Four trends shaping the HVAC industry today

The HVAC sector is shaped by several external, global trends driving demand for higher efficiency and more innovative technology. Below are four fundamental forces driving ventilation systems in Europe and worldwide.

Energy Efficiency

There is a strong focus on reducing energy usage in society to help cut emissions of greenhouse gases and limit climate change. While this is a global trend, in Europe, various EU directives and regulations require reduced environmental impact on several fronts, both in society and specific application areas. These include the EU’s Ecodesign Directive, which establishes energy performance requirements for products, and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The EU’s Green Deal launch sharpens the focus on this area. One of its objectives is to improve energy efficiency in the building stock through several efforts, such as increasing the pace of renovation.

The trend towards stricter energy requirements favours Systemair, which invests in developing high-quality, long-life, low-energy products.


Regulatory requirements and the expectations of investors and customers for companies to contribute to greater social sustainability are becoming increasingly demanding. This affects everything from lightening the burden on our eco-system to ensuring good working conditions, acting on anti-corruption and embracing social responsibility. Our main contribution comes from our products, which strive for a better indoor climate with ever-lower energy usage.

At the same time, sustainability is an integral part of everything we do. Systemair works systematically to reduce the environmental impact of its activities. As an employer, we embrace our social responsibilities, increasing safety in the work environment, promoting equal opportunity and ensuring effective competence development. As a client and supplier, it is essential that we maintain high business ethics, with zero tolerance for corruption and bribery, and that we place ever higher demands on the materials we buy in terms of traceability and carbon footprint.

Urbanisation and rising economic prosperity

With urbanisation – a long-term global megatrend – more than half of the world’s population today lives in cities. This leads to growth in the new building of homes, offices, schools, hospitals, etc. It also creates a need for infrastructure construction, such as public transport projects and tunnels. The fast economic growth of the past quarter century has enabled a rising share of the Earth’s population to enjoy greater prosperity. In line with these developments – and with increased awareness globally of the impact of the indoor environment on health and well-being – people are increasingly demanding and willing to invest in better indoor comfort.