Cooling tower manufacturers call for exemption of evaporative cooling equipment and lower energy efficiency requirements on centrifugal forward curved fans

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.

Proposed Eurovent amendment concerning cooling towers and the EU Fan Regulation

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.

Registration open: 16-17 March 2015, Workshop, Lund, Sweden – Voluntary and Regulatory Frameworks to Improve Quality and Compliance of Ventilation and Airtightness

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.

In December 2014, the European Commission’s JRC-IPTS has released the draft proposal on ‘Green Public Procurement Criteria for the design, construction and management of Office buildings’. Eurovent members welcome this initiative, however, members from Eurovent Product Group 'Air Filters' would like to recommend the European Commission to integrate the Eurovent Rating Standars for the certification of air filters as well as Eurovent Recommendation 4/19 concerning public enquiries for air filters into its energy efficiency classification.

With GEN 561 we informed you about the upcoming stakeholder meeting on 10 March 2015.

We draw the attention of the members to this 10 page update by the European Commission on the ecodesign measures.

The Joint Research Center (JRC) is organising this meeting on 23-24 February 2015 in Brussels (GEN 567.01). A technical working group which JRC is now setting up is intent on providing input on the development of Best Environmental Management Practices (BEMP) for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE – note this  encompass more equipment than pure EEE for example display cabinets, cooling towers…) manufacturing. The resulting document will specify best environmental practices which can be implemented by companies to minimise the environmental impact of electrical and electronic equipment manufacturing and WEEE processing. This work is part of a project that supports the development of sectorial reference documents (SRD) according to art. 46 (1) of the EMAS Regulation.

Effective ventilation in high performance buildings 23-24 September 2015 Madrid, Spain

Members interested in ventilation may be interested in submitting an abstract for the 36th AIVC Conference.

Request for contacts to national representatives in the Ecodesign Regulatory Committee by Mid-March 2015

On 22 January 2015 the last stakeholder consultation on the Fan Regulation Review took place. It was attended by 80 industry representatives covering fan manufacturers and OEM manufacturers integrating fans in their products (e.g. air conditioning, cooling towers…).

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