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How does this affect me?

The Lot 20 regulation is a significant change in the electrical heating industry and will affect all members of the market, from manufacturers to end-users.

Non-compliant products can no longer be manufactured from January 2018, but can still be sold after that date until they are cleared through the market. This means that you will need to change the products that you buy, install and/or recommend.

Product changes

To ensure compliance, products will have to incorporate technology to improve their energy efficiency.

Higher specification products from leading manufacturers may have already been compliant with the new regulations – but you may find that some entry-level products now have integral timers or controls to meet the requirements of Lot 20.

Important dates

Since 1st January 2018, non-compliant products can no longer be manufactured for sale in the EU/UK. Products manufactured before this date will still be available for sale in 2018, predominately those kept in the warehouses of wholesalers and distributors.

This means that you will need to change the products that you buy, install and recommend as the new regulations come into the market.

Pricing

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 purchasing and operating the products. This means that whilst the initial product price may increase to cover the cost of the new technologies, the lifetime running costs will be lower.

Warranties

Warranties on non-compliant products have to be upheld by the manufacturer by law.

How can I find out more?

Speak to your wholesaler or manufacturer about the new ranges available to you.

How will these changes affect the following?

Manufacturers

No manufacturer can produce or import non-compliant products from 1st January 2018.

 

Installers

By specifying the latest products, you can give your customers confidence that they have a better quality product, using smart technologies that can help keep running costs to a minimum. It is also a great opportunity to re-engage with previous customers, informing them about the legislation and recommend the latest compliant devices to ensure maximum efficiency and minimum running costs.

 

Wholesalers

Non-compliant products can no longer be manufactured from January 1st 2018, but can still be sold after this date until they are cleared through the market. This means that you will need to change the products that you buy and recommend as the new regulations come into the market during the first months of 2018.

 

 

Contractors

By specifying the latest products, you can give your customers confidence that they have a better quality system, using smart technologies that can help keep running costs to a minimum. It is also a great opportunity to re-engage with previous customers or ongoing projects, inform them about the legislation and recommend the latest compliant devices to ensure maximum efficiency and minimum running costs.

Housing Associations / Landlords

The improved energy efficiency of products may help increase your properties energy ratings, as affected by the minimum energy efficiency standards, and your tenants can be rest assured that running costs will decrease (especially important if rent includes energy bills).  Some products even have lockable controllers, disabling the ability for tenants to tamper with the heat settings.

You do not need to replace your existing heaters. Just be aware that non-compliant products can no longer be manufactured from the date above, but can still be sold after that date until they are cleared through the market. This means that there is no immediate need for review of your heating, just a change in what’s available to you if you do look to undertake refurbishment and replacement projects in the future.

 

End-users

End-users can be confident that they have a better-quality product, using smart technologies that can help keep running costs to a minimum with increased control. This improved energy efficiency of the products may help increase their properties energy ratings, and running costs will decrease.

You do not need to replace your existing heaters. Just be aware that non-compliant products will no longer be manufactured from the date above, but can still be sold after that date until they are cleared through the market. This means that there is no immediate need for a review of your heating, just a change in what is available to you if you do look to undertake refurbishment and replacement projects in the future.