ES-SO newsletter May 2018

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ES-so newsletter MAY 2018



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revised EPBD, the first legislative act of the clean energy transition package approved by EU Council and Parliament

The recently revised EPBD changes tap into the huge potential for energy efficiency gains in the European building sector. The revision includes measures aiming to accelerate the rate of building renovation towards more energy efficiency and to make buildings smarter by attaining several simultaneous objectives: lower energy bills, better health and protection of the environment. Also included is a link between buildings and e-mobility infrastructure, and helping stabilize the electricity grid.


ES-SO welcomes this EPBD revision as a further step forward in reducing the CO2 emissions, as over a third of these are still produced by buildings. “Health” and “comfort” aspects are also being introduced, a sign that policy makers do recognize that buildings where we spend 90% of our daily life need more than energy savings only.


What next? The text of the new Directive will be published in the Official Journal of the Union in the coming weeks. It will enter into force 20 days after publication, and Member States will then have to transpose the new elements of the Directive into national law within 20 months.


The EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 while modernising EU's economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens. In doing so, the Commission is guided by three main goals: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers. The European solar shading and roller shutter industry which is using energy efficient technology to improve thermal (prevent overheating and provide passive cooling) and visual (glare and optimizing natural daylight ) comfort in homes and buildings is equally committed to give its contribution in achieving the EU Commission’s objectives towards a clean energy transition. Read more in below subjects how we are doing such.


sustweek nl0518EUSEW Energy Days 4-8 June 2018 is a yearly initiative of the EU Commission to stimulate activities and events that raise awareness of energy efficiency and energy renewables. This year with focus on the clean energy transition. To register for EUSEW 2018 , see



News from the solar shading and roller shutter industry

1. Tools for the industry presented at R+T Stuttgart


At the World’s leading trade fair for solar shading systems and roller shutters 1st March ES-SO had its workshop presenting new tools for the industry, the latest developments on CEN/ISO Standards and the results of the Hauser energy balance study in Germany. See all speakers presentations.


Tools for the industry and building sector

THE SMART SOLAR SHADING CAMPAIGN WEBSITE presents the benefits of shading and shutters in residential and projects, see also


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THE ES-SO ACADEMY: as from 2018 ES-SO starts to offer in collaboration with the national member associations professional training at advisor and expert level for the industry.


The ES-SO Manual SOLAR SHADING FOR LOW ENERGY AND HEALTHY BUILDINGS, edition 2018, which is the technical backbone of the training courses can be downloaded here. More info on the training by contacting the national member or ES-SO.


ES-SDA, THE EUROPEAN SOLAR SHADING DATABASE: Smart Solar Shading becomes essential on solving overheating issues in low energy buildings. Building regulators and practitioners will be more likely to recognize reliable shading data presented by ES-SDA, the European Database created by ES-SO with validated and peer reviewed performance shading data according to CEN/ISO Standards. Companies having published their data on ES-SDA have the right to use the ES-SDA quality brand. Building regulators, architects, engineers and building contractors have different ways of output available for further use in EPB/ building codes, building modelling, BIM... Visit the website


ES-SO ESBO (EARLY STAGE BUILDING OPTIMIZATION): ESBO is the first simulation software fully endorsed by ES-SO and based on the calculation engine in IDA ICE - the market leading tool for simulation of energy and indoor climate in Northern Europe. With ES-SO ESBO the use of dynamic solar shading can be simulated according to the established ISO 15099 and EN ISO ISO52022/1 Standards. Companies having their data on ES-SDA will be indicated as validated on ESBO. The program is available in two versions: ES-SO ESBO Light, which is FREE to download and use, or ES-SO ESBO which is the full version of the software and comes at cost. Download page at



2. Studies in our member countries


UK: Overheating in domestic homes, specifically in built-up urban areas, has become a pressing problem throughout the UK. London South Bank University (LSBU) collaborated with the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) in conducting a real-world study that investigated how external and internal solar shading systems impact on internal operative temperatures within a renovated block of flats in North London. The implementation of solar shading has been found to be very beneficial in maintaining thermal comfort within the building when external temperatures were recorded both above and below 20 - 25°C.


During this real-world case it became obvious that in the UK building model the simulation did not generate accurate models of shading products and the mitigation impact of shading was understated. This is a cause for concern in building design as this apparent performance gap will become of significant value due to ongoing climate change.


Read more about the two UK studies:

Germany: Hauser Study on optimization of energy savings and comfort of shading and shutters on the residential building stock. Key results of the study show that automation increases the potential of energy savings on heating and cooling. The study also shows that savings can be reached up to 25% for heating and more than 50% for cooling. See presentation


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3. Members info

France: our French member association changed its name and profile into ACTIBAIE, visit



European Projects and Activities

nl0518 41st European conference ‘BIM and energy performance of buildings’ 25 June 2018, 9:00 – 17:00, Brussels.


This first conference, organised by INIVE EEIG on behalf of the QUALICHeCK platform, aims to present the status of BIM and opportunities and challenges regarding BIM use for the regulatory assessment of the energy performance of buildings. The aim is also to explore possibilities and challenges for an accelerated interaction/integration in the building practice. For agenda and registration, download the conference flyer on





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