The Aqua Dome recently upgraded it’s Building Energy Management System (BeMS) with EPA (Environmental Process Automation) Ltd and has now improved energy efficiency resulting in a reduction in our carbon footprint. The BeMS monitors and controls all the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, feature controls, temperatures controls and time controls ensuring the Aqua Dome operates at maximum levels of efficiency while removing wasted energy usage and associated costs. This optimal level of efficiency is achieved by continuously maintaining the correct balance between operational requirements, external and internal environmental conditions, and energy usage.
All five of the Aqua Domes out-stations in the plant room were upgraded using the latest energy efficient TREND controllers. This upgrade efficiently controls as much as 84% of the Aqua Domes energy consumption. Furthermore, it performs its functions completely automatically, day in, day out, year after year without the need for continual user interaction.
A BeMS provides reports and demonstrates visually how energy usage and carbon emissions are being reduced, helping to meet legislative, corporate, social and environmental responsibility demands.
We have a saying in the Aqua Dome ‘if you don’t monitor your energy usage you can’t manage it’! With the correct measurement of utility consumption a well installed BeMS enables us to identify usage patterns, manage these against our expected or desired levels and which then helps us to adjust control or remove waste. The BeMS also receives and communicates different levels of alarm conditions, allowing us to track conditions and respond quickly if the need arises.
During this upgrade the Aqua Dome was mindful that new products needed to be compatible with products already installed, removing the need to replace perfectly good equipment whilst at the same time securing investments already made in training and system knowledge. This was achieved using Trend Controls 100% backward compatibility. This allowed us to expand and upgrade the system in stages whilst maintaining one monitoring and supervisory point for the entire site.
In future there may be a requirement on site for the BeMS to do more than just control HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) equipment. With this in mind the Trend IQ4 range of controllers were selected, allowing the possibility of future BACnet integration with 3rd party systems or products such as window/lighting control, Fire or Access system signals etc.
Here are some images of the upgrade
EPA Ltd were tasked with upgrading the existing BeMS in the Aqua Dome.
Why EPA Ltd
Established in 1993 EPA Ltd is a specialist BEMS System Integrator (Building Energy Management System). They offer their clients support in achieving the efficient operation of their buildings through the effective use of their BEMS. Currently their client base exceed two hundred and fifty sites spanning systems in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Facilities, Data Centres, Universities, Office Buildings and Retail Developments.
EPA Ltd have a proven track record in upgrading obsolete and redundant controls, with many options from new MCC to MCC retrofit whilst maintaining plant operations.
Trend is one of the world’s leading Building Energy Management Systems manufacturers, with a worldwide distribution and support network covering over 50 countries. Its fully integrated control solutions are able to meet the most complex requirements of modern buildings.
With the utility consumption of many premises often following a regular profile, a BeMS will record actual consumption data and then compare it against these profiles highlighting over or under usage. Unless system settings and parameters are properly monitored and maintained the building performance will begin to suffer and the result will be higher building operating costs, reduced occupant comfort and increased carbon footprint.
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