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


Build2Perform Live programme announced

CIBSE’s Build2Perform Live event for building performance professionals takes place at London Olympia, on 21 and 22 November 2017. The programme has now been released.  You can now book your FREE place and register for morning and afternoon streams or individual sessions of your choice across the two days. We are expecting popular streams and sessions to fill up fast, so start planning your visit to make sure you can book your first choices.

The CIBSE CPD accredited programme has been carefully curated by  CIBSE DivisionsCIBSE Special Interest Groups and our  Build2Perform Advisory Committee, with specialist speakers invited from across the built environment.  Highlights from the programme include:

Build2Perform Live, will also include two CIBSE accredited CPD Exhibitor Theatres, with Platinum and Gold exhibitors presenting, and a Headline Theatre with daily keynote addresses (full details will be announced in September).


BFCMA supports Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017

The BFCMA is supporting Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017.

Brought to you by Fire Kills and HETAS, Chimney Fire Safety Week was introduced in 2009 and aims to raise awareness of safe chimney use, including the importance of ensuring that chimneys are swept regularly, are clean and appropriate quality fuel is used.

Whilst there was a reduction in nationwide chimney fires during the year April 2014-March 2015, there were still over 5,000 avoidable chimney fires. Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017 intends to reach out to consumers throughout the awareness week.

Further details are available here http://www.chimneyfiresafetyweek.co.uk/



Danfoss event focuses on refrigerants

Danfoss is to present a week of training and events to help engineers and decision makers adapt to the ever-changing refrigerant landscape.

Faced with refrigerant phase-downs, price increases and possible shortages, Danfoss’ Refrigerant Week is designed to help industry to adapt to new lower GWP, and sometimes flammable, alternatives.

In a week of events from Monday, September 18 to Friday, September 22, 2017, Danfoss turns its attention to the impact new worldwide agreements have on OEMs and installers and how it can help bridge the gap between directives and installations.

As a respected manufacturer, Danfoss maintains it has both the in-house expertise, product qualifications and testing facilities to provide reliable, efficient, and sustainable refrigerant solutions for a diverse set of applications, including air conditioning and food chain. The company points out that its experts have already begun working side-by-side with clients at specialised application design centres to support and facilitate the transition to new and better refrigerants.

The week’s activities will be grouped into two categories – CoolSchool and CoolTools.

CoolSchool is designed to increase refrigerant knowledge and uncover solutions to help participants adapt to the so-called fourth generation refrigerant transition. The event will include videos, infographics, articles and webinars.

The second event, CoolTools, will focus on a number of Danfoss tools designed to make the fourth refrigerant transition smooth and easy. These solutions are designed to simplify the selection of the right refrigerant for any situation, find a compatible component, and ensure that refrigerants are installed correctly in the cooling system.

Registration for the various webinars can be made from August 25 at refrigerants.danfoss.com


HVAC and Refrigeration Show Update

With less than seven months to go, the UK’s only dedicated exhibition for the refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation, heating and heat pump sectors is over 70% sold. The HVAC & Refrigeration Show is expected to shape and define the future of the industry, driving efficiency throughout the supply chain and providing a much-needed platform for innovation and debate.

Visitors from a wide range of sectors, including building services, central/local government, retail, leisure, hospitality, transport, manufacturing, healthcare, education, utilities and more will be there to see leading companies exhibiting top brand products and get advice on affordable and efficient solutions.

In addition to sourcing new products and services, visitors will have access to a range of new and exciting feature areas.

For more information on visiting and exhibiting go to www.hvacrshow.com


The smart effects of wellbeing in the workplace

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is highlighting the importance of occupant wellbeing in commercial buildings. As technology continues to evolve, there is an increasing focus on the wellness of individuals in the workplace, as well as the drive for smarter buildings which help boost productivity.  Historically, there was little thought given to occupants’ wellbeing by designers or contractors. However, wellbeing is now a hotly discussed topic across all industries and something which organisations must take seriously.


The WELL Building Standard is the first building standard to concentrate on the health and wellbeing of people. This has now been aligned with BREEAM – the global sustainability standard. The two together, now provide a central point for linking both wellness and sustainability, to achieve best practice.  Going forward, this standard will help building owners, facilities managers and HVAC engineers to determine future-proof solutions that assist with the wellbeing of individuals, in energy-efficient commercial buildings.


Research has proven that “well” employees at work, are both mentally and physically capable of doing their job, but are also more willing to develop their technical skills. Furthermore, individuals will demonstrate more loyalty to an organisation where they feel comfortable and happy in their environment.

The latest advancements in technology allow for smart building controls systems and sensors to be installed, which allow users to optimise their working environment. In conjunction with a Building Management System (BMS), heating, ventilation and air-conditioning can all be set to individuals’ personal preferences.

