Apart from the usual wear and tear, a broken HVAC system can lead to a sweat-filled, irritable, and uncomfortable experience in the workplace. To avoid HVAC problems, compliance protocols should be adhered to.
M&E Maintenance Solutions Ltd states that while there are plenty of commercial HVAC installation guides in the UK, only a few actually follow these protocols; so often technical difficulties result in more inconvenience. Especially for HVAC systems for commercial use — there are standards that every manufacturer and installer should closely follow.
For preventative purposes, below is a summary of the compliance guidance and recommendations for non-domestic HVAC systems.
While there are many HVAC brands and providers, the mechanisms and technology involved in the heating, ventilation and cooling remain the same. The parts and terms regarding HVAC system installation are as follows:
- HVAC Generator — the device that converts fuel or electricity or heat/air conditioning.
- HVAC Generator Efficiency — the output of usable generated heat/cool against fuel or electricity cost.
- HVAC Generator Seasonal Efficiency — the effectiveness of the heating/cooling generation in certain seasons.
- HVAC Efficiency and Credits — amenable heating/cooling generation measures based on the technology used.
- Effective HVAC Generating Seasonal Efficiency — equivalence of heating/cooling technology output in certain seasons.
- Minimum controls package — a specific technology that reduces carbon emissions from heating/cooling.
- Additional controls and other measures — the measure of cost-efficiency and sustainability of HVAC systems.
- Space HVAC system — the placement of HVAC system in certain streamline positions to conserve energy expenditures.
Provisions to Non-Domestic HVAC Installations
According to communities.gov.uk, ‘for new buildings the provision of HVAC systems has to be considered as part of the overall design. For heating and hot water services systems works in existing buildings, provision can be considered in isolation’.
The minimum compliance protocol for non-domestic HVAC installation is as follows:
- A minimum HVAC Generator Seasonal Efficiency should be met in relation to the building/ workplace.
- The HVAC Efficiency Credits should match the seasonal factors in the locale of the building structure.
- The HVAC Generator Efficiency should be in ratio of the actual requirements of the building space area.
For maximum HVAC use and uncompromised performance, it’s necessary to follow the principles of this standard guidance.