FEDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS (FETA)

FETA is the recognised UK body representing the interests of over 400 manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the heating, ventilating, building controls, refrigeration & air conditioning industry to policy makers and the wider public.

ADCAS The Voice of the Ductwork Industry

FETA is the low cost but high profile UK trade body which represents the diverse interests of manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the building services sector. It is split into six principle Associations ADCAS, BCIA, BFCMA, BRA, HEVAC and HPA.

Product types covered by FETA include ductwork, ducts, duct insulation,  pre insulated ductwork, dampers, grilles, louvres, building controls, flues, chimneys, refrigerated display cabinets, chilled cabinets, refrigeration contractors, refrigeration equipment, refrigeration components, refrigeration end users, air conditioning, air curtain, air distribution, air handling unit, chilled beam, chilled ceiling, demand controlled ventilation, fan coil unit, fans, ventilation, filter, fire damper, smoke damper, humidity, residential ventilation, smoke control, heat pumps

News

EUREKA 2016

The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) and the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) are holding their inaugural conference “EUREKA 2016: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation & Refrigeration: Sustainable technologies for a better life” on 13 December at the Marriott Hotel in The Hague.

 

This major event will showcase the heating, cooling and ventilation industry’s impact on the European Union’s energy and climate goals, demonstrate the potential, attractiveness and innovative nature of our industry, and provide an excellent platform for networking.

In parallel, participants from industry will be able to see for themselves how much EU and national policies impact our sector and the extent to which policy change can be a positive driver for innovation and new technologies.

It is precisely these broad-based objectives that make the event unique and, we hope, a regular fixture for many years to come.

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the calendar year, EUREKA 2016 will assemble representatives from industry, users, and the academic community to discuss with European and national policymakers the challenges and opportunities our industry faces in this rapidly changing global context,

The conference organisers have already attracted many high-profile sponsors, including Carel, Emerson, Danfoss, Daikin Europe, Mitsubishi Electric, RLT Herstellerverband and Systemair, and a number of engaging speakers have already been confirmed: from policy-makers and leading industry associations, scientific institutes and universities, through to researchers and end-users. To name just a few: The European Commission, AREA (contractors’ association), REHVA (federation of engineers’ association), EHPA (heat pumps), IIR (International Institute of Refrigeration), the London Southbank University, the Aachen Technical University, Deloitte, Delhaize, and many more.

The opening Plenary Session, featuring a keynote speech by a distinguished guest, will be followed by 4 break-out panel sessions on the following topics which capture some of the major topics dominating today’s HVACR sector:

  • The role of refrigeration in reducing food waste
  • Increasing political awareness on indoor air quality & thermal comfort 
  • The impact of the new F-Gas rules in Europe and beyond
  • Driving energy efficiency in buildings 

Avoid disappointment and register on our dedicated event website to benefit from the early bird fee.

If you would like further information about EUREKA 2016 please contact the EPEE Secretariat or the EVIA Secretariat secretariat@epeeglobal.org or secretariat@evia.eu.

30-09-2016

The Smoke Control Association has produced an SCA Guidance Note for the use of Inverters or Variable Speed Drives in powered smoke ventilation systems.

This one-page guidance note is intended to help designers, specifiers, approval and regulatory bodies satisfy themselves that the control systems and strategies proposed and installed are appropriate for the specific application. The guidance can be viewed at www.feta.co.uk/smokecontrol

 

29 Sep 2016

CIBSE BIM Roadshow

For all the publicity surrounding BIM and the Government requirement for the use of BIM Level 2 on its contracts, many working across the construction supply chain still lack real understanding of BIM; competence in the processes; and knowledge of its application to their business structures and processes. 

CIBSE’s new BIM Roadshows, being held across the UK and Ireland, are specifically designed to address these requirements and to help delegates understand their knowledge and skills shortfalls, as well as to plan how to incorporate and implement BIM in their business.

From pre-concept to completion, presenters will use a project case study to demonstrate the real-world application of digital technologies and workflows.

All CIBSE members can receive a 30% discounted rate. 

