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Air Conditioning Energy Assessments (ACEA)
Air conditioning systems can account for 50% of the energy used in a building, and are therefore specifically targeted in the new legislation. EBA Climate are here to help you comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations. The Article 9 Air Conditioning Inspection is gaining recognition as an excellent tool to help you identify energy-saving opportunities. It often pays for itself in just a few weeks when new and low-cost measures identified during the inspections are carried out. The aims of the inspection is to:
The output of the inspection will be a report highlighting measures which, if adopted, will have the potential to save energy and money within a reasonable payback period. Inspection reports will remain valid for five years, after which the system will require another inspection.
Which systems require inspection?
An air conditioning system is defined within the regulations as “a combination of all the components required to provide a form of air treatment in which the temperature is controlled or can be lowered, and includes systems which combine such air treatment with the control of ventilation, humidity and air cleanliness”. The regulations do not apply to process cooling systems and are being adopted in two phases. The first phase applies to systems with a rated cooling capacity above 250 kW and the second phase for the remaining systems over 12 kW. The cooling capacity of an air conditioning ‘system’ is further defined as “the sum of all individual cooling units under the control of one building owner or operator”. It may therefore include smaller ‘window-box’ and split units which are considered to be part of the ‘system’.
When will the Regulations apply?
Who can inspect air conditioning systems?
Air conditioning system inspections can only be completed by a qualified and accredited air conditioning system assessor. EBA Climate only employ fully accredited assessors to undertake your air conditioning system inspection. EBA Climate are able to provide both simple and complex inspections.