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A new, state-of-the-art Building Management System (BMS) from Distech
Controls is helping Renfrewshire Council reduce fuel consumption and
cut carbon emissions at four schools whilst educating future
generations on the benefits of integrated, energy efficient control.
This major project, completed in August 2012, in readiness for the
start of the new academic year, has seen a new Distech Control system
fitted as part of an extensive building services refurbishment
The existing HVAC plant and control systems in use at St Margaret’s
Primary School, Johnstone, St John Bosco Primary School, Erskine, St
Mary’s Primary School and Gallowhill Primary School, both in Paisley,
had reached the end of their lifetime. Glasgow-based Advanced Energy
Management Services (AEMS) were tasked with stripping out and replacing
the mechanical services at each school within an eye-wateringly tight
timescale. The existing plant and controls had to be removed with new
equipment installed, configured and commissioned in double quick time
during the six week school summer holidays.
Rising to the challenge, AEMS has equipped each of the four
Renfrewshire schools with a more efficient main HVAC plant solution.
This comprises Hamworthy Fleet 200 kW high efficiency condensing
boilers, Spiropress pressurisation units and de-gassers, Lochinvar
Eco-Knight condensing hot water heaters and Grundfos pumps. The company
has also specified new gas detection systems and automatic controls
from Distech within each boiler house to monitor and regulate heating
and hot water operation, ensuring optimum system efficiency.
AEMS selected the Distech EC-NetAX web-based, integrated building
management platform for the project with the company’s EC-BOS series of
network controllers and ECB series of BACnet field controllers,
providing approximately 70 control points at each school. Converging
with the school’s IT network, EC-Net allows secure web-browser access
to the system from anywhere within the school environment or locally
through touch-screens in the main reception area and boiler-house. As
well as providing access to the school management and staff, the
Distech control system has also become a part of the education process.
Under teacher supervision, children can access and adjust settings and
see the impact of these changes and other energy conservation measures
taken at the school. The EC-NetAX platform is easy to use and
understand whilst Distech’s attractive 3D graphics help to engage
pupils and retain their interest.
EC-NetAX offers multi-protocol, multi-function capabilities to provide
seamless and intelligent integration of different building services
sub-systems using a web browser. On this project, it offers a common
platform for key BMS functions, such as, network control, energy
monitoring, alarming, database and log management, and audit trails,
communicating with building services equipment using the BACnet
protocol. In the event of plant failure, the BMS automatically triggers
an email to AEMS with historical trend logging and reporting also
activated via email.
“Distech has supported us to complete a fine job on these four schools,” comments Paul Farrelly, Systems Director at Advanced Energy Management Services. “They ensured that we could supply all equipment within the difficult time-frame and also gave us invaluable technical support during the project. By using Distech’s software engineering tools, such as, EC-Gfx graphical programming software and productivity enhancing tools, we have dramatically reduced control system programming and commissioning time, which has been a very significant factor for us.”
For more information, visit www.distech-controls.eu.
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