If you are a business owner or building manager with a responsibility for air conditioning systems within your premises, then you need to make sure that you have met your legal obligations as set out by the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2007 (EPBR) – this means holding a current TM44 report and an air conditioning inspection compliance certificate.
If you’re under the misapprehension that air conditioning inspections and TM44 reports are not important to your business, then you need to think again – and quickly. If you don’t hold a current TM44 inspection report conducted in line with the TM44 guidelines and air conditioning inspection legislation, then you’re putting your business at risk. Good financial management is key in running any business or the provision of property services, and if you’ve overlooked this vital legislation regarding these inspections and TM44 reporting, then you’re potentially costing your business money and risking your reputation.
TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections – Potential Costs For Your Business
If you think that not complying with the air conditioning inspection legislation and the absence of a TM44 report won’t affect you, then it’s time for a reality check. There is no ambiguity in the matter – if you don’t have a TM44 air conditioning report, carried out by a qualified inspector then you are, quite simply, breaking the law. Not only does this bring to mind the question of “what does this say about you and your business?”, but breaking any kind of law comes with consequences – including financial ones.
According to the EPBR, all air con systems with a rated output of over 12 kW should have been through a TM44 inspection by the beginning of 2011 and the building owner or manager must hold a TM44 compliance report.
If you don’t have a current report and TM44 compliance certificate, sooner or later you will be discovered and fined. While you may have escaped detection previously, the TM44 legislations are expected to be amended on 1st October 2011, to include the mandatory lodgement of TM44 reports. This means that it will now just a simple case of checking the government database, to discover whether or not your property or business has an up-to-date air conditioning report and TM44 compliance certificate. If you don’t, you will be fined – and that means an individual fine for every one of your premises.
TM44 Compliance Certificate – Proving Your Company Cares
Another reason that the absence of a TM44 inspection cost report can your money is this – air-con systems can make up a huge proportion of your energy bill. An inspection carried out according to the TM44 legislation and guidelines will help you to identify areas in which your air conditioning system can be improved – by improving the efficiency of your air-con system you can reduce your energy bills, often representing huge savings to your business.
As a property owner or business manager, you also have a corporate and social responsibility. Clients, colleagues and associates may wish to know what you are doing to reduce your carbon footprint and help in the fight against environmental damage. If you can’t prove that you’re taking this responsibility seriously and haven’t bothered to have air con inspections carried out, then once again, you need to ask yourself what this says about you, your company and your attitude towards the law and the world around you.
Air conditioning inspections and the subsequent report and TM44 Inspections certificate that you’ll receive are essential if you want to save money and prove that you’re a company worth dealing with.