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Newsletter Issue 2/2018

March 2018

REHVA Community news

Join us at the REHVA Annual Meeting 2018 hosted by Atic in Brussels, Belgium!

REHVA is pleased to invite its Members and Supporters to the 2018 REHVA Annual Meeting hosted by ATIC, the Royal Association of Heating, Ventilation and Climate Control Technology, on Saturday 21 April till Monday 23 April 2018 in Brussels. 

This years’ Annual Meeting is linked with the 80th Anniversary of ATIC celebrated with a special Anniversary Gala Dinner and a 1-day conference “Low Carbon Technologies in HVAC” organised by ATIC in the Train Word in Schaerbeek. More information

Don't forget to register now if you want to benefit of the early bird discount valid until 9 April

Presentations from the REHVA seminars during the Light & Building and Mostra Convegno are online!

If you missed the two REHVA seminars that were held during the Light & Building in Frankfurt and Mostra Convegno in Milan, you can download the presentations of the speakers on the REHVA website.

EU Policy News

EPBD review – COPERER and ITRE approved EPBD review text

On 31 January 2018, the EU ambassadors officially confirmed the political agreement on the revised EPBD. The text was then approved by the EP ITRE committee on 21 February, opening the way for the final Parliament plenary vote in April. After this, the directive will be published in the Official Journal of the EU and enter into force 20 days later. The transposition time for Member States is 18 months. 

Some important issues in the 2nd EPBD recast:
Members States agreed to develop national renovation strategies to achieve an energy efficient and decarbonised European building stock by 2050, setting mid-term goals with measurable indicators. The strategies shall also address healthy indoor climate conditions, fire safety and risks related to intense seismic activity. The directive encourages MS to link financial measures for energy efficiency to the quality of works, and certified performance improvements before and after the renovation.

The inspections of heating and air conditioning systems will be simplified, and member states have sole competence to decide on appropriate measures and frequency. Effective alternatives, such as advice can be put in place. The Council approved above an overall threshold of 70Kwh for inspections. 

The recast EPBD mandates the development a voluntary Smart Readiness Indicator and promotes digitalisation and smart technologies. Large buildings should be equipped with building automation and control systems by 2025 if economically and technically feasible.  

A detailed analysis of the new EPBD will follow in the April issue of the REHVA Journal.

Post-2020 EU budget – EP asks for more funding on climate and energy research 

The European Parliament approved an Own-Initiative Report about the EU’s post-2020 Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) for climate-related funding to be raised to 30% in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Energy Efficiency First principle. The report also asks that the successor programme of Horizon 2020 (H2020) should receive twice the funding available under the current framework programme. Since a significant part of the current H2020 funding goes to energy efficiency and renewables in buildings, this outcome would mean a significant increase in research funding for the building and HVAC sector. Read the full report here.

EIB Smart finance for smart buildings

The European Investment Bank has approved the creation of the new Smart Finance for Smart Buildings initiative which aims to make investments in energy efficiency projects in residential buildings more attractive to private investors using EU grants as a guarantee. This new instrument, together with other EU policy initiatives for smart buildings, aims to unlock a total of €10 billion funding by 2020. Read more.

EU Project News

PROF/TRAC project closed !

PROF/TRAC ended last month a successful 3-years project, with many achievements to be proud of. The project outcomes were presented in a successful event in Brussels on 20 February, engaging many stakeholders in interesting discussions.
Find here the PROF/TRAC 6th and last newsletter featuring the final project outcomes and future development of the PROF/TRAC Platform and Qualification Scheme.

Join hybridGEOTABS symposium and workshops 

April is a busy month for hybridGEOTABS consortium. On Wednesday 18 April, Geoter is hosting the second hybridGEOTABS Symposium in Madrid at CIEMAT headquarters to talk about opportunities and innovative strategies to fully exploit the potential of geothermal energy in buildings. The event also includes the site visit of a geothermal drilling system. Register here to this free symposium . Registration is open until 10 April!
On Monday 23 April, two workshop sessions at the REHVA Low Carbon Technologies in HVAC Conference are devoted to hybridGEOTABS and related topics with 6 papers from project partners. You can join the workshops by registering here to the conference. Early bird registration is possible until 9 April.  

