E.F.A. – Technical meeting in Varna

On 17. – 19. October 2017 interested members as well as guests of the E.F.A. – European fireplace association met for the autumn meeting in the premises of Pertinger GmbH/Srl in Varna in the beautiful South-Tyrol.

During the meeting on 18.10.2017 various lectures were held:

Among others, our CEO Mr. Christian Droll gave a lecture about “Energy Labelling of local space heaters”. The positive feedback during the meeting showed how relevant this topic is. Our team at the RRF will gladly inform you about current topics and will be available, as contact even after the meeting. (info@rrf-online.eu / Tel. +49 (0) 208 60 70 41 – 0)

Other topics were the presentation “company cooperation and cartel ban”, as well as an interesting and detailed factory and company tour of Pertinger GmbH/Srl.

For the first time guest of the E.F.A. were invited to the general annual meeting on 19. October 2017, so they could get an interesting view in the information and internals.

The next meeting will take place on 03./04. May 2018 in Erfurt. The technical meeting will provide interesting presentation program again – of course, guest are  welcome. More information for anyone interested will be provided directly at the office of E.F.A. e.V. Tel. +49 (0) 261 100 40 67 or mail@efa-europe.com


Technical approval as testing, monitoring and certification body for chimneys, air-exhaust-systems, particle colector and further construction products

With the notification of 26. September 2017 from the Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik, the RRF is officially approved for further building products. Since we established ourselves on the marked being a testing, monitoring and certification body, we incorporated further important construction products into our portfolio: including room-sealed flue gas collectors both for solid fuels and liquid fuels, exhaust heat exchanger, catalysators, particle interceptor as both chimneys for houses and freestanding chimneys, air-exhaust-systems (LAS) exhaust gas lines and component parts of exhaust systems.

Of course, we offer you our competent service and technical knowhow for these building product groups like usual. We would be pleased to make you an offer about the testing or external control and certification of the above-mentioned product groups. Our staff is always available for your queries.

Energy Labelling of local space heaters

The regulation was published on 21.07.2015 in the official journal of the European Union and officially came into force on 10.08.2015. This directive applies to every local space heater up to 50 kW. The requirements mentioned in the directive apply for every local space heater, that is no solid fuel heater without or with an open exhaust gas control starting 01.01.2018. For every construction product from 01.01.2022 on. The regulation as well as the framework regulation can be found under the following links:

Regulations are legally binding without additional legal transposition in the member states. Just the establishing of appropriate authorities or market authority and eventually national law, that are affected by this regulation.

Duties of the manufacturer

  • For every local space heater inside the scope, the manufacturer needs to provide the retailer with printed and electronic versions of the label according to (EU) 2015/1186.
  • As well as a printed and electronic version of a product fiche. For example, it can be placed inside the product brochure or other product literature. The label and other additional information need to be provided, so that the retailer is always able to give the customer the significant information.
  • Upon request, a technical documentation has to be delivered to the commission or the authorities of the member states.
  • Measurements and calculations need to be done according to the harmonised standards and technical specifications.
  • The manufacturer is solely responsible for the creation of the label and labelling.
  • On sale, the label must be visible on the frontside of the product.

Duties of the retailer or at point of sale

  • Product-related advertisement or technical advertising material needs to reference the energy efficiency class.
  • The label and the significant material must be provided with the product fiche if a product is not visible to the customer, while marketing (e. g. in-stock product).
  • The label and product fiche do not have to be delivered on the product or “inside the box/outer packaging”.

