Air Conditioning Energy Inspections
Are you compliant?
Did you know that under new legislation in accordance with the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD) your Air Conditioning system will require an energy performance inspection. This legislation affects everyone in England and Wales that has a building with a single or multiple Air Conditioning system with a total installed cooling capacity of over 12KW.
Our inspections are performed by an Energy Assessor who has been accredited to inspect Air Conditioning systems by a recognised authority and will be in accordance with CIBSE document TM44. This inspection has the potential to be financially beneficial in the long term, as the detailed advice will help to ensure that your systems run to their full potential and are cost efficient. We will also advise on any potential improvements or alternative solutions and can provide budget costings if required.
Air conditioning systems can account for 50% of the energy used in a building and are therefore specifically targeted in government legislation which makes regular inspections mandatory. Non-compliance can potentially lead to fines of £300 potentially rising to £3,500. This is the legal responsibility of the person responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the air-conditioning system. In many cases a tenant rather than the landlord. One or more air conditioning units within a building controlled by a single person are considered to comprise a single air-conditioning system for the purposes of the regulations.
Inspection reports will remain valid for five years after which the system will require another inspection. This is an efficiency inspection that is not normally covered by the usual annual service agreement. For existing systems the accredited expert carrying out the inspection has the discretion to set the frequency of inspections ranging from three years for poorly maintained and inefficient systems up to five years for those systems that are well maintained and demonstrate excellent levels of efficiency.