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Building automation will become necessary for owners to meet more stringent codes

November 11, 2012 |
Lynne Simnick

Building automation systems (BAS) will be increasingly necessary to help building owners meet more stringent regulations. With states and communities adopting stricter energy efficiency standards, BAS is likely to become a more important component in meeting these new rules, and will reap savings on utility bills.

The latest developments in BAS technology promise new ways to boost performance. Cloud technologies and the use of layered internet dashboard interfaces continue to be developed and enhanced to improve the exchange of BAS data, says Douglas Yon, project manager, Facility Engineering Associates. This may allow the consolidation of large data to evaluate performance, review of historical and real-time trends, and the establishment of benchmarks, he says. Data mining may lead to improved risk assessment and reliability-centered and predictive maintenance practices. This may lead to further building intelligence with the automation system recommending operational strategies and maintenance options that incorporate cost analysis.

In addition, integration with non-building performance computer-based technologies will likely offer new efficiency strategies. For example, expanded security and video monitoring will be used to sense motion or survey for leaks in water and gas systems. Similar systems will be used for tighter heating, cooling, and lighting scheduling based on real and historic occupancy patterns.

Other trend areas in building automation could involve smart-glass, solar installations, and controllable ultra-energy efficient building envelope products. Broadband connectivity and wireless accessibility will enable these features.



Lynne Simnick | Codes and Standards

Lynne Simnick is the Director of Code Development for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and is responsible for the supervision and oversight of the creation and maintenance of all IAPMO codes and code supporting documents. Ms. Simnick has more than twenty-eight years experience in the plumbing industry including code development, education and training, plan review and evaluation services. Prior to joining IAPMO, Simnick worked as technical staff in engineering services, educator, inspector and plumber. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Simnick has authored many technical articles, participated in numerous standards committees with an expertise in code and standards development.

Ms. Simnick may be contacted at IAPMO, 909-472-4110 or email

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