Building 4.0 Symposium - opportunities and possibilities of smart building operation – 10-11 April, Munich, Germany

QUANTUM has been spreading the word of Quality Management in quite actively in these weeks. On 20 March, Stefan Plesser, project coordinator, gave a speech about the role of digitalisation in the construction process at REHVA seminar at Light & Building in Frankfurt. On 10-11 April, the symposium "Building 4.0" is featuring QUANTUM project regarding the importance of technical monitoring guidelines. To this extent, within QUANTUM the German Technical Monitoring guidelines by AMEV are now freely available online in English.

ALDREN starts off

REHVA will host the second Project Meeting of ALDREN on 9-10 April in Brussels. This will be the first operative meeting of the consortium, that is tackling the challenge of implementing the European Voluntary Certification Scheme for deep renovation of non-residential buildings. Here ALDREN will also move the first steps towards the creation of the ALDREN Alliance, inviting key EU stakeholders to share their thoughts and expectations about the project. 

Other news

REHVA European HVAC Journal issues

  • The REHVA Journal Issue 1/2018 is available online in PDF on the REHVA Website
  • The REHVA Journal 2/2018 will focus on NZEB and CO2 footprint 

To read all REHVA Journals, please visit the REHVA Journal section in the REHVA website. Register online to get your hard copy of the REHVA Journal!

New REHVA Guidebook #24 "Fire Safety" 

REHVA published a new guidebook on Fire Safety with valuable contribution of Belimo. The REHVA Guidebook #24 Fire safety in buildings-Smoke management guidelines describes the different principles of smoke prevention and their practical implementation by way of natural and mechanical smoke extraction systems, smoke control by pressurization systems and appropriate partition measures. This smoke management Guidebook provides the reader with suitable tools, also through references to standards and regulations, for evaluating, selecting, and implementing a smoke control concept that is commensurate with the protection objective. The guidebook is available in the REHVA eShop in hard copy and in digital version.

New REHVA Guidebook #25 "Residential Ventilation" available by mid April

Heat recovery ventilation is expected to be a major ventilation solution while energy performance of buildings is improved in Europe. This European guidebook prepared by REHVA and EUROVENT experts includes the latest ventilation technology and knowledge about the ventilation system performance, intended to be used by HVAC designers, consultants, contractors, and other practitioners. The authors of this guidebook have tried to include all information and calculation bases needed to design, size, install, commission and maintain heat recovery ventilation properly.

International Events

ISH China & CIHE –22-24 May 2018 - Beijing, China

ISH China & CIHE is the largest fair for the HVAC and plumbing industries in Asia. The 2018 edition will be held from 22–24 May at the New China International Exhibition Center, Beijing. It will cover 106,800 sqm of exhibition space across eight halls, expects to welcome 1,300 exhibitors and 65,000 professional visitors.
With the theme of “Green heating for comfortable living’, the fair will showcase a comprehensive collection of energy-saving heating, new energy heating, district energy, intelligent control, building water supply and drainage, and home comfort products and technologies. Two new zones will be added to the 2018 edition: Water Pump Zone and Clean  Energy Heating Zone, to echo the Chinese government’s new policies.
A series of fringe programmes – including the renowned China International HVAC Congress (iHVAC), 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 info here.

Other HVAC events

13th International HVAC&R Technology Symposium
12-15 April 2018
Istanbul, Turkey
More information

2-5 June 2018
Espoo, Finland
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17-19 July 2018
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Malaysia
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3-5 September 2018
Shanghai, China
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39th AIVC Conference: "Smart Ventilation for Buildings"
18-19 September 2018
Juan-les-Pins, France
More information

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

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