Dates and venues

18-Oct-16

Bristol

Arup Bristol

10-Nov-16

Dublin

Guinness Storehouse

24-Nov-16

Glasgow

The Studio

30-Nov-16

Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery

18-Jan-17

Birmingham

The Studio

30 Jan-17

London

Arup London  

01-Mar-17

Edinburgh

The Merchant's Hall

08-Mar-17

Belfast

Titanic Museum

15-Mar-17

Cardiff

Wales Millennium Centre

27 April

Newcastle

Millennium Hotels

 

 

Further details at http://www.cibse.org/training-events/bim-roadshow

 

 
27-09-2016
 
 
Energy Now Expo 2017

The Energy Now Expo is set to return on 8 – 9 February 2017, at Telford International Centre. The Expo showcases the renewable energy opportunities available to the agricultural and rural communities of the UK.

The event will be supported by HPA and consist of a large exhibition, an advice clinic, a new product development zone, an education zone and a multi-streamed conference. The main theme of the 2017 conference will be “renewables in a post-subsidy world”, showcasing the benefits a well-chosen renewable energy scheme offers, with or without subsidy support.

Also returning to the 2017 event will be the Energy Now awards – recognising and celebrating the achievement of UK farmers and landowners within the renewable energy and low-carbon sectors. There will be 7 categories - best heat pump, AD & biogas, biomass, hydro, solar and wind schemes, plus the most carbon neutral farm award. Winners receive £500 prize! Nominate your customers today!

To register for your tickets or enter a customer in the awards, visit www.energynowexpo.co.uk. If you are interested in exhibiting call 01905 616665 or email sales@energy-now.co.uk.

26-09-2016

NMRO now part of Regulatory Delivery

Regulatory Delivery was formed on 1st April 2016 and brings together the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) and the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) to focus on regulation and enforcement.  Originally formed under BIS, this directorate now operates under the recently formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The NMRO was responsible for all aspects of the Ecodesign Directive, and as such many FETA groups have had interactions with them.  This role will continue under the new organisation.

The launch of Regulatory Delivery combines policy expertise and practical experience to ensure that regulation is effectively delivered in ways that reduce burdens on business, save public money and properly protect citizens and communities.  Regulatory Delivery will work to ensure that the way regulation is enforced is proportionate and risk-based, delivering existing functions such as Primary Authority, legal metrology and hallmarking policy, technical regulation and enforcement work.

19-09-2016

AREA develops F Gas logbook for record keeping

AREA has developed a simple spreadsheet that will serve as a tool for contractors and their clients to fulfil their record keeping obligations under the F-Gas Regulation.


Article 6 of Regulation 517/2014 on F-gases requires operators of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment to keep records of regular leak checks for each piece of such equipment. The records contain comprehensive information related to the equipment and its refrigerant during installation, maintenance & repair and at end of life.
A number of AREA members reported their own members being confused about what was required under Article 6. In order to simplify the procedure and encourage effective and responsible record keeping of fluorinated greenhouse gas use and movement, AREA has developed this simple spreadsheet for contractors to use in order to keep their own, and their client’s, records up to date and in line with regulatory requirements.
The AREA Logbook will provide the European Commission with a useful tool, should it decide to develop an implementing act on the format of the records.

The AREA Logbook can be downloaded for free www.area-eur.be/publications/area-f-gas-logbook

You can find guidance documents on various topics on the AREA website www.area-eur.be

01-09-2016
 

 

The FETA Technical Report for August is available in the members area of the website

01-09-2016

FMA works with HSE to raise awareness on the ATEX directive

The Fan Manufacturers Association (FMA) is warning company directors and employers that selecting the wrong fan for their working environment could put premises and occupiers at risk. This has become particularly important since the update of the ATEX legislation in April 2016.

The FMA has been so concerned about non-compliance with ATEX that it has been working with the HSE to raise the Executive’s awareness of this regulation, and to help others understand its implications. The HSE has also asked FMA representatives to speak at a meeting in Brussels of an Administrative Cooperation Group (AdCo) which is established to help harmonise legislation and its enforcement across Europe.  The FMA has been asked by the AdCo Group for ATEX to produce a guide that will identify fans not meeting the requirements of the ATEX Directive.

