It was very crowded at the REHVA reception. It was the place to be Monday afternoon January 28th. REHVA’s president Michael Schmidt and our board members Karel Kabele (president elect), Jarek Kurnitski, Bjarne Olesen and Jan Aufderheijde, REHVA’s Secretary General  were very happy to welcome many VIP’s, distinguished guests and dear friends. Those present not only raised their glasses on REHVAs’ upcoming 50th anniversary, but a second reason was Bjarne Olesens’ election as an ASHRAE board member. Congratulations Bjarne! REHVAs’ Seminar during the ASHRAE wintermeeting was well attended too. The leading title of our seminar was: “Building Labeling in Europe, European Standardization to meet the Energy Performance Directive”. The session reviews the European initiatives to evaluate building energy performance and to couple energy use with environmental quality. This involves revision of several CEN standards.  Jaap Hogeling explained the EU mandate to develop the second generation of energy performance standards.  Jarek Kurnitski informed the audiance with REHVAs’ view concerning definitions and system boundaries of nZEB buildings. Bjarne Olesens presented the revision of EN 15251, ‘Indoor Environmental Criteria’. All presentations will be available on the REHVA webite soon. The REHVA Journal January 2013 special issue on Airtightness was available at ASHRAE bookshop in the Conference Center, at REHVAs’ Reception and in the Magazine Resource Center at the AHR-show. To receive a copy, please register at www.rehva.eu.

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