Elmhurst responds to MHCLG's proposal to stop air conditioning inspections

Elmhurst has published its final response to MHCLG's Energy Performance of Buildings consultation, responding to proposals that the number of air-conditioning systems that require mandatory five year inspections should be significantly reduced.

Elmhurst believes that, particularly as we recover from Covid-19 this is the wrong message to be delivering and that we should be inspecting more, and driving up compliance, to protect health and maximise energy savings.

The heart of our response to MHCLG:

  • The staggering impact this change will have on energy saving and carbon reduction potential within the non-domestic building stock. We estimate that this is the equivalent missed reduction in carbon emissions of up to 155,686,000 kgCO2e
  • In light of the ongoing pandemic it seems wrong to dilute the need to inspect air-conditioning systems with the resultant adverse effect on health and safety.
  • Viewing the air-conditioning inspection as a MOT for air-conditioning systems not allowing business owners the opportunity to engage with industry experts and obtain independent advice.
  • Cost to business has been assessed incorrectly. We estimate that the inspection would likely save businesses £60,078,000

Josh Wakeling, Non-Domestic Technical Support Team Leader at Elmhurst, states “It is clear that in the current Covid-19 pandemic, maintaining and inspecting air-conditioning systems is vital for health and safety of occupants and promoting best practice use to unlock the massive potential of energy saving measures the inspection can provide. Not assessing these systems should simply not be an option”

Our members have a wealth of knowledge and experience and can certainly help support the committee in pushing for better energy efficient buildings in the UK. We thank all those who submitted their comments regarding the consultation. Our final response has now been submitted and is available to view here.


Deadline for responses: Tuesday 14th July 2020

For further information: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/energy-performance-of-buildings-changes-to-the-energy-performance-of-buildings-regulations-2012-no-3118


Article published: 14/07/2020

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