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UNE standards, playing a critical role in supporting the ecological transition of the residential sector


  • UNE has held a seminar with the participation of leading experts from the Ministries of Ecological Transition and Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, as well as the AFEC, AFME, ANDIMAT, ANFALUM, APPA Renovables, ASEFAVE, CEPCO, FEGECA and UNEF.
  • Many areas of standardisation drive the green transition in the residential sector: from air conditioning to heat generators and emitters, and from thermal insulation to building envelopes, among many others.
  • UNE standards harmonise good practices, establish a common language and provide reliable and agreed tools for companies and legislators, building trust among all parties involved.

25 February 2021. The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has held a seminar "The Role of Standards in Supporting the ecological transition in the residential sector", in which leading experts from the public and private sectors underlined the important role played by technical standards in the ecological transition in the residential sector. The online event attracted a great deal of interest, bringing together more than 150 professionals from various organisations.

The residential sector plays an important role in both national and European environmental transition goals. Buildings consume around 30% of final energy and have great potential for increased efficiencies and the integration of renewables. Energy rehabilitation of buildings is one of the priorities of the Spanish Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, and is one of the seven European Flagship Initiatives recently presented by the Commission in the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021.

Standardisation plays an important role in the above fields, harmonising good practices, establishing a common language and providing reliable and agreed tools to companies and legislators, building confidence among all parties involved.

At the event, UNE's General Manager, Javier García, presented various areas of standardisation that drive the green transition in the Spanish residential sector: from air conditioning to heat generators and emitters, including thermal insulation, building envelopes and accessories, lighting and colour, electrical systems for buildings and homes, smart cities, sustainability in construction and energy efficiency.

Some illustrative examples of standards that support the green transition in the residential sector include UNE-EN ISO 52000-1, on the overarching energy efficiency assessment of buildings; UNE-EN 442-2, which lays out test and evaluation methods for radiators and convectors, and UNE-EN ISO 12241, on calculation methods for thermal insulation for building equipment and industrial installations (standard cited in the RITE and the CTE).

Also included are standards UNE-EN 14351-1:2006+A2, which specifies the performance characteristics of windows and external pedestrian doorsets, and UNE-EN 15193-1 with the energy requirements for lighting in buildings.

Furthermore, the standards help companies achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, reflecting the consensus, collaboration and good practices required for this global challenge.

The seminar was attended by Luis Vega, Deputy Director General of Architecture and Buildings at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA) and Mar Blázquez, Deputy Director General for Energy Efficiency of the Directorate General for Energy Policy and Mines at the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO).

The session was also attended by Luis Rodulfo, President of UNE's Construction Advisory Committee and Executive Vice-President of CEPCO (Spanish Confederation of Construction Product Manufacturers' Associations); Jaime Fernández, Technical Secretary of ANDIMAT (National Association of Manufacturers of Insulating Materials); Pablo Martín, Director of ASEFAVE (Spanish Association of Light Facade and Window Manufacturers); Óscar Querol, Chairman of the Electrotechnical Advisory Committee at UNE and Technical Director at AFME (Electrical Manufacturers Association); Sonia Pomar, General Secretary of FEGECA (Association of Heat Generator and Issuer Manufacturers); Cecilia Salamanca, Head of the Technical Department at AFEC (Air Conditioning Equipment Manufacturers);  Alfredo Berges, Vice President of UNE and General Manager of ANFALUM (Spanish Association of Lighting Manufacturers); Elena Velázquez, Technical Director of UNEF (Spanish Photovoltaic Union); and Lucía Dólera, Project Director of APPA Renovables (Association of Renewable Energy Companies).