Small and Medium-sized Commercial Buildings account for 95 percent of building stock and consume half the energy in a sector of the economy responsible for 20 percent of the total energy consumption.
Owners of smaller buildings are often unaware of the amount of energy wasted and the opportunity for savings that building automation systems provide. This sector hasn’t BAS for the following reasons:
the high cost of tailoring software and acquiring hardware components is beyond the reach of most small- and medium-sized properties;
the owner is not always the tenant that pays the utility bill, hence limited incentive to invest in the building’s energy efficiency.
Cost and Interoperability wide scale adoption of BAS requires interoperability, scalability and ease of deployment that are achievable with plug-and-play open architectures capable of local or remote monitoring.
Most BAS currently Use Proprietary Architectures
Controls Designers purchase all devices and controllers from single vendors instead of being able to choose optimal products, controls and services from different vendors to achieve widespread turnkey solutions that reduce installation and maintenance costs with seamless integration of HVAC, lighting, and plug load equipment as well as controllers from different manufacturers that offer plug-and-play functionality for the many system configurations found in smaller commercial architectures.