Since 2015, new European Union regulations have been defining the minimum performances of heating appliances such as pellet and wood burning boilers, stoves and fireplaces. The adoption of gradually stricter standards aims at reducing consumptions and restricting polluting emissions. The purpose of all this is to put only the latest generation of appliances on the market, provided with clear and exhaustive energy efficiency labelling that specifies the real energy efficiency of any product.
These rules involve all the 28 countries belonging to the European Union and all EEA(European Economic Area) countries.
- Energy labelling has been mandatory for all biomass boilers since 1st April 2017 (EU regulation 2015/1187)
- This obligation has involved all domestic biomass appliances (i.e. pellet or wood burning stoves and fireplaces) since 1st January 2018 (EU regulation 2015/1187)
Transparent labelling to benefit consumers and the environmentSince 1st January 2018, all the stoves and fireplaces sold on the market must be provided with an energy label, like large household appliances have had to for many years now. Consumers must be able to identify the energy efficiency of any product at a glance. The information provided on the energy label of air-heating stoves and fireplaces is:
- Supplier’s name or brand and the appliance’s serial number;
- The appliance’s energy efficiency rating from 6 to A++;
- The appliance’s air heat output, i.e. its nominal heat output, in kW.