Government legislation to reduce carbon emissions can be a burden on businesses, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Legislative compliance can bring big benefits to your organisation. Legislation can help your business become more energy efficient and improve the working conditions of your employees. In other words, it can reduce your energy consumption and increase your productivity.
According to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, air conditioning systems must be inspected every five years to make sure that they’re energy efficient. Any air conditioning inspection should include a visual assessment of your system and an examination of your air conditioning equipment and controls – and it should always be carried out by an accredited energy assessor.
Once your energy assessor has inspected your system, he or she will produce a report that tells you:
- How energy efficient your system is;
- How you can improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioning system;
- Clearly note any faults with your system – and provide you with suggested actions.
The report should also tell you how to reduce your air conditioning use. For instance, you should try to keep your windows shut while your air conditioning system is switched on, so you don’t force the system to work twice as hard and consume more energy.
The penalty for failing to comply is £300, which for some organisations may not be much of a threat – but the benefits of having regular air conditioning inspections are clear. In making sure that your system is functioning efficiently, you’ll be cutting the energy it consumes – which could have an effect on your energy bill.
Make positive changes to your business
The EPBD is just one piece of climate change legislation facing businesses today. Whether you’re participating in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme or entering into a Climate Change Agreement, we can help you use complex climate change legislation to make positive changes to your business. Dial 0191 329 3108 and speak to our accredited energy assessors.