Energy efficiency inspections to be required for air conditioning units from 2009

Posted: Thursday, 11 December 2008 @ 06:00

By January 2009 or January 2011, dependent on the size, all air conditioning units will be required to have an energy efficiency inspection. These inspections may only be completed by an accredited Air Conditioning System Energy Assessor (ACSEA).

Air conditioning systems greater than 250kW, and which were put into service before 1 January 2008, will need to be inspected by an energy assessor by 4 January 2009. Systems with an output of more than 12 kW will need to be inspected before 4 January 2011. Any airconditioning systems put into service after 1 January 2008 will need to be inspected within five years.

The energy assessor inspecting the system will need to provide a report to those who have control of the air-conditioning system, which includes details on the efficiency of the system, the size of the system compared to the requirements of the building and information on how the system could be improved. These inspections will need to be carried out every five years.

For landlords and tenants wondering who is responsible for such inspections you should check your lease - now or take advantage of Cousins Business Law's free lease review service for landlords and free lease review service for tenants

Steve Petty, Commercial Property Lawyer

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