This morning we received a question from one of our clients: What is TM44 and do we need to do anything?
Check out the facts below!
Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 require:
- EPC to be produced on the sale, rent or construction of a building
- DEC (display energy certificate) to be produced and displayed in large public buildings
- air conditioning equipment above a certain size to be inspected regularly
TM44 Air conditioning inspections
CIBSE TM44 is used as the guidance for air conditioning inspections in the UK.
Having an air conditioning system inspected by an accredited air conditioning energy assessor can improve efficiency and well being, reduce energy consumption, operating and maintenance costs and reduce carbon emissions.
Who is affected?
The legislation affects all building owners and managers in England and Wales with control of air-conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kW. This includes systems consisting of individual units which are less than 12kW but whose combined effective rated output is more than 12kW.
What do I need to do?
To ensure optimum benefit, inspections should be carried out in an independent manner to avoid any conflict of interest. The inspection includes an assessment of the system’s efficiency and a review of sizing and advice on ways to improve and where appropriate replacement or alternative solutions.
How often are inspections required?
Regular inspections of systems are mandatory and must be no more than five years apart. Under the Regulations, the first inspection of the affected air conditioning systems must be carried out as follows:
Failure to commission, keep or provide an air conditioning inspection report which has been lodged on to the Central Register could result in fines from £300 per offence (per a building / a unit). These fines could be repeated at the discretion of Trading Standards enforcement officer on a daily, monthly, quarterly or annual basis.
A further penalty can be issued for failure to provide a copy of the air conditioning inspection report when requested to an officer of an enforcement authority within seven days. This is fixed at £200 (per a building / a unit).
In addition to these penalties, it will still be necessary to commission the documents; otherwise, further offences will be committed. The Air Conditioning Inspection Reports must be lodged on the Government database. Enforcement Officers can check at any time whether a public building is compliant with the legislation as Trading Standards are able to check remotely whether a building has a report lodged in the Government database.
What information is needed for a quotation?
- The address of the building. If there’s more than one building (or a portfolio) then town/city location is fine.
- Type and quantity of system, i.e Chiller, AHU, fan coils, split etc.
- The number of buildings on each site. Example, a college with 15x buildings on the campus would require 15x Reports if there is more than 12kW in each building.
- Confirmation of what information you have available to inspect – maintenance records, F-Gas log, Asset List and O&M Manuals
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