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European industry groups have announced the introduction of the COPILOT Certificate claiming its the world's first building and facility certificate.

COPILOT certifies building commissioning based on dedicated protocols and has been developed by experts from a dozen countries.

Details of the building performance standard were outlined in a joint statement issued by Eurovent, the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations (REHVA) and building automation specialist, synavision.

The statement said the COPILOT Certificate has set a new European standard for the construction industry.

“Builders can use the certificate to ensure that their buildings undergo effective quality management,” the statement said.

“In collaboration with accredited Commissioning Managers, COPILOT verifies that the design-construction-operation cycle complies with client objectives and best practice.”

COPILOT president, Erick Melquiond, said building owners are struggling with complex technical systems in their buildings.

“Thanks to the COPILOT certification, they can now confidently rely on the performance of their buildings,” he said.

COPILOT also certifies technical monitoring based on Germany’s AMEV 135 standard.

The technical basis of the certification is the “digital test bench” software of synavision GmbH.

Managing director of synavision, Dr Stefan Plesser, said that in future the certification of buildings must be created digitally to cope with a multitude of facilities.

"That's why we're proud to be part of this ambitious quality management alliance. Digital audit services such as technical monitoring, commissioning management and due diligence pave the way for new level of building quality,” Plesser said.

REHVA president, Frank Hovorka, stressed the importance of “in operation” certification as a new basis for assessing building investment:

"Investors are looking for reliable sustainable construction projects. With our new data-based building certification system, we enable investors to significantly improve risk management for their buildings,” he said.

Information on the new certification can be found at www.copilot-building.com or by emailing contact@copilot-building.com.

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