DAIKIN Europe N.V. has been awarded its first HP Keymark certificate for the DAIKIN Altherma ground source heat pump both under the DAIKIN and Rotex brands, this week. This is a first step by DAIKIN Europe N.V. to get is entire DAIKIN Altherma product portfolio HP Keymark certified.
The CEN Keymark system for product certification based on European standards has been available since 1992. In 2016 the certification system was widened by a certification program for air to water, brine/water to water and DHW heat pumps.
This Heat Pump (HP) KEYMARK, was developed in partnership with the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA), several certification bodies and 11 manufacturers, including DAIKIN Europe N.V., as an independent voluntary certification scheme.
The rules of the scheme are based on efficiency and sound emission requirements as laid down by the Eco-design regulation for heat pumps, combi heat pumps and hot water heat pumps (EU no 813 / 2013 - EU no 814 / 2013). EU standards based quality requirements include the continuous checks of product safety and quality systems as well as factory production control.
“DAIKIN Europe NV supported the efforts of EHPA to help create an independent European wide certification scheme for heat pumps under the umbrella of the well-known CEN KEYMARK scheme based on EU regulations and standards.
Regulations and standards make our lives safer, simpler, more comfortable and more efficient. But only work when they are appropriately applied.
As a group, we have been strongly convinced of the quality of this scheme both for our customers and ourselves as manufacturers. This move is then a first step to get DAIKIN’s entire product portfolio of DAIKIN Altherma heat pumps, HP Keymark certified during 2017” says DAIKIN Europe product manager, Linda Geeraerts.
“Heat pumps are a European product – they are sold in the single European market and Member States should recognise a single certificate to check for product quality and performance. We encourage all national and regional administrative bodies to take this step”, says Thomas Nowak, Secretary General for the European Heat Pump Association, who coordinated the development of the scheme.
“The requirements to obtain the HEAT PUMP KEYMARK are strict and it takes dedicated requirements to create trust in the market. While the HEAT PUMP KEYMARK certificate may thus be more costly than some available alternatives, it can very well be more cost efficient, if a single certificate fulfils the requirements in several countries at once”, he concludes.