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Field benchmarking and Market development for Audit methods in Air Conditioning (AUDITAC)

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Under new EU legislation, governments are obliged to adopt inspection schemes for air-conditioning systems over a certain cooling output. AuditAC investigated and promoted auditing procedures as a fundamental way of achieving real savings, in both CO2 and energy, in air conditioning systems. Part of the work was to produce tools that would help expert auditors, inspectors and energy managers identify the energy saving opportunities and avoid unnecessary waste. The ultimate goal was to get the market to accept the proposed procedures.


  • 'Easily understandable' technical guides allow identification of cooling systems and recognition of the requirements under the new legislation.
  • A tried and tested training package of 150 slides for expert auditors and inspectors is available.
  • A database and software allows users to identify actual case studies that best match their own situation.
  • An exhaustive list of Energy Conservation Opportunities for auditors and inspectors gives guidance and a spreadsheet calculator demonstrates potential savings.
  • The 'Eurovent-Certification' database lists performance values for existing AC conditioners.

Lessons learned

  • The European air-conditioning market is still increasing and its energy importance nowadays is widely recognised. Efforts are being made to reduce its contribution to consumption by improving energy efficiency
  • Inspection of air-conditioning, although already implemented in some European countries, needs support in definition and implementation in order to target the better opportunities where savings are more important
  • There is a lack of knowledge about audit procedures for air-conditioning plants, and air-conditioning owners must be motivated via appropriate means to move toward better efficiency. In this respect, dissemination of the benefits of air-conditioning audit is of significant importance

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Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus Industriels
Contact point: 
Jérôme Adnot
0033 1 40 51 91 74
Bruno Peuportier
0033 1 40519151


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01/01/2005 to 31/12/2006
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