Last edited 04 Nov 2020

BMS v BEMS

The terms ‘Building Management System’ (BMS) and ‘Building Energy Management System’ (BEMS) are sometimes used as if they are interchangeable, however their specific meanings are different.

Building Management Systems are integrated, computerised systems used to monitor and control a wide range of building systems, which might include fire, smoke detection and alarms, motion detectors, CCTV, security and access control, lifts and so on, as well as systems such as lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning).

For more information see Building Management Systems

Building Energy Management Systems are integrated, computerised systems used to monitor and control specific energy-related building services plant and equipment, which will typically include HVAC systems, lighting and power systems.

For more information see Building Energy Management Systems

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