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Notifications: Standardisation – August 2020 (GEN – 1157.00)

11 September 2020

6 min read
Standardisation
General

Notifications: Standardisation – August 2020 (GEN – 1157.00)

11 September 2020

6 min read

GEN – 1157.00. On a monthly basis, the Eurovent Team compiles a global overview of the latest developments concerning new standardisation activities and technical regulations of relevance for the HVACR industry. Our Notifications allow members to be prepared for developments that can have an impact on them and their products.

Standardisation

The application of the Directive 2015/1535/EU (previously Directive 98/34/EC) has also been extended to new standardisation work undertaken by National Standards Bodies (AENOR, AFNOR, DIN, UNI, etc.) at national level. These notifications are registered centrally by the CEN Management Centre. A ‘Monthly Notifications Register’ is circulated in English to CEN Members and the European Commission. The National Standard Body provides the relevant associations with a copy of these updates.

The July 2020 ‘Monthly Notifications Register’ included the following issues of relevance:

Czech Republic

Project ID: 73011418/0001 Published
Title: Energy performance of buildings – Typical values for calculation – Part 1: General
Scope: This standard contains in the annex’s informative parameters for:

  • Typical values and ranges of specified performance parameters of building technical systems
  • Typical profiles of different types of buildings and operations (operating hours, ventilation, Lighting and hot water requirements, internal heat loads from equipment)
  • Climate data for calculating the energy performance of buildings in the Czech Republic by the monthly calculation step
  • Definition of the concept of the energy-related area

France

National Ref: PR NF E04-007
Title: Geometrical product specifications (GPS) – Discrete modal decomposition – Analysis method

National Ref: PR NF X43-404
Title: Air quality – Air of domestic living accommodations and of public premises – Airborne sampling

Ireland

National Ref: I.S. 399
Title: Energy efficient design – Requirements with guidance for use
Scope: The purpose of this management system standard is to enable organisations establish a systematic approach to the design, construction and commissioning of new investment projects so as to minimise their energy use and consumption in their operating lifecycles. Such projects may include new, modified and renovated facilities, buildings, equipment, systems and processes. The standard has been developed as a project-based standard in order to implement a structured framework into the design process of new projects.

I.S. 399 provides the structure for management of energy efficient design and the processes and controls necessary for its effective implementation. The standard can be implemented by any organisation involved in the design lifecycle including; owners/investors, engineering design contractors, energy service companies, equipment suppliers and/or independent energy experts. The use of this standard is relevant to all of these parties however the manner of its application will vary.

While I.S. 399 has been developed mainly from the perspective of the investor organisation where the energy benefits will accrue, the implementation of the standard may be undertaken by organisations other than the investor.

Netherlands

National Ref: NEN 5077:2019/A1:2020 Concept NL
Title: Noise control in buildings – Determination methods for performances concerning airborne sound insulation of facades, airborne sound insulation and impact sound insulation, sound levels caused by technical services

National Ref: NEN 6069:2020 Concept NL
Title: Testing and classification of resistance to fire of building products and building elements
Scope: This standard gives specifications for the classification and testing of the resistance to fire of building products and building elements in the Netherlands.

United Kingdom

National Ref: BS 7592
Title: Sampling for Legionella bacteria in water systems – Code of practice

Technical Regulations

The 2015/1535/EU Directive compels the Member States to notify to the Commission and to each other all the draft technical regulations concerning products. The aim of this procedure is to avoid creation of unjustified barriers between Member States. Sometimes, these notifications appear quite late within the database. These regulations may be found under: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/en/

Interested parties (companies, associations, individuals) can send their comments directly to the European Commission, DG Growth, unit B2 ‘Prevention of technical barriers’. This should happen within 4 weeks of the publication of the notification so that DG Grow can study the issue and decide on action. The mail should be addressed to Mr Casella Giuseppe, Head of Unit).

The list with national contact points (incomplete and with regular changes) can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/goods/free-movement-sectors/mutual-recognition/contacts-list_en.

The Commission and Member States have three months to introduce comments or detailed opinions.

Detailed opinions extend the status quo period by three months and oblige the issuing Member State to argue on their legislation and to explain the action that it intends to take in response to the detailed opinion.

In the case of comments, only a clarification on the interpretation of the notified text is required. The Member State concerned shall take comments into account as far as possible. The impact of comments is therefore limited.

It is to be noted that the Commission can block a draft for a period of 12-18 months if European Union harmonisation work is to be undertaken or is already underway in the same field.

