ES-SO newsletter March 2015

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ES-so newsletter MARCH 2015

News and topics this month


ES-SO SEMINAR DAY at R+T-2015 Stuttgart

ES-SO organised for the second time a very successful seminar day at R+T Stuttgart with an attendance of 140 participants enjoying an impressive speakers' programme.


Scientists from Europe and U.S. presented a number of activities to improve the market uptake for the shading technology: demonstration of the reasons why overheating becomes a new problem in energy performance buildings and that shading becomes essential, a new generation tool to calculate accurately indoor climate and energy use for shading, user experience of a green building with solar shading. From the U.S we learned an increasing interest in shading with new projects on energy rating and labeling of shading, design tools, scientific data on energy savings from shading, smart building envelope.


Some outcomes of the ES-SO study were highlighted and the new ES-SO Position Paper of 2015 was launched (see also below).


The afternoon session was focused on the updating of CEN standards for shading and shutters, a new method to evaluate summer comfort and an energy label for shading recently introduced in Germany.
All presentations can be downloaded on the ES-SO homepage, see on events.





ES-SO Study and Position Paper 2015

10 years after the first study, better known as ESCORP, ES-SO launched at R+T 2015 the findings of a new study. To meet the 20-20-20 targets, refurbishment will be the key focus. This study shows that the size of the old window stock is much higher than previously assumed. Exterior and interior applied solar shading can achieve in refurbishment cooling energy savings of around 40% and heating savings of 18%. Solar shading is much more than a component; it is a concept that combines solar and daylight management to reach energy savings and healthy comfort in buildings. Shading solutions are a cost efficient technology delivering energy savings up to 60 times its CO2 footprint over its lifespan.


Since the previous study in 2005 dynamic solar shading solutions are evolving towards solar control. The challenge faced by the building sector to achieve 40% CO2 savings by 2030 and 80% by 2050 is the further development of innovative smart control systems where solar shading is integrated with glazing, natural ventilation, HVAC and lighting systems within a common framework. User education will be equally important to experience the right benefits of solar shading.


The findings of the ES-SO study are summarized in the new ES-SO Position Paper 2015, available on.





Global lighting performing project, Swiss Federal office for Energy/Estia SA, Lausanne- Switzerland

estiaThis 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 report here.



New simulation design and energy tool SSF-ESBO (early stage building optimization) developed by EQUA, Sweden

EQUA developed in collaboration with SSF-the Swedish shading association a simulation tool with a new solar shading module, built on the experiences of its IDA (indoor climate and energy) ICE programme. The official version will be released by mid 2015 but can already be found in test module here. Visitors are invited to test and comment !





News from members

polandEnd of last year the ES-SO member Polish solar shading Association signed an agreement of merging with POiD, the Polish Window Manufacturers Association. POiD will be our new Polish member to be welcomed at our next General Assembly on 17th April 2015 in Brussels.



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