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Assessors join the call for legal weight behind EPC air conditioning inspections

The newly formed National Association of Air Conditioning Energy Assessors has joined this week’s call from B&ES for air conditioning inspections to enjoy the same legal recognition as commercial Energy Performance Certificates

The NAACEA says it wants the Cibse TM44 air conditioning standard to be enshrined in the legislation for Energy Performance Certificates, so that all qualifying commercial properties have to hold a valid air conditioning inspection certificate, as well as the EPC prior to sale or let.

Neil Dady Chairman of NAACEA said:

“We believe that that the legislation introduced covering commercial EPCs should rightly be extended to the mandatory air conditioning energy assessment. This simple extension of the legislation would force landlords and commercial property owners to act or risk trading standards issuing fines of up to 12.5 per cent of the rateable value, capped at £5,000, as a penalty for non-compliance.”

“After all both EPCs and Air Conditioning Inspections are part of the same Government regulations but it seems greater emphasis is being given to the value of an EPC, that in itself, does not provide the detailed recommendations generated through a well written air conditioning energy assessment report.”

Mr Dady noted that since mandatory lodgement was introduced in April 2012 over 16,000 inspections have now been carried out in England and Wales. “Although there are concerns about enforcement, there are a large number of energy assessors ‘getting on with the job.’ NAACEA is keen to bring together all interested parties in order to co-ordinate a national awareness campaign.”

He added that it was important not to lose sight of the energy saving benefits by energy assessors. “Quite often the cost of assessment is easily recovered through savings, if the recommendations are fully implemented.”

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