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Controls association publishes EU recommendations

eu.bac, the European Building Automation and Controls Association, has published five points aimed at improving energy efficiency while monitoring costs.

According to Frédéric Melchior, eu.bac director of governmental relations: “Around 20 per cent of the energy consumed by Europe’s buildings is wasted, mainly due to inefficient maintenance, a lack of basic energy efficiency measures and poor energy efficiency behaviour by occupants.

“This waste represents a cost of approximately €270 billion (£222bn) every year, a figure that is set to increase by 53 per cent by 2030 if no action is taken to curb it.”

The five points are:

1. A longer-term roadmap encompassing the renovation of public, non-residential and residential buildings

2. A harmonised set of policies to make buildings smart-grid ready, as to engage final customers as ‘active users’ and to optimise the energy savings, you need to ensure a real focus on demand. Smart meters only become smart if linked to building automation and controls.

3. A clearer definition of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) and of Energy Service Company (ESCO) and strong measures to promote their use, because precise definitions are needed for key terms to ensure consistency and confidence in the EPC model.

4. A stronger recognition of the need to combine energy audits and energy management systems, as European and international norms already exist for energy management systems, enterprises should thus be free to use these, as preferred. Flexibility is key and will encourage uptake.

5. A whole life-cycle analysis when public bodies purchase products, systems, services and buildings, because a focus on the whole life-cycle of investments will encourage the uptake of energy-efficient solutions that in the medium or longer term also pay off financially.