A Complete Guide to Building Automation Systems (BAS)

Building Automation Systems

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Technology has opened the doors for unique innovations in every sector, from big businesses to your personal life. One area where innovation is making a big impact is building automation systems, especially for commercial buildings.

Even if you’ve heard of building automation before, you might not know precisely what it is. And to be honest, you could hardly be blamed for it, as the industry often includes a wide array of features and concepts in its definitions.

So what do you need to know about a growing market worth over 100 billion dollars? Keep reading for a complete guide on building automation systems!


What Are Building Automation Systems?

A working BAS definition would be any system that controls electronic and mechanical systems in a building. Often, they help the occupiers control, among other things, the building environment. Common examples include HVAC, occupancy schedule, temperature and access control.

The most common implementations focus on just a few systems, like heating and cooling. More advanced systems monitor and control a range of functions. Some examples include fire suppression and security systems.

One of the most important benefits is controlling every system from one central space. The goal is to reduce costs and improve comfort.


BAS Components

Every building is unique, and your control setup will be too! That said, there are several critical components in any design. Each part plays a key role!


Types of Building Automation Systems

Though HVAC systems are the most common, BAS can control many different functions, including:

  • Lighting
  • Chillers and cold storage
  • HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning)
  • Electrical systems
  • Occupancy sensors
  • Fire Alarms and Fire Suppression
  • Security system and Alarms
  • CCTV
  • Plumbing and Water usage



Sensors may be as simple as a thermostat or motion detector. The sensor’s purpose is to monitor the state of a particular system, feeding information to the controllers. Every design relies on sensors from the most basic to the most advanced.



The controller’s purpose is to collect data from the sensors and make decisions based on the input. Controllers direct the operation of connected systems, such as heating and air conditioning or other comfort systems. Controllers also communicate with the central system to coordinate operations or receive updates.


Connected Devices

Connected devices and IoT devices operate based on output from the controllers. Anything from light levels to HVAC and door controls is connected through a modern building automation system.


Central Server

The central server keeps tabs on every aspect of the system, from the controllers to the sensors and devices. The server processes reports and enables remote control of the connected devices.


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Benefits of Building Automation Systems

Smart buildings offer many benefits, especially the reduction of operating costs. Keep reading to learn why building automation systems are good for your wallet and the environment, too.


Reduce Energy Costs

One of the primary benefits of automation is the reduction in energy consumption. Operating a large building daily involves a myriad of operating expenses. Renters and owners alike benefit from automating climate control, among other systems.

Reducing energy usage, especially at peak times, lowers your operating costs. Whether it’s the climate system or indoor lighting, automation intelligently controls operation.


Remote Monitoring and Control

Another benefit is the ability to adjust systems from anywhere. Instead of manually adjusting thermostats physically, you can change settings remotely.

It isn’t just about control! Remote monitoring can also collect data and create reports on usage and other statistics. Whether to schedule maintenance or adjust operations, connected systems offer better insight.


Smart Control

Smart adaptations to change are another key benefit. This allows the system to make changes without user input for the most efficient operation through artificial intelligence and other means.

Intelligent controls can adjust lighting, climate, and other systems to make minor changes throughout the day. In large buildings, cost savings add up quickly.


Reduce Maintenance Costs

In the past, systems would run at full tilt to meet their inputs before winding down. This was inefficient, but it also added unnecessary wear and tear to systems.

Another key benefit of building automation is the reduction of maintenance costs. Smart buildings operate their systems better and can also provide insights for scheduled downtime!


Additional Insights

Certain implementations also offer additional reports and insights based on building usage. For example, systems can generate reports on employee usage or individual room resource rates. Businesses and building owners can use these reports to tailor their operations to reduce costs and improve productivity.

Leverage reports to tune your systems and adjust your operations for maximum benefit. Reports enable you to better understand how things are running under the hood so you can make informed choices.


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Future Proof Your Control Systems

Implementing a building automation system (BAS) is an expensive and involved process. As a result, you need systems that play well with each other and can be upgraded in the future.

Any systems that don’t offer the potential for software and hardware updates become obsolete quickly. Technology changes at a rapid pace, and you need a system that is built with advances in mind.


Commercial Real Estate

Offices and coworking spaces hold untapped potential for BAS systems. Space planning, high-traffic areas, occupancy insights, and room usage are key aspects for managers and owners to monitor.

If you’re looking to reduce costs, improve productivity, and manage office space, you need a Building Automation System built with these features in mind. Catering your intelligent building design to commercial ends improves both value and experience, as well as employee wellbeing and sustainability.


Beringar Solutions

Here at Beringar, we’re dedicated to commercial, single-point solutions that handle every aspect of your smart building. Our systems enable you to plan office space accordingly from occupancy, temperature, and lighting control and their impacts on productivity.

We use a state-of-the-art ceiling-mounted sensor that collects all the necessary data, which is then presented through a comprehensive, intuitive user dashboard. No matter what your business needs, we have a commercial-ready solution for you.


Contact us today to learn more about our building automation systems!

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Mark Sorsa-Leslie

A Chartered Surveyor with a passion for technology. Developed a range of computer applications to support my work in real estate in the UK and 5 business start-ups so far. Over the last 25 years I have developed solutions ranging from eLearning platforms to IoT sensors and have been the bridge between business people and technology people throughout my career.

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