The new RITE regulation evaluated by 4 experts

• Eurofred has organized the round table “Air conditioning and sustainability: new Regulation of Thermal Installations in Buildings (RITE) and Renewable Energies”.
• Experts agree on the need to continue to approach this type of regulation in order to achieve the objectives set for reducing primary energy consumption.


Barcelona, 16 June 2021 - On 1 July, the new regulations will come into force, which set out the requirements for energy efficiency and safety that must be met by Thermal Installations in Buildings (RITE). That is why Eurofred has organized a round table related to this update.

In the event 'Air conditioning and sustainability: new regulation of thermal installations in buildings (RITE) and renewable energy' have participated Marta Tomás, Director of Renewable Energy at Eurofred; Adam Fernandez, Commercial Director at Teclisa; José López, Renewable Energy Technical & Marketing Manager at Eurofred; i Josep Donés Barcons, Secretary General of the Association of Promoters of Catalonia (PACE).

According to the Government, the update of the RITE will contribute to achieving the goal of improving energy efficiency by reducing primary energy consumption by 39.5% in 2030. The RITE will force to justify the installation of conventional thermal systems instead of more efficient and sustainable ones. In addition, the new standard requires high-consumption buildings to take the first step towards becoming smart buildings that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

One more step to reach the goal

The speakers agree that updating this regulation is a necessity at the state level. "Otherwise, the goals set cannot be achieved," he said José López. On this, adds Josep Donés: "It is the administrations that must stop arguing and start acting, because in the sector we are doing everything we can on the basis of regulations, but we are going very slowly."

Therefore, experts agree that such demands need to be accelerated, especially in a context of changing mindsets such as the current one. "People want to know what and how they consume," he says Adam Fernandez, "So we need to be able to implement consumption management through IoT and other methods, thinking of the end user." And it is that people not only demand comfort, but know what they spend and how they do it.

This will require greater emphasis on technology. Marta Tomás he emphasizes: “We ask technology to be efficient, green and clean. It is important that the refrigerants of the systems are ecological, that they do not emit CO₂, and we have to balance it so that they generate maximum comfort by means of an economic saving. That is the high point. "

In this sense, the pandemic has caused customers to be more attentive to indoor environmental quality. He emphasizes it Adam Fernandez: “Air Treatment Units (UTA) are increasingly in demand, because, even if COVID-19 ceases to exist, air treatment will continue to be important. We have a very important rehabilitation park in front of us and we have to remedy it. Although restaurants, hotels, residences or schools request it, the truth is that the residential market demands it more and more ”.

It is also necessary to take advantage of this circumstance to provide greater training. "Training is needed for the end user, but also for the specialists who will have to transfer this information to the client," he says. Marta Tomás. “People are not fully aware of the quality of the air they breathe because they do not see it, but, for example, in Barcelona, if we turned air into water we would see that it is brown water that no one would be willing to to drink, ”he explains.

"Breathing is not so important, and it is a risk, given that the outside air is type 1, ie carcinogenic, while several organisms insist that the indoor environment is up to ten times more polluted ”, He explains José López. Ventilation plays a key role in all this and is very relevant in premises with notable occupancy. "Ventilating is the only way to eliminate CO₂," he says.

All experts are clear about the importance of rehabilitating the existing housing stock and premises, as part of the RITE upgrade, to achieve higher air quality and indoor climate. It will, however, be necessary to make a progressive commitment, in continuous progress, to provide all the actors with the necessary bases for the promotion of efficient facilities and smart buildings.

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