INIVE (International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy Performance) was created in 2001.The main reason for founding INIVE was to set up a worldwide acting network of excellence in knowledge gathering and dissemination. At present, INIVE has as member organisations Buildwise, CETIAT, Ghent University, Fraunhofer – IBP, KU Leuven).
INIVE has multiple aims, including the collection and efficient storage of relevant information, providing guidance and identifying major trends, developing intelligent systems to provide the world of construction with useful knowledge in the area of energy efficiency, indoor environment, ventilation and airtightness of buildings. Building energy- and environmental performance regulations are another major area of interest for the INIVE members, especially in relation to the implementation of the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. With respect to the dissemination of information, INIVE aims for the widest possible distribution of information.
INIVE is coordinating and/or facilitating various international projects, e.g. the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre – AIVC, Dynastee, the Indoor Environmental Quality – Global Alliance–IEQ-GA, the TightVent Europe platform, and the venticool platform. INIVE has also coordinated the ASIEPI project (01/10/2007 – 31/03/2010) dealing with the evaluation of the implementation and impact of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, the QUALICHeCK project and platform aiming towards improved compliance and quality of the works for better performing buildings, the European portal on Energy Efficiency –BUILD UP and the EPBD feasibility study 19a.
The AIVC (www.aivc.org) activities are supported by the following countries: Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA.
Created in 1979, the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (www.aivc.org) is one of the projects/annexes running under the International Energy Agency’s Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme. With the support of 17 member countries as well as key experts and associations (IEQ-GA, REHVA, IBPSA, ISIAQ), the AIVC offers industry and research organisations technical support aimed at better understanding the ventilation challenges and optimising energy efficient ventilation
Since 1980, the annual AIVC conferences have been the meeting point for presenting and discussing major developments and results regarding infiltration and ventilation in buildings. AIVC combines forces with the TightVent Europe and venticool platforms aiming at facilitating exchanges and progress on airtightness and ventilative cooling issues, which are major topics of this conference.
About TightVent Europe
The TightVent Europe ‘Building and Ductwork Airtightness Platform’ was launched in January 2011. TightVent Europe aims at facilitating exchanges and progress on building and ductwork airtightness issues, including the organization of conferences, workshops and webinars. It fosters experience sharing as well as knowledge production and dissemination on practical issues such as specifications, design, execution, control, etc., taking advantage of the lessons learnt from pioneering work while keeping in mind the need for adequate ventilation. In September 2012, the TightVent Airtightness Associations Committee (TAAC) was also launched with the primary goal of promoting reliable testing/inspection and reporting procedures. TAAC gathers both TightVent partners and TAAC members (experts or representatives of airtightness testers in their countries).
TightVent Europe has been initiated by INIVE (International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy Performance) with at present the financial and/or technical support of the following partners: Lindab, MEZ-TECHNIK, Retrotec, Acin Instrumenten, BlowerDoor GmbH, dooApp, Soudal, Eurima, Gonal, SIGA and BPIE.
Venticool is the international ventilative cooling platform launched in October 2012 to accelerate the uptake of ventilative cooling by raising awareness, sharing experience and steering research and development efforts in the field of ventilative cooling. In 2020, venticool decided to broaden its scope towards resilient ventilative cooling.
The platform supports better guidance for the appropriate implementation of resilient ventilative cooling strategies as well as adequate credit for such strategies in building regulations.
The platform philosophy is to pull resources together and to avoid duplicating efforts to maximize the impact of existing and new initiatives. venticool joins forces with international projects (in particular IEA EBC Annex 62 (ventilative cooling) and, more recently, IEA EBC annex 80 (Resilient cooling for buildings)) and organizations with significant experience and/or well identified in the field of ventilation and thermal comfort like AIVC and REHVA.
venticool was initiated by INIVE (International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy Performance) with the financial and/or technical support of the following partners: NAVENTA, Reynaers Aluminium, Velux, WindowMaster, Active House, CIBSE nvg, Eurowindoor and REHVA.