Where Does the Legislation Originate from?
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) was first adopted in 2002. The recast directive, adopted in May 2010, replaced the original directive from 1st February, 2012, and will be progressively implemented from January 2013. The directive requires member states across Europe to put in place “measures to establish a regular inspection of air conditioning systems of an effective-rated output of more than 12 kW”.
In the UK, separate legislation has been introduced in England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland that requires building owners or managers to undertake regular inspections of air conditioning systems. The regulations and requirements relating to air conditioning system inspections for England and Wales have now been in place for more than three years, and for a slightly shorter period for Northern Ireland and Scotland. The principle guidance for the inspections is contained in CIBSE TM44 2012.
Throughout Europe there is a legal requirement for the regular inspection of air conditioning systems with a cooling duty capacity greater than 12 kW. In the UK, this is supported by regulatory structures that include the accreditation of those who carry out inspections and the quality assessment of inspections and inspection reports
In basic terms, any site with a combined cooling duty of more than 12kW needs to be inspected. For example, a small office would have approximately 3kW, therefore, if you have four or more small offices, then the site will require an inspection. Systems which serve cellars, cold rooms, oil coolers, and chillers used solely for a manufacturing process are not included.
Who Can Complete an Air Conditioning Energy Report?
Only accredited personnel can complete a TM44 energy report.
Is There a Fine for Not Having a Report?
The government’s trading standards departments across the UK can fine any company which does not have an inspection completed.