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REHVA releases sustainability manifesto

REHVA (the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning associations) has released the REHVA Manifesto for sustainable, healthy and affordable buildings – the “2050 ready building” pact.

The document explores several topics that will help the building industry reach the EU’s 2050 targets. As an organisation, RAHVA represents over 120,000 organisations in the building services industry.

REHVA says HVAC professionals play a crucial role in energy transition.

“Through continuous professional development and adherence to common EU standards, they can lead the charge towards energy efficiency and sustainability, ensuring buildings meet both energy and indoor environment performance criteria,” says the company.

The document release has been timed to coincide with the release of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). According to the European Commission, approximately 75 per cent of the buildings in Europe built before 2000 have poor energy performance. The revised EPBD aims to increase the rate of renovations in Europe and support new infrastructure.

The key principles covered in the manifesto include:

  1. Energy efficiency and renewable energy: Prioritise energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.
  2. Decarbonised systems: Implement decarbonised heating and cooling systems and use low carbon construction materials.
  3. Indoor environmental quality (IEQ): Ensure high indoor environmental and air quality.
  4. Smart buildings: Promote the digitalisation of buildings to enhance energy efficiency and occupant comfort.
  5. Cost-effective solutions: Advocate for environmentally optimised, cost-effective technical solutions.

The document is available to download here.

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