Air Conditioning Inspections

TM44 and BSI ISO 14001

Air Conditioning News. BSI ISO 14001 is an issue that is being raised almost daily in respect of TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Reports, here at Alpine Facilities. We have been making clients aware for some time that not having a TM44 in place will cause the failure of an ISO 14001 audit as it is a legal requirement.

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TM44 Survey Renewals due in 2015.

2015 is the year when the first wave of TM44 Surveys will need to be undertaken once again as part of any Companies TM44 renewal programme. The Legislation came in during 2009 for buildings with over 250kW of output but the main date which will affect these Air Conditioning Assessment Renewals will be January 2015. Clients should be mindful that the size of the systems within one building (cumulative) dropped to 12kW on 1st January 2010, so the 5 years that ACI Certificates are valid for are now due up.

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TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Landmark Database Lodgement Statistics.

Statistics on the Government Landmark Lodgement Database indicate that Alpine Facilities are lodging over 25% of all TM44 Assessments Reports onto their database for the UK, month in, month out.

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ELCAS ex forces funding first Air con Assessor course

The first ex forces candidate to be funded through the ELCAS scheme to join the ACI Panel has now passed through, we at Alpine are delighted with this and seek more ex forces ELCAS people to join up.

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AC inspection figures

FIGURES from energy services firms show a fall in the number of new inspection contracts placed in recent months, despite the fact that tens of thousands of inspections, which were required by January 4, 2009, are still to be carried out.

It is estimated that fewer than 1,000 buildings are compliant – less than 2% of the 50,000 in England and Wales which are believed to have required a first inspection by the January 4 deadline.

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Contractors – your obligations on F Gas Inspections

I employ engineers who work on RAC Systems containing F gases – who needs re-training?

You must use only qualified personnel for installation, commissioning, service or other refrigerant handling activities on stationery RAC systems that use HFC or HCFC refrigerants. The qualifications that are acceptable in the interim period – CITB J01 and C&G 2078 – do not meet the new minimum standards set out in Commission Regulation 303/2008, but where individual hold these certificates issued before 9th March 2009 they are considered to be be valid until July 2011 to work on RAC containing F gases. The only exception is for those working on equipment with a refrigerant charge of less than 3 kg where there may also be the option to hold an in-house qualification or to apply for an interim certificate based on previous experience read more.

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F Gas Certification

Alpine Facilities now have the capacity to undertake F Gas certification in addition to their air conditioning assessment core business. Chris Rodgers has made it clear to the growing network of clients and panel members that the Company seeks to extend its services beyond AC Reports into F Gas certification and legionella testing/certification. Client demand is starting to show through for a one stop shop of compliance in this sector, moving towards CRC compliance next year.

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Alpine Facilities air conditioning training scheme APEL route for those with prior experience.

“Alpine’s air conditioning training scheme has now been written to allow a full APEL route for those with prior experience. For EPC assessors who have trained to Non Domestic Energy Assessor level 4 and/or are able to undertake DECs ( Display Energy Certificates ) Alpine offer a 1 day top up course through APEL.

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Floor Plans go Hand In Glove

Alpine Facilities have now started to undertake floor plans on all buildings as requested by clients. These plans are extremely high quality and low cost due to new software introduced through our software partners.

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Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems

“For those wanting to understand more about their responsibilities on Alpine the bible has got to be TM44;Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems, this provides guidance on carrying out the required air conditioning inspections. Building Energy managers should at least take time to read the introductory section 1 and the explanatory section 6 , its worth the cost to any person about to place a large ACI order, or ask us of course, we will explain what’s needed.

Read more / contact Alpine

F-Gas testing to meet European Regulation (EC ) 842/2006

Alpine will shortly be offering F-Gas testing to meet European Regulation (EC ) 842/2006 , the F – Gas Regulation which came into force on 4 July 2007 , and requires regular inspections of some refrigeration systems to test for leakage of fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant from systems. Some refrigeration systems containing cfc or hcfc refrigerants may already be subject to regular leakage testing under other regulations and the legislation is only set to get tighter “.

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Alpine Company News

TM44 and BSI ISO 14001

BSI ISO 14001 is an issue that is being raised almost daily in respect of TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Reports, here at Alpine Facilities Ltd. We have been making clients aware for some time that not having a TM44 in place will cause the failure of an ISO 14001 audit as it is a legal requirement.

Read more / contact Alpine

TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Landmark Database Lodgement Statistics.

Statistics on the Government Landmark Lodgement Database indicate that Alpine are lodging over 25% of all TM44 Assessments Reports onto their database for the UK month in month out.

Read more / contact Alpine

ELCAS ex forces funding first Air con Assessor course

The first ex forces candidate to be funded through the ELCAS scheme to join the ACI Panel has now passed through, we at Alpine Facilities are delighted with this and seek more ex forces ELCAS people to join up.

