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Energy Efficiency Requirements for Heaters and Water Heaters in Switzerland


Adopted on November 1, 2017 by the Swiss Federal Council, the Ordinance aims to reduce energy consumption and increase the energy efficiency of mass-produced equipment, vehicles, and installations.

Compliance deadlines for each specific product are introduced on a phased basis. The Ordinance establishes ecodesign and energy efficiency requirements for water heaters, hot water storage tanks, space heaters, and combination heaters. It also sets out the end of the transitional period for non-compliant products. Starting from March 31, 2019, the foregoing products are restricted to access the Swiss market.

The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is responsible for monitoring the observance and setting penalties for non-compliance with established requirements.

The energy characteristics of appliances are measured and calculated as part of the conformity assessment. They are based on the guidelines and methods established in Annexes of the above-mentioned EU measures and cover, in particular:

  • water heaters and hot water tanks — Commission Regulation (EU) No 814/2013 of 02.08.2013 and Energy Labelling Regulation No. 812/2013 of 18.02.2013

  • space heaters and combination heaters — Commission Regulation (EU) No 813/2013 of 02.08.2013 and Energy Labelling Regulation No. 811/2013 of 18.02.2013

Annex 1.15 of this Ordinance applies to water heaters with a rated heat output ≤ 400 kW and hot water storage tanks with a storage volume ≤ 2 000 liters.

It does not apply to heaters listed in art.1 p.2 of Commission Regulation (UE) № 814/2013 of 02.08.2013, such as:

  • water heaters specifically designed for using gaseous or liquid fuels predominantly produced from biomass

  • water heaters using solid fuels

  • combination heaters as defined in art.2 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 813/2013;

  • water heaters designed for making hot drinks and/or food only

  • etc.

The water heaters can be placed on the market if they reflect the requirements for the ecodesign and the following requirements of Annex II of the Regulation (EU) 814/2013:

As regards to the marking requirements, with the exception of EU emblems, the energy label must comply with the Annexes II to VIII of the Energy Labelling Regulation No. 812/2013.

Water heaters Hot water storage tanks

Annex 1.16 of this Ordinance applies to space heaters and combination heaters with a rated heat output ≤ 400 kW. It does not apply to heaters listed in art.1 p.2 of Commission Regulation (UE) № 813/2013 of 02.08.2013, such as:

  • heaters specifically designed for using gaseous or liquid fuels predominantly produced from biomass

  • heaters using solid fuels

  • heaters generating heat only for the purpose of providing hot drinking or sanitary water

  • heaters for heating and distributing gaseous heat transfer media such as vapor or air

  • cogeneration space heaters with a maximum electrical capacity of 50 kW or above

  • etc.

These appliances can be placed on the market if they reflect the requirements for the ecodesign and requirements of Annex II of the Regulation (EU) 813/2013.

As regards to the marking requirements, with the exception of EU emblems, the energy label must comply with the Annexes III of the Energy Labelling Regulation No. 811/2013.

Space heaters Combination heaters

It should be considered that the new labels for water heaters, hot water tanks, space heaters, and combination heaters will come into force since September 26, 2019.

Links to the official documents:

Ordinance of 01 November 2017

Commission Regulation (UE) № 814/2013 of 02.08.2013

Energy Labelling Regulation No. 812/2013 of 18.02.2013

Commission Regulation (UE) № 813/2013 of 02.08.2013

Energy Labelling Regulation No. 811/2013 of 18.02.2013

The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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