Electric Heating

and diverse number of properties, inhabited by students with varied routines, allowing estate managers to more easily calculate costs and budget accordingly.

Smart heating and a bespoke approach The approach to electrical heating when considering specification for a PRS/BTR development requires the opposite approach. Professionals residing in these high-end developments demand a level of control, and smart function from a heating system, to suit their own personal preference and routine. For example, innovations in technology can now detect when windows have been left open while the heating is on, by monitoring the air temperature of a room. If a sudden drop is detected then the panel or radiator can cease heat output for a short period, before resuming if

the window is deemed to have been shut. Some heaters even incorporate a built-in motion sensor, which can monitor the activity in a room and reduce temperature output if it is deemed that the occupant has left the premises. These features not only improve the energy efficiency of a property, saving the customer money in the long term, but they also mean that residents don’t have to constantly monitor the status of their heating. This can be further enhanced with programmable heating selections for particular times of day, which allow for a totally bespoke experience depending on routine.

Meeting the standard As of January 2018, all newly manufactured electric heating products have had to comply with new European Union energy efficiency

The critical role played by emergency lighting to support the safe evacuation of buildings during emergency incidents cannot be

underestimated, and today’s builders, specifiers and installers are under increasing pressure to ensure solutions not only meet building

requirements but are also in line with the latest emergency lighting standards.

regulations (ErP). State-of-the-art panel heaters and radiators can give peace of mind to estates managers, developers and landlords looking for a smart heating solution that ensures compliance – providing the latest environmental and energy efficiency standards. As regulatory bodies and government zero in

on energy efficiency, achieving the highest possible rating on the EU’s ErP regulations can be a boon to not only the potential energy savings a development provides but also its desirability to customers and its chances of a smooth planning process.

At Stiebel Eltron UK we provide the CNS NC (no control) for university student accommodation builds, and the new CNS Trend UK panel heater for PRS and BTR residential developments. In addition to the maintaining control of the heating supply of any given development, panel heaters come as standard with secure fittings that maximise the unit’s space saving capabilities, as well as safety features that protect against overheating should the grill of a unit be covered. These elements, alongside minimal noise,

achieved through heating with natural convection as opposed to a fan, means no control panel heaters are an ideal solution for developers and universities searching for an energy saving heating product for new build and refurbished developments. Industry Update UK consumers in the dark over halogen lamp ban

With the sixth stage of the ErP Regulation (EC) 244/2009 coming into force this month, prohibiting certain inefficient non-directional halogen lamps on the market, a consumer study conducted by LEDVANCE has revealed a lack of knowledge about the ban in Europe.


n international consumer survey commissioned by LEDVANCE highlights a significant lack of

knowledge about the halogen lamps ban which came into force this month. Some 64% of UK consumers are unaware that, among others, the popular halogen light bulb can no longer be circulated anywhere in the EU from September 1st. And that figure is a further 10% higher if the consumers who have heard about the ‘ban’ but are unclear about the consequences are included. Surprisingly, many of those who have not heard of the ‘ban’, consider themselves to be knowledgeable about lighting, LEDVANCE discovered. Since Autumn 2009, energy-inefficient lamps

have gradually disappeared from the market in accordance with a European directive. For retailers and producers there are more changes this month, when the next stage of the ‘halogen lamp ban’ comes into force.

A large number of LED alternatives to halogen lamps are available from LEDVANCE, including LED retrofit lamps equipped with the latest filament technology that can be used as direct replacements for old halogen light bulbs.

The ban mainly covers the popular classic halogen light bulbs that are typically made of glass, emit light all round, have an E27 or E14 screw base and are operated without a transformer. Some non-directional halogen lamps with G4 and GY6.35 plug-in bases are also affected. There will be a certain delay before consumers feel the effects of the ban, however, because retailers are allowed to sell residual stocks. The LEDVANCE study revealed a need for more

information about the ban. In the UK, 64% of respondents never heard of the halogen lamp ban. Also noticeable is the fact that 79% of those who

were unaware of the ban are in the 50 to 60 age group. By contrast, awareness in the 18 to 39 age group and among those with high incomes and high levels of education is particularly high. The international consumer study was

conducted on behalf of LEDVANCE by Research Now at the end of 2017 in nine countries throughout the world.

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