Air conditioning inspections for buildings
Air conditioning inspections for buildings

The following Environment practice 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
  • More...

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below. 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. The EPC Regulations 2012 implement the requirements of the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU

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

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

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