Calculation and classification of the label

EEI = (ns,on * BLF) – 10% + F(2) + F(3) – F(4) – F(5)


  • ns,on is the seasonal space heating energy efficiency in active mode, expressed in %
  • ns,on = nsth,nom is the useful efficiency at nominal heat output, based on the lower NCV.
  • BLF is the biomass label factor
    • for biomass local space heaters: factor = 1,45
    • for fossil fuel local space heaters: factor = 1
  • F(2) is a correction factor accounting for a positive contribution to the energy efficiency index due to adjusted contributions of controls of indoor heating comfort, the values of which are mutually exclusive, cannot be added on top of each other, expressed in %;
  • F(3) is a correction factor accounting for a positive contribution to the energy efficiency index due to adjusted contributions of controls for indoor heating comfort the values of which can be added on top of each other, expressed in %;
  • F(4) is a correction factor accounting for a negative contribution to the energy efficiency index by auxiliary electricity consumption, expressed in %;
  • F(5) is a correction factor accounting for a negative contribution to the energy efficiency index by energy consumption of a permanent pilot flame, expressed in %.

Energy efficiency class of local space heaters

The European Commission has provided a useful tool for the creation of the label on their website http://eepf-energylabelgenerator.eu. This is not a guidance for the calculation of the label, but rather helps you with the correct format and the print ready version of the label.

Exceptions from this label

  • Art. 1 (a – j)
    • e.g. sauna ovens, air heating products and solid fuel local space heaters, that were not factory mounted or prefabricated components or parts, from the same manufacturer, delivered to the place of assembly.
  • Used products. As far as they were not imported from a third country (EU) 2017/1369 Art. 1 (2) a
    • Re-sale of exchanged goods (if used)
    • Repaired products, if not significantly changed or that got a new warranty / guarantee (complete overhaul)
  • Except outlet or b-goods, because they are not used beforehand

Obviously, this information is only a brief summary of the core statements of the regulation. Further requirements can be found in the regulation in the above-mentioned link.

Should you have any further questions about the calculation or creation of the label or any other topics like internet marketing, product fiche or the technical documentation, we can create an offer about consulting for you.

Positive response to RRF Christmas Action 2016: RRF supports roterkeil.net

The RRF team is very pleased with the great positive feedback. The action has been advocated both medially and has also generated positive resonance through social media.


Link to the Blogpost: Link

Conto Termico 2.0

Since May 2016, a subsidy for fireplaces was granted by the Italian government.

The total allowance amounts to 900 million € per year. In order to receive this subsidy as a private individual, an old room heater has to be replaced by a new one. The old room heater has to be brought to a specialist retailer, together with photos and documents. . This must be documented and registered at the GSE (Gestore Servizi Energetici). The newly acquired room heater must have an efficiency of > 85% and meet the requirements of DIN EN 13240.

Formula for the calculation of the grant:

Ia tot = 3,35 * In(Pn) * hr * Ci * Ce


Ia tot: annual subsidy for a max. of 2 years

Pn: nominal heat output from a type test according to EN 13240

Hr: hours of heating relating to the location (by region)

Ci: typology of the product

Typology of the product Ci-factor for room heaters with a  nominal heat output of  ≤ 35kWt
Room heater for burning wood 0,040 (€/kWht)
Pellet stove 0,040 (€/kWht)

Ce: Particulate-emission-coefficient

Particles (PM)  


(mg/Nm3 related to 13% O2)
30 < Emissions ≤ 40 1
25 < Emissions ≤ 30 1,2
Emissions ≤ 25 1,5


A room heater with an efficiency of 85%, at 6 kW nominal heat output, particles under 35 kW, particulate emission of 35 mg/m3 and sold in Bozen (f-zone) may be granted an annual subsidy of:

3,35 * In(6) * 1800 * 0,04 * 1 = 432.17 €  * 2 years = 864,34 €  total subsidy

RRF goes “green”

Climate change, limited resources and rising energy prices force to make actions. New environmental regulations from politics and the wish from many companies for more sustainability promote a change for more energy efficient solutions.

Modern lighting technology helps to significantly reduce electricity consumption while at the same time improving the lighting quality on a sustained basis.

Therefore, we from the RRF have made our way. Towards a low energy, environmentally friendly and long term cost effective variant lighting supply by ways of LED lighting in our laboratory in Oberhausen.

