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New contents in BUILD UP Community "Inspection of heating and air-conditioning systems"

The BUILD UP Community "Inspection of heating and air-conditioning systems" (see http://www.buildup.eu/communities/aircond) is regularly updated with new items: interesting news, recent publications, upcoming events, ... Do not hesitate to visit it! You can also contribute by joining the community and posting an information about an event, the references of a new publication, an opinion or a question,...

New contents in BUILD UP Community "Inspection of heating and air-conditioning systems"

The BUILD UP Community "Inspection of heating and air-conditioning systems" (see http://www.buildup.eu/communities/aircond) is regularly updated with new items: interesting news, recent publications, upcoming events, ...

Do not hesitate to visit it!

You can also contribute by joining the community and posting an information about an event, the references of a new publication, an opinion or a question,...

Recast of the EPBD: what changes for air conditioning systems inspection?

In the 2002 version of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (www.buildup.eu/publications/1157), Art.9 about inspection of air-conditioning systems is asking for a regular inspection of air conditioning of more than 12 kW, including an assessment of the air-conditioning efficiency and the sizing compared to the cooling requirements of the building. It also requires that appropriate advice is provided to the users on possible improvement or replacement of the air-conditioning system and on alternative solutions.

Recast of the EPBD: what changes for boilers and heating systems inspection?

The recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive published on 18 June 2010 (http://www.buildup.eu/publications/9631) brings significant changes to the requirements about inspection of boilers and heating systems, compared to the 2002 version of the Directive  (http://www.buildup.eu/publications/1157):

Inspection of air conditioning systems: conclusions and recommendations of the CA EPBD

To support EU countries in the implementation of the EPBD, a
Concerted Action (CA) was launched by the EC to promote dialogue and
exchange of best practice. National authorities from 29 countries are
involved in this forum. The CA EPBD (2007 - 2010) is organized around
core themes, one of them being inspections of boilers and air
conditioning systems. A recent report summarises the main outcomes (http://www.buildup.eu/publications/8111). 

Inspection of boilers: conclusions and recommendations of the CA EPBD

To support EU countries in the implementation of the EPBD, a Concerted Action (CA) was launched by the EC to promote dialogue and exchange of best practice. National authorities from 29 countries are involved in this forum. The CA EPBD (2007 - 2010) is organized around core themes, one of them being inspections of boilers and air conditioning systems. A recent report summarises the main outcomes (http://www.buildup.eu/publications/8111).

Inspection of ventilation systems?

In the preliminary works to prepare the recast of the EPBD (2009), the European Parliament had accepted the principle of a change of the EPBD to extend the inspection of air conditioning systems to ventilation systems.

This idea seems to have disappeared from the latest text of the EPBD recast (http://www.buildup.eu/publications/6620).

Is it true that it is abandoned?  

What future for the inspection of boilers?

One of the latest documents from the Council of the European Union about the EPBD recast, dated 25 November 2009 (http://www.buildup.eu/publications/6620), allows to imagine what could be the future requirements concerning inspection of boilers, even if the content of this draft has still to be formally approved by the Council and by the European Parliament:

Is there a mutual recognition system between countries for inspectors?

A BUILD UP portal user sent the following questions: How can air conditioning system inspectors work across Europe? What additional or crossover accreditation would be required?

As far as we know, there is for the moment no mutual recognition between countries so that an air conditioning inspector of one country can automatically be recognised by another country for the same type of inspection.