What does the new ErP regulation (EU) 2015/1188 mean for direct heaters?

The new ErP (Energy-related Products) regulation 2015/1188, also known as the Ecodesign Directive, together with supplement (EU) 2016/2282, apply to electric heating appliances. The regulation comes into force on 1 January 2018. From this date, STIEBEL ELTRON undertakes to comply with the directive for the supply of all electric heaters, such as convectors, infrared heaters, radiant heaters, rapid heaters and bathroom radiators.

Electric heaters exclusively for outdoor use are expressly exempt, however.

The purpose of the ErP directive is to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and to increase the total proportion of renewables used.