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Newsletter Issue 4/2015

July 2015


REHVA Community news

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REHVA is pleased to send you our bi-monthly Newsletter. Note that you have direct hyper links from this Newsletter to relevant websites. The newsletter will also inform you about the current and upcoming REHVA activities/events. It offers you selected news focusing on EU policy and regulations related to buildings, especially HVAC technology. You have the opportunity to download the previous electronic issues from the year 2007 by clicking here

Subscribe to the restricted area of the REHVA website

As of January 2015, there is a new private area in the website. REHVA has decided to develop this section progressively. On the first phase, the REHVA Journal has been made available to download and read online. All the issues (full articles) are now available in this private section. 

Moreover, new services have been added in the private area!

  • HVAC terminology
  • eBooks: 4 guidebooks are available online: GB1/Displacement ventilation in non-industrial premises, GB4/Ventilation and smoking, GB5/Chilled Beam Applications and GB6/Indoor Climate and Productivity in Offices

To gain access to this section a user name and a password will be required. REHVA asks you for a small financial contribution to be able to continue this extra service in the future: access to the restricted area is 30€ per year for REHVA Members and 40€ per year for all others. Please click here to subscribe and fill in the form.

REHVA European HVAC Journal

  • The abstracts of the May issue of the REHVA Journal (3/2015) are available online by clicking here.
  • 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)
  • The October issue (5/2015) will focus on Indoor Air Quality. The Editor-in-Chief of this issue is Jaap Hogeling (jh(at) 
  • The December issue of the REHVA Journal (6/2015) will focus on Energy Efficient Renovations. The guest editor of this issue is Stefano P. Corgnati (stefano.corgnati(at) 

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

EU Policy News

EUSEW 2105 - REHVA high level policy workshop

REHVA was invited by DG Energy to organise a High Level Policy Conference Workshop during EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 on 17 June in Brussels. REHVA was represented by Frank Hovorka, Jan Aufderheijde and Jaap Hogeling.  The successful event, organised in cooperation with EVIA, EHPA and EPEE, was followed by a lively networking cocktail attended by high level DG Energy officials and EU level stakeholder organisations beside the event participants. The presentations of the workshop are available online.

Public Consultation on the evaluation of EPBD launched on 30 June 2015 

The European Commission launched public consultation on the EPBD to consult stakeholders on the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and evaluate whether the directive has met its aims. The public consultation launches the review into the directive, which is due by 1 January 2017 as required under Article 19 of the EPBD. The consultation is open from 30 June 2015 till 31 October 2015. Online consultation form and further information. 

REHVA – EVIA joint Policy paper released during EUSEW 2015 for the EPBD review

REHVA and EVIA released at their High Level Policy Workshop at the European Sustainable Energy Week 2015 a joint position paper profiting from the high visibility during the event. The position paper “Europe needs smart regulation for energy efficient and healthy buildings” targets the upcoming EPBD review. It was handed over also to DG Energy speaker Paula Rey Garcia during the workshop. Read the policy paper. 

New EC Energy Labelling proposal published

The European Commission released a summer package of energy policies including a legislative proposal for a framework regulation regarding energy labelling.  When adopted, this new regulation will replace the current energy labelling framework directive 2010/30/EU. The major new proposed changes can be found in articles 7 and 8. The main changes are the following:

  • Regulation instead of a directive, not requiring transposition by Member States
  • Return to the single A-G energy labelling scale (no more A+++, A++, A+)
  • Introduce a process for rescaling the existing labels
  • The existing labels will be reviewed by the Commission within five years (after adoption of the proposal) with a view rescaling them
  • The rescaled labels will have empty top classes (A and B) and will be reviewed periodically (every 10 years)
  • The introduction of a European product database

The proposal has been submitted to the European Parliament and the Council where it will be discussed in view of adoption. If adopted, it will impact on products subject to Energy Labelling and the development of regulations:

  • Space heaters (811/2013)
  • Water Heaters (812/2013)
  • Room air conditioning (626/2011)
  • Residential ventilation units (1254/2014)
  • Professional refrigerated storage cabinets (2015/1094)
  • The development of energy labelling for refrigerated display cabinets (ENER Lot 12)


CEN-EPB standards - some update

On prEN 16798-1, Indoor climate input data, REHVA members and supporters can now give their comments directly to REHVA office, but also on national level, by attending relevant national committees or using public national commentary on internet. The CEN enquiry for prEN 16798-1 will close in the beginning of September 2015. 

Concerning the two other standards selected as pilots by REHVA, the post-enquiry work is going on in the relevant Working Groups. CEN/TC 156/WG23 has proceeded in revision of prEN 16798-17 so that most of the comments have been already resolved by WG23. However, the enquiry revealed a need for better consistency between individual standards. This issue is still under discussion among the team leaders of all CEN-EPD projects. So, some time will still be needed before the revision can be finalised. Concerning prEN 16798-3, the revision work is also ongoing but more challenging due to hundreds of comments to be resolved.

Ecodesign regulation of air heating products, cooling products and high temperature chillers under inter-service consultation

The Working Documents were released to Inter-Service Consultation that closed on 15 June 2015, but the proposed regulations are still subject to national commentaries. The draft regulations are expected to be voted in September 2015 and will enter into force according to the draft regulation on 1 January 2017 for the 1st tier and 1 January 2020 for the 2nd tier.