Christmas Action 2016: RRF supports roterkeil.net

In this year´s Christmas campaign the RRF supports the foundation roterkeil.net.

Again the RRF-team wanted to be socially involved and supported the foundation roterkeil.net with a donation for the fight against child prostitution.
As well as last year we did not want to leave our customers empty-handed and therefore made some self made liqueur for you.

roterkeil.net is a network which promotes projects and supports measures for the fight against child prostitution. The network consists of a multitude if people who work hand in hand to counteract the crime of organized child abuse.

Through our action we want to make attention for the network.
If you want to support the network, you will find the necessary information on roterkeil.net.

New apprentice at the RRF

Since 01.08.2016 we have a new member with us  at the RRF.
Mr. Pascal Fischer will complete an apprenticeship as a merchant for office management. We welcome Pascal Fischer!

First FlammeVerte Laboratories Meeting

The first official FlammeVerte (FV) Laboratories Meeting was on 23th of June 2016 in Paris at „Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables”. The presentation about FV label, the RoundRobin test between the FV laboratories and the accreditation of the laboratories by Eurovent Certita were big points of the agenda. Also the „Golden Rules Document“ for the FV laboratories were worked out and the future procedure as well as important issues were discussed.

Important information for manufacturers

  • Which advantages has been offered by FlammeVerte?

The FV label is in France the best known award for fireplaces and is politically provided by “Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables”. It has a big awareness at the customers and arranges high market acceptance. Also for manufacturers, who do not sell in France, the label is interesting because the limit values and especially the 7. star will apply with the future EcoDesign requirements (in 2022). For that you can label your products accordingly. For pure producers the label is also interesting because it´s easier to find OEM customers on the French market.

  • To request as a manufacturer the FV label for the first time, three steps are necessary:

1. Application to


Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables

13-15 Rue de la Baume

75008 Paris


with a presentation of the manufacturer and the products.

Contact persons for the application are Mr. Nicolas Audigane and Mr. Alexis Errard.

2. Inspection of the manufacturers documents (also test reports) by Eurovent Certita and assessment if the test reports where issued by FV laboratories and based on it the classification according to 5, 6 or 7 stars.

3. „Entry Test“ – The highest classificated fireplace of the manufacturer will be chosen and has to test again at a FV laboratory.

> if the test results correspond the manufacturer gets the FV label

Any other fireplaces of the manufacturer will be classified according to the test results of the type tested test reports in 5, 6 or 7 stars. If the manufacturer already type tested in a FV laboratory the “Entry Test” is dropped.

  • What is going to be tested?

The focus of FV is the adherence of the emission limit values. Because of that all pertinent testing for emission are performed, tests for fire safety are not important.

  • What happens after the manufacturer got the FV label?

One fireplace of each manufacturer has been tested with a “Performance Check” by FV between 2013 and 2016, so in between those three years every manufacturer had to perform a cross-validation. In 2017 every manufacturer should perform a cross-validation once a year. If there are any deviations on test results (both positive or negative) at one of this cross-validations the fireplace will be upgraded or downgraded.

  • Do OEM products have the ability to get the FV label?

If the basic fireplace has a test report of a FV laboratory they do not need new test for the OEM products.

If the basic fireplace has not a test report of a FV laboratory the OEM customer also hast to perform the “Entry Test”.

  • What are the latest valid limit values?

The officially limit values are on the homepage http://www.flammeverte.org/

  • Are there any tightening of limit values?

The limit values of the star classification remain in place. However the lower classifications are going to be invalid during the next years.

2014: 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-star fireplaces

2015 5-, 6-, 7- star fireplaces

2018: 6-, 7- star fireplaces

2020: 7- star fireplaces

  • What happens with old test reports?

