RAF saves energy

Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS) is helping the Royal Air Force’s leading fighter station to strengthen control across its site-wide building automation system to generate additional energy savings. Improvements are the result of installing a Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI) front end supervisor.
RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire plays a major role in the defence of the United Kingdom and is a vast complex that calls for a comprehensive building management solution. The station consists of a large airfield and hundreds of buildings including offices, a fire station, air traffic control, hangars, flight simulators, housing blocks and parachute drying facilities. The building control devices and systems across the facility, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), are monitored and controlled via a site-wide network.

“Honeywell Building Solutions has provided us with a front end that enables us to get the most out of our building control systems,” says Station Energy Manager, Chris Hill. “Because of the nature of an RAF base, the buildings on the site are widespread and disparate. The EBI means we maintain high levels of monitoring and high degrees of control across all of our facilities and can make the entire building automation system work smarter and harder.”

EBI’s easy- to-use, web-based interface provides Coningsby with integrated, cost-effective control over key areas including heating, cooling, ventilation and energy management. Simple access to accurate, up-to-the-minute management information means energy saving opportunities are easy to identify and to exploit.

The alarm management function spotlights minor issues before they become major problems, thereby saving time and cost. The EBI is also used to plan preventive maintenance programmes across the system, ensuring uptime is maximised.

RAF Coningsby is home to the most diverse collection of flying aircraft in the RAF. It accommodates several Squadrons flying Typhoons, Tornados and Harriers and also houses the Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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