Renewables in buildings

Cooling and heating

By Claire Marchand

Summer has arrived in the Northern hemisphere, winter in the Southern hemisphere. It’s time to take a closer look at cooling and heating solutions for commercial, industrial and residential areas.

The Berlin main station was built with energy-efficiency in mind
The Berlin main station was built with energy-efficiency in mind

Buildings

The building sector is extremely greedy in terms of energy consumption. Heating is mainly provided by burning fossil fuels, whereas cooling and ventilation systems rely essentially on electricity. In the future, renewable energies are set to play a growing role for heating and cooling buildings. A number of IEC TCs (Technical Committees) and SCs (Subcommittees) are involved in the preparation of International Standards for components and systems used in heating, cooling and ventilation installations.

Industrial processes

As for electroheating, it is used in many industrial sectors, for the processing of many elements ranging from metals to glass, ceramics, polymers or natural fibres. In general it is more energy efficient than many other industrial processes, significantly cleaner and results in better quality products. IEC TC 27 prepares IEC International Standards in that field.

The London 2012 Olympics

Technology will play a key role at the 2012 Olympics in London at the end of July. And so will IEC International Standards. All venues will be equipped with state-of-the-art devices and systems, the best that modern technology can offer. The July issue of e-tech will take you through some of the Olympic sites; describe their equipment, installations and systems and how they rely on standardization for safety, security, reliability, efficiency and performance.

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The Berlin main station was built with energy-efficiency in mind The Berlin main station was built with energy-efficiency in mind
The London 2012 Olympic Park The London 2012 Olympic Park
claire_marchand Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech