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Energy Related Products Directive -
Energy Labelling


Energy Related Products Directive


Resulting from many years of negotiation between European Members States and the EU Commission between 2006 to the passing of regulations in 2013, new Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations come into force on 26th September 2015.

In a bid to improve energy efficiency, the regulations are set to drive change for the entire heating product supply chain, from equipment manufacturers, to suppliers, and installers. Products must be manufactured and tested to strict performance standards, energy efficiency information must be made available to aid the selection of product, and installers will be required to calculate and produce energy efficiency labels when selling 'packages' of product such a boilers with a temperature control and/or solar device.

The scope of Ecodesign regulations covers oil boilers and water heaters with a rated output of up to 400 kW. Energy Labelling regulations cover oil boilers and water heaters with a rated output of up to 70kW.

Terms used within the regulations

The retailer or other person who sells, hires, offers for hire-purchase or displays products to end users. In the UK and Republic of Ireland, this is likely to the installer.

Heat generator
A space heater, combination heater, or water heater.

Solar device
A system made up of solar collector, a solar hot water storage tank or a pump in the collector loop

Temperature control
Equipment that permits the end user to select values to regulate the on/off operation of the heat generator in order to regulate the indoor temperature(s). There are eight classes of temperature control within the regulations. ‘Class I’ being a basic on/off control, ‘Class VIII’ being the most sophisticated, and considered to give the greatest benefit in terms of energy efficiency.

Energy class
An indication of the energy efficiency performance of a product or package. The format for heat generators and packages will be ‘A++ to G' and for controls it will be ‘I -VIII'.

Product Fiche
Supplied by the product manufacture, the Fiche is a table of technical data relating to the performance of the product.

Product label
Supplied by the product manufacturer, the label indicates the energy class of the heat generator, together with additional information as required for the technology. The following label shows a simple space heater product label.

Package label
Supplied by the ‘Dealer’ to the end user, the package label indicates the energy class of the package as a result of combining the individual products. The following label shows a package of a boiler and temperature control.

Key responsibilities on oil boiler manufacturers

As well as designing and testing boilers, manufacturers of oil boilers will have to produce information relating to the performance of the boiler. This will be provided in the form of a 'product label' and a 'product fiche'. The purpose of the documents is to help the person selecting products for an installation to consider the environmental impacts of the products they choose. In all technical and promotional material, the energy class must be identified.

Key responsibilities on dealers

Traditionally, in the heating sector it is the ‘dealer’, or installer, that selects the products to be used for a particular installation. These choices can be based upon cost, efficiency, warranty, ease of installation, manufacturers support, and many other factors. From September, if an installer selects products to be installed, he/she is obliged under energy labelling regulations to provide the end user with information relating to the performance of the products. When just supplying a single product, this can be achieved by just passing on the manufacturer’s product label and fiche.

When supplying a package of a heater, a temperature control, and/or a solar device, as the combination of these products can influence the way that the system operates and the energy it uses, the energy class of the package has to be calculated and a package label produced for the end user.

To support the labelling regulations, The European Commission has produced a package labelling tool, which can be accessed from the registered technicians’ area of the OFTEC website. You will also find notes on how to use the labelling tool and number of FAQs has been provided to deal with the most common scenarios that installers will find themselves in.

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