International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

Smart Cities


Sustainable, smart buildings

regional concerns

Buildings make up 40% of global energy demand. They use electricity and include electronics in nearly everything. IEC International Standards support the large majority of them.

For example: ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), escalators and elevators, thermostats, timers, heat pumps, solar panels or wind turbines, energy storage systems, household or office appliances, audio, video and related equipment, displays, electric and electronic hardware and installations, access control (biometrics, x-ray, luggage and tag scanners), alarm systems, surveillance feeds (CCTV cameras), etc.
The IEC also supports the millions of sensors that provide feedback, transmit orders and collect data:

  • Automatically switch lights, heating, air-conditioning, water on and off
  • Turn on escalators and walkways upon approach
  • Automatically open and close doors
  • Detect fire and motion
  • Remote receiving and surveillance or social alarm systems

IEC work in automation allows buildings to adapt to changing environmental conditions and adjust and minimize their energy use.