Dynamic buildings which are stimulating, with natural lighting and clean air, have been proven to ensure workers are more effective. As a consequence, overall business performance is likely to improve.  In today’s climate, buildings can’t remain stagnant. There needs to be an ongoing evolution of how buildings can adapt to occupants’ needs.  Many commercial buildings already feature the latest intelligent solutions, but this is still not common practice across the board. Wellbeing must be at the forefront of design to ensure a productive workforce, not just for now, but for the future.


Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA said: “The importance of wellbeing within our industry is something we must fully embrace. No two people are the same, so why would we expect individuals to thrive in an environment which fails to meet their needs? We need to ensure the end user can perform at their optimum ability by providing flexible, user-control systems which promote a happy, healthy and sustainable working environment.”





Top Young Professionals Reach Power Players final

Four leading young professionals from across the engineering and electrotechnical industry have reached the final of Power Players – and now face an online public vote.

The shortlisted entrants to Power Players are as follows:

  • George Antino – T Clarke
  • Harry Bartle – Chris Bowker Ltd.
  • Charlie Harwood – City Electrical Factors (CEF)
  • Joseph Wu – T Clarke

The public vote kicks off today (Thursday 10 August) and runs until Tuesday 5 September. To view the four videos and to vote, please visit:


Head judge and ECA Head of Technical Steve Martin commented:

“Many congratulations to the four remaining contenders, who have deservedly been shortlisted for the final by the Power Players judges.  I urge the entire industry to vote for their preferred entry, by visiting the Power Players website to watch the four videos and make your selection.”


An independent judging panel lead by the ECA’s Steve Martin determined the shortlisted entries. The three other Power Players judges were: Tessa Ogle (CEO, Electrical Industries Charity), Russell Beattie (Chief Executive, FETA), and Margaret Fitzsimons (Managing Director, EDA).

The two winners will be announced on Wednesday 6 September during the Electrical Design & Install (ED&I) Expo. There are a range of top-quality prizes and recognition on offer, including a business and networking trip to the USA, lunch with incoming chair of construction firm Laing O’Rourke Sir John Parker, and an opportunity to take part in an Electrical Industries Charity initiative.

Power Players was run by the ECA between April and July this year, in collaboration with a range of industry partners and supporters. The initiative aims to identify some of the leading young people across the engineering and electrotechnical industry.


An independent review of building regulations and fire safety has been announced by the government.  This follows the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, which raised serious questions about the fire safety of high rise residential buildings, and subsequent government testing of aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding from similar buildings across the country.

This forward-looking independent review, to be led by Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation, will look at current building regulations and fire safety with a particular focus on high rise residential buildings. It will report jointly to the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

It will examine:

  • the regulatory system around the design, construction and on-going management of buildings in relation to fire safety
  • related compliance and enforcement issues
  • international regulation and experience in this area

The full press release can be read at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/independent-review-of-building-regulations-and-fire-safety


ADCAS celebrates 20 years

ADCAS – the Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services – recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary in style with a dinner cruise along the Thames.

Guests on the night enjoyed a three course meal on board the luxurious Bateaux Harmony vessel while taking in views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks. ADCAS members, associates and invited guests also enjoyed a drinks reception with live music during the three-hour excursion.

Malcolm Moss, the current President, delivered a speech thanking both past and present members for their valuable contributions throughout the 20-year existence of the association, commenting: “ADCAS was formed by the ductwork industry for the ductwork industry. Trade associations can only develop and grow with the participation and support of the members and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Executive and the Associates Committee Members who have supported the association over many years.”

Mr Moss went on to highlight the notable achievements and key milestones that have helped elevate the ductwork industry within the UK construction sector.

Among the former presidents of ADCAS and many other distinguished guests was BESA President Mr Malcolm Thomson. Following the signing of the Partners in Ductwork Excellence Agreement, where both ADCAS and BESA agreed to cooperate on key industry matters, the two groups have regularly come together to work on standard development, vocational education and competence accreditation. The associations will continue to work closely with one another in order to truly represent the industry as a whole and further vital causes.

Also in attendance was Ms Julia Evans, CEO of BSRIA, and Mr Eli Howard, Technical Director from the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) in the USA, who kindly offered some unique insight into the American ductwork industry at a meeting held earlier in the day. Following dinner, Mr Michael Ohly of Hotchkiss Group, the very first president of ADCAS and a guest of honour at the event, made a short speech recalling his earliest memories as a founding member.

ADCAS remains committed to the advancement of the ductwork industry and is actively engaged with Build UK, a number of other industry bodies and the government on initiatives relating to Apprenticeships, the elimination of retentions and pre-qualification questionnaires (PPQs).




SkillFRIDGE competitors set their sights on the final

The qualifying heats of the 2017 SkillFRIDGE competition series have come to a close and the apprentices and students who took part now have their sights firmly set on the national final, with the top six set to be announced in September.

The competition has toured the UK searching for the very best individuals studying up to Level 3 RACHP, making stops at South Regional College, Glasgow Kelvin College, Cardiff & Vale College, Bath College, Eastleigh College, Grimsby Institute, Leeds College of Building and College of North West London before the concluding heat at North Kent College.

