Author: Phil Manning

We all know it’s a tough economic climate out there at present. If you are the person in charge of the day to day running costs of your building, I can only imagine the pressure you are under to reduce costs to make your annual budget stretch further.


A quick fix always seems to be reducing maintenance contracts or perhaps even phasing them out all together in favour of reactive maintenance only. My question here though is short term gain going to cause long term pain financially?


By having a BEMS support contract you are ensuring that you are looking after the system you have invested in. For example, would you buy a brand new car and never get it serviced in the hope that nothing major goes wrong? I know that I would not take that risk.


Another important factor of a BEMS maintenance contract is helping the customer to further save money on their energy bills, by fine tuning the system. Examples of this could be time settings, calendar changes, temperature set points or even outside temperature shifts on your calculated VT slopes. Now I can hear you all saying this is basic stuff, but when was the last time you checked your building energy management system settings?

Author: Phil Manning

Everyone is under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. Its not just about saving money, its about saving the environment too, which I wholeheartedly agree with.


I get involved in tendering a large amount of new build project work and I am beginning to notice on some projects your tender also gets scored on how local your company is to the job. Now I can understand this is linked to reducing the clients carbon footprint, but I also believe there is fundamental flaw here!


For example, our office is based in Wolverhampton, but there are employees like myself that are based from home. More importantly than this, all of our products, including our range of building energy management system controllers are actually designed, built, tested and dispatched from our UK office. This results in products with the lowest possible carbon footprint before being switched on compared to those manufactured in other parts of the world that will have left a carbon footprint as a result of being transported around the world before installation. In view of this surely the ‘product’ carbon foot print should be taken into account as well?

Author: Phil Manning

This is a predicament that a lot of building energy managers have at present due to the current financial climate. Do you find yourself stuck with an old building energy management system that nobody knows how to use, or perhaps its even broken? To have a new BEMS installation is most likely out of the question due to cost, but have you considered retro fitting?


You will most likely already have an existing BEMS control panel, with associated wiring and local field controls. Why not look at just replacing the old existing BEMS controller with a new one. This is something that Allen-Martin have specialised in offering their clients over the last 29 years. In most cases we would just remove the old BEMS controller from the panel, make the required panel modifications and then replace with a new Allen-Martin BEMS controller. The important point here is to remember that it does not matter what type of existing BEMS controller you have.


By retro fitting the initial capital expenditure is far less than having a complete brand new BEMS installation. If you are interested in a no obligation price, please feel to contact our office and talk to one of the team.

Author: Phil Manning

Having worked in the building management system (BMS) market for the last 14 years, you get to know your clients very well. More importantly, you get to understand your clients likes & dislikes in connection with building management system manufacturer’s or providers.


I would say the biggest “dislike” I have come across is clients having to pay for the cost of a dedicated PC with the associated proprietary software to be able view or make changes to their BMS. To compound this matter, there can also be additional software licensing costs to the client to have multiple PC’s or remote access to their system via the internet.


The great news here for Allen-Martin and their clients is that they don’t have to worry about this problem or the extra costs associated with it. The majority of new and existing buildings already have an Ethernet network within them. One of many benefits of our Eco Hub controller includes the ability to seamlessly integrate with the clients Ethernet network. That just leaves the question of how do you access your Allen-Martin building management system to view and make changes without proprietary BMS software? Well that’s the simple part, all you need is Internet Explorer and you can view the dynamic graphics and fully navigate around the system with just simple clicks of your mouse.