A consultation on the repeal of legislation prescribing the maximum temperature to which particular premises may be heated

About this consultation

This consultation seeks views on the relevance and usefulness of legislation which specifies a maximum temperature to which certain premises may be heated, in order to inform Government’s decision on whether to remove the legislation.


The Fuel and Electricity (Heating) (Control) Order 1974 (“the 1974 Order”) prohibits the heating of premises above a temperature of 68°F, equivalent to 20°C. The Fuel and Electricity (Heating) (Control) (Amendment) Order 1980 amended the 1974 Order and substituted this limit with 66.2°F, or 19°C. See Annexes A & B for the text of the Orders. Certain kinds of premises are exempt from this limit and these are detailed in the background section of this consultation.

The Orders were introduced as an energy-saving measure at a time of severe disruption to the UK’s energy supplies. It is considered that the conditions affecting energy security, resilience and efficiency which gave rise to the introduction of these measures have generally dissipated, and these areas of energy policy are now addressed by means which do not depend upon limiting the heating of premises in the way set out in the Orders.

Proposed changes

The legislation has come under review through the Energy and Climate Change theme of the Red Tape Challenge. This consultation seeks views on removing both Orders and welcomes comments in response to consultation questions, including views on any enduring impact it is thought this legislation may have on energy efficiency issues.

IOSH welcomes member comments and answers to the consultation questions below to help inform the IOSH submission. Please send to consultation@iosh.co.uk by 13 December 2013.

Consultation questions

  1. Does your organisation have knowledge of the legislation and take it into account within its organisational policies/processes
  2. Would removal of the legislation undermine improvements to energy resilience at your organisation? If so, how?
  3. Would removal of the legislation undermine improvements to energy efficiency at your organisation? If so, how?
  4. If your organisation provides energy efficiency products or services to others, do you expect the removal of the legislation to affect your business? If so, how? 
  5. Do you have any further comments or concerns about the issues set out in this consultation?

Members wishing to also contribute directly to DECC can do so at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/repealing-legislation-prescribing-the-maximum-temperature-to-which-particular-premises-may-be-heated by 20 December 2013.