Major changes proposed to EPBR air conditioning inspection regime in England

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), has issued a consultation that proposes major changes to EPBR, the Regulations that implement the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, related to:

Article 14 - revisions of the requirement for inspections of heating systems.
Article 15 - inspection of air-conditioning systems

The directive requires all EU countries, including the UK (because we are still in the transition period of leaving the EU), to amend regulation so that;

  • regular inspections of the accessible parts of heating systems is changed from systems with an effective rated output of over 20kW to over 70kW,
  • regular inspections of the accessible parts of air-conditioning systems is changed from systems with an effective rated output of over 12kW to an effective rated output of over 70kW
  • inspections are undertaken on combined heating and ventilation systems and combined air-conditioning and ventilation systems.

Elmhurst’s Managing Director, Martyn Reed, urges all Elmhurst Members with an interest in air conditioning inspections, and anyone else that believes that, to achieve carbon emission targets, the UK needs to do more than the minimum legal requirements, to respond to this consultation. Elmhurst will publish its own response to this important consultation in due course.

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive consultation will run for 8 weeks from 19 May 2020 and closes at midnight on 14 July 2020.


You can take a look at the consultation document here.


Article published: 20/05/2020

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