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The UK Energy Bill has become law after being given the seal of approval by the Queen today, 18th December 2013

Dec 18th 2013 By LR  | Category:  EPBD  

The Energy Bill will reshape the UK electricity market and attract £110 billion of investment through the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) by 2020. It will also enable the Government to set a 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector and help deploy the projects needed to meet the target of generating 15% of energy from renewables by 2020. The Energy Bill is in addition to other European Directives which have become law in the UK under the European Performance of Buildings Directive since 2008.

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TM44 and BSI ISO 14001

Dec
06th, 2013 By JP | Category:  ACI Reports

BSI ISO 14001 is an issue that is being raised almost daily in respect of TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Reports, here at ACI Reports Ltd. We have been making clients aware for some time that not having a TM44 in place will cause the failure of an ISO 14001 audit as it is a legal requirement.

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Incidence of TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments notices and emergency TM44's in the City of London and Canary Wharf on the increase

Dec 06th, 2013 By JE | Category:  TM44 Enforcement

Trading Standards activity is on the increase in many areas of the UK, and ACI Reports have direct knowledge of e-mails and notices regarding TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections being sent out in Liverpool, Nottingham, Central London and Canary Wharf recently.

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ACI Reports is able highlight that there are “moves afoot” to strengthen the enforcement of Air Conditioning Assessment Reports, with CIBSE and Accreditation bodies starting a new drive to push the DCLG into greater enforcement of the TM44 Air Conditioning Assessment Regulations. The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has highlighted a significant case where the lack of enforcement of Energy Performance of Building Regulations (EPB Regulations) has cost taxpayers 5.7m. At a time when energy policy is one of the most serious issues facing government, CIBSE argues that this non-compliance can be overlooked no longer.

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At ACI Reports we have seen a noticeable increase of enquiries through our website in recent weeks, and this together with our existing client base, is giving us three or four new projects each day to price. Something is happening out there as the constant flow of instructions is increasing. What is happening; well we think that Trading Standards have been told to ramp up the pressure by Central Government – there is a Political “green” debate going on at the moment. This week we have seen a notice that is being sent out by not only Liverpool City Council Trading Standards, but also by a specialist Landlord Accreditation Officer. This notice not only covers off TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections, but also EPCs and DECs, and it looks serious.

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European Energy Audit Standards based on EN 16247 get ever closer

Oct 27th, 2013 By JE | Category:  EPBD

ACI Reports have been tracking the EN 16247 European Energy audit standards for some time now as it is a market that they will be entering; providing a national team of auditors to meet the standards. This perfectly compliments our highly trained Engineers already working on Air Conditioning Assessments and Energy Audits. The EN 16247 is now nearing completion, Part 1 based on the carrying out of an Energy Audit was published in late 2012 and is cited in the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, so it will be here for the long term.

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Energy Audits and the European Energy Efficiency Directive – now 12 months in force

Oct 10th, 2013 By JP | Category:  EPBD

The European Energy Efficiency Directive was bought in during November 2012 and is slowly creeping up on those who are unaware of it. This introduction Paper is to provide headlines. If you need further information, contact ACI Reports, it could be an important call if you run a national business such as a retailer.

One of the key Articles of the Directive is Article 8 and requires each government in the European Union to introduce a programme of regular energy audits in every large enterprise. These audits cover every aspect of any business that consumes energy. Businesses caught up in this Legislation may require ACI Reports to provide information on the building aspect side of things, perhaps a benchmark EPC for starters.

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Watch Out for the Energy Efficiency Directive 2014 - It might Catch You Out

Sep 27th, 2013 By JE | Category:  EPBD

The European Commission's proposals for energy efficiency –update on how building owners/operators will be affected. The Energy Efficiency Directive explained; by ACI Reports Ltd.

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Commercial Building owners beware, Chris Rodgers of ACI Reports, an expert in compliance, advises on risk for Landlords under legislation and provisions of the Energy Act 2011

Sep 11th, 2013 By CR | Category:  EPBD

All commercial properties are affected by Landlord and Tenant legal obligations under the Energy Act 2011 and recent changes to The Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations. Landlords and Tenants should be aware of what they face in the near future.

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EPBD Recast for 2013, which applies from 9th January 2013

Sep 1st, 2013 By CR | Category:  EPBD

ACommercial premises in England and Wales which currently have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will be required to display this publicly under a change to the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations from 9th January 2013. The change will apply to all 'non-dwellings' over 500 square meters in size which are frequently visited by the public. However, businesses will not be forced to obtain an EPC if one is not already available.

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New Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). 

Jul 22nd, 2013 By CR | Category:  EPBD

Proposals for new energy saving assessments for larger firms in the UK have now been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). These assessments, required by the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), will enable companies to identify opportunities to save money on energy bills through improved energy efficiency. Under the scheme, which is being developed as part of the UK’s implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, large enterprises will be required to undertake ESOS assessments to identify cost-effective ways to invest in energy efficiency, helping reduce energy bills and increase competitiveness.

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Energy standards for letting buildings under the Energy Act 2011 – commercial property

May
26th, 2013 By JP | Category:  EPBD

DThe Energy Act 2011 will implement a scheme that makes it unlawful for private landlords of both commercial and residential properties to lease them out unless they have an EPC energy rating of at least an E, but very possibly a D unless the landlord has carried out the maximum package of measures that can be funded under the new Green Deal. This scheme will be brought line in April 2018 at the latest. DECC has said that the requirement is subject to there being no upfront financial costs to landlords. Therefore landlords will have fulfilled the requirement if they have either reached an EPC rating of E, or carried out the maximum package of measures that can be funded under the Green Deal (even if this does not take the building up to an E rating).


