With the Energy Related Product Directive – or ErP – due to be implemented in September 2015, there is a busy time ahead for the commercial and residential heating industry.
The directive will mean boilers and renewable heating equipment will be given an efficiency rating.
The directive comprises Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations for Lot 1 (space heaters and combi space heaters) and Lot 2 (water heaters). This will mean two things:
- Ecodesign – any product that does not meet certain efficiency requirements will not get a CE mark, and will, therefore, not be legally available for sale.
- Energy Labelling – will mean that each space and water heater will come with an efficiency rating and label, from G to A+++.
This will have a significant impact on the commercial market as it covers fossil fuel boilers and water heaters output up to 400kW.
ErP will effectively, over time, eliminate all inefficient products up to 400kW from the market.
The major impact on the market from ErP will be from September 2018 onwards, when the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are reduced.
According to Baxi Commercial, the effect this will have on the industry is huge. The company also urges manufacturers to focus on not only ensuring their products are ErP ready, but also providing support and information to make the transition as easy as possible for their customers – the installers, contractors and specifiers.