BP08: Refrigerant Leak Detection

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Implement a procedure for a refrigerant leak detection process intended to proactively discover leaks, and promptly remediate those leaks if found. This can include using routine charge-level readings, an automated leak detection system, or similarly effective methods.

Implementation Requirements

  1. Develop an inventory of refrigerant-using equipment in the building, including all base building equipment and tenant-controlled equipment with more than 0.5 pounds (225 grams) of refrigerant. Record the equipment model, refrigerant type, and total refrigerant charge. Update as needed with the dates and amounts of any additions or removals of refrigerant to the system, the dates and results of leak tests.
  2. Use appropriate strategies to test refrigerant-containing equipment. Leak test frequency must meet the minimums established in the "Guide to Good Leak Testing" based on the refrigerant type and system charge, except where more stringent regulatory requirements exist.
  3. If a leak is found, it must be fixed and the system retested at the point of repair within one month.
  4. Amend the inventory as needed with a log of test results and repairs.

 

Submittal Requirements

  • Inventory of refrigerant-using equipment and log of leak tests, results, and repairs
  • Written refrigerant leak detection testing procedures (can be an excerpt from the preventative maintenance task list)
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Implement a procedure for a refrigerant leak detection process intended to proactively discover leaks, and promptly remediate those leaks if found. This can include using routine charge-level readings, an automated leak detection system, or similarly effective methods.

Implementation Requirements

  1. Develop an inventory of refrigerant-using equipment in the building, including all base building equipment and tenant-controlled equipment with more than 0.5 pounds (225 grams) of refrigerant. Record the equipment model, refrigerant type, and total refrigerant charge. Update as needed with the dates and amounts of any additions or removals of refrigerant to the system, the dates and results of leak tests.
  2. Use appropriate strategies to test refrigerant-containing equipment. Leak test frequency must meet the minimums established in the "Guide to Good Leak Testing" based on the refrigerant type and system charge, except where more stringent regulatory requirements exist.
  3. If a leak is found, it must be fixed and the system retested at the point of repair within one month.
  4. Amend the inventory as needed with a log of test results and repairs.

 

Submittal Requirements

  • Inventory of refrigerant-using equipment and log of leak tests, results, and repairs
  • Written refrigerant leak detection testing procedures (can be an excerpt from the preventative maintenance task list)

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Cody David

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Southface Energy Institute
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