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The Ecodesign Directive

This directive was created so that all energy-using products would have a framework of basic requirements to make them as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. When you consider the amount of energy we use on a daily basis, it’s easy to see why this legislation is so important.

Lot 20 states that all local space heaters manufactured for sale in the EU after 1st January 2018 which use electricity, gaseous or liquid fuels, must comply with a minimum efficiency standard. This includes:

  • Storage heaters
  • Direct acting heating (panel heaters and electric radiators)
  • Portable heaters
  • Underfloor heating
  • Radiant heaters
  • Electric and gas fires

What has Lot 20 done for electric heating?

To comply with Lot 20 regulations, all local space heaters have to meet a minimum efficiency rating expressed as a percentage. This differs between specific heater categories, however, most electric heaters will begin with a base rating of 30% to account for losses in Europe’s power generation infrastructure.

Electric radiators, infrared heaters and panel heaters are all classed as ‘fixed electric local space heaters’, and they must have at least a 38% efficiency rating if they have a nominal heat output above 250W. Other electric heating solutions such as portable electric space heaters, storage heaters and heaters below 250W, have separate efficiency targets.

Efficiency is determined by how many energy saving features are incorporated into the product; so, simply put, if a product doesn’t have any of these functions, it won’t be compliant with the regulations and will be prohibited for sale within the EU and the UK. The loss of these particularly wasteful and inefficient heaters has helped to push the envelope of innovation, encouraging manufacturers to develop new ways of improving product efficiency and control.

Energy Saving Features of ElectriCast

  • IR remote controller
  • 24/7 time control via remote control
  • Measures air temperature from 18°C – 32°C
  • Controls water temperature from 30°C – 70°C
  • Built in open window/door recognition
  • Manual control override directly on the element with a 2 and 4 hour boost
  • Automatic frost protection at 7°C

All our products meet the required minimum efficiency standard set for its product category, and therefore complies with Lot 20. If you’re looking to refit a property with the latest heating technology, feel free to browse our ElectriCast range or call us direct on 02882245148 for more information on our Lot 20 compliant products.