CIBSE LCEAs are trained and certified to provide a high quality professional service, our Energy Assessors are at the forefront of the market because they hold the knowledge and practical experience to make your building more energy efficient.
You can find a CIBSE certified Air Conditioning Energy Assessor in your area by searching our register of Low Carbon Energy Assessors
When is an Air Conditioning System Inspection Required?
The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 require inspection of all air conditioning systems. Since January 2009 all air conditioning systems above 250 kW must be inspected, and since January 2011 those over 12 kW must also be inspected by certified air conditioning inspectors. Lodgement of air conditioning inspection reports became mandatory in April 2012.
CIBSE certifies air conditioning inspectors capable of working on both simple (Level 3 Only) & complex systems (Level 3&4) - see below.
Air Conditioning Systems Explained
Simple or packaged cooling systems
These are generally indoor units that contain refrigerant-to-air heat exchangers and an integral air circulation fan. They are usually described as follows:
All of these units may be reversible, allowing operation as a heat pump. They may include electric resistance heating. These simple packaged units or systems usually include self-contained ‘on-board’ controls for temperature and may include a timer control function.
Centralised (complex) cooling systems
These systems are more extensive and complex, and are generally characterised by the use of water or air distribution systems to deliver cooling to conditioned spaces using a variety of terminal devices. They generally include more complex controls that may divide the conditioned spaces into zones where different control parameters can be applied, and that could be located remotely from the equipment, or incorporated into a building management system (BMS). Centralised systems include the following:
A Guide to Air Conditioning Inspections for Buildings (DCLG)
Energy Certificates and Air Conditioning Inspections for Buildings (DCLG)
TM44: Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems (available for purchase from CIBSE Bookshop)