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Newsletter Issue 2/2015

March 2015

REHVA Community News

REHVA Annual Meeting and Conference 2015: “Advanced HVAC and Natural Gas Technologies"

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the REHVA Annual Meeting and the 9th Conference on Advanced HVAC and Natural Gas Technologies which takes place this spring in one of the Baltic States – Riga, Latvia on 6-9 May 2015. Be present and enjoy a wonderful springtime in Latvia!  The conference flyer is available online. To register, please visit

News from REHVA at the ASHRAE Winter meeting in Chicago, United States

REHVA Seminar @ ISH 2015

REHVA organised a seminar on "Hygienically sound operation of evaporative cooling systems" during the ISH exhibition in Frankfurt Germany on 11 March. The presentations are available online.

REHVA European HVAC Journal

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REHVA Journal issues
  • The March issue of the REHVA Journal (2/2015) is available online by clicking here.
  • The May issue of the REHVA Journal (3/2015) will focus on Energy Efficient Heating. The Editor-in-Chief of this issue is Jaap Hogeling (jh(at)
  • The August issue of the REHVA Journal (4/2015) will focus on Air Conditioning Systems. The Editor-in-Chief of this issue is Jaap Hogeling (jh(at)

For more information, please visit the REHVA Journal section in the REHVA website.

EU Policy News

Commission launched a strategy of European Energy Union

On 25th February, the European Commission has adopted its strategy for a European Energy Union, alongside a 15-point action plan. Buildings energy efficiency is a key pillar of the Energy Union targeted by support for investments in energy refurbishment & by research and innovation actions in the field. With this strategy, the European Commission delivers on a top priority set out in President Juncker's political guidelines. Click here for more information.

A heating and cooling strategy for Europe - High level EU policy conference on Heating and cooling, 26-27 February, Brussels

The European Commission organised a high level conference about the heating and cooling sector covering recent technical, financial and policy aspects and challenges Europe is facing in this area. DG Energy Director General, Dominique Ristori announced that the Commission will elaborate a new heating and cooling strategy for Europe in the coming months. The conference served as the first forum to discuss stakeholder interests for the strategy. The presentations of the 2-days event are available here

EU certification scheme for the energy performance of non-residential buildings

As announced by Paul Hodson at the latest REHVA Supporters Seminar in October 2014, the European Commission works on the setting-up of a voluntary common EU certification scheme for non-residential buildings. The Commission recently published a Market study for a voluntary common European Union certification scheme for the energy performance of non-residential buildings. The study gives an overview of existing voluntary schemes and analyses the demand for a European wide voluntary scheme. The main findings determining the next steps are: 

  • The scheme will allow a consistent comparison between non-residential buildings across the EU
  • It will contribute to raising the ambition for building certification in some Member States.
  • It will be built on CEN standards and be applied both for public & private buildings (new & existing).
  • The voluntary EU scheme should use a comparative label design, and a third party should be responsible for its technical development.
Have your say on the EPBD standards under revision! – deadline extended to 7 April 2015

REHVA has launched an internal commenting process in February 2015 of the EPBD standards currently under revision by CEN. The aim is to collect and submit comments on the draft standards as a joint REHVA comment form. REHVA Supporters and Members are invited to send their opinion until 7 April 2015.  

For more information, contact Anita Derjanecz, REHVA Policy and Project Officer (ad(at)

EU Project News

 Nearly Zero Energy Hotels Conference 2015, 24 June, Nice

neZEH organises a project conference in Nice on 25 June 2015 linked to the  Innovative City Convention 2015 event. The whole-day conference targets representatives of the tourism sector, regional and local policy makers and other stakeholders involved in the sustainable tourism sector.

The conference will highlight case studies of high energy performing hotels and report about the first achievements concerning the neZEH pilot hotels. 14 pilot hotels were selected to receive technical assistance from the project to plan their deep energy retrofit investments. 

More information and registration are available in the event website.

PROF-TRAC project kicked-off on 23-24 March in Brussels

REHVA members and other associations team up to develop a European Training and Qualification Platform on nZEB design and construction. The platform addresses technical experts, architects and facility managers represented by REHVA, the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE-CAE) and Housing Europe. PROF-TRAC will map the skill gaps of professionals needed for nZEB, train trainers from REHVA and ACE members to upgrade their national training programmes according the PROF-TRAC scheme. The project will set up an online platform to exchange knowledge and provide a repository of training materials for the continuous professional development for the sector. 12 REHVA Member Associations are involved so far in the initiative as project partner or are interested to join the scheme at a later stage. The Platform will be open for every REHVA Member Associations to join. Download the executive summary of PROF-TRAC for more information.


