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Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems.

On 4 January 2003 the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union published Directive 2002/91/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD). This requires Member States to bring into force ‘the necessary laws, regulations and administrative provisions to comply with the Directive'. Article 9 requires Member States to introduce measures to establish a regular inspection of air conditioning systems.

In England and Wales the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 implement Articles 7-9 of the Directive. They require inspection of all air conditioning systems with rated outputs over 12 kW at intervals not greater than 5 years. An Industry Working Group comprising ACRIB, BRE, BSRIA, CIBSE, FETA, HVCA, IoR and Summit Skills has developed document TM44 to give guidance on meeting these regulations.

TM44 provides guidance on carrying out the required inspections within reasonable constraints of time, cost and skills, including specific guidance on generating advice for the user, on a consistent basis. Engineers and energy managers responsible for these systems need to consider how they will comply with the new rules. For systems over 250 kW they have until January 2009 to complete the first inspections, and for the remaining systems over 12 kW they have until January 2011.

Other parts of the EPBD, and of the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007, include a requirement for a certificate describing the energy efficiency of the whole building to be prepared. This certification process will also involve the inspection of buildings to obtain basic details of the building fabric, building services (heating, lighting and air conditioning systems) and other equipment used in the building.

European Regulation (EC) 842/2006, the ‘F-Gas Regulation', which came into force on 4 July 2007, requires regular inspections of some refrigeration systems to test for leakage of fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant from systems. Some refrigeration systems containing CFC or HCFC refrigerants may already be subject to regular leakage testing under European Regulation (EC) 2037/2000 on substances that deplete the ozone layer. Some air conditioning systems will fall under the scope of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000, which may apply to systems with an installed power in excess of 25 kW. Please see separate Rayjon Environmental Information Update on F-Gases.

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