The host colleges, along with equipment providers Advanced Engineering, A-Gas, Fieldpiece, FSW and Vulkan Lokring, provided the perfect environment for the competitors to work to their full potential as they were challenged to display their skills and keep their cool under pressure during two tasks.

The refrigeration task required the apprentices to identify faults and carry out maintenance, whilst the fabrication task tested the apprentices’ pipework and brazing skills all whilst under the watchful eye of the industry judges. The judges at this year’s regional heats were Bob Lindsay (Boulting Group), Dave Bartlett (Star Refrigeration), Derek Davies (EABS/IOM/BSI), Graeme Fox (BESA), Ian Lemmon (HRP Wholesale), Kelvin Kelly (Business Edge), Mark Forsyth (SkillFRIDGE national manager) and past SkillFRIDGE and WorldSkills UK international competitors Chris Bailie, Liam Dean, Steven Burge and Stuart Millar.

SkillFRIDGE competition operating partner manager, Karena Cooper says: “I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the colleges, equipment suppliers and judges who have shown a commitment to developing the talent of young people within this vital industry.”

Cooper continues: “Without the investment of their time and resources, the SkillFRIDGE competition would not be possible.”



FETA announces leadership changes

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced changes to its senior positions, with Graham Wright standing down as FETA Chairman, and the British Refrigeration Association (BRA) President John Smith taking over the role.


John Smith (left) and Graham Wright (right)

John is technical director for the Beijer Ref UK & Ireland group of companies and has been chairing the Equipment & Components section of the BRA since 2014. He has spent the last 29 years working predominantly in wholesaling for Dean & Wood and for electronic controls manufacturers such as Danfoss, JTL and Honeywell.


Graham Wright also handed over his role as HEVAC President, with this position being filled by Nick Howlett. Nick is Managing Director of Titon Ventilation Systems and a Director of Titon Holdings plc. He was instrumental in creating Titon’s mechanical ventilation division in 2005.    

Graham Wright (left) and Nick Howlett (right)


Nick’s previous role as HEVAC Vice President will now be taken by Mark Jones, who has built a career in the ventilation industry after starting out as an apprentice making and fitting ducting, dust collectors and fans before progressing to system design and specifying contracts and eventually becoming Chairman of Woodcock & Wilson Ltd in 2014.

Mark Jones

Finally, the BRA has appointed Mark Woods as its new Vice President. Mark is Joint Managing Director of Space Engineering Services, having started with the company as a Troubleshooting and Commissioning Engineer in 1997.


Mark Woods



CIBSE announces Build2Perform Live

Coming to London Olympia on 21-22 November 2017 is CIBSE’s newest event Build2Perform Live. 

FREE to attend, visitors will be able to choose from a seminar programme with over twenty streams created by CIBSE Societies, Special Interest Groups and the Build2Perform Live advisory committee.  There will also be two additional seminar theatres delivering CIBSE accredited CPD from Platinum and Gold exhibitors, and a headline theatre.

Register now and receive priority booking when the programme is launched at the end of this month. CIBSE anticipate popular sessions will fill up fast, but as an early registrant, you will be given the chance to book your preferred sessions.

A taster of the twenty streams and sixty sessions you can attend for FREE at CIBSE Build2Perform Live include:

  • Building services: Technology update
  • Building simulation
  • Building regulations update
  • CHP & District heating
  • Digital engineering 
  • Energy metering best practice
  • Engaging clients with building performance
  • Fire safety
  • Good practice in the design of homes
  • How facilities management supports building performance
  • How to reduce energy unit costs 
  • Improving indoor & outdoor air quality
  • Lighting and wellbeing
  • Making heritage buildings perform
  • Overheating in home
BESA launches national technical conference and awards

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) will hold a combined national technical conference and awards dinner on October 19th in London.

The full day event at the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel will focus on four key areas for the building engineering sector: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ); District Heating and Tall Buildings; Heat Pumps; and Digital Construction including modular systems and BIM.

The event will feature expert presentations, but is also designed to encourage active participation from delegates during a series of workshops aimed at knowledge sharing and practical outputs. It will also feature an exhibition of latest products and innovations.

Leading authorities on mental health such as Mates in Mind, diversity and training funding will also address the conference, which will conclude with a black tie awards dinner celebrating the best of the sector’s national apprenticeship talent as well as the awarding of management and Contractor of the Year awards.

On IAQ; the Association has just announced plans to develop the industry’s first comprehensive guide to good practice following a special event on National Clean Air Day.  BESA also has a working party developing guidance for tall buildings to reflect the surge in planning applications for high structures throughout the UK. This will, inevitably, include the latest thinking on fire safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The BESA National Conference will also look at the likely impact on the refrigeration and air conditioning sector of the growing popularity of heat pumps and a rapid shift in the use of refrigerant gases as a result of the F Gas phase down of HFCs. It will also examine the difficulty the sector is experiencing in embracing modern digital working methods in a bid to ensure firms take advantage of the efficiency gains available from initiatives like BIM and data capture.

