Specflue is warning that the sector should be prepared for the introduction of the Energy Labelling Directive for solid fuel appliances.

The Energy Labelling Directive became applicable to solid fuel appliances on 1 January 2018, which means any product sold in the UK must now display the standard EU energy label.

Ian Sams, Specflue's Commercial Director, said: "The Ecolabel energy rating system brought in with this Directive is exemplified by the multi-coloured A to G sticker seen on white goods such as fridges, freezers and washing machines.

"As of 1 January 2018, wood burners must now display this label to make appliance selection easier for consumers and to make clear the efficiency levels of solid fuel equipment.

"However, the legislation also impacts manufacturers who need to ensure that their products are appropriately labelled, and installers who need a good understanding of the requirements to ensure commissioned installations comply with the rules."

All newly manufactured solid fuel appliances sold by retailers and from suppliers will now require a copy of the energy label fixed to them, giving technical details and information on the appliance performance capabilities and energy rating.

The Energy Labelling Directive scheme identifies products and services with a reduced environmental impact with an A++ to G scale (A++ being the best).

The information shown on the energy label should include the supplier's name or trademark and model identifier, the energy efficiency class and the direct heat output of the appliance in kW.