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

European Solar shading Business Summit

27 October 2019

Taking control of the future of solar shading - 9/10 October 2019, Portugal

ES-SO organised a first ever European Business Summit of the Solar Shading and Shutter Industry in beautiful sunny Algarve. Around 60 business leaders from 32 companies in Europe discussed opportunities and challenges in a fast changing world. Inspired by highly qualified engaging speakers from industry, architecture and science, they defined their shared strategic steps for the future success of our industry. The outcome of the event was the undersigning of a letter of intent by our business leaders with the aim to collectively work together to help realise the future potential of the solar shading market. The attendees also concluded that this ES-SO Business Summit needs to be held at regular intervals to evaluate the further progress of the mutually agreed strategic steps.

See pictures on our event page 

More info to follow in ES-SO Newsletter November 2019

EU Guidelines to transpose EPBD review 2018

03 September 2019


The EPBD review 2018 needs to be transposed by Member States (MS) before 10 March 2020. 

The EU Commission made two guidelines to support MS in their transposition:

Building Renovation, May 8th 2019, see publication

Building modernization, June 9th 2019, see publication

What are the main points and what does it mean for shading?  


The main objective of the Directive is to increase renovation rates for buildings in the EU, including major renovations towards zero carbon & zero energy buildings by 2050.

How? MS have to define Long Term Renovation Strategies (SRLT) with intermediate targets to put in place  by 2030/40/50.

I. Important is that MS have to estimate energy savings and the wider benefits, among which:

• Promotion of " higher levels of comfort and well-being for the occupants"
• Promotion of “proper installation and adaptation of building technical systems" (including heating and air conditioning, ventilation, automation and building control) 
• "Lowering health and illness costs, increasing labor productivity through better living and working conditions"
• "Measures to adapt buildings to climate change, such as shading devices that prevent buildings from overheating during heat waves, systems that have a direct impact on the energy consumption of buildings by limiting the need for active cooling. "

->  the benefits of solar shading solutions have been explicitly recognised by the European Commission to combat overheating due to climate change. Moreover, solar shading to use by priority and so to limit  active cooling energy. 

 II - The calculation method of the energy performance of buildings is clarified and must take into account (in particular) current energy consumption, i.e. the energy used for:

• The traditional uses (heating, cooling, hot water production, ventilation, integrated lighting)
• and other building technical systems  which now integrates building automation and control (BACS).

The Commission recalls that the positive influence of local solar exposure, electricity generated by cogeneration, district heating and cooling systems and energy efficiency must be taken into account and of natural lighting. MS are encouraged to verify that these elements are properly considered in their regulations.


The Directive gives a greater impact  to building automation and control systems: i.e. "a system comprising all products, software and engineering services capable of supporting the operation of energy efficient, economical and safe from building automation systems by means of automatic controls and by facilitating the manual management of such building technical systems"  (art 2 EPBD), therefore: 

• Inspection changes with an increased role for building automation and control systems and electronic monitoring and control systems.

• Installing effective electronic tracking and control features in residential buildings can provide significant energy savings, improve indoor environmental management, and benefit building owners and users. This is particularly the case for large buildings,  but MS may decide to impose these systems in residential buildings.

The EU Commission also reminds to Member States (MS):

i. The “central role of the building envelope” (recital 8 & 20)
ii. “the EPBD requires MS  to ensure that the optimal energy performance of the building envelope is pursued in applying primary energy and weighted factors. Reducing the overall energy demand is a crucial component when optimising the energy performance of a building. In this context, the consideration of the envelope should not be underestimated (...)” (articles 4.1, 4.3.3, 6.3).

iii. The consideration of building envelope elements and their influence on the energy performance of buildings also depends on the calculation methodologies applied. For instance, the ‘energy balance’ approach, which takes into account both energy losses (related to heat loss) as well as energy gains (from passive capture of solar irradiance on buildings and building elements) when calculating the energy performance of a building or a building element of the building envelope, is an approach used in some Member States to take into account solar conditions (in relation to Annex I, point 4 of the EPBD).

 -> Dynamic solar shading on windows reduces  the solar energy gains  in summer and letting in the energy gains from passive capture  of solar irradiance in winter - see ES-SO position paper "Implementing the amended EPBD needs a proper assessment of windows"




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