Read more / contact Alpine

AC inspection figures

FIGURES from energy services firms show a fall in the number of new inspection contracts placed in recent months, despite the fact that tens of thousands of inspections, which were required by January 4, 2009, are still to be carried out.

It is estimated that fewer than 1,000 buildings are compliant – less than 2% of the 50,000 in England and Wales which are believed to have required a first inspection by the January 4 deadline.

Read more / contact Alpine

Contractors – your obligations on F Gas Inspections

I employ engineers who work on RAC Systems containing F gases – who needs re-training?

You must use only qualified personnel for installation, commissioning, service or other refrigerant handling activities on stationery RAC systems that use HFC or HCFC refrigerants. The qualifications that are acceptable in the interim period – CITB J01 and C&G 2078 – do not meet the new minimum standards set out in Commission Regulation 303/2008, but where individual hold these certificates issued before 9th March 2009 they are considered to be be valid until July 2011 to work on RAC containing F gases. The only exception is for those working on equipment with a refrigerant charge of less than 3 kg where there may also be the option to hold an in-house qualification or to apply for an interim certificate based on previous experience read more.

Read more / contact Alpine

F Gas Certification

Alpine Facilities now have the capacity to undertake F Gas certification in addition to their air conditioning assessment core business. Mike Smith has made it clear to the growing network of clients and panel members that the Company seeks to extend its services beyond AC Reports into F Gas certification and legionella testing/certification. Client demand is starting to show through for a one stop shop of compliance in this sector, moving towards CRC compliance next year.

Read more / contact Alpine

Alpine Facilities air conditioning training scheme APEL route for those with prior experience.

“Alpine Facilities air conditioning training scheme has now been written to allow a full APEL route for those with prior experience. For EPC assessors who have trained to Non Domestic Energy Assessor level 4 and/or are able to undertake DECs ( Display Energy Certificates ) Alpine Facilities offer a 1 day top up course through APEL.

Read more / contact Alpine

Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems

“For those wanting to understand more about their responsibilities on Alpine the bible has got to be TM44;Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems, this provides guidance on carrying out the required air conditioning inspections. Building Energy managers should at least take time to read the introductory section 1 and the explanatory section 6, its worth the cost to any person about to place a large ACI order, or ask us of course, we will explain what’s needed.

Read more / contact Alpine

F-Gas testing to meet European Regulation (EC ) 842/2006

Alpine will shortly be offering F-Gas testing to meet European Regulation (EC ) 842/2006 , the F – Gas Regulation which came into force on 4 July 2007 , and requires regular inspections of some refrigeration systems to test for leakage of fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant from systems. Some refrigeration systems containing cfc or hcfc refrigerants may already be subject to regular leakage testing under other regulations and the legislation is only set to get tighter “.

Read more / contact Alpine

 

EPBD

NEW ENERGY INEFFICIENCY REGULATIONS FOR NON-DOMESTIC BUILDINGS PRESENTED TO PARLIAMENT – BUILDING OWNERS NEED TO ACT NOW.

The new regulations (including EPC ratings) that make it illegal for landlords to rent out the most energy inefficient buildings from April 2018 have now been presented to Parliament and Landlords better make sure that they have buildings with a minimum performance grade of an EPC E say Alpine Facilities.

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Government Pushes ESOS – Ed Davey addresses ESOS at London Roadshows.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has this week guaranteed businesses’ energy audits will go to “the people who need to hear it”.

Speaking to businesses at one of the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) road shows in London, he said the audits will be seen by board members.

He said: “One of the whole purposes of ESOS is to try to give the information to the people who need to hear it.

Read more / contact Alpine

How do I find a suitable ESOS Lead Assessor? – update at September 2014

As at September 2014 none are properly qualified, despite what is being touted around the internet, the training courses are not fully set yet and the TM (Technical Manual) has not been released by the Environment Agency, so the courses cannot know the detail of what is required. Talk to Mike Smith at Alpine and we will give you facts and proposed dates for launch.

Who’s going to carry out my ESOS audit?

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Large organisations – prepare yourself for a stack of energy policies which only seems to lengthen – the new ESOS scheme is about to bite!

ADECS, CRC, EU ETS, CCAs, TM44s, Energy Act 2018 and now ESOS – that’s a lot of Legislation to get your head round!

Each of these schemes calls for an understanding of energy consumption in some form or other. But with ISO 50001 being recognised internationally as the best practice method for managing energy, having a certified EnMS will put you in a great position to comply with these and any other future schemes. Its expensive though, and on-going. Alpine cuts through all that complex stuff to make things simple, reports Jack Davies.

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the results of its consultation for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Alpine can report that on 27th June, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the results of its consultation for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which includes using registered lead energy assessors, which Alpine can provide. ESOS is the UK’s way to implement Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, and introduces mandatory energy audits for non-SMEs. ESOS is expected to result in cost benefits of £1.6bn to the 9,400 participating businesses.

