Building owners and managers who control air conditioning systems have statutory obligations and duties of care in the operation and maintenance of air-conditioning systems. The inspections are in addition to the normal activities associated with the ownership and operation of air conditioning systems.
In England and Wales the energy performance of buildings (EPB), regulation 20 implemented article 9 of the European Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) which requires air conditioning inspections to be carried out on all systems as follows.
Since 4th January 2011 all air conditioning systems over 12kW must have been inspected to avoid a financial penalty being levied on the operator or business owner by local trading standards officers.
From 1st Oct 2011, the policing of inspections is being stepped up by the introduction of mandatory lodging with Landmark, the government agency responsible for recording all air conditioning reports. Trading Standards will then be able to proactively search out all those buildings without current inspection reports.
With fines of between £300 and £5000, dependant on building size it is now more important than ever to ensure you comply and have your air conditioning report carried out.
Having your air conditioning system inspected by an accredited Energy Assessor is designed to improve efficiency and reduce the electricity consumption, operating costs and carbon emissions for your system. Energy inspections will highlight improvements to the operation of your existing systems or opportunities to replace older, less energy efficient systems or oversized systems with new energy efficient systems.