22 January 2020

How Elta Fans Pioneered Low Silhouette Roof Unit Development

By David Millward

22 January 2020

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Our Group Founders created the low-cost stackable, stockable, fibreglass roof extract unit that has become renowned in our industry. Much has changed since then, including the regulations that these fans must adhere to, which is why Elta Fans developed the Skyflow SSRL – the world’s first ErP compliance low silhouette axial roof unit.

The compliance issue

For many contractors, the way that they operate is leaving them vulnerable to being held responsible for ErP compliance. That’s because when you buy a plate fan and a roof cowl separately from one another, and then combine them, you create a completed product as defined by Ecodesign Regulation 1253/2014, and you are deemed the manufacturer. This means it is then your responsibility to make sure the unit is ErP compliant.

ErP directives, and a significant proportion of Building Regulations, make everyone in the ventilation supply chain responsible for selecting and supplying the most energy efficient equipment available. This is to ensure they don’t consume more energy than is necessary, and is why contractors must not fall foul of ErP compliance.

The compliance solution

Contractors shouldn’t carry the burden of product compliance – that’s for manufacturers to worry about. Elta Fans realised this, and set about creating a fan that would free ventilation installers from the concerns of ErP compliance.

A crucial part of ErP compliance is to make sure the fan has functionality that allows it to be as energy efficient as possible, and more often than not, this means containing controls to adjust fan speed and power.

The weatherproof Skyflow SSRL helps contractors by providing a complete low silhouette axial fan solution, avoiding the risky process of having to combine a plate fan and roof cowl. The innovation behind the SSRL has seen it shortlisted for the H&V News Awards Air Movement Product of the Year, and crucially, it assures ventilation specialists of ErP compliance.

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