Elta Fans has launched a CPD accredited seminar designed to provide delegates with the information they need to understand the implications of the new ErP Directive on fans.

The seminar has been approved by CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) and is a guide to the legislation - the first tier of which was adopted on 1 January, 2013 - which is being implemented through Parts F and L of the UK Building Regulations.

Alan Macklin is Group Technical Manager at Elta and explains why the seminar has been developed. "The importance of the legislation means that a lot of information has been and continues to be circulated about ErP. However, we understand that it can be a little daunting to look through legislative documents as, by their very nature, they are very 'dry' and sometimes difficult to interpret. As we have been living with and planning for the adoption of the legislation for more than two years, we naturally have a very good grasp of how it is impacting fan design. We therefore introduced the seminar so that we can impart our knowledge, pulling out the most salient points of the new legislation and highlighting the main consequences that those involved in designing, specifying and purchasing HVAC systems need to be aware of."

The seminar explains the new terminology, such as Specific Fan Power (SFP) and Fan Motor Efficiency Grade (FMEG), which are central to the way in which fans are now measured. It also outlines the various 'lots' which make up the ErP Directive, the areas to which they apply and how they are being prioritised based on their capacity to achieve the most significant reduction in energy consumption.

Alan continues – "Anybody working with fans needs to understand what they are looking for, a fan that was acceptable before 1 January 2013 may well not be so now. We naturally focus primarily on the legislation that is in place currently, ie the first tier of the ErP Directive, but the seminar also points towards the second tier, due to be introduced in January 2015. The message is very much 'be prepared'."

To maximise the potential for the seminar to be delivered to the market, it is available through the external sales team of Elta Fans throughout the UK and in Ireland through Elta's sister company Fantech Ventilation. Further details are available on tel: +44 (0) 1384 275800 (UK); tel: (+353) 01 452 3211 (Ireland).

Elta Fans is part of the £90 million Elta Group, a family of businesses with operations in six countries on four continents which, together with a network of international distributors, provides quality fans and related air movement equipment to customers worldwide.