Maskold takes its environmental and corporate social responsibilities seriously. We are committed to the protection of the environment, whether it’s reducing the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, by phasing-out and replacing ozone- depleting refrigerants, or specifying the most advanced, energy and environmentally-efficient equipment from leading manufactures around the world.
In a low-carbon society we will live and work in low-energy, low-emission buildings with intelligent heating and cooling systems. We will drive electric and hybrid cars and live in cleaner cities with less air pollution and better public transport.
Many of these technologies exist today but need to be developed further. Besides cutting the vast majority of its emissions, Europe could also reduce its use of key resources like oil and gas, land and water.
Non-domestic buildings – commercial buildings, offices, shops, hotels, factories, industrial buildings and public sector estate – account for 18% of the UK’s carbon emissions, and will all play a critical role in the move to a low carbon economy.
Today’s commercial buildings for example, are increasingly air tight and filled with heat generating lighting and equipment. So its a major technical challenge to maintain a stable and comfortable internal environment to the levels required by stringent regulations on air quality and energy efficiency.
Maskold fully supports initiatives to reduce the impact of the built environment, in particular. We continually review our services to deliver cooling, heating and ventilation solutions, which combine energy and environmental efficiency with complete flexibility of design and control. This also also helps our clients to reduce their impact on the environment.
New EU legislation, introduced in January 2015, requires companies and organisations with have air conditioning or refrigeration equipment installed in their premises, to introduce new procedures for maintenance, repair and replacement of their systems. Over the next 15 years, the HVAC industry will also have to comply with new legislation restricting and banning the use of refrigerant gases in certain applications.
EU and UK regulations will control, limit and gradually phase-out certain F-Gases, ODS Gases and other related variants, as they have been shown to deplete the ozone layer and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions associated with global warming.
For more detailed information about F-Gas Regulations click here
Maskold is approved and certified by agencies including DEFRA and REFCOM to carry out F Gas testing. We can also undertake annual F Gas checks as part of an agreed maintenance contract.
It’s more than likely that any air conditioning systems over 12 years old use R22 refrigerant and are nearing the end of their life expectancy. Under new EU legislation the use of R22 in new systems, is now banned. These older systems are now also illegal to repair, and most equipment manufacturers no longer provide support and spare parts. There are options for converting and replacing R22 from your existing systems, but potentially this could lead to complications, poor performance and higher energy costs.
By replacing older installations with modern, environmentally-efficient systems that use non-ozone-depleting refrigerants, companies will benefit from a smaller carbon footprint, and improved output and lower running costs.
In addition, by phasing out R22 and replacing legacy systems, developers and owners of buildings and facilities can also achieve an improved energy rating under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
You can also download our short R22 phase-out guide or contact us now to discuss the options available for the replacement of your R22 system.