This article will provide you with valuable information on the recently introduced European legislation that may affect your business. The purpose of the new legislation is to ensure that air conditioning systems are as green, and energy efficient as possible.
On the back of European legislation and in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), energy efficiency inspections (TM44) are now required to be carried out throughout the UK.
It should be noted, however, that requirements for inspections being carried out in Scotland differ from those in England and Wales, with Scotland being subject to particular provisions in keeping with its own building legislation.
Air conditioning systems installed in business or public sector owned or run buildings in the UK with capacity of over 12kW should, by law, have had TM44 inspections carried out by 4 January 2011.
Systems with over 250kW capacity were required to have had their first inspection carried out and completed by January 2009.
Companies with new air conditioning systems installed after 2008 have five years to have a TM44 inspection carried out in compliance with relevant legislation.
These air conditioning inspections are to be carried out by an assessor with relevant qualifications and accreditation. Fully qualified and registered assessors can be found at The Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) website.
With air conditioning systems installed within factories and offices throughout the U.K., and with as much as fifty percent of energy output per building coming from AC systems alone, there would appear to be the opportunity to make substantial savings financially and environmentally.
An increasing number of organisations are becoming aware of the importance of being seen to be proactive in lowering their individual carbon emissions. It therefore stands to reason that they would want look at all aspects of their ‘physical’ presence.
Trading standards officers for local councils do have powers to request TM44 inspection certification.(TM44 inspection legislation) In the event of any non compliance issues, they can impose a financial penalty. These penalties start from £300 per building.
However, it appears that when faced with offsetting the initial cost of an inspection against the cost of a penalty, some small/medium businesses may choose not to adhere to this legislation.
TM44 inspections are intended to provide useful information in relation to the performance of a building’s air conditioning plant – enabling building owners or managers to identify opportunities to become more energy-efficient, make long-term savings, and cut carbon output.