Read more / contact Alpine

ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) Update;

We at Alpine have previously made our clients aware of potentially significant legislation changes with regard to energy monitoring and use, the ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme 2015). This piece of legislation is gathering pace fast, and this short news update follows latest ESOS developments;

We also provide below a commentary on potential issues and concerns on implementation, in addition to our TM44 and EPC work, all of which is starting to become connected. Green Deal Assessments on commercial buildings will also affect the enterprises caught by ESOS. We can undertake Green Deal Assessments for commercial buildings if required.

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ESOS gears up for Assessor Accreditation, Alpine advises Clients

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (‘ESOS’) is a new regulation being introduced to comply with Article 8 of the European Energy Efficiency Directive and will come into force in 2014. In line with Article 8 of the Directive, the scheme will require all large enterprises in the UK to undertake energy efficiency audits by December 2015, and thereafter at least once every four years. Details of the Government’s proposals were published in a Consultation Document in July 2013 as monitored by Alpine, who will be training staff Assessors as soon as training criteria is established.

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Alpine sees increasing interest in the ESOS The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, EPBD Regulations coming into force in 2014 and 2015

Before 5 December 2015 every large enterprise in the UK will, by law, have to undertake an energy audit, an ESOS audit. This ESOS audit will then have to be repeated every four years. The law itself is the UK bringing into force Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, itself part of the EPBD.

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Further sudden increase in compliance activity surrounding TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments.

As a follow up to Alpine disclosing the activities between Sterling Accreditation and DCLG yesterday, whereby DCLG have asked for disclosure of Trading Standards offices who are not enforcing the EPBD legislation, further correspondence has now come to light. We attach a letter from Sterling to Trading Standards offices, which is a Freedom of Information request (FOI).

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Step change in TM44 Compliance – DCLG to put pressure on Trading Standards towards ramping up compliance action.

Alpine have on 12th March had sight of a letter between an Accreditation Body who represent the Government (DCLG) and DCLG themselves, regarding ACIRs (Air Conditioning Inspection Reports).

A copy of the letter is attached to this bulletin and we note that it states “If there is evidence that any local weights and measures authority is electing not to enforce the Energy Performance of Building (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, including those regarding air conditioning reports, then they may be in breach of their statutory duty, and at risk of judicial review”.

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New 2014 Part L Building Regulations focus on Sustainability and Air Conditioning Legislation toughens

Alpine Facilities compliance division has long informed its Clients that the TM44 is only part of what will occur in the strengthening of Regulations on air conditioning, amongst other things. This bulletin deals with recent 2014 Part L Building Regulation changes which will affect Design Stage EPCs shortly, and as specialists in Air Conditioning Legislation in addition to EPC solutions, we are always ready to supply up to date information. The Governments target is Zero Carbon Buildings.

Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations April 2014 have now taken place, and this is part of the significant move to Zero Carbon Buildings. . There is now a target of 9% improvement on Part L 2010 for commercial buildings. The Government also announced that it would shortly be consulting on the next steps to Zero Carbon Homes and also on delivering Allowable Solutions.

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The British Retail Consortium proposals for the UK business rates system to be linked to energy usage.

The British Retail Consortium has last week produced proposals for the complete reform of the UK business rates system. These options could ensure that customers continue to benefit from competition, provide positive incentives for retailers to invest in property, support the regeneration of the high street and create more jobs. Alpine see this as more support for the Government to ensure compliance through EPCs and TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments.

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The British Retail Consortium (BRC) launch targets; their report includes a pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2020.

Other new targets include a commitment to cut emissions from refrigeration gases by 8 per cent by 2020.

The report details the new set of targets and commitments on environmental sustainability to 2020. Signatories are committed to the targets which represent half of UK Retail businesses, by turnover.

The BRC said UK retailers had made “significant progress” in reducing their impact on the environment. She said: “Retailers will continue to keep this momentum going: they recognise that it makes business sense and delivers real environmental benefits as well as value for their customers.”

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The UK Energy Bill has become law after being given the seal of approval by the Queen today, 18th December 2013

The Energy Bill will reshape the UK electricity market and attract £110 billion of investment through the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) by 2020. It will also enable the Government to set a 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector and help deploy the projects needed to meet the target of generating 15% of energy from renewables by 2020. The Energy Bill is in addition to other European Directives which have become law in the UK under the European Performance of Buildings Directive since 2008.

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European Energy Audit Standards based on EN 16247 get ever closer

Alpine Facilities have been tracking the EN 16247 European Energy audit standards for some time now as it is a market that they will be entering; providing a national team of auditors to meet the standards. This perfectly compliments our highly trained Engineers already working on Air Conditioning Assessments and Energy Audits. The EN 16247 is now nearing completion, Part 1 based on the carrying out of an Energy Audit was published in late 2012 and is cited in the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, so it will be here for the long term.

