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Joint Position Paper EPBD

14 November 2016

Revising the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Tapping the potential of windows, Joint Position Paper

For the first time, the building glass façade and window industry represented by European Aluminium, EuroWindoor, ES-SO and Glass for Europe come together to call for a modernised EPBD to unleash the energy savings potential of high performing windows.

Windows and glazed areas in buildings are essential to the overall energy performance of buildings but also to the general comfort and well-being of people living and working in these buildings. To reap these distinctive benefits of modern windows, the four associations call for a revision for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, in particular to ensure the energy performance of glazed areas is fairly assessed and to put in place the right mechanisms and incentives for market actors to deliver massive energy savings.


In the joint position paper enclosed, the signatories call on the European Commission to consider three priorities ahead of its review of the EPBD:
1. Increasing the renovation rate of European buildings to obtain larger energy use reductions
2. Using the energy balance approach to assess the energy performance of windows
3. Recognising the benefits of daylight, natural ventilation and solar management

Read the Position Paper, dowload here

 

ES-SO Position Paper 2015

15 April 2015

Solar and daylight management as an essential concept in energy performance buildings, ES-SO Position paper 2015

Solar and daylight management increases the indoor and visual comfort, health and productivity of inhabitants and users and is crucial to avoid overheating in nearly-zero energy buildings. 

In order to achieve the green energy targets, solar shading solutions should be integrated as a concept by architects and builders in all designs for both new sustainable buildings as well as refurbishments.

Download here the position paper 

 

ES-SO Position Paper 2015  includes the findings of the ES-SO study 2014 on 'Dynamic shading solutions for energy efficient buildings', download here the executive summary report.

 

Global lighting performance project, ESTIA -Swiss study

24 February 2015

Year-long scientific study shows that manual operation of shading does not help: human behaviour collides with efficiency. Automation is the answer, both for saving energy and for optimizing natural daylight. Read the summary of the Swiss ESTIA study here.

Position Paper for ventilative cooling

17 October 2014

In general and in particular in nearly Zero-Energy Buildings, there is a very strong tendency to drastically reduce the heating demand. One adverse side effect is that in doing so, it often increases the risk of overheating both in summer and shoulder seasons due to the increased airtightness, insulation levels and solar gains of these high performance building structures. Proper building design strategies can overcome this risk of overheating with little or even no use of active cooling. These strategies include in particular ventilative cooling (i.e. use of ventilation to cool indoor spaces), adequate solar control (dynamic shading) and thermal mass utilisation. In this position paper the Venticool initiative appeals to standard writers and policy makers to provide fair and easy evaluation of the performance of ventilative cooling systems in standards and regulations. Read the position paper 

ES-SO is a member of the Venticool platform, read more in the flyer

 

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