Building Automation and Control systems (BACS) are electronic appliances that manage and control the operation of most technical building services. BACS can realise significant energy saving due to their interaction with other products. According to the preparatory study, the main energy savings are driven by the coordination of several controlled products with BACS. In the framework of Ecodesign lot 38, the European Commission commissioned a study in October 2017 to complement the on-going studies addressing the development of a smart readiness indicator for buildings and smart appliances under the Ecodesign Directive. While lot 33 looks at the smartness of the product, lot 38 focuses on the functionality. EHPA is among the consulted stakeholders.
Relevance of the topic for the heat-pump industry:
- The energy sector is moving fast towards smart grids, smart home and smart appliances, and it is important that the heat pump industry remains at the forefront of these changes and continue to innovate by including smartness in its technologies. Discussions on the requirements to be set for the manufacturing of building automation and control systems are currently going on. While the study focuses on the functionality of the product, there are many discussions around the concepts of interoperability, demand-response flexibility and self-consumption. These discussions will directly affect the heat pump industry. EHPA believes that the interoperability and demand-side flexibility functionality of products should be voluntary and not affect the energy label. Demand-side flexible appliances should be interoperable and subject to (non-burdensome) third party verification.
- Although for the moment there are a lot of uncertainties concerning the aim and scope of this study, the study will be linked in terms of information requirements to the ongoing study on the Smart Readiness Indicator for buildings under the EPBD and the Energy Performance Certificate. EHPA believes it is extremely important that the different studies should be complementary and fully consistent.