ES-SO newsletter May 2016

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ES-so newsletter MAY 2016

Climate action and energy – worldwide and EU policies


The EU signed on 22th April in Paris the COP 21 – the legally binding global climate deal, into force as from 2020

afb1Governments made the commitment for keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. And even aiming to limit the increase to 1.5°C, since this would significantly reduce risks and the impacts of climate change.


Next step for the EU member member states is to implement the Energy Union package and strategy 2030-2050 focused on a low carbon society. It may be expected that measures in buildings will be strengthened as they have the biggest potential to save energy and reach CO2 reduction drastically and are a stimulator of investment and business innovation.


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Stakeholders’ event on the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, 14 March 2016, Brussels

Both reviews are foreseen for adoption by end of 2016
ES-SO calls upon the policy makers to put more attention on the need for more cooling in buildings due to climate change and the since EPBD adapted construction methods. Energy efficiency must remain priority first and passive cooling technologies among which shading are to be used before active cooling methods. In addition “free natural energy sources” coming from sun and wind becoming a standard in the concept of low energy buildings should be included as energy savings achieved from RES, renewable energy sources. Dynamic (moveable) shading solutions outside or inside to the window can be smartly managed into retracted or extended position to use these free energy sources for decreasing the risk of overheating and reducing the heating and lighting cost.


See our position paper.



Upcoming EU events in June

afb2The Energy Days – EUSEW is a yearly initiative of the EU Commission to stimulate activities and events that raise awareness of energy efficiency and renewables. To register for EUSEW 2016, see



ES-SO members information

Welcome to our new members!


At the ES-SO General Assembly May 19th in Brussels three new applications for membership were accepted with unanimity:


Assotende, started its journey in 2013 and has become the reference point for the Italian companies that operate in the solar shading industry. It has a collaboration with FederlegnoArredo, representing the complex of industries active in the furniture manufacture.


The Association for the Solar Shading Industry of Norway, Solskjermingsforbundet, took a significant growth in 2016 and has a strong focus on education and training for the profession.


Both associations have become full member of ES-SO.


Anwis, a leading company in exterior and interior shading took over the Polish membership as associated member.


More info on our members. See on this link.



QUALICHeCK: “Towards better quality and compliance”

The QUALICHeCK Project runs until end February 2017 and will provide for the EU authorities important guidelines and instruments useful for the EPBD review.


ES-SO attended two events in Spring 2016, see link to presentations on our website.


At both sessions ES-SO presented ES-SDA, the European solar shading database. Reliable uniform product data are key for both EPB regulators and industry when using energy efficiency measures in NZEB buildings. ES-SO is developing a unique European database of validated solar shading properties, based on third party verification and confirmed by a peer review procedure. In our next Newsletter the ES-SDA website with the first results will be published. More info on the pre-launching, see our website.








Health Buildings Day 2016

afb5Unhealthy buildings cost European societies billions of Euro every year. This was the conclusion in the Healthy Homes Barometer 2016, a pan-European study, commissioned by the Velux Group. Citizens were questioned on how they think of their homes as a key to health. On 20th April 2016, VELUX hosted the 2nd Healthy Buildings Day in Brussels, where 240 invited guests including policy-makers, house builders, housing association representatives, building owners, thought leaders, and media, addressed some of these challenges, with a focus on how buildings impact our health and wellbeing. All presentations can be downloaded on



REHVA, the professional pan-European organization on heat, ventilation and airco systems organised its 12th World Congress at Aalborg, Denmark

afb6ES-SO, EQUA and SWEGON held on 23 th May a joint workshop and shared a booth on “dynamic shading in HVAC and daylight design”. At this workshop two important tools for the building industry were presented:


ES-SDA solar shading properties validated database by ES-SO, and


ESBO, the early stage building modelling tool where solar shading features are properly included. The tool is developed by EQUA ( , a Swedish company specialised in building modelling IDA ICE. Unique in this collaboration is the agreement of ES-SDA and EQUA that shading properties materials both included on the ESBO and ES-SDA database will be mentioned as ES-SDA validated on ESBO.


More info to follow in the REHVA Clima 2016 Report.




OECD 2016 International “Window Covering Cord Safety” Campaign

The OECD 2016 Worldwide Safety Messages and Communication Strategy will focus on awareness campaigns aimed at informing consumers about dangers for young children associated with corded window coverings. Leading example is our British member association, BBSA- Blinds and Shutter Association which is since 2013 actively involved in awareness and training campaigns on this matter. See more on





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