Air conditioning inspections for buildings
Air conditioning inspections for buildings

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Air conditioning inspections for buildings
  • Brexit impact
  • Where do the requirements for air conditioning inspections come from?
  • What is an air conditioning system?
  • When are air conditioning inspections required?
  • Who is responsible for ensuring air conditioning inspections are carried out?
  • What does an air conditioning inspection include?
  • Air conditioning inspection report
  • Enforcement
  • Related regulations—fluorinated greenhouse gas regulations

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Where do the requirements for air conditioning inspections come from?

Part 4 (regs 17–21) of the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, SI 2012/3118, (EPC Regulations 2012) sets out the requirements for having an air conditioning system inspected by an accredited air conditioning energy assessor.

These requirements are designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, operating costs and the carbon emissions of the system.

What is an air conditioning system?

An air conditioning system is a combination of all the components required to provide a form of air treatment in which the temperature is controlled or can be lowered, and includes systems which combine such air treatment with the control of ventilation, humidity and air cleanliness.

Where it is possible to control the temperature of more than one individual air conditioning unit in a building by a single person, each unit shall be considered