Upgrading a Distech Controls Building Automation System

Distech Controls logoA legacy Distech Building Automation System (BAS) may struggle to meet the stringent demands of today’s modern building. As it reaches the end of its useful life expectancy, your BAS can experience significant problems with energy efficiency or achieving the goals of your building.

An upgrade to a more open and modern BAS system will allow you to improve energy utilization and increase tenant comfort. You’ll also have centralized control over security, lighting, HVAC, and other systems. 

At Conexus, we specialize in upgrading legacy Distech Controls systems that will provide your building with a wealth of features and benefits while ensuring a future-proof BAS for many decades to come.

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Benefits of a Distech Controls BAS Upgrade

A Distech Controls BAS upgrade will provide you with many benefits, such as:

  • Connect with enterprise applications such as accounting, tenant billing, utility monitoring, and energy management
  • Ongoing security upgrades and software updates
  • Program, manage and monitor the entire BAS through an internet-connected web browser
  • Powerful front end analytics that enables you to uncover hidden insights
  • Ability to choose best-of-breed equipment that’s vendor-agnostic

Distech Controls Integration and Upgrade Options

A newer Distech Controls BAS system comes with a wide range of integration and upgrade options, such as:

EC-Net Building Management System (BMS)

The EC-Net BMS is a multi-protocol, web-based energy management, and building automation platform specifically designed for BAS systems. It offers a cost-effective way of controlling and monitoring the various needs of your building.

The open structure of EC-Net allows for the integration of Modbus™, LONWORKS®, BACnet®, and several other standards. EC-Net comes with a suite of powerful tools that will enable you to quickly react to any situation that could impact energy costs and business performance. 

You can incorporate a diverse range of building features, including:

  • Room sensors
  • HVAC
  • Lighting
  • Temperature sensors
  • Access control
  • CCTV
  • Energy management


Distech ENVYSION offers you the ability to expand the capability of your current EC-NetAX system. It’s hosted on EC-BOSAX Supervisor or EC-NetAX and provides you with a highly responsive web-based visualization interface. 

ENVYSION lets you quickly create powerful reports while providing intelligent insights for your BMS, energy management, and lighting systems.

Distech Eclypse 

Experience state-of-the-art IP connectivity through the ECLYPSE controller series from Distech. 

Modular and scalable, ECLYPSE uses BACnet/IP standards that allow you to control a wide range of HVAC functions. You can choose from wired IP, Wi-Fi, or a blend of both using a single controller. STP loop-free topology configuration and daisy-chain topology wiring through the two Ethernet ports help to improve redundancy and reliability.

How to Know When It’s Time to Upgrade

There are a few ways that you can tell when it’s finally time to upgrade your old BAS system:

Inability to Choose Optimal Equipment

Your legacy Distech system requires you to use Distech-brand equipment and controllers. This means that you currently cannot choose the optimal equipment that will allow you to meet the goals of your building. By upgrading to an open and modern BAS system, you can choose equipment from any manufacturer.

Security Concerns

Older BAS systems no longer receive security patches and updates, making them an easy target for hackers. Modern BAS systems offer a wealth of security features and regularly receive software upgrades that help protect from cyber-attacks.

Outdated Programming Language

The programming language that older Distech Controls BAS runs on is outdated and not as user friendly. Locating replacement parts can often be very time-consuming and challenging since they’re no longer manufactured.

Not Enough Memory

The lack of available memory can cause your entire BAS to slow to a crawl when running reports or attempting to dial in your system for improved energy efficiency. A newer BAS system comes with all the memory you need to optimize your building, run reports/analytics, and provide your tenants with improved comfort levels.

Legacy System Cannot Perform

Your building has most likely undergone significant changes and improvements over the decades. It’s extremely challenging to fine-tune your systems with a legacy BAS. If you’re noticing that your system cannot keep up with the needs and demands of your building, it’s time for an upgrade.

Let Conexus Help with Your Distech Controls BAS Upgrade

Conexus has decades of experience helping our clients upgrade their legacy Distech Controls BAS systems. We will work closely with you to create a customized solution that meets the needs of your building, occupants, and budget.

Increase energy efficiency, improve the comfort level of tenants, and experience the many features and benefits of upgrading your old Distech BAS system. Click below to learn more about the Conexus advantage.

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