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ECOdatabase project submited to the IIE programme with many LABNET/LABTQ partners

The project aims among other checking reproducibility of testing for new technologies under LOT1 & 2. Answer on the project submission outcomes will be end of 2013


The  project is supporting the implementation of the

Directive 2009/125/EC on Ecodesign

Directive 2010/30/EU on Energy labelling

for products covered by LOT1 (space and combination heaters) and LOT2 (water heaters and hot water storage tanks).

The appliances concerned are

gas and fuel oil boilers

heat pumps (el. and gas)

microCHP units etc.

The use of these represents more than 16% of the gross energy consumption in the EU.

Regulations addressing these products will be adopted in 2013 and requirements will need to be implemented in 2015.  Today, the main questions from stakeholders and industry are related to the practical implementation issues with points such as information to users and installers and market surveillance.

The project aims at helping to organise the market surveillance in practice with the help of a web-based, shared database and by gathering the testing expertise to guarantee a high reliability in the information given to the end user.

The actions within this project cover two of the three priorities of the programme SAVE “Consumers and products” for the two most energy using appliances (LOT1&2) in the EU.

Action 1: Web-based Database and interfaces for the market surveillance support for professionals involved in the test and labelling of appliances or systems.

The tool first designed to be used by Member State authorities in charge of market surveillance and by Notified Bodies.

By using a shared database of Ecodesign data - fed by manufacturers and controlled by the notified bodies - the member states will be able to organise the market surveillance in a cost-effective way and to avoid the duplication of the work. Also the labelling of the so-called packages (heating appliances with components) will be made in an uncontroversial way to help installers to better guide the end user to the most cost-effective heating system.

Finally, the tool can be used to make the labelling information available for the public.

The system proposed has several advantages:

1) It will be easy to extend to any EU country: One appliance is in general sold in the whole EU or many of the EU countries, so the database will cover all EU countries, even those not represented in the project.

2) It can be used for information to the end user with all potential benefits (part of the market surveillance; verified information on appliances labels etc.).


Action 2: Exchange of expertise and development and exchange of best practices related to product testing

For many new technologies and even existing technologies, test standards for Ecodesign have only very recently been implemented. As a result, the test protocols are not very well-known, and the reproducibility between laboratories is unknown.

This part of the project will bring together a number of test laboratories in order to develop knowledge and share experience about reproducibility and testing protocols. As part of that, a number of specially selected product groups will be tested. Focus is on new technologies like micro cogeneration and heat pumps but also products producing domestic hot water will be selected.

The action will include proposals for clarification of protocols and improving reproducibility. The results will be discussed with market surveillance authorities and disseminated to relevant bodies, e.g. the relevant CEN TC’s


(b) Major outputs and expected results


The major outputs will be the following:

1) An operational, web-based system with all functionalities connected to an appliance database. It will demonstrate how the market surveillance and the certification(*) of appliances falling under the two directives mentioned will be organised. This will include combination of products sold as packages. The system will be designed to be useful for installers, manufacturers, end users and authorities.

2) An organisational setup will be established, that will be in charge of keeping the system alive after the project.

3) Proposal to CEN to improve testing standards for an uncontroversial application of the measures of the two directives.


(*)This is important for Lot1&2 compared to the other existing regulations focused on electrical prod-ucts, because third-party certification related aspects from Directive 92/42/EEC have been maintained in the new Ecodesign regulation for space heaters (see Article 4, point 1: “The conformity assessment procedure referred to in Article 8(2) of Directive 2009/125/EC shall be the internal design control set out in Annex IV to that Directive or the management system set out in Annex V to that Directive without prejudice to Articles 7(2) and 8 and Annexes III to V to Council Directive 92/42/EEC”). The appro-priateness of a generalisation of third-party certification to all space heaters and water heaters will also be discussed at the revision stage.