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Are you Ecodesign ready?

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Are you Ecodesign ready?

Here’s how to make sure that you comply with the upcoming Ecodesign guidelines, courtesy of HETAS.

Moving forward, any solid fuel and biomass burning appliance will have to meet specified minimum seasonal efficiency and maximum emission limits, all of which have been set to support future clean air strategies and policies throughout EU. The new regulations will ensure that only the most clean-burning and highly efficient appliances are available for sale and installation throughout the UK. But what do these new measures mean and how will the industry be affected once the regulations are fully in force?

In simple terms, any new solid fuel independent boiler put onto the market from January 2020, or any room heater stove on the market from January 2022, will need to meet five new legal requirements to be installed in the UK. They are:

  • A minimum seasonal efficiency figure based on the appliance operation at both nominal and minimum heat output
  • A maximum emission limit for Particulate Matter (PM)
  • A maximum emission limit for Organic Gaseous Compounds (OGC)
  • A maximum emission limit for Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • A maximum emission limit for Nitrogen Oxide (NOx).

All efficiency and emission claims made by the manufacturer of the appliance will be referenced within the relevant installation and operating instructions, as well as contained within any marketing and sales literature published after the 2020 and 2022 implementation dates. Each measurement will have to be met when tested using all fuels specified as suitable for burning by the appliance manufacturer, with each verified measurement specifically referenced within the instructions against each prescribed fuel.

What will this mean for manufacturers, retailers and installers of solid fuel burning appliances?

The regulations stipulate that after January 1, 2020 (and subsequently January 1, 2022), any appliance put onto the UK market for sale will need to meet those performance caveats highlighted above. It will be the responsibility of the appliance manufacturer to ensure future sales to distributors and retailers meet the more stringent Ecodesign requirements.

Product retail showrooms can also play an integral part in supporting compliance, by means of ensuring that the new information is readily available to consumers and purchasers and that showroom knowledge is up-to-date around what the new requirements mean, so that enquiries received during the selection/purchase process can be appropriately answered.

This leads onto the responsibilities for HETAS registered installers, who may have already been receiving enquiries relating to the upcoming Ecodesign legislation and what it will mean for consumers both before and after the 2020 (2022) implementation dates. After 2020 (2022), any new installations being commissioned and signed off to the local authority will need to ensure that the necessary Ecodesign regulations have been met, as well as ensuring installations are carried out in accordance with UK Building Regulations and other regulations as relevant.

To support this new legislation, HETAS has developed a series of guidance documents to assist manufacturers, installers and retailers in remaining compliant within the Ecodesign requirements.