Air Conditioning Energy AssessmentsPosted on by Belmar Services Ltd
New regulations (TM44) now require regular mandatory inspections of all air conditioning systems with rated outputs of over 12kw at intervals not exceeding 5 years commencing 4th January 2011. This includes the combined output of one or more individual air conditioning units in a building.
When are inspections due by?
If your air conditioning system has a rated output greater than 12kW, but less than 250kW you should have had your first inspection by 4th January 2011.
For new systems installed on or after 1 January 2008, the first inspection must have taken place within 5 years of the installation date.
If your air conditioning system has a rated output greater than 250 kW, you must have had your first inspection by 4th January 2009.
After the initial inspection an Air Conditioning Energy Assessment is required every 5 years. This is now law.
Who is responsible?
If you control a building with an air conditioning system that is affected by these Regulations, you are responsible for ensuring an inspection has been done by the deadlines and that you have a copy of the most recent inspection report.
The inspection report should ideally be kept with on-going maintenance records in the building logbook.
Why should I have an Assessment?
- The Assessment is a legal requirement.
- The inspection confirms that the system is suitable for the application.
- The inspection determines the condition and efficiency of the system, the effectiveness of operation and the effectiveness of maintenance
- The Report provides recommendations on any improvements that can be made to the systems and other processes, in order to reduce energy usage, energy costs and environmental impact
- The Report provides further advice and information on the Government’ Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme and assistance available from the Carbon Trust and other bodies
- The Report enhances a company’s ‘Green’ credentials
- The inspection is non-intrusive and no alterations are made to the system. It is the owner’s decision whether or not to implement any recommended alterations or improvements.
What if I don’t get an Air Conditioning Energy Assessment done?
Local authorities (usually by their Trading Standards Officers) are responsible for enforcing the requirements relating to air-conditioning inspection reports. Failure to commission, keep, or provide an air-conditioning inspection report when required by the Regulations means you may be issued with a penalty charge notice. Trading Standards Officers may act on complaints or undertake investigations.
They may request you to provide them with a copy of your air-conditioning inspection report. If asked, you must provide this information within seven days of the request or be liable to a penalty charge notice for failing to do so. A copy of an air-conditioning inspection report can be requested by an enforcement officer at any time up to six months after the last day for compliance with the obligation to make it available.
The penalty for failing to having an air-conditioning inspection report is fixed at present at £300 per system per day.
How can we help?
Belmar Services Ltd can undertake all forms of Air Conditioning Energy Assessment and provide free no obligation advice and guidance.
All assessors are also fully qualified refrigeration and air conditioning engineers with the latest F Gas certification.
All our reports comply are filed with the Government Landmark Register and are fully compliant with TM44.
For further information, a quotation or to arrange an Air Conditioning Energy Assessment please call us or email.
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