- Air Conditioning System Energy Inspections
In order to assist our customers to adhere to the latest legal requirements, Capitol Group offer TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections. These are now mandatory and are required for all air conditioning systems with a rated cooling output greater than 12kW.
If the air conditioning system in your building has a total rated output greater than 12kW and is 5 years old or over then you must have a TM44 air conditioning inspection. Thereafter, an inspection will be required every 5 years.
The purpose of the inspection is to produce a final report and recommendations about the efficiency and energy usage of the system. Its primary goal is to reduce energy consumption and to reduce carbon emissions.
Air conditioning inspections are required under the Energy Performance of Building Regulations (EPBR).
An accredited energy assessor, who is a current member of an approved accreditation scheme, must carry out the inspection in accordance with CIBSE TM44. You will receive an energy assessment report that will detail the equipment surveyed, if the sampled equipment is sized correctly (utilising CIBSE TM44 rule of thumb calculations), and health and safety issues noted at the time of survey, the condition of sampled equipment and also the report will provide you with recommendations on how to operate your equipment in a more energy efficient way.
For more information please contact our SERVICE DESK where a member of our team will be pleased to arrange for one of our Energy Assessor’s to speak with you about your specific requirements.
- Coefficient of Performance (CoPs)
This reflects the efficiency of an air conditioning system in regard to the amount of power that it uses. On average 1kw of energy returns 3.5kw in heat and cooling.
The air conditioning equipment we supply not only delivers excellent CoPs; but may also help reduce energy consumption.
- R-22 Refrigerant Ban
If your air conditioning system is reaching the end of its economical life and uses R22 refrigerant gas, now is the time to review the following EC legislation, EC2037/2000 which introduced an immediate ban on the use of CFCs and a phase-out schedule for the production and use of HCFCs including the commonly used R22.
From the 1st January 2010, it became illegal to use virgin hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) such as R22, which is a commonly used refrigerant when servicing and maintaining air conditioning equipment.
From the 1st January 2015, the use of recycled R22 was prohibited and any air conditioning system which uses this type of gas whilst can continue to be operated, the said systems may be unable to be serviced, maintained or repaired from this date.
The regulation also calls for all operators of HCFC refrigeration systems to take “all precautionary measures practical” to prevent and minimise leakage. It states that all fixed equipment systems with a refrigerant charge of greater than 3kg will require an annual check for leakage.
This annual check must be undertaken by qualified F-Gas engineers who will be required to properly recover any HCFC refrigerant removed from an air conditioning system.
All Capitol Group engineers are fully trained and qualified to undertake this type of work on behalf of our customers and we would be pleased to assist our customers manage their R22 plant replacement.
- Environmental Controls
Capitol Group recognises its responsibilities as a company involved in the use of ozone depleting substances, (CFCs and HCFCs).
We recognise and comply with the recommendations of the Kyoto Protocol Agreement (1997), the control of harmful substances and where necessary the reclaim and recycling of such substances.
Capitol Engineering Services Limited is pleased to hold a valid Certificate of Registration under the Control of Pollution (Amendment) act 1989 as granted by the Environment Agency.
- Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust was set up by Government in 2001 as an independent company. Their mission is to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy by working with organisations to reduce carbon emissions and develop commercial low carbon technologies.
(Register of Companies Competent to Handle Refrigerants)
It is a legal requirement for all businesses that install, maintain or service stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and/or heat pump equipment containing or designed to contain F-gas refrigerants to obtain an F-Gas Company Certificate under the REFCOM scheme as introduced by the government.
Capitol Group holds a valid certificate for the protection of our business and that of our customers.
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Capitol Group is committed to the continued development of our policies and procedures for the future benefit of the group and its customers. We are currently working towards our ISO 9001, 14001 and OHAS 18001.
- ISO 9001
- ISO 14001
- OHSAS 18001
ISO 9001 ensures that all our customers receive the highest level of quality and, ultimately, the highest level of customer satisfaction. As we progress towards achieving accreditation, our main focus is the quality of the service we provide to our customers, from the initial enquiry through to contract completion
ISO 14001 ensures that we are as economical and environmentally aware as possible. Not only will this help us reduce our costs and offer our customers better value for money, it will ensure that our customers will receive a service that has been delivered in the most eco-friendly manner.
BS OHSAS 18001 is intended to help businesses control occupational Health and Safety risks. It was developed in response to a widespread demand for a recognised standard of certification, and works well with the ISO 14001 standard.
It is a framework that allows a business to consistently identify and control its Health and Safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents and legal issues, and improve overall performance.