Distech Controls has recently completed equipping St Columba’s School with a smart and integrated building management system (BMS) to reduce energy costs, while providing a comfortable learning environment for pupils, teachers and staff.

Scotland-based system integrator, West Coast Controls, worked with Distech Controls to install the ECLYPSET Connected BACnet/IP series, a modular and scalable platform that works across the entire school campus. 

St Columba’s School is a coeducational independent day school for pupils ages 3-18, located in Kilmacolm near Glasgow, Scotland. Consistently ranked within the top independent schools in the country, St Columba School is recognised for its first-class education and academic excellence with an enrolment of 700 pupils. 

The school has recently completed the construction of a new building and West Coast Controls was tasked with renovating the heating system across the campus as well as ensuring the BMS was working at optimum capacity. The ECLYPSE platform installed by West Coast Controls created an integrated system that controls both the air source heat pumps and boiler plant to provide efficient heat generation. 

West Coast Controls installed six ECLYPSE Connected BACnet/IP controllers throughout the campus. The ECLYPSE consists of a control automation and connectivity server, power supplies, as well as I/O modules, which enables users to select the type and number of modules to meet their specifications. It is also embedded with ENVYSION, a web-based graphic design and visualisation interface, which provides a powerful user experience. The solution is a forward-thinking, connected building system designed to raise the experience of occupants – in this case, students and teaching staff.

At the school, West Coast Controls is monitoring the main electrical services to alert staff to outages that may cause the school issues. The ECLYPSE system with ENVYSION interface system is set up to send an email or contact through a mobile phone is an alarm is signalled and allows remote access for service and maintenance purposes.

“We are delighted with the completed project,” said Alasdair McGregor, facilities manager at St Columba’s School. “With the new BMS system in place, we can effectively monitor our energy usage and ensure the operation of the campus buildings is as efficient as possible.”