Design Guidelines
Macquarie University Property

BMS Systems Controls


Each new facility on the Campus is to be provided with a Building Management Control System(BMCS), to monitor, integrate and control the following building services operations and functions:

  • Building security system,
  • Building alarm and occupant warning systems
  • Building wide and room access controls
  • Lighting to each room and space
  • Air conditioning to each room and space.

Commissioning of the various services is to include full services integration through the BMCS - refer to the Commissioning page for further information and template commissioning documents.

The following diagram shows the Building Management Control System (BMCS) Services interface.

Building Management Control System

Individual Space Controls

  • Each room or space will have varied services controls based on their use and function.
  • The following table sets out the BMS controls according for each of the typical rooms and spaces.
  • The exact details of for each room is to be clarified by the project control group on each specific project.

Heating, Cooling & Ventilation

  • Different rooms and areas within the building are provided with different forms of heating and cooling due to their different functions and use characteristics.
  • Refer to the Lighting and mechanical function matrix for details of the individual rooms.

Mechanical Ventilation

  • The majority of spaces will be air conditioned
  • Rooms such as toilets, cleaners room and the comms room are provided with exhaust systems to draw potential offensive fumes from the rooms and exhaust them to outside. These systems are programmed to operate when the rooms are occupied.
  • Refer to the Lighting and mechanical function matrix for details of the individual rooms.

Exhaust Air Systems

  • Tea areas and lunch rooms will be provided with a local exhaust, operated via a manual switch with a time delay to turning off.
  • Kitchens are to be provided with exhaust canopy located above dish washers, and cooking surfaces.
  • The Dish washer exhaust fans are to be turned on via a manual switch when the dish washer is in operation.
  • Cooking exhaust canopy fans are to be turned on via a manual switch when cooking.
  • If the exhaust fan is left on the Building Management System (BMS) is to turn of the exhaust system at the end of the day.

Air Conditioning Heating and Cooling

  • User control for the air conditioning units are to be located adjacent to the light switch in each room to enable the unit to be turned on or off.
  • Override switches, linked to Motion (PIR) sensors located in each of the rooms are to be included to detect the absence of occupants and turn the units off when the room is vacant for more than 20 minutes.
  • Some spaces will have a manual After hours override switch to allow the Air Conditioning to run for 2 hours once activated, outside of regular building hours.
  • Any individual room air conditioning units is to have a motion sensor mounted in each space served. To signal the BMS when no occupant activity is detected. At which time the BMS is to starts a five minute delay to FCU shut down. If another occupied signal is received in this time the time delay shall reset.

Exhaust Fans

All amenities areas are to be provided with exhaust to meet Australian Standards, that will:

  • operate during operational hours in summer and
  • during winter operate when movement within the area is detected and will continue to operate for a period of 5 minutes after the last movement is detected in the area.

Access WC are provided with exhaust fans that will:

  • Operate along with light within the room which will operate when movement within the area is detected and will continue to operate for a period of 10 minutes after the last movement is detected in the area.


  • As part of the fundamental ESD initiatives for the building the spaces within the building have been designed to maximise the amount of natural daylight that enters the rooms.
  • Some rooms are to be fitted with Motion Sensors (PIR sensors) that detect when there are occupants within the room as well as detecting the daylight levels within the rooms. Sensors linked to BMS so that if there is no one in the room or if there is sufficient daylight in the room the internal lights are turned off.

BMCS Specification Documents



For related ITP's, methodologies, and Test report templates, refer to the Commissioning page.