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Since October 2008 under The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) legislation, Display Energy Certificates have been a requirement.
All buildings with a total useful floor area over 1,000m², which are occupied by a public authority or institution providing a public service to a large number of people, fall under the legislation.
DECs are valid for 12 months and legislation requires that a current certificate is displayed by the occupier and that a valid Advisory Report also exists. Advisory reports are valid for 7 years.
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Under the October 2008 Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations, most commercial property now requires a CEPC when it is either sold or let for the first time. There are a limited number of property types which are excluded from the legislation including places of worship and temporary buildings. However, many commercial clients will require CEPCs for their property.
All air conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kw must be regularly inspected by an energy assessor. The inspections must be no more than five years apart.
An assessment of the following is included:
- Documentation related to the air-conditioning system.
- Air conditioning system components.
- Cooling capacity – is it sufficient to cater for the heat gains within the building?
- Control strategy adopted – is the building being cooled effectively?
- Current maintenance regimes in place – are they in accordance with best practice?
- Metering strategy – is a monitoring and targeting scheme in place?