The new Energy related Product (ErP) directive from the EU will come into force on 26th September 2015, to ensure space and water heaters meet minimum efficiency requirements.

Installers will still be able to use products purchased and installed prior that date, however, manufacturers and installers will have to ensure that the products they use and the systems they commission meet the minimum requirements within the new directive.

Space and water heating products will be required to have an energy label, already familiar on products such as fridges and freezers, and manufacturers will only be able to sell compliant products after 26 September. The least efficient water heating products, with ratings F and G, will be banned.

Carrie Young, Ideal’s head of marketing, accepted there will a period of adjustment to get through, but hopes that an education campaign to help guide installers through the process - which will launch later this month - will help answer any questions or concerns.

“We’re gearing up to support installers throughout the ErP process. It will be included in all our domestic boiler training courses, plus our technical support and customer services teams have all been briefed and trained so installers don’t need to worry.”