A building owner or a manager, responsible for the operations of the business, is obligated to have air conditioning inspections, maintenance and cleaning programmes to ensure a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for the people who work or visit the building. Over and above that, the assessment is undertaken to yield improved efficiencies, lowering of energy consumption, operating costs and carbon emissions. The assessor would make the summary of findings such as adequacies of equipments and installed controls, identification of faults, efficiencies of the current systems and may make recommendations like improvising the existing systems or replacing the systems which have grown old and are consequently less energy efficient.
Regulations for Air conditioning Inspections
The Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations (Certificates and Inspections) in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, have transposed the requirements of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, pertaining to air con inspections, on 1st February 2012 .For the purposes of regulations, an air conditioning system with a rated output greater than 12KW has to mandatorily, undergo an energy assessment by an accredited air conditioning inspector along with the routine activities associated with ownership, operations & maintenance of air conditioning systems
CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) TM44 is the guideline for air conditioning inspections in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar. It is for supporting inspections for complying with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and can be used as a framework to assess the energy efficiency of an air conditioning system by anyone. It has been revised with experience and answers questions on air conditioning systems also. The main focus is the use of refrigerants to produce cooling.
At Clearsprings Energy Solutions, TM44 inspections are conducted to provide pertinent information about the operation and maintenance of the air conditioning systems in your building. Improvisation & remedial measures are recommended to increase the rate of return on investment. The air conditioning energy assessments can be done independently to give cost effective benefits or can be incorporated in an entire portfolio to give cost neutral solutions.
Air conditioning Inspections: Need & Scope