The European "Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of eco-design requirements for energy-related products" fixes energetic and environmental relevant requirements for products in one directive. The Energy-using Products Act (EuPA) implements the directive into German law. Responsible in Germany is the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The Eco-design Directive intends to establish minimum efficiency requirements for various product groups within individual "implementing measures". It leads to a gradually exclusion of very inefficient appliances and products from the market. This is a contribution to meet national and European climate protection goals at product level.
Especially the following implementing measures are relevant for building energy performance:
- ENER 1 Space heaters and combination heaters (Gas/Oil/electric)
- ENER 2 Water heaters and hot water storage tanks (Gas/Oil/electric)
- ENER 8 Office lighting
- ENER 10 Air conditioners and comfort fans
- ENER 11 Glandless circulators, Water pumps, Fans
- ENER 15 Solid fuel boilers
- ENER 19 Non-directional household lamps, directional lamps, light emitting diode lamps and related equipment; Amendment / repeal of several regulations for light sources and separate control gears
- ENER 20 Local space heaters
- ENER 21 Air heating products, cooling products, high temperature process chillers and fan coil units
- GROW 6 Ventilation units
For further relevant product sectors (windows, insulation material) studies were carried out without further action so far. A pre-study was commissioned concerning building automation. For more informationcan be obtained from the website of the Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing (BAM).