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Building Products December 2017

HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING standard. This ensures that all the air for combustion comes from the outside atmosphere and eliminates the need for additional air ventilation points in the home. Wood stoves have also adopted a more contemporary persona. The traditional cast iron stoves have largely given way to steel fabricated models with more variety of design. For instance, it is now possible to have 1m high cylindrical stoves with large viewing windows, smart controls and clean-burning performance. Many of these improvements in design and functionality have been driven by consumer demand and the need for greater energy efficiency. Now compliance with the Ecodesign directive is the main criteria. Compulsory energy labelling As well as the requirements for lower emissions and higher energy efficiency, there also have to be energy labels associated with all gas and wood-burning appliances from January. You will already be familiar with the energy labels (see example, top right) that are currently applied to refrigerators, washing machines and other household appliances. From January 1, 2018, these eco labels must accompany all gas fires and wood stoves sold in the UK, even though the Ecodesign directive does 30 BUILDING PRODUCTS | DECEMBER 2017 not apply to wood stoves until 2022. The label includes the manufacturer’s name, model number, power rating and energy efficiency rating of the device. As well as affixing these labels to the products when they are shipped, manufacturers should also make them available to download by their dealers, as they will be required for many other applications. In the wood burning market, this service is already offered by manufacturers that are members of the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA), with energy labels and instructions on how to use them accessible from the SIA website. As part of the regulations, manufacturers and resellers must include the appliance’s energy rating on all forms of communication, including websites, advertising, brochures and social media. Pictured (left) is an example of a typical show card, which displays the product image, description and energy label. Most manufacturers are doing everything they can to help retailers comply with the new regulations and use this compliance as a selling point to customers. <<< Continued from page 29 ������������������ ������ �������������������������� �� An opportunity for manufacturers and retailers Ecodesign is not seen as a barrier to future sales, but more as an opportunity to persuade consumers to upgrade to more modern, efficient and clean-burning appliances. We are also in the middle of a new housebuilding boom in this country, with developers anxious to differentiate the energy efficiency of their homes from their competitors. Installing Ecodesign-ready appliances elevates the energy rating of a home and makes it more attractive to the buyer. In summary, Ecodesign is here to stay and the manufacturers that take full advantage of the opportunities will prosper over the coming years. www.drufire.com


Building Products December 2017
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