Country

Reference

Title

Reception date

Standstill end date

Hungary

2020/536/HU

Government Decree amending Government Decree 343/2011 of 29 December 2011 implementing Act LXXXV of 2011 on environmental protection product charges and Government Decree 442/2012 of 29 December 2012 on packaging and waste management activities related to packaging waste

2020-08-28

2020-11-30

Sweden

2020/495/S

Technical documents related to the National Agency for Public Procurement’s Regulation (UHMFS 2020:1) on the collection of data for statistical purposes

2020-08-04

2020-11-05

France

2020/410/F

Decree on consumer information symbols indicating the sorting rule for waste resulting from products subject to the principle of extended producer responsibility

2020-06-30

2020-10-01

 

On 28 August 2020, the French association Uniclima asked if it is possible for members to ask their national authorities to comment or to introduce detailed opinion on the notification 2020/410/F.

This Regulation introduces in France the Triman logo as a mandatory, unified signage for end-of-life products created from the French Decree No. 2014-15733 in order to harmonise the separate collection systems within France. The issue is that the Triman logo is a specific one for France, thus obliging manufacturers to adopt it when putting products on the French market.

The French authorities consider this approach in line, and complementary, to the European Waste Framework Directive and related directives such as on packaging, packaging waste and on single use plastics.

It should be pointed out that this notification ‘Does not open the delays’. Notwithstanding the contributions by stakeholders, and that this decree would be implemented in France without considering contributions by stakeholders, Member States or the Commission.

You will find enclosed and hereunder various elements and documents provided by our Federation FIEEC in connection with the Triman issue.

A detailed background may be found in the attached GEN – 1157.01 (overview by FIEEC, the French federation for the electric, electronic and communication industries) and GEN – 1157.02 (template for comments). By 7 September eleven stakeholders had posted contributions, most are based on GEN – 1157.02.

Of note is the guidebook already produced in 2014 (see Gen – 1157.03).

It should be pointed out that this notification ‘Does not open the delays’. It is therefore not possible to obtain a delay based on one or more detailed opinions of Member States and/or the Commission.

Increasing the number of contributions by stakeholders may result in an action by the Commission.

Though not really a notification or standard, it is useful to point out the Nordic criteria for Green Public Procurement (GPP)of alternatives to high GWP refrigerants in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump applications. While the publication counts 83 pages, the annexes may prove of interest.

Annex 1 lists product, category use, description HFC alternatives, references to Ecodesign, Energy Label, GPP, Energy GPP, Nordic suppliers of GPP products. The annex 2 – list the HFC alternatives by product groups based on web-searches.

Link: http://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1452437/FULLTEXT01.pdf

WTO TBT notifications

The notifications worldwide under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) can be consulted on:

They can also be consulted via the European Commission website:

Experience shows that not all WTO notifications appear on the EU website. The following new, updated or corrected notifications were made available:

Reference

Title

Reception date

Standstill end date

G/TBT/N/CHN/1457

National Standard of the P.R.C., Gas Storage Water Heater (62 page(s), in Chinese)

2020-08-31

2020-10-31

G/TBT/N/KOR/913

Draft amendment of Technical Regulation for Electromagnetic Compatibility (20 page(s), in Korean)

2020-08-27

2020-10-26

G/TBT/N/THA/577

Ministerial Regulation Prescribing Description, Production and Method of Displaying of Standard Marks on the Industrial Products B.E.2563 (2020). (6 page(s), in Thai)

2020-08-07

 

G/TBT/N/THA/578

Ministerial Regulation on Rules and Procedures on Application, Issuance of License to Display Standard Marks on the Industrial Products, License to Manufacture and License to Import for Sale in the Kingdom of the Industrial Products B.E. 2563 (2020) (5 page(s), in Thai)

2020-08-07

 

 

Recommended Actions

Manufacturers that produce these products or active in these countries are recommended to check the contents of these proposals.

If necessary, the Eurovent Association can react or file a WTO complaint.

Related documents and links

All related documents and articles can be found in the respective sections in the right sidebar.

  • GEN – 1150.00 – Notifications: Standardisation – July 2020
  • GEN – 1157.01 – FIEEC overview Triman
  • GEN – 1157.02 – Template contribution Triman
  • GEN – 1157.03 – 2014 Triman handbook
  • GEN – 1157.04 – Nordic GPP for alternatives for high GWP refrigerants

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