EPPA participates in the biggest European expositions of 2024 for window industry

EPPA participates in the biggest European expositions of 2024 for window industry
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Date: 15 March 2024

The motto of the EPPA and GKFP trade fair appearance is "renovation - use what we have and make it better".

The European PVC Window Profiles and Related Products Association (EPPA) is delighted to shortly report about its successful participation in the BUDMA exposition in Poland. In the next week FENSTERBAU FRONTALE will take place in Nuremberg from March 19 to 22, 2024. EPPA ivzw, will be represented at the trade fair, this time together with RAL Gütegemeinschaft Kunststoff-Fensterprofilsysteme e.V. (GKFP) in hall 4A - stand 129. In addition, both associations will be organizing a lecture program on various exciting topics in the official FORUM of FENSTERBAU FRONTALE on 21 March from 10:30 to 14:00. The motto of the EPPA and GKFP trade fair appearance is "renovation - use what we have and make it better".

EPPA representatives were present all days during the event at the BUDMA exposition in Poznan (29th of January till 2nd of February 2024). M. Karwowski and K. Pięta (representatives of EPPA Polska) jointly presented the latest industry updates during the conference called: “The impact of recycling on the product's carbon footprint and energy certificates of buildings”. They will both have also a chance to intruduce the OKNOREC window recycling project directly from the stage during the FORUM at FENSTERBAU FRONTALE.

As part of the FORUM at FENSTERBAU FRONTALE, GKFP and EPPA have put together a program that comprises six presentations by experts from various associations and institutes, with a focus on "Renovation" for the half-day event. All interested parties are invited to attend the FRONTALE FORUM on March 21, 2024, from 10:30 to 14:00, and visit the stand for further engagement. 

The thematic block kicks off with an overview of the Renovate Europe campaign of which EPPA is an active participant. The initiative led by EuroACE - Energy Efficient Buildings, aimed at boosting Europe's low renovation rate (<1%) to the EU Commission's target of 3%, through targeted actions supporting building stock transformation. Perrine Ethuin from BASF, deputy chair of the Renovate Europe campaign, will delve into the initiative's measures.

Following this, Cosima Wörle from the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) will provide a scientific overview of the relationship between renewable energy use for heating and energy-efficient building envelopes in alignment with EU climate targets.

Gerald Feigenbutz, temporary Managing Director of EPPA ivzw, Brussels, will update on the association's political activities, focusing on industry-relevant topics such as renovation rates, CPR, EPR, and news on old window recycling. At the event, also new Managing Director will be officially revealed.

Next, Dirk R. Schmidt will introduce himself as the new Managing Director of RAL Gütegemeinschaft Kunststoff-Fensterprofilsysteme e.V. (GKFP), discussing current and future association projects. Bernhard Elias, Quality Assurance Manager at GKFP, will address the question of PVC window cleaning methods and their impact on window durability, drawing from project findings.

The program will conclude with Alexander Franke, Chairman of the Board of EPPA ivzw, presenting Prowindo's activities, an initiative for energy efficiency, recyclability, and climate protection for PVC-U windows in Germany. Industry associations and institutes involved in Prowindo will discuss their contributions to positioning PVC windows as sustainable building products, followed by audience dialogue. 

For more information about EPPA please visit the EPPA website.

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