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ISO 14001 and Air TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections.

May 14
, 2014 By JE

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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TM44 Survey Renewals due in 2015.

Dec 09
, 2014 By JD

2015 is the year when the first wave of TM44 Surveys will need to be undertaken once again as part of any Companies TM44 renewal programme. The Legislation came in during 2009 for buildings with over 250kW of output but the main date which will affect these Air Conditioning Assessment Renewals will be January 2015. Clients should be mindful that the size of the systems within one building (cumulative) dropped to 12kW on 1st January 2010, so the 5 years that ACI Certificates are valid for are now due up.

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Mandatory TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections Renewals due in 2015 – act now.

Nov 17
, 2014 By JD

TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections which were commenced in 2009 (250kw and above) have all become due once again in 2014 as part of the 5 year renewal process, and now as we approach 2015 those clients who were compliant before the 12kw deadline of 30th December 2009 should be planning their renewal programme. ACI Reports undertook many AC reports (TM44s) in those early days when Air Conditioning Inspections (ACIRs)first started and our client base has continually grown ever since. Many smaller “one man band” Assessors have fallen by the wayside, as predicted, and no longer offer an AC inspection service. ACI Reports have also long pointed out to clients that the old CIBSE “Word” type documents have been done away with, and there is only one way to comply and that is using the Landmark Register and their own Landmark DCLG software.

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ISO 14001 Revision Gathers Momentum 

Jun
25 2014 By JE

ACI Reports are able to reveal that the revision of ISO 14001, the international environmental management system standard, is set to progress to the next stage with the latest “overwhelmingly positive” ballot on the latest draft. This brings in more Environmental influence and will mean that more ISO14001 Auditors will pull up Companies that do not have a TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection on all their air conditioning equipment, leading to Air Conditioning Assessments being in place.

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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

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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ACI Reports start R22 consultation replacement programme

Feb
17th, 2013 | By LR

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

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

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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Rochdale Exchange shopping centre gets its house in order 

Dec
5th, 2012 | By CR

Following on from shopping centres being a good target for Trading Standards such as Hartlepool earlier this year, ACI Reports are seeing more Landlords forcing, as best they can, Tenants to get TM44 air conditioning Inspections in place. The latest to do this is Rochdale Exchange, where the Landlord has written to all tenants asking for compliance with needing to have an a/c Assessment undertaken.

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Do you have a valid TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Report?      

Nov 20th, 2012 by Neil, ACI Reports Health & Safety Officer

Electrical contractor killed whilst examining faulty air conditioning unit

The Health & Safety Executive has reported this week that an electrical contractor received a fatal electric shock whilst examining a faulty air conditioning unit at premises owned and controlled by a Metropolitan Borough Council. Investigation found that the Council had failed to maintain the air conditioning unit in a safe condition, despite having had knowledge of its condition for some time. Also, this was the second electrocution on premises under control of the Council in 5 years.

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Universities in England, Wales and Scotland strive to become compliant on TM44s     

Nov 7th, 2012 By Linda

As many are aware, the deadline in Scotland for a TM44 to be in place is almost upon us, being January 2013, and at ACI Reports we are seeing a number of these Institutions seeking prices, although there does still appear to be a lack of awareness. We have now completed a number of Universities and Colleges in England and Wales, the Scottish work is now starting to come through, and we have the skills to undertake this sometimes complex work in what are often Listed buildings.

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European Legislation tightens further    

Nov 7th, 2012 By Chris

Throughout Europe the EPBD and related Legislation is continuing to tighten, with increasing pressure from Brussels on the need for all Member States to strengthen their resolve in tackling Climate Change.

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DCLG TM44 Policy update sets the scene for Trading Standards non - Compliance Notices, Enforcement, Fines  

Sept 15th, 2012 By Chris

Policy update 5 issued not long ago deals with how CLG intend to start dealing with those Air Conditioning Operators who are flouting the law by not having a TM44 certificate in place. Mandatory lodgement came in this April, together with a revised TM44 and the policy update, which is a good informative update for effected Operators to read, the question & answer section gives a Government view. Reading between the lines, ACI are of the opinion that this is the start of a TM44 compliance campaign which will see more action. ACI Reports are getting increasing numbers of calls from building operators who have had a letter or visit from compliance officers.

