Mitsubishi Electric’s Ecodan air source heat pump range has achieved an A++ rating under the first Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive ruling for heating products across Europe.
From the 26th September, the Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive will apply to domestic and commercial heating and hot water products, including electrical powered heating, gas and oil boilers. It also extends to water heaters and cylinders, as well as renewable technologies such as solar thermal and heat pumps.
ErP means that all of the aforementioned products will need to display an energy label to help customers identify the most energy-efficient products on the market.
It aims to bring heating products into line with other energy consuming goods such as fridges and washing machines.
To highlight the requirements under ErP, Mitsubishi Electric has also released a short video explaining how ErP is designed to help phase out lower performing products, whilst having a positive impact on the emissions levels across Europe and increasing the share of renewable energies by 20%.
James Timbs-Harrison of Mitsubishi Electric explains: “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.”
The ErP labels will display the products efficiency with clearly marked coloured bars; ranking the products from the most efficient (A++) to the least efficient (G) on the market.
The details on the label will identify the efficiency band for heating, and where relevant, hot water production, noise, emissions and power consumption.
The Directive is a significant piece of legislation which is expected to have a major impact on the sale and use of heating systems in the UK.
The requirements of ErP is already being embedded into regulations on the energy efficiency of buildings and used as incentive schemes for renewable technologies.
In order to qualify for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments, heating systems will now need to comply with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), which sets industry standards for products used to produce heat from renewable sources.
In May 2015, the MCS published a new seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) calculator. It also updated its Installation Standard for heat pumps as a direct result of the introduction of ErP.
The introduction of this SCOP calculator will enable certification bodies to use a standard method based on ErP to establish whether a heat pump is compliant.
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