ALLIANZ ENGINEERING WARNS BUSINESSES OF COST FOR NON-COMPLIANCE

ALLIANZ ENGINEERING WARNS BUSINESSES OF COST FOR NON-COMPLIANCE

Allianz Engineering is reminding businesses of the need to comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations or risk being hit with substantial fines.

The regulations have been phased in since April 2008 and the latest stage, which came into force on January 4, 2009, requires the first inspection of all existing air-conditioning systems* to have taken place, followed by regular inspections to ensure the energy efficiency of systems.

The inspection, which is carried out by an accredited energy assessor, includes an efficiency assessment, a review of system sizing plus recommendations to achieve energy reductions and savings in running costs. The regulations are enforced by Trading Standards and businesses face penalty charges of up to £5000 if they are breached.

Steve Ford, special services manager, Allianz Engineering, said: “Commercial properties and public buildings currently account for nearly 25% of the UK’s carbon emissions, contributing to global climate change. The ways in which we light, heat and use buildings all contribute to this. Even small improvements to the energy performance and the way we use our buildings could have a significant effect on our fuel bills and carbon emissions.”

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