Air conditioning inspections are vital for your business premises, in order to comply with legislation and help to reduce your carbon footprint. In 2003 the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) was introduced by the European Parliament, in order to force countries in the European Union to create laws surrounding the consumption and use of energy. With the subject of climate change continuing to feature strongly in the media, businesses are becoming more and more aware of the need to monitor and regulate the amount of energy they are using. Not only are we under self-imposed pressures to be more conscientious regarding our carbon footprint, but the EPBD has been successful in leading EU member states to enforce legislations to ensure building owners are meeting these responsibilities. In the UK, the relevant legislation is the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2007.
Air Conditioning Systems and TM44
In regards to these inspections, the EPBD led to the development of the TM44 reporting standard – which has become the industry standard for all inspections and reports in England. TM44 provides comprehensive guidance to all inspectors, in order for them to meet the requirements for carrying out compliant for all inspections and enables them to offer the best advice possible to business owners and premises managers. Any assessors or energy consultancy should adhere to the guidance provided by the TM44 document.
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and subsequent Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations of 2007 require that any business/building owner with air conditioner installation cost systems on their premises should have had their reports carried out by an approved assessor within a certain timeframe. These timescales were dependent on the rated output of the installed systems and it’s imperative that you observed compliance with these prescribed deadlines in order to meet the legislation requirements.
Air Con Reports – Deadlines for Compliance
In order to meet your legal responsibilities and to comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive/ Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations, the timescales for the completion of your inspections and attainment of your air conditioning reports were as follows. If you have not met these deadlines, you MUST arrange for an inspection immediately:
For existing air conditioning systems with outputs in excess of 12kW, the first inspection should have been carried out by January 2011.
For existing air conditioning systems with outputs in excess of 250kW, the first inspection should have been carried out by January 2009.
If you have had a new system with an output of over 12kW installed since January 2008, you must ensure that you have it inspected by a qualified air conditioning inspector within 5 years of installation.
These reports remain valid for 5 years from completion – after this period, you will be required by law to have a new assessment done on any systems on your premises. Make sure that you keep a close eye on dates, so that you know when your next inspection is due to be completed. If you contravene the air conditioning inspection regulations you could face a fine.