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Newsletter Issue 2/2016

March 2016

REHVA Community news

REHVA staff in Brussels

Chiara Girardi
will be the new Publications and Promotion Officer. She started on 14 March 2016. From 31 March, Chiara Girardi will take over all the responsibilities regarding the REHVA Journal, the Guidebooks, the events and the activities for the REHVA supporters. After spending several years at REHVA, Cynthia Despradel bids farewell on 30 March 2016 to REHVA to pursue other career opportunities. 

Chiara obtained a Master in International Journalism Studies in Dublin City University, Ireland. She worked first as Sales Representative in Italy and then she started her experience in the Press Office of the European Parliament. Immediately after the end of her internship in the European Parliament, she started working in an energy and environmental lobby in Brussels. Her experience there lasted a year and half before moving to REHVA. During her previous experience, she took care of the entire communication tasks such as Press Releases, Statistics and communication with Members, but also of a Project, RBO, dealing with invoices, international lobbying, organisation of events, etc. She speaks fluently English and Italian (mother tongue), and at basic level also Russian, 4 years of studies at university, and Spanish. Finally, she is studying French at l’Alliance Française in Brussels.

Francesco Mariottini
 will join the REHVA team on 1 April as Assistant Project Engineer. Francesco Mariottini has been trained as researcher in environmental and energy topics before obtaining his Master in Engineering; he continued to specialise in indoor comfort and energy efficiency through professional trainings in Italy and abroad (e.g. at London Metropolitan University). In 2013, he performed energy performance certifications of houses before collaborating with Sofia Energy Agency within different European projects related to building performances and statistics (e.g. ENTRANZE).  From 2011 to 2013, he has also worked as system administrator and software developer, focusing mainly on management of databases for various companies. From 2014 to 2016 Francesco worked at the Buildings Performance Institute Europe where he managed statistics on building stock and technical systems  (e.g. EPISCOPE and BPIE Data Hub),  realised cross-country reports on the implementation of EED and EPBD directives (e.g. on NZEB definitions,  EPCs and Qualification and Accreditation of Certifiers), analysed regulatory frameworks  and wrote publications on technical requirements ( e.g. study on Indoor Air Quality). Proficient in English, French and Italian (native speaker), he also enjoy performing researches and analysing regulatory frameworks in other languages (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian and Dutch).  

We welcome them both within our team.

CLIMA 2016 - 12th REHVA World Congress, Aalborg, Denmark, March 22-25

In May 2016, Aalborg will host one of the most significant professional events of the year focused on heating, ventilation and air conditioning in buildings – the REHVA Congress CLIMA 2016. The Congress will be the 12th REHVA international Congress. The CLIMA 2016 puts a great emphasis on contributions that will address those skilled in this art. Therefore, the Congress Programme includes presentations of contributions, posters, workshops, as well as an additional expert lessons such as the REHVA Courses. To register, please visit

REHVA Courses at CLIMA 2016!

REHVA is offering two educational courses of three hours each covering best practices for building, design and operation at CLIMA 2016 in Aalborg. The training couples technology advancements with real-world practices and draws upon new REHVA literature. Each attendee receives course materials and a certificate of attendance. The courses are presented in English only. Choose from two short courses to help you stay current on industry trends and cutting edge technology: Nearly Zero Energy building design and performance and Chilled Beam Technology for Excellent Indoor Climate in Sustainable Buildings. More information is available online.

REHVA workshops at CLIMA 2016

The REHVA workshops will take place parallel to other sessions at CLIMA 2016 congress. Each workshop will focus on a specific question or questions. The results will be presented to the Conference participants in a summary report that will be sent to all participants after the conference. More information on the workshops and the programme are available online.

REHVA seminar during Mostra Convegno

REHVA organised in collaboration with AiCARR a Seminar during Mostra Convegno in Milan on Thursday 17 March 2016. The topic was Principles, expected effects and national implementations of European Directive 31/2010 and 27/2012. The presentations are available online.

REHVA European HVAC Journal

REHVA European HVAC Journal subscription

To continue receiving the paper copy for the cost of 70€ per all readers or 60€ per year for REHVA Members of Members Associations and access to the restricted area, please register now for 2016. To register, fill up the subscription form online and make the payment via the online secure credit card payment area.

REHVA European HVAC Journal issues

The March issue of the REHVA Journal (2/2016) focused on EPB standards and European Certification and Energy efficient HVAC Systems is now online.

Subscribe to the restricted area of the REHVA website

As of January 2015, there is a private area in the website. To gain access to this section a user name and a password are 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 40€ per year for all and 30€ for the members of REHVA Member Associations. Please click here to subscribe.

