D-day Looming for Energy Efficiency Directive on heating

From 1 January 2018, under Lot 20 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, all local space heaters (including electric radiators, underfloor heating and gas fires) manufactured for sale within the EU and which use electricity, gas or liquid fuels, must comply with a minimum efficiency standard.

Local room (or space) heating products are defined as appliances that provide heat to indoor spaces by generating heat in the location within which they are situated. The aim is to rule out inefficient technologies and reduce the energy used in our homes, helping to achieve our overall carbon reduction targets.

Lot 20 requires that the consumption and emissions for local space heaters must be reduced by applying “existing, non-proprietary technologies” without an increase in the combined costs of purchase and operating the products.

There are a number of features that can be incorporated to achieve this, including mechanical and electrical room temperature controls or day/week timers, many of which are already available as purchased add-ons. Such controls will now be integral to new devices.

The Dimplex Q-Rad electric radiator for example, a heater already Lot 20 compliant, includes an ‘Eco-Start’ feature … a delayed-start anticipatory control meaning the heather, rather than the user, chooses the most appropriate time to turn on in order to achieve the desired temperature at the preferred times as pre-determined by the user.

By investing in the research and development of such feature combinations, Dimplex continues to provide specifiers and consumers with the most functional, user-friendly and cost-effective heating solutions.

Our personnel will be on hand throughout Architecture Expo to advise visitors on the significance of Lot 20, and how Dimplex can help them meet the challenges it poses.