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BACnet
BACnet is a data communication protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. It is a standardised technology for building automation and supports a variety of specific physical network standards, which makes it ideal for use on all automation levels.
Baffle
The term baffle covers a flat board or plate, deflector vanes, guides, grids, gratings or similar devices constructed or placed in flowing water, wastewater or slurry systems.
Balance point
In any thermal heat exchange process, a mixture of two energy flows will result in a new stage or phase called the balance point. Here, a common temperature, humidity or enthalpy is reached.
Balancing
Balancing of heating and cooling systems is performed to ensure that the correct amount of water is present at all consumption points. Balancing is carried out by building balancing valves into the system, thereby adding adjustable resistance.
Balancing valve
During commissioning of heating and cooling systems, hydraulic balance is often achieved using balancing valves; static or dynamic
Biocide
Biocide is a chemical added to the make-up water for evaporative applications such as condensers and cooling towers.
Biofilm
Biofilm refers to a population of various micro-organisms trapped in a layer of slime and organic matter that attaches itself to the surfaces of pumps, pipes, walls etc.
BMS (Building Management System)
A BMS is an integrated data network and control system for automation, monitoring and control of HVAC, lighting and other functions in a building.
BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand)
The quantity of oxygen consumed by aerobic microorganisms during the decomposition of organic matter in a water sample is defined as the Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD).
Boiler
Consumers who live in areas with no district heating have to use their own boiler to produce central heating. A boiler installation has the following components: burner, nozzles, boiler casing, hot-water tank (integrated or separate) and a chimney.