Course Brief

The earliest examples of Building Management Systems are found in large public and commercial premises. For the most part, these were used for automatic control of heating, cooling, and in some instances, security. However, Building Management System applications have broadened in scope and are becoming common in the domestic market, such as extra-low-voltage, intelligent lighting, which is already becoming the norm for many new homes (not exclusively those at
the higher end of the market).

An environment controlled by a computer can provide, not only, the optimum levels of heat, humidity and lighting for a building and its occupants, but also monitor energy use and contribute to energy conservation. Incorporating Energy Demand Management (EDM) into the Building Management System can facilitate automatic
conformance with current energy usage regulations. The advent of the smart phone and low-cost apps has opened the door to truly remote control and monitoring of a building’s environment and security. Heating and lighting can be switched on and set by the homeowner long before they reach their own front door.

The aim of this unit is to explore the rapidly growing range of services provided by Building Management System technology and assess its contribution to the renewable energy debate. There is also an opportunity to apply this research by carrying out a design of a Building Management System.

On successful completion the students will be conversant with current and emerging Building Management System technologies, will have developed the tools to evaluate the benefit of a Building Management System and apply their theoretical knowledge to a real-life installation.


  • This course is offered in 45 hours.