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Air-conditioning Inspections - DCLG to pay £5.7m compensation to Landmark


Source: Inprova Energy

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are to pay compensation of £5.7m to Landmark Information Group due to poor compliance with The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

This European directive was introduced to investigate areas where opportunities could be identified to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

This directive required regulation in the form of energy certification for the following areas;

Landmark Information Group was appointed to run the national register for lodgement of certificates for these areas and the poor uptake and policing has resulted in the £5.7m compensation being agreed.

Local trading standard departments are required to enforce the legal requirements of this certification process. However, it appears that due to the level of compensation agreed, many organisations are not complying.

Where’s the Logic?

Most organisations are seeing rising energy costs. Using energy efficiently can reduce costs, reduce emissions and help you gain competitive advantage.

Organisations that have air-conditioning systems will understand that this is a key area of energy use. If you can improve the efficiency of the system by 10% then that could lead to a significant reduction in costs and emissions.

An Air-conditioning Inspection looks at the efficiency of the system as well as the design and operational aspects. (Please see Diagram 1 below). The accompanying detailed report makes key recommendations on how to improve efficiency.

Diagram 1

Air-conditioning Inspections - DCLG to pay £5.7m compensation to Landmark

The following is an example of what it could mean to your organisation.

  • Annual energy costs of £160,000
  • Typically air-conditioning system will use approximately 30% of the energy, which equates to £48,000 per annum
  • Improving efficiency by 10% would result in savings of £4,800 per annum

In anyone’s world, savings of this magnitude should be investigated and this is why it makes good business sense to ensure that you have your systems inspected.

Many organisations may look to their maintenance contractor to address this legal requirement. As the state of the maintenance is one of the areas that the inspection covers then it would make sense to have an objective and impartial view.

The ‘Logical’ thing to do would be to ensure that you have your air-conditioning systems inspected for the right reasons.

I’m sure that DCLG are not happy about paying compensation of £5.7m and will be looking to ensure that they are not put in a position where this can happen again.

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