'Building Control Systems' provides the building services engineer with a comprehensive understanding of modern control systems and relevant information technology. This will ensure that the best form of control systems for the building is specified and that proper provision is made for its installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance.
Beginning with an overview of the benefits of the modern building control system, the authors describe the different controls and their applications, and include advice on their set-up and tuning for stable operation. There are chapters on the practical design of control systems, how to work from the hardware components and their inclusion in networks, through to control strategies in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and whole buildings.
The relationship between Building, Management Systems (BMS) and information technology systems is discussed, and the building procurement process and the importance of considering control requirements at an early stage in the design process
Introduction: the need for controls * Control fundamentals: control modes * Optimum start * Weather compensation * Stability and tuning * Artificial intelligence * Components and devices: sensors * Actuators * Valves * Dampers * Motors * Pumps and fans * Control panels and motor control centres * The intelligent outstation * Systems, networks and integration: BMS architecture * Networks * Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) * Systems integration * User interface * Control strategies for sub-systems: safety * Boilers * Chillers * Control of hydraulic circuits * Central air handling plant * Energy recovery * Mechanical ventilation * Variable air volume * Constant volume room terminal units * Fan coil units * Dual duct systems * Chilled ceilings * Heat pumps * Natural ventilation * Lighting controls * Control strategies for buildings: operating modes * Design techniques * Whole building HVAC systems * Case studies * Information technology: energy monitoring * Fault reports and maintenance scheduling * Management issues: Procurement options * Design and specification of a controls system * Tendering process * Commissioning * Operation * Occupant surveys * Cost issues * References * Appendices * Glossary.