Interview with Tarja Takki-Halttunen
CLIMA 2022 has it’s EYE ON 2030. As Halton Group is sponsor for the theme Health & Comfort we have asked Tarja Takki-Halttunen, co-owner and Vice Chair of the Board at Halton, to share her thoughts on 2030. How does Halton think the world of HVAC, especially with regards to Health & Comfort, will evolve, which insights do they have and does Halton have answers or solutions when it comes to the challenges we are facing? These are some of the questions Takki-Halttunen will answer.
As sponsor for the theme Health & Comfort of CLIMA 2022; what is your view on 2030? How does Halton think the world of HVAC, especially with regards to Health & Comfort, will evolve and how does Halton play a role in this?
“The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the importance of health and comfort indoors and pushed actors in the built environment to seek solutions for improving the air quality. Sustainability will play a much greater role in the coming years”, says Takki-Halttunen.
”Besides energy efficiency, the HVAC sector needs to pay attention to using carbon-free energy sources. Creating a high-quality indoor climate should not burden the environment. The selection of the energy source will be closely connected to the selection of the HVAC systems ”, continues Takki-Halttunen.
“The pandemic has accelerated the change of how we use buildings. Spaces need to be attractive for knowledge employees to leave their home offices. The indoor environment has therefore become a competitive factor for employers. Spaces have to be more flexible and adaptable”, concludes Takki-Halttunen.
Which insights does Halton have with regards to Health & Comfort?
“Halton is a global technology leader in demanding indoor environments, ranging from commercial kitchens, restaurants, offices and hospitals to cruise ships and power plants, with an aim to ensure human safety and wellbeing”, notes Takki-Halttunen.
” As buildings consume around 40% of all energy it is more and more important to use the available spaces as effectively as possible. Energy efficiency alone is not enough. It does not make sense to maintain buildings that are only partly occupied. High-quality spaces will replace deteriorated indoor environments. This will increase the demand for better HVAC systems”, summarizes Takki-Halttunen.
“Creating a high-quality indoor climate should not burden the environment.
The selection of the energy source will be closely connected to the selection of the HVAC systems.”
Does Halton have a solution/answer or is Halton part of any (international) initiative trying to find answers/innovative solutions for the challenges we are facing with regards to Health & Comfort?
“Our portfolio includes complete indoor environmental solutions as well as local air purification units. Halton is also part of the Finnish E3 Excellence in Pandemic Response and Enterprise Solutions joint project, to further help develop solutions and deepen our knowledge in pandemic response”, describes Takki-Halttunen. “We have also invested in several start-ups focusing on improving health and comfort in the built environment.”
What is the link for Halton with CLIMA 2022? What can the CLIMA visitor expect from your participation?
“Halton is an active supporter of Clima. Halton has submitted and participated in a handful of white papers to the conference and our specialists look forward to presenting the topics in Rotterdam. Our topics include themes such as thermal comfort by active ceiling diffusers with radiant panels, energy efficiency and indoor climate benefits of demand-based ventilation, and contaminant removal efficiency with night-time ventilation “, says Takki-Halttunen.
Why has Halton decided to sponsor CLIMA 2022?
“Clima, the leading conference in the global HVAC field, combines the latest research and innovations for better indoor environments. Halton acknowledges the great importance of joint efforts to improve the Health & Comfort with a sustainable angle”, concludes Takki-Halttunen.
Tarja Takki-Halttunen graduated with Master’s degree in engineering in 1988 from the Helsinki University of Technology (currently Aalto Uni) majoring in HVAC and information technology. Her thesis focused on the air cleanliness and air distribution methods in operating theatres. She is the co-owner and Vice Chair of the Board in Halton Group. Tarja has been serving Halton Group in many executive roles: Managing Director of SBA Halton responsible for 60 million € business in 20 countries, Director of New Ventures Business Area, Director of Global Business Development Program, and Director of Logistics and Information Systems. She is currently based in Finland and has also worked in the USA for six years. Tarja founded Indoorium Oy in 2001 and was HVAC Consultant at EKONO Oy in 1980s. She serves on the boards of two technology start-up companies. She also serves on the board of Technology Industry Employers of Finland.