The VDE Institute tests devices and systems for electrical safety, among other things
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Devices and systems for building and supply technologies – testing and certification

In addition to electrical safety, the energy efficiency of devices and systems in building and supply technologies plays a crucial role. Alternative heating and climate systems should help reduce the amount of CO2, among other things. By doing so, they not only make a crucial contribution to the climate and environmental protection, but also offer the consumer attractive benefits in heat cost savings. The VDE Institute guides manufacturers and distribution companies with their testing and certification services as early as during the development process – from the heating system to the roller shutter drive.

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The VDE test spectrum related to building and supply technologies

Manufacturers, buyers and businesses use VDE test marks for a specific quality policy and to build trust. Furthermore, the neutral testing performed by the VDE Institute gives engineers and manufacturers peace of mind when developing and manufacturing new products.

Our test spectrum related to building and supply technologies
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We test and certify the following devices, among others:

  • Air supply and air extraction units
  • Fuel cells
  • Electrical underfloor heating systems
  • Devices and electrical facilities in the bathroom and toilet
  • Water heating devices (instant water heaters, boilers)
  • Air conditioners, fans and room ventilators
  • Components, e.g. heating elements, heating inserts, igniters
  • Combined heat and power generation plants
  • Air humidifiers
  • Motorized actuators for roller shutters, awnings, blinds and similar devices,
  • Stationary and mobile space heaters and thermal storage heaters
  • Pumps (e.g. built-in pumps, circulation pumps)
  • Heat pumps
  • Central heating installations and systems (oil, gas, solid fuels)

The VDE Institute offers you comprehensive services

Beyond legal safety requirements and testing of the product’s characteristics, we evaluate the products within the framework of European regulations on type approval, optimized energy efficiency and functionality. Even chemical analyses and effects due to noise emission can be included in the evaluations. All test results are characterized by a high level of reliability and reproducibility.

Our services for heat and circulation pumps

Heat pumps - Alternative heating systems for your home

In the age of increasing oil and gas prices, heat exchange systems are alternatives to heating systems. These heat pumps draw a majority of their energy from the immediate environment. While doing so, the heat pumps draw their energy from the air, ground or groundwater and then increase the ambient heat to a higher temperature. This approach allows for homes to be heated in an environmentally friendly manner.

In the age of increasing oil and gas prices, heat exchange systems are alternatives to heating systems. These heat pumps draw a majority of their energy from the immediate environment. While doing so, the heat pumps draw their energy from the air, ground or groundwater and then increase the ambient heat to a higher temperature. This approach allows for homes to be heated in an environmentally friendly manner.

Quality seals such as the EHPA quality label or the Heat Pump KEYMARK represent energy efficiency, quality and product reliability. Comprehensive tests are required so that the heat pumps’ quality standard is achieved. The VDE Institute is a German organization recognized by the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA), which, as a neutral and independent organization, issues quality certificates for issuing the international EHPA quality label. Due to our years’ experience and expertise in the field of heat pumps, we furthermore preside over the German Seal of Quality Commission (Deutschen Gütesiegelkommission).

The VDE Testing and Certification Institute offers complete technical tests of heat pumps with electrically driven compressors. The EHPA’s heat pump test regulations are used as a basis. In addition to the aforementioned test spectrum and testing and certification for the Heat Pump Keypark, incl. the required FPCs (factory product control), the VDE Institute offers additional services for heat pumps:

  • Testing according to DIN EN 14511 “Heat pumps with electrically driven compressors for space heating and cooling” as a basis for issuing the EHPA quality label
    Testing according to EN 14825 “Air conditioners, liquid chilling packages and heat pumps, with electrically driven compressors, for space heating and cooling. Testing and rating at part load conditions and calculation of seasonal performance.”
  • Testing according to EN 16147 “Heat pumps with electrically driven compressors – Testing, performance rating and requirements for marking domestic hot water units.”
  • Calculating the sound power level according to DIN ISO 3744 and DIN EN ISO 3745, respectively, in a low-reflective half space that is at accuracy level 1, and according to DIN EN ISO 9614 “Determination of sound power levels of noise sources using sound pressure”

 

Circulation pumps

The circulation pump is one of the most important parts of a heating system. Their job is to transport warm water to the individual radiators and feed back the cooled water. As such, the circulation pump is indispensable for heating the apartment and home.

The circulation pump is one of the most important parts of a heating system. Their job is to transport warm water to the individual radiators and feed back the cooled water. As such, the circulation pump is indispensable for heating the apartment and home.

The VDE Institute offers the following services related to circulation pumps:

  • Safety tests according to DIN EN 60335-2-51
  • Endurance testing according to DIN EN 16297-1
  • Energy-efficiency measurements according to DIN EN 16297, parts 1, 2, 3

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