New Zealand, the UK & Europe
The National environmental standards in New Zealand for Air Quality prescribe a design standard for wood burners in urban areas. These standards outline emission and thermal limits that woodburners must meet in order to be approved for installation in urban areas.
However our fires do not fall under this standard as they are open fireplaces and are therefore exempt from this legislation.
Our fires have been tested in accordance with and meet the requirements of ASNZS2918 & ASNZS4013 section 1.2.3 (f) and are classified as exempt appliances.
Our certification states:
Both appliances are exempt from the relevant emission legislation since the maximum carbon dioxide output from the combustion chamber is less than 5% by volume when tested in the manner prescribed in the appropriate standard.
Some regional councils in New Zealand do have bylaws that prohibit open fireplaces, however, a large percentage of our customers are in New Zealand and so far we are not aware of any customers that have been unsuccessful in passing their fires through council.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
- From 1 September 2005 the New Zealand design standard for wood burners applies to all units installed on properties less than 2 hectares in lot size.
- The standard applies only to wood burners. It does not apply to:
- open fires
- multi fuel burners (eg, coal)
- cooking stoves
- pellet burners.
- New Zealand also has to honour the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement (TTMRA) with Australia which says they can sell their products here and vice versa. The Australian wood burners are made to an emission limit of 4.0 g/kg with no efficiency requirement, so they do not always meet our standard. The 2 Ha rule means that Australian burners may still be legally sold in New Zealand.
CAN I INSTALL AN OPEN FIRE?
- Open fires are outside the national environmental standards. However, a number or regional councils have rules about open fires in their regional plan.
- You will need to contact your regional council to see whether it is legal to install an open fire in your region. See why do certain regional councils have more stringent rules than the national standard? for more information.
WHAT IS THE WOOD BURNER STANDARD?
All wood burners installed after 1 September 2005 must have:
- an emission of less than 1.5 grams of particles per kilogram of dry wood burnt as measured in accordance with AS/NZS 4013:2014
- a thermal efficiency of not less than 65% as measured in accordance with AS/NZS 4012:2014.
HOW AURORA FIRES SHOULD BE CLASSIFIED ON YOUR COUNCIL APPLICATION
Below are some of the ways an open fire can be approved if you live in an area with regional bylaws banning open fireplaces.
- If the fire is going in an outside area (deck, patio, verandah & some open sunrooms) it is permitted to be installed without building consent, although you may still need a resource consent.
- Cooking appliances are exempt from this legislation, our fires make a great pizza oven so if you intend to use our for cooking you should state this on your application to council. Check out our ‘Cooking In Your Fire‘ page for more info on cooking in your fire.
- Our fires can also be classed as a decorative fire – ie, not intended to be used as the primary heat source. They do have an 8.2kW rating which is very powerful for an open fire so they certainly can be used as the primary heat source. But if you have alternative heating in your home you could apply to council for permission to install it as a decorative fire.
APPLYING FOR BUILDING CONSENT
Download this step by step guide for applying to council for consent to install a solid fuel heating appliance.
DOWNLOAD OUR CONFORMANCE CERTIFICATES
If you need copies of our conformance certificates or installation manuals to support your council application head over to our downloads page to grab everything you need.
The United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland & Europe
We do not supply external flue kits to customers in the United Kingdom & Europe. In the United Kingdom the installation must be in accordance with:
• The Building Regulations issued by the Department of the Environment or the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations issued by the Scottish Development Department.
• All relevant codes of practice and relevant parts of any local regulations, including those referring to National and European standards.
In your own interest and for safety, in the United Kingdom, it is the law that all solid fuel appliances are installed by competent persons, a registered installer or approved by your local building control oﬃcer. The Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme (HETAS) require its members to work to recognised standards.
In other countries the installation must also conform to the national and local regulations in force. This may include only the use of permitted fuels in some countries.
All ﬁres require a supply of air to support combustion and to allow the chimney to draw correctly. Air starvation will result in poor ﬂue draw and smokiness in the room. All installations will require a permanent dedicated air supply for the ﬁre of at least 5.5cm2 per kW of rated heat output over 5kW.
Newly constructed homes, especially those using double glazing and employing modern draught control techniques will need careful planning of air entry.
The Building Regulations Document J and L must be taken into account when providing ventilation for the ﬁre.
When commissioning the ﬁre ensure that the air supply is adequate for the ﬁre. Particular attention should be observed if there is a ceiling fan or extractor fan in the room or adjoining room as this may have an eﬀect on the draw of the ﬂue / ﬁre.
HETAS Approved Installers
To make sure your fire works safely and efficiently, it’s important that installation and servicing is carried out by a properly trained and competent person.
Consumers using a HETAS registered installer:
- Can be safe in the knowledge that their installer has been trained and assessed to carry out compliant work
- Will save both time and money and ensure your appliance works safely and efficiently
- Receive a certificate of compliance following the completion of the installation
Refer to the HETAS website to ﬁnd an approved installer in your area: www.hetas.co.uk/ﬁnd-installer.
Smoke Control Areas
Download this handy leaflet for further information on Smoke Controlled Areas.
Building Regulations & Legal Compliance
The appliance and flue-system must be installed in accordance with BS EN: 13229 and the appropriate requirements of the relevant building codes.
Twin Wall Insulated Flue Requirements
Your Aurora Fire must be installed with a 150mm/200mm insulated twin wall ﬂue system and anti-downdraft cowl which has been tested in accordance with EN:1856-1:2009.