New EU legislation on Ecodesign?

Ready for the new EU legislation on Ecodesign?

Over the last two years, our suppliers have been in the forefront to bring new high-efficiency and sustainable products to market, taking up the Ecodesign European challenge dedicated to heating equipment manufacturers.

Starting from the 26th September a new, higher, level of minimum efficiency requirements for reversible heat pumps entered into force and we will be fully compliant with this new legislation.

The implementation of the new European measures is not only a legal obligation but it represents a concrete opportunity and it signs a real turning point for the heating system market because it will direct the sales mix toward higher-efficiency devices.

So what is Ecodesign?

The Ecodesign framework directive 2009/125/EC provides consistent EU-wide rules for improving the environmental performance of products, including HVAC equipment.

A specific EU legislation is published under the framework directive 2009/125/EC for each product family (known as Lot). Each Lot has its own set of implementation dates, generally split into two phases (known as Tier).

On September 26th 2017, all air-cooled reversible chillers and water cooled chillers used as a heat pump, with rated heating capacity up to 400 kW, delivered in the EU-28 and other associated countries, requiring CE-marking will need to comply with minimum efficiency standards as defined in the Tier 2 tables of the regulation.

What products will be impacted by the legislation effective Sep 26th 2017?

From September 26th 2017, all air-water heat pumps, water-water and geothermal heat pumps with a nominal heating capacity ≤ 400kW will need to comply with minimum seasonal efficiency requirements in heating mode (SCOP).

How do I know which units comply with Ecodesign?

All units that do not meet minimum efficiency standards set by the EU legislation will be clearly marked as not compliant units to LOT1 in our selections, the Eurovent directory, and signaled with disclaimers in our selection tools to avoid any mistakes or confusion.

Moreover, only units that comply (as a minimum) with Ecodesign requirements will bear the CE marking. According to Article 3 of the Ecodesign Directive, ‘products covered by implementing measures may be placed on the market or put into service, or both, only if they comply with those measures and bear the CE marking in accordance with Article 5.”

This implies that products non-compliant will no longer have a CE marking, and we are excluded to sell these products within the EU and associated countries.

Are Eurovent and Ecodesign related?

Ecodesign is mandatory by law. In order to be CE certified, products must comply with the minimum efficiency standards dictated by the legislation. Eurovent certification is a voluntary scheme. Being certified by Eurovent is often requested by the market as a third-party guarantee of unit performances, but is not a legal requirement. Eurovent energy classes are in no way associated to the EU energy eco-labelling. They are defined by Eurovent, in agreement with participating companies.

In some certification programs, like the Chiller and Heat Pump program, some performance ratios like SCOP are already being tested and published online.

What should I do if I have quoted a unit that is no longer complying with the regulation?

Please contact our sales support so we can propose to you the best option compliant with the regulation and create a new quotation based on a higher efficient product.

Be careful, all the units manufactured and shipped after September 26th 2017 must comply the regulations. The result is that some open quotations will require revaluation in order to meet new regulation.

How can this be a competitive advantage?

We are aware that Ecodesign is complex and few people are fully aware of the different implications that it represents for us, for the industry, and for our customers, but we believe that being fully compliant with this new regulation can represent a competitive advantage versus other suppliers that have underestimated it or have done little to respect the new mandatory legal requirement for HVAC equipment. If you have to change a unit in your quotation, please suggest to your customers that they verify competitive units meet the same Ecodesign regulation and if they can supply required documentation and labels. Also important to note that competent national authorities (in each EU Member State) can prohibit or withdraw non-compliant products from the market and/or give high fines to companies not respecting Ecodesign regulation.

Which minimum level of efficiency will we need to comply with?

By September 26th 2017, all units falling under ENER Lot 1 will need to comply with the following performance requirements to be legally placed in the European market:

Legislation sets minimum requirements for ηs,h (seasonal space heating energy efficiency), which can be directly translated into a ratio much more recognized by the industry: SCOP or Seasonal Coefficient Of Performance.

Testing methods for cooling and heating capacities have to be in accordance to the following European Standards:

– EN 14825:2016 for testing and rating at part load conditions and proper calculation of seasonal performances so called

Seasonal Coefficient of Performance or SCOP

– EN 14511:2013 -1 to 4

By law, all performance data must be calculated and published according to the Strasbourg climate condition.

What is the relation between ŋs,h and SCOP?

The relation between ŋs,h and SCOP is given by the following formula


F(i) user temperature control contribution = 3% for air-cooled and 5% for water-cooled

CC or Conversion Coefficient = 2.5 (efficiency EU electricity production and distribution 40%)

SCOP = Seasonal Coefficient of Performance

The calculation of SCOP takes into account electrical input at four part load points according to a given seasonal profile, operating hours and bivalent temperature. The electrical input required even when the unit is not cooling or heating (e.g. for on-board controls) is also taken into account in the calculation.

What documents to be supplied with the product?

The documents required by the regulations are:

  1. Energy label
  2. Product Fiche

Regulation 811/2013 requires that the energy label, product fiche and technical documentation be supplied together with units up to 70kW. Regulation 813/2013 requires that the technical documentation be supplied together with all units up to 400kW.

  1. The product energy label can be one of two types:

1) Heat pumps at low temperature (LT)

2) Heat pumps at medium temperature (MT)

  • Name or trademark of the supplier.
  • ID of the supplier’s model.
  • The room heating function is broken down by medium temperature applications (with 55°C hot water production) and low temperature (with 35°C hot water production).
  • The arrow symbol indicates the seasonal energy efficiency class of the unit for the two applications of reference.
  • The Thermal Power, including that of any supplementary heating units shown in kW, for the three climate zones.
  • The label map shows the three climate zones.
  • The LWA sound emission level indoors (if applicable) and outdoors.

It is the responsibility of the distributor or importer to place the label on the product on display and we do this during our commissioning start up services.

This article is written by Simon Lamberton-Pine of DPAC UK Ltd

DPAC UK operate nationally through their network of agents and specifier’s,.

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