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Should air conditioning units have Building Regulation approval for their installation? Is there any other paperwork we should be asking for?

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Published on LexisPSL on 12/11/2015

The following Property Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Should air conditioning units have Building Regulation approval for their installation? Is there any other paperwork we should be asking for?
  • Requirements relating to building work
  • Self-certification schemes and exemptions from requirement to give building notice or deposit full plans
  • Energy performance certificates
  • Giving of a building notice or deposit of plans
  • Relevant documents

Should air conditioning units have Building Regulation approval for their installation? Is there any other paperwork we should be asking for?

Whether Building Regulation approval is required to install air conditioning depends on the exact specifications of the air conditioning unit and the type of building in which it is to be installed. It is worth speaking to the relevant building control body to obtain accurate advice on the requirements.

Requirements relating to building work

The Building Regulations 2010, SI 2010/2214 (the 2010 Regulations) states that 'building work shall be carried out so that…it complies with the applicable requirements contained in Schedule 1'.

Schedule 1, PART L 'CONSERVATION OF FUEL AND POWER' states that:

Reasonable provision shall be made for the conservation of fuel and power in buildings by—

(a) limiting heat gains and loses—

(i) through thermal elements and other parts of the building fabric; and

(ii) from pipes, ducts and vessels used for space heating, space cooling and hot water services;

(b) providing fixed building services which—

(i) are energy efficient;

(ii) have effective controls; and

(iii) are commissioned by testing and adjusting as necessary to ensure they use no more fuel and power than is reasonable in the circumstances.

The 2010 Regulations, reg 2 2 defines 'fixed building services' as including any part of, or any controls associated with fixed systems for air conditioning or mechanical

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