The English version of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 813/2013 implementing Directive 2009/125/EC with regard to ecodesign requirements for space heaters and combination heaters, as published in the Official Journal of the EU on 2 August 2013.
According to the Directive 2009/125/EC, ecodesign requirements are to be set by the Commission for energy-related products representing significant volumes of sales and trade, having a significant environmental impact and presenting significant potential for improvement in terms of their environmental impact without entailing excessive costs.
The preparatory study by the Commission analysed the technical, environmental and economic aspects of space heaters and combination (space and water) heaters typically used in the Union. The study showed that energy consumption in the use phase and (for heat pump heaters) sound power levels are the most significant environmental aspects. Additionally, for heaters using fossil fuels, emissions of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and hydrocarbons are identified as significant environmental aspects. In the absence of measures, annual energy consumption as well as annual emissions of nitrogen oxides are expected to increase significantly by 2020. Nevertheless, the use-phase energy consumption and emissions of nitrogen oxides of space heaters and combination heaters present a potential for significant reduction.
In the Union there are almost five million dwellings with shared open-flue systems. For technical reasons it is not possible to replace existing boiler space heaters and boiler combination heaters by efficient condensing boilers in dwellings with a shared open-flue system. The requirements contained in this Regulation allow non-condensing boilers specifically designed for such a configuration to remain on the market; this is to prevent undue costs for consumers, to give manufacturers time to develop boilers dedicated to more efficient heating technologies, and to give Member States time to reflect on national building codes.
This Regulation establishes ecodesign requirements for the placing on the market and/or putting into service of space heaters and combination heaters with a rated heat output ≤ 400 kW, including those integrated in packages of space heater, temperature control and solar device or packages of combination heater, temperature control and solar device.
The text of the Directive in all languages can be found at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1425636532779&uri=CELEX:32013R0813
The English version of the Directive can be found at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32013R0813&from=EN