EN 15780 has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 156 "Ventilation for buildings", the secretariat of which is held by BSI (United Kingdom). The committee responsible for the German version is NA 041-02-52 AA "Komponenten (SpA CEN/TC 156/WG 3 und 4)" ("Components (Mirror committee of CEN/TC 156/WG 3 and 4)") of the Heating and Ventilation Technology Standards Committee (NHRS) at DIN, the German Institute for Standardization e. V. The standard applies to both new and existing ventilation and air conditioning systems and specifies the assessment criteria of cleanliness as well as cleaning procedures of these systems; the assessment of the effectiveness of cleaning applies also applies to products, which conform to EN 1505, EN 1506, EN 13053, EN 13180 and EN 13403, and are used in air conditioning and ventilation systems for human occupancy defined in the scope of CEN/TC 156. EN 15780 does not apply to installations for industrial processes. Cleanliness of ventilation systems is considered important for human comfort and health, energy consumption, system service life and for cleanliness of operations or processes carried out in the ventilated area. Considerations regarding the change of components as an alternative for cleaning (for instance, in cases of flexible ducts and air filters) are also included. The standard specifies general requirements and methods necessary in assessing and maintaining the cleanliness of ducted ventilation, including: - cleanliness quality classification; - how to assess the need for cleaning (visual, measurements); - assessment frequency (general guidance); guidance of system inspections in accordance with EN 15239, and EN 15240 when relevant; - selection of cleaning method - to be in line with handing over documentation according to EN 12599; - how to assess the result of cleaning. EN 15780 is a parallel standard to EN 12097, which specifies requirements for dimension, shape and location for access panels for cleaning and service in ductwork systems. EN 15780 is designed as an umbrella standard with informative annexes that can be revised, completed and further added in future revisions for specific system types, and products or applications in the system, such as: - Air Handling Units (AHU); - filters; - humidifiers; - heat recovery units; - decentralised air treatment units such as fan-coil units, induction units; - terminal devices; - kitchen extract equipment. The main target groups of this European Standard are specifiers of the cleanliness quality classes and cleaning methods, primarily system designers who also specify the system of access, building owners, services companies, maintenance companies, end users and consultancy and control companies.