Building a better planet: how BEMS engineering makes a difference

We know the Earth’s carbon footprint needs to be reduced. It’s the ‘how to go about it’ part that can feel daunting. That’s where scientists and engineers come in. Engineers have taken huge strides towards creating a more sustainable future. And often, you don’t need to look far to see progress in action.

Our building energy management system (BEMS) engineers are a great example of this. In their day-to-day roles, BEMS engineers maximise the efficiency, comfort and green credentials of buildings. And because the built environment accounts for a whopping 40% of the Earth’s carbon emissions (and 25% of the UK’s carbon emissions) their work really does contribute to combatting climate change.

With that in mind, let’s explore the ways in which BEMS engineers are shaping the built environment.

Boosting energy efficiency

To help building operators hit their net zero targets, BEMS engineers drastically improve the performance of a building’s HVAC plant. In doing so, they maximise the building’s energy efficiency – which is the first, crucial step to a net zero building.

By identifying, adjusting, repairing and avoiding inefficiencies, BEMS engineers make unnecessary energy wastage a thing of the past.

Integrating renewable energy sources

Needless to say, renewable energy is where we’re headed – and from a technical standpoint, BEMS engineers will play a key role in bringing this about. By integrating renewable energy sources into the BEMS (e.g. solar and wind turbines), engineers will reduce dependency on traditional, less sustainable sources.

Harnessing smart technologies

By harnessing a building’s data on operational performance and functionality, today’s BEMS – and associated technologies – are truly smart.

For a while now, engineers have worked tirelessly to bring data analytics and intelligent algorithms to a whole new level. Identifying inefficiencies is now immediate and trackable. Building operators also have greater visibility and control of their plant and indoor environments.

Introducing smart maintenance

Thanks to today’s analytical software and monitoring technologies, BEMS engineers can spot – and even predict – issues or equipment failures before they cause a problem.

This targeted approach to maintenance prolongs the lifespan of building systems and reduces the need for resource-intensive repairs and replacements. It means future buildings will be more ‘self-sufficient’.

Prioritising wellbeing

Through better monitoring and control of indoor environments, BEMS engineers can prioritise an important piece of the puzzle: occupant wellbeing. Optimal lighting, air quality and temperature control add to the health and comfort of occupants. Happy, healthy building occupants have a better quality of life and increased productivity, according to research.

BEMS engineers are therefore working to create buildings that are better for us as well as the environment.

Final thoughts

Through the work they do, BEMS engineers contribute towards a more sustainable future for the built environment. By boosting energy efficiency, advancing technologies, integrating renewable energy and prioritising wellbeing, they’re laying the foundation for future buildings. Buildings that contribute positively to the health of people and the planet.

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