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Accredited Air Conditioning Assessments – What the law dictates

12th May 2011

Buildings account for almost half the energy consumption and carbon emissions in the UK. The inspections are required to be carried out by an Accredited Air Conditioning Assessor.

Buildings with 250 Kw or greater rated ac output are required to be inspected by 4th January 2009.
Buildings with 12 Kw up to 250 Kw rated ac output are required to be inspected by 4th January 2011.

Thereafter inspections will be required every 5 years. New systems installed on or after 1st January 2008 must be inspected within 5 years of the installation date.

If you control a building it is your responsibility to have the inspection carried out and to keep a copy of the report on record. If the responsibility for the building passes to another person you must give them copies of any inspection reports you hold. From 4th January 2011 if you do not provide an inspection report the new person must ensure the building is inspected within 3 months.

How H&C Contracts can help you meet your legal obligations

H&C Contracts can arrange for a fully qualified Accredited Air Conditioning Assessor to carry out the inspection of all of your air conditioning systems and provide you with a written report giving you advice and guidance on how to improve the energy efficiency of your systems as soon as possible after the inspection. This will meet your legal responsibilities.

The inspection involves a visual assessment of your air conditioning installation. The inspector will examine all air conditioning, air movement and control systems. Access to all plant locations including roof and plantrooms will be necessary. If you can provide details of installed plant, drawings, manuals etc. in advance this will reduce the on-site time and so reduce the cost of the inspection.

The report will provide you with the following information:

  1. The current efficiency of your equipment and suggestions as to how this could be improved
  2. Any faults identified and suggested remedial actions
  3. Adequacy of current maintenance regime and suggestions for improvement
  4. Adequacy of the installed controls and control settings and suggestions for improvements
  5. Comparison of installed capacity compared to actual cooling load
  6. Suggestions for the improving the system’s energy efficiency

NB - You are under no obligation to carry out any of the recommended improvements but doing so will save energy and reduce carbon emissions. They may also save money in the longer term.

Please refer to CIBSE publication TM44 – 2007 for more information regarding Air Conditioning Inspections.

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