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

BIT Building:

  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.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building for areas within tenant space and/or under tenant control.

BIT Building:

  1. 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.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: Implement a procedure for refrigerant leak detection (periodic review of refrigerant charge levels or automated leak detection system) for all refrigerant using systems within tenant spaces and/or under tenant control.
  2. Management Engagement: Make a formal request to Ownership/Management to provide a copy of the most recent completed leak detection log/report for the whole building.

BIT Building:

  1. If a leak is found, it must be fixed and the system retested at the point of repair within one month.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building.

 

BIT Building:

  1. Amend the inventory as needed with a log of test results and repairs.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building.

Submittal Requirements

BIT Building:

  • 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)

BIT for Tenants:

Provide any of the following:

  • Inventory of all refrigerant-using equipment within the tenant space and/or under tenant control AND 2) a log of leak tests, results, and repairs for that equipment AND 3) written refrigerant leak detection testing procedures; OR
  • Inventory of all refrigerant-using equipment provided by ownership/management for the entire building AND 2) a log of leak tests, results, and repairs for that equipment AND 3) written refrigerant leak detection testing procedures; OR
  • If ownership/management is unwilling to engage, 1) documentation of request to ownership/management for an inventory of all refrigerant-using equipment for the entire building AND 2) a log of leak tests, results, and repairs for that equipment AND 3) written refrigerant leak detection testing procedures and any response to the request.
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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

BIT Building:

  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.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building for areas within tenant space and/or under tenant control.

BIT Building:

  1. 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.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: Implement a procedure for refrigerant leak detection (periodic review of refrigerant charge levels or automated leak detection system) for all refrigerant using systems within tenant spaces and/or under tenant control.
  2. Management Engagement: Make a formal request to Ownership/Management to provide a copy of the most recent completed leak detection log/report for the whole building.

BIT Building:

  1. If a leak is found, it must be fixed and the system retested at the point of repair within one month.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building.

 

BIT Building:

  1. Amend the inventory as needed with a log of test results and repairs.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building.

Submittal Requirements

BIT Building:

  • 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)

BIT for Tenants:

Provide any of the following:

  • Inventory of all refrigerant-using equipment within the tenant space and/or under tenant control AND 2) a log of leak tests, results, and repairs for that equipment AND 3) written refrigerant leak detection testing procedures; OR
  • Inventory of all refrigerant-using equipment provided by ownership/management for the entire building AND 2) a log of leak tests, results, and repairs for that equipment AND 3) written refrigerant leak detection testing procedures; OR
  • If ownership/management is unwilling to engage, 1) documentation of request to ownership/management for an inventory of all refrigerant-using equipment for the entire building AND 2) a log of leak tests, results, and repairs for that equipment AND 3) written refrigerant leak detection testing procedures and any response to the request.

BIT User expert

Shane Totten

Registered Architect (Georgia), BIT Pro

Southface
Director, Strategy and Impact

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