TM44 Regulations have been around since 2002
Who should be aware?
All building owners or the building occiputs in England and Wales using Air Conditioning systems with a rated output of more than 12kW it total, are require compliance with the regulations. Remember this means if you have a few small system and the output is greater than 12kW you need to comply with TM44, Your AC contractor should be able to tell you if you’re not sure.
What should you do?
Under the TM44 Regulations, you are required to ensure that inspections of the units are carried out in an independent energy assessor, this helps you to avoid any conflict of interest with you and your HVAC Contractor. The inspection includes an assessment of the system’s efficiency and a review of sizing and advice on efficiency, improvements, and replacement or alternative solutions. These assessors need to be registered by a governing body, ACRIB, bre, BSRIA, FETA, HVAC, IOR, SummitSkill are recognised governing bodies
What’s the point?
By having your Air Conditioning system inspected by an accredited energy assessor, the hope is you improve efficiency, reduce energy consumption, operating costs and the carbon emissions of the system. The energy assessor will be able to make recommendations for improvement to the existing systems or opportunities to replace older, less energy efficient systems or oversized systems with new energy efficient systems. Although this could end up costing you money short term, it is to help you save money and the environment long term.
When are they due?
Basically you are expected to carry our these surveys every 5 years. TM44 Regulations state the following:
- For all systems first put into service on or after 1 January 2008, the first inspection must have taken place within five years of the date when the system was first put into service
- For other Air-Conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 250kW the first inspection must have taken place by 4 January 2009
- For other Air-Conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 12kW the first inspection must have taken place by 4 January 2011
What if I ignore it?
Failure to comply or provide an Air Conditioning inspection report which has been lodged on to the Central Register could result in fines from £300 per offence, this is times out on each building and each Air Conditioning system. These fines are enforced by Trading Standards Enforcement Officers. Further penalties can apply if issues are not resolved.
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