Air Conditioning Inspections
Having your air-conditioning system inspected by an Energy Assessor is designed to improve efficiency and reduce the electricity consumption, operating costs and carbon emissions for your system.
Buildings are responsible for 50% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions. In order to reduce this, legislation has come into force as part of the European Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings.
How does this affect me?
First inspections for all existing air conditioning systems with a cooling capacity of over 250kW were due to be completed by 4th January 2009. First inspections of all existing systems over 12 kW were required by 4 January 2011.
New systems brought into use after January 2008 will not require inspection until they have been in use for a maximum of 5 years. These inspections may only be completed by an accredited Air Conditioning Inspector.
What is involved?
The Inspection and Report will be undertaken in accordance with CIBSE methodology for the Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems TM44: 2007, by an inspector accredited to the National Occupational Standard and accredited by an approved body.
The report needs to be submitted electronically to a Government approved Accreditation Scheme in the required format.
Inspections will be as far as possible carried out by making visual observations of a representative sample of the air conditioning equipment and other visual indicators, although where these are not available the inspector may have to take some test readings. The inspection also includes an examination of records of design, construction and maintenance as well as interrogation of Building Energy Management Systems.
The inspector will also estimate whether the system is suitably sized for the cooling loads in the treated spaces, and provide advice on ways in which improvements might be made.
How TEAM can help?
TEAM’s accredited inspectors can provide Air Conditioning inspections as required under the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations (England & Wales) or the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations (Northern Ireland).
The primary aims of the inspection are to:
Reduce the electricity consumption and operating costs
Highlight and reduce carbon emissions from your system.
Highlight improvements to the operation of your existing systems
Hightlight opportunities to replace older, less energy efficient or oversized systems with new energy efficient systems.