June 8, 2012, Paris, France
Early on Friday morning in beautiful Paris, Swegon Air Academy held a second seminar for this year in France. The venue Le Chalet de Iles Daumesnil is surrounded by fantastic scenery. A small pond with green trees and birds is truly breathtaking and it is a perfect location for a French seminar.
It´s been two years since Swegon Air Academy was held in Paris and this year more than 50 participants attended the seminar “Added-Value for Commercial Buildings”. Suzanne Deoux and Frank Hovorka held two very interesting presentations looking at this topic from different angles. The audience listened very actively and had many questions during the presentations for both speakers.
In her presentation Susanne listed many important factors which need to be balanced carefully. Among these factors are: indoor air quality, natural and artificial lighting, acoustics, quality of home and spaces, water and air quality, and electromagnetism. Susanne presented some of her results from the measurements of ground-loop heat exchanger which included indoor air quality, humidity and radon contamination. Suzanne´s presentation was filled with the knowledge about the healthy and energy issues in buildings and their effect on human performance.
Everyone was very carefully listening when Frank Hovorka talked about the impacts of the components on the value of a property. The energy performance of components in buildings decreased from 130-250 kWhep/(m2.a) in 2005 to 40-65 kWhep/(m2.a) in 2012. Frank connected energy performance of buildings with indoor air quality requirements and economical aspects.
Frank said: “In the future we set targets for our building energy and comfort performances. Increasing comfort equals to higher productivity, lower energy demand with energy neutral built environment. With the current slope of improvements we don’t reach our future targets. This means we have to think in another way as we do now to make the big steps. We have to accelerate the increment in building energy and comfort performances. Energy savings are nowadays focused on our generation part. With the proposed human in the loop approach, we can make a big step by focusing on the demand.”
Frank continued with clear examples and stated: “With methods like continuous commissioning we get our shells closely around the actual demand. With the human in the loop we send the energy only to those spots for optimal comfort and minimal energy.”
The weather was very unpredictable, with blue skies, sunshine and all of a sudden pouring rain. This gave a challenge to the organizer, as an outdoor coffee break and lunch were planned in their fantastic garden. When it was lunchtime, the sun shone all the time and it was a worthy end of a perfect seminar day.
After the lunch, the French were stayed on, mingled and discussed interesting matters among themselves.
Photo by Satu Palmgren