Environmental Controls Corp. and ABB Building Solutions


Despite energy-saving initiatives, HVAC and lighting still represent 40% and 16%, respectively, of the total energy consumption in educational buildings.

By implementing cost-effective energy-efficiency measures, many colleges and universities have the potential to reduce their energy bills by 30% or more.

Universities present a unique set of challenges to building owners and facility management teams with a diverse range of building types, ages of the buildings, and usage. From lecture theatres, laboratories, IT server rooms, leisure facilities, accommodation, dining facilities, and administration offices, each with its own HVAC, lighting, and security requirements with varying maintenance needs. Accommodating the thermal comfort and safety of thousands of students across a diverse multi-site campus, smart energy management can be challenging.

Developing and expanding over time, many campuses are a combination of new, aging, and historic buildings added to this is the proliferation of varying HVAC and lighting systems, with a blend of modern, outdated, or non-existent BMS systems. For facility management teams, managing many disparate systems is time-consuming, operationally inefficient, and potentially costly in terms of energy consumption and equipment maintenance.



  • A wide selection of state-of-the-art BACnet (IP and MS/TP) field controllers for HVAC control of a building’s mechanical and electrical systems, including Elevators, Security (Card Access & CCTV), Parking Gate Systems, and more.
  • Access controls and energy monitoring anytime, anywhere via web-enabled smart devices.
  • Schedule building zones automatically through Microsoft® Outlook, Google® Calendar, or Apple® iCal. Simply book the room, and the zone is scheduled.
  • The entire ABB range benefits from UniPut™ I/O technology for flexible point configuration and flexibility in strategy changes which has the benefit of minimizing the cost of design changes even at late stages in commissioning.
  • Data logging and alarming features enable energy meter data recording for improved energy management control.

Ease of Integration

  • Open Protocol Solution supporting interoperability
  • BACnet/IP, BACnet MS/TP
  • Modbus TCP and Modbus RTU

ABB provides connected building control and energy management solutions to consulting engineers and building owners through our global network of Approved System Integrators.

When you combine ABB’s highly robust, reliable, and flexible CBLine product range with our SaaS energy management expertise, you get an advanced, top to bottom Energy Management Solution that really delivers on your energy-efficient commitments and goals.

With backward compatibility built into the design of our products, providing the ability to seamlessly upgrade systems over 10 years old, you can be confident that your investment in an ABB building energy management system is secure.


ABB smart building solutions provide flexible site control applications for small to large-scale building automation systems. Our highly flexible and easily extendable solutions also offer a consistent approach to the phased upgrade of legacy plants and new buildings.

  • ASPECT® Web-based Building Management Technology
  • INTEGRA™ Building Management System based on the Niagara Framework®



Highly flexible, and easily extendable, ABB BACnet also allows for straightforward expansion or upgrades to the BMS that may be required in years to come, future-proofing today’s BMS installations.

  • Simplified integration with many third-party, non-HVAC systems, including lighting and energy management. ABB’s open platform solutions make integration with 3rd party systems and legacy systems easy, bringing all your building energy management systems together.
  • Open protocol provides ease of upgrades and extension of building management systems.
  • ABB BMS integrates seamlessly across IT networks, between buildings, and between remote sites, making it ideal for university and college campus building energy management.
  • ABB BMS is flexible and scalable with integrated web support, building control, and management information are easily accessed and adjusted from standard web browsers.

Efficient Operations

If a lecture is canceled, who turns the lights off and adjusts the HVAC in a room? Are rooms fully occupied to the expected schedules? In the first instance, BMS should be scheduled in line with building occupancy and reviewed on a quarterly or semester basis to capture fluctuations in expected occupancy. The addition of occupancy sensors can ensure lighting is not left on unnecessarily and HVAC is not running needlessly in empty rooms.

Sensors enrich the efficacy of BMS and improve environmental factors | BMS connected sensors such as light, temperature, CO2, humidity, and occupancy data work together to provide a consistent and comfortable learning environment for students.

By integrating the ABB web-enabled building management system, the HVAC equipment can easily be adjusted according to weather conditions. Occupancy and setpoint values for classrooms, conference rooms, gymnasiums, etc., can be adjusted remotely with everyday software like Microsoft Outlook or with mobile devices by facility managers.

  • Operational efficiency: 24/7 web-enabled access to your BMS. View and modify information, including trends, setpoints, schedules, and more, from any web-enabled device anywhere, at any time.
  • Simplify the management of a building portfolio across a wide geographical area.
  • Reduce time spent on analysis across mixed platforms.
  • Customizable user interface.

View and modify information from any web-enabled device, including trends, setpoints, schedules, and more. Site dashboards are easily user-customizable, allowing equipment, schedules, trends, and more to be added as favorites for quick access.

Optimize Revenue

  • Reduce energy costs | Ensure your building systems are operational only when needed versus expectation.
  • Reduce operational costs | Resolve issues quickly with monitoring and control. Alerts in real-time enable building managers to
    monitor equipment performance, track anomalies of operation outside of setpoints and scheduling, and react to resolve any issues quickly, reducing downtime.

Energy Monitoring, Analysis, and Optimization

Reducing energy use and making real savings is impossible without good data on which to make management and investment decisions. Active Energy shows you how, where, and when you are consuming energy.

  • Active Energy issues alarms via email and push notification services when it detects anomalies in expected consumption, putting you in control.
  • Alarms can be viewed via the map-based interface, which is particularly useful for a quick overview of multiple buildings in multiple locations.
  • View actual normalized energy usage against patterns of expected consumption and identify the drivers of your energy consumption to produce information you can act on that will help deliver energy savings.
  • Active Energy allows you to compare meters, view data by time, calculate energy costs and carbon emissions, and more.
  • Access regression analysis, overspending, and consumption charts.
  • Multi-building energy performance benchmarking. Active Energy’s fully customized reporting feature allows you to generate instant or scheduled reports on energy consumption, costs, carbon emissions, performance versus targets, as well as tenant costs reports.


There are no limits to the number of information points or geographical locations that can be connected to the system, which makes it an ideal central energy monitoring and management tool for multisite and multi-building organizations.


The ABB solution provides ease of upgrades and the extension of BMS through the gradual replacement of older, outdated, and ineffective BMS systems delivering a more flexible, energy-efficient, and cost-effective solution.