ATEX is European legislation concerning explosive atmospheres, consisting mainly of two directives that deal with safe working in ‘explosive environments’ and the choice of equipment, including fans, for those environments.  Unfortunately, explosive environments are more common than many company directors and employers may realise.

FMA Chairman, Mark Jones (pictured) says: “Explosive environments exist in the most day-to-day situations. It’s not just obviously explosive substances such as gas that need to be considered. Dusty environments can also be at risk of explosion too, and a number of deaths have occurred over the past decade as a result of incorrect fan selection for these environments.”

ATEX is significant for businesses, because it makes company directors liable for accidents which occur as the result of using the wrong type of fan in an explosive environment.

Mark Jones says: “Currently, employers are not adhering to the ATEX regulations for various reasons, and they clearly don’t understand its full implications for them. This puts building occupants at risk, and company owners potentially facing unlimited fines or even imprisonment.”

One of the challenges for customers selecting fans is that currently there is no independent third-party certification for ATEX-compliant fans. The FMA has worked hard on the new EN 14986 Standard which will help to address this issue – but businesses need to make themselves aware of what is available before they make the wrong choice of equipment. 

The FMA has produced a number of useful documents for building owners who feel their building contain a potentially ‘explosive environment’. These provide quick and clear guidance on the issues at hand and can be downloaded for free from the FMA section of the FETA website (www.feta.co.uk/fma).

EPEE-ASERCOM Symposium at Chillventa 2016

Reducing Europe’s energy consumption and dependency on imports remains Europe’s greatest challenge. Europe’s 2020 targets call for a 20 percent energy savings target, which has been updated to 27 percent for 2030.

Heating, cooling, and refrigeration play a fundamental role in this domain. Not only because heating and cooling are associated with many different legislative measures, but most importantly because they’ve been identified and projected over the long-term as the EU’s biggest energy sector. Better efficiency in heating and cooling – specifically in buildings – will therefore contribute enormously to achieving Europe’s ambitious overall goals. EU decision-makers have recognized this enormous potential and so have published a new Heating and Cooling Strategy.

This year’s ASERCOM + EPEE Symposium will build on the framework of this new strategy, and will shed light on the latest energy-efficiency initiatives in the HVACR sector, the impact of the new F-Gas rules, and the ever-important element of market surveillance.

The symposium will be held on 10th October 2016 from 1300-1700 in Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, NCC Ost, Room: St. Petersburg .

For further details see http://asercom.org/events/symposia/symposium-2016

15-08-2016

New speakers have been announced for the Building Services Summit 2016, which has been launched by three leading industry services trade associations; The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Electrical Contractors Association (ECA).

The Building Services Summit is taking place on 23rd November 2016, at the British Library, London. The conference will give everyone an opportunity to share ideas by taking part in lively and informative discussions.

The speakers will include Roy Evans, of the Cabinet Office who leads on Government Soft Landings (GSL) which is an objective of the Governments 2016-2020 Construction Strategy. Roy will be joined by Dr Karon Buck, founding principal of Medway UTC, a new school for 14-19-year-old students from Medway and the surrounding regions. Dr Susan Scurlock is also joining the speakers’ panel. Susan founded primary engineer in response to the government’s call for more young people to be attracted into the engineering profession in 2005.

Other industry experts who will be joining the discussion include Bill Wright of ECA, who is an independent consultant on energy, control and sustainability matters. Graham Wright, legislation specialist at Daikin and Chairman of FETA. Graham is a mechanical engineer who has worked in the air conditioning industry for over 30 years.  David Frise, Head of Sustainability for BESA, and Stephen Hill an associate and building performance engineer for Arup are also part of the discussion panel.

 

Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA, says: “We have assembled some of the world’s most qualified experts to speak about how building engineering services can operate as efficiently and effectively to reshape the future of our buildings.  The leading industry experts will discuss the most topical questions in the construction sector and will address the challenges of a long-term building efficiency. The discussion will help building owners and facilities managers to understand where efficiencies can be made in both new and existing buildings.”