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Energy Audits and the European Energy Efficiency Directive – now 12 months in force

The European Energy Efficiency Directive was bought in during November 2012 and is slowly creeping up on those who are unaware of it. This introduction Paper is to provide headlines. If you need further information, contact Alpine, it could be an important call if you run a national business such as a retailer.

One of the key Articles of the Directive is Article 8 and requires each government in the European Union to introduce a programme of regular energy audits in every large enterprise. These audits cover every aspect of any business that consumes energy. Businesses caught up in this Legislation may require Alpine to provide information on the building aspect side of things, perhaps a benchmark EPC for starters.

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Watch Out for the Energy Efficiency Directive 2014 – It might Catch You Out

The European Commission’s proposals for energy efficiency – update on how building owners/operators will be affected. The Energy Efficiency Directive explained; by Alpine Facilities.

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Commercial Building owners beware, Mike Smith of Alpine Facilities an expert in compliance, advises on risk for Landlords under legislation and provisions of the Energy Act

All commercial properties are affected by Landlord and Tenant legal obligations under the Energy Act 2011 and recent changes to The Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations. Landlords and Tenants should be aware of what they face in the near future.

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EPBD Recast for 2013, which applies from 9th January 2013

A commercial premises in England and Wales which currently have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will be required to display this publicly under a change to the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations from 9th January 2013. The change will apply to all ‘non-dwellings’ over 500 square meters in size which are frequently visited by the public. However, businesses will not be forced to obtain an EPC if one is not already available.

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New Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Proposals for new energy saving assessments for larger firms in the UK have now been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). These assessments, required by the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), will enable companies to identify opportunities to save money on energy bills through improved energy efficiency. Under the scheme, which is being developed as part of the UK’s implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, large enterprises will be required to undertake ESOS assessments to identify cost-effective ways to invest in energy efficiency, helping reduce energy bills and increase competitiveness.

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Energy standards for letting buildings under the Energy Act 2011 – commercial property

The Energy Act 2011 will implement a scheme that makes it unlawful for private landlords of both commercial and residential properties to lease them out unless they have an EPC energy rating of at least an E, but very possibly a D unless the landlord has carried out the maximum package of measures that can be funded under the new Green Deal. This scheme will be brought line in April 2018 at the latest. DECC has said that the requirement is subject to there being no upfront financial costs to landlords. Therefore landlords will have fulfilled the requirement if they have either reached an EPC rating of E, or carried out the maximum package of measures that can be funded under the Green Deal (even if this does not take the building up to an E rating).

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How will the Energy Act 2018 affect you in 2013 and beyond?

There are a number of key measures included in the new Act, the measure that will greatly affect larger Landlords is one which our forward thinking clients are dealing with now, before it becomes a crisis.

The Energy Act includes provisions that will affect the private rented sector – both residential and commercial. From April 2016, private residential landlords will be unable to refuse a tenant’s reasonable request for consent to energy efficiency improvements to a property, where a finance package such as the Green Deal and/or the Energy Company Obligation is available.

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Landmark raise lodgement rate costs

As of 6th April 2013, Landmark, the Government Body who manage the on-line EPC/DEC/TM44 database, have raised the cost of Lodgements by just under £7.00. Whilst this rise, on the face of it, is not significant, Alpine Facilities undertake portfolios of properties running into the thousands and this can quickly add up. For those Portfolio owners who have not committed to TM44 inspections already, this will add further to the burden.

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Energy Act 2011, the effect of EPCs and important actions to take

DECC is looking seriously into the impact of new rules that will prohibit the letting of properties that fail to meet minimum energy standards through the Energy Performance Certificate from 2018, when the Energy act comes into full force. Alpine are already seeing clients taking action, particularly in the Shopping Centre market. The Energy Act 2011 outlaws, from 1st April 2018, the letting of properties with F and G rated Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

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HSE commence site checks on Legionella in Scotland – don’t get caught out with no TM44; you would be breaking the Law

The HSE and local authorities are carrying out visits and inspections to companies with cooling towers in the west of Scotland to ensure they are managing legionella risks appropriately. TM44 legislation also comes in to play in January 2013 (in Scotland) and whilst it is the remit of Trading Standards to issue fines, any check by HSE could very well include the request to see a TM44. Any company with Air Conditioning over 12kw per building must have an Air conditioning Inspection undertaken to comply with the law.

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European Legislation tightens further

Throughout Europe the EPBD and related Legislation is continuing to tighten, with increasing pressure from Brussels on the need for all Member States to strengthen their resolve in tackling Climate Change.

