EED Lot 20 Legislation - What You Need To Know

​From January 2018, all local space heaters manufactured for sale within the EU must comply with a minimum efficiency standard under Lot 20 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

Lot 20 of the EED (2015/118) states that all local space heaters manufactured for sale within the EU after January 1st 2018 which use electricity, gas or liquid fuels, must comply with a minimum efficiency standard. This includes electric radiators, electric underfloor heating and electric gas fires.

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. Like other product categories, the aim is to rile out inefficient technologies and reduce the energy used in our homes, helping to achieve our overall carbon reduction targets.

The responsibility for such improvements lies with the manufacturer. This regulation was approved in April 2015 and Dimplex has since been working hard to redesign our products to suit the regulation. As a result, our entire product portfolio will be compliant before the end of 2017, ahead of the January 2018 deadline.

The new Lot 20 regulation 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 series of features that may be incorporated into the relevant products in order to achieve this, including mechanical and electrical room temperature controls or day/week timers - many of which have been available for a number of years as purchased add-ons. Controls such as these will now be integral to new devices, ensuring that they meet the requirements of Lot 20.

Dimplex’s Q-Rad electric radiator for example, a heater which is already Lot 20 compliant, includes ‘Eco-Start’ - a delayed-start anticipatory control, meaning that the heater, rather than the user, chooses the most appropriate time to turn on in order to achieve the desired temperature at the preferred time as pre-selected by the user.

By researching and developing combinations of these features, market leaders like Dimplex can provide consumers with functional, user-friendly and economical products that comply with Lot 20 legislation.

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