HVAC Technology is Facing New Challenges
Zadar was once again the central place for HVAC technology, and thus Klima-forum returned to the place where it started 15 years ago. The 9th Klima-forum was held on 19, 20 and 21 April 2023, at the same time as the 26th International Conference on Heating, Cooling and Air-conditioning INTER-KLIMA, which is also the oldest conference of its kind in these part of Europe. In addition to all that, numerous foreign but also domestic manufacturers of refrigeration, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment and devices presented new products, achievements, solutions, curiosities and services at the exhibition places and as part of lectures in thematic sections.
The main topics discussed at both conferences certainly include major changes in refrigeration and air-conditioning technology, which is forced by amendements in F-Gas Regulation, but also news in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Thus, in the future, wherever it is technically feasible, the energy on the location will have to be produced from renewable sources or district heating or cooling systems that use waste heat and/or renewable sources must be used. Because of all this, it is not surprising that heat pumps are increasingly used as a source of heat and cooling energy in HVAC systems. Of course, the most up-to-date solutions for regulation and management of such systems, which enable greater comfort of use and a significant reduction in energy consumption, and among other things, solutions of the future such as smart homes, houses and buildings, have not been bypassed.
Finally, at the very beginning of the conferences, a new edition of EM literature was presented - the book 'Hlađenje i klimatizacija' (i.e. 'Cooling and Air-conditioning'), a summary of the life work of prof. Orest Fabris.