Innovation

In a fast changing energy market Heatstar continue to lead the way in design, engineering and innovation.

Energy Related Product Directive compliance (ErPD)

With the European Union directive on ‘Energy Related Products’ (ErPD) now in force pool installers around the UK are having to rethink the manufacture and design of their products because of the new directive.

The directive encompasses sweeping legislation which impacts upon ventilation and dehumidification product engineering, efficiency and performance rating.

Heatstar believe that the new mandatory legislation will have an immediate impact with some of the poorest efficiency products having to be extensively upgraded in order to meet the new minimum legal requirements.

By contrast, Heatstar are proud to announce that their range of swimming pool climate control systems are so energy efficient that they not only meet the new criteria but actually exceed the even more stringent regulations proposed to come into force in 2015.

Building regulations

Pool builders and designers are given complete support by Heatstar in dealing with the energy implications of indoor pools resulting from the 2010 Building Regulations.

Heatstar is one of the leading manufacturers of swimming pool dehumidification, heat recovery, ventilation and heating systems and has invested to provide expert help on some of the far ranging and significant implications contained in the revised Building Regulations of 2010. In particular Part L, which relates to the conservation of fuel and power and Part F, which lays down requirements for ventilation and air quality.

The new requirements include specific reference to indoor swimming pools within the general scope of the regulations and give guidance on how the energy demands of an indoor pool should now be considered.

Forming the core of Heatstar’s innovative product range are the ‘EC systems’, namely the Andromeda and Phoenix models, which have been designed to be fully compliant with the new regulations for both domestic and non-domestic pools. These systems feature Heatstar’s low energy, variable speed fan technology, whilst the Phoenix model also features a specially engineered and enlarged heat recuperator module. The capacity of this module has been increased by a factor of times four in comparison to the previous 1000-3000 Phoenix models and a factor of times five for the 4000-6000 in order to meet the standards set within the building regulations.

Energy commissioning plan

Heatstar are dedicated to helping the pool trade ensure hassle free compliance with these building regulations.

At the quotation stage, Heatstar provide clients with an assessment of the applicable building control regulation requirements and a compliance report for the proposed Heatstar system.

From the outset of the project, the builder is expected to prepare and supply Building Control with a formal ‘commissioning plan’.

Heatstar will clearly highlight and confirm the Specific Fan Performance of the proposed Heatstar system.

On new projects Heatstar have updated thermal insulation value terminology to match the ‘K Values’ used within the new building control regulations.

Also on new projects Heatstar’s complex heat load calculations are fully updated to make allowance for the benefit of the new thermal insulation requirement.

Heatstar will continue to provide free unit commissioning and generate a commissioning report in line with the format required under the new regulations.

Integration of EC fans

The EC fan technology, which has proved hugely successful in reducing project energy consumption in the Phoenix and Andromeda models, is also available throughout the larger product range. Both the Gemini and Taurus models feature this ‘low energy’ technology, which contributes significantly in making the Heatstar range conform to Part L of the 2010 Building Regulations.

The special fan features the latest Electronically Commutated (EC) technology based around a DC motor coupled to an integrated frequency inverter. The super high efficiency motor directly coupled to a high efficiency ‘backward’ curved fan impeller enables the same quantity of air to be produced, but at much reduced motor power consumption.

This special type of fan will automatically operate in a slow speed ‘eco-mode’, during periods when there is low demand for either air heating or dehumidification during unoccupied periods.

The fan speed in both ‘eco-mode’ and normal mode is also completely adjustable and can be precisely adjusted for the characteristics of each individual application.

The Future

These are exciting and challenging times for any business involved in energy efficiency. Within the UK, we now have a very fast evolving energy market, driven by environmental and energy security concerns.

Expect a wide range of future government incentives and schemes aimed at accelerating the uptake of renewable and sustainable energy solutions.

It is a certainty that Heatstar’s heritage of industry leading innovation will serve the needs of the customers of the future, just as they have done so for more than 30 years now.