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BACnet Certification on a Winning Course

Dortmund / Las Vegas, 03 March, 2011 - BACnet International and the BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) have agreed on a global BACnet conformance verification scheme for BACnet devices. At the AHR Expo in Las Vegas the boards of the American and European BACnet groups approved a plan that provides for the quickest possible implementation. The certification, which is based on the test plans of the BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL), meets the European requirements of certification procedures and product standards as well. Moreover, the integration with the European Construction Products Directive is ensured.


For manufacturers, the mutual recognition of testing results means more flexibility in selecting the testing labs. BIG-EU President Volker Röhl says: "In terms of form and content European certification meets our energy efficiency guidelines. Depending on the target market, the manufacturer will decide on which laboratory he will be addressing." Both laboratories, the American BTL and the European WSPLab are available.

Andy McMillan, President of BACnet International, sees a rapid convergence to a single, world-wide framework for BACnet device certification. He said, "A global certification framework will make it much easier for global suppliers to meet the requirements of differing regulations in all regions. It is a natural and useful addition to the global use of the BTL mark and the BTL product listing."

The outcome of a round-robin test in which participating laboratories demonstrate the reproducibility of testing results, is to be expected shortly. After this, there will be nothing hindering mutual recognition of testing results. The manufacturers are already preparing for it. Reportedly all testing capacity has been exhausted, so that considerations concerning further BACnet testing laboratories are already underway.
Press contact: MarDirect, Dortmund,
Bruno Kloubert, E-Mail: kloubert@mardirect.de, Phone +49 231 427867-31