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CIBSE calls for mandatory lodgings of A/C inspections

CIBSE has called for the mandatory lodging of air conditioning inspections, following recent legislation.

The move follows the introduction of compulsory A/C certificate for systemswith an output of 12KW or more, which came into effect from 4th January 2011

 Hywel Davies, CIBSE Technical Director, says: “With the recent changes in the threshold a lot more buildings now require an inspection.

“CIBSE believes it is the ideal time to introduce the mandatory lodgement of air conditioning inspections to help monitor compliance, it will enable us to build up a national picture of air conditioning.”

The Government has announced that it will take forward proposals to make it mandatory to lodge air conditioning reports following an industry wide consultation, but the timescales are still to be determined.

Mr Davies says: “Implementing a mandatory lodgement requirement for air conditioning inspections will bring an increased focus on these inspections.”

“Air conditioning inspections have the lowest compliance rates, we think below 5 per cent. The industry needs to increase compliance to achieve carbon emissions reductions targets and increase the energy efficiency of buildings.”

CIBSE claims inspections provide owners and operators with information on the performance of their air conditioning so that they can improve them and cut costs if they are using too much energy.

Furthermore, it says the mandatory lodgement will provide a central register enabling much better information on air conditioning installations.

CIBSE believes that certification will bring air conditioning inspections into line with energy performance certificates and display energy certificates which are already collated and stored in a central database, to help ensure a consistent approach to measuring energy efficiency in buildings.

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