ES-SO launches its new logo reinforcing its mission

03 June 2021

ES-SO, the umbrella organisation for the professional solar shading associations within the EU, has been promoting the benefits of solar shading in buildings for 15 years – an industry which saw a remarkable 40% sales growth recorded last year. The launch of a new logo aims to reinforce its mission: dynamic solar shading as a sustainable and energy-efficient solution for building overheating and daylight management, thereby endorsing the EU ambition to become a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.

With a new corporate identity ES-SO aims to focus attention to the global challenges of increasing heatwaves and a planet screaming for less CO2 emissions. Through research, training, and advocacy work, ES-SO continues to lobby policy makers to recognise the importance of solar shading and to regulate it to help achieve the ambitious EU climate goals.


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ES-SO Statement on the Renovation Wave Strategy

24 February 2021

This position paper delivers the key messages of the European Solar Shading Organizaton (ES-SO) on the EU
Renovation Wave Strategy.  Read the four recommendations of ES-SO. Download the paper

The ES-SO Position Paper is also available in more languages : see  IT; ES; NL  ; F  ; D  

Joint Position Papers 

ES-SO is cooperating with other building stakeholders on position papers  in view of upcoming new energy related legislation. 

ES-SO signed a joint position paper with EUBAC on the EPBD Revision: Download the paper

ES-SO signed also a joint position paper with the window stakeholders: Download the paper

Read also ES-SO's feedback on the Roadmap EU consultation to adapt the EPBD: follow link


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Overheating in buildings

01 July 2020

Since the EPBD recast 2010 and more in particular in Northern, Western and Eastern countries studies are being published on overheating in recently constructed buildings. The subject is alos gaining importance at European level. 

The reason of the increasing overheating risk is the progressing climate change  combined  with  more insulated and air-tight buildings.

An overview: 

MInderung sommerliche Überhizung in Woninggebauden: Guideline for climate sustainble new built and renovation, Energieagentur Sachsen 

Armutskonferenz: Zwei Grad Klimaerwärmung heißt 50 Prozent mehr Hitzetote - Armutskonferenz, Overheating impact on health in Austria

Building resilience: being young and getting old in a hotter Europe, Sweco, 2020, read the report    

Accelerating the transition to a climate prepared and resilient Europe, D.G. Research and Innovation, Healthy Planet, 2020, read  the report 

Increasing trends in regional heatwaves,  Nature Communications, 2020, read the article

Global warming and human impacts of heat and cold extremes in the EU, JRC PESETA IV project – Task 11, 2020, read more 

A debate in UK Parliament on the increasing risk of overheating in new and existing buildings and ways to manage this, see the debate 

Overheating in new homes, tool and guidance for identifying early stage overheating risks in new homes, Good Homes Alliance, July 2019,

read the report 

Killer Summer Heat: Pars Agreement compliance could avert hundreds of thousands of needless deaths in America's cities, 2017, Juanita Constible, Natural Resources Defense Council, Climate change US

A case study on impact shading with night time ventilation on overheating in residential property, London South Bank University and BBSA, read paper and additional study on The Challenge of Modelling Solar Shading Products and Their Impact on the Built Environment, 2016-2018, read paper ; read also the PPT  and  introduction 

Increasing risk over time of weather related hazards to the European population, The Lancet, Vol1. August 2017, read more

North-south polarization of European electricity consumption under future warming, Wenz et al., PNAS Early edition, 2017, read more

The impact of the climate change on  the overheating risk in dwellings, a Dutch case study,  February 2017, read more

BRE Test Report Scotland Vistor Centre -Operational Performance Assessment, Window Blind Case Study, January 2017, read more

Overheating in retrofitted flats: occupants practices, learning and interventions,U.K., October 2016, read more

Overheating in homes: drivers of change, Zero Carbon Hub, 2016, read more 

Overheating in homes, an introduction for designers, planners and property owners, U.K.Dept for Environment, Food, Rural Affairs,  Zero Carbon Hub NHBC House, read more

Building Overheating and Health in the U.K.- New homes and health, Angie Bone and Kevin Lomas, 24/25 November 2016

Indoor and Built Environment, 2016, Energy performance of buildings in Poland on the basis of different climatic data, read mor

 Guidance on preventing overheating in the home, ARCC,  Dept Energy and Climate Change, U.K. 2015, read more 

Talinn University of Technology at Qualicheck presentation Conference 4 September 2015: measurements on overheating in new appartments Estonia, read more

ES-SO study: "high performance dynamic shading solutions for energy efficiency and comfort in buildings", executive summary 2015 Sonnergy Ltd, read more 

On the predicted effectiveness of climate adaptation measures for residential buildings by Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2014, read more 

Pilot effect klimaatveranderingen op energiebesparingen en besparingsconcepten bij woningen, 2012, TU Delft, Nederland, read more on

Overheating in new homes, a review of the evidence” by NHBC Foundation U.K., 2012, read more

Overheating in residential passive house: Solution strategies revealed and confirmed through data analysis and simulations, 2011, read more 

The Comfort Houses - Measurements and analysis of the indoor environment and energy consumption in 8 passive houses 2008-2011” and recent investigations by Aalborg university Denmark: NZEB have an increased need for cooling to combat overheating, even in low seasons, due to high insulation and airtightness, read more 

See also related International studies:

Indoor Air Quality, thermal comfort and daylight, analysis of residential building regulations in 8 of EU member states, BPIE, 2015, read more 

The Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficient Building Envelopes, a publication of the International Energy Agency, 2013, download here 

The impact of climate change on thermal comfort, heating and cooling energy demand in Europe, ECEEE 2007 Summer study- saving energy, read more


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