Key dates for air conditioning
In respect of dates, all Air Conditioning
Inspections should have been complete by January 2011 in England and
Wales; January 2012 in Scotland. It follows that if you do not have
a report by now you face a £300 fine on each “space” that you occupy
and control. If you are a tenant in a multi occupier building, and
control your own system, then you need a TM44 straight away.The trigger for an air conditioning inspection is the size ( effective
rated output ) of the system not the type of building and so the
measures apply to homes, commercial and public buildings. TM44 also
applies to parts of a building if there are separate controls (for
instance a shopping centre).
The inspection done by an
Accredited ACI Assessor will include an assessment of efficiency, a
review of the a/c system sizing and advice on efficiency,
improvements, replacements or alternative solutions. The TM44
changes at times, ACI Reports analyse any changes and through their
CPD programme ensure that all Assessments are valid using the latest
version of TM44.
Many commercial buildings and an increasing number of
homes have air conditioning systems. These systems should be
carefully maintained and managed in order that they consume the
minimum amount of energy possible. ACI Reports also look at R22 and
other banned gas replacement programmes whilst undertaking the air
requiring an Air Conditioning Inspection.
Only air-conditioning systems with an effective rated
output of more than 12kw are effected by the EPBD regulations, but
that is very small and equates to just a few air conditioning
cassettes, possibly as few as two cassette systems.
effective rated output " is the differentiator , it is the maximum
calorific output in kW of the complete system as stated by the
manufacturer deliverable whilst in continuous operation. Our best
guide is to tell clients that if they have more than two cassette
systems they are likely to need a TM44 a/c assessment.
more parts of the system in a building must be added together,
provided that the air conditioning system is controlled by a single
person, this is the AC system which is considered to be a whole
system by the EPBD regulations (Energy
Performance Certificates Guidance)
inspections for buildings)
www.gov.uk/government/publications/air-conditioning-inspections-for-buildings). The responsible person is the person
who controls the AC system , that means the technical functioning ,
not the person who simply alters the temperature. This can lead to
confusion, you can always give us a call for technical advice.
The type of building is also defined. This is the same
definition as the EPC regulations, a building is defined as "a
roofed construction having walls , for which energy is used to
condition the indoor climate, and a reference to a building includes
a reference to a part of a building which has been designed or
altered to be used separately". This is a complex subject as it can
lead to multiple AC reports in one building, again ACI Reports can
An air-conditioning system refers to any AC system
where refrigeration is used to provide cooling for the comfort of
the occupants of the space. Separate refrigeration which is not for
the comfort of the occupants such as process applications, Computer
servers, cold stores , beer cellars in pubs etc. will not need a
Complying with Air Conditioning
Local Authorities (trading standards officers) are
responsible for enforcing the requirements and they have the
authority to issue penalty charge notices for non - compliance and
continued non - compliance. Fines are currently £300 per building or
space, and can be repeated at the discretion of Trading Standards,
so weekly fines are possible. Local Authorities get to keep the
money so building owners beware!Now that all reports are lodged on Landmark, it is very easy for Trading
Standards to check remotely whether a building is compliant with
inspection Report requirements
What the client needs to know – basic rules;
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.
effective rated output greater than 12Kw inspections should have
been completed by 4th January 2011
effective rated output greater than 250Kw, systems should have
been inspected by 4th January 2009.
systems over 12 kW installed after January 2008 must be
inspected within 5 years of being put into service. So, in
January 2013 you will need to start having TM44 inspections on
all re-fits after January 2008.
should be inspected every 5 years.
of partial re-fit works; if any part of an old a/c system is
left in place, the site will require a current air conditioning
have just moved into a space or acquired a building with air
conditioning, the law states that you must have a valid air
conditioning report within three months of moving in
April 2012 all TM44 reports must be lodged onto the Landmark
database, this is mandatory. Only CLG style reports can be
lodged, never accept a document in “Word” format, it cannot be
lodged and is invalid. In Scotland word documents are currently
updated TM44 was issued in April 2012; clients are advised that
any reports after that date must comply with the new TM44 rules
All assessments must be carried out by an accredited Air
Conditioning Energy Assessor. Accreditation ensures that the
Assessors are professional and competent. However, there are two
levels of assessment, level 3 and level 4; the Assessor must be
appropriately qualified for the complexity of the a/c system, or
the report is invalid. Invalid reporting is a major problem
within the community of self–employed Assessors, who are also
not insured and have no health & safety experience. Clients
What Does the air conditioning
inspection report cover?
You will receive a report from the assessment which
includes recommendations for steps you could take to improve the
efficiency of your system. These may range from improvements to the
maintenance regime, through changes to the way the system is
operated, to recommendations on the specification of a new or
replacement system. The report will conform with a CLG approved
scheme, provided you use a trusted Assessor.
some or all of the recommendations should reduce your energy bills
for air conditioning and could improve the energy ratings for the
building, as calculated for an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
or Display Energy Certificate (DEC). ACI Reports can undertake EPCs
and DECs if you require these as a supplementary report.
Portfolio and building owners need to be aware that the lack of a
certificate may lead to a fine and Solicitors will start to ask for
certification upon building transactions taking place. Pre planning
for this legislation and ensuring compliance is important NOW!
is contained in the air conditioning inspection report?
The purpose of the TM44 AC Inspection and AC Report is
to ensure that building owners and managers are given basic
information regarding the efficiency of the air-conditioning systems
they control, together with advice on how the energy efficiency of
the system may be improved. You will receive a report and a separate
certificate, both of which will be lodged on Landmark.
report will analyse your system based on a set of guidelines
produced for CLG, and will cover in the reporting process such items
as the potential reduced energy consumption due to the
implementation of modifications, identification of inefficient
plant, inappropriate user operation and major system and controls
defects. Other items reviewed will be identification of opportunity
to renew outdated equipment and control systems and cost effective
alterations to the building fabric. We will advise you if old
outdated gases are found in the a/c systems.
Acting on the
advice in the AC Inspection report and rectifying faults or making
appropriate improvements, where this is cost effective, should
result in immediate improvements to the effectiveness of air -
conditioning systems or reduce operating costs.
In some cases
the costs of providing both heating and cooling may be reduced where
the AC report identifies improvements in how the AC System in
In many cases ACI Reports will understand that the
AC system is being run well, all documents are in place and
commissioned, with records available showing that the AC equipment
has been regularly maintained to a good standard. In these cases the
report will be brief with the main content advising on load
reduction or on alternative solutions not previously considered. The
AC Report will suggest relatively basic maintenance, such as
cleaning and repairs, to AC equipment whose efficiency has suffered
Cleaning operations or adjustments to
controls do not form part of the AC Inspection procedure, although
they will be advised upon. The Air Conditioning Inspection is not
intended, or expected, to involve any physical work as this could
change the level of professional risk to the energy assessor. Should
the building owner require any physical work to be undertaken, ACI
Reports can do this, by quotation and separate arrangement.
Most reports are likely to contain advice with a combination of
simple, low or no cost measures and recommendations which will carry
an investment cost , or suggestions to investigate areas in more
On-going management of the systems, replacement units
and maintenance advice is all available through ACI Reports
technical specialists but will not be part of the initial Air
Local Authority trading standards
officers have the power to check certification and issue fines for
non-compliance, currently £300.00 per building, with additional
fines for continued non-compliance.
Our management team has
worked alongside major names in the property, ACI, EPC and DEC
industry for many years, you can be sure that you will be dealt with
by highly experienced professionals.
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