This study was conducted as part of a framework contract to prepare for the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) in relation to Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS). It was commissioned by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy and aimed to analyze the technical, economic, environmental, market, and societal aspects of BACS.

The purpose of the study is to gather evidence and explore policy options for BACS within the framework of better regulation. The study also aimes to identify any overlaps with ongoing preparatory studies and regulations. An initial scoping study confirmed that BACS has significant potential to reduce building energy consumption and recommended a function-oriented approach focusing on the management of the Technical Building System (TBS).

The study suggests that the standard EN 15232 could serve as a starting point for defining BACS functions. These functions encompass various hardware, including single or bundled functions with TBS or standalone units. The study concluds that implementing Ecodesign product regulations could be crucial in ensuring that product information facilitates the specification of optimal BACS solutions.

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