Recent changes to EU energy labelling
29 Sep 2015 Lisa Smith
Recent changes to the Energy-related Products Directive (ERP) and how they affect consumers and installers.
In October 2009, the EU adopted a framework for setting the efficiency requirements of energy-related products. This was called the ErP Directive. Energy-related products are anything that either use energy or has an indirect impact on energy consumption, for example, tyres, showerheads and light bulbs.
This initiative was designed to improve efficiency (and therefore save money) for businesses and consumers and also reduce the impact on the environment. It set the minimum standards for energy labelling and energy efficient design and resulted in the energy labels that we are all now familiar with being produced and sent out with items like our fridges, and washing machines. This enabled consumers and businesses to compare the energy efficiency rating of appliances when making their decision about what to buy.
From 26th September 2015, this initiative now also applies to all residential and commercial heating products. This includes boilers and water heaters as well as renewable energy products such as solar thermal products and heat pumps.
This means that manufacturers of these products will have to ensure correct energy labelling on all new appliances.
It also means that installers who install a heating ‘system’ (I.e. a combination of more than one appliance e.g. a boiler/water heater and a controller) are now required to carry out a ‘system calculation’ and provide customers with a document called a ‘fiche’. This is an overall Energy efficiency document showing the combined energy efficiency of the products that have been installed.
As of 26th September, ACLJ Plumbing and Heating will be providing all new heating system customers with this document shortly after the completion of the system install.