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Article Date: 4th December 2018

Trend Control Systems - Health & Safety

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Trend Control Systems - Health & Safety

On 5th July 2018 the National Health Service (NHS) turned 70 years old and Trend is proud that its BEMS technology is used extensively within the healthcare sector.

As one of the UK’s most loved and respected institutions, the NHS plays an important role in all our lives. However, a combination of tighter budgets, environmental legislation and greater financial accountability means that healthcare estate managers are under growing pressure to save energy, while ensuring that patients, staff and visitors enjoy optimum comfort conditions.

BEMS have been recognised by The NHS Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) as a way to achieve an energy efficient healthcare service.

“Within hospitals and healthcare estates BEMS are now being used in new and innovative ways, such as controlling water supply, storage, and distribution systems,” comments Bob Blincowe, Healthcare Strategic Account Manager at Trend. “Large and often complex water supply systems are potential breeding grounds for waterborne pathogens such as Legionnaires’ disease. Preventative action is therefore vital and cutting edge monitoring and management software like IQ®VISION is key in order for the BEMS to provide essential data about the water quality.”

IQ®VISION can monitor and inform about a range of conditions relating to the status of a water system, and alert designated personnel if quality conditions fall outside predefined levels. By monitoring systems such as metering, tank level and temperature, backflow prevention valves, filters and pumps, a BEMS provides a clearer picture of what’s going on.

A BEMS can also ensure a high standard of water management and help avoid unnecessary costs associated with undiscovered leaks or dumping of water that is unfit for human consumption. Poor quality water can be transferred by a BEMS into a ‘recovered’ tank and used for toilet flushing and laundry, for example, rather than simply being dumped into a drain. This also prevents having to pay twice for water that is thrown away, as users could be charged for both fresh water supply and then again for it to be removed as ‘sewage’.

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