The Energy-related Products Directive (ErP) and the Energy Labelling Directive both come into force across Europe in only a month’s time – 26 September – DECC is reminding installers.
ErP introduces a methodology for measuring and comparing the performance of heat pumps, whilst the Energy Labelling Directive will mean that energy performance is labelled on the appliance in an easy to understand format, akin to the bandings already seen on some domestic goods such as fridges and televisions.
The aim of the directives is to allow installers and consumers to identify the best performing heat pumps and make purchasing decisions based upon this.
Key facts heat pump installers should know:
-Any heat pump supplied by a manufacturer to a supplier or end user after 26 September must be ErP compliant.
-Heat pumps placed on the market before this date are not required to be compliant, but any heat pumps commissioned after 25 March 2016 that are not ErP compliant will no longer be eligible for MCS certification or the RHI.
-From 26 September, installers will need to provide the efficiency figure for the complete system, and package label displaying performance data when installing a package of heat pump, temperature control and solar device.
-The European Commission has produced an online energy label generator that can be found here.
DECC has produced a policy document explaining some of the key feature of ErP located here.