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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What can BAC do for the Energy Union? What can policy do to leverage the benefits of BAC?

What can BAC do for the Energy Union? What can policy do to leverage the benefits of BAC?

The EU is building an Energy Union for a new energy system, and “energy efficiency first” is one Leitmotiv for all the good reasons. The current review of EU efficiency legislation needs to bring it to the ground, even if current headlines belong to Brexit, Syria, refugees.

In my view the review should think systems and link dots. Then it will contribute to finding answers for some tough challenges for the Energy Union: i) affordable and healthy housing for all, ii) integration of buildings into the wider energy system, iii) de-risking energy efficiency investments. The common denominator: using the full potential of BAC to get well-functioning systems in buildings and beyond is sine-qua-non for success.

How do we get there in practice? I think one key is to be clear what concrete products, functionalities and services are contained in the terms “BAC” and “smart buildings”. Perhaps BAC was a bit lost in the translation of technology into politics… So what can BAC do for the Energy Union? And what can policy do to leverage the benefits of BAC?

First, for me BAC stands for controls that empower citizens to control energy expenses. This is the first step for renovating buildings in the longer term towards near zero energy buildings. As an example for the heating systems, hundreds of millions of radiators equipped with purely manual controls, squandering energy and money, are a striking example that we have huge opportunities to reduce our energy bills and energy imports. New legislation should support that every radiator gets its thermostat now, saving billions of Euros and helping 50 Mio EU citizens threatened by energy poverty.

Second, for me BAC stands for management systems that monitor and optimize energy performance and comfort & productivity in real time, and link buildings into the wider energy system. They close the gap between expected and actual energy consumption, and maintain performance over time – a crucial factor for de-risking investments into energy efficiency. New legislation should recognize the benefits – energy savings, volatile renewable electricity integration to mention just two – and support technology progress to give the market regulatory certainty.

The Commission will present proposals for new efficiency legislation soon, and European Parliament and Council will then take a decision. The result will be decisive for the energy transition in buildings. I am looking forward to a constructive and lively cooperation across eu.bac in support of a successful outcome!

Stephan Kolb, EPBD leader, eu.bac`s Advocacy Panel

Head of Industry Affairs, Danfoss A/S, EU liaison office

stephan.kolb@danfoss.com

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