Since 18th of May 2016 the RRF is officially FlammeVerte testing laboratory. If the manufacturer already is a FV customer all test reports with an earlier date have to validate and verified in order of the manufacturer by the RRF and a new test report accepted by FV has to issued. In the course of the entry-tests for new costumers this procedure is not valid. For that a new testing on the test bench is necessary.


At the end of the meeting the laboratories decided to continuing work out the „Golden Rules Document”, which gives the test specification for FV laboratories and commit in writing to adherence. Additionally at least once a year a Laboratories Meeting in Paris should take place.

Important information of the prospective EN 16510

We would like to give you again the current information about the restructuring of series of standards of fireplaces by CENT/TC 295 to a new series of standards EN 16510 ” Residential solid fuel burning appliances”.


What is EN16510?

The EN 16510 part 1 together with part 2 will supersede EN 13240 for roomheater, EN 13229 for inset appliances, EN 12815 for cookers and EN 12809 for independent boilers. Besides there is also intended that the EN 16510 as well replace the EN 14785 for space heating appliances as well as the EN 15250 for slow heat release appliances.

The parts 1 as well as 2-1 until 2-4 and 2-6 of standard EN 16510 have to agree formally on European level right now.

The WG 7 is working on a preliminary version of part 2-5.

The WG 6 discussed the received comments of part 2-6. The preliminary version of FprEN 16510 Teil 2-6 has been bring to CMC for the formal agreement in May 2016. Furthermore the WG 6 are concerned with the new NWI (New Work Item) for pellet and beech log combo appliances.

The revision of these European Standards takes into account the comments received at their 5-year review. This document has been prepared under a mandate given to CEN by the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association and supports fundamental requirements of EU Directives.

The structure of EN 16510, Residential solid fuel burning appliances, is as follows:

— Part 1: General requirements and test methods

— Part 2-1: Roomheaters

— Part 2-2: Inset appliances including open fires

— Part 2-3: Cookers

— Part 2-4: Independent boilers — Nominal heat output up to 50 kW

— Part 2-5: Slow heat release appliances

— Part 2-6: Appliances fired by wood pellets


How is the current status of standardization?

At the moment the parts 1, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4 and 2-6 are present as preliminary FprEN (final draft).

With release of part 1 of the standard as harmonized standard in Official Journal of the European Union the measurement methods of EN 16510 can be used. This will take place expectedly in March 2017. This part of standard cannot use for appraisal procedure of confirmation. The release of parts 2-1 till 2-4 and 2-6 as harmonized standard in Official Journal of the European Union is displaced for an indefinite period of time because of protest of Norway and Finland. Already now we prepare us and our testing laboratories for the official release.


Which consequences does the change of standards have?

The new series of standards differs in their parts in essential points of the former standards, so in many cases additional tests right up to new type tests are required. Anyway a review of the existing test report is necessary if this one and the underlay test also fulfill the requirements of EN 16510. Is this the case we expectedly can write a new test report according to EN 16510. Because there are also new requirements set on the test report.

We are strived our tests continually adapt to the requirements of the preliminary EN 16510. So current tests fulfill the requirements and can be rewritten. Also type tests during this year before taking effect of the series of standards expectedly can rewritten (to this date valid stand of standards will be considered).


What is the timing?

Like already mentioned above with release of part 1 of the standard as harmonized standard in Official Journal of the European Union the measurement methods of EN 16510 can be used. This will take place expectedly in March 2017. This part of standard cannot use for appraisal procedure of confirmation. The release of parts 2-1 till 2-4 and 2-6 as harmonized standard in Official Journal of the European Union is displaced for an indefinite period of time because of protest of Norway and Finland. Already now we prepare us and our testing laboratories for the official release.

For the series of standard EN 16510 the competent committee CEN/TC 295 has to apply the interim period of three years at the European Commission. Until the end of coexistence period it is possible to place on the market according to the existing hENs (for example EN 13240). After expiration of the coexistence period the fireplaces need a valid type test according to hEN 16510.


Is your test report ready for EN 16510?