 

Be ahead of the game and join us for this unmissable event for just £36. Book your ticket today to secure your place. For further details, visit: www.buildingservicessummit.co.uk

15-08-2016

News from EVIA

Since joining EVIA, it has become evident that a lot of information is generated by this organisation which is of importance to our industry, but there is also a lot which is of little relevance or even duplication. As a result, Ian Andrews (pictured) was asked if he would be willing to act as a link between FETA and EVIA with the aim of filtering the information being provided by EVIA and adding value to our membership by providing a covering summary to each circulation.

Ian has now attended a number of meetings representing FETA.

EVIA AGM

The AGM received reports from the various groups within EVIA and elected various officers to the executive. The minutes will be made available in due course.

On receiving the various reports, it became evident that communication is one issue that needs to be improved; both internal and external and the EVIA secretariat stated that they would take this on board. Another item that was discussed was the IAQ seminar that was held the previous day. It was agreed that an IAQ Taskforce should be created with the objective of driving this subject.

EVIA has a number of working groups all of which meet on a regular basis; three of these met recently and Ian attended all of them on our behalf.

2020 Working Group
This group mirrors much of the work being done within the Commission and has now been renamed 2030.  “Build Up” which is the European portal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and was established by the Commission to support the EPBD has requested co-operation with EVIA.
Many of the other relevant directives are considered within the group.

EVIA Residential Working Group
This group, as the name implies, focus on matters relating to residential ventilation.
Items discussed included EcoDesign, EPBD and proposed IAQ label.

EVIA Non-Residential Working Group
There is some overlap with residential due in part to EcoDesign Lot 6.
The group is also highly active with many other items including; Lot 11, Lot 21, IAQ, Market Surveillance EPBD to name a few.

Fans Working Group
This group, which is chaired by Geoff Lockwood, has not met since FETA became members. There has however been an election to appoint a Vice Chairman (Communications) and Ian Andrews was unanimously elected. The group are due to meet during July.

Despite the recent BREXIT results it is anticipated that the work loads will continue unabated. The UK will still need to comply with the majority of EU regulation if it continues to sell into the European market. There will therefore be a continuing need to influence Brussels, and EVIA are well placed to achieve this aim.

New CIBSE Guide B released

Guide B is one of CIBSE's most popular publications, representing a consensus on what constitutes relevant good practice guidance on the applied design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

This new version of Guide B offers a complimentary PDF download (B0: Applications and activities), that focuses on how different types of buildings, and activities within buildings, influence the choice of system.

The four additional volumes address issues relating to specific services. There are usually several possible design solutions to any situation, and the Guide does not attempt to be prescriptive but rather to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of different options.
The volumes available are:
B1: Heating
B2: Ventilation and ductwork
B3: Air conditioning and refrigeration
B4: Noise and vibration control for building services systems
All volumes are available as PDF downloads. Volumes B1-4 can also be purchased as hard copies and are available to purchase as a set at a discounted price.
For more information visit  http://www.cibse.org/news-and-policy/july-2016/cibse-releases-new-guide-b-on-hvac

06-07-2016

Developing European Standards - BSI says its business as usual

One of the areas that FETA members are involved in is the development of European standards, and some members have questioned what will happen following the referendum result on 24 June 2016.

BSI has provided helpful information which can be summarised as "business as usual".  Text from a BSI letter to CEN committee chairmen is below and can also be found on http://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/about-bsi/media-centre/EU-referendum/

BSI statement

Following the result of the UK referendum to leave the EU there will be a transition period while the UK Government negotiates the terms as a result of the referendum. There are three areas where BSI currently holds important positions as part of the EU and these are as follows:

1.   BSI’s role as the National Standards Body

As the UK’s National Standards Body, BSI will continue to develop and publish British Standards. Our membership of the two international standardization organizations, ISO and IEC, will not be affected where we will continue to play an influential leadership role.

