Condensing Unit Certification - FAQ

concerning the very well established condensing unit certification programme and the condensing unit product database by ASERCOM.

 

Mission and Vision

ASERCOM, the Association of European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers, is the platform for dealing with scientific and technical topics and their challenges. Our aim is to promote standards for performance rating, methods of testing and product safety. We focus on improved environmental protection, supporting the HVAC & R industry and its customers.

One of the strengths of ASERCOM is the cross-company cooperation of the member companies’ delegates and the resultant knowledge transfer. In five different areas of activities ASERCOM is dealing with the following key topics: certifications, standards, technologies, policies and regulations, and communications.

 

ASERCOM Condensing Unit Certification

The Ecodesign regulation EU 2015/1095 sets Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) for condensing units. The ASERCOM certification programme is the answer.

ASERCOM checks and evaluates the unit components and the calculated data in cooperation with the manufacturers. All relevant performance data of the condensing unit is calculated from this input. 

Asercom Certification Process

The ASERCOM certification committee decides on the plausibility of submitted data sets and assigns the certification. In addition, about 20 percent of the units are tested by independent test institutes. Participating units receive the ASERCOM certification programme label.

Asercom certification programme label

 

Question​ and Answers concerning CU Certification Programme

As our Team has received questions, this information aims to provide answers, supporting you in better understanding this certification initiative.

 

The Benefit of the ASERCOM Condensing Unit Certification

The manufacturers within the HVAC & R industry see a need for a harmonised European database to ensure that the end-users and installers/contractors receive the correct, accurate, and updated product data. This is where ASERCOM comes into play. ASERCOM delivers a dedicated online database, which is presenting compressor and condensing unit product data of manufacturers within a standardised framework according to the latest EN 12900 and EN 13215. The certification programme allows potential customers to select products with certified performance and supports market transparency and level playing field. 

ASERCOM offers a public access to product passport for market surveillance authorities: 

  • supports mandatory publication of product information requirements and 

  • shows compliance with European Ecodesign regulation. 

Participants gain insights into condensing unit testing and design considerations related to components and refrigerants. Harmonized test procedure (certification process is well defined and supervised by a notified body) and declaration of performance for condensing units are according to the latest EN 13215 standard. 

ASERCOM is inviting all manufacturers to join the Condensing Unit Certification Committee, to deliver a harmonized database according to the EN standards and regulations.

 

What els​e does ASERCOM offer for certification participants?

The greatest benefit is the state of the art ASERCOM condensing unit certification software. The software is only available for participants. 

 Certification Programme  Certification Programme

The certification software includes a database that stores the raw performance data from the components, to allow easy access and use for the participants. ASERCOM maintains a refrigerant property database to avoid deviations in performance calculation due to different refrigerant manufacturers’ data. It assists participants design engineering by allowing to pair and calculate different condenser designs, fans, compressors, and new refrigerants. The certification software also generates performance data for documentation and catalogues. It allows the plausibility check of existing condensing unit performance data. It also prepares data for the certification process.

 

Who controls my data?

The data uploaded to the ASERCOM certification software for plausibility check and publication via Website is fully owned and controlled by the condensing unit manufacturer and ASERCOM’s Senior Delegate. 

Example: a manufacturer can decide to provide data for plausibility check or publication by himself. No competitor has access to those data. The only one to handle or check the specific data is the independent ASERCOM Senior Delegate.

 

Is there any relation with other Certification Programmes?

Yes, many performance data generated through the ASERCOM Compressor Certified Performance programmes are also of relevance for Condensing Unit certification and software.

Accordingly, the publically available data of ASERCOM Certified Performance will be published on the ASERCOM Website, offering an additional benefit for certification participants. 

Participating units receive the ASERCOM certification programme label offering an additional added value for the manufactures advertisement.

 

Who supports ASERCOM’s Condensing Unit Certification? 

The condensing unit certification programme is being supported by the knowledge of independent test institutes such as TÜV SÜD and IPU (one of the leading providers of state-of-the-art software).

 

Condensing Unit Database on the ASERCOM Website

The actual data base offers currently over 6.200 condensing units. The condensing unit database contains all products divided into three categories: 

Listed”: the product has been submitted from manufactures to ASERCOM,

Checked”: adherence to the Ecodesign regulation’s EU 2015/1095 Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) has been checked by ASERCOM, 

Certified”: the unit has been certified by the ASERCOM certification committee after lab testing.

The database offers specific search functionality for customers to look for different brands, the right cooling capacity and refrigerant. 

 

How much does it cost?

To participate to the ASERCOM Condensing Unit Certification Committee, following fees will be charged: 

Asercom Certification fees 2019

 

Whom can I contact for more information?

Any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us:

Wolfgang Zaremski

President ASERCOM

Phone +49 (0) 160-6355564

Email: zaremski@asercom.org

or

ASERCOM AISBL Office 

Annette Schroeder

Phone +49 (0)33056 228464 

Email: schroeder@asercom.org