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TM44 European Directive toughens up on conflict of interest “Independent Experts”

There has been long running confusion in the Air Conditioning Inspection market as to who can undertake an Assessment, some Air Conditioning maintenance contractors have been offering to undertake surveys for their retained clients; we at Alpine have always sent out the message that this is a clear conflict of interest and does not meet the requirements of the EPBD legislation, which originally stated that the Assessments should be undertaken in an “independent manner”. The legislation is becoming more strict and earlier this year a re-draft was issued. For the benefits of all potential Alpine clients we state below what the re-draft actually says, interestingly the words “Independent Experts” have now been given over to a specific paragraph in the re-draft;

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CLG have announced Mandatory lodgement of TM44 air conditioning reports will come into force from 6st April 2012.

After delays CLG (Communities and Local Government) has announced mandatory lodgements of TM44 air conditioning inspection reports will come in to force from 6th April 2012.

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CLG Toughening up of Accreditation Scheme Audit Processes.

ECMK, Sterling and Stroma , all top Accreditation schemes for EPCs, DECs and ACIs have all been informing Alpine how the Government Inspectors are toughening up their audit processes as part of the EPB legislation. Continued pressure means that it will be harder to qualify, CPD in the compliance sector will be more stringent and audit processes within the Accreditation schemes will be pored over by CLG.

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Use of data Gatherers in air conditioning inspections is prohibited.

CLG (Communities and Local Government) announced on the 16th of May that the use of data Gatherers in air conditioning inspections is immediately banned. At Alpine we are delighted to see this ban as we had come across companies with one or two qualified assessors signing off reports from head office without visiting site. Trading standards and the CLG will now not stand for this practice and clients will now be ensured that they get a professional outcome in their TM44 report.

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ESOS – Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

The Environment Agency call Alpine Facilities to discuss ESOS.

We at Alpine Facilities were delighted to receive a phone call on 8th December from the Environment Agency, who had carefully read the content of the ESOS section on our website. The positive discussion included E.A. stating that they were trawling the internet and calling up various Organisations to talk about web-site content, and asking for minor corrections.

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Government Pushes ESOS – Ed Davey addresses ESOS at London Roadshows.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has this week guaranteed businesses’ energy audits will go to “the people who need to hear it”.

Speaking to businesses at one of the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) roadshows in London, he said the audits will be seen by board members.

He said: “One of the whole purposes of ESOS is to try to give the information to the people who need to hear it.

Read more / contact Alpine

How do I find a suitable ESOS Lead Assessor? – update at September 2014

As at September 2014 none are properly qualified, despite what is being touted around the internet, the training courses are not fully set yet and the TM (Technical Manual) has not been released by the Environment Agency, so the courses cannot know the detail of what is required. Talk to Mike Smith at Alpine and we will give you facts and proposed dates for launch.

Who’s going to carry out my ESOS audit?

Read more / contact Alpine

Large organisations – prepare yourself for a stack of energy policies which only seems to lengthen – the new ESOS scheme is about to bite!

ADECS, CRC, EU ETS, CCAs, TM44s, Energy Act 2018 and now ESOS – that’s a lot of Legislation to get your head round!

Each of these schemes calls for an understanding of energy consumption in some form or other. But with ISO 50001 being recognised internationally as the best practice method for managing energy, having a certified EnMS will put you in a great position to comply with these and any other future schemes. Its expensive though, and on-going. Alpine Facilities cuts through all that complex stuff to make things simple, reports Jack Davies.

Read more / contact Alpine

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the results of its consultation for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Alpine Facilities can report that on 27th June, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the results of its consultation for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which includes using registered lead energy assessors, which Alpine can provide. ESOS is the UK’s way to implement Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, and introduces mandatory energy audits for non-SMEs. ESOS is expected to result in cost benefits of £1.6bn to the 9,400 participating businesses.

Read more / contact Alpine

ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) Update;

We at Alpine have previously made our clients aware of potentially significant legislation changes with regard to energy monitoring and use, the ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme 2015). This piece of legislation is gathering pace fast, and this short news update follows latest ESOS developments;

We also provide below a commentary on potential issues and concerns on implementation, in addition to our TM44 and EPC work, all of which is starting to become connected. Green Deal Assessments on commercial buildings will also affect the enterprises caught by ESOS. We can undertake Green Deal Assessments for commercial buildings if required.

Read more / contact Alpine

ESOS gears up for Assessor Accreditation, Alpine advises Clients.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (‘ESOS’) is a new regulation being introduced to comply with Article 8 of the European Energy Efficiency Directive and will come into force in 2014. In line with Article 8 of the Directive, the scheme will require all large enterprises in the UK to undertake energy efficiency audits by December 2015, and thereafter at least once every four years. Details of the Government’s proposals were published in a Consultation Document in July 2013 as monitored by Alpine Facilities, who will be training staff Assessors as soon as training criteria is established.

Read more / contact Alpine

ACI Reports Ltd sees increasing interest in the ESOS The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, EPBD Regulations coming into force in 2014 and 2015

Before 5 December 2015 every large enterprise in the UK will, by law, have to undertake an energy audit, an ESOS audit. This ESOS audit will then have to be repeated every four years. The law itself is the UK bringing into force Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, itself part of the EPBD.

