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21.10.2015

Air Handling Units: the new Eurovent code clarifies the Directive

Eurovent Commission published a new code to clarify the EU Directive on AHUs. “AHU without controller are complete machines” is the main message.
Eurovent, with its recommendation Eurovent 6-2 – 2015, has published a new Code of Good Practice clarifying the EU Directive on Air Handling Units.

Thanks to this code of good practice, Eurovent and its members sustain that an AHU without controller has to be considered as a complete machine, like an AHU with a controller.

AHU producer has to apply CE mark; set up a Declaration of Conformity according annex II, point 1, A of the “Machinery Directive” and provide the technical construction file of the AHU.

Moreover, Eurovent members say that it is necessary to get a uniform interpretation of Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, to ensure a level-playing field.

It could bring more clarity on the market, before the Commission Regulation (EU) No 1253/2014 on Ventilation Units comes into effect on 1 January 2016.

According to Felix Van Eyken, secretary general of the Eurovent association in Brussels, this Code of Good Practice will “constitute the final result of a long discussion process among Eurovent member associations and their affiliated AHU manufacturers”.

Moreover, he said that one of Eurovent’s core principles is to “ensure a level-playing field within a common market. Different countries having contradicting interpretations goes counter these principles. The Eurovent document marks a step forward towards a clearer, more harmonised interpretation of the Machinery Directive”.