There are three European Standardization Organizations - CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. Our full membership of CEN and CENELEC will continue while the UK Government sets out the arrangements for its withdrawal from the EU. During this transition period, BSI will be working with the UK Government (such as Department of Business, Innovation and Skills) and other parties as appropriate such as European political institutions and European Standardization Organizations regarding its role in the development of the European standardization system. We expect BSI’s membership of ETSI will be unaffected

We will continue to keep you updated on a regular basis as the political situation develops and discussions progress.  For now, it’s business as usual and most importantly, we would like to assure you that BSI will continue to help organizations as we have done for the past 115 years.
 
2.   BSI’s role as an EU Notified Body for Product Certification

BSI’s role as an EU Notified Body will not change while UK Government sets out the arrangements for its withdrawal from the EU. We anticipate that products already certified and those certified while the negotiations progress, will continue to be accepted by the EU authorities and member states of the EU. During this transition period, BSI will be working closely with the UK Government (such as Department of Business, Innovation and Skills) and UKAS (UK Accreditation Service) to enable BSI to continue being recognized as a Notified Body.  

BSI further anticipates it will remain an EU Notified Body for assessing and approving products against the relevant CE directives and regulations (e.g.  Construction Product Regulation, PPE Directive and the Gas Appliance Directive).  There are recognized existing mechanisms in place for non-EU countries to participate, these include the Mutual Recognition Agreements between the EU and America, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and Japan.  Regulatory authorities in these countries designate Notified Bodies to carry out these activities in the same way as member states of the EU.   

We will continue to keep you updated on a regular basis as the political situation develops and discussions progress.  For now, it’s business as usual and most importantly, we would like to assure you that BSI will continue to help organizations as we have done for the past 115 years.

3.   BSI’s role as an EU Medical Devices Notified Body

BSI’s role as an EU Notified Body will not change following the recent decision of the EU referendum while the UK Government sets out the arrangements for its withdrawal from the EU. During this transition period, BSI will be working closely with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to enable BSI to continue being recognized as a Notified Body for Medical Devices.

BSI fully anticipates we will remain a long term major EU Medical Device Notified Body as there are established well recognized existing mechanisms in place for non-EU countries to participate as EU Notified Bodies.  For example, the designated organizations in Norway (under EEA recognition), Switzerland and Australia (through Mutual Recognition Agreements) are recognized as Notified Bodies for the purposes of the relevant EU legislation.

We will continue to keep you updated on a regular basis as the political situation develops and discussions progress.  For now, it’s business as usual and most importantly, we would like to assure you that BSI will continue to provide EU market access as we have done since the inception of the three EU Medical Device Directives.

All management systems training and accredited certification remains unaffected by the outcome of the referendum.

28-06-2016

CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium 2017

Each year the CIBSE Technical Symposium programme is created from reviewed papers and case studies that have been submitted from a broad spectrum of professional and academic practitioners.
The 2017 theme, Delivering Resilient High Performance Buildings, is inspired by this year's ASHRAE and CIBSE presidential themes; respectively "Adapt Today to Shape Tomorrow" and "Improving Performance".  The aim of the 2017 Technical Symosium is to provide evidence of the successful adoption of resilience in the design and operation of buildings.  The Technical Symposium benefits from the keen support and learned input of both the volunteers on the organising committee and the scientific commiyttee as well, of course, as the presenters.

The 2017 Symposium will be held at Loughborough Universtity on 5-6 April.  Details may be found at the link below.

http://www.cibse.org/technical-symposium-2017

 

The CBI has published a Briefing for Members - Brexit: What happens next? which members may find useful.

A checklist of considerations for companies now, details of alternatives and the process you need to know, and how to feed into the CBI consultation can be found in a document here.

27-06-2016

Fan experts from the UK and eleven other countries participated in the recent ISO technical meetings on fans in Beijing in April 2016. This important technical committee is chaired by Tony Breen from FETA member Nuaire. FETA Technical Manager, Mike Duggan, is the secretary of this International technical committee, a role he undertakes on behalf of the Fan Manufacturers Association and BSI.  Geoff Lockwood from ebm-papst UK was leader of the UK delegation and he was supported by Bill Cory, Mike Price and Neil Jones – all from FETA member companies.