EU Policy News

EPBD review – High level stakeholder event, Brussels, 14 March 2016

DG Energy organised a high level stakeholder event on the Reviews of Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency (EED) and of Directive 2010/31/EU on energy performance on buildings (EPBD). REHVA was represented by a delegation of Jarek Kurnitski, Vice-president, Anita Derjanecz, Policy and Project Officer and Sara Kassam, CIBSE. DG Energy presented the results of internal evaluation of the directive and the different policy options for the review. The meeting presentations are available in the DG ENER website.

DG ENER meeting - Action 5 “New materials and technologies for energy efficiency solutions for buildings, 14 February 2016, Brussels.

The new SET Plan proposes 10 actions that contribute to achieve the R&I objectives of the Energy Union. In order to translate these actions into concrete work the European Commission organised a stakeholder meeting to discuss the proposed strategic objectives followed by the development of implementation plans. The result of the consultation process will be agreements with stakeholders on strategic targets/priorities in each of the action areas, as well as on implementation plans that will aim to deliver the agreed targets/priorities. Implementation plans will contain recommendations for R&I activities at European, national and regional levels; concrete and refocused commitments of private sector stakeholders and research organisations, as well as joint work between all stakeholders. REHVA submitted an input paper on the working document.

EU Project News

neZEH project – High level policy even in Brussels, 17 March 2016

neZEH organised a closing High Level Event on “Nearly Zero Energy Hotels for Achieving Low Carbon Growth in Europe hosted by MEP Maria Grapini in the European Parliament (EP) on 17 March 2016.  Speakers represented all the relevant policy fields related to tourism and energy from European Commission Services and the European Parliament. Sixteen hotels across seven European countries (Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain and Sweden) have been selected to become European neZEH Pilot Hotels. These hotels are to become inspiring frontrunners to the European hotel industry as examples of good practice to achieve nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) performance levels. Find out more about the neZEH project outcomes here.

QUANTUM – the new REHVA EU project

REHVA started in January 2016 a new EU project on “Quality management for building performance - improving energy performance by life cycle quality management”. The goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate pragmatic services and appropriate tools with high replication potential supporting quality management (QM) for building performance in the design, construction, commissioning and operation phase as a means to close the gap between predicted and actual energy performance in European buildings. The gap in building performance is not caused by a lack of technology or conceptual intelligence but by a lack of quality. QUANTUM project will apply three innovative ICT-driven tools to enable effective quality management in all relevant services within the building life cycle. The core mechanism is to “design for testability” by specifying transparent performance targets with cost effective testing methodologies. REHVA will set up a Task Force linked to the project and develop a Guidebook based on the outcomes.

BUILD UP: promote yourself!

BUILD UP, the European portal for energy efficiency in buildings, has recently launched its new website. The current site offers improved navigation, a new layout and mobile-friendly design. BUILD UP, an initiative of the European Commission, is a comprehensive database of information. It covers news, events, case studies, webinars, links to publications, and other resources on energy efficiency in buildings.

BUILD UP has recently launched its website with a live webcast on the latest findings of Concerted Action EPBD. You can post your organisation’s news, events, publications, case studies, and the like. To submit content, please create a profile. You can find BUILD UP at and on Twitter at @EU_BUILDUP. You can contact BUILD UP at

International Events

ISH China & CIHE 2016

30 May – 1 June 2016, Beijing, China

ISH China & CIHE is organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and Beijing B & D Tiger Exhibition Co Ltd. It is headed by the biennial ISH event in Frankfurt, Germany, which is the world’s leading trade fair for the Bathroom Experience, Building, Energy, Air-Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies. The mother event will take place from 14–18 March 2017. More information.

Nordbygg - 2016 

5-8 April in 2016, Stockholm, Sweden,

Nordbygg is held in March/April every even year at Stockholmsmässan and attracts around 900 exhibitors and 53,000 visitors. Next event will take place 5-8 of April in 2016.  Nordbygg is organised in partnership with leading associations in the Swedish industry. We also collaborate with a number of other industry organisations in various projects related to Nordbygg. Nordbygg has the position as the Nordic region´s largest and most dynamic meeting place for the construction and real estate industry, offering new knowledge and business opportunities. The event offers everything from discussions about construction conditions and urban planning to products and services for property production, maintenance and management. For more information, visit the conference website at

Other HVAC events

TTMD - 12th International HVAC+R Technology Symposium
31 March–2 April 2016
Istanbul, Turkey
More information

AQUATHERM St-Petersburg
20-22 April 2016
St-Petersburg, Russia
More information

4-7 May 2016
Istanbul, Turkey
More information

CESB16 Prague
22-24 June 2016
Prague, Czech Republic
More information

Indoor Air 2016
3-8 July 2016
Ghent, Belgium
More information

12th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference
21-24 August 2016
Edinburgh, Scotland
More information

ISH Shanghai & CIHE 2016
31 August – 2 September 2016
Shanghai, China
More information

23-26 October 2016
Seoul, Republic of Korea
More information

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

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