Climate change, global warming and the rise in sea levels have occupied mainstream conversations now. Everyone across the world is doing their bit to contribute to efforts in being environmentally friendly, taking conscious decisions from reducing waste, to energy conservation. Cutting down their carbon footprint.
It is undeniable that the earth is undergoing a significant change, and we need to act in haste. Without getting into the debate of if this is a man-made cause. Or a natural cyclic phenomenon, one thing is for sure. We are at a tipping point, and we must do something to reverse it. Thankfully, there are measures being taken that have shown promise. Targeting industries that are carbon emission-intensive and reducing their energy consumption or carbon footprints and adopting practices that are friendlier are steps in this direction.
One industry that is high on everyone’s reduction list is the construction industry. But the good news is by adopting the right tech we can curb energy leakages, minimize carbon emissions and increase the overall sustainability factor of the building in itself with the help of automation, says a leading home automation company in Hyderabad.
What are BAS (Building automation systems)?
Building automation systems are centralized, networked buildings that interlink hardware and software components with the help of smart devices, sensors and the data assimilated through them to monitor, control and decide actions in residential, commercial and industrial facilities.
What building automation essentially does is optimize the operational performance of the building while providing comfort. Which is what sustainability is in its essence. Without causing environmental damage, or minimizing carbon footprint, it aims or reuses, reduce and recycle all resources the building uses on a day to day basis.
This could include water management techniques like sewage treatment that can be used for plumbing or landscaping after treatment, rainwater harvesting etc. Entire buildings are equipped with smart switches and lighting solutions so that electricity consumption is judicial.
Smart homes are extremely energy efficient. There are numerous ways a smart home can help save energy – from lights that function with motion sensors, which can detect motion and turn on and off, or porch lights that automatically dim or turn off when there is enough light; Thermostats that can automatically adjust the temperature in the air conditioner or heater based on the external temperature.
Fresh air systems & ventilation:
Fresh air systems are equipped with sensors that monitor air quality and also purify pollutants that can keep several infections and diseases at bay, says a senior consultant from a company that offers solutions in fresh air ventilation system for home.
These are intelligent systems with smart sensors that can be integrated with existing HVAC (Heating, ventilation, air conditioning) systems to flush out stale air, circulate fresh air so as to keep the air-conditioned, clean, germ-free.
Energy conservation systems:
These energy-efficient solutions are a step toward sustainability. They not only reduce energy consumption and decrease carbon footprints but also translate into a huge cost-benefit.
We have also seen scaled-up models of energy conversations. Where colonies and apartment complexes, and residential societies have employed automation to monitor and control electricity usage, water management & waste disposal.
A great use case of this is traffic management. Where we not just use sensor-based traffic lights, but employ coordinated, connected systems. Road sensors that detect speed and direction and predict where there could be a potential jam. And automatically control traffic signals through diversions and mergers. A step further is the automatic switching of lanes into reversible lanes or flexible flow where the signs change to ensure traffic keeps flowing smoothly.
Smart grids have been in the news with the application of automation and growing settlements that demands electricity. As the population increases, and settlements burgeon, the need for energy also rises. Distribution and energy management has therefore posed to be a challenge. Assistance from smart grids to identify and analyse energy consumption data, energy leakages, surges. Outages can help save energy and also distribute efficiently.
Building automation systems are a great way to reach green goals. Help in classifying the building as a “green building”
In a world where we all understand the importance of conservation. The earth is at a tipping point, it is everyone’s responsibility to make sustainable choices. This is a social foot forward, where we can take the help of technology to do our bit. After all, there is no PLANet B!