Air Conditioning Inspections for Buildings

Why Air Conditioning Inspections are Required?

The primary reason for the introduction of this regulation is to improve the efficiency and reduce the electricity consumption, operating costs and carbon emissions for your air conditioning systems. Energy Inspections will highlight potential improvements to the operation of your existing systems, or opportunities to replace older, less efficient or over-sized systems with more modern economical equipment.

Responsibilities For Ensuring Inspections Are Carried Out

The responsibility for this lies with the person that ‘Controls the Operation’ of an air conditioning system affected by these regulations. The person who ‘Controls the Operation’ of the system is the person who controls the technical functioning of the system, not someone who can just alter the temperature. This will of course vary from organisation to organisation, but could be the building owner, maintenance manager, facilities manager etc. It is the responsibility of each organisation to identify or appoint such a person if the existing organisational structure does not have this position clearly identified.

Systems Requiring An Air Conditioning Inspection Only

Air conditioning systems with an effective rated output of 12 kW or more are affected by these regulations. One or more air conditioning units within a building controlled by a single person are considered by the regulation to comprise a single air conditioning system. The term ‘air conditioning system’, refers to any system where refrigeration is used to provide cooling or heating for the comfort of the occupants. This excludes separate refrigeration provided solely for process applications such as cold stores, pharmaceutical production etc.

When are Air Conditioning Inspections Required

All air conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12 kW must be regularly inspected by an Energy Assessor. These inspections must be a maximum of 5 years apart. The regulations require the first inspection to be carried out as follows:

Feb 2011

  • For all systems put into service on or after 1st January 2008, the first inspection must have taken place within 5 years of the date it was first commissioned.
  • For all other air conditioning systems commissioned prior to 1st January 2008, the first inspection must have taken place by 4th January 2011.
  • For air conditioning systems where the effective rated output is more than 250 kW the first inspection must have taken place by 4th January 2011.

From the 4th January 2011, if the person in control of the air conditioning system changes and the new person in control is not given an inspection report, the new person must ensure the system is inspected within 3 months of the day they assume control.

Who Can Carry Out an Air Conditioning Inspection

Air Conditioning Inspections must be carried out by an accredited Energy Assessor who is a member of an approved accreditation scheme. Currently approved accreditation schemes are run by CIBSE, RCIS, EPC Ltd, Quidos, HIC Ltd, NAPIT and BESCA. Airtemp AC Ltd employs a fully certified Energy Assessor and are able to undertake Air Conditioning Inspections and provide further help or guidance where necessary. Each inspection will be tailor made to suit your specific premises and requirements. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your specific requirements using the contact us link at the top of the page.