Austria now also has a label for the installed stock of heaters

On Wednesday 8th March 2017, the Vereinigung Österreichischer Kessellieferanten (VÖK), together with the representatives of the installers and the chimney sweeps, presented the “Energy Savings Offensive”, introducing a label for the installed stock of heaters in Austria: the ‘Altgeraetelabel’ or label for old appliances.

The main objective is to raise people’s awareness about the age of their installed heating appliances and the need for modernization. The slogan is “an old heater is less reliable than a new one". This slogan makes clear that installed appliances present a significantly higher risk of breakdown or reduced efficiency after 15 years.

The campaign has three main points:

  1. Installed heaters that are more than 15 years old get a label for old appliances, which states the exact date when the appliance was installed.
  2. The servicing companies, chimney sweepers or the installers hand over a folder to the users, which explains the advantages of modernizing the heating system (Improved safety, reduced expenditure on heating costs and lowered environmental impacts, in particular CO2 emissions).
  3. The folder and the label for old appliances refer to a website, where the different modern heating solutions and their respective manufacturers are shortly explained in easy-to-understand language (www.heizungs.org).

The launch of the Austrian label follows the launch of similar labels in other EU Member States, where the modernisation of installed heating appliances is also lagging behind. In early 2016, the German government launched a label that builds on the existing Ecodesign label for new space heaters that came into force in September 2015. In the United Kingdom, the national association of the UK domestic heating and hot water industry HHIC also launched it own ‘retro boiler’ label in November of 2016. The UK label uses the Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers to categorize boilers in different efficiency classes. Several other EU Member States have expressed interest in using such energy labelling programmes to inform consumers about the (in)efficiency of their heating appliances.

Austria now also has a label for the installed stock of heaters
Austria now also has a label for the installed stock of heaters
Austria now also has a label for the installed stock of heaters
Austria now also has a label for the installed stock of heaters