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September 29th, 2009 | By Chris | Category: 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 out.

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 deadline.

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 not available."

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.


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