Read more / contact Alpine

New Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Proposals for new energy saving assessments for larger firms in the UK have now been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). These assessments, required by the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), will enable companies to identify opportunities to save money on energy bills through improved energy efficiency. Under the scheme, which is being developed as part of the UK’s implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, large enterprises will be required to undertake ESOS assessments to identify cost-effective ways to invest in energy efficiency, helping reduce energy bills and increase competitiveness.

Read more / contact Alpine


F GAS R22 HFCs

F-Gas regulations HCFC phase out – Important announcement by Chemical Compliance Team, National Trading & Regulatory Services, Environment Agency.

Alpine continually monitor upcoming Legislation changes and how these will affect our clients. We have been advising on the roll out of R22 replacement programmes for some years now; the deadline is now here. The Environment Agency has just sent out its final reminder, which is attached, and we would encourage all equipment Operators to read the advice. Our TM44 surveys have been carrying advice and warning notices since 2009 and continue to do so. Having a TM44 Report undertaken (which is mandatory), will highlight any R22 present, and in getting this in place not only would make a client TM44 compliant, but also provide added value notes on R22.

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New EU Regulations on refrigerants

New EU Regulations mean that millions of air conditioning and refrigeration systems in the UK and across Europe are to be caught out, and need to take measured action on equipment change over time.

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Greenhouse Gas Regulations (GHG) Explained – Urgent action required for Quoted Companies, as defined under the Companies Act.

In 2012 the Government announced that it would introduce regulations requiring Companies to report on their greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Climate Change Act 2008. This brief note sets out the consequences and how Alpine Facilities can help, with the introduction of its SiteSmart data gathering, F Gas “Log” production software, and its automatic production of an F Gas Register. Initially the regulations will apply to all quoted companies, as defined under the Companies Act 2006.1.

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EU environment committee votes to ban HFCs, which is going to effect the U.K.

The European Parliament’s environment committee has voted to ban HFCs in new equipment from 2020. The overwhelming vote by 48 votes to 19 is the latest stage in the planned revisions to the F-gas Regulations but will still have to be ratified by Parliament. However, this is likely to go through, on the basis that the U.K. Government is determined to see itself as a “Green Party” leading up to the next election.

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Banned R22 rollout gets closer

Alpine Facilities are seeing increasing desperation on a Worldwide scale as Countries come to terms with R22 and other ozone depleting substances being phased out. Every week there are news stories such as those below, and we are stressing to our clients that they must address the issue regarding R22 replacement programmes. The failure of a client to have measures in place to deal with ageing R22 equipment is potentially critical to their business. For some, simply dealing with breakdowns and replacing equipment as it fails is an answer, for others it is business critical.

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Alpine Facilities start R22 consultation replacement programme

R22 F Gas is one of the most overlooked sections of the TM44 report and yet the TM44 highlights where this gas, and indeed other banned gasses such as R12 and R10 are found. Worldwide, Governments are determined to stop the use of HCFC gasses and have introduced legislation which is very serious, in fact it can lead to criminal proceedings. Almost every week, criminals are jailed for production and use of illegal gasses throughout the World. This legislation comes into full force in th UK in January 2015 through the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009.

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The following press release from the European Commission has been issued very recently and strengthens the E.U. resolve to remove HFCs from the E.U. It follows that there will be consequences to the U.K. and as Alpine Facilities tracks what is happening with this emerging legislation, existing and new clients will be informed of the implications.

We are informed that the ACRIB F Gas Implementation Group will issue a statement in the not too distant future.

The European Commission took an important step today towards long-term climate objectives by presenting a proposal to significantly reduce emissions of fluorinated gases (F-gases). Emissions of F-gases, which have a warming effect up to 23,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, have risen by 60% since 1990, while all other greenhouse gases have been reduced. The proposed Regulation aims to reduce F-gas emissions by two-thirds of today’s levels by 2030. It also bans the use of F-gases in some new equipment, such as household fridges, where viable more climate-friendly alternatives are readily available.

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Contractors – your obligations on F Gas Inspections

I employ engineers who work on RAC Systems containing F gases – who needs re-training?

You must use only qualified personnel for installation, commissioning, service or other refrigerant handling activities on stationery RAC systems that use HFC or HCFC refrigerants. The qualifications that are acceptable in the interim period – CITB J01 and C&G 2078 – do not meet the new minimum standards set out in Commission Regulation 303/2008, but where individual hold these certificates issued before 9th March 2009 they are considered to be be valid until July 2011 to work on RAC containing F gases. The only exception is for those working on equipment with a refrigerant charge of less than 3 kg where there may also be the option to hold an in-house qualification or to apply for an interim certificate based on previous experience.

