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27 Feb 2013 04:02:39

Elta TV interview helps communicate ErP message

The importance of new legislation to those involved in specifying and sourcing fans for building services applications has been highlighted in an interview with the group technical manager of one of the world’s leading fan manufacturers.

The interview with Alan Macklin of Elta Group was conducted by CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers) to keep its members up to date with the implications of what has been recognised as the most important piece of legislation to hit the HVAC industry for many years.

The four minute interview will be broadcast on 'Information TV' on 27 February 2013 at 8.30pm. This web based TV channel provides directors and senior executives operating within both the public and the private sectors with documentary based short films to assist them with useful knowledge for running their businesses. It broadcasts on the Sky (channel 212) and Freesat (channel 401) television platforms, as well as via the websites of Government departments, agencies, NGOs and professional bodies. CIBSE is one of the major contributors to the channel and recognised that the new Energy related Products (ErP) Directive, which came into force on 1 January 2013, is an important subject to communicate to its members and to the wider business community.

Alan Macklin has extensive knowledge of the new legislation and has been driving through the comprehensive new product development programme at Elta Fans to meet the legislation's requirements. In the interview he recognises the significant impact it is already having, whilst also highlighting that there are further consequences to come – "The Energy related Products Directive became mandatory from 1 January 2013. Two years later it is increased by around four percentage points making even more onerous demands on fan manufacturers ... the stated aims of the European regulators is that initially 30 percent of existing fans will be removed from the market and two years later a further 20 percent."

Commenting on the interview, Alan said: "This is part of a concerted campaign by us to ensure not only that the market is aware of the legislation but, even more importantly, that it understands its implications. Last year we launched a website dedicated to dealing with the legislation. Naturally, as a responsible fan manufacturer, we have been regularly publishing new literature to let our customers know about changes in our own product range to meet the efficiency levels demanded by the directive. The Business Channel is another medium to help get the message out there so that those involved in providing the powered ventilation systems that are used in increasingly airtight modern buildings can source fans safe in the knowledge that they are fully compliant."

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