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Newsletter Issue 5/2016

September 2016

REHVA Community news

REHVA REPORT 6 now available online and in hard copy: Building and HVAC system performance in practice
REHVA Workshops at CLIMA 2016, Aalborg, Denmark, 22-25 May 2016 


The 6th REHVA Report deals with the outcomes of the technical workshops organised during our triennial flagship event, the CLIMA 2016 REHVA World Congress.
REHVA organised 25 Technical Workshops during CLIMA 2016. The objective of these workshops was to present advanced technologies and tools, European projects and the work of the REHVA Task Forces that are developing new Guidebooks.
The REHVA Technical Workshops and this booklet were supported by several companies and organisations. REHVA thanks all of them for their contribution and invites them to continue with our fruitful co-operation.

Visit REHVA's eShop to purchase this new publication. 

REHVA created the REHVA Institutional Supporters

REHVA Institutional Supporters are reputable Universities, research centres and institutional bodies that pursue the same objective as REHVA. The benefits for REHVA Institutional Supporters are multiple, such as networking opportunities with industry leaders and HVAC organisations and having access to most recent technical and educational material in the HVAC field.
REHVA created different options and possibilities to Universities to become Institutional Supporters. More information

Energy Performance of Buildings – FINVAC seminar a success again

The third FINVAC seminar on this subject was held in Helsinki on 21st September 2016. Again, the number of participants exceeded the record from last year – more than 600 experts attended this one-day event. The focus of the seminar was in the changing national legislation, changes due to the latest and also ongoing developments in global agreements and EU legislation. The day when all new buildings shall meet the requirements to “nearly zero energy buildings” is near, so it is time to wake up practitioners and all other stakeholders to discuss how these new requirements should be fulfilled in real practice.

In addition to Finnish speakers representing authorities, researchers, construction clients and building owners, designers and manufacturers/suppliers, invited speakers from Denmark, Sweden and Norway presented their views. It was interested to hear that all Nordic countries take somewhat different approaches in the new building regulations – although the climate and building traditions are much similar, the countries have some differences in national energy resources, and this reflects in several details in how the requirements are set and assessed.

Nearly all speakers repeated the fact that improvements in energy performance must not affect negatively on the indoor environment. “Buildings are built for people, not for energy saving”.    

FINVAC has already decided to organise the 4th seminar with the same subject in early October 2017.

REHVA European HVAC Journal

REHVA European HVAC Journal subscription

Receive the paper copy for the cost of 70€ per year for all readers or 60€ per year for REHVA Members of Members Associations and on top of it you will have access to the restricted area. In order to have just the access to the restricted area, you can fill in the same form and get it for 30€ per year for REHVA Members and 40€ per year for all others. To register, find the information online and make the payment via the online secure credit card payment area.

REHVA European HVAC Journal issues

The August issue of the REHVA Journal (4/2016) focused on CLIMA 2016 and REHVA Annual Meeting Highlights and QUALICHeCK is online.
The October issue of the REHVA Journal (5/2016) will focus on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

EU Project News

19-21 September 2016, Zagreb, Croatia - PROF / TRAC Train-to-Trainers course in Zagreb: a successful interdisciplinary cooperation  

PROF/TRAC organised the second Train-to-Trainer (TtT) course in Zagreb from the 19th to the 21st of September which benefited of the participation of REHVA members from AiCARR (Italy), AIIR (Romania), ETE (Hungary) and FINVAC (Finland).

The workshop put together engineers (from REHVA) and architects (from ACE) into teams to develop the structure of training course tailored to specific needs of their country. The course participants will act as front-runners and ambassadors, initiate and organise the national training programmes for NZEB trainers who are able to create a “snowball effect”. More information

EU Policy News

REHVA briefing about the EC legislative proposal on EPBD review

REHVA has received the draft of the EC legislative proposal and the impact assessment on EPBD expected to be published in October 2017. Hereby some notable changes are described. 

Article 8 on technical building systems include now former articles 14, 15 and 16, and now covers also the integration of building automation and energy monitoring systems. Within a service contract tender, EC will introduce a smartness indicator which will be calculated according to new Annex 1a. 

New items replacing the recent Article 8(2) point: 

  • The installer assesses overall energy performance of altered technical building systems and hand over the information to the building owner. Information are stored in EPC database.
  • Mandatory building automation and control systems by 1/1/2023 in case of:

    • Non-residential buildings with a yearly primary energy use of > 250 MWh 
    • Residential buildings with centralised technical building systems with a cumulated effective rated output of > 100 kW

Article 6 on new buildings keeps only the obligation on energy performance requirements. Technical, environmental and economic feasibility of high-efficiency alternative systems are removed.
Energy need shall be calculated in order to ensure minimum environment levels that shall be defined at national or regional level.” (updated Annex I) but no minimum IEQ requirements are defined.

