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Article Date: 22nd February 2013

Fläkt Woods - Seeks a Clarification of ErP Directive for Fans

Ventilation Systems - Air Management - Air Climate - Climate Control

Flakt Allan Hurdle

As a manufacturer at the forefront of fan technology, Fläkt Woods is assisting building services engineers, consultants, specifiers, M&E contractors, distributors and installers by highlighting a potential misinterpretation of the ErP Regulation (EU) 327/2011 for fans.

The company is in consultation with the Governmental department which will be enforcing the Regulation to clarify how they intend to interpret Article 1, section 3(d) – specifically the replacement of non-compliant fans in integrated appliances.

The legislation permits low efficiency, non-compliant units to be sold as direct replacements for fans that are built in to other products, e.g. chiller units. Fläkt Woods is concerned this could be misinterpreted by the supply chain, leading to a situation where non-compliant fans are replaced in general e.g. in ducting systems.

Since the Regulation applies to both “placing on the market” and “putting into service”, installers and operators could fall foul of the law, risking prosecution and rectification costs.

Allan Hurdle, Managing Director, Fläkt Woods said: “The potential energy savings from the new legislation are a vital element of the drive to reduce carbon emissions and the reliance on high energy using products. As a company, we have embraced the developments and ensured our customers are well informed of the changes afoot, and which products fit the design requirements of their projects.” 

“However, we are concerned that if the industry does not fully conform to the new legislation, and these finer points are not clarified, there is a risk that bending the rules now will result in prosecution at a later stage. For this reason, we are insistent that specific sections of the document are explained in more detail before our customers are potentially compromised by installing non-compliant products.”

Fläkt Woods develops, manufactures and distributes ventilation and air climate products, as well as system solutions for commercial and industrial applications.

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