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.
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
Refrigerant safe handling register Refcom has created a search facility on its website to allow refrigerant suppliers to check whether customers are properly F-gas certified.
Air conditioning and refrigeration engineers are required to present their F-gas certificate or an ACRIB SKILLcard when purchasing refrigerant. There have been reported incidents of counterfeit certificates and non-compliant plastic cards being used and, while refrigerant suppliers are legally required to ensure anyone buying gas from them is F-gas certified, it has previously been difficult to check whether certification is genuine and up to date.
As a result, Refcom has simplified the process by introducing a search facility on its website that allows suppliers to check customers’ credentials by both company name and/or F-gas certificate number.
Refcom maintains that ensuring the company name and certificate number match is a reliable method of establishing whether an operative is legally allowed to buy refrigerant gas. However, if the supplier finds a problem they are asked to contact the Refcom helpdesk to establish whether the company has chosen not to be publicly listed on the register or if the certificate is invalid.
“This is a very important new feature,” said BESA’s senior mechanical engineer Graeme Fox. “Refcom has been pivotal in efforts to drive up professional standards across our industry and ensure we continue to manage the safe handling of F-gases. However, we are not complacent and continually monitor the situation to ensure nothing undermines the rigour and integrity of the F-gas scheme – such as failure to produce valid certification details when buying refrigerants.
“The easiest way for someone to prove their credentials is to show their original certificate or their ACRIB SKILLcard, which is the only legally compliant portable proof of F-gas certification and operator competency,” he added.
Details at www.refcom.org.uk
As part of a sustained effort to tackle the growing skills gap, ADCAS is calling on its members to back the new Trailblazer apprenticeship and help breathe new life into the ductwork industry. The ductwork sector hasn’t always benefitted from the same take-up as the pipework and electrical sectors. This may be because ductwork is not fully understood by potential candidates or because employers haven’t always had sufficient motivation. Whatever the reasons, work is now well under way to improve the situation and ADCAS, together with BESA, is fully engaged with the government’s Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme.
Following strict guidelines, ADCAS has produced two Trailblazer apprenticeship portfolios - one for the installer and one for craftsman - which will be fully recognised within the construction industry as gold standard qualifications. The Trailblazer schemes are designed to work for all ductwork companies and labour providers, regardless of size, but in order to succeed it is vital that the industry comes together to show its support for this important endeavour. It is hoped that training centres will be set up in London, the Midlands and the North, requiring an average intake of 45 apprentices annually. However, without sufficient interest from those involved in the industry there is a chance that the programme could fail.
Malcolm Moss, President of ADCAS, commented: “Unless we recognise the importance of recruiting young people, the industry risks being left behind. Both the pipework and electrical sectors are pushing ahead with their own Trailblazer initiatives and are already engaging with candidates for this year’s intake.
“The future of the industry relies upon the recruitment of young people – sitting back and leaving it to others is not really an option. The ductwork industry may be classed as something of a specialist sector but the Trailblazer apprenticeships will provide all of the necessary skills to succeed.”
ADCAS is urging its members to make a real difference by registering their interest with Teresa Osborne at FETA – email@example.com, 0118 940 3416.
The BCIA are delighted to have received a record number of entries for the 2017 BCIA Awards, showing an increased standard of excellence across the entire industry. Such high calibre entries presented the team of independent judges with a difficult task, after much deliberation the finalists were decided on as follows:
Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year
Sponsored by CentraLine by Honeywell
Associated Technology Services
AES Control Systems
Best Service & Maintenance Provider
Sponsored by Western Automation
BG Energy Solutions
Building Management Solutions Integrators (BMSI)
Kendra Energy Solutions
SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions
Technical Innovation of the Year - Projects
Sponsored by Johnson Controls
Sheffield Hallam University – Comfort Controls
The City of Glasgow College – Enterprise Controls
Cavendish Close Junior School – Integrated BMS
The City of Edinburgh Council – SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions
Technical Innovation of the Year - Products
Sponsored by Modern Building Services
New Butterfly Valves and PR actuators – Belimo Automation UK
Aspect – Cylon Controls
CentraLine by Honeywell ROOMUP App
BI Metrics – Priva UK
Desigo CC – Siemens Building Technologies
ECLYPSE Connected Terminal Unit Controller – Distech Controls
Energy Management Award
Sponsored by Priva
QinetiQ-Blended PPM, Support and Energy Engineering Contract – BMSI
Financial Times building – Chartwell Energy Solutions
The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge - Chartwell Energy Solutions
Vue Cinemas – BG Energy Solutions
Contribution to Training Award
Sponsored by Siemens Building Technologies
The Sontay Academy
Engineer of the Year
Sponsored by Trend Control Systems
Stephen Astwood – Johnson Controls
Rafal Kapela – Chartwell Controls
Bradley Mackfall – InTandem Systems
Paul Mitchell – Kendra Energy Solutions
Albert Ndongala – BMSI
Darren Willis – Comfort Controls
Young Engineer of the Year
Sponsored by BCIA
George Belfield – InTandem Systems
Laurence Olney – BMSI
Leo Pesci – Kendra Energy Solutions
James Rees – System Five
Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA says: “There were so many remarkable entries to judge this year, showing our industry continues to go from strength to strength. I would urge everyone to join us at this year’s awards ceremony to celebrate the best of the best in the building controls industry.”
