Since 26 September 2015, the Ecodesign ErP Directive has been of compulsory application for EU Member States as regards the design of Energy-related Products (ErP) and as from its entry into force only those products manufactured according to the ErP requirements can be sold with the EC label. Although this directive affects over 1,000 product categories, for those relating to HVAC and DHW production, it covers boilers, heat pumps, accumulators, cogeneration systems, combined products systems, establishing their minimum efficiency levels, the maximum levels of NOX emissions, the minimum insulation for accumulators and the maximum level of acoustic emissions for heat pumps.
Heating and combi boilers that have had to comply with the ecodesign requirements since September 2015 include those with outputs of up to 400 kW, for which the standard has defined a minimum energy efficiency level to be complied with. This means that the new ErP Directive will prevent the sale of less efficient heating and combi boilers that do not meet the minimum performance requirements indicated in the Directive. In practice, this means that the market will tend towards condensing boilers which are almost the only type that can achieve the minimum requirements established by the ErP.
Another substantial change introduced by the Ecodesign Directive is that performance for the boilers that until now has been defined on the basis of the LCV (Low Calorific Value) will now be defined based on the HCV (High Calorific Value).. Read more…
ACV, Technical Director
Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016