Position Papers

At ES-SO, we are committed to actively engaging with EU authorities to express our views on vital building energy issues. We foster collaboration with fellow stakeholders in the construction sector, but we are also ready to take independent action when necessary. Our core objective is to champion solar shading as a sustainable and energy-efficient building solution, advocating for its incorporation into future building designs. On this page, you will discover a comprehensive overview of our latest position papers and publications.

ECHA’s restriction proposal of PFAS, September 2023

EPBD Revision, December 2021

Implementing the EPBD and assessment of windows, November 2018

EU Renovation Wave, February 2021

Overheating risk in low energy buildings, December 2016

Scientific & Research

European climate risk assessment - Executive summary

January 2024

Report by the European Environment Agency identifying 36 climate risks with potentially severe consequences across Europe.

Further priorities are set for EU policy action.

Hitzeschutz: Gebäude fit für den Klimawandel machen,
August 2023

Heat protection: making buildings fit for climate change

Study by Ingenieurbüro Hauser on the integral evaluation of summer heat behavior. Thermal comfort and energy performance.

Overheating calculation methods, criteria, and indicators in European regulation for residential buildings, May 2023

The results of this study suggest a framework and key performance indicators to calculate overheating and modify the EU’s next building energy efficiency regulations.

Guidehouse study, November 2021

Solar shading – Synergising mitigation of GHG emissions and adaptation to climate change: the potential to disrupt rising cooling demand and overheating in buildings

How to protect buildings from overheating? 

A South-West facing flat in an old converted office building in North London was able to reduce temperatures from a scorching 47.5C to a more acceptable 28C by using external solar shading.

Dynamic shading solutions for energy efficient buildings

by Sonnergy 2015. This study includes an update of the figures of the ESCORP report 2005.

Impact of Shading Devices on Daylight Quality in Offices,

report TABK, Lund University- by Marie-Claude Dubois



Healthy Buildings Barometer 2024

How to deliver healthy, sustainable, and resilient buildings for people


How can architects integrate shading to combat overheating? Pollard Thomas Edwards


Ready for carbon neutral by 2050?

Assessing ambition levels in new building standards across the EU, BPIE


A review of EU Member States' 2020 long-term renovation strategies, BPIE

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


Daylighting of non-residential buildings, IEA SHC Position Paper


Quantifying the benefits of energy renovation investments in schools, offices and hospitals, BPIE

ES-SO Solar shading for low energy and healthy buildings


Febuary 2022
Helen Rose Wilson- Fraunhofer ISE and Jacob Jonsson -LBNL

Optical and thermal characteristics of solar shading and how they can be measured and determined

Febuary 2022
Bruno Bueno-Fraunhofer ISE, Taoning Wang and Charlie Curcija - LBNL

Applying software to evaluate the effect of solar shading on energy consumption, daylighting and glare in buildings

Febuary 2022
Dr Christopher Maurer

Product data in the cloud - the next step for manufacturers, software companies and planners.

March 2015

TNO-Findings on extra savings of solar shadings