Covid-19

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The IPCC Special Report released in late 2018, highlighted the urgency of minimising global temperature rise to 1.5°C and emphasised the need for systems transitions that can be enabled by investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation, policy and acceleration of technological innovation and behavioural changes (IPCC; 2018).  
Post date: 8 Oct 2020
Type: Publication

05 November 2020   REHVA’s annual flagship Brussels Summit is moving online!   The conference target building professionals (engineers, manufactures, researchers) and other stakeholders from the field of buildings energy efficiency, indoor environment quality and sustainability.   In this year’s edition, the Summit will be divided into 2 sessions:  
Post date: 2 Oct 2020
Type: Event

As COVID-19 cases rose and lockdown measures came into effect around the world, commercial building occupancy dropped dramatically, from 100% to almost zero in the space of a week in many places. Many might expect near-zero occupancy to mean near-zero energy consumption, but new data reveals that this is not the case. In fact, many offices, shopping malls, and entertainment complexes are consuming 80% or more of their usual full-occupancy energy levels, highlighting huge cost implications for businesses, building owners, and the environment.  
Post date: 9 Sep 2020
Type: News

Like all industries, construction has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and is now being forced to adapt in order to operate in a heightened health and safety environment focused on social distancing. This disruption is fundamentally impeding conventional construction approaches and forcing even the most traditional companies to look for modern solutions. Now, promising digital technologies that have been struggling to break established construction markets are emerging as saviors of post-COVID construction.  
Post date: 9 Sep 2020
Type: News

This online course (~6 hours) covers key topics on how to resume activities, safely operate buildings and specifically use densely occupied indoor spaces during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The course is based on the REHVA COVID-19 guidance documents and its modules provide basic theoretical knowledge with hands-on information taught by REHVA experts.
Post date: 2 Sep 2020
Type: News

The European Green Deal is considered an essential element of an inclusive and sustainable growth strategy for Europe. EU Member States are currently developing recovery plans as part of their existing strategies to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Sustainable energy investments are an important pillar of such strategies, which require significant public financing as a lever for private investment.   
Post date: 20 Aug 2020
Type: News

Energy-efficient upgrades to HVAC systems at schools and other critical buildings can prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Federal funding and tax incentives to make these building upgrades could catalyze a market already projected for growth.  The EU has already embraced building upgrades as part of the European Green Deal framework in its recovery package. What do climate change, COVID-19, and your air conditioner have in common? As it turns out, a lot.  
Post date: 19 Aug 2020
Type: News

SMARTSPEND’s Online Workshop   On 30 September 2020, the SMARTSPEND project will hold its Online Workshop “Financing Clean Energy Transition in the Context of EU Recovery”. SMARTSPEND is a Horizon2020 project that seeks to coordinate the efforts of industry, national governments and European institutions in investing in clean energy research and development.  
Post date: 3 Aug 2020
Type: Event

Will this place make me sick? That’ll be the question on the minds of anxious occupants as they begin returning to offices. And it’ll be up to you, the fearless facility manager, to allay those fears.  That’s no small order.
Post date: 29 Jul 2020
Type: News

As facility managers consider their reopening strategies, of course cleaning, PPE, and social distancing policies must be top of mind. But the role of the HVAC system cannot be ignored either. Can improved air filtration and better ventilation actually help reduce the spread of coronavirus? Or does recirculated air — as from air conditioning systems — help spread the virus? Those have been the million dollar questions really since the start of pandemic.  
Post date: 29 Jul 2020
Type: News