With GEN 559 we informed you about the development of EU GPP criteria for Office Buildings. We communicate that theconsultation on revised technical background report and criteria proposals will run until 27 February 2015.
The background to the creation of GPP for buildings can be traced to an Ecobuilding project financed by DG Environment of the early 2000s. With time the scope of buildings was narrowed down to office buildings of public administrations (2011). The December 2014 GGP draft criteria are wider and would apply to all office buildings of ownership.
According to the current ‘EU Fan Regulation’ in place, a cooling tower is defined as a fan system as multiple critical parts of the fan system are the evaporative cooling tower itself. In this respect, cooling tower manufacturers within the Eurovent network proposed to amend one Regulation paragraph in order to exempt cooling towers from the requirements outlined for fans in the revised EU Fan Regulation.
Market surveillance is vital to functioning of the Single Market and helps to protect responsible businesses from unfair competition by unscrupulous economic operators who ignore the rules or cut corners. A lot of EU legislation has an article dealing introducing market surveillance, for example implementing measures under Ecodesign.
The application of the 98/34/EC Directive has also been extended to new standardisation work undertaken by National Standard Bodies (AENOR, AFNOR, DIN, UNI…) at national level. These notifications are registered centrally by the CEN Management Centre and a "Monthly Notifications Register" is circulated in English to the CEN Members and the European Commission. The National Standard Body generally provides the relevant associations with a copy of these updates.
We expect that most member associations are aware of the initiative of the International Institute for Refrigeration to organise a students’ competition in 2015 on the theme “Refrigeration For The Sustainable Cold Chain And Food Safety”.
On 21 November 2014, Dutch consulting agency VHK, which is in charge of advising the European Commission on the current Fan Regulation revision, published a discussion document outlining the proposed changes to Fan Regulation 327/2011. Manufacturers from the Eurovent network herewith provide a detailed response.
In a position paper published on 18 November 2014, Eurovent and its members were calling for an exemption of Cooling Towers from the revised Commission Regulation (EU) No 327/2011, which sets Ecodesign requirements for fans driven by motors with an electric input power between 125 W and 500 kW. In addition, Eurovent now provides additional clarifications on the difficulties cooling tower manufacturers would face in case of no exemption from the Regulation.
In the light of the Revision of Fan Regulation 327/2011, Dutch consultancy firm VHK published a 'discussion document' as starting point for the European Commission. Welcoming the major part of the document's contents, manufacturers from the Eurovent Product Group 'European Fan Technology' advise VHK to slightly modify parts of the proposed Regulation.