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TM44 European Directive toughens up on conflict of interest "Independant Experts"  

Sept 15th, 2012 By Chris

There has been long running confusion in the Air Conditioning Inspection market as to who can undertake an Assessment, some Air Conditioning maintenance contractors have been offering to undertake surveys for their retained clients; we at ACI Reports have always sent out the message that this is a clear conflict of interest and does not meet the requirements of the EPBD legislation, which originally stated that the Assessments should be undertaken in an “independent manner”. The legislation is becoming more strict and earlier this year a re-draft was issued. For the benefits of all potential ACI clients we state below what the re-draft actually says, interestingly the words “Independent Experts” have now been given over to a specific paragraph in the re-draft;

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ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 call for TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections

Sept 8th, 2012 By Chris | Category:  Air Conditioning Inspections

ACI Reports are finding a continuing demand from clients who are falling foul of audits for BSI and both ISO 14001 and ISO 18001, due to not having an Air Conditioning Inspection to a compliant standard, and meeting TM44 requirements. This results in assessments being requested urgently, with the result that building owners are paying a higher price than they would if the TM44 was ordered on a planned basis. Apart from the standard £300 fine (which is repeatable at the discretion of Trading Standards) the lack of a “lodged” compliant report could cause delays in annual ISO audits, which could cause a company to have trading issues.

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Audit of Assessors raises stakes in TM44 reporting.

August 8th, 2012 | By CR

The Accreditation bodies that monitor the activities of Air Conditioning Assessors are currently going through an exercise of auditing all A/C Assessors on their books – don’t be surprised when large numbers of Assessors who are not up to scratch get struck off. We have trained over 140 Air Conditioning Assessors, we have then gone on to retain a fair number of them within our business and continued with CPD.

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Trading Standards Issue Notices For No TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Certificates.

May 24th, 2012 | By CR

A flurry of new instructions arrived from retailers in April and May, the result of Trading Standards issuing notices on just about every retailer in a Hartlepool Shopping Centre. Activity is certainly picking up now that lodging of reports is mandatory.

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TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments – Mandatory Lodgement of Reports Now In Force.

April 12th, 2012 | By JP

The next step in toughening up on policing non-compliance of Air Conditioning has now taken place – this takes the form of mandatory lodgement. TM44 Assessments became law in January 2011 but it was option whether the report had to be lodged on the Government Landmark database, this is the central register where all EPCs and DECs are held.

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CLG have announced Mandatory lodgement of TM44 air conditioning reports will come into force from 6st April 2012.

Oct 20th, 2011 | By JP

After delays CLG (Communities and Local Government) has announced mandatory lodgements of TM44 air conditioning inspection reports will come in to force from 6th April 2012.

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Only three months to go before the TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection 4th January deadline for all systems above 12kw

October
6thth, 2010 | By Chris

As of the beginning of October there is now only three months to go before the 4th January deadline for all systems above 12kw to have a TM44 air conditioning Assessment undertaken on each Operators building. The number of enquiries coming through our door are increasing by the week as Companies gear up. We are currently undertaking a number of Hospital schemes including Cumbria NHS Trust, and we have staff who have been security vetted for Police buildings. A significant number of Police Forces have been using our air conditioning inspection services to bring their buildings into line before the end of this year.


Liverpool City Council turn up the heat on TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections.

Oct 20th, 2011 | By Chris

In a statement issued in Liverpool on 17th October, it has become clear that the council is taking its Air Conditioning Fines seriously;

“Liverpool Trading Standards have been offering advice to owners of buildings with air conditioning systems which are affected by these regulations, “ said Councillor Tim Moore, cabinet member for the environment and climate change.

