Home Controls and Building automation products with the eu.bac Certification mark and eu.bac Energy Efficiency Label demonstrate proven Quality and Energy Efficiency according to European Standards and Directives.

Please follow the links below to CLMS, the Certification and Labelling Management System of eu.bac Cert - the European Certification and Labelling System for Energy Efficiency in the range of Home Controls and Building Automation, and Services.

The CLMS website provides for interested parties the following features:

1) An Introduction to the function of CLMS and to the eu.bac Certification scheme
2) A List of eu.bac approved products
3) Specific pages to apply for Information, Certification, Labelling & Testing
   

Introduction

The function of CLMS is to serve as an online-aided platform within the eu.bac certification and labelling system to publish the Database of Products with the eu.bacCert Mark and the eu.bac Energy Efficiency Label to handle the certification and labelling procedure for products and systems relating to home controls and building automation from the ordering of and through to the granting of the certification/label.

The registered client can use following functions at the CLMS website:

  1. Apply for testing and eu.bac Certification and Label
  2. Private pages to provide a central point to monitor and progress work assigned
    to eu.bac registered Certification Bodies (ECB's) and laboratories
  3. Testing arrangement directly with the laboratory
  4. Apply for eu.bac Licence by existing test report

eu.bac Certification and Label - The European Certification and Energy Efficiency Labelling System for Energy Efficiency in the range of Home and Building Automation and Services.

Various EU-Directives and National Regulations regarding energy saving and energy performance of buildings require proof of energy efficiency.

These requirements and rising energy costs are encouraging owners and occupiers of buildings to reduce their energy consumption. The cost for energy will be a critical factor in property rental in the future.

In response to these requirements, eu.bac – the European Building Automation and Controls Association - set up the European Certification Scheme for Building Automation and an European Energy Efficiency Label for Home Controls and Building Automation Products and Systems.

Home Controls and Building Automation products and systems have a significant influence on the overall energy efficiency of buildings and therefore the energy efficiency labelling scheme has been devised to help consumer regarding information and guidance in making an informed purchasing decision for selection of energy efficient products and systems based on a strong accredited third party Certification System.

The eu.bac Certification Mark and Label assures users the conformity of products and systems defined in European Directives and European Standards. The registered eu.bac Cert Mark is a symbol that expresses Energy Efficiency and Quality. eu.bac Cert Mark is the European Quality Label for products and systems in the area Building Automation and Controls.

The Certification Procedure requires periodic tests and factory inspection by third parties and an accredited Certification Body.

The Energy Efficiency Label requires as minimum periodic tests by an authorised Test Houses and a Quality Management System of the Manufacturer.

To achieve this, eu.bac cooperates with the leading European Certification Bodies Intertek Certification Services (UK), Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment - CSTB (F) and WSPCert (D). The eu.bac empowered Certification Bodies operates in accordance with EN 45011 and they are accredited by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

eu.bac authorised Test Laboratories are BSRIA (UK), C.S.T.B Lab (F) and WSPLab (D).

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EP Plenary approve ambitious EPBD, driving digitalization, delivering huge savings and improving health by BACS

EP Plenary approve ambitious EPBD, driving digitalization, delivering huge savings and improving health by BACS

On Tuesday 17 April the European Parliament’s Plenary, with an outstanding majority, voted in favour of the Bendtsen Report on the new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). This vote follows the agreement reached between the institutions in December and the endorsement of the EU ambassadors on 31st January.

eu.bac, representing the European Building Automation and Control Industry, welcomes the vote and congratulates the Rapporteur, Mr. Bendt Bendtsen, and his shadow rapporteur colleagues for their work.

The vote represents a major milestone in the road to decarbonize Europe, delivering health and comfort to occupants, empowering them to achieve huge savings and, at the same time, strongly supporting digitalization at European level.

The new Directive envisages several new key elements, such as:

  • Roll-out, by 2025, of building automation and control functionalities in large non-residential buildings that ensure optimized energy consumption and indoor comfort in real-time, year after year, saving up to 20.3 % of all EU service sector building energy consumption[1], with returns 9 times higher than investments[2];
  • Incentives to building automation and control functionalities as the most cost-effective approach for maintaining performance of heating and air-conditioning systems in residential buildings, with returns 9 times higher than investments[3] and annual energy savings up to 23.4% of residential building energy consumption (optimal scenario)[4];
  • Roll-out of individual room temperature control functionality, putting people in control of their energy bills and indoor comfort, and delivering annual energy savings of up to 160 TWh, 29 Mt CO2, with returns 7 times higher than investments[5];
  • Increased focus on performance improvements under typical, dynamically varying building operating conditions, to ensure that intended savings are achieved in practice.
  • The mandate to adopt delegating and implementing acts establishing an optional common Union scheme for rating the smart readiness of buildings through a smart readiness indicator and detailing the technical modalities for the effective implementation.

Following a formal approval by the Council expected in May, the Directive will be published in the Official Journal of the EU and it will enter into force twenty days later, with a transposition period of 20 months.

The European Institutions demonstrated political courage and vision, it is now up to the Member States in the coming months to translate these words into actions, integrating the current text with ambitious measures, fully implementing the Directive in the best interests of people and businesses alike.

The European Building Automation and Controls industry is fully committed in providing its technical expertise in implementing the Directive and will soon publish its Guidelines on the text, providing Member States and Stakeholders with concrete, detailed suggestions on how to ensure a smooth and effective transposition and implementation.



[1] Waide Strategic Efficiency Limited, The scope for energy and CO2 savings in the EU through the use of building automation technology

[2] European Copper Institute, Leonardo Energy paper on Building Automation

[3] European Copper Institute, Leonardo Energy paper on Building Automation

[4] Waide Strategic Efficiency Limited, The scope for energy and CO2 savings in the EU through the use of building automation technology

[5] eu.bac white paper on Room Temperature Controls

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