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Building management systems rival LEDs as top energy tech

A newly released business survey suggests that building energy management systems (BEMs) are closing the gap on LED lighting as the most popular energy saving technology on the market.

A newly released business survey suggests that building energy management systems (BEMS) are closing the gap on LED lighting as the most popular energy saving technology on the market.

The findings come from the latest quarterly UK Energy Efficiency Trends Report, compiled by energy analysts EEVS Insight and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

According to the survey’s respondents, the number of energy efficiency projects that included BEMS in the second quarter of 2018 was more than 60 per cent - only slightly behind LED lighting, which has long been the market leader for energy efficient technologies in the UK.

What are BEMS?

A BEMS manages, monitors and controls a building’s energy usage and costs. It uses smart technologies to link building-wide energy data from lighting, heating and power usage to reduce a building’s carbon footprint, and hence its energy consumption and expenditure.

For example, it can control something as simple as automated office lighting, altering how the system responds to only light the parts of the office actually in use.

Growing popularity

According to the EEVS Insight survey, the popularity of BEMS technology currently seems particularly popular amongst larger, office-based organisations.

Sam Stageman, sales director at UK-based lighting supplier, APC Lighting, commented: “The increase in use of BEMS reflects our own experience in the commercial real-estate marketplace as LED lighting solution providers. 

“Once the preserve of cutting-edge, larger projects, we are now seeing the use of BEMS expand as companies seek to maximise return on investment by using data to highlight opportunities for additional savings.”

A free explainer on BEMS can be downloaded here