Our public affairs activities focus on healthy, sustainable and affordable buildings. In 2015, we were involved in such activities as:
Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
The VELUX Group advocates the Active House vision and principles to achieve Nearly Zero Energy Buildings.
At the Healthy Buildings Day in Brussels in March 2015, we zoomed in on ways to ensure that the more than 80 million Europeans who presently live in unhealthy and damp buildings can achieve a healthy indoor climate through daylight and fresh air.
Daylight in buildings
The VELUX Group is a leading proponent of daylight in buildings as a key enabler of human health and happiness. We base our recommendations on the following key points:
- Daylight should be used as primary light source in buildings during daytime to fulfil visual and non-visual (biological) needs.
- Levels of minimum 300 lux in 75% of the room area and 500 lux in areas where a task has to be performed are minimum daylight provisions.
- Adequate daylight should always be part of renovation strategies.
At the VELUX Daylight Symposium 2015, the need for new regulations and daylight metrics were key topics. Among others, the new European Daylight standard, CEN TC159/WG 11 Daylight, was presented and discussed.
The VELUX Group advocates natural ventilation and natural ventilative cooling to ensure fresh air and a healthy indoor climate in buildings. We take an active part in shifting the legislative focus from simple requirements in terms of air change and flow rates to indoor air quality parameters such as CO2 levels and relative humidity.
Our advocacy of natural ventilation as a main driver of healthy and sustainable buildings is based on the following key recommendations:
- The qualities and benefits of natural ventilation and natural ventilative cooling must be included in standards, compliance tools and legislation
- Requirements for indoor air quality must be expressed in a way that is compatible with natural and mechanical ventilation
- The VELUX Group supports the EU policy that the real solution to creating cleaner air everywhere – indoors and outdoors – is by source control.
In 2015, we released the Indoor Climate Viewer app that can be used to keep track of the indoor climate at home, at work, at school and anywhere else.
With 80 million Europeans currently living in buildings that are neither healthy nor sustainable, there is a great need to upscale the current stand-alone building experiments to large-scale and affordable building schemes. To support this development, the VELUX Group is exploring new ways of sustainable, affordable and replicable building retrofit.
In 2015, we invested in the RenovActive project in Belgium to create a showcase for affordable and sustainable renovation in social housing estates.