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F Gas Certification

Alpine Facilities now have the capacity to undertake F Gas certification in addition to their air conditioning assessment core business. Mike Smith has made it clear to the growing network of clients and panel members that the Company seeks to extend its services beyond AC Reports into F Gas certification and legionella testing/certification. Client demand is starting to show through for a one stop shop of compliance in this sector, moving towards CRC compliance next year.

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F-Gas testing to meet European Regulation (EC ) 842/2006

Apart from Alpine Facilities, Mike Smith has made it clear that the new Company will shortly be offering F-Gas testing to meet European Regulation (EC ) 842/2006 , the F – Gas Regulation which came into force on 4 July 2007 , and requires regular inspections of some refrigeration systems to test for leakage of fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant from systems. Some refrigeration systems containing cfc or hcfc refrigerants may already be subject to regular leakage testing under other regulations and the legislation is only set to get tighter ”

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TM44 Enforcement

Northern Ireland Compliance EPBD Regulations on TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Reports.

Alpine Facilities are in dialogue with a number of Councils in Northern Ireland in response to the setting up of a “task force” in Northern Ireland, who’s remit appears to be to ensure that the Region has its building stock completely compliant with the EPBD Regulations on Air Conditioning Inspection Reports. Northern Ireland are the first Region in the UK to tackle non-compliance in large scale; this is being processed by the Building Control departments of each Local Council, who are sending letters out to non-compliant building operators. The number of letters being sent out has increased dramatically in recent weeks.

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Trading Standards issue TM44 Air Conditioning Assessment non-compliance notices in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

Coleraine in Northern Ireland is the next big push on TM44 Enforcement as Allpine Facilities can confirm that two of our large portfolio High Street clients have received notices in the district this last month. TM44 non-compliance notices are not something new in NI, there were a spate of them two years ago, mainly in Belfast. Alpine undertook a batch of emergency TM44 inspections at that time and are now doing the same in the Coleraine area.

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Hampshire County Council Trading Standards set out their stance on TM44 Air Conditioning Compliance

In a statement issued by Hampshire County Council on their website in 2013, they show that they mean business when looking at those Companies which do not have their mandatory Air conditioning Inspection Reports in place. Alpine Facilities have been supporting businesses in Hampshire to avoid what could be serious fines, and believe that planned approaches to TM44 compliance are the answer, not reacting to a £300 fine, which could be weekly for each building found without a certificate.

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Incidence of TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments notices and emergency TM44’s in the City of London and Canary Wharf on the increase

Trading Standards activity is on the increase in many areas of the UK, and Alpine Facilities have direct knowledge of e-mails and notices regarding TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections being sent out in Liverpool, Nottingham, Central London and Canary Wharf recently.

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Enforcement of Air Conditioning Assessment Reports

Alpine is able highlight that there are “moves afoot” to strengthen the enforcement of Air Conditioning Assessment Reports, with CIBSE and Accreditation bodies starting a new drive to push the DCLG into greater enforcement of the TM44 Air Conditioning Assessment Regulations. The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has highlighted a significant case where the lack of enforcement of Energy Performance of Building Regulations (EPB Regulations) has cost taxpayers 5.7m. At a time when energy policy is one of the most serious issues facing government, CIBSE argues that this non-compliance can be overlooked no longer.

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Liverpool Trading Standards let it be known that they will take action if they find non-compliant Operators of Air Conditioning Equipment (TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Reports).

At Alpine Facilities we have seen a noticeable increase of enquiries through our website in recent weeks, and this together with our existing client base, is giving us three or four new projects each day to price. Something is happening out there as the constant flow of instructions is increasing. What is happening; well we think that Trading Standards have been told to ramp up the pressure by Central Government – there is a Political “green” debate going on at the moment. This week we have seen a notice that is being sent out by not only Liverpool City Council Trading Standards, but also by a specialist Landlord Accreditation Officer. This notice not only covers off TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections, but also EPCs and DECs, and it looks serious.

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HSE commence site checks on Legionella in Scotland – don’t get caught out with no TM44; you would be breaking the Law

The HSE and local authorities are carrying out visits and inspections to companies with cooling towers in the west of Scotland to ensure they are managing legionella risks appropriately. TM44 legislation also comes in to play in January 2013 (in Scotland) and whilst it is the remit of Trading Standards to issue fines, any check by HSE could very well include the request to see a TM44. Any company with Air Conditioning over 12kw per building must have an Air conditioning Inspection undertaken to comply with the law.

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DCLG TM44 Policy update sets the scene for Trading Standards non – Compliance Notices, Enforcement, Fines

Policy update 5 issued not long ago deals with how CLG intend to start dealing with those Air Conditioning Operators who are flouting the law by not having a TM44 certificate in place. Mandatory lodgement came in this April, together with a revised TM44 and the policy update, which is a good informative update for effected Operators to read, the question & answer section gives a Government view. Reading between the lines, Alpine are of the opinion that this is the start of a TM44 compliance campaign which will see more action. Alpine Facilities are getting increasing numbers of calls from building operators who have had a letter or visit from compliance officers.

