What is building automation?
Building automation is the automation of building systems that control the indoor climate. Examples include automatic control of temperature, humidity, and airflow in a building. In addition to climate control, there are many other systems that can be automatically controlled. Examples are fire, smoke, or motion detectors. The automatic control of these systems is based on sensors that are connected to a building management system. Building automation systems work on the basis of data that can be read via software.
Optimal climate control with building automation
Building automation allows you to automatically control the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems as well as sun blinds in your building. This not only provides a comfortable indoor climate and thermal comfort for the building’s users, but also ensures the proper functioning and optimal energy consumption of your HVAC system. In addition to controlling your HVAC system, building automation for indoor climate control enables you to automatically control, monitor and adjust the humidity, air pressure and CO2 measurement.
1. Relative humidity (RH)
For most buildings, the optimal relative humidity is somewhere between 40% and 60%. Excessively low humidity (<40% RH) is unpleasant: the air is dry and static and may aggravate people’s allergies and asthma, as well as cause material damage due to the growth of mold and bacteria if there is insufficient air circulation.
2. Air pressure
The correct indoor air pressure, controlled by the ventilation system, ensures that less clean internal air is discharged from the building, while fresh filtered external air is drawn into the building.
Controlling CO2 can improve the energy efficiency of buildings, producing cost savings of up to 80%. In addition, an excessively high concentration of CO2 may cause headaches and fatigue (known as Sick Building Syndrome). Therefore, it is extremely important to monitor the CO2 in your building.
Controlling these three factors is important for preventing health problems such as skin irritations, headaches, and fatigue. In addition to controlling humidity, air pressure and CO2, our sensors can also monitor and detect other values, such as the formation of condensation, dew point, and motion.