International Events

Chillventa, 11-13 October 2016, Nuremberg, Germany,

For the fifth time, Chillventa will convert the exhibition halls in Nuremberg into the international meeting place for the world of refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pumps from 11 to 13 October 2016 in Nuremberg. The Chillventa Congress technical programme will take place one day before Chillventa, on Monday 10 October 2016, and provide attendees with top-level expertise. The event will focus on issues such as energy efficiency, eco design, refrigerants, data centres and legionella bacteria. As in years past, top innovations in the halls will be accompanied by a large number of exciting special presentations. Renowned presenters will talk about ground-breaking issues in more than 120 sessions spread across three specialist forums. The organisers expect to welcome about 1,000 exhibitors and more than 30,000 visitors from all over the globe who will make the motto “Chillventa Connecting Experts” a reality in 2016.

2017 AHR Expo – 30 January-1 February 2017 - Las Vegas Convention Center; Las Vegas, Nevada USA,

The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), which began more than 85 years ago as a heating and ventilation show, has grown to become the world’s largest HVACR event. Held annually in key markets and major cities across the U.S., the Show hosts more than 2,000 exhibitors from around the world and attracts crowds of 60,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and 150 countries. Providing a unique forum for the HVACR community to come together and share new products, technologies, and ideas, the event is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference. 

ACREX 2017 - 23-25 February, 2017 - India Exposition Centre (IEML), Greater Noida, Delhi, India,

After the roaring success at Mumbai with 400+ Exhibitors and 34000+ Business Visitors, the 18th edition of the biggest, widest and most dynamic show in the HVAC& R industry, ACREX India 2017, is going to be held at India Exposition Centre (IEML), Greater Noida from 23 – 25 February 2017.
The focus will not be limited only to HVAC&R but will feature diverse Building Engineering Services that include Electrical & Plumbing Services, Building Automation and the ever - growing Cold Chain Industry.
ACREX India 2017 is meant to not only be the launch-pad for potential business-enabling collaborations, but also be a living resource pool and a seamless amalgamation of Integrated Building Solutions that you can access right there and then. 

Aquatherm Moscow - 7-10 February, 2017 - Crocus Expo, Moscow, Russia,

International exhibition for domestic and industrial heating, water supply, engineering and plumbing systems, ventilation, air-conditioning and equipment for pools, saunas and spas. Aquatherm Moscow is your gateway to the Russian heating, water supply and pool equipment market!
Aquatherm Moscow is the leading event in Russia in the industry of heating, water supply, engineering and plumbing systems, air-conditioning, ventilation and equipment for pools, saunas and spas and the key business platform for demonstration of the latest industry novelties of international and Russian manufacturers.

World Sustainable Energy Days 2017 – 1-3 March, 2017 – Wels, Austria,

Call for papers open until 10 October 2016!

As one of Europe's largest annual conferences on energy efficiency and renewable energy, the WORLD SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DAYS (WSED) have grown over the past 20 years into a global meeting place for the sustainable energy community. In 2016, the event attracted over 700 participants from 57 countries! The next edition will be held from 1-3 March 2017 in Wels/Austria. 3 interactive events provide valuable networking possibilities: "Energiesparmesse", major tradeshow on renewable energy and energy efficiency  -  Cooperation Platform  -  Technical Site Visits
Conference topics include: renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, energy services, pellets, sustainable energy research, technologies, markets and policies

Other HVAC events

2016 Euroheat & Power District Energy Days
11– 12 October, 2016
Hotel Sofitel Europe Brussels, Belgium
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23 – 26 October 2016
Seoul, Republic of Korea
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CCHVAC Conference
8 –12 November, 2016
Hainan, China
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47th International HVAC&R Congress and Exhibition
30 November – 2 December, 2016
Belgrade, Sava Centre, Serbia
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Aquatherm Novosibirsk
14-17 February 2017
Novosibirsk Expo Centre
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19 – 22 April, 2017
Izmir, Turkey
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Aquatherm St. Petersburg
19 – 21 April, 2017
EXPOFORUM, Pavilion G, St. Petersburg, Russia
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50th International Congress “Beyond NZEB retrofit of existing buildings”
10 – 11 May, 2017
Matera, Italy
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Sodex Ankara
10 – 13 May, 2017
Ankara, Turkey
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Climamed 2017 Conference “Historical buildings retrofit in the Mediterranean area”
12 – 13 May, 2017
Matera, Italy
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Building Simulation 2017
7 – 9 August, 2017
San Francisco, California
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For more HVAC events please check the REHVA Events Calendar on and also

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