Background

Basement Parking

Basement Parking

Large residential, office and commercial buildings typically all have basement parking, and some very large buildings can even have as many as five parking levels. Basement parking are interior spaces and cover very large areas, hence they need some artificial lighting and ventilation as well. Since they are public areas, their lighting and ventilation is almost always on and as a result consume large amounts of electricity. Being able to manage their energy consumption effectively and reduce wastage is thus a very important issue for any building manager.

Traditional Approach

Every circuit of every panel on each floor are all individually drawn out to the control room. This results not only in a copious and confusing amount of wires that are represented as a enormous wall of control switches which is difficult to use.

  • On this enormous control board, there are a hundred to two-hundred equipment buttons. How does one remember which controls what?
  • The amount of cars entering and leaving has busy and slow periods, but regardless of how many cars there are, all the lights are kept on, it is only in the late evening that the lights are turned off.
  • Parking basements use prodigious amounts of power for the lighting and the ventilation, but these still remain on even during slow periods which results in huge amounts of energy wasted.

Solution

touch panel with scheduled control linked to all the lighting and ventilation control panels

Parking Spot Switch

parking spot switch

Parking Spot Switch

The post near each parking spot would have a switch, which when activated would light up the adjacent parking spots, the lights would automatically turn off after a certain delay.

(When the driver perceives the lighting as being sufficient then they would not bother to turn on the lights.)

Driveway

All driveway lights are on during peak and half-peak period; during off-peak period the lights are alternately lit
Peak and Half-Peak Hours:

All driveway and basic lights are on.

Off-Peak Hours:

Only every alternate driveway light is lit to save on power.

Emergency Button

An emergency help button can also be connected to the LT3384, which will send the button press in real time to the administrative or security office.