The Ministry of Economic Development (MED) has been evaluating responses to the request for proposal for the LPG Cabinet Heater review, which closed on 25 November 2009. The MED expects the review to commence as soon as a reviewer is appointed.
The reason MED has initiated this review is that while cabinet heaters have attractions as a heating option for New Zealanders, their suitability has come under scrutiny on both safety and health grounds. Cabinet heaters are perceived as less safe than other heating options. Health and environmental agencies in New Zealand have been aware that the use of unflued gas heaters, including cabinet heaters, can have a detrimental effect on indoor air quality, which can in turn lead to adverse health effects.
This independent review will consider whether LPG cabinet heaters remain a suitable means of heating in New Zealand in light of current knowledge of economic, health, social, and environmental factors.
The reviewer will seek input from a wide range of stakeholders, including relevant industry, health, environmental, and research organisations. In addition, the reviewer will be required to review relevant background material.
The final report will include recommendations and indicate the costs, benefits, and risks of any options considered. This will inform policy and regulatory on cabinet heaters.
Reproduced from the January 2010 Energy Safety Newsletter, Ministry of Economic Development.