Buildingcontrol system diagram

A typical building-controls system diagram.

Taking Building Automation Back to the Basics

Sometimes it is best to keep it simple, step back, and remember the basics that are the foundation of any successful building-control project.

Designing a properly functioning building-control system can be a complex and challenging task, but even the most complex system will benefit from a good dose of the basics. Creating a successful system also is a task that takes more than just a controls engineer. It must be a team effort between designers and engineers, project managers, facility managers, building owners, and tenants. Here is a cross-disciplinary list of system-design “must-dos.”

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