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Companies pulled up for lack of Air Conditioning Inspection Report in ISO 18001 check.

October 10th, 2011 | By Chris  

Many organizations are implementing an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) as part of their risk management strategy to address changing legislation and protect their workforce, we at ACI have had an instance recently where a Client Company was specifically asked for its Air conditioning Assessment Report during an 18001 audit. This is yet another reason for responsible compliant Companies to obtain Air conditioning Assessments on their a/c.

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CLG Toughening up of Accreditation Scheme Audit Processes.

October 10th, 2011 | By Chris

ECMK, Sterling and Stroma , all top Accreditation schemes for EPCs, DECs and ACIs have all been informing ACI Reports how the Government Inspectors are toughening up their audit processes as part of the EPB legislation. Continued pressure means that it will be harder to qualify, CPD in the compliance sector will be more stringent and audit processes within the Accreditation schemes will be pored over by CLG.

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Scotland gears up for TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments

September 22nd, 2011 | By Chris

4th January 2012 deadline for Scotland Air Conditioning Surveys. This time last year saw a massive rush in England and Wales for Companies, Schools, Colleges, Universities and Hospitals to gear up and become compliant by obtaining an Air Conditioning Assessment.

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Use of data Gatherers in air conditioning inspections is prohibited.

May 16th, 2011 | By JP

CLG (Communities and Local Government) announced on the 16th of May that the use of data Gatherers in air conditioning inspections is immediately banned. At ACI reports, we are delighted to see this ban as we had come across companies with one or two qualified assessors signing off reports from head office without visiting site. Trading standards and the CLG will now not stand for this practice and clients will now be ensured that they get a professional outcome in their TM44 report.

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Air conditioning Assessments - A bigger impact than you might think

October 1st, 2010 | By Chris | Category: ACI Reports News, Air Conditioning Inspections

This article provides a brief overview of the rules regarding Air Conditioning Assessments.  The Government may start to fine those who do not comply as we get into the New Year, warns Chris Rodgers of ACI Reports Ltd.

The property industry should now be familiar with Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s”). The general rule is that an EPC is needed when a property is bought, sold or re-let. Many organisations will also be getting used to the CRC requirements and the opportunities from FITs. 

Not as well known are the requirements for Air conditioning Assessments introduced by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates & Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. These Regulations apply to all commercial premises which have air conditioning units installed. In practice, the majority of business premises will be affected and a failure to comply could be costly.

Back in 2009 the first stage was introduced: any Operator of an air conditioning system over 250kw would be fined £300 if they did not have a report (called an “Air Conditioning Assessment”) undertaken. This was initially ignored by many but the past 12 months has seen more large building owners and tenants starting to comply as they gear up for their CRC commitment. The next “drop dead” date is 4th January 2011. At this date all buildings in England and Wales should have had an Air Conditioning Assessment undertaken if they have air conditioning in their control over 12kw.

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First level 3 and 4 ACI exams to take place from November 2009

September 29th, 2009 | By Chris | Category: ACI Reports News, Air Conditioning Inspections

ABBE have now confirmed that the Level 3 and Level 4 Diplomas in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment have now been approved by Ofqual and exams will take place from November.

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ACI Reports air conditioning training scheme APEL route for those with prior experience.

July 17th, 2009 | By Chris | Category:
ACI Reports News, Air Conditioning Inspections

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) Candidates with existing experience in the design, installation, servicing/maintenance or inspection of air-conditioning systems, may qualify for the APEL route to accreditation.

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Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems

June 9th, 2009 | By Chris | Category:
Air Conditioning Inspections

" For those wanting to understand more about their responsibilities on ACI Reports the bible has got to be TM44;Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems, this provides guidance on carrying out the required air conditioning inspections. Building Energy managers should at least take time to read the introductory section 1 and the explanatory section 6 , its worth the cost to any person about to place a large ACI order , or ask us of course , we will explain what's needed . Available through www.amazon.co.uk at about £40.00 "

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