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subsystem

 [sub´sis-tem]
1. a smaller system within a larger one; it has a purpose of its own but also contributes to the overall purpose of the system to which it belongs.
2. in family systems theory, a triad, dyad, or other group of members who are linked by a special association.
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2 shows an example of three building subsystems, a lighting system, space-people system and a hydraulic heating system.
Re-directing the thinking to that of a "whole building" concept rather than separate, independently designed building subsystems
Operational activities in various building subsystems can be monitored to detect inefficient operating conditions, allowing for corrective action to be taken.
But he said that there was room for small member states with smaller contractors too, that it would be "absurd" for them to build combat aircraft where none already exist but that they "should aspire to building subsystems and components software put together by big contractors who would increasingly become systems integrators in the future".

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