During the Consultation Forum on the revision of the ‘EU Fan Regulation’ 327/2011 in Brussels on 30 April, Eurovent had reinforced its call for an exemption of evaporative cooling equipment from the future Regulation, which was supported by several Member State Representatives. Subsequently within the meeting, the Commission has asked VHK to further elaborate on this issue and on how an exemption can be implemented without creating loopholes.
With this document, the Eurovent Product Group 'Air Handling Units' offers a guideline providing a common interpretation on the Commission Regulation (EU) No 1253/2014 of 7 July 2014 on non-residential ventilation units (bidirectional and unidirectional units).
In its position paper from 14 April 2015, Eurovent proposed a new paragraph exempting fans exclusively transporting gases consisting of a mixture of liquid water and air having a relative humidity consistently larger than 90% from the revised EU Fan Regulation. This Position Paper elaborates on why the abovementioned paragraph is straightforward and necessary.
Whilst revising the proposal for the new Fan Regulation, manufacturers within the Eurovent network call for 1) An exemption of cooling towers from this Regulation, and 2) lower energy efficiency requirements for centrifugal forward curved fans.
In the light of the revision of Fan Regulation 327/2011 and following consultation among Eurovent manufacturers of cooling towers, evaporative condensers and evaporative fluid coolers, Eurovent proposes the Commission to include a paragraph to the new Regulation which would exclude fans transporting gases and vapours with a relative humidity larger than 90%.
The Commission has published its guidelines accompanying the Delegated Regulations 811/2013, 812/2013, 813/2013 and 814/2013 with regard to ecodesign and energy labelling of space heaters, water heaters, hot storage tanks and packages of water heater and solar device.
Although ventilation and airtightness are covered in most countries by various regulations focused on energy performance and/or indoor air quality, the effectiveness of these regulations is often called into question. A number of studies have shown significant deviations between assumed and actual characteristics of the building or equipment, possibly resulting in non-compliance to the regulation and/or degraded performance.