The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, (the EPBD), passed legislation throughout Europe stating that property owners / managers must conduct regular inspections of air conditioning systems that have an output of more than 12kW. Such inspection of air conditioning systems, as per CIBSE guidelines, has been termed a TM44 inspection. By conducting regular TM44 inspections, organisations ensure compliance with EPBD regulations, whilst improving energy efficiency of their air conditioning system.
A TM44 inspection should be carried out every five years by an accredited energy assessor. Failure to do so will lead to a fine of £300. The assessor will inspect systems, how they are being used, as well as their service and maintenance records. A TM44 inspection will carry a fee.
How often do air conditioning units need to be serviced?
Air conditioning units should be serviced and maintained annually. Regular maintenance will help identify any faults or damage, increasing the overall lifespan of the unit.
What is the purpose of a TM44 Inspection?
Air conditioners are a prime source of carbon emissions in the UK, with units accounting for almost 30% of businesses energy costs. In order to reduce carbon emissions, the government set out legislation. The TM44 inspection was introduced, designed to keep air conditioning units running as efficiently as possible.
When do you require a TM44 inspection?
For existing buildings with a cooling capacity of over 250kW, the completion date for a TM44 inspection was 4 January 2009. For existing buildings that have a cooling capacity of over 12 kW, the completion date was 4 January 2011. Any air conditioning system installed on or after 1 January 2008, inspections must be carried out within five years of being put into service. If you are a new landlord and the previous tenant has not carried out an inspection of the air conditioning system, then you need to obtain one within three months.
What is a TM44 certification?
Anyone who owns or manages an air conditioning system above 12 kW is obliged by law to have their cooling system inspected by an accredited energy assessor and ensure they receive a valid TM44 certification.
What are the penalties for non-compliance of a TM44 inspection?
As per legislation, non compliance of TM44 inspections can lead to a fixed penalty notice. You can be charged £300 per building, or space if you have not inspected your cooling systems at regular intervals within five years . You could then face an additional £200 fine if you fail to produce a valid air conditioning report within 7 days of one being requested by a Trading Standards Officer. These fines can be incurred repeatedly, at the discretion of a Trading Standards Officer.