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Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems over 12kW


The requirement for the inspection of air conditioning systems in buildings was introduced under Article 9 of the original Directive 2002/91/EC. This, and the provision of advisory reports, is now required under Articles 15 & 16 of the recast Directive, 2010/31/EU.


The requirement to have these systems inspected is implemented under regulation 17 of the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and set out, with accompanying guidance, within Section 0 of the BSD Technical Handbooks.

The requirement for inspection of air-conditioning systems became mandatory from 1 May 2007 but was subject to phased introduction. All systems with an effective output of 250 kW or more were to be inspected by 4 January 2011, with all other systems with an effective output of 12 kW or more to have their first inspection completed by 4 January 2013.

All buildings with an air-conditioning system with an effective rating of 12 kW or more must now have received their first inspection. Failure to have your building systems inspected will leave you liable to an enforcement notice and action under section 26 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

What is involved in an inspection?

Inspection covers the assessment of the efficiency and sizing of the system compared to the cooling requirements of the building and provision of advice to the building owner.  The purpose of the inspection is to promote the efficiency operation of such systems and improve the energy efficiency of the building.

Findings are recorded in an inspection report which may also include measures which could be undertaken to improve the energy efficiency of the building to reduce cooling load. The report also sets the timescale for the next inspection (3-5 years), subject to the current efficiency of the system.

Guidance on the inspection and reporting process is set out in CIBSE document TM44 . http://www.cibse.org/index.cfm?go=news.view&item=178.  Please note that, in Scotland, in assessing whether a building is subject to this legislation,  individual systems each of 12 kW or less, but together totalling 12 kW or more only require inspection if they are linked by way of a central control.

Who can carry out an inspection?

Inspections may only be carried out by members of organisations which have entered into a protocol with The Scottish Government.  The Scottish Government has entered into protocol with the following professional organisations/institutions to undertake inspections.  Each organisation adheres to an Operational Framework.

Application for a Protocol - Inspection of Air-Conditioning Systems

Organisations with whom Scottish Government have entered into protocol:

Organisation Contact Details

CIBSE (The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers)

222 Balham High Road, London SW12 9BS

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Andrew Geens, Head of CIBSE Certification

Telephone: 0208 772 3606

E-mail: epc@cibsecertification.org


Fore 2, 2 Huskisson Way, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4S

Website: www.ecmk.co.uk

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Stephen Farrow

Telephone: 08456 123999

E-mail: info@ecmk.co.uk

Elmhurst Energy Systems Limited

Unit 16 St Johns Business Park, Lutterworth, LE17 4HB

Website: www.elmhurstenergy.co.uk

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Paul Mayne, Head of Operations

Telephone: 01455 883250

E-mail: info@elmhurstenergy.co.uk


8 North Parade Buildings, Bath BA2 4BQ

Website: www.quidos.co.uk

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Catherine Garrido

Telephone: 01225 326895

E-mail: info@quidos.co.uk

Sterling Accreditation Limited

Haywood Hall, Bolton Road, Pendlebury, Manchester, M27 8UX

Website: www.sterlingaccreditation.com

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Mike Gordon

Telephone: 023 9244 9601

E-Mail: info@sterlingaccreditation.com


4 Pioneer Way, Castleford, WF10 5QU

Website: www.stroma.com

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Andy Parkin

Telephone: 0845 621 11 11

E-Mail: info@stroma.com