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Operating building services during Covid

Operating building services during Covid

Pat Lehane October 6, 2020 , , , , , , ,

REHVA, the Federation of European HVAC Associations, has published the second review of its COVID-19 Guidance. The latest version focusses on the reopening and safe use of buildings and suggests mitigation measures on specific components and building types, including a document on how to reopen schools, the use of fan coils with recirculation, and minimising air-leakages across rotary heat exchangers.


Lighting the way for ecodesign compliance

Lighting the way for ecodesign compliance

Pat Lehane September 25, 2020 , , , , ,

The transformation of lighting since the introduction of LED technology is bringing significant benefits, particularly for energy efficiency and lighting design. However, some of these benefits can be lost if products are substandard, writes Tim Stokes, Programme Manager, Market Surveillance, SEAI.


Reality not meeting design aspiration

Reality not meeting design aspiration

Pat Lehane September 25, 2020 , , ,

Why are buildings typically consuming two to five times more energy than at design stage? Why is the industry letting this happen? James Duggan, Senior Sustainability Engineer, Lawler Sustainability, probes for the answers.


Go Green ... try 'Decaf Gas'

Go Green … try ‘Decaf Gas’

Pat Lehane August 5, 2020 , , , , ,

It has been another eventful couple of months for many countries around the globe. The COVID-19 situation continues to create havoc across the world, as countries deal with the fall-out of the health crisis and associated economic impact. Here Professor Paul de Leeuw*, Energy Transition Institute, Robert Gordon University, explains why the oil and gas industry, and the wider energy sector, has a very significant role to play in shaping and building the new energy future. Basically, he suggests we keep the good bits of existing technologies with the benefits they bring, but remove the polluting parts. This would be a real win-win.


Lighting Key to Green Deal Success

Lighting Key to Green Deal Success

Pat Lehane August 5, 2020 , , ,

LightingEurope is supporting the call to scale up renovation across Europe and is working hard to make sure it includes lighting. Renovation is at the heart of the European Green Deal and has been identified as a key driver for social and economic recovery post COVID-19. However, there cannot — and should not — be any renovation of buildings in Europe without upgrading the lighting installations, says Paul O‘Connor, Chairman, Lighting Association Ireland (LAI), which is the Irish member representative body of LightingEurope.