The objective of the event is to present the Informal IEQ Gathering’s manifesto and to link technical building systems, and their maintenance to the EU’s European Green Deal climate mitigation ambitions and policy initiatives, in particular the Renovation Wave Initiative.
The topic aligns with the EU's long-term strategy to achieve a climate neutral economy which requires setting energy performance requirements for buildings. The role of ventilation, cooling, heating, lighting, and control and automation systems on IEQ as an accompaniment to boosting the energy performance of buildings in the drive to decarbonize the building stock by 2050 will be covered during the session.
Furthermore, in setting energy-performance requirements within the European Green Deal, policymakers are presented with the opportunity to complement them with IEQ performance requirements to support other public policy objectives including improving productivity, health, and wellbeing.
In the context of the Green Recovery, public and private financing should integrate additional conditionality so that renovations also improve the smartness of buildings and their indoor environmental quality (IEQ). In addition, financing schemes should be encouraged to incentivise the installation of the most efficient technical building systems from a holistic energy, IEQ and smartness perspective, whilst ensuring that renovations remain economically accessible to all socio-economic categories.
The event will feature speakers from the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA), eu.bac, representing the European manufacturers for home and building automation; the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) representing the refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat pump industries, Lighting Europe, representing the lighting industry, GCP and AREA representing both HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) & plumbing and cooling installers and contractors and the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) representing the heat pump industry of Europe. Bringing together speakers with perspectives from across the building spectrum will ensure that the event provides a holistic and comprehensive forum for debate and will serve to underline the benefit in promoting improvements in IEQ and the opportunities for technical building systems in the Green Recovery.