2 years ago we installed 3 VRV systems for a local (Croydon) client. They've been very happy with these systems' performance, as they were a huge improvement on what was there when they arrived.
Now the parent company has decreed that they close the operation, and move it up to Walsall, W Midlands, which means that the systems are now redundant. According to the 'full repairing lease', they have to remove everything they put in, so that the building is 'as they found it'. The offices previously had very ineffective direct-acting electric panel wall heaters, and the works had no effective heating at all!
With the EPBD - Energy in Buildings Performance Directive dictating that buildings should be much more energy efficient in order to meet the governments required energy & CO2 reduction targets, and annual inspections required to prove it, can someone please tell me how is that ever going to be achieved with this idiotic law in place?!
This customer has been recommended to persuade the landlord to purchase the systems from them, since the next company who occupies the building will have to put something similar in to do a decent job of heating & cooling anyway! Why force a tennant to remove perfectly good equipment consigning it to the scrapheap, when its only 2 years old.
Sure this creates more sales of kit, but come on... it's not right.
Who dictates the EPBD to the landlords? Who requests to see their annual certificates? What are the fines if they don't have them? Will our government wake up to the fact that there are now changes to certain property laws that need to be changed if these new energy efficiency rulings are to have any effect?
The landlords of commercial buildings it seems don't really care what goes on in their properties so long as they get paid a rental fee regularly and don't have any aggravation.I'll bet most of them haven't even heard of the EPBD or know what a heat pump is!
Paul Skeet. ACCORD AIR SYSTEMS