On Wednesday 15 March, eu.bac and REHVA launched the “Introduction to Building Automation, Controls and Technical Building Management” guidebook. The well attended event was held in Frankfurt in ISH 2017’s Building Forum.
After the introductory speeches of Peter Hug (Managing Director of eu.bac), Anita Derjanecz (Managing Director of REHVA) and Jarek Kurnitski (Vice-President of REHVA, Chair of REHVA Technology and Research Committee and co-author), the guidebook’s editor, Andrei Litiu (former staff member of REHVA and eu.bac respectively) opened his presentation with the following statement “Operational energy performance and occupant demanded indoor environment quality is wishful thinking for the majority of EU's buildings. This is so, even though the facilitating and enabling technology is already on the market i.e. building automation, controls and technical building management. Among other causes it seems there is a lack of awareness and knowledge in the building construction sector's supply chain. REHVA guidebook 22 in cooperation with eu.bac aims at mitigating this situation by offering an introduction one-stop guide about building automation, controls and technical building management framing the technology's 'why, how and what' relevant for all stakeholders involved in designing, constructing/installing, commissioning and operating buildings and their services. Andrei then walked the participants through the guidebook’s content and highlighted the key aspects that make it a precious tool for both beginners and expert engineers who would like to have a good grasp of a technology that is increasingly in the spotlight.
The guidebook aims to provide an overview on the different aspects of building automation, controls and technical building management and steer the direction to further in depth information on specific issues, thus increasing the readers' awareness and knowledge on this essential piece of the construction sector puzzle. It avoids reinventing the wheel and rather focuses on collecting and complementing existing resources on this topic in the attempt of offering a one-stop guide. The readers will benefit of several compiled lists of standards and other relevant publications and as well a thorough terminology specific for building automation, controls and technical building management.
Among other aspects it captures the existing European product certification and system auditing schemes, the integrated system approach, EU's energy policy framework related to buildings, indoor environment quality, smart buildings and behaviour change related to energy use.
Although the guide can be very useful for several stakeholders (e.g. industry, designers, specifiers, system integrators, installers, building commissioners, facility managers, energy inspectors, energy auditors, students), being an introduction framework to the topic, it is most useful for those interested in fully grasping the 'why, how and what' of building automation, controls and technical building management.
The guidebook can be ordered now in REHVA’s e-shop (http://www.rehva.eu/publications-and-resources/eshop.html) as ‘PDF’ or ‘Hard copy’.