“This will be a significant new event – both for the Association and the industry as a whole,” said BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin. “The interactive nature of the conference means we will have the opportunity to share our growing body of knowledge with others while also capturing latest thinking from other experts in their fields.

“By linking the conference and our National Awards, we are also creating a great networking and social opportunity. It is a ‘must attend’ event for contractors, designers, manufacturers – in fact anyone interested in the art and science of building engineering.”

For more information and to register for the BESA National Conference and Awards go to: www.thebesaconference.com

 European Heat Pump Summit 2017

For the fifth time, international heat pump experts will be gathering at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg for the European Heat Pump Summit on 24 and 25 October 2017. Speakers at the summit will explore all aspects of industrial and commercial heat pump applications in a wide range of presentations and will also look at application scenarios for heat pumps in housing construction, hybrid systems, and the development of components and integration of heat pumps into smart grids. Simultaneous interpretation (German / English) will be provided for all presentations at the European Heat Pump Summit. In addition, the Foyer-Expo will give delegates the opportunity to find out about the latest products and innovations from exhibiting companies.

"Delegates at the European Heat Pump Summit 2017 can once again look forward to a first-class congress programme, which this year puts the spotlight on markets, development and applications for heat pumps. We are delighted to have already received numerous confirmations for the accompanying Foyer-Expo from renowned industry players attending the standout event for the heat pump community in the autumn. Their participation underscores the importance of this high-calibre event,'' says Daniela Heinkel, Senior Manager Exhibitions, NürnbergMesse.

R&D results

This year the presentations will focus on the successful use of heat pumps in both commercial and industrial applications, including detailed descriptions of the associated applications. The latest R&D results relating to the tapping of renewable energies when using heat pumps in nZEBs, hybrid combinations and smart grids will also be presented. The summit will also explore new developments in components and innovative systems for the future.

Featuring a large number of presentations, the symposium offers a comprehensive two-day programme which can now be viewed online. More than 30 prominent German and international speakers will be available to answer questions about the status quo and future of the heat pump.

This year's thematic areas include:

  • Market developments
  • R&D (hybrid systems – hot water heat pumps – nZEB – smart grids – apartment blocks – innovations – photovoltaics + heat pumps)
  • Development of components and products (refrigerants – compressors – heat exchangers – fans – pumps– controls)
  • Applications for heat pumps (industrial – commercial – residential)

A highlight of this year's European Heat Pump Summit will once again be the inclusion of a segment on the heat pump initiative of the International Energy Agency (IEA-HPT), designated IEA HPT Annex in the summit programme. For further details of all lectures and speakers please go to: www.hp-summit.de/symposium


All presentations at the European Heat Pump Summit will be interpreted simultaneously (German / English).




12th IEA Heat Pump Conference

The 12th IEA Heat Pump Conference took place in Rotterdam in May. The recently released issue of the HPT Magazine summarises some of the numerous sessions, Workshops, Award ceremonies, and presentations given at the Conference.

In the Foreword, the Chairman of the National Organizing Committee, Onno Kleefkens, gives his view of the Conference. Then, there are two different presentations from the Opening sessions, with very different subjects. The Workshops of the Conference were centred around the central work within the HPT TCP (Technology Collaboration Programme on Heat Pumping Technologies), and six of the Workshops are summarised by their Chairmen in this issue. There were four Awards at the Conference, they are all presented here. Also, three personal accounts from Conference participants are provided, each with their own selection of presentations.

The HPT Magazine can be downloaded free of charge from http://heatpumpingtechnologies.org/publications

The HPT Magazine is a publication from the Heat Pump Centre (HPC). The HPC is an international information service for heat pumping technologies, applications and markets. Visit the website at http://heatpumpingtechnologies.org/




New BESA President to focus on youth

Tim Hopkinson has been elected President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) for 2017/18.

The managing director of the ductwork manufacturer and installation contractor E Poppleton and Son took office at the Association’s annual general meeting in London and succeeds Malcolm Thomson.  Mr Hopkinson, who has been working in the building engineering sector for 35 years, is the third Association President from Poppleton.  He follows in the footsteps of Gareth Vaughan, who was President of what was then the HVCA in 2008/9, and also the founder’s grandson Edgar Poppleton, who served in 1988/89. The company, which is based in Colwyn Bay, has been a member of the Association for almost 60 years.

Mr Hopkinson said the main focus of his year as BESA President would be to “drive emerging talent into our industry” and empower young people to set the agenda for the Association’s future. He added that he would be unveiling a major new initiative at the annual BESA President’s Lunch in September that would set a new direction for the sector’s “future leadership”.

This would also be part of an effort to raise the profile and status of the building engineering profession and make careers in the industry more attractive to young people.

The new President also called on the government to deliver “a swift, but positive resolution to negotiations with the EU that allows UK industry to face the future with a clear idea of what it needs to do to drive growth”.

