The advantages of using wireless controls in sustainable buildings are numerous. Wireless controls offer flexibility in design, quicker installation, greater system control, and ease of expansion while helping facility managers and building owners save money through energy savings and efficient building design. Examine the benefits of going wireless to see the advantages this technology can bring to your sustainable building.
Flexibility in design
Wireless building controls offer greater flexibility in design, in both new construction and retrofit applications. When hardwired systems are used, flexibility is severely limited by the constraints of the system. Hardwired control systems do not always allow for maximum efficiency. For instance, the limitations of a hardwired system might force a designer to place temperature systems in locations which are not ideal. With remote, wireless temperature sensors, the sensor can be relocated as needed, providing accurate temperature detection without disrupting communication with the building’s heating and cooling systems.
Quicker system installation
Wireless controls can help sustainable buildings decrease costs during retrofits. These wireless controls generally allow for quicker installation compared to installing hardwired systems. To install hardwired control systems in some buildings, extensive demolition and rewiring may be required- with wireless building controls, the sustainable building’s existing structures are left alone, cutting these extra costs. Fewer materials are used in wireless systems, further decreasing the material and labor cost associated with installation.
Ease of expansion
By eliminating the need to run wires, wireless building controls allow facilities to expand systems into new spaces. Existing systems may have been limited by difficult spaces where wiring wasn’t an option, or where the expense of wiring wasn’t a worthwhile investment. Hardwiring a control system can be a difficult process, and sometimes can be impossible due to a building’s constraints. Wireless controls allow sustainable buildings to expand the reach of their control systems for effective energy management of the entire facility. Wireless controls allow facilities to forego challenging hardwired systems in favor of an easy to use and easy to install option for retrofitting existing systems.
Superior system control
Using wireless controls in sustainable buildings allows for more effective energy management. When used with building automation systems, wireless controls can easily allow facilities to network systems including HVAC, lighting, and security for centralized control. Centralizing the control of these systems allow sustainable buildings to reduce energy costs while operating at maximum efficiency. Wireless controls can also help sustainable buildings provide greater control over comfort to benefit the building’s occupants.