Collaborative partnership will set new efficiency standards

estThe British Board of Agrément (BBA) and the Energy Saving Trust (EST) have joined forces to offer a new wide-range of verification, testing, endorsement and consultancy services for companies – including those in the glazing industry – striving to get their energy efficient products an independent stamp of approval.
 
The partnership aims to ensure that consumers are ‘rewarded’ when investing in energy efficient products, because the claims made by manufacturers will be independently assessed and verified. 
 
Since EST was founded in 1992, it has developed an extensive database of information on energy using and energy related products, measuring their performance in the laboratory and in-situ and setting best practice performance standards in line with national, European and International regulations. EST’s product certification experience spans across large and small domestic appliances, consumer electronics, information technology, lighting, heating, insulation and glazing.
 
For nearly 50 years the BBA has provided rigorous testing, inspection and certification services to support manufacturers and installers achieve excellence and also to provide what is described as ‘joined-up reassurance’ throughout the industry..
 
Claire Curtis-Thomas, chief executive of BBA, said: “The partnership with EST represents a wonderful opportunity for BBA to expand the scope of our services and the markets we serve. Over the years, EST has developed considerable resources and unparalleled expertise in advising on energy related issues. Together with the BBA’s technical approval testing and inspection expertise, clients will benefit from more consistent and comprehensive services. We’re thrilled to partner with EST.”
 
Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said: “This partnership is a great opportunity to expand our reach among new corporate and consumer audiences. We are seeking to establish consistent product compliance across all aspects of energy efficiency and this new collaboration will bring us further toward that goal.

,”Helping people save energy and reduce fuel bills is obviously a big task and one that we won’t solve alone. Therefore we form partnerships with other organisations, both in the UK and internationally.”