The Energy related Products (ErP) Directive is due to come into force in September. The Directive will change how installers must categorise the energy efficiency of heating systems.
The ErP Directive has been designed by the EU to reduce its energy consumption by 20% by 2020. The Directive also aims to increase the amount of energy produced in the EU from renewable sources by 20%, by the same date.
What does this mean for installers?
There will be changes to who is responsible for labelling energy-related products.
The Directive’s introduction means installers will have to begin to use the same type of energy efficiency labels currently seen on fridges and freezers, classifying their installations between A+++ and G. The installer will be responsible for rating the efficiency of the entire heating system.
From September, the boiler’s manufacturer will also have to label its energy efficiency and ensure that all components used meet efficiency requirements. The new labelling regulations will allow consumers to easily evaluate product characteristics such as noise level, energy consumption and the overall energy efficiency of the heating system.
It is also worth noting that the installation of some low-rated water heating products will not be permitted under the Directive. The purpose of this is to slowly phase out all products with low performance rates.
CORGI Services’ view
CORGI Services welcomes the introduction of ErP. We fully endorse striving for optimum energy efficiency and supporting our customers to help meet the government’s 2020 carbon reduction targets.
For more information about the ErP Directive please visit: https://www.gov.uk/placing-energy-related-products-on-the-uk-market