‘Eurovent 6-2 – 2015’ concerns AHUs placed on the EU market without a controller. The rationale behind developing this document was that, to date, manufacturers place this AHU type on the market in two different ways. Either as a completed machine with a declaration of conformity (DoC) according the Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, or as a partly completed machine (PCM) with a declaration of incorporation (DoI) according to the same Directive. With the new Code of Good Practice, Eurovent and its members strongly recommend that an AHU without a controller is to be considered as a complete machine. The AHU manufacturer must therefore affix the CE mark, set up a DoC according to annex II, point 1, A of the ‘Machinery Directive’, and provide the technical construction file of the AHU.
According to Felix Van Eyken, Secretary General of the Eurovent association in Brussels, this Code of Good Practice would ‘constitute the final result of a long discussion process among Eurovent member associations and their affiliated AHU manufacturers’. He goes on stating that it would be one of Eurovent’s core principles to ‘ensure a level-playing field within a common market. Different countries having contradicting interpretations goes counter these principles. The Eurovent document marks a step forward towards a clearer, more harmonised interpretation of the Machinery Directive’.
‘Eurovent 6-2 – 2015’ was developed by the Eurovent Product Group ‘Air Handling Units’, which represents more than 100 manufacturers of this product type from Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa. In parallel, Eurovent’s independent subunit Eurovent Certita Certification in Paris runs a globally applied performance certification scheme for air handling units, which verifies the performance of products through independent and accredited third-party laboratories. These test results are publically accessible.