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Newsletter Issue 3/2017

REHVA Community news

Stay tuned for the REHVA Brussels Summit 2017

REHVA Brussels Summit 2017 will be held on 13-14 November 2017SAVE THE DATE!

The 2017 edition is going to be a turning point for REHVA Summits. REHVA will play in its home ground, Brussels, and set up an intense 2-days event, November 13th and 14th, with a new management and graphic look.
November 13th will be dedicated to REHVA Board and Committees, while on November 14th the floor will be given to European Institutions and stakeholders’ representatives and supporters, invited to the REHVA Seminar. Our guest speakers will tackle hot topics such as the EPBD review, buildings health performances and the smart readiness indicator. More information about the programme will follow soon.

In memoriam Thierry van Steenberghe

We learned with great sadness that our valued colleague, Thierry van Steenberghe suddenly passed away on 6 May 2017. Thierry had a fundamental role in developing REHVA, and its Brussels Office to what it is today and successfully integrated our organisation in the world of European projects, as well as partner and stakeholder networks. His expertise, together with his joyful and reliable character shaped REHVA Office, and the image of REHVA at European level. He has kept contact with the office and cared about REHVA after his retirement. He had always a good advice or encouraging opinion to share with us. We will miss him, and continue the legacy he left to develop REHVA.

EU Policy News

Healthy buildings Day and Barometer 2017

May 31st was the Healthy Building Day at the European Parliament. REHVA delegates were invited to the event, where findings from the Healthy Homes Barometer 2017 were presented and discussed with high-level speakers, including MEP Bendt Bendtsend and his shadow rapporteur colleagues in charge of the EP opinion on the EPBD. The Healthy Homes Barometer 2017 (download the report here) is the third edition of a series of Pan-European surveys published by Velux Group and developed by researchers from Ecofys, Fraunhofer IBP and Copenhagen Economics. The aims of this study is to analyze the impact that buildings have on Europeans’ health, reminding to building designers and engineers their role and responsibilities to the society. REHVA, for long time being involved in these issues, will held a workshop during the forthcoming Healthy Buildings Conference 2017 in Lublin, Poland.  

EPBD review news: ITRE and ENVI Committees’ Draft report on the EPBD review 

The European Parliament ITRE Committee (Committee on Industry, Research and Energy) has published its draft report on the revised EPBD with amendments to the proposal of the Commission. Rapporteur, Bent Bentsen (EPP) is in favour of addressing IEQ and health aspects better within EPBD and is currently working on getting 500 votes in the EP to make their first reading amendment proposal politically strong. Read the ITRE Draft report here.
ENVI (Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) prepared a separate draft opinion led by Anneli Jäätteenmäki (ALDE). ENVI especially focuses on healthy buildings, beside electro mobility stressing that energy efficient buildings must be properly ventilated and heated to maintain a healthy indoor environment. Read the ENVI Draft opinion here.
REHVA will submit comments to both draft opinions that will be available on the REHVA website in June. ITRE will vote about the final opinion on 11 October 2017.

EU Project News

REHVA-QUANTUM @ BUILD UP Webinar "Quality management within building commissioning", April 27, 2017, BUILDUP portal

EU funded project QUANTUM is developing and will demonstrate pragmatic services and appropriate tools that are suitable for widespread use of Quality Management Services. REHVA is partner in QUANTUM, leading the tasks of creating knowledge and disseminating the project results. To this extent, on April 27th, QUANTUM, REHVA and BUILDUP successfully held a webinar on solutions and strategies for quality management in new buildings, with a specific focus on the Building Commissioning Process. Ole Teisen, from Sweco, enlightened the audience with key facts and figures about the role of commissioning in quality management. Dan Rossiter, from BRE, highlighted the strategic importance of Building Information Modeling in Commissioning. Stefan Plesser, QUANTUM project coordinator (from IGS and Synavision), informed the over 70 attendees about the objectives that QUANTUM project is committed to fulfill. Find the link to the recording of the webinar here

