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Ecodesign directives 1253 and 1254 for ventilation units: a brief look at the situation in the market

Source: FGK / AL-KO Kober AG

Source: FGK / AL-KO Kober AG

With “directive 2009/125/EC, which establishes a framework to set requirements for the eco-friendly design of products related to energy use”, in short the Ecodesign Directive, the EU determines the energy efficiency requirements relating to such products.

What has for many years been commonplace for consumers of white goods, now recently also applies in the field of air-conditioning and ventilation technology. In accordance with the respective implementation directive, from 01 January 2016 air-conditioning and ventilation units must meet minimum requirements with respect to the fan’s current consumption and the efficiency of the heat recovery. From this date, domestic ventilation units must save at least as much primary energy as they consume and carry an energy efficiency label of A+ to G (EU 1253/2014 and 1254/2014). These minimum requirements in terms of energy use will be further increased from 01 January 2018. The implementation directives apply with immediate and direct effect in the member states with no transitional period.

From 01 January 2016 units that do not meet these minimum requirements are no longer authorised for sale within the EU’s internal market. The German air-conditioning and ventilation industry will not have a problem meeting the requirements relating to these units. However, it may result in the ventilation systems of the future being larger in size compared to their air-output, with building projects having to plan more space to accommodate them.

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