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EPB Regs impose obligation on those with control of air-cons

Posted on: 2011-07-15 14:16:12

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General pre-contract enquiries for all commercial property transactions CPSE.1:

Part 4 of the EPB Regulations 2007 imposes an obligation on those who have control of air-conditioning systems (with a maximum output of more than 12kW) to ensure that the system is inspected at least every five years by an energy assessor.

 

CPSE.1 (version 3)

CPSE.1 (version 2.8) General
pre-contract enquiries for all commercial property transactions
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14.8 If the Property contains any air-conditioning, the solicitor dealing with the transaction must:

(a) state when and where the latest inspection report for that air-conditioning system can be inspected; and

(b) confirm that the original of that inspection report will be handed over on completion.

The changes added three new enquiries to Enquiry 14, which relate to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and air-conditioning reports.

For more information on these matters, see http://property.practicallaw.com/1-383-6068.

What changes have been made?

Three new enquiries have been added to CPSE.1 (version 2.8) General pre-contract enquiries for all commercial property transactions to deal with the new requirements relating to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and air-conditioning reports.

Corresponding new guidance notes have been added to GN/CPSE.1 (version 2.8) Guidance notes on CPSE.1 General pre-contract enquiries for all commercial property transactions

 

Air-conditioning reports

Part 4 of the EPB Regulations 2007 imposes an obligation on those who have control of air-conditioning systems (with a maximum calorific output of more than 12kW) to ensure that the system is inspected at least every five years by an energy assessor.

The energy assessor must provide a written report of the inspection as soon as practicable after the inspection. The report must include:


  • ·An assessment of the air-conditioning efficiency of the system.
  • ·        An assessment of the size of the system compared to the cooling requirements of the building.
  • ·        Appropriate advice on possible improvements to the system (including replacement of the system and alternative solutions).

The requirement to have an air-conditioning system inspected was introduced in stages from 1 January 2008:

If the system was put into service after 1 January 2008, the first inspection must take place within five years of the system being put into service.

If the system was in service before 1 January 2008, the date of the first inspection depends on the output of the system:

·        systems with an output of more than 250 kW must be inspected before 4 January 2009;

·        systems with an output of more than 12 kW must be inspected before 4 January 2011.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published detailed guidance on air-conditioning inspections: Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings: Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings: A guide to air-conditioning inspections for buildings

For more information, see Practice note, Energy performance certificates: Inspection of air-conditioning systems