Improved certainty for UK businesses following an unprecedented period of political upheaval is crucial, he said, as this helps to create the right business environment for employers to invest in apprentices and new technologies.

“We have a considerable and growing skills gap – not likely to be helped if there isn’t a swift resolution to the issue of freedom of movement and the status of EU workers in this country,” said Mr Hopkinson.

He said support for the new Trailblazer apprenticeship framework would be a priority and he described creating a more diverse workforce as being “critical to the sector’s ability to deliver successful projects in the future”.

He said he was, therefore, “greatly encouraged” by the Association’s efforts to develop a wide range of apprenticeships at all levels and covering multiple sectors including installation; service & maintenance; ductwork; ventilation hygiene; refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps.

“Various recessions have starved our sector of investment in skills and training. We must, therefore, encourage young people to step forward to help us get the best out of technology and use it to improve working practices; drive productivity, deliver ‘smarter’ solutions; and, most importantly, make our industry safer,” said Mr Hopkinson.

He added that the use of modern communication methods would be a key feature of his year in office as he seeks to reach out to the new generation by making the BESA President more visible on social media than ever before.

“It is my fervent hope that, when I look back on my year in office, I will be able to say that I made at least some small contribution to attracting more young people into our industry thus helping to secure its future,” he said.


SkillFRIDGE 2017 Update

Hydrogen and oxygen for safer brazing at SkillFRIDGE

With less than four weeks until the qualifying heats are concluded, the 2017 SkillFRIDGE competition is heating up as apprentices and students studying up to Level 3 in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) sector vie for a spot in the SkillFRIDGE final, which is part of The Skills Show taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 16-18 November 2017.

The Skills Show, organised by WorldSkills UK, is the nation’s largest careers event and is set to attract over 80,000 visitors between the ages of 11-24 who want to explore the vast range of career paths that are available to them. As a largely hidden but vital industry that is suffering from a growing skills shortage, SkillFRIDGE’s presence at The Skills Show is an exciting and crucial opportunity to bring the RACHP sector to the forefront of talented young peoples’ minds.

Ian Shawcroft, head of RW, cites this opportunity as one of the reasons the company has chosen to sponsor SkillFRIDGE 2017: “The RACHP industry needs to ensure it attracts young people and educate students that apprenticeships are a viable alternative to university.” Shawcroft continues: “With employers struggling to fill technical positions, the industry needs to embrace and support such training initiatives that will provide the future knowledge to service and support such a critical industry to the UK.”

Competitors who score above 65% during the final will automatically be considered to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Competition in Russia in 2019, and will be signed up to a two year fast track training course to compete internationally.

A new generation of brazing

The SkillFRIDGE competition will provide a platform for the future of the RACHP industry to show off their talent as well as providing them with the opportunity to use the latest technology within the sector, as the country’s best aspiring engineers are challenged to use the new generation SafeFlame device during the final.

SafeFlame began as an EU funded project in November 2011, as experts from Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland and the UK joined forces to modernise the traditional methods of brazing, cutting and welding, and produce a device that is more user friendly, efficient and safer for engineers.

Whilst traditional brazing methods involve highly flammable bottled gasses, the SafeFlame device takes advantage of recent developments in Electrolysis and uses water as its fuel and mains electricity as the power supply. 

This, along with the easily seen flame, ultra-low emissions and burner that remains cool to touch, not only makes it safer for engineers who are brazing with the SafeFlame, but allows for more efficiency due to the greater control of the flame and avoids issues that arise with traditional methods that involve compressed gases – for example, vehicle modifications that are required for the carriage of these gases and restrictions on access to sites where compressed gas cylinders are banned.

Sponsorship opportunities

The demand for services from the RACHP sector continues to grow as air conditioning and refrigeration becomes even more vital to modern day life, but the escalating skills shortage threatens the future of the industry. This shortage can only be counteracted through the support and dedication from schools, governments and businesses within the industry.

A number of major industry brands, media partners and associations have already shown their commitment to the future of the industry by sponsoring this year’s SkillFRIDGE competition.

Nick Kilner, head of Dean & Wood who are part of this year’s exemplary sponsor line up, says of the sponsorship: “We are delighted to support SkillFRIDGE and The Skills Show in its bid to attract new entrants to the RACHP market. In line with our own strong belief that training and development is at the heart of the future success of the industry, SkillFRIDGE is an exciting way for young people to showcase their talent.”

There are still opportunities for brands to align themselves with the highest standard of up and coming talent in the RACHP industry and show their commitment to a future generation of skilled engineers, whilst being profiled within a wide reaching national and international media campaign. 

For more information on bespoke SkillFRIDGE sponsorship packages, contact:

Karena Cooper, SkillFRIDGE Competition Operating Partner (COP) Manager
T: 01622 699 150
E-mail: kcooper@datateam.co.uk


Latest news on the HVAC and Refrigeration Show 2018

Stand sales gather pace as new format excites industry participation

In line with feedback that 60% of companies and attendees at previous shows carry out most of their business in the south, The HVAC & Refrigeration Show – the UK’s only dedicated exhibition for refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation, heating and heat pump sectors – is making its debut appearance at London’s ExCeL from 23-25 January 2018.

