In commercial buildings, many things unnecessarily consume energy. From lifts to heating, ventilation, and lighting, and these are just a few examples of things that consume high levels of energy. There are also many cost-reduction and energy-saving alternatives that can be implemented instead. For example, installing large windows and introducing glass solutions around the office can enable more light, therefore eliminating the need for lights during the day and ultimately reducing energy consumption and cost.
Access control is another area that has been identified as having the potential to deliver significant energy and cost reductions. Therefore, the type of access control systems you choose to use can either help you save energy and put money back in your pocket, or it can contribute towards the high-energy costs.
Simple access control changes such as substituting magnetic door locks for electric strikes or introducing a wireless access control systems can significantly produce visible energy-saving results.
Electric Strike and Magnetic Locks
Overhead door magnet locks have traditionally been the go-to devices for access control points in commercial buildings, as their upfront cost is lower than alternative products. In instances where a carbon footprint and energy costs need to be reduced; electric strikes are rapidly becoming the preferred solution for many companies.
By selecting electric strikes, you can be sure you are choosing a system that not only allows for swift and easy access, as well as high security but also reduces the energy consumption and carbon footprint of a building at the same time.
Magnetic locks are described to be less energy efficient compared to electric strikes as they draw a lot more power to allow the magnets to keep the door locked. This current then breaks with the use of a request-to-exit button, cutting the lock’s magnetic hold and allowing the door to be opened. Whereas as motorised or solenoid electric locks use a lot less power – therefore saving energy as doors are closed for the majority of the time.
As a general rule, 13 door magnets use the equivalent energy of a kettle being run for an entire day, while electric strikes use 10 to 20 percent of the energy in the same period. Making electric strikes substantially more energy-efficient and reducing costs.
Apart from energy-saving and cost reduction, electric strikes maintain security even in an emergency where fast evacuation is required, without compromising the security of the building nor stalling the evacuation process.
Fail-Safe VS Fail Secure.
A Fail-Safe Electric strike is designed to dis-engage during an emergency. The Fail-Safe function also allows the door in this situation to be pushed open from the internal side to allow people to escape with ease but also allows people to enter the building from the external side.
With a fail-secure electric strike which is designed to remain locked even during an emergency. In order to facilitate easy exit panic bars can be installed, theseact as a mechanical override, allowing your door to open to let people out but still maintaining the security as the door will only open from the internal side. Meaning access remains controlled as unauthorised will not be able to enter the building.
With energy efficiency in mind, ASSA ABLOY has developed a range of low-energy electric strikes, which have been designed to use significantly less energy than magnetic door locks. These strikes boast an annual energy consumption of 0.6 kilowatt hours in comparison to a door magnet that uses 32.5 kilowatt hours per year.
Wireless Access Control
Wireless access control solutions are also one way to save energy consumption and cost. With a wireless access control system, like Aperio (link) you can save energy and reduce costs. An Aperio lock only uses power when someone requests access by means of tagging his or her RFID card whereas traditional access control solutions stay running at all times.
ASSA ABLOY also offers a wide range of wireless access control solutions such as Aperio and SMARTair.
Also read: All you need to know about wired and wireless access control solutions
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