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Swimming pool equipment in compliance with the Ecodesign Directive
Swimming pool equipment in compliance with the Ecodesign Directive

Mülheim an der Ruhr, 5. April 2016

Though it is not yet official, all signs indicate that swimming pool equipment will also fall under Directive 2009/125/EC (ErP Directive, Ecodesign Directive) in the future. First explicit sign:In the past, swimming pools were clearly run according to that directive in exceptional cases only. The respective written paragraph was dropped in the last paper of the EU commission. 

Swimming pool equipment like ThermoCond 38 from the Mülheim air-conditioning specialist Menerga already meet the requirements of this directive 2016 and 2018. HVAC units are provided with a counter-current heat exchanger.

The European Directive 2009/125/EC provides a European legal framework for the establishment of requirements for the environmentally friendly design of energy-related products and came into effect in October 2009. The objective of the ecodesign requirements for ventilation systems is to increase the primary energy savings of this product group to 60% before 2025 relative to 2010. The requirements for the ecodesign of HVAC units were established in EU Regulation 1253/2014, which came into force in 2014. Besides the basic requirements for the design of HVAC units, efficiency criteria are being determined in two steps for 1 January 2016 and increased requirements for 1 January 2018. Here special focus is put on the efficiency of the heat recovery system. Basis for the measurement of efficiency of heat recovery systems is DIN EN 308. This standard describes the test procedure. Another decisive factor for compliance with the requirements of the Ecodesign Directive is the power consumption of the fans and ultimately the overall efficiency of the entire fan unit. Fundamental rule:  If the reference values specified in the regulation are not met, these HVAC units are not allowed to be placed on the market within the 'European Union.