VIP 38: What is smart ventilation?

In March 2017, AIVC identified smart ventilation for buildings as a new and important topic to be addressed.

Several actions were defined by AIVC Board about this topic in order to exchange and disseminate information on this topic. A working group of AIVC experts from several countries was created. One of its tasks was to agree on a definition of smart ventilation.

The purpose of this ventilation information paper is to present and illustrate this definition of "smart ventilation".

19 January 2021 - Upcoming Webinar "Building airtightness improvements of the building stock"

TightVent Europe ( and the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre ( are organizing the webinar "Building airtightness improvements of the building stock - Analysis of European databases" to be held on Tuesday January 19th, 2021 at 10:00-11:15 (CET).  The webinar aims at presenting three major European databases (in the UK, Flanders and France) and also at comparing their structures and their measurement data acquisition pro


QUALICHeCK Source Book for improved compliance of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) of buildings

Practical  experience shows that it is challenging to implement a robust compliance and enforcement framework for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for buildings. The source book on EPC compliance aims to provide guidelines and suggestions for achieving such a framework.

QUALICHeCK, Source book on Guidelines for better enforcement of quality of the works

New buildings, as well as the renovated building stock, should aim not just for good energy performance but also for good quality of the works, as this is a prerequisite for high building energy performance. Various experiences show that there are cases where the quality of the works is a (major) issue of concern. This source book aims to provide guidelines and suggestions for better enforcement of quality of the works.

The source book focuses on three conditions which have to be met in order to achieve agreement with all involved parties in practice:

The final recommendations of the ASIEPI project: How to make EPB-regulations more effective?

Issues such as compliance with European legislation on the energy performance of buildings, the inter-comparison of building energy performance across Europe, plus specific topics such as thermal bridges, summer comfort, ventilation and the use of innovation in buildings have been tackled. Support was provided to both Member States and the European Commission, with solutions being proposed as the project unfolded.

Stimulating increased energy efficiency and better building ventilation

During the final phase of the ASIEPI project on Assessment and Improvement of the EPBD Impact, the idea of producing a book which presents the major findings from this project was launched.

Technical study on the possible introduction of inspection of stand-alone ventilation systems in buildings

Article 19a of Directive 2018/844, includes the requirement for the Commission to perform, before 2020, a feasibility study to clarify the possibilities and timeline for introducing two aspects in order to improve buildings’ energy performance: - The inspection of stand-alone ventilation systems and - An optional building renovation passport.

Building airtightness: A critical review of testing, reporting and quality schemes in 10 countries

This report gives a critical review of steps taken in 10 countries (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, UK, USA) with regard to testing and reporting schemes as well as overall quality approaches to improve building airtightness. The analyses are mostly based on contributions and discussions with 20 speakers invited to the AIVC-TightVent airtightness international workshop held in Brussels, 28-29 March 2012; they also include information from earlier publications as well as from the authors’ experience.

Methods and techniques for airtight buildings

This report gives an overview to the design principles and construction methods for building airtightness. Its primary objective is to disseminate basic information on steps to follow at design stage as well as on tightening products and frequent field issues.

It stems from the MININFIL project run between 2009 and 2010 under the PREBAT programme with the support of ADEME. In particular, it can be read as an introduction to the over 150 construction details developed within this project.