CIBSE UK calls for mandatory air-con inspections

CIBSE calls for mandatory lodgement of air-con inspections in the UK.

Air-con inspections are vital to monitor energy efficiency.
Air-con inspections are vital to monitor energy efficiency.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) in the UK has called for the “mandatory lodgement of air-con inspections to help monitor compliance,” according to technical director Hywel Davies.

This follows a regulation that came into effect in the UK on 4 January, declaring the lower threshold for air-con inspections as including all systems with an output of 12kW. This means that most air-conditioned spaces of over 186m2 should now have an air-con certificate.

“With the recent changes in the threshold, a lot more buildings now require an inspection. Implementing a mandatory lodgement requirement for air-con inspections will bring an increased focus on these inspections,” said Davies.

“Air-con inspections have the lowest compliance rates; we think below 5%. The industry needs to increase compliance to achieve carbon emissions reductions targets and increase the energy efficiency of buildings.”

The aim of air-con inspections is to provide owners and operators with information on the performance of their air-con to effect improvements and cut costs.

The mandatory lodgement will provide a central register enabling much better information on air-con installations. It will bring air-con inspections into line with energy-performance certificates to help ensure a consistent approach to measuring energy efficiency in buildings.

CIBSE is represented in the Middle East through an informal gathering of regional members who arrange discussion sessions on topics relevant to the industry.

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