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Description/achievement of initiative
Regulation for Thermal Installations of Buildings aims at improving energy efficiency in both new and existing houses.
The new regulations on thermal installations in buildings (RITE), approved by Royal Decree 1027/2007 (BOE 29.08.07), form the basic regulatory framework governing the energy performance and safety demands to be met by thermal installations in buildings to comply with welfare and hygiene needs during design and dimensioning, installation, maintenance and use, and determining procedures to certify compliance. This regulation responds to the need to transpose Directive 2002/91/EC, on Energy Performance of Buildings, and adapt to the Spanish Building Code (CTE), which refers to the prevailing RITE in its response to the demands of HE 2 on The performance of thermal installations. This new text repeals and replaces previous regulations on thermal installations in buildings (RD 1751/1998), incorporating the experience of its practical application in recent years. It also forms part of Spain's Energy Saving and Performance Action Plan (2005-2007) and will help to meet the objections of the Plan to Promote Renewable Energies (2000-2010), encouraging the use of thermal solar energy, particularly in the production of domestic hot water. For this reason, the Col·legi d Arquitectes de Catalunya, in collaboration with the Territorial Installations Safety Services of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Associació Catalana de Tècnics de Climatització i Refrigeració (ACTECYR), is organizing these sessions to provide architects with the knowledge they need to meet the objectives established by new regulations.