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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A digitalised, healthier and cheaper energy for European Buildings: are European Institution ready for the BACS revolution?

A digitalised, healthier and cheaper energy for European Buildings: are European Institution ready for the BACS revolution?

By 2050, over 2.5 billion people will move to cities (United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision). To accommodate urbanisation, our cities must become smarter and more efficient. How?  We look to buildings: the bedrock of cities worldwide. Buildings are where we spend most of our lives: working, shopping, relaxing, studying, and even getting well. In short, living.

It’s no wonder that buildings consume 33% of global energy today and 53% of the world’s electricity. What’s more, their electricity consumption will grow by 80% by 2040 (IEA, 4Degree Scenario). Therein lies incredible opportunity. For 82% of the economic potential of energy efficiency in buildings remains untapped (IEA, World Energy Outlook 2012, internal analysis). Not only we have the responsibility to curb energy demand by lowering consumption; we also have the technological advancements to do so.

Through Innovation and digitalisation at every level, we can help cities make their buildings smarter to improve occupant safety and comfort, while boosting operational efficiency and lowering energy use as well.

When we say “smart buildings,” we don’t mean overhauling and rebuilding. In developed economies, at least half of the buildings that will be in use in 2050 have already been built (United Nations Environment Programme, Buildings and Climate Change). In many of those buildings, older or outdated building systems are the number one cause of large-scale inefficiencies. To address these inefficiencies, retrofit solutions that update aging infrastructure to monitor, measure, and optimise energy consumption throughout the lifecycle of a building, regardless of age or existing systems, are key.

Modernizing buildings for the here and now is not enough, however. Buildings must stand the test of time, delivering efficiency today and tomorrow. Any retrofit step we take must also be future-fit. Smart buildings break down traditional energy management silos by integrating disparate systems without the need to perform a costly ‘rip and replace’ installation. Benefits of smart buildings can be applied to chains of buildings, multisite branches, or single buildings.

Using Building Automation Control and Systems we enhance ongoing value around safety, reliability, efficiency, and sustainability through a connected, dynamic building ecosystem – from sensors to services.

And for new builds, BACS ensures that building efficiency can stand the test of time.

In the light of the above, by 2030 we  must have have a smarter building stock!

 

Not only smarter, but also more comfortable, more efficient, more flexible, more connected, more collaborative and capable of integrating more renewable energies.

 

Buildings will be no more just consuming energy but they will turn into a flexible distributed power house (consuming efficiently and also generating, storing, supplying) in a 50% renewable decentralized electrical system.

Automation, IOT and big data are among the technology enablers of this transition (and the good news is that they are available with every day decreasing costs).

This demand transition from a passive consumer to an active power house is critical not only for new buildings but also for the existing building stock.  If we look at where we are today, we see that BACS are capital-light, fast payback (average 3 years) and large returns investments (benefits up to 9 times higher than the costs), able to boost jobs and growth (ECI estimated that an improved policy framework for BACS would create between 200,000 and 300,000 direct jobs and 3.7 million indirect jobs by 2030).

Nevertheless, there are some market and regulatory failures hampering the achievement of these benefits, such as split incentives between building owners and tenants, lack of awareness and insufficient regulatory framework.

It is therefore necessary, for larger buildings, to set minimum requirements for BACS.

BACS were already at the center of attention during the 2010 EPBD review, but at that time the European institutions chose a gradual approach, postponing the ambition to the 2018 review.

We cannot afford to lose ten more years: industry, citizen and enterprises are ready for a greener, healthier and cheaper future, it is now up to European institutions to make their move and make it real!

 

Pascal Pellerin, Director Industry & Government Affairs Strategy Schneider Electric and Vice-Chair of the eu.bac Advocacy Panel

 

 

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