EuroWindoor AISBL will primarily seek to address EU institutions on key issues related to windows, doors and facades. Ten national associations representing manufacturers and one European Company are the founders of the new association that represents window, door and facade manufacturers in Europe. The companies behind the associations have sales activities all over Europe, and are prominent in the market, interacting with dealers, installers and consumers buying windows and doors.
“Establishing a single independent building materials association, thereby bundling interests, with an efficient structure means that we can effectively represent the window, door and facade industry in Europe,” explains Joachim Oberrauch, President of EuroWindoor AISBL.
The association has already established itself within two key legislative frameworks, the “EU energy labelling of windows” and the “RoHS II Directive”.
Though EuroWindoor is a strong proponent of energy-efficient measures applicable throughout Europe, the association is unable to back the proposed EU Energy labelling for windows.
Windows are very specific products that are already regulated at national level. In addition, the energy performance of windows depends on a variety of different factors such as different climate conditions (even within countries), orientation and varying building regulations. In line with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), Member states are already responsible for defining cost-optimal energy performance requirements for buildings and components, and CE marking for windows is already in place. Finally, no clear link between the introduction of EU Energy labelling and energy savings has been documented by the European Commission. Such an EU Energy label would often not be effective in guiding consumers towards the most energy- and cost-optimal products across Europe and would be highly unlikely to deliver the benefits expected from its introduction.
EuroWindoor is highly committed to continuously increasing the energy efficiency of buildings in Europe. It therefore suggests an alternative to EU Energy labelling – a new code of requirements in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive for new construction and renovation that is based on full energy balance (including solar gain) and not merely on U-Value (heat loss, to be specified in the specific climatic context of the different Member States
Since July 2011, the RoHS II Directive has been a legal EU Directive that restricts the use of hazardous substances like lead, chrome (VI) or cadmium in electrical and electronic equipment. From 2019, it will also apply to windows and doors with electrical device.
From EuroWindoors point of view, the main problem is that the Directive applies the requirement to the whole window rather than just the electrical components; EuroWindoor is urging it should be restricted to those electrical parts. Furthermore, EuroWindoor criticises the unduly short transition period and insufficient consensus with other similar directives.
EuroWindoor was founded on 28 April 2015 in Brussels and began operation in Copenhagen on 1 July 2015, when the Directing Council and the General Assembly met for the first time. In addition to agreeing on two position papers, EuroWindoor AISBL adopted its working programme to represent the interests of the European window, door and facade (curtain walling) sector.
National Associations of the European window, door and facade sector and the European association of its supplying industries and companies from Europe can become member. The former organisation EuroWindoor, a cooperative alliance of the European materials-dependent associations FAECF, FEMIB, EPW and UEMV, has been formally terminated, and the associations EPW and FEMIB have formally stopped their past activities to commit them to EuroWindoor.
AISBL stands for „Association internationale sans but lucratif“ – Association Without Lucrative Purpose – an international non-profit association.
Associazione Nazionale per la tutela della Finestra made in Italy (ANFIT), Padua, Italy
Nederlandse Branchevereniging voor de Timmerindustrie (NBvT), Bussum, Nether-lands
Norsk Trevare, Oslo, Norway
profine GmbH, Troisdorf, Germany
RT Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries, Helsinki, Finland
Schweizerische Zentralstelle für Fenster- und Fassadenbau (SZFF), Dietikon, Swit-zerland
Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture Industry (TMF), Stockholm, Sweden
Træ- og Møbelindustrien (TMI), Copenhagen, Denmark
Union des Fabricants de Menuiseries Extérieures (UFME), Courbevoie, France
Verband Fenster + Fassade (VFF), Frankfurt a. M., Germany
VinduesIndustrien, Århus, Denmark
Two new members (BF Bundesverband Flachglas from Troisdorf, Germany and VKG Vereniging Kunststof Gevelelementenindustrie from Nieuwegein, Netherlands) were admitted in Copenhagen.