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Departmental Air Conditioning

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many of his Department's buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with greater than 250kW of output; how many of these systems have been inspected under the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each inspection report; (270697)

(2) how much has been spent by his Department on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.

The Department of Health and its executive agencies have three buildings with air conditioning systems with greater than 250kW of output and which are covered by the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.

Skipton House, (80, London Road, London, SEl 6LH) and Wellington House (133-155 Waterloo Road, London SEl 8UG) are scheduled to be inspected in mid May 2009. The maintenance of the air conditioning system in Market Towers (1, Nine Elms Lane, London, SW8 5NQ) is the responsibility of the landlord's agents.

The cost of undertaking the inspections of the air conditioning systems in Skipton House and Wellington House, which is compliant with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007, will be £10,000.

A copy of the results of the inspections will be placed in the Library, when they become available.