The office space at the Corniche building in Lambeth, London, has recently undergone a substantial refurbishment that includes an entirely new Building Management System (BMS).
The new platform includes multiple Distech Controls products including the ECLYPSE Connected Terminal Unit Controllers (ECY-TU/PTU), which were used to connect to the buildings new fan coil units.
As part of the building’s full refurbishment, the contractor specified a new BMS to improve overall efficiency and controllability. Each floor of the building was to have a different leased tenant and it was critical that they would be able to set their own HVAC parameters. This required that the new BMS solution had to be both flexible and adaptable.
“When we read through the specification, we noticed that it specified that the BMS had to be open and use the BACnet protocol. We suggested utilising Distech Controls products as they would provide the flexibility and controllability the end user required,” said Paul Martin, senior technical consultant at Energy & Technical Services.
The ECY-TU/PTU unit is designed to control terminal units such as fan coil units, chilled beams, ceilings, and heat pumps. It integrates a control, automation and connectivity server, a power supply, and dedicated I/Os in a single package. Each model supports BACnet/IP communication and is listed as a BACnet Building Controller (B-BC). On this project, the ECY-TU/PTUs are connected to 48 fan coil units.
“We trained the installers how to use the Distech Controls QR codes and they were able to install all the products safely and correctly. Once we are out of lockdown, we will be able to run a demo for the end user, but other than that the system is fully up and running,” Martin added.
With the ECY-TU/PTU controllers, the end-user team only needs to download an app and they are in control. It allows them to monitor and adjust the water and air flow when required as well as continue regular maintenance with less disruption.
“For the client, it gives them control over their building and confidence that their team can manage maintenance and resolve any issues that may arise,” the executive added.
Distech Controls specializes in smart building solutions and has its headquarters in Quebec, Canada.