With the new ErP 2018 Directive For Radiant Heaters looming, we at Powrmatic have compiled a series of helpful questions that will help you understand what the new ERP directive is, and how it will affect gas fired radiant heaters in 2018 and beyond. Be sure to look for our ErP logo on all compliant product brochures as we move into 2018.
1) What is the ErP 2018 Directive For Radiant Heaters?
The Energy Related Product Directive 2009/125/EC (ErP for short) is a European Council Regulation which implements a series of measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Both radiant tube and radiant plaque gas fired heaters are covered by the scope of Lot 20 of the Directive
2) Can I download a copy of the ErP 2018 Directive For Radiant Heaters?
Yes to download the directive click on the link below
3) Does it affect the heaters I purchase, install or specify?
Yes, where those heaters are specifically applied to provide thermal comfort for human beings.
4) Are there applications where ErP does not apply?
Yes, if the heaters are used for the applications below technically the ErP regulations do not apply, however installers, specifiers and users should consider the benefits of applying compliant heaters as they may well offer benefits
The applications where ErP doesn’t apply are –
- Agricultural heating (ie poultry houses)
- Horticultural heating (ie glasshouses)
- Process heaters/dryers
- Frost protection of perishable products
- External radiant heaters
5) Does the regulation apply to gas fired radiant tube and gas fired radiant plaque heaters?
Yes, both are covered within the Directive, additionally in respect of radiant tube heaters ‘U’ tube, linear, continuous and herringbone type configurations are all included
6) Does the regulation cover gas and LPG?
7) What does the Directive require?
The implementation and requirements of the Directive in respect of both gas fired radiant tube and gas fired radiant plaque heaters become effective as from –
1st January 2018
From this date all gas fired radiant tube and gas fired radiant plaque heaters which are used to provide thermal comfort for human beings must achieve a seasonal efficiency of more than –
- For gas fired radiant tube heaters = 72%
- For gas fired radiant plaque heaters = 85%
Additionally, NOx emissions must not exceed –
- For gas fired radiant tube and plaque heaters 200 mg/kWh
8) What do you mean by seasonal efficiency?
The seasonal efficiency calculation required under the Directive takes into account the thermal efficiency, radiant efficiency and electrical power consumption.
9) Why does the efficiency threshold seem lower than those currently achieved?
This is because the European Council have chosen to use gross calorific values rather than the nett calorific values that are currently used to determine thermal efficiency.
10) So are the heaters just as efficient as they used to be?
11) Will the heaters change on the 1st January 2018?
Essentially the Powrmatic gas fired radiant tube and plaque heaters already comply with the Directive and as such will remain familiar to you being –
- PTUL U tube
- PTSL Single linear
- PTDSP Double linear
- PTUH U tube high efficiency
- PTSH Single linear high efficiency
- PRP Radiant plaque
12) What happens if I order heaters in December 2017 for delivery in January 2018 or after?
As current radiant tube and plaque heaters already comply with the Directive then time of order is not affected as a consequence of the order timing.