The ErP-Directive and what you should know about it!

Questions and answers regarding regulations for Fans, Air Handling Units and Air Conditioning products.

With the adoption of the Kyoto protocol, the European Union committed itself to a reduction of at least 20% in CO2 emissions by 2020. In 2009, the ErP Directive (Energy related Products Directive) was signed. It is often simply referred to as the ecodesign directive. 

We come across this in everyday life, for example with the phasing out of traditional light bulbs or the energy efficiency labelling on fridges, washing machines and so on.


Who is affected by the Directive?

The Directive is mandatory within the states of the EU. This requirement affects manufacturers of ventilation and air conditioning products. The ErP Regulation covers products which are produced in the European Economic Area aswell as those imported from other countries. Products for export outside the EU are not covered by the regulation. 

An overview of all the requirements of the Ecodesign Directive. Confusion often arises because three independent regulations must be fulfilled in parallel. A summary can be found in the following table.



Regulation 640/2009 
Regulation 327/2011 
Ventilation systems
Regulation 1253/2014 (Ventilation units)
Regulation 1254/2014 (labeling residential units) 
Air Conditioning & Heat Pumps
Regulation 602/2011
Regulation 811/2013
Regulation 206/2012
Regulation 813/2013 

2019       Ecolabel Air/Water & Water/Water HP < 70 kW (update)
2018      Increased demands for ventilation units at all.
Cancellation of the two lowest energy classes F, G on the labels.
2017 0.75 - 375 kW
Efficiency class: IE3 or IE2 + FU *
    Ecodesign (Tier 2) Air/Water & Water/Water HP < 400 kW
2016     Minimum requirements for ventilation systems
(> 30 W), equipment for residential ventilation with energy labelling
2015 7.5 - 375 kW
Efficiency class: IE3 or IE2 + FU *
≥ 125 W
Minimum efficiency Stage 2 **
  Ecolabel Air/Water < 70 kW
Ecodesign (Tier 1) Air/Water & Water/Water HP < 400 kW
2013   ≥ 125 W
Minimum efficiency Stage 1 **
  Split AC <12 kW
Ecolabel Air/Water & Water/Water HP < 70 kW
2012       Ecodesign Air/Air AC & HP < 12 kW
2011 ≥ 0.75 kW
Efficiency class: IE2
    Ecolabel Air/Air AC & HP < 12 kW
*   Frequency converter
** Calculated according to a defined formula