This summer, the UK government plans to introduce new laws that will apply ecodesign and energy labelling requirements to refrigeration (among other disparate categories including welding and electronic displays).
The legislation will include measures to strengthen minimum energy performance standards and material efficiency, including ‘right to repair’ measures. These might include, for example, ease of availability of spare parts, fair access for repairers and a ban on ‘planned obsolescence’ (a policy that involves producing goods that rapidly become outdated and must therefore be replaced).
The government pledges: “We will ensure that GB maintains product standards which benefit the environment and contribute to greater energy, carbon and bill savings. These benefits will help us on our way towards the UK’s Carbon Budget and Net Zero targets.”
It also pledges: “In order to ensure the retained EU regulations remain consistent with their counterparts in the EU, we plan to lay secondary legislation in 2021 to make equivalent amendments, following consultation with affected stakeholders.”
It expects the new regulations to result in around 21.5TWh of energy savings by 2050 across all sectors leading to around 1.7Mt CO2 of carbon savings for the same period.
When they are introduced, the new Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations will fit perfectly with initiatives ECEX has undertaken, including the company’s solid commitment to the refurbishment and repair of air handling units rather than their automatic replacement.
Replacement can involve a great deal of expense and disruption as well as being subject to relatively long lead times whereas refurbishment is considerably less costly and more flexible (disruption in an occupied building can, for example, be minimised by ‘working around’ existing conditions).
Refurbishment also leaves existing services such as ductwork, pipework and wiring unaltered and overcomes the transport and access difficulties associated with replacing a unit.
There are also other advantages to refurbishing AHUs rather than replacing them. For example, a refurbishment offers the opportunity to upgrade the existing system to boost performance and build in resilience. The resulting increase in efficiency can result in tumbling operational costs and a reduced likelihood of breakdown.
And refurbishment is good for the client company’s ‘green’ reputation since reuse is customarily more environmentally friendly than renewal.
In short, refurbishment and repair can extend the lifespan of existing systems, increase their operating efficiency, save energy, boost performance, and reduce running costs. It also offers the opportunity to upgrade the existing specification. So, what’s not to like?
The most cost-effective route to managing HVAC equipment is to implement an effective maintenance plan backed by appropriate refurbishment and repair.
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