At the latest meeting of the Marketing and Technical Committee of the European ETICS Association EAE, action was taken on a number of central decisions made at the last General Meeting in Warsaw in April.
For the first time a representative of the Romanian ETICS association QETICS – Radu Grigorescu – took part in the meeting of the Technical Committee (TC) on 19.07.2016 in Frankfurt. First formed in 2008, QETICS is the youngest member of the EAE, having joined in 2016. Its members represent a market in which a total volume of some 20 million square metres of ETICS is installed every year. Grigorescu said he was most impressed by the breadth and depth of the discussions and the information exchanged – above all on the situation regarding European standardization, revision of European guidelines, aspects of fire safety and the relationship between European framework requirements and national regulations. Like all the participants, he attached great importance to a mutual exchange of ideas and coordination on technical issues. Bettina Hahn also took part in the TC meeting for the first time. Frau Hahn has been working in the EAE office since 1.7.2016, contributing her decades of experience with ETICS, especially with regard to technical questions.
The EAE has also had new contacts with Japan and China that have generated some interesting new technical ideas. Managing Director Ralf Pasker took part in the Green Building Conference in Shanghai and also made a lecture tour of Japan. “With EAE we have a stable association structure and growing membership in Europe. And our work is now also coming to the notice of people outside Europe – resulting, amongst other things, in these invitations. It is important to look beyond our own horizons and foster such links. China and Japan have different cultures, but when it comes to energy efficiency they have a lot in common with us in Europe,” said Pasker. There are already plans for the European association to issue return invitations to partners in Asia.
In the latest meeting of the Marketing Committee there was some discussion of the next steps for putting across the basic message of the new Energy Saving Guide (ESG) – which has already been translated into German and published in Austria and Germany – on the importance of energy efficiency in buildings both at European level and in the 12 member states of the EAE. It was decided that members of the European Commission would be contacted with the relevant ESG information according to their individual departments in order to put across the arguments in a more targeted manner. This applies in particular to topics such as energy efficiency, cost effectiveness, execution of construction work and the environment. Another main focus for EAE in the field of marketing over the next few months will be the relaunch of the website (www.ea-etics.eu).
The next General Meeting is scheduled for 13/14 October 2016 in Rotterdam, where the agenda will include elections to the new executive board. At the same time, planning will start for the 4th European ETICS Forum 2017, which will also be held in Warsaw.