New legislation for electric heating products
Lot 20 states that all local space heaters manufactured for sale in the EU after 1st January 2018
which use electricity must comply with a new minimum efficiency standard. The aim of this
legislation is to rule out inefficient technologies and reduce the energy used by the products that
heat our homes, helping to achieve our overall carbon reduction targets.
This regulation affects:
• Storage heaters
• Direct acting heaters
• Portable heaters
• Radiant heaters
• Electric fires
Electric fires that are inset; incorporated within a suite; or are stoves are classified as portable
heaters. Electric fires that are wall mounted are treated as installed heaters.
This regulation does not affect:
• Local space heaters using a vapour compression cycle (heat pumps)
• Local space heaters that are specified for outdoor use only
• Tubular heaters
• Towel rails
• Frost protection heaters
To comply, products need technology incorporated to make them more efficient:
All installed products will need electronic seven-day time and temperature control and at least one
of the following features:
a) Distance control – remote interaction from outside the building in which the product is
installed, e.g. use of an app to delay the heating from coming on when you are home late.
b) Adaptive start control – predicts and initiates the optimal start-up of heating in order to
reach the set point temperature at the desired time without wasting energy.
c) Open window sensing – integrated into the product. The product shuts down when an open
window is detected to save energy.
Look out for the Ecodesign Compliant logo to be sure the product complies with this regulation.
For further information go to: www.lot20.co.uk