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How Intelligent Commercial Building Controls Can Save You Money

Published: May, 16 2017

In some cases, the old adage still applies: if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself. But that’s becoming less applicable every day as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and automation are continually refined and added to products and services we use every day.

As a commercial building owner or facility manager in the Carolinas or Virginia, you’re likely already aware of “smart devices” and building automation systems that can be installed to control and optimize a building’s operations and energy usage. What many owners don’t realize, however, is how affordable and user friendly these systems have become.

Let’s define what the system involves, then take a look at three common examples of how it can directly impact your building’s bottom line on a monthly basis.

What is an intelligent building control system?

The purpose behind an intelligent commercial building control system is to gather real-time data related to the internal and external environment and then make strategic adjustments based on programmed settings.

Essentially, these systems consist of a range of sensors that collect basic environmental inputs like air temperature, humidity, and airflow; other inputs come from motion sensors, door and window sensors that record entrances and exits, and a host of other similar devices as required for how a particular building is used.

The data collected by all of these sensors is automatically analyzed by a computer program tied directly into the building’s main mechanical and electrical systems: the lighting, security system, HVAC, etc.

Finally, a human user sets up specific “rules” for the system to follow in order to optimize energy usage and customize the system to the building’s unique situation. For example, if the building is unoccupied from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am every day, the system can be set to ensure all lights are turned off, doors and windows are locked, and the HVAC system maintains a less comfortable temperature during those hours to save energy.

As the system continues collecting data, its machine learning capabilities allow it to further optimize usage based on factors the human user may not even notice. By self-calibrating, the system can respond faster and more effectively to changing circumstances and ensure all building systems are set for optimal performance. Further, the system can offer timely notification of potential problems - be it a burnt out light bulb or a seized blower motor - so the user can quickly and efficiently resolve the issue.

How intelligent building controls save you money

Buildings with integrated automation and smart technology will typically have lower overall operating costs than those without these systems in place. They are more energy efficient, comfortable and secure as well.

Based on the historical evidence, purchasing and installing smart HVAC, lighting, and access systems has proven to be an excellent investment, yielding both the short- and long-term ROI building owners always strive for.

Smart technology not only cuts operating costs and increases system functionality, it also helps prevent costly shutdowns and emergency repairs by predicting equipment failures early on so preventive measures can be taken. Finally, these systems increase the property's resale value and marketability because prospective owners realize the advantage they provide.

Here are two key building systems that can benefit most from integration with intelligent commercial building controls:

HVAC Systems

Your commercial HVAC system is probably the single largest energy consumer in your facility. Greater control of and insight into your HVAC system provides valuable data and cost savings immediately. When combined with building automation and data analytics, these control systems simultaneously enable more efficient energy usage and greater overall comfort.


Your lighting system is the second largest energy consumer for most commercial buildings. It’s also the most difficult consumption to reduce without intelligent controls because the only other alternative is trying to change tenant behavior: teaching people to turn off lights when they leave a room, or turn off their computers at the end of the day. An intelligent lighting system, on the other hand, changes the building's behavior - a much easier task to accomplish.


From an energy and cost perspective, an intelligent commercial building control system is a worthwhile investment. If you’d like to discuss how soon a system like this can be installed in your commercial building in the Carolinas or Virginia, contact CMS Controls today.


CMS Controls 2nd Annual Luncheon

Published: July, 13 2016

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On June 23rd, 2016 CMS Controls had our annual luncheon hosted at our office.  The team cooked hamburgers and hot dogs and enjoyed great fellowship. As the pictures show we had a wonderful time with the rare occurrence of having everyone in the same room at the same time. During this part of the year, everyone is hustling and working hard but our technicians are working especially long hours and are away from the office. This luncheon gave us the opportunity to show our appreciation for all of the hard work that our employees put into this wonderful company.

CMS Controls thanks all of our team members for the long hours and dedication each and every day. Thanks to all who attended and we look forward to another year and the growth that comes with it.

CMS Controls Partners with Local Triangle Area Public School System

Published: July, 11 2016

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Many school systems across North Carolina are increasingly challenged by obsolesce of their existing proprietary building automation systems (BAS). These systems can be critical to each school as they control both their HVAC and lighting systems.   

CMS Controls has partnered with one of the largest Triangle Area public schools systems to assist with providing a more efficient and modern building automations system.  When evaluating the direction of the Schools’ energy management systems for the future, this local school system chose Distech Controls as the preferred brand of open protocol controls for the their existing facilities.

As a part of the first phase of the energy upgrades initiative, which included 15+ schools, CMS Controls was awarded 6 schools. Each location will undergo a full BAS retrofit to include new Distech controllers and field level devices. The projects consist of the replacement of the controls for enhanced HVAC equipment and system operation and improved accuracy of temperature, humidity and pressure readings. CMS Controls is utilizing the new Tridium N4 JACE 8000 at each school in conjunction with the replacement of controls for the following HVAC equipment:

- 200 Fan Coil Units

- 25 Chilled Water and Hot Water Air Handling Units

- 10 Hot Water Boilers

- 5 Chillers and associated pumps

- 80 Variable Air Volume Terminal Units

- 25 Unit Ventilators

CMS Controls looks forward to the continued partnership with this local Triangle public school system in achieving their goals of creating more efficient and better controlled learning environments. Coupled with our 24/7 support service team, CMS Controls will implement a comprehensive service and support solution that will assist the school system in the maintenance and service of their building automation system for many years to come.

CMS attends NCHEA

Published: August, 4 2015

Several members of the CMS team will be attending the 63rd Annual NC Healthcare Engineers Association (NCHEA) Conference this week in Asheville, NC.

CMS Certified For Data Room Cooling

Published: February, 17 2010

CMS is factory certified to install and service the Liebert Extreme Density (XD) products for data system cooling equipment as well as the APC In Row data cooling system.

Power supplies for data centers now consume more power than ever as their computer systems equipment grows to enormous capabilities. With this comes the need for more and more air conditioning in these data centers. The legacy "under floor" system have become obsolete due to the power consumed and the excessive heat load in the computer racks. Today's modern data center cooling is provided directly to the racks using either chilled water or liquid freon. CMS is now factory certified to install and service the Liebert Extreme Density (XD) products for data system cooling equipment as well as APC In Row data cooling system. CMS has recently installed these systems in the following locations:

  • Moses Cone Memorial Hospital - Greensboro, NC
  • Maria Parham - Henderson, NC
  • The Pantry - Sanford, NC
  • The Pantry - Cary, NC
  • Applied Research Institute - Raleigh, NC
  • Capital Trust Tower - Raleigh, NC

If you have concerns about cooling requirements for you data center, call our office and our experts will assist you to assure that the future of you data center cooling is met.

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