Along with the change of name and location, organiser Datateam Business Media has implemented a new approach to attract a fresh audience of quality visitors, engage key brands and reach industry nationally and internationally. This year’s show will see the launch of a new sector – refrigerated and chilled food transportation, along with the introduction of larger stand options with restructured prices to allow companies the space they need to bring their products to life.

The event will also look to the future of the industry with the series launch of the national SkillFRIDGE competition, a three day series of live debates on key issues presented by a panel of industry figures, a three day seminar programme with speakers invited from UK and European Associations including presentations from Institute of Refrigeration and WorldSkills UK and a number of unmissable networking events to be hosted in the Business Hub over the course of the three day exhibition.

With the HVAC & Refrigeration Show 2018 already gaining so much momentum, companies within the HVAC & R sectors are encouraged to book their stands and ensure that they are a part of this much anticipated industry event.

For more information on the range of bespoke exhibitor packages that are available contact Karena Cooper on 01622 699 150 or at kcooper@datateam.co.uk




HPA expresses disappointment following further delays to RHI reform

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has expressed its disappointment and frustration following news that the delay in bringing in the vital Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reforms will now extend beyond the summer.  The overdue reforms have suffered a number of delays and setbacks due to procedural formatting issues and the snap general election and subsequent changes to Government have altered the delivery timeframe once more.

Mike Nankivell, President of the HPA, comments: “This prolonged process of reform could potentially damage the renewable heat industry, creating uncertainty and confusion over tariffs in both domestic and non-domestic markets.

“Although we are once again left frustrated by the delays, we recognise that when the changes are finally implemented there will likely be a silver lining in the form of significantly improved tariffs. In addition, any installations registered from 12th December 2016 up until the new regulations are introduced will not be subject to heat demand limits but will be eligible for any improved tariffs, allowing operators to maximise the potential of their systems until the changes come into force.”

The RHI is an incentivised scheme designed to promote the use of renewable heat and help the UK reduce its carbon emissions in line with EU energy targets. Initially introduced for non-domestic installations in November 2011, followed by the domestic scheme in April 2014, those who successfully join the scheme can expect to receive quarterly payments for 20 or seven years respectively.  The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is expected to provide an update on the proposed reform following Parliament’s summer recess.

The HPA will continue to support the overall objectives of the RHI and is on hand to advise BEIS when needed.




London Construction Awards 2017

The London Construction Awards are the leading and most prestigious construction awards in London.  The LCA’s recognise achievements, developments and innovation within London’s booming construction industry and feature a wide range of categories for solution providers, contractors, architects, developers and local authorities.  All awards are free to enter and are impartially judged by a panel of industry experts. The awards are presented at a prestigious Gala Dinner at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington on October 25th, attended by 500+ movers and shakers in the London construction industry. The ceremony features a world class array of live entertainment, music and a comedy set with the brilliant Katherine Ryan.

12 Awards Judged By London's Most Credible Construction Heads

London Build Excellence Award

Architectural Design Of The Year

Process Innovation Of The Year

Product Innovation Of The Year

Technological Innovation Of The Year

Supplier Of The Year

Sustainable Construction Award

Marketing Initiative Of The Year

Off-Site Construction Project Of The Year

Regeneration Project Of The Year

Women In Construction Award

Health & Safety Solution Of The Year

The deadline for entries is 30th June, so if you would you like to enter the awards e-mail kate.skinner@oliverkinross.com for the entry form or call +44 (0) 203 058 2376.


Refcom Technical Bulletin on refrigerant recovery

Refrigerant recovery is the topic for the latest technical bulletin from certification company Refcom.

The bulletin is designed to inform members of their responsibilities under relevant regulations, and the vital importance of effective refrigerant recovery.

It also highlights the difference between reclaim and recycling and the effect that this can have on the recovered gas quality and any system it is subsequently used in. Impartial advice is offered on some of the pitfalls that can be avoided by employing careful planning and effective control measures.

With the availability of HFC becoming ever tighter, there will be an increasing need to make use of recovered refrigerants.

The bulletin can be viewed and downloaded here.


REAL Alternatives to be expanded across Europe with support of European Commission environment and climate action programme

As part of its environment and climate action funding programme the European Commission will be co-financing the expansion of the REAL Alternatives blended learning programme for low GWP refrigerants.  ”REAL Alternatives for LIFE“ is a new and extended project to update existing content, develop new materials on applying safety standards and introduce a range of practical exercises and assessments.  It will also include train the trainer events and study days held across Europe.  There will be a high profile awareness campaign to encourage recognition of this training amongst employers, wholesalers, manufacturers, end users and policy makers – increasing confidence in the application of these new refrigerants. The expansion will mean that REAL Alternatives for LIFE training can be delivered to nearly 220,000 technicians across Europe by a network of nationally accredited trainers by the end of the project.

