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eu.bac at ISH – The Leading Trade Fair for Building Automation and Controls

Dr. Peter Hug, eu.bac Managing Director

“Comfort meets Technology” is the motto of the next ISH – and so it is for the members of eu.bac as comfort via technology is the main topic of the building automation and controls industry besides energy efficiency. “ISH stands for future-oriented topics such as resource conservation and the use of renewable energies as well as demographic change, and the associated changing conditions in the fields of water and energy”, says Wolfgang Marzin, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt. At the same time, ISH is the leading trade fair for energy efficient heating technologies combined with renewable energies and environmentally-friendly air-conditioning, cooling and ventilation technology as well as building automation and controls.

eu.bac will be present at ISH in hall 10.3, booth A20 on a common stand with VDMA. eu.bac System – eubac’s tool to evaluate the efficiency of building automation systems based on EN 15232 – will be presented at the “Gebaeude Forum*” in Hall 10.3.

ISH presents technologies and ways in which Europe can decrease its dependence on external energy supplies through the use of energy-efficient products and solutions combined with renewable energies. Thus, the great horizontal and vertical range of products on show at ISH covers all aspects of future-oriented building solutions. The exhibitors present a complete range of market-ready products and technology, which is unrivalled in terms of variety.

ISH 2015 will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 10th-14th March. Messe Frankfurt expects around 2,400 exhibitors from all around the world who will present their latest products and innovations on some 260,000 square meters of exhibition space.

ISH Energy - the section with building-services and energy, technology, renewable energies and cooling, air-conditioning and ventilation as well as building automation and controls technology is located in the western part of the Exhibition Centre, in Halls 8, 9, 10, 11 and the Galleria. There visitors will find the entire range of innovative building-system technology revolving around the top motto, ’Energy-efficiency plus’, in other words, subjects such as the new energy paradigm in the heating market, the building of the future, holistic sustainability and different technological trends. Also to be seen are concepts and solutions for modernization and new construction work, as well as for dwellings and non-residential premises.


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Seize the opportunity NOW: minimum requirements for Building Automation and Controls, a game-changer in building energy savings

Seize the opportunity NOW: minimum requirements for Building Automation and Controls, a game-changer in building energy savings

Cities are growing at an unpresented rate today; by 2030, around 60% of the global population will live in cities. At the same time, urbanisation and climate change threaten to be a dangerous mixture, putting new pressure on already vulnerable infrastructure and disrupting basic urban life styles. Buildings are a key element of the cities’ infrastructure and can play a crucial role in helping citizens and businesses improve their resilience to climate change and improve the energy security, fight energy poverty.

The European Union has a great opportunity ahead of her with the review of the EPBD: accelerate the rate of renovation of the European building stock, by introducing more optimization and performance-based energy management practices, provided by Building Automation and Control systems and data analytics.

The built environment in cities is in the middle of a profound transformation. At the core of this transformation is the concept of Smart Building, which essentially refers to advanced building automation, data analytics and cloud-based software tools. A building is no longer a building, but rather a network of information which could be better used to achieve greater energy efficiency. Security, HVAC, fire detection systems etc – they all have now the capacity to connect devices, optimize data and track energy usage. It is no longer enough to install energy efficiency technologies, without a way to control, connect and make them interact to achieve significant long-term energy savings. Intelligent buildings utilize sensors, controls and analytics to improve energy efficiency, lower operating costs, and improve asset reliability. For example, research demonstrates that Building Controls are key to reduce energy consumption in existing commercial and industry facilities. A study conducted by the European Commission on energy saving potentials in the industry sector highlights the importance of an Integrated control system. According to this study, this measure is classified as “projected sector energy saving opportunities with highest technical potential” (with <2 year simple payback).[1]


A Smart Building gives to the consumer an unprecedented insight into the building’s performance, by making extensive use of available information about the operation of the building and its environment, including computerised optimisation of its systems during the hours of occupation. The performance of the building is controlled and monitored in a way that is easy, informative and empowering to the owner or occupant so that the right decision on the long-term operation and performance of the building can be taken on the basis of real time data. Moreover, consumption patterns can be collected and used for the management of the building and future renovation strategies. However, in collecting the data, attention should be paid to the rights to privacy of building owners and occupants.


In the case of EPBD, setting minimum requirements for Building Automation and Controls Systems (art 8) would significantly increase the energy savings. Regarding nZEBs and on site production of energy from renewable sources, Building Controls can play a key role in balancing local production, grid and storage. Moreover, the introduction of a definition for Building Automation and Controls Systems is also needed in order to raise awareness on their use and potential. The combination of equipment and controls is crucial to close the gap between designed and actual energy performance of buildings. In many cases, equipment can be perfect, but if the Building Automation and Controls System doesn’t exist to activate devices and adapt them to the needs of the building, the energy efficiency potential decreases and improvements cannot be identified.


In conclusion, Building Controls and Data Analytics have tremendous potential in delivering performance-based energy efficiency improvements and creating more resilient, flexible infrastructure within cities; but ambitious legislation is very much needed. The lack of transparency in building data has been a key barrier to wider adoption of energy efficiency in the built environment for too long. Now it’s the moment to correct this and set minimum requirements for Building Automation and Controls Systems functionalities in large buildings, by 2023. If we don’t do it now, the next review will be too late – from a climate change and market perspective. 


Anda Ghiran, Global Energy & Sustainability Policy Manager at Johnson Controls and Member of the eu.bac Advocacy Panel

[1] European Commission. Study on energy efficiency and energy saving potential in industry and on possible policy mechanisms, Brussels: 2015. Can be downloaded at: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/151201%20DG%20ENER%20Industrial%20EE%20stu dy%20-%20final%20report_clean_stc.pdf  




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