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Heating law in Turkey could hit combis

Turkey has enacted a law requiring all new residential buildings larger than 1,000 square metres to have centralised heating. The law comes into force in December 2009.

Turkish press reports have suggested that this will lead to a reduction in the use of combination boilers in Turkey, which currents represent approximately 85 per cent of the heating market.

Advocates of the new law say the use of centralised heating in new residential units will bring energy bills down by 10 to 30 per cent.

In addition to the requirements regarding new buildings, the legislation that governs flat ownership also specifies that converting to a centralised heating system is possible if more than 51 per cent of the occupants in a building are in favour of the conversion.

The law also makes it mandatory for buildings to be constructed with sounder energy conserving specifications.