The LIFE programme is the EU's funding instrument for environment and climate action. It promotes innovative solutions and spread best practices in reducing emission and adapting to climate change across the European Union.

REAL Alternatives for LIFE will promote best practice in training for low GWP alternative HFOs, R32, hydrocarbon, carbon dioxide and ammonia across Europe – ensuring they are used safely, efficiently, reliably and cost-effectively.  It will addressing some of critical barriers currently preventing more widespread take in the industry by increasing awareness, experience and knowledge levels.  The project will also spread knowledge about the availability of training for low GWP refrigerants with a presence at some of the most important national, EU and global environmental summits, conferences and events.

Institutes, training organisations and trade bodies across thirteen countries will be working together on this important international project which starts in June this year and will run for three years. It will operate in thirteen working languages and include fifteen partner organisations based in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Romania, Denmark, Portugal, and Turkey. 

The Project Management team includes The Institute of Refrigeration and London South Bank University in the UK, University College Limburg in Belgium, IKKE Regional Training Centre in Germany, ATF Trade Association in Italy, PROZON Foundation for climate protection refrigerant reclamation organization, International Institute of Refrigeration in France, AREA European Contractors Association in Belgium.

Further details can be found at http://www.realalternatives.eu/home


FETA and HPA sign DecarbHeat Declaration of Support

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) and the Heat Pump Association (HPA) have demonstrated their commitment to carbon free heating and cooling by signing the DecarbHeat Declaration of Support.

DecarbHeat is a European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) initiative that aims to turn the vision of a 100% carbon-free European heating and cooling sector by 2050 into reality.

The initiative includes an industry pledge signed by 25 representatives from leading organisations across the European thermal industry. By signing the pledge, these companies have demonstrated a willingness to take a prominent role in helping the industry make the all-important transition to carbon-free heating and cooling.

Supporting these signatories, nearly 50 other groups and associations from around Europe, including FETA and the HPA, have signed a separate declaration of support. This document represents an assurance that the associations and industry stakeholders back the DecarbHeat initiative and, where necessary, will take action to help realise the overriding goal of a 100% renewable heating and cooling sector.

Russell Beattie, Chief Executive of FETA, commented: “It is estimated that heating and cooling are responsible for 51% of Europe’s final energy demand. If the decarbonisation of Europe is ever to be fully realised, stakeholders from across the heating and cooling industry must come together and show a real commitment to lowering this figure. FETA and the HPA fully support the DecarbHeat initiative and its worthwhile objective of achieving carbon-free heating and cooling by 2050.”

The formal signatures were made public during the DecarbHeat Forum - a two day conference that took place in Brussels on 11-12 May and brought together over 30 speakers and 200 professionals involved in the heating and cooling sector.




John Lightfoot, one of FETA's long serving chairmen, retires

John Lightfoot, Sales Director at TEV Limited, has retired and is standing down as chairman of both a HEVAC and a FETA Group.

John, who first got involved in the HEVAC Association when he was with IMI Air Conditioning, has been the chairman of the HEVAC Fan Coil Unit Group since it was formed in 2002.  John has led the group for fifteen years towards its aim to promote the effective use of chilled water fan coils within a building environmental system by supplying meaningful and definitive specifications from which engineers can make considered decisions.

Prior to that, in the 1990's John was chairman of the FETA Export Club which was formed to stimulate interest and success in profitable Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Export Trade and provide business members with a forum for the interchange of knowledge of all matters relating to export trading.

John took a very active role in the HEVACR 2005 project, which was a Government funded project to help FETA members increase their profitability.  As a result, John and the Export Club produced the HEVACR 2005 International Trade Development Strategy.

John will be missed by the FETA staff and his industry colleagues in the HEVAC Fan Coil Unit Group, and we all wish John a good and well deserved retirement.


26 May 2017

First IIR International Conference on the application of HFO Refrigerants to be held in the UK

The IOR will be hosting the inaugural IIR International Conference on the application of HFO Refrigerants on 2 to 5 September 2018 in Birmingham. The three-day conference will provide a focus for global experience on the use of low flammable A2L classification refrigerants, which encompass the new generation of HFO refrigerants heralded as replacements for high GWP HFC refrigerants.  The event will cover essential information for designers, manufacturers, end users and installers about characteristics of low GWP refrigerants, system and component design, lubricants, flammability, legislation, codes of practice and standards.

The IOR is proud to be attracting world experts in the application of HFO refrigerants to the UK and providing this unique international showcase for UK industry.  This programme will provide a counterpoint to last years’ highly successful 12th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working refrigerants conference which was also held in the UK.  The IOR’s International Refrigeration Committee continues to work to bring together the scientific community, design engineers and refrigeration and air conditioning system users to advance the applications of cooling using different technologies for the benefit of all. ”  Andy Pearson FInstR, chairman of conference planning panel.

