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Facilities Management by Joel D. Levitt

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Other Technology Systems

With millions of buildings in the United States alone, the market for gadgets, software, and high technology is enormous. In itself, the emphasis on green buildings has spawned a large business in energy efficiency tools for buildings. The first one described, building automation, is the oldest because the return on investment starts the next day (from energy savings); it would be impossible to run a large building without it given the small size of the facility crews.

14.0 Building Automation Systems or Digital Control Systems (DCS)

Building automation is the use of computers to control the functions of a building. The first systems were designed for energy efficiency; they basically set back timers for night (designed ...

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