The TM44 inspection has been a part of UK energy legislation since 2011. Many people and businesses have struggled to understand what a TM44 entails in the years since it was introduced. This article looks at the most common questions and tries to shed some light on what they are, why they are needed and who is responsible for ensuring they are completed.
What is a TM44 inspection?
A TM44 inspection, or TM44 survey is a comprehensive assessment of your building's air conditioning system. They were brought in as part of the EPBD as a method of improving the energy efficiency of UK buildings. Besides inspecting the system itself, the assessor will look at how the system is being used, serviced and maintained too. Quite often, the main problem is that people don’t understand how to operate their air conditioning systems efficiently.
The inspection should be conducted once every five years by an independent, accredited assessor who is suitably trained and registered.
Is a TM44 inspection a legal requirement?
Yes, they are. TM44 inspections have been a legal requirement since they were introduced in 2011. If the air conditioning systems in your building have a combined cooling output of 12kW or more, you need one.
Failure to ensure you are compliant with TM44 regulations is punishable by a fixed penalty fine of £300. This fine can be repeated weekly until you have a valid certificate in place. That means the fine for not being compliant is in fact unlimited.