Topics high on the agenda for the two days of meetings were the fan efficiency classification standard which supports the EuP fan regulations, and the revision to the main fan testing standard, ISO 5801, which is nearing the publication stage.

There was also the International Fan Efficiency Regulation Symposium, which was hosted by Asia AMCA, and an opportunity for delegates to visit the China Refrigeration Show.

Click here for further information on ISO/TC 117 Fans

23-06-2016

BRA member in Top 50 Women in Engineering

We are proud to announce that BRA Council member, Jane Gartshore BSc FInstR has been named as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering by the Daily Telegraph.  The list, produced as part of the National Women in Engineering Day campaign, provides high profile recognition for women in the dynamic world of engineering.  Her inclusion in the list also provides valuable recognition of the importance of refrigeration and air conditioning as an engineering profession.

The list, compiled by the Telegraph in collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society features the UK’s top influential female engineers chosen from almost 900 nominations.

Jane is one of the highest profile women in the refrigeration industry.  She served as the President of the Institute of Refrigeration from 2007 to 2010, having previously chaired its Education and Training Committee and is also on the Council of the British Refrigeration Association. Throughout her career she has taken a lead in sustainability issues such as energy efficiency, deployment of natural refrigerants and reduction of refrigerant leakage. She has also built an international profile, for example working with UNEP to support the phase out of CFCs in developing countries.

“Engineering offers so many opportunities to work all over the world in a huge range of sectors – it’s an awesome career!  Every day is challenging and interesting” commented Jane about her lifelong career in refrigeration and air conditioning.

“I chose to study engineering at university on the advice on my (male) physics teacher – it seemed more interesting than teaching and more attainable than being an astronaut.   My entry into the refrigeration industry in 1977 was purely because I was offered a graduate trainee position by a compressor manufacturer.   I initially worked on the design and development of commercial RAC equipment and then moved into technical sales – a global troubleshooting role.  

“In 1991, with another engineer, I set up Cool Concerns to provide practical training and consultancy for the RACHP industry.  We have trained 1000s of engineers on topics ranging from the basics to the safe application of flammable refrigerants.  I have worked all over the world and most of that work has been to do with the deployment of alternative refrigerants (in which the UK leads the world).   In the UK, as well as developing training programmes, I work with clients to help them comply with standards and regulations and on various sustainability projects. None of this is achieved on my own – engineering is very much a team job and this is part of its attraction.”

The 50 women engineers on this inaugural list are:

Roma Agrawal Interserve
Helen Atkinson University of Leicester
Danella Bagnall Jaguar Land Rover
Faye Banks National Grid
Alison Baptiste Environment Agency
Jayne Bryant Bae Systems
Muffy Calder University of Glasgow
Liv Carroll Wardell Armstrong International Ltd
Jacqueline Castle Airbus UK
Amanda Chessell IBM
Naomi Climer Institution of Engineering and Technology
Susan Dio BP Shipping
Michelle Dix Crossrail
Ann Dowling University of Cambridge
Elizabeth Eastaugh Expedia
Dawn Elson Merlin Entertainments Group
Jane Gartshore Cool Concerns
Lynn Gladen Cambridge University
Paulina Godfrey Hilton Worldwide
Judith Hackitt Health and Safety Executive
Wendy Hall University of Southampton
Louise Hardy Ebbsfleet Development Corporation & Ministry of Defence
Caroline Hargrove McLaren Applied Technologies
Karen Holford Cardiff University
Ying Hu Rolls-Royce Plc
Sue Ion Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board
Barbara Judge UK AEA
Julia King Aston University
Ailie MacAdam Bechtel
Cathy McClay National Grid
Steph McGovern BBC Breakfast
Linda Miller Crossrail

23-06-2016

 

Responding to the new edition of the ATEX Directive, the Fan manufacturers Association (FMA) has revised their two ATEX guides

28-04-2016