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Trading Standards Issue Notices For No TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Certificates.

A flurry of new instructions arrived from retailers in April and May, the result of Trading Standards issuing notices on just about every retailer in a Hartlepool Shopping Centre. Activity is certainly picking up now that lodging of reports is mandatory.

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ACI Information

What are Air conditioning Inspections?

aci-report-picIn respect of dates, all Air Conditioning Inspections should have been complete by January 2011 in England and Wales; January 2012 in Scotland. It follows that if you do not have a report by now you face a £300 fine on each “space” that you occupy and control. If you are a tenant in a multi occupier building, and control your own system, then you need a TM44 straight away.The trigger for an air conditioning inspection is the size ( effective rated output ) of the system not the type of building and so the measures apply to homes, commercial and public buildings. TM44 also applies to parts of a building if there are separate controls (for instance a shopping centre).

The inspection done by an Accredited ACI Assessor will include an assessment of efficiency, a review of the a/c system sizing and advice on efficiency, improvements, replacements or alternative solutions. The TM44 changes at times, Alpine Facilities analyse any changes and through their CPD programme ensure that all Assessments are valid using the latest version of TM44.

Many commercial buildings and an increasing number of homes have air conditioning systems. These systems should be carefully maintained and managed in order that they consume the minimum amount of energy possible. Alpine Facilities also look at R22 and other banned gas replacement programmes whilst undertaking the air conditioning inspection.

What is the TM44 Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems?

“For those wanting to understand more about their responsibilities on air conditioning inspection Reports the bible has got to be TM44;Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems, this provides guidance on carrying out the required air conditioning inspections. Building Energy managers should at least take time to read the introductory section 1 and the explanatory section 6, its worth the cost to any person about to place a large ACI order, or ask us of course, we will explain what’s needed.

Why are Air Conditioning reports required?

This is all part of the European Performance of Buildings Directive and all relevant building owners/managers must comply. Having your Air-Conditioning system inspected by an approved Energy Assessor is designed to improve efficiency and reduce the electricity consumption, operating costs and carbon emissions from your AC system. Energy inspections will highlight improvements to the operation of your existing systems or opportunities to replace older, less energy efficient or oversized systems with new energy efficient AC systems.

As the replacement of refrigerant is restricted in older AC systems there is an additional incentive to improve or replace older systems with more modern energy efficient AC units.

Building owners or managers who control air-conditioning systems have statutory obligations and duties of care under the new EPBD regulations in respect of the operation and maintenance of their AC system.

Inspection , maintenance and cleaning programmes maintain the ability of the system to provide healthy and comfortable environments for building occupants , limiting the escape of refrigerant gases and ensuring the safety of equipment. The practices and procedures needed >to achieve these aims should be applied more regularly than the time scales set out in the EPBD AC regulations, professional good practice being an important factor in long term maintenance of Air Conditioning systems.

All air conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kw need inspecting now to ensure compliance before the rush

Why Use ALPINE?

Alpine Facilities are one of the leading National supplier of Building Compliance Certification, we also work as preferred suppliers to many major National and International clients.

We have in place Professional Indemnity Insurance to the value of £5 million, one of the highest in our market; this is here to ensure you are protected at a level appropriate to a top class client.

Each and every one of our assessors has been security screened and CRB checked to ensure that we provide you with the highest calibre and integrity of individuals acting on your instruction. This has given Alpine Facilities an excellent reputation in our market.

Our assessors are fully trained via our own process though our Accreditation Partner, which enables us to control the quality of training and work, providing them with regular updates and we control the whole ACI collation process from first instruction to certificate delivery. This will give you the confidence knowing that it will be the designated assessor name which will appears on the certificate, not someone you have never heard of. Using a large team like ours ensures consistency of reporting, essential for portfolio work.

To support the ACI process, we have a team of full time auditors who continually check and assess the work being carried out to ensure that you can be sure of the accuracy and quality of the ACI or test certificate that we issue to you.

Using our own highly developed integrated workflow management system (WMS), we plan, instruct monitor and complete every ACI inspection ensuring that these are delivered to you in the most cost effective and efficient way possible. There is a seamless flow of operation from your initial instruction to you receiving the completed certificate, allowing you to log in and track progress along the way.

Importantly to both of us is the security of our inspectors whilst on site and travelling to appointments; we have a ‘Lone Worker’ policy that ensures the safety of all our lone workers and provides you with the confidence that we are a professional and caring organisation.

As all of our designated assessors will be working in their local regions, this keeps travelling to a minimum, reducing vehicle usage which helps us improve our green footprint whilst conducting the surveys for you. In addition, the assessors will know local traffic conditions and the surrounding geography so will be able to plan the most effective routes to each and every survey.