The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) has stressed the need for product certification schemes to help make the emirate’s built environment more sustainable.
The QCC, the body responsible for developing a quality infrastructure in the UAE capital, has been taking part in a series of conferences and workshops in the region to create awareness of quality standards, reports Trade Arabia. At these events, the council outlines the certification process and requirements for each scheme.
One such scheme is the Exterior LED Luminaire Certification Scheme, which was launched by QCC in 2013. It covers the design, manufacture, installation and energy efficiency of streetlighting fixtures, roadway tunnel light fixtures, general column fixtures, bollards, in-ground (buried) fixtures, floodlights, sports application floodlights, bulkheads, underwater fixtures and hazardous area luminaires.
The workshops highlight how certification of products provides benefits to both the quality of the infrastructure and energy efficiency in the emirate, said the QCC. The product certification scheme ensures that fixtures meet the requirements of the Estidama sustainable building rating system. These include photometry, mechanical strength, safety and efficacy.
Developed in consultation with regulators and industry professionals, the scheme enables manufacturers and suppliers of exterior LED lighting fixtures to obtain certification of products that meet relevant quality, safety and performance standards in line with the requirements of the emirate.
The schemes articulate our priority to improve the overall understanding of the importance of quality in the industry, and the importance of using energy-efficient products in the emirate which will translate to significant savings in energy and maintenance costs"
Mohammed Helal Al Balooshi, the acting marketing and communications director at QCC, said: "The QCC offers a number of product certification schemes that define the requirements and guidelines stipulated by emirate regulators and are designed to create a solid reference for the suppliers of construction products.
"The schemes articulate our priority to improve the overall understanding of the importance of quality in the industry, and the importance of using energy-efficient products in the emirate which will translate to significant savings in energy and maintenance costs," said Al Balooshi.
"These schemes go a long way towards promoting innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing standards and setting specific quality goals for the industry," he added.
Products that achieve the QCC certification, through formal evaluation against the scheme criteria, are issued a certificate of conformity and are licensed to carry the Environmental Performance Trustmark issued by the QCC in product promotion.
QCC experts analyse the extent of compliance by certification applicants with the various requirements of the scheme and carry out market research and testing of exterior LED luminaires sold in Abu Dhabi. The results will feed into the next update to the certification scheme.