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The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is European Legislation which promotes improved energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. The implementation of this Directive for England and Wales is documented in SI 991, March 2007 and requires the following:

Air Conditioning Inspections - This element requires a thorough inspection of the air conditioning systems and the production of a report on the design and operation of the installation with highlighted energy improvement opportunities. This report must be undertaken by a registered Energy Assessor and must be in line with TM44 reporting format. New installations from 1st Jan 2008 must be inspected within 5 years, all other air conditioning systems with an effective rated output > 250 kW must inspected by January 2009 and those with an effective rated output >12kW by January 2011.

Boiler Inspections - This element is being dealt with (in the UK) by the advice system rather than by inspection.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) - These certificates must be produced when commercial buildings are constructed, sold or rented. The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) gives a rating of how energy efficient the building is. Buildings are rated from A - G, with A being the most efficient.

Display Energy Certificate (DEC) - Many public buildings throughout England and Wales will need to display a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) from October 2008. The Display Energy Certificate rates the "actual" energy usage of the building by assessing energy consumption over a period of 12 months and must be carried out by a registered Energy Assessor.

Energy Assessors - Air Conditioning Inspections, EPC and DEC Certificates must be produced by an Energy Assessor registered with one of the approved accreditation schemes. By using our Low Carbon Energy Assessor accredited with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) you will ensure that the service you receive is from a highly qualified and professional engineer.