16-17 March 2015, Workshop in Lund, Sweden — Voluntary and Regulatory Frameworks to Improve Quality and Compliance of Ventilation and Airtightness

QUALICHeCK Lund Workshop

Although ventilation and airtightness are covered in most countries by various regulations focused on energy performance and/or indoor air quality, the effectiveness of these regulations is often called into question. A number of studies have shown significant deviations between assumed and actual characteristics of the building or equipment, possibly resulting in non-compliance to the regulation and/or degraded performance.

The principal objective of this workshop was to discuss and identify ways to reduce these deviations with or without regulatory measures, thereby increasing the confidence in declared values of documents produced to show compliance with the regulations.

Three aspects were more specifically addressed:

  • how to improve the reliability of the input data used to issue Energy Performance certificates;
  • how to improve the quality of the works;
  • how to take into account innovations in a compliance framework.

The workshop discussions were based on detailed presentations of schemes that are operational or under development to address those issues.

You may download the workshop presentations from the table below (Right click on the PDF links and Save As…).

DAY 1 – MONDAY 16 MARCH 2015
1 Introduction  PDF  VID
Welcome on behalf of QUALICHeCK – Objectives of this workshop – QUALICHeCK’s approach to quality and compliance. Peter Wouters, BBRI, Belgium  PDF
Welcome on behalf of Boverket. Anders Sjelvgren and Wanda Rydholm, Boverket, Sweden  PDF
BUILD UP Skills: European collaboration on improving the competence of the building workforce – Ventilation and airtightness aspects. Horia Petran, URBAN-INCERC, Romania  PDF
Addressing compliance and quality in CEN and ISO standards. Jaap Hogeling, Chair of CEN TC 371, ISSO, Netherlands  PDF
2 Outcomes of QUALICHeCK
Approaches to improve compliance and accessibility of energy performance certificate input data. François Durier, CETIAT, France  PDF
Overview of selected approaches to improve the quality of the works. Heike Erhorn-Kluttig, IBP Fraunhofer, Germany  PDF
3 Building ventilation: industry initiatives – opportunities and challenges for manufacturers
The role certification can play to improve the reliability of input data. Eurovent certification example.  Sylvain Courtey, Eurovent Certita Certification, France  PDF
Opportunities and challenges for natural ventilation systems and ventilative cooling solutions in compliance frameworks. Karsten Duer, Velux, Denmark  PDF
Assessment of demand-controlled ventilation in various countries and compliance frameworks: practical experience and difficulties encountered by a manufacturer. Yves Lambert, Renson, Belgium  PDF
Market drivers for the ventilation industry in Sweden: the role of AMA and OVK procedures, standardisation, and certification. Lars-Åke Mattsson, Lindab, Sweden  PDF
4 Selected approaches addressing quality and compliance in various countries – Concerns for innovation
Quality and compliance on building ventilation and airtightness in the Dutch context. Wouter Borsboom, TNO, The Netherlands PDF
Air-Permeability Testing of New Dwellings & Buildings in the UK: Challenges to Maintaining Standards. Barry Cope, ATTMA, UK PDF
Overview of competent tester schemes for building airtightness testers. François Rémi Carrié, INIVE, Belgium PDF
BUILD UP Skills Sweden: Quality assurance of the works and training activities. Per-Johan Wik, Lund University, Sweden PDF
 5 Swedish approach to quality and compliance 
Background on Swedish regulation BBR – Ventilation and airtightness. Wanda Rydholm, Boverket, Sweden PDF
OVK Compliance (regulatory) and energy efficiency measures, as well as guidance to municipal supervisors on the Board’s Web (Boverkets), OVK experience and supervision. Wanda Rydholm, Boverket, Sweden PDF
The Swedish National energy declaration record. Anders Sjelvgren, Boverket, Sweden PDF
Certification of persons issuing OVK and energy performance certificates. Magnus Jerlmark, Kiwa, Sweden PDF
Qualification of airtightness testers. Paula Wahlgren, Chalmers, Sweden and Magnus Hansén, SP, Sweden PDF
The AMA framework: ductwork according, practical implementation and presentation of digital training for ventilation installers. Johnny Andersson, Ramboll, Sweden PDF
 6 Step-by-step demonstration of the inspection of ventilation systems (OVK procedure) supported by video
Wanda Rydholm, Boverket, Sweden and Olle Nevenius, FunkiS, Sweden PDF1 PDF2
 DAY 2 – TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2015
 7 Steps to improve the reliability of EPC input data and quality of the works in the Belgian context
Energy Performance of buildings regulations in Belgium – The key puzzle pieces for an effective regulation. Xavier Loncour, BBRI, Belgium  PDF
Building airtightness: Towards improved and reliable declared performances.
Clarisse Mees, BBRI, Belgium
Ventilation: steps towards framework for reliable EPC input data and improved quality/compliance. Samuel Caillou, BBRI, Belgium  PDF
8 Status on the ground and industry-driven initiatives in the French regulatory context
Lessons learnt from regulatory compliance checks on ventilation and airtightness: regulatory context, control procedures, results. Sandrine Charrier and Adeline Bailly, CEREMA, France.  PDF
Building regulations can foster quality management : the French example on building airtightness. Sandrine Charrier, CEREMA, France  PDF
French voluntary scheme for homogeneous announcement of ventilation product performance. François Durier, CETIAT, France  PDF
9 Interactive session – Developing effective compliance frameworks
Legal issues when developing compliance frameworks. Eric Winnepenninckx, UBAtc, Belgium  PDF
Structured discussion on sources of problems regarding input data, quality of the works, and innovation  PDF
10 Conclusions and Perspectives
Summary of country presentations. Arnold Janssens, University of Ghent, Belgium  PDF
Perspectives for effective compliance checks, including feedback from interactive sessions. Xavier Loncour, BBRI, Belgium  PDF
Future steps for QUALICHeCK. Peter Wouters, BBRI, Belgium  PDF


You may also download the workshop flyer and the final workshop programme.

The workshop was organised by INIVE on behalf of the QUALICHeCK consortium, AIVC (Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre), TightVent (Building and Ductwork Airtightness Platform), and venticool (the international platform for ventilative cooling), in cooperation with Boverket and Chalmers, and with the support of REHVA.

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