Eurovent has compiled the latest developments regarding new standardisation activities in Europe and the latest legislative initiatives globally that can have an impact on the industry.

Review of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2012 and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 626/2011 - Draft Interim report (Task 1-2) and stakeholder meeting on 5 July 2017

The European Commission has launched a review study of the regulation on Ecodesign and Labelling requirements for air conditioners and comfort fans. The study covers the review of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2012 and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 626/2011. The draft interim report (task 1-2) has been published on 13 June 2017, it will serve as the background document for the upcoming stakeholder meeting on 5 July 2017. The Eurovent Team has summarised the review study’s objectives and will attend this stakeholder meeting.

Become a supporter of our #IAQmatters campaign (free of charge)

In April, our new Indoor Air Quality campaign #IAQmatters was officially launched. To date, the response has been very positive with on average more than 4.000 unique site visits per month – and counting. We invite all manufacturers and association to become supporter of the campaign.

Guide on how to make the most out of your Eurovent membership through effectively using the new Eurovent Extranet

At the beginning of this year, the Eurovent Association has launched its new Extranet with the aim to simplify document and information distribution tailor-made for members’ needs. In this short guide, you can learn how to register for the Extranet, who has access, and the manifold features it provides.

The City Council of Milan has recently approved a motion concerning the use of air curtain units in shops, stores and commercial buildings in general

With its motion, the City Council of Milan has formally asked the Regional Council of Lombardy to work on this topic and to regulate it. A regional regulation was requested aiming to increase the HVAC systems energy saving while reducing CO2 emissions. Are the assumptions of the Milan City Council correct? What is the position of the Italian shop owners’ association (Confcommercio)?

Reflection on the first stakeholder meeting for support of setting up a Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) for buildings and related impact assessment

Smart technologies for buildings can increase the energy efficiency of the building stock. To realise this potential, the introduction of a Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) for buildings is advocated in the proposal for amending the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). This indicator would allow to assess the level of smartness of a given building in a reliable and meaningful way for building owners, tenants and users. The first Stakeholder meeting took place in Brussels on 7 June 2017. The Eurovent team has participated and summarised the results.

The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) recognised that there is, notwithstanding declarations by politicians, no real model to develop a decarbonised energy system for the European Union by 2050. To address this issue, EHPA started an initiative called ‘DecarbHeat’, which would develop policy guidance, asking policy makers to define framework conditions that put a price on carbon. The Eurovent Association did not sign this initiative. An explanation…

Ongoing revision and other European associations’ points of view

The 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive establishes a set of binding measures to help the EU reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020. On 30 November 2016, the Commission proposed an update to the Energy Efficiency Directive. In this update, it proposes to revise the Primary Energy Factor from 2,5 (as currently set) to 2,0. The proposed value could prove beneficial for a certain family of heating products, but how about for other ones?

The IOR will be hosting the inaugural IIR International Conference on the Application of HFO Refrigerants from 2 to 5 September 2018 in Birmingham. The three-day conference will provide a focus for global experience on the use of low flammable A2L classification refrigerants, which encompass the new generation of HFO refrigerants heralded as replacements for high-GWP HFC refrigerants. The event will cover essential information for designers, manufacturers, end users and installers about characteristics of low GWP refrigerants, system and component design, lubricants, flammability, legislation, codes of practice and standards.

The European team has assessed the recent proposal of the Council Presidency

The Council Presidency has been busy developing compromise proposals for the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The 4th and most recent one dates 16 May 2016. This text gives an indication where the final compromise could move to. The Eurovent Secretariat has assessed the compromise proposal.

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