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How will the Energy Act 2018 affect you in 2013 and beyond?

May 12th, 2013 By CR | Category:   EPBD

There are a number of key measures included in the new Act, the measure that will greatly affect larger Landlords is one which our forward thinking clients are dealing with now, before it becomes a crisis.

The Energy Act includes provisions that will affect the private rented sector – both residential and commercial. From April 2016, private residential landlords will be unable to refuse a tenant’s reasonable request for consent to energy efficiency improvements to a property, where a finance package such as the Green Deal and/or the Energy Company Obligation is available.

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The Green Gown University awards categories have just been announced and are as follows for 2013;  

May
2nd, 2013 By LR | Category:  Air Conditioning Inspections

All categories are open to colleges, universities and learning and skills institutions. At ACI Reports we have been working with some Universities this year ensuring that the legal compliance in respect of the European Performance of Buildings Directive has been adhered to; those Universities are forward thinking in respect of what could be a standard requirement this year. Judges are allowed discretion to award up to 2 winners for each category to distinguish between large and small institution applications. However, this will only be done when applications are of a high quality– it is not mandatory.

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Trading Standards issue notices in Cardiff for TM44.

Apr 18th, 2013 By JP | Category: TM44 Enforcement

ACI Reports Ltd. has been awarded accreditation from safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

The company’s application for safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. ACI Reports Ltd. safecontractor accreditation recognises the high value they place on, and reflects their dedication to customers’ health and safety needs.

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Top Safety Accreditation for ACI Reports Ltd.

Apr 5th, 2013 By Neil | Category: ACI Reports Company News

ACI Reports Ltd. has been awarded accreditation from safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

The company’s application for safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. ACI Reports Ltd. safecontractor accreditation recognises the high value they place on, and reflects their dedication to customers’ health and safety needs.

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Landmark raise lodgement rate costs 

Mar 19th, 2013 By JP | Category: EPBD

As of 6th April 2013, Landmark, the Government Body who manage the on-line EPC/DEC/TM44 database, have raised the cost of Lodgements by just under £7.00. Whilst this rise, on the face of it, is not significant, ACI Reports undertake portfolios of properties running into the thousands and this can quickly add up. For those Portfolio owners who have not committed to TM44 inspections already, this will add further to the burden.

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Banned R22 rollout gets closer

Mar 18th, 2013 | By JP | Category: F Gas R22 HFCs

ACI Reports are seeing increasing desperation on a Worldwide scale as Countries come to terms with R22 and other ozone depleting substances being phased out. Every week there are news stories such as those below, and we are stressing to our clients that they must address the issue regarding R22 replacement programmes. The failure of a client to have measures in place to deal with ageing R22 equipment is potentially critical to their business. For some, simply dealing with breakdowns and replacing equipment as it fails is an answer, for others it is business critical.

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Energy Act 2011, the effect of EPCs and important actions to take

Mar 10th, 2013  | By JP | Category: EPBD

DECC is looking seriously into the impact of new rules that will prohibit the letting of properties that fail to meet minimum energy standards through the Energy Performance Certificate from 2018, when the Energy act comes into full force. ACI Reports are already seeing clients taking action, particularly in the Shopping Centre market. The Energy Act 2011 outlaws, from 1st April 2018, the letting of properties with F and G rated Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

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Trading Standards hit Swansea on TM44 7 day notices.

Feb
18th, 2013 | By JP | Category: TM44 Enforcement

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.

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ACI Reports start R22 consultation replacement programme

Feb
17th, 2013 | By LR | Category: Air Conditioning Inspections, F Gas R22 HFCs

R22 F Gas is one of the most overlooked sections of the TM44 report and yet the TM44 highlights where this gas, and indeed other banned gasses such as R12 and R10 are found. Worldwide, Governments are determined to stop the use of HCFC gasses and have introduced legislation which is very serious, in fact it can lead to criminal proceedings. Almost every week, criminals are jailed for production and use of illegal gasses throughout the World. This legislation comes into full force in th UK in January 2015 through the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009.

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HSE commence site checks on Legionella in Scotland – don’t get caught out with no TM44; you would be breaking the Law 

Jan
7th, 2013 | By Neil | Category: Air Conditioning Inspections, TM44 Enforcement

The HSE and local authorities are carrying out visits and inspections to companies with cooling towers in the west of Scotland to ensure they are managing legionella risks appropriately. TM44 legislation also comes in to play in January 2013 (in Scotland) and whilst it is the remit of Trading Standards to issue fines, any check by HSE could very well include the request to see a TM44. Any company with Air Conditioning over 12kw per building must have an Air conditioning Inspection undertaken to comply with the law.

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The Green Gown Awards and TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections 

Jan
7th, 2013 | By CR | Category: Air Conditioning Inspections

ACI Reports are receiving many enquiries from Universities, having undertaken a number of Portfolios in this sector. What seems to also be of some importance, is not just compliance, but The Green Gown Awards which many class leading Universities are striving for. The last Ceremony was held on 5 November 2012, hosted by broadcaster and writer Simon Fanshawe, was a resounding success and a fitting celebration for the pioneering environmental and sustainability initiatives that have been championed in the sector this year. The Awards Ceremony venue, The Great Hall, University of Birmingham, maintained the important connection between the Awards and its continued support for the sector. Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), this is becoming an important differentiator for all UK Universities.

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