BPIE report on Indoor air quality, thermal comfort and daylight

The overall aim of the report is to provide an overview of the regulatory framework for IAQ, thermal comfort and daylight, and to highlight the importance of having appropriate requirements for thermal comfort, ventilation and daylight conditions. The report provides concluding recommendations for further policy development relevant for indoor climate.

The report states that while indoor climate is mentioned in the EPBD, the importance of indoor air quality, thermal comfort and daylight has to be strengthened in a future recast. These aspects could be integrated in the Energy Performance Certification process as relevant information of the actual living conditions in the building. The co-benefits of thermal comfort and a healthy indoor environment should be taken into account when assessing the macroeconomic impact of energy renovation measures (e.g. reduction of health service costs). Such requirements should also be reflected in national renovation strategies as developed under articles 4 and 5 of the Energy Efficiency Directive. Download the report here.

NEW REHVA Guidebook - Active and Passive Beam Application Design Guide

The Active and Passive Beam Application Design Guide for Global Application is now available. This design guide is a revision of the REHVA Chilled Beam Application Guidebook, which was published in 2004. REHVA and ASHRAE decided to collaborate on a revision of the guidebook and enlisted experts from both organisations to revise the document. This new guide is aimed at consulting engineers, architects, owners, and contractors who are involved in the design, operation, and installation of active and passive beam systems. This book provides tools and guidance to design, commission, and operate active and passive beam systems to achieve a determined indoor climate. It also presents examples of active and passive beam calculations and selections. This new publication is now available in hard copy and PDF in the REHVA Guidebooks Shop! Order here and have more information.

International Events

ISH China & CIHE

ISH China & CIHE is the leading fair for the HVAC and plumbing industries in Asia. The three-day event, which will take place from 13-15 May 2015 in Beijing, China, expects to welcome over 1 100 exhibitors and is estimated to cover more than 85 000 sqm of exhibition space across six halls with the latest innovations and practical solutions in HVAC and plumbing technology. A series of fringe programmes – including seminars, product showcases and networking events – will be held for exhibitors and visitors. The programmes allowed guests to exchange in-depth market intelligence with attendees and build strategic partnership with their peers. More information at


10-11 September 2015, Juan-les-Pins, France
In order to tackle the steadily increase of energy consumption, the use of renewable energy is a must. Today, heating, ventilation and air conditioning are taking an important part of the total energy consumption of the buildings in our world. Harnessing renewable energy sources is crucial to limit the proliferation of greenhouse gas emissions. To provide answers to these challenges, AICVF, the French Association of Engineers in Climate, Ventilation and Refrigeration organises jointly with AICARR (Italy), APIRAC (Portugal), ATECYR (Spain) and TTMD (Turkey) its 8th Mediterranean Congress CLIMAMED with the main scope: Sustainable Energy Performance of Buildings. In addition to the presence of international speakers (engineers, architects, designers and manufacturers alike can share information and expertise), series of workshops will be organised, some of which specifically dedicated to aspects of the renovation of the existing financing and real estate. More information is available at the conference website.

CLIMA 2016

22-25 May - Aalborg, Denmark -
The 12th REHVA Congress will focus on building and HVAC system performance in practice:

  • In relation to fulfillment of the intended design
  • In relation to their ability to fulfil the needs of the occupants
  • In relation to their interaction with the users in daily practice
  • In relation to their role in the future smart energy system 

Important Dates
Abstract submission open in January 2015
Deadline abstract submission till November 2015 

Other HVAC events

Healthy Building 2015 Europe
18-20 May 2015
Eindhoven – The Netherlands
More information

ICR2015: The 24th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration
16-22 August 2015
Yokohama, Japan
More information

ISH Shanghai & CIHE 2015

23-25 September 2015
Shanghai, China
More information

20-23 October 2015
Dalian, China
More information 

26-28 October 2015
Shanghai, China
More information

For more HVAC events please check the REHVA Events Calendar on and also

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