With the cost of energy steadily rising, energy management has become an important issue for military installations. To become self-sufficient, the US military has recently set forth a goal of achieving net-zero energy consumption by the year 2030. Today, implementing reliable intelligent energy saving strategies for barracks and other facilities, which respect indoor air quality (IAQ) and health standards, has become essential from an economical and environmental standpoint. In recent years, mold and indoor air quality have become serious health issues with some installations.
Upgrading installations controlled by older mechanical or digital programmable thermostats can be difficult. Controller and network wiring, field labor and subsequent remodeling costs often have a dramatic impact on budgets. As a result, upgrades to more efficient control systems are frequently postponed. Many facilities retain their older, less efficient controllers and continue to pay higher costs for inefficient energy usage of legacy systems. In some cases, these older systems may result in personal health issues for military personnel.
Viconics room controllers are a simple yet powerful solution that is specifically designed to target retrofit installations. Field wiring costs are reduced by re-using the existing control wiring already installed between older electronic thermostats and the terminal equipment. This combined with highly integrated architecture dramatically reduces project installation costs. Viconics room controllers combine sensor, controller, optional passive infrared motion sensor (PIR) and relative humidity (RH) sensor, into a single package.
The PIR sensor, along with an advanced occupancy strategy, automatically guarantees energy savings by setting back the temperature to stand-by mode when no motion is detected in an unoccupied space such as a barrack. The built-in RH sensor can be incorporated into control strategies to improve indoor air quality. Advanced features such as lockout and password protection prevent unauthorized access. Viconics controls are a proven solution and can be found in numerous military installations and are approved by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Our room controllers can be easily integrated into any open protocol building automation or property management system utilizing BACnet MSTP, BACnet IP. Our wireless protocols include WiFi to BACnet IP and ZigBee to BACnet IP. This provides significant flexibility when designing your solution. With room controller to BAS/PMS integration you can improve energy savings in through chiller and boiler plant optimization.