Government must put pressure on building managers to meet carbon reduction targets

Published:  15 September, 2010

The government needs to do more to make building managers comply with regulations for air conditioning inspections for the UK to meet carbon reduction targets, says Daikin UK.

The government needs to do more to make building managers comply with regulations for air conditioning inspections for the UK to meet carbon reduction targets, according to Daikin UK.

Simon Keel's warning follows the revelation from the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) that less than 5% of buildings have complied with Energy Performance in Buildings legislation. This requires all air conditioning systems above 12kW to be inspected by 4 January, 2011.

Keel has also suggested "subtle drivers which would ultimately affect the pockets of the non-compliers" to enforce legislation. He added: "Many of the buildings that have been looked at and have been reported on have had no action taken upon them as yet. This may be due to financial constrictions on businesses, but is more likely to be spawned by apathy."

Such "subtle drivers" could be added to initiatives like the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), says the company, perhaps stipulating that all reports should be acted upon within six months of publication. Without this report, that company would not be placed on the CRC table.