The regulation establishes ecodesign requirements for the placing on the market and/or putting into service of:

a) air heating products, with a rated heating capacity not exceeding 1 MW
b) cooling products with a rated cooling capacity not exceeding 2 MW
c) fan coil units
d) high temperature process chillers

The ecodesign requirements – efficiencies and maximum nitrogen oxide emissions - and information requirements for air heating products, cooling products, fan coil units and high temperature chillers are set out in Annex II of the draft Regulation (see the Working document for more details). Read more.

EU Project News

 neZEH at CLIMAMED 2015, 10-11 September, Juan-les-Pins, France 

REHVA will organise a workshop around the neZEH project during CLIMAMED 2015 on 10-11 September in Juan-les-Pins, France. The workshop High energy performance hotels on track to nearly zero energy buildings co-chaired by Stefano Corgnati, REHVA President-elect, and by Theocharis Tsoutsos, neZEH Project Coordinator, will present key result of the European project “Nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH)”. Read more

More information and registration are available at the event website.

PROF/TRAC project

Meeting on nZEB skills mapping and training development - AIIR joining the PROF-TRAC scheme: Part of the PROF-TRAC consortium including REHVA members ATECYR, DANVAC, HKIS, and TVVL met in Prague on 2-3 July to discuss the work on  the 'Mapping of Skills and Qualifications' and 'Train the Trainer'  programme that will be developed in the coming months. Missing skills will be mapped in 6 partner countries by the end of 2015 and the first training sessions for REHVA members and other training providers will be organised in 2016.

PROF-TRAC welcomes a new REHVA member association, AIIR from Romania. AIIR joined the PROF-TRAC scheme as training provider in May 2015. They will use and adapt the developed training materials and skills mapping methodology and adapt them in Romania within their existing training course portfolio.

International Events

ISH Shanghai & CIHE

23-25 September 2015, Shanghai, China
ISH Shanghai & CIHE is held in conjunction with Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology Fair, Building Solar China Conference and Exhibition, and the inaugural edition of Shanghai International Lighting Fair. Better known as the “Intelligent Green Building - IGB” exhibition platform, the four collective events welcomed over 40,000 visitors, more than 600 exhibitors and covered 40,000 sqm exhibition space in the 2014 edition. It provided participating exhibitors and visitors a prime opportunity to explore four of the most important areas in building development at one central location. More information


10-11 September 2015, Juan-les-Pins, France
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.  More information is available at the conference website.

CLIMA 2016

22-25 May, Aalborg, Denmark -
It is a pleasure to invite you to participate in the 12th REHVA World Congress CLIMA 2016, the leading International scientific congress in the field of HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning) in Aalborg, Denmark in May 2016.  The scope of the congress is to offer researchers, industry, building owners, end users, consultants, engineers, architects, policy-makers, etc. a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and experiences on innovative technical solutions and on practical applications and technical solutions. The deadline for abstract submission is November 2015. REHVA supporters are invited to organise a workshop during one of these days. For more information regarding the workshops, please contact Cynthia Despradel at cd(at)

Invitation to sponsor & exhibit at CLIMA 2016
You want to showcase the technical and service solutions and products you provide to the best HVAC professionals in the business. Many companies sponsored the 11th Clima 2013 in Prague. They took advantage of more than 1,000 people attending the congress and exhibition, and the sustained exposure before, during and after the congress. You are given the opportunity to be recognized as a serious and competitive organisation in an industry with an ever-expanding number of providers. The benefits of sponsoring or exhibiting go well beyond the congress – cement your products and services as the “go-to” brand for HVAC professionals. You will take advantage of branding rights, targeted HVAC promotions, online and media exposure, business forums and VIP networking. Please contact the congress organisers about tailoring their standard packages to meet your needs: Per Heiselberg, Congress Director ( and Per Rasmussen, Chairman of Sponsor Committee ( Download the sponsor packages.

World Sustainable Energy Days - 2016 

24-26 February 2016, Wels,
The European Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Conference 2016: the European conference on high efficiency buildings covers the latest technology innovation, financing solutions as well as standards for NZEBs and how they can be met technically and economically. More information

Young Researchers Conference and Award: young researchers and professionals (born after 1980) are invited to submit contributions by 9 October 2015. The organiser covers the costs of accommodation, meals, participation and local transport for up to 60 selected participants. The best contribution will be honoured with the award "Best Young Researchers: Energy Efficiency". The researcher(s) will receive 1,000 Euro as prize money. More information
Get involved: Call for Papers & Speakers - deadline 9 October 2015. Visit the website for detailed information.

Other HVAC events

ICR2015: The 24th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration
16-22 August 2015
Yokohama, Japan
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15-19 September 2015
Prague, Czech Republic
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20-23 October 2015
Dalian, China
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26-28 October 2015
Shanghai, China
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46th International HVAC&R Congress and Exhibition
2-4 December 2015
Belgrade, Serbia
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2-5 February 2016
Moscow, Russia
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AQUATHERM Novosibirsk
24-26 February 2016
Novosibirsk, Russia
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ACREX India 2016
25-27 February 2016
BCEC, Mumbai, India
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1-4 March 2016
Prague, Czech Republic
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Light + Building 2016
13-18 March 2016
Frankfurt, Germany
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MCE Mostra Convegno Expocomfort
15-18 mars 2016
Fiera Milano Exhibition Center, Rho, Milan, Italy
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TTMD - 12th International HVAC+R Technology Symposium
31 March–2 April 2016
Istanbul, Turkey
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AQUATHERM St-Petersburg
20-22 April 2016
St-Petersburg, Russia
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CESB16 Prague
22-24 June 2016
Prague, Czech Republic
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For more HVAC events please check the REHVA Events Calendar on and also

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