With the HFC phase-down programme now being implemented in Europe (and likely to be adopted in many other regions), this conference will provide an opportunity for the those developing new working fluids to meet with the equipment design engineers who provide products and the system installers who use them, together with representatives of the end-user community who have to live with the consequences of these scientific and technical decisions.  It will be a unique chance for these groups to interact in a forum specifically focussed on the practical aspects of developing these new refrigerants. 

A call for papers will be issued in June 2018. In addition to papers focusing on A2L Refrigerants, the conference will accept papers that include either practical or theoretical comparisons of other LGWP fluids such as ammonia, CO2 and hydrocarbons. These papers will be expected to compare and contrast experiences of those refrigerants versus HFOs.

See www.hfo2018.com to register your interest now.

New FETA working group and guidance document set to offer vital insight into the use of A2L refrigerants

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has set up a new A2L refrigerants working group and has released a guidance note entitled ‘An introduction to A2L refrigerants and their use in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump applications’.

Introduced in 2015, the F-Gas regulation requires the introduction of refrigerants with significantly lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) and will ban new equipment which uses hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants with a GWP of over 2,500 by the year 2020. As a result of this regulation, new refrigerants are being developed by manufacturers; in many cases these are pure, or blended, HFOs (Hydro Fluoro Olefins).  In order to attain the lowest possible GWP, some of these new refrigerants do exhibit lower flammability (sometimes referred to as “mild flammability”).  To recognise this, and their difference from higher flammability refrigerants such as hydrocarbons (classified as A3), a new A2L classification has been introduced by ASHRAE. (HFCs are non flammable, and classified as A1)

The guidance note has been produced by members of FETA associations and offers an overview of the new refrigerants, as well as some practical advice on their safe use, and some examples of different applications.  It seeks to signpost the fact that these refrigerants will play an increasing role in the market over the coming years; particularly with regard to air conditioning, where future alternatives will be A2L type refrigerants.

The new working group will look to offer clear guidance on A2L refrigerants and the implications of their use, sharing information and communicating changes and updates as soon as they occur.  It will also seek to work with standards bodies to ensure any new standards being developed reflect the need for wider usage of such products, in order to meet the requirements of the F Gas regulation.  Many FETA members are already involved in this process.

Russell Beattie, Chief Executive of FETA, commented: “The working group has been formed as a direct result of discussions at the FETA Annual Strategy Forum. It was clear that the subject of A2L refrigerants involved several FETA associations, and it was felt that a working group would be able to co-ordinate and communicate information on this important topic. “

“The group will also be liaising with other organisations with interests in this area such as IoR, ACRIB and FSDF, as well as government departments, with a view to sharing knowledge and best practice across the industry.”


The document can be downloaded here



New face at FETA

Elizabeth Hawkins has joined FETA as Secretariat Support Manager in succession to Rebecca Joyce.  Rebecca is leaving for pastures new, and everyone at FETA wishes her well in her new job.

Elizabeth has a wide range of experience in clerical and administrative roles; latterly as a school secretary.

FETA members will be able to meet Elizabeth at the FETA lunch later this week.


BRA launches new guide to Temperature Glide

The British Refrigeration Association (BRA) has launched another in its series of Fact Finders on the subject of temperature glide.  The guide gives an overview of the practicalities involved in handling refrigerants with this characteristic, and in particular highlights some of the currently available alternatives to R404A.  It is vital for the optimal performance of a system, to take into account the temperature glide of the refrigerant.  Almost all newly developed refrigerant blends will exhibit this property, so it is important for the industry to understand how to use them effectively.

The Fact Finder (No.19) is available at http://www.feta.co.uk/associations/bra/publications


In a statement today Honeywell says it plans to exit the sale of R404A and R507 refrigerants in the European Union in 2018

One of the worlds main refrigerant producers, Honeywell explained that it was taking this action “in anticipation of the expected scarcity of high GWP products due to the F-gas regulation phase-down schedule”.

Prices of R404A and R507 from all manufacturers and suppliers have risen dramatically this year in anticipation of the 37% cut in CO2e required next year under the European F-gas regulations.  With quotas based on CO2 equivalents, no manufacturer wants to continue selling high GWP gases like R404A.

The phase out of high GWP refrigerants is seen as essential if refrigerant shortages are to be avoided next year. Groups such as EPEE have previously warned that this would require the retrofitting of at least 50% of current R404A systems. Reports suggest that Europe is currently far short of that target and, worse, new equipment using R404A is still being manufactured, imported and installed in large numbers.

R404A, with its GWP of 3922, is the most widely used gas in Europe in stationary refrigeration systems, commonly used in low temperature commercial systems such as those used in supermarkets. R507 has a GWP of 3985 and, although less common, is also used in low and medium temperature refrigeration.

The BRA PURR report highlighted this issue over 18 months ago, and a revision of the report is currently under way to take into account market developments. 

The current report is available to download at http://www.feta.co.uk/associations/bra/publications