It pays to go easy on the environment
Buildings are responsible for around 40% of the world’s power consumption. With Directive 2002/91/EC - Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, EPBD - the European Union is trying to improve the energy efficiency of properties.
Amongst the most important measures specified are the creation of an energy certificate for buildings (or energy ‘passport’) and the determination of minimum requirements for buildings.The components of the building automation and control systems (BACS) are evaluated with regard to their effect on the energy consumption of buildings with the new standard EN 15232 - “Energy Performance of Buildings - Effects of the Building Automation and the Building Management”.
In accordance with the new standard, building automation and control systems are divided into four different performance classes.
Applies to highly efficient BACS.
Designates BACS that have been developed further, with better functionality than standard systems.
Corresponds to the average BACS requirements currently in use.
Corresponds BACS that are not energy-efficient; buildings with such systems have to be modernized, new buildings must not be equipped with these systems.
This new standard also contains procedures for the calculation of energy performance by means of user profiles for various complex building types: Hotels, restaurants, offices, classrooms, auditoriums, retail centers and hospitals.
Combinations of these standard elements provide clear specifications of how to achieve a certain performance class.