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Building Products December 2017

HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING PREPARING FOR ECODESIGN From January 1, 2018, all gas fires must comply with strict new emissions and energy efficiency performance standards, with wood stoves set to follow in 2022. Netherlands based company, DRU, is one of many that are preparing for this important development, and here, its UK general manager, Niall Deiraniya, outlines the steps that need to be taken. January 1, 2018 sees the introduction of the The engines and flues are normally concealed inside a false chimney breast, with only the aperture of the fire visible. They can have a minimalist appearance or be combined with a limestone fire surround for a more traditional look. They can also be mounted on to an outside facing wall or installed as a freestanding stove. A similar revolution has taken place in the wood stove market. Wood burning appliances have become so popular in the last 10 years or so, that consumers are demanding the same level of design and performance from a wood stove as they are used to from gas fires. Wood fire inserts, that can be installed into a chimney or false chimney breast now have the same flexibility of design and installation as gas fires, but with the more dramatic flame picture that wood burning guarantees. Ecodesign-ready wood fires and stoves must now be produced with external air connection as DECEMBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 29 European Ecodesign directive for all domestic and commercial gas and wood burning heating appliances. The preparation for these European directives actually began several years ago, with the introduction of modern, room-sealed balanced flue gas fires to the UK. This has been followed recently with the development of similar wood burning appliances, particularly those with external air connection and closed combustion. Up until about 20 years ago, most gas fires and wood stoves were restricted in size and performance by standard UK chimney openings. They were open-fronted appliances that used a combination of air from the living room and draught from the chimney for combustion. This resulted in fires that were low on energy efficiency and high on CO emissions. From January 2018, it will no longer be possible to manufacture such products anywhere in the EU, including the UK. Despite Brexit, our government is falling in line with the regulations. This is because we are still committed to the green energy programme and British manufacturers would still like to market their appliances in Europe and European manufacturers wish to do the same in the UK. We are all now familiar with the contemporary, closed-combustion gas fires that can be seen in both modern and traditional homes throughout the country. These glass-fronted fires are available in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and interior finishes. Continued on page 30 >>>


Building Products December 2017
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