Building owners fail to meet legislation
A number of building owners with air conditioning systems operating over 12kW are breaking the law, according to new information circulated by the Heating and Ventilating Contractor’s Association (HVCA).
Acting on information received from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the HVCA have stated that the majority of such installations have not been inspected for energy efficiency, which is in breach of the law.
Under the regulations all air conditioning systems with a cooling capacity over 12kW must be inspected. New systems put in place on or after 1 January 2008 are to be inspected within five years of installation, while all other air conditioning systems over 250kW output should have been inspected by 4 January 2009.
Any air conditioning systems above 12kW should have been inspected by 4 January 2011.
Rod Pettigrew, Deputy Chief Executive of the HVCA, comments: “Non-compliance has real costs; it costs the environment, it will cost the UK any chance of meeting its emissions targets and it costs companies the opportunity to lower their costs.”
The HVCA have said that the air conditioning report (ACR) produced by an accredited air conditioning assessor following the inspection will include recommendations about what changes should be made to the installation or how the system(s) could be run more efficiently.