The most prestigious event in the building controls calendar will take place on Thursday 11 May 2017 at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. Don’t miss out on your chance to see who this year’s winners will be. Book your place now at www.bcia.co.uk
A new paper released today by EPEE and EVIA attempts to predict the HVAC and refrigeration needs of future generations.
Jointly developed by the two associations, the Visionary Paper is based on the discussions held during Eureka 2016, a collective industry event that took place in December in The Hague.
Eureka 2016 saw the whole HVACR sector – including industry, academia, political decision-makers, and civil society – coming together to share their vision of the future and the upcoming challenges. The Visionary Paper is the result of those discussions. It is described as a unique tool aiming to help the industry adapt their products and services to the requirements and demands of future consumers.
“The Visionary Paper aims to provide an outlook to 2030 based on what future customers will want and expect,” said EPEE director general Andrea Voigt. “It is clear that maintaining the status quo is not an option, and that the industry will need to transform itself in order to be truly resilient and sustainable.”
The Visionary Paper focuses on the needs of so-called Generation Z, namely those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s. According to the new document, they are likely to be even more demanding than current customers, and their expectations will fundamentally change the way the HVACR industry operates.
“Our Visionary Paper states that future customers will want the industry to provide a full service, not just products; be offered a service which is tailored to their needs; prefer locally-sourced products; and want to live more sustainably,” said Russell Patten, secretary general of EVIA. “Being thus prepared, the sector can turn challenges into opportunities and continue to provide heating, cooling and ventilation every day across the world”.
The Visionary Paper illustrates the future trends as seen through the eyes of the actors in the HVACR sector today, and presents their applications in the key areas addressed during EUREKA 2016.
“Food waste, refrigerants, energy efficiency in buildings, and indoor air quality are not only areas at the heart of the HVACR sector,” said Andrea Voigt. “They also have a major impact on the lives of the generations to come.”
The next edition of EUREKA, which will take place in Berlin in December, will be discussing and seeking input from participants on how Gen Z’ers actually perceive the world and environment in which they grew up how they view the challenges that industry should address as a priority.
To download the Visionary Paper click here
The industry has reacted positively to the new name, date and venue for the event formerly known as The ACR Show with a number of exhibitors and sponsors already signed up. Fujitsu, Toshiba Air Conditioning, Lordan, Thermonfin, Carrier Rental Systems, Jumo Instruments, Broughton Electro Air Products, First Choice Refrigeration Spares, Polestar Products, Prihoda UK, Stainless Finishing Solutions, Qingdao TianyiCool Co, Vulkan Industries, Parcel Holders, Green Zone Surveys, Oxford Hardware, Rullion and more are all excited about the move to London’s ExCeL, placing the show in easy reach of big business.
Event manager Karena Cooper commented, “We are committed to producing an outstanding, market driven industry event that promotes innovation and supports industry growth across multiple sectors. Live events give a greater understanding of what people think and which projects they are directly or indirectly involved in. As the UK’s only commercial event, the HVAC & Refrigeration Show should already be in your diary”.
For more information visit www.hvacrshow.com
This Young Engineers event is aimed at those who have been in the industry for less than 10 years and gives an interactive overview of some of the key elements of the design and construction process. We will be looking at why Soft Landing is important and how it should be implemented, along with how Government Soft Landings and BIM can work together.
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The 7th International Conference on Ammonia and CO2 Refrigeration Technologies will take place on May 11-13, 2017 in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia.
Among the speakers will be Andy Pearson, from the UK IoR, and Rob Lamb from BRA member, Star Refrigeration. A list of papers and presenters has now been issued.
