- Insight in important performance data
- Flexible and modular, fully integrated BMS
- Use of existing BMS cabling
Marlborough College has taken a giant leap forward in its building management practice by replacing its old stand-alone series of building controllers with a Priva internet-compatible, remote access BMS. The project, which sees the ‘integration’ of around 40 separate buildings, has allowed this prestigious independent boarding school to save phenomenal amounts of man hours and redirect resources into other functions.
“Initially Marlborough College investigated the possibility of integrating its existing stand-alone controllers into a network for use by a BMS system,” explains Derrick Lailey, project engineer for PA Collacott & Co, the Priva partner responsible for installing the new system. “However, this idea was deemed uneconomic as the controllers were not internet compatible.”
The idea to use Priva proved far more appealing, especially as the college’s existing system had no central reporting features. The functionality, flexibility and modularity of the Priva technology soon led Marlborough College to make the step to a fully integrated BMS.
“The college liked the fact that with Priva there are no protocol or modem compatibility issues,” says Mr Lailey. “We explained that the system would create a central head-end computer, located in the IT service racks, whereby important performance data could be accessed over the web at three PC points, one in the central boiler house and the other two in the estates office. Additionally, the head mechanical engineer/boiler house manager would have a laptop that would allow him to connect remotely to the system and take control of the BMS from anywhere in the world.”
The 40 or so buildings at Marlborough College are made up of classrooms, residential blocks, leisure buildings, libraries, plant/equipment houses and stores/stock rooms. Prior to the installation of the Priva BMS, a simple change to heating timers would require an engineer to walk around all of the buildings and change the data using a plug-in, hand-held interrogation device. This simple task could take hours if not days to complete. Now it can be done in seconds using a few keystrokes on a computer.