Surface Heating and Cooling

Solution advantages:

  • Fully covering the thermal comfort needs all year round
  • Highly energy efficient by operating at temperature levels very close to the desired room temperature
  • Viable option for all efficient modern heating systems in residential, commercial and industrial buildings
  • Ideally combined with renewable energy sources

Heating and cooling in one system

Many new buildings all over Europe opt for a surface heating and cooling system - water is circulated in pipes permanently embedded in floors, walls or ceilings, and thus forming an integral part of the building. These systems fulfil two functions at once: in winter, they heat the rooms, while in summer, they noticeably reduce the operative air temperature within a room. Thus, owners consider them as an investment for the future. Through their large-area installation, they ensure even distribution of heat in the room, and thus contribute to a pleasant indoor climate. 

Wide range of solutions also for old buildings

Conventional floor-heating constructions are often unsuitable for older buildings, because the required design height is not given, or problems related to load-bearing capacity of ceilings may arise. Therefore special surface heating and cooling systems that can also be installed in existing buildings without massive interventions are designed for installation in the wall, floor or ceiling and subsequent integration. The variety of surface systems available on the market today ranges from wet systems (screed or plaster) to dry systems to special thin-film systems. This offers builders the best solutions for new construction as well as modernisation.

More comfort, less costs

In embedded heating systems, low system temperatures are generally sufficient (35/28˚C) – perfect for heat transfer using condensing boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal systems. Here, the low system temperatures pay off the residents in two ways: the potentially large energy savings and the enormous increase in cosiness and comfort. This can be enhanced by smart individual room control. Another advantage is that the invisible installation of embedded heating systems in walls, floors and ceilings gives the residents a lot of free space for interior decoration.


The 3 maps, on the right hand side of this page, represent an estimate of the market penetration of surface heating and cooling in 3 segments of the EU's building stock: existing apartments, existing houses and new-built non-residential buildings. These maps are based on EHI members' estimates for the year 2014. EHI members are currently gathering new estimates for the year 2016. New, updated maps will become available in the second half of 2017.