When is a product more than a product, when it is part of a system!

A systematic approach to Ecodesign

Brussels, (PresseBox) - At the eu.bac side event on 19/02/2014, which Marie Donnelly, Director Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, European Commission, DG Energy opened, participants heard research demonstrating that 50% of the energy consumed in buildings is wasted, yet 74% of building automation control systems are incorrectly set up and that 25% of energy in buildings can be saved just by engaging consumers and occupants.

eu.bac, the European Building Automation and Controls Association, organised a side event on the 19/02/2014 at the Charlemagne Building (Brussels) in the context of the Conference on Product Policy - International Trends in Ecodesign & Energy labelling (20-21/02/2014) *1 which was well attended. The association also presented details of their eu.bac system labelling scheme which allows operators of buildings to ensure that their building automation control systems continue to operate efficiently and to identify areas for continuing improvement. This voluntary labelling scheme demonstrates that even complex systems can be suitably assessed, and was used as an example of how small improvements to the existing regulatory framework could drive significant gains in building energy efficiency without the need for new legislation.

Speaking on behalf of eu.bac, Colin Timmins, highlighted that complex systems can lead to wasted energy. With the purpose of ensuring that energy is not wasted, eu.bac has developed the eu.bac system labelling scheme, “a methodology that supports you in design, commissioning and operation of an energy efficient building automation system and continues to offer added value throughout the different phases of the life cycle” according to Colin Timmins.

Paul Waide (Waide Strategic Efficiency) showed that savings of 3.4 Giga tonnes of CO2 could be saved by 2030 if building automation and controls were optimised, results from a recent study entitled “Building Automation: the scope for energy and CO2 savings in the EU” prepared for the European Copper Institute *2.

Jean-Jacques Marchais (Schneider Electric) set out the real importance of controls and of active energy efficiency in an innovative collaborative project entitled HOMES.

A lively panel discussion followed, with views from Emmanuelle Cause (International Union of Property Owners) and Arianna Vitali Roscini (WWF European Policy Office).

“The contribution of building automation and controls cannot be ignored any more. Their greatest strength is the integration of diverse systems in a building. However, this need to be addressed in a proper way using existing European legislation. The only sensible way forward is using a systematic approach within the framework of the Ecodesign Directive.” said Matthew Gordon (Moderator of the side event and Chair eu.bac Advocacy Panel). “Any energy consumed when it is not needed is wasted. Considering that almost half of Europe’s energy is consumed in buildings, this cannot be allowed to continue.”.

All the documents and presentations can downloaded from the eu.bac website, http://www.eubac.org

*1 http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/events/2014_conference_ecodesign_energy_labelling_en.htm
*2 http://system.eubac.org/
*3 http://www.leonardo-energy.org/white-paper/building-automation-scope-energy-and-co2-savings-eu
*4 http://www.homesprogramme.com/

eu.bac European Building Automation and Controls Association

eu.bac is the European Building Automation and Controls Association.

We represent 26 European manufacturers of products for home and building automation. This corresponds to an annual market of approximately €4.4 billion.

With this economic potential, we are Europe’s largest platform dedicated to energy efficiency in buildings.

For a full and updated overview of our membership, please see www.eubac.org

eu.bac, has developed its own robust certification scheme, eu.bac CERT, which assures that technologies (products and systems) in the area of building automation and controls are in conformity with European Directives and with European Standards. The eu.bac CERT mark is the symbol that represents energy efficiency, quality and reliability.

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