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Dear North Highland College,

This request follows legal and mandatory legislation under the European Performance of Buildings Directive and specifically TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments certification. Your Air Conditioning Assessments Certificates should be readily available at all times and be lodged on the government Landmark database. Failure to have appropriate Certificates will be subject to fines of £300 per building, each week.

Q. It is a legal requirement that you hold valid TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments if any building has a total of more than 12kw of air conditioning present. Certificates are valid from 5 years of the issue date. Have you undertaken a TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments?
Q. Who is the responsible person for ensuring that your buildings are surveyed and assessed, please provide the name, address, email address and telephone number of the responsible person.
Q. If your TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments Certificates are in place, what is their expiry date?
Q. What was the order value of the works placed with the Company which undertook the work?
Q. Provide a breakdown of the price per building if available.
Q. How many Certificates were produced?
Q. Was the Assessor independent as required under the Regulations?
Q. Name the Assessor organisation.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Evans

Margaret Rose, North Highland College

Dear Mr Evans

The College is currently closed due to storm damage after the strong gales and power cuts of last week in the north of Scotland. The College is closed to staff and students until at least next Monday, possibly longer, so I am currently unable to respond to your request. I can advise that once the College is once again up and running we will respond to your request, however this may not be within the recognised timeframe.

Yours sincerely

Margaret E Rose
FOI Officer

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From: Paul Evans <[FOI #248452 email]>
Sent: 15 January 2015 15:48
To: Margaret Rose
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Information

Dear North Highland College,

This request follows legal and mandatory legislation under the European Performance of Buildings Directive and specifically TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments certification. Your Air Conditioning Assessments Certificates should be readily available at all times and be lodged on the government Landmark database. Failure to have appropriate Certificates will be subject to fines of £300 per building, each week.

Q. It is a legal requirement that you hold valid TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments if any building has a total of more than 12kw of air conditioning present. Certificates are valid from 5 years of the issue date. Have you undertaken a TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments?
Q. Who is the responsible person for ensuring that your buildings are surveyed and assessed, please provide the name, address, email address and telephone number of the responsible person.
Q. If your TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments Certificates are in place, what is their expiry date?
Q. What was the order value of the works placed with the Company which undertook the work?
Q. Provide a breakdown of the price per building if available.
Q. How many Certificates were produced?
Q. Was the Assessor independent as required under the Regulations?
Q. Name the Assessor organisation.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Evans

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Gadawodd Steve Wright anodiad ()

A search for "TM44" on WhatDoTheyKnow shows almost 1,000 similar requests have been submitted to schools, colleges, prisons, councils, etc. The various requesters (who all seem to share the same grammatical errors in their English) are quite aggressive in their responses to anyone who does not meet their request.
They claim to be undertaking "Departmental Research on compliance", but if so there is a fatal flaw in this - i.e. they ask if you have the certificates, to which you can answer "No", but as they do not ask if you actually need a certificate, the "No" answer could either mean you have not complied, or you don't need to comply.
Also, the statement that those who are non-compliant “will” be subject to a “fine of £300 a week per building" is pure nonsense and unnecessarily threatening. If convicted you "may" be liable for a fine of up to £300, but no-one is ever going to be taken to court every single week for the same offence.
Interestingly there is a firm based in Skelmersdale which does air conditioning surveys, and which makes a similarly misleading statement on its website.

Margaret Rose, North Highland College

Dear Mr Evans

Further to my email of 15th January, the College has now re-opened, however parts of the building are inaccessible and the Estates Manager cannot get into her office to check for the relevant certificates at this time. She anticipates that she will have access before the end of the month and we will get back to you by that timescale.

Thank you for your patience.

Yours sincerely

Margaret E Rose
FOI Officer

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Margaret Rose, North Highland College

Dear Mr Evans

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act. The College can advise you as follows:

The College has no air conditioning in the older parts of the building, however we have 2 new buildings which were opened in 2012 which have air conditioning. These projects were managed by a project manager from Gardiner Theobald, Glasgow and our project sponsor has advised that they may be able to help you better with your queries.

We hope that the above meets your requirements.

Yours sincerely

Margaret E Rose
FOI Officer

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