New REHVA Guidebook No.22: Introduction to Building Automation, Controls and Technical Building Management

This guidebook aims to provide an overview on the different aspects of building automation, controls and technical building management and steer the direction to further in depth information on specific issues, thus increasing the readers' awareness and knowledge on this essential piece of the construction sector puzzle. It avoids reinventing the wheel and rather focuses on collecting and complementing existing resources on this topic in the attempt of offering a one-stop guide. The readers will benefit of several compiled lists of standards and other relevant publications and as well a thorough terminology specific for building automation, controls and technical building management. Purchase the NEW REHVA Guidebook 22 in hard copy or PDF here.

REHVA European HVAC Journal and REHVA website Restricted Area

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REHVA European HVAC Journal issues
  • The April issue of the REHVA Journal focused on QUALICHeCK is now available online.
  • The June Issue of the REHVA Journal will be soon online.

International Events

FOR ARCH - 19-23 September 2017 - Prague, Czech Republic,

September 2017 will see the 28th FOR ARCH international building trade fair. FOR ARCH is a traditional exhibition which has become, during the 28 years of its existence, the single most important and most attended fair of building industry in the Czech Republic. It is now a well-established meeting point of professionals from the field of buildings and constructions. Due to its location in Prague, an important center of Central-European business, FOR ARCH is a unique opportunity for both domestic and foreign exhibitors to present their services and products within an international competition. Whether you are an established company or a start-up, FOR ARCH is a great way to address the Czech market and to establish your business connections in the Bohemian region. Every year, the FOR ARCH trade fair shows presentations of innovations from many fields associated with the building industry. Exhibitions are presented by leading manufacturers, suppliers, artisans, as well as investors, developers and representatives of other fields associated with the building industry.

ISH Shanghai & CIHE 2017 – 5-7 September 2017 – Shanghai, China,

Under the umbrella of Messe Frankfurt’s ISH brand, ISH Shanghai & CIHE is the most influential HVAC exhibition in East and Central China. The 2017 edition will be held from 5 – 7 September at Shanghai New International Expo Centre in China. The fair continues to play an important role in introducing individual heating solutions to China’s East and Central regions.
The show is co-located with four other fairs: Shanghai Smart Home Technology, Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology, Shanghai International Lighting Fair and Parking China. Collectively known as the “Intelligent Green Building - IGB” exhibition platform (Shanghai edition), the shows provide participating exhibitors and visitors a prime opportunity to explore interrelated building technologies at one location. These include heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, building automation, smart home and solar building, lighting and LEDs, and parking facilities. The 2016 edition attracted 52,000 visitors, more than 600 exhibitors and cover 40,000 sqm exhibition space.
Organisers: Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, Beijing B&D Tiger Exhibition Co Ltd, Shanghai Zhanye Exhibition Co Ltd.

List of other HVAC events

The Holistic Approach: From Building to Sustainable Urban Design
8-9 June 2017
Faculty for Building Services Engineers, Bucharest, Romania
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Dutch National Congress of Sanitary Technologies
19 June 2017
Theater De Flint, Coninckstraat 60, 3811 WK Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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EU Sustainable Energy Week
19-25 June 2017
Brussels, Belgium
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Building Simulation 2017
7-9 August 2017
San Francisco, California, USA
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43rd International Symposium of CIB W062 Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings 2017
22-25 August 2017
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Ventilating healthy low-energy buildings
13-14 September, 2017
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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HVAC 2017
10-12 October 2017
NEC, Birmingham, UK
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7th International Conference on Solar Air-Conditioning - PV Driven/Solar Thermal
31 October 2017
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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2018 AHR Expo

22-24 January 2018
McCormick Place, Chicago, USA
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Cold Climate HVAC Conference 2018
12-15 March 2018
Kiruna, Croatia
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2-5 June 2018
Espoo, Finland
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