ES-SO Statement on the Renovation Wave Strategy

24 February 2021

This position paper delivers the key messages of the European Solar Shading Organizaton (ES-SO) on the EU
Renovation Wave Strategy.  Read the four recommendations of ES-SO. Download the paper

The ES-SO Position Paper is also available in more languages : see  IT; ES; NL  ; F  ; D  

Joint Position Papers 

ES-SO is cooperating with other building stakeholders on position papers  in view of upcoming new energy related legislation. 

ES-SO signed a joint position paper with EUBAC on the EPBD Revision: Download the paper

ES-SO signed also a joint position paper with the window stakeholders: Download the paper

Read also ES-SO's feedback on the Roadmap EU consultation to adapt the EPBD: follow link


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Overheating in buildings

01 July 2020

Since the EPBD recast 2010 and more in particular in Northern, Western and Eastern countries studies are being published on overheating in recently constructed buildings. The subject is alos gaining importance at European level. 

The reason of the increasing overheating risk is the progressing climate change  combined  with  more insulated and air-tight buildings.

An overview: 

Building resilience: being young and getting old in a hotter Europe, Sweco, 2020, read the report    

Accelerating the transition to a climate prepared and resilient Europe, D.G. Research and Innovation, Healthy Planet, 2020, read  the report 

Increasing trends in regional heatwaves,  Nature Communications, 2020, read the article

Global warming and human impacts of heat and cold extremes in the EU, JRC PESETA IV project – Task 11, 2020, read more 

A debate in UK Parliament on the increasing risk of overheating in new and existing buildings and ways to manage this, see the debate 

Overheating in new homes, tool and guidance for identifying early stage overheating risks in new homes, Good Homes Alliance, July 2019, read the report 

A case study on impact shading with night time ventilation on overheating in residential property, London South Bank University and BBSA, read paper and additional study on The Challenge of Modelling Solar Shading Products and Their Impact on the Built Environment, 2016-2018, read paper ; read also the PPT  and  introduction 

Increasing risk over time of weather related hazards to the European population, The Lancet, Vol1. August 2017, read more

North-south polarization of European electricity consumption under future warming, Wenz et al., PNAS Early edition, 2017, read more

The impact of the climate change on  the overheating risk in dwellings, a Dutch case study,  February 2017, read more

BRE Test Report Scotland Vistor Centre -Operational Performance Assessment, Window Blind Case Study, January 2017, read more

Overheating in retrofitted flats: occupants practices, learning and interventions,U.K., October 2016, read more

Overheating in homes: drivers of change, Zero Carbon Hub, 2016, read more 

Overheating in homes, an introduction for designers, planners and property owners, U.K.Dept for Environment, Food, Rural Affairs,  Zero Carbon Hub NHBC House, read more

Building Overheating and Health in the U.K.- New homes and health, Angie Bone and Kevin Lomas, 24/25 November 2016

Indoor and Built Environment, 2016, Energy performance of buildings in Poland on the basis of different climatic data, read mor

 Guidance on preventing overheating in the home, ARCC,  Dept Energy and Climate Change, U.K. 2015, read more 

Talinn University of Technology at Qualicheck presentation Conference 4 September 2015: measurements on overheating in new appartments Estonia, read more

ES-SO study: "high performance dynamic shading solutions for energy efficiency and comfort in buildings", executive summary 2015 Sonnergy Ltd, read more 

On the predicted effectiveness of climate adaptation measures for residential buildings by Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2014, read more 

Pilot effect klimaatveranderingen op energiebesparingen en besparingsconcepten bij woningen, 2012, TU Delft, Nederland, read more on

Overheating in new homes, a review of the evidence” by NHBC Foundation U.K., 2012, read more

The Comfort Houses - Measurements and analysis of the indoor environment and energy consumption in 8 passive houses 2008-2011” and recent investigations by Aalborg university Denmark: NZEB have an increased need for cooling to combat overheating, even in low seasons, due to high insulation and airtightness, read more 

See also related International studies:

Indoor Air Quality, thermal comfort and daylight, analysis of residential building regulations in 8 of EU member states, BPIE, 2015, read more 

The Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficient Building Envelopes, a publication of the International Energy Agency, 2013, download here 

The impact of climate change on thermal comfort, heating and cooling energy demand in Europe, ECEEE 2007 Summer study- saving energy, read more


Press release launched 8 June 2020

08 June 2020

Are buildings in Europe ready for more heatwaves?

In recent years, rapid global warming has caused more heatwaves and extreme temperatures – “In Europe alone heatwaves are at least five times likelier to take place”, states Damian Carrington, environmental editor in The Guardian last summer1. Heatwave temperatures are around 4°C hotter than a century ago, scientists say2 and in the recent month of March, average temperatures were almost two degrees Celsius above the 1981-2010 average, according to EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. Are buildings in Europe ready to protect its inhabitants from this extreme heat? If so, will it be done in a cost- and more importantly energy-efficient manner?

Summers are getting hotter, starting earlier and potentially lasting longer. These high temperatures are known to affect elderly people and those with pre-existing conditions3 in a harsh way, but also younger generations are searching for more comfort and healthy indoor lifestyles. Architects, engineers and building companies are striving for energy-efficient solutions to manage indoor climate, and governments are starting to acknowledge the negative impact of overheating in buildings. Going forwards, clear guidelines will be key to cool down buildings in a cost and energy-efficient manner4. According to ES-SO, the European Solar Shading Organisation, the answer is evident: “Solar shading will have to become a key element of every building in Europe to prevent it from overheating in the future. Solar shading is the most cost-effective solution on the market, offering a direct impact on health, comfort and saving energy.”  Read more

ES-SO New Board and President

19 November 2019

The ES-SO General Assembly elections confirmed the Board of Directors for re-appointing the next three years 2020-2023, read more. 

Peter Winters who held the President's position for 9 years, which he fullfilled with great commitment and dedication, gave the honour to a fellow Board Member.

Our new elected ES-SO President is Anders Hall.  He has been active in the solar shading industry since 1995 in different positions. In Sales and Project Management from 1995 to 2001 for Hunter Douglas. Then joined Somfy Nordic as Project Sales Manager. In 2014 Anders moved position to Somfy SA (International) as Int Business Developer. A position he still holds today.

In parallel, he became active in ES-SO in 2006 and since 2012 Anders is a Board member and Chairman of the Marketing Committee. 

Anders Hall

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