ENERGY, SAVINGS AND INDOOR AIR QUALITY

The report of 18.10.2017 on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy efficiency of buildings (COM (2016) 0765 – C8-0499 / 2016 – 2016/0381 (COD )), certifies that in Brussels, the discussion on changes to the new regulations on businesses has been put on the agenda, concerning the issues of Energy, Research and Industry. Climate change is about to increase the overall energy request which buildings need and inevitably the real health and economic costs are going to increase for citizens living and working in poorly ventilated or humid environments. “The policy changes have been proposed to a better quality of indoor environments and to set the minimum standard level which each member have to respect, in compliance with the ambitious restructuring strategies provided for new and old buildings.” This is possible if sustainable and efficient indoor air treatment systems are provided which don’t get worse our health, indeed they improve it. For that reason there is a clear reference to what it should be done to keep them in compliance. We report some passages and it is available at the bottom, a link that in only two pages in Italian language, exposes the theme and the goals.

“To facilitate the cost effective achievement of the Union’s climate and energy goals as well as cost-efficient renovations in buildings, national longterm renovation strategies should integrate considerations for improvements to health and indoor climate, including by combining renovation with the removal of asbestos and other harmful substances, preventing the illegal removal of harmful substances, and facilitating compliance with existing legislative acts such as Directive 2009/148/EC1a and Directive (EU) 2016/22841b.”

“Provisions related to inspections of heating systems and air-conditioning systems were found to not sufficiently ensure, in an efficient manner, the initial and maintained performance of these technical system”.

“The 2009 WHO guidelines provide that, concerning indoor air quality, better performing buildings provide higher comfort levels and wellbeing for their occupants and improve health. Thermal bridges, inadequate insulation and unplanned air pathways can result in surface temperatures below the dew point of the air and in dampness.”

“Member States should ensure that energy performance upgrades of existing buildings also contribute to achieving a healthy indoor environment, including by the removal of asbestos and other harmful substances and by avoiding problems such as mould, as well as safeguarding the fundamental safety structures of the buildings, in particular in relation to fire safety and seismic safety.”

Indoor air quality in the European Committee

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