Nov. 16, 2012
-- In order to help Cardiff Council achieve its target of reducing 60% of carbon emissions by 2018 across their estate, BSC (Building Service Controls) has been appointed as a partner and assisting in specifying an effective BMS (Building Management System) which will be across 90 sites including a number of schools and offices. The application of BMS, as the heart of the project, is intended to achieve energy savings and a quicker payback than more costly improvements.
The existing controls have been replaced by Siemens Desigo BEMs which already saves the energy up to 28% alone. Council staff can monitor alarms, temperature, operating hours and holiday periods. Parameters can be set for heating and hot water system with alarms coming into effect if limits are reached. This enables operator know where the energy waste occurs and action can be taken afterwards. Alarms are also raised if there are maintenance issues with equipment such as switched or pump so action can be taken before substantial impact occurs.
Another great benefit of the system, stated by Paul Colston who is a carbon-reduction officer in the council, is that it shows the savings achieved by capital investment improvements such as new doors and windows. The future improvement will be focused on installing systems in other types of building and controlling lighting.