What Is the Purpose of The New Regulation?
On the 1st January 2018, a new regulation affecting “the ecodesign requirements for local space heaters” will be implemented. This derives from an EU Commission Regulation which was transposed into UK Law under the Energy Related Products Regulations (ERP) and is sometimes referred to as “Lot 20”.
The new Regulation is intended to reduce harmful emissions whilst, also providing greater fuel efficiency for the consumer.
How Does the New Regulation Affect the UK Electric Heating Market?
The new Regulation applies to all products sold in the UK and the EU. Regardless of them being manufactured in the EU or elsewhere in the world, all manufacturers products on the market will be affected in exactly the same way.
- Electric “commercial” local space heaters
- Electric “storage” local space heaters
- Electric “fixed” local space heaters
- Electric “portable” local space heaters
- Electric “underfloor” local space heaters
- Electric “radiant” local space heaters
Plus, any local space heaters that use gaseous or liquid fuels.
In plain and simple terms, this new Regulation impacts products by enhancing them with a minimum standard of temperature control and programming along with a selection of other features such as presence detection, open window detection, distant control options and adaptive start, etc.
All of these enhancements are designed to improve efficiency which in turn will reduce running costs & carbon emissions.
Elnur Are Prepared for The New Regulations
Elnur have been aware of the new Regulation for a considerable time and have been very busy with research & development to ensure that our product portfolio will be fully compliant by the end of 2017, before the new Regulation comes into effect.
How Will Existing Products Be Changed?
Some products already meet the new requirements and these will not require change. However, some existing products will be able to qualify with “add-on components” or upgraded with additional features. e.g. The Elnur Connected Range. Unfortunately some products will be discontinued altogether. We will also be introducing some new products which will comply with the new regulations.
What are the Key Product Changes to Expect
Existing Elnur; Manual, Automatic, Combined and Fan assisted storage heaters will be DISCONTINUED
A new range of Elnur “Smart” Storage Heaters will be Launched, this will include:
- ECOMBI HHR – high heat retention storage heaters (Already Launched)
- ECOMBI SSH – Standard storage heaters
- Diligens – Electric Oil Free Radiators with wifi connectivity. (Already Launched)
- Refinemeant of our other radiator ranges with intergrated additional features.
- A new range of Panel heaters with 7 day electronic programmer and other features.
- A new control for our Towel Rail range
When will Elnur Start to Launch New Products
Elnur started to make the changes in september 2016 by bringing out the Elnur Connected range. Elnur then brought out the Elnur ECOMBI HHR in July 2017. Elnur will continue to release new products in time for the new regulation changes at the end of 2017.
Who Can Sell Non-Compliant Products
Can Wholesalers Still Sell Existing Stock That Does Not Comply?
The simply answer is yes. The regulations prevent manufacturers from making non-compliant products available to the market after 1st January 2018 only. Wholesalers can continue to sell their existing stocks. As manufacturers will not be able to offer non-compliant products after 1st January 2018, the market will naturally filter over to the new, compliant ranges.