ACI Reports have been contacted in
the past two weeks by a number of our National Retail
clients to say they had trading Standards call into their
store asking for sight of the TM44 air Conditioning
Assessment certificate. This was followed up by the issue of
a “non-compliance” notice, and a request to provide the
certificate within 7 days. Luckily, existing clients were
able to call us and we have copies of all documents on
secure servers, and could therefore respond straight away.
One client, who we are undertaking a national rollout of
TM44 certificates for, called us. We spoke to Trading
Standards, informed them about the rollout and they were
pleased to see that the client was aiming to complete all
TM44s this year. The only request was that we send the
Swansea report over as soon as we could.
ACI Reports, as part of the TM44
service, always offer to deal directly with Trading
Standards, and they do listen. Over the past 12 months
Trading Standards have been calling into retailers within
the following towns;
• All of Northern
Ireland, but particularly in Belfast
There may be more towns, the above
are where we have been directly involved. We have also found
lately that major Landlords have been writing, demanding to
see the TM44 Certificate. This has particularly been the
case in Scotland, since the introduction of the TM44 Report
in January 2013.
What therefore seems to be the main
drivers at the moment for clients, in terms of importance.
In our opinion, bearing in mind ACI Reports undertakes over
100 TM44 Reports each week, the following is the order;
1. Compliance – PLCs and the Public Sector do not want
to be seen to get fined. Many web sites extol the virtues of
using the PLC, and state their green credentials, they do
not want the reputational damage.
2. Fines – At £300
per building, the fines are not heavy, but they can repeat
every 7 days, and for building Portfolio owners, there is
always the chance of a fine on the whole Portfolio. This has
not happened yet, but there is nothing stopping Trading
Standards making an example of a PLC.
3. ISO 14001 –
as renewals come up, we get emergency calls from
Organisations who have been served a non-compliance notice
curing an ISO 14001 audit.
4. Sale of buildings –
Solicitors are starting to pick up that there is no TM44 in
place; this creates an “emergency TM44” situation; we often
undertake an EPC at the same time.
5. As part of an
Energy Audit. Some forward thinking companies are using our
Low Carbon Consultants to look at how to improve their
carbon footprint – the real driver for this being cost
reduction. We generally undertake a DEC and TM44 at the same
6. The other hundreds of reasons are too
numerous to list, but statistically it is interesting to
note that TM44 compliance is the main driver.