The ErP labeling rules comes into force on 26th September. They cover hot water and heating products, such as electrical powered heaters, oil and gas boilers, water heaters and cylinders. Also included are solar thermal and heat pumps.
Mitsubishi Electric's James Timbs-Harrison explained:
“There are two parts to the ErP strategy which affect both manufacturers and installers and everyone involved needs to understand how this will change the heating market.
“Firstly, under what is called the EcoDesign regulations, manufacturers will need to produce energy-using products that meet stringent energy performance standards. Secondly, under Energy Labelling regulations, these products must be clearly labelled using a standard method so that consumers can make a direct comparison between individual products and different technologies”.
James Timbs-Harrison continued:
“For heat pumps they will also indicate the three different climate zones within Europe which is important here because the UK is split between all three of these zones.
“We feel that this is now levelling the playing field for heating products which will allow consumers to see exactly how energy efficient the types of heating they choose are”.
Furthermore, the ErP directive is now included in the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).
James Timbs-Harrison explained:
“This is important because in the past, the efficiency of a heating system was based on what is known as the coefficient of performance or COP”, explains Timbs-Harrison, “but this shows a single point in time, which is never a good indication on how efficiently it will perform all year round, whereas SCOP shows the performance across the different seasons and gives a much more accurate indication of efficiency”.