September 29th, 2009 | By
ACI Reports News,
Air Conditioning Inspections
FIGURES from energy services firms show a
fall in the number of new inspection contracts placed in recent
months, despite the fact that tens of thousands of inspections,
which were required by January 4, 2009, are still to be carried
It is estimated that fewer than 1,000 buildings are compliant -
less than 2% of the 50,000 in England and Wales which are
believed to have required a first inspection by the January 4
CIBSE admits there is some debate about the exact figure of how
many inspections have been carried out, because there is
currently no requirement to lodge certificates.
Darren Bryant of Efficient Air, said: "Cost savings, which companies can achieve, are
being lost because until now there has been little or no
enforcement of the regulations and companies seem to be
hesitating. From our experience there are a number of factors
stopping companies taking action. Some facilities management
companies are not able to convince their clients of the need to
act in the face of a lack of enforcement action by trading
standards bodies. Furthermore, other companies are unsure how
they can find assessors who can provide genuinely useful advice
rather than those who have little or no practical experience."
The latest figures have prompted CIBSE (Chartered Institution of
Building Services Engineers) to start an awareness campaign for
trading standards officers who must enforce the regulations.
"CIBSE will be mounting an awareness and enforcement
campaign which aims to equip trading standards officers to check
that relevant buildings do have inspection certificates, and
that they are minded to prosecute where such certificates are
All ac systems with a cooling capacity of 250 kW were required
to have been inspected by an accredited ac inspector by January
6, 2009. All ac systems with a cooling capacity of more than
11kW must have been inspected by January 2011.
A survey carried out by CIBSE earlier in 2009, revealed 30% of
energy assessors estimated that less than 10% of their clients
were aware of the air conditioning inspection requirements.
Air Conditioning Inspection regulation, read