The EnEV 2013, the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), CE-marking, declarations of performance, the "energy turnaround", health, sustainability, EU fire resistance standards, Universal Design, REACH, new quality assessments, VOC emissions, EPDs, energy labels, solar control, energy efficiency, fitness for use, automatic components, ventilation concepts, installation, optimised wall connections... these are just a few of the topics covered by current ift Rosenheim work packages. Projects are becoming ever more complex, incorporating the building envelope as a whole, or even the entire building, and the interfaces with the building services. The ift Rosenheim responds to this challenge by adding new areas of expertise to its portfolio, in order to continue providing the industry with the comprehensive support it needs.
Construction and refurbishment are once again shifting into the focus for private building owners and institutional investors; this comes as no surprise given the current shortage of residential housing, coupled with low interest rates and unpredictable financial markets. Windows and doors have a prominent role to play here because they improve users' quality of life, not only by adding light, heat, transparency, comfort and convenience, but also by opening buildings up to the outside in a way that walls and insulating materials do not. On top of this, demographic change means products are required that facilitate accessible living for people of all ages, and are also sustainable, healthy, and easy and reliable to operate – all of which also happen to be "Universal Design" criteria. In 2013 the emphasis at the ift Rosenheim will therefore be on the topics described below.
- Energy efficieny and the German Energy Saving Regulation (EnEV)
- The Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
- Sustainability, health and living comfort
- Installation, fixing and wall connection
- New services and tests