expertise and leave the automation management with service providers with the relevant expertise. In short, it is the onus of the service providers to install and maintain the BAS according to the building owner’s requirements. The automation systems will be monitored by the service provider throughout its lifespan. This service-based delivery model will enhance the productivity and utilization of the systems and also bring greater profits both to the building owner and service provider.
Advantages of the Service Model:
- Since their whole model will be based on providing one service to their clients, the BAS service providers will create a system that brings maximum efficiency to reduce their resource input and increase profitability.
- The systems provided will also be cost-effective to further ensure profitability of the enterprise (both the company and service provider).
- It will diminish the power of internal procurement processes on the automation system management to increase the speed of delivery and maintenance.
In conclusion, adopting the AAS model for procurement and management of BAS will help further the cause of Intelligent Building resource usage and optimization. With practical advantages, this particular concept is sure to be a game-changer in both commercial and corporate real estate market.