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Departmental Air Conditioning

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many of his Department’s buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with output greater than 250kW; how many of these systems have been inspected under the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 since the Regulations entered into force; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each inspection report; (272129)

(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 since the Regulations entered into force.

The Cabinet Office currently has two buildings within its central London Estate equipped with an air conditioning system output greater than 250 kW. One location is a new installation and commissioned after January 2008 and therefore does not require testing until five years from the date of commissioning. The other building has recently undergone work to relocate the chiller plant and it is not possible to carry out an inspection of the plant until it has been completed and commissioned. Both of these locations have six monthly planned maintenance regimes in place.

Statutory testing is included into the Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) regime and forms an integral part of the Cabinet Office’s Total Facilities Management Contract.

The Department has not yet been required to carry out air conditioning inspections under the regulations for the reason previously stated. Copies of the reports will be placed in the Library in due course.