Ecodesign Requirements for Ventilation Units

Breathing Buildings response to new European Legislation

Breathing Buildings has been following developments of Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament, which establishes a framework for the ecodesign requirements for energy-related products – in particular ventilation systems. These regulations officially came into force on 1stJanuary 2016.

The ambition of this regulation is that, for products which represent large volumes of sales and consume significant amounts of energy, implementing self-regulation measures and better documentation of performance could significantly improve the environmental impact derived from this sector.

Directive 2009/125/EC is primarily aimed at mechanical ventilation units in which the fan power used to drive the flow of air represents significant energy consumption; mechanical ventilation with heat recovery units (MVHR) being a key target.

Breathing Buildings offers a range of ventilation systems in which low-powered fans are used to provide mixing of airstreams and, under some conditions, to assist in driving the airflow. Breathing Buildings products are, therefore, not required to comply with the directive.

For more information on the energy saving potential of Breathing Buildings’ systems, including the energy savings achieved by naturally recycling heat gains in winter, contact us on 01223 450060, or email

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