New ErP directive is already cutting energy use
The 26th of September 2015 may have passed unheralded but it was a landmark day for energy saving. That’s the day that the EU’s energy related product (ErP) directive came into effect – promising to reduce energy use from some of the most energy hungry appliances by up to 20%.
Energy labels have been an increasingly common sight throughout all EU countries over the past 15 years. Brightly coloured in a scale from red to green, these labels clearly mark out the most efficient appliances and buildings but improvements in energy saving technologies and the introduction of A+++ rated devices have eroded the usefulness of the labels over time.
The new ErP directive covers all heating and hot water products up to 400 kW and not only reclassifies appliances according to a new scale but also makes installers responsible for providing an energy label that covers the systems they install in their entirety.
Pipe insulation may not directly impact on the overall rating that an installed system achieves under the ErP but insulation is an essential part of a well-designed and energy efficient heating system. Taking a holistic approach to the design of a heating system and its components is something that’s only going to become more important over time and this is likely to change the perceived role of pipe insulation in the years to come.
You can find out much more about the ErP online and if you are an installer of any heating systems it’s highly recommended that you do so.