In March, Pump Industry Australia (PIA) held a technical meeting at Davey Water Products in Melbourne, with attendees hearing about future trends for pump resellers, including the new E3 energy rating legislation affecting the supply and sale of swimming pool pumps.
Looking at future trends
Attendees heard from Ashley White of Davey Water Products and Jamie Dixon, Global Technical Services Manager for White
International, about trends that are affecting the industry now and in the future.
Ashley White spoke about technical and legislative changes in the industry for domestic resellers.
He spoke about what is driving these changes, citing consumer expectations, climate change, globalisation, the digital world and
training as some of the major factors.
He also spoke about how businesses can meet these challenges, what they need to look out for and how they can set
themselves apart in an ever increasing competitive market.
Jamie Dixon was the second speaker for the session and talked about the domestic and shallow well pumping for
He highlighted the potential of this sector as a driver for innovation, as well as its replacement market potential as water pumps are essential for domestic rural areas.
New legislation for more energy efficient pool pumps
Following these presentations, attendees heard about the new Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program affecting the supply
and sale of swimming pool pumps.
New regulations are expected to be introduced in 2020, following the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy
Ministers’ agreement to the Decision Regulation Impact Statement in December 2018.
These regulations aim to address barriers and behaviours preventing the pool pump market from moving naturally to more efficient technologies, and will contribute to
lowering unnecessarily high externality costs from swimming pool pumps, such as greenhouse gas emissions, peak loads on electricity distribution networks and residential noise pollution.
The E3 program will develop a Determination under the GEMS Act, ahead of introducing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) levels and labelling. E3 is also working with Standards Australia to revise AS 5102.1‐2009, Performance of household electrical appliances – Swimming pool pump units, Part 1: Energy consumption and performance.
The following recommendations were accepted by the COAG Energy Ministers:
* Apply MEPS and mandatory labelling to pool pumps that fall within the specified ranges
* Update the Australian standard that measures the energy efficiency of swimming pool pumps
* Introduce a curved line star rating with higher requirements for smaller pumps and lower requirements for larger pumps to ensure that pool pumps are rated fairly
* Update the pool pump energy rating label and require the labels to be displayed either on the product, if displayed in store, or on the
The PIA hosts a number of technical meetings and training sessions throughout the year for members and non-members. For more information or to become a member, visit the website at pumps.asn.au