FAQs - Air Conditioning Regulations

Air conditioning regulations and the use of air conditioner units in server rooms and datacentre environments.

After 2020, only recycled or reclaimed R-22 refrigerant will be made available for the servicing of existing, legacy air conditioning units. Existing air conditioner owners should look to upgrade their systems to one that uses a compliant refrigerant.

An F-Gas refrigerant is a fluorinated gas that can stay in the atmosphere for centuries and contribute towards the global greenhouse effect. F-Gas types include: hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3). An F-Gas certificate is required for any company involved in the installation, maintenance and servicing of stationery refrigeration, air conditioning and/or heat pump systems using F-Gas refrigerants. The certification last for 3 years and companies with the registration are included on the F-Gas Register.

The aim of the Energy Performance of Buildings (EU: 2002) is to drive energy efficiency improvements within buildings. The purpose is to reduce carbon emissions and slow down climate change. By 31 December 2020 all new buildings in the European Union must be nearly ‘zero energy buildings’. New public sector buildings must achieve this by 31 December 2018.

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