Helping Preserve Our Environment Through Building Energy Management Systems

Expertise, innovation and reliability

Since 2001, Switch Controls have been providing professional engineering services relating to the design, installation and maintenance of Building Management Systems (BMS).

Using the latest available technologies and backed by years of experience, we offer innovative solutions that provide both effective and economical control systems.

As an independent firm of Control Systems Engineers, we operate in and around London, as well as undertaking projects throughout the UK and Europe. We specialise in the product range manufactured by Trend, for which we are a Trend Systems Integrator and Honeywell CentraLine for which we are an approved partner.

Control at the touch of a button

A Building Management System (BMS) is a computer-based control system used to monitor and control mechanical & electrical equipment, ensuring optimum levels of efficiency and economy. Typically this includes heating, air handling and cooling, fan Coil / VAV units and lighting.

BMS can vary in size and complexity and are found in many buildings and estates including commercial offices, data centres, hospitals, museums and galleries, schools and even large domestic premises. They may be specified to improve comfort in a building; reduce energy costs; reduce maintenance; and monitor and control plant centrally or remotely. Guidance on BMS specification and controls is available from the BSRIA, CIBSE, BRE guides. B&ES.

How do building management systems work?

There are a number of key elements to a BMS, which are explained a little here.

Controllers

Controllers vary in size, generally dictated by the number of inputs & outputs required by the system or area and are programmed with specific control functions. Controllers can operate in a standalone mode but are networked together allowing information to be shared by the whole system.

Monitoring Device

Monitoring devices are typically sensors used to measure properties such as temperature, humidity and air quality and are connected to the inputs within the controllers.

Controlled Devices

Controlled devices are connected to, and driven by, the outputs of the controllers. For example, a relay - which may in turn switch on a fan or a pump, or a valve - which can be opened to increase the volume of hot water running through a heating system to warm a room.

BMS Supervisor

A BMS supervisor is essentially a PC loaded with software which allows the operator to control and adjust the system via a bespoke, user friendly interface. This allows the operator to program occupancy times, adjust set points, view alarms and graphs as well as collate data for reports.

The highest levels of skill, knowledge and service

All of our engineers and directors are qualified to Trend Expert level 1, hold CSCS cards, and have a minimum of 15 years’ experience in the controls industry. We offer a range of services, including:

  • Responding to client’s requirements by identifying how BMS can be developed, modified or enhanced to provide the best possible system to meet specific needs.
  • Enhancing BMS systems to help clients conscious of energy costs and environmental impact. We can provide information relating to energy usage and modify controls to improve a building’s energy performance.
  • Management of both large and small projects from design, through to installation and commissioning for new build, fit out and refurbishment. We are often consulted at project concept or initiation by clients and consultants who value our experience and input at this key stage.
  • Access to an established network of specialist subcontractors, including electricians, control panel manufacturers, mechanical engineers and pipe fitters. We can also act either in the capacity of principle contractor or as a sub-contractor.
  • Upgrading and retrofitting existing systems (including other products) in occupied buildings. With extensive experience of delivering successful projects, we work closely with clients combining meticulous planning, phasing and management of works to ensure occupants are not unnecessarily disrupted and that key building services are maintained.
  • Diagnosing and rectifying software and hardware faults. With an excellent track record, we provide a comprehensive report on the fault and the steps taken to rectify it – clearly highlighting any further action required by the client or other contractors.
  • Standard and fully comprehensive Service Level Agreements, with an option for 24-hour callout facility 365 days a year.

Client relationships

Accenture
Arup
Barings
Broadgate Estates
English National Opera
Gratte Brothers
Interserve
ISS
Lehman Brothers
Lorne Stewart
MBE Consultants
Mitie
Nomura
NXP
RBS
Shepherd FM
Skanska
Societe Generale
Sony
Stonegrove
The Environment Agency
The FA
Trend
Tyrell

Get in touch

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Switch Controls,
Studio 01.01.4,
The Leather Market,
Weston St,
London,
SE1 3ER

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