EN 16798-7:2017

Energy performance of buildings - Ventilation for buildings - Part 7: Calculation methods for the determination of air flow rates in buildings including infiltration (Modules M5-5)

Publication date:   Sep 20, 2017

General information

90.93 Standard confirmed   May 4, 2023


CEN/TC 156 Ventilation for buildings

European Norm

91.120.10   Thermal insulation of buildings | 91.140.30   Ventilation and air-conditioning systems



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This European Standard describes the methods to calculate the ventilation air flow rates for buildings
to be used for energy calculations evaluation, heating and cooling loads.
This European Standard applies to buildings with:
- Mechanical ventilation systems (mechanical exhaust, mechanical supply or balanced system);
- Passive duct ventilation systems for residential and low-rise non-residential buildings;
- Combustion appliances;
- Windows opening by manual operation;
- Kitchens where cooking is for immediate use (including restaurants)
This European Standard is applicable to hybrid systems combining mechanical and passive duct ventilation systems in residential and low-rise non-residential buildings.
This European Standard applies to buildings smaller than 100 m and rooms where vertical air temperature difference is smaller than 15 K.
The results provided by the standard are:
 the air flow rates entering or leaving a ventilation zone;
- the air flow rates required to be distributed by the mechanical ventilation system, if present.
This European Standard is not applicable to:
- Buildings with kitchens where cooking is not for immediate use
- Buildings with automatic windows (or openings)
- Buildings with industry process ventilation.
The definition of ventilation and airtightness requirements (as indoor air quality, heating and cooling, safety, fire protection…) is not covered by this standard.
The following information can be found in other standards and technical reports:
- guidance to estimate pressure drops in ducts (CR 14378:2002)
Table 1 shows the relative position of this standard within the EN EPB package of standards.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Directive 2010/31/eu of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings (recast)

Life cycle


EN 15242:2007


EN 16798-7:2017
90.93 Standard confirmed
May 4, 2023