ErP is here

The Energy-related Products Directive (ErP) for heating and hot water products officially came into force on 26th September 2015. Designed to support the EU’s 20:20:20 targets on climate change and energy, its aim is to ensure that only the most energy-efficient heating equipment is manufactured, specified and installed in the EU.

What is it?

EU Ecodesign regulations (commonly referred to as the ErP Directive) require manufacturers of energy-related products to meet minimum energy performance standards and minimum nitrogen oxide emissions. These standards apply to space heating appliances with an output of less than or equal to 400 kW. Water heaters or storage tanks with an output of less than, or equal to, 400 kW and a storage capacity of less than, or equal to, 2,000 litres are covered by similar regulations with minimum water heating efficiency depending on performance, nitrous oxides emissions and standing losses. .

Alongside Ecodesign is the Energy Labelling Directive which requires every heating product with an output equal to, or less than, 70 kW, or in the case of every water heater and storage tank with a rated output of equal to or below 400kW and a storage capacity of equal to or less than 500 litres, to be rated from A+++ to G in terms of efficiency, with low-carbon renewable technology receiving the higher ratings. Additionally, there is a requirement to declare sound power levels for products and, in the case of heat pumps, ensure that the figures do not exceed specified limits.

What does it mean for me?

The aim is to make it more straightforward for contractors, consultants and specifiers to select the most efficient product and explain these efficiencies more clearly to their customers, helping reduce energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions from heating systems.

Unlike the Ecodesign Directive, Eco Labelling affects both the installer and the manufacturer. At Remeha Commercial, we have ensured that our energy-efficient, low-carbon heating and hot water product range fully complies with the new directive, providing compliant energy labelling for products up to 70kW or 500 litres. It is the responsibility of the installer to supply the customer with these labels for individual products and package systems (see below).

ErP regulations effectively make it mandatory to install high-efficiency condensing boilers below 400kW, even on existing heating and hot water systems. Who better to support you with tried-and-tested, ultra-reliable, high-efficiency condensing boilers than Remeha Commercial, a pioneer of condensing technology! Where discontinued products require replacing, please contact your local Remeha Commercial representative for support in product selection and installation options.

What documentation is required?

ErP requires additional performance and efficiency data to support the product label for equipment falling under the Energy Labelling Directive. As manufacturers, it is our responsibility to supply this information in the product installation manual and online.  The product label, fiche and technical parameter sheet for Remeha condensing boilers under 70 kW and Fusion GAHP are available for download via our website. Technical parameter sheets for all Remeha products included within Ecodesign regulations can also be found on the website.  Where applicable, ErP efficiency ratings are included in all of our product literature.

Package systems

When several components are installed in a package system of two or more products (for example, a boiler, controls plus a CHP unit or GAHP), the contractor is responsible for calculating the efficiency of the overall system. This means providing the package energy label and completing the fiche document. Failure to comply could result in disciplinary measures via market surveillance. Tools to help with package labelling will shortly be available from our website. Note: this only applies for package systems equal to or less than 70kW in total.

Energy efficiency progress

The EU predicts that this introduction of minimum energy efficiency standards will bring a reduction in energy usage of around 20 per cent in new buildings, leading to significant environmental savings and energy cost reductions for businesses and organisations. Refurbishment projects will also benefit from reduced bills from ErP-compliant heating products. This move towards improved energy efficiency is welcomed by us at Remeha Commercial, supporting our long-term mission to create products that maximise heating efficiencies and establish the standard for excellence and reliability.

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