Air Conditioning Assessments

If you are anything but a domestic user of air conditioning; chances are that you'll need an air conditioning energy assessment...

Air Conditioning Assessments

Important regulations which will affect most commercial users of air conditioning.

Air Conditioning systems can account for a large proportion of a building’s energy usage. Having regular inspections carried our by a qualified assessor can improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption which in turn reduces capital operating costs and carbon emissions.

Building owners and managers who operate air-conditioning systems have statutory obligations under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) to ensure that air conditioning inspections are conducted by qualified and accredited air-conditioning inspectors.

Regulations are mandatory for all air conditioning systems over 12kW.

Why air conditioning inspections are required

Having an air conditioning system inspected by an accredited air conditioning energy assessor is designed to improve efficiency, reduce energy consumption, operating costs and the carbon emissions of the system.

The energy assessor will highlight improvements to the operation of existing systems or opportunities to replace older, less energy efficient systems or oversized systems with new energy efficient systems.

As the replacement of refrigerant is restricted in older systems (as established in other legislation), there is an additional incentive to improve or replace older systems with more modern energy efficient units.

The person who controls the operation of the system, such as the building owner or manager, has statutory obligations and duties of care in the operation and maintenance of air conditioning systems. The inspections referred to in this guide are in addition to the normal activities associated with the ownership and operation of air conditioning systems.

Inspection, maintenance and cleaning programmes maintain the ability of the system to provide healthy and comfortable environments for building occupants, limiting the escape of refrigerant gases and ensuring the safety of equipment.

What you need to know…

If you control the technical operation of an air conditioning system, are a building manager or owner – you are responsible for obtaining an assessment report.

Key facts…

  • All air conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kw must be regularly inspected by an energy assessor. The inspections must be no more than five years apart.
  • The regulations require the first inspection of the affected air conditioning systems to be carried out as follows:
    • for all systems first put into service on or after 1 January 2008, the first inspection must have taken place within five years of the date when the system was first put into service
    • for other air conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 250kW the first inspection must have taken place by 4 January 2009
    • for other air conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 12kW the first inspection must have taken place by 4 January 2011

The assessment must be carried out by an accredited Air Conditioning Energy Assessor. Accreditation ensures that the Assessors are professional, competent and adequately insured for the work.

Kool-It are here to help!

We can arrange the assessments for you. We have key personel trained and accredited for this work.

Further Information.

The topic of air conditioning energy assessments is huge and government guidance and further reading can be found here.

Please call us on 0800-035-5665 or email us on sales@koolit.co.uk for more information and prices.

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