Infos for manufacturers

Information for manufacturers

Since September 26 2015, information requirements affect all bids regarding space heaters, water heaters and hot water storage tanks. Installers, being the point of sale, are obliged to provide the customer with information regarding the efficiency of the system along with the initial bid. The information must be supplied in the form of a datasheet and an energy efficiency label, also called “product label”. In most cases, installers also offer composite heating systems. They have to calculate the “package label” for the system manually.

NEW: From April 1 2017 new information requirements will also affect solid fuel boilers and packages of a solid fuel boiler, supplementary heaters, temperature controls and solar devices.

VdZ-Platform HEATINGlabel

Since the manual preparation of the “package label” by the installer would imply a substantial work effort, the industry is going for an IT-based solution, i.e. a central database with a connection to wholesale shop systems and installer software.
To establish this database, suppliers feed relevant data for the calculation of the package label into the VdZ-portal. The data is added via simple Excel sheets. The effort required from the supply-side is therefore minor. The portal’s calculation tool then generates the package label from the individual data.
The portal will make the data available to the relevant recipients via different interfaces, i.e. web services. The data can be retrieved as an individually generated label, e.g. via a commercial installer software. This process is enabled by the data interface “IDS-Connect”, an established interface solution for communication between installer software and databases in Germany. Particularly this connection is of essential importance, since approx. 90% of craft businesses use commercial software. When preparing the bid proposal, in the future the software will automatically issue the package label as an extra page. Also the individual usage of the portal by the installer is possible.

The advantages:

  • Open Platform: Product data from all suppliers active on the German market can be included and the database can be connected to any software.
  • Suppliers of both systems and components profit equally.
  • Simple input via Excel sheets.
  • Implementation for commercial software systems. To fulfill label guideline, label calculation is required during phase of bid proposal, i.e. in the commercial context.
  • No additional effort for software producers due to application of established IDS-Connect interface.
  • High market penetration is expected; open platform; usage free of charge for installers, wholesale and their software suppliers.
  • The solution initially addresses the German market but can be adopted in other European countries.
  • The first partner country is Belgium.
  • Regardless of their origin, all contracting parties (manufacturers) may provide data for all partner countries of HEATINGlabel.

Notification: Working languages of HEATINGlabel are English and German (regarding communication between manufacturers and HEATINGlabel).

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