The main topics of the conference are:
- design of modern ammonia and new CO2 systems and technological innovations.
- improving energy efficiency.
- various applications, technical guidelines and safety regulations.
Further details can be found at www.mf.edu.mk/web_ohrid2017/ohrid-2017.html
Now available for free download is the latest ASHRAE/UN Environment fact sheet on new refrigerant designation and safety classification.
Updated twice a year, after the ASHRAE winter and summer conferences, the fact sheet provides an update on ASHRAE refrigerant standards and introduces the new refrigerants that have been awarded an “R” number over the last few years.
The document describes ASHRAE’s Standard 34, Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants, what the R-numbers mean and explains the hazard classifications.
The document is available here
The European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) and the Eurovent Association have released a new FAQ on ecodesign and energy labelling requirements for ventilation units. The document aims to provide answers to the many questions the market still has concerning EU Regulations 1253/2014 and 1254/2014 to ensure their proper implementation.
Building on two earlier versions of the FAQ, this latest document is the result of intensive work carried out by EVIA and Eurovent members based on their experience with other market participants, such as their customers (designers, installers, architects).
As a result, it reflects the views of a majority of manufacturers of ventilation units as well as other market participants in Europe and the Middle East and Europe’s leading national sector associations.
This document is addressed to the industry, but also the European Commission, EU Member States, enforcement bodies and others stakeholders who need to be informed of the provisions of these regulations.
Further information here.
UL, the American safety consulting and certification company, is holding a series of webinars on flammable refrigerants.
The series of four one-hour webinars is organised against a background of global moves to phase down HFCs and the adoption of lower GWP flammable alternatives. UL says the webinars will be of interest to anyone involved in refrigeration and air conditioning keen to keep abreast of latest codes and standards.
The first webinar – an Introduction of the 2017 updates to the white paper Revisiting Flammable Refrigerants, has already taken place, but can still be listened to here.
The next webinar is on March 29 and is entitled An Overview of Codes and Standards Activities.
This will be followed by An Overview of the Science of Flammable Refrigerants on April 26 and a panel discussion on Uncertainty, Gaps, and What’s Needed to Continue the Implementation on May 17.
All take place at the same time of 14.00 EDT.
More information available here.
FETA has announced its support for the Power Players initiative – a new Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) enterprise that aims to facilitate the ambitions and showcase the success of young leaders and innovators within the building engineering services sector. It will open to entries in late spring 2017.
Power Players is a completely digital initiative aimed at the younger generation who have already made a positive impact in their careers. In addition to recognition and publicity, there will be an array of prizes and opportunities on offer.
Young people from across the industry will be encouraged to send in a short self-nomination video, which highlights their excellence and/or innovation in particular areas of work (e.g. sustainability, training, diversity etc.)
Following an online judging and voting process, shortlisted entries will be put forward for a public vote at the ED&I Expo at the NEC in September this year.
Russell Beattie, FETA Chief Executive, commented: “FETA is delighted to show its support for this important and worthwhile initiative. We are all aware of the skills shortages and recruitment challenges facing the industry and it’s vital that we draw attention to the young people who are making a real impact.”
Power Players will be open to entrants who work for any of the following types of organisation within building services engineering:
- Clients and specifiers (e.g. facilities managers, local authorities, housing associations, property developers etc.)
- Consultants and designers
- Engineering firms
- Installers and contractors
- Manufacturers and distributors
Power Players is also being supported by a range of other industry bodies including:
- Scottish electrical trade body SELECT
- Joint Industry Board (JIB)
- Electrical Distributors Association (EDA)
- Building Services and Environmental Engineer (BSEE)
- Voltimum - the electrical industry portal
For more information about the initiative, please visit: www.eca.co.uk/business-industry-support/awards/power-players
The Energy Now Expo is the only renewable energy event organised exclusively for the agricultural and rural sectors and the HPA has been pleased to be associated with the event for a number of years.
The Energy Now Expo is dedicated to the growth of renewable energy within the agricultural and rural communities of the UK. It brings together farmers, landowners and other rural business owners to engage with industry experts on the latest renewable energy opportunities available, together with the best practices in energy generation and efficiency.
The Energy Now Expo 2017 was held between the 8th and 9th February at the Telford International Centre. The event, which was attended by a record number of visitors, delegates and exhibitors, featured over 70 industry experts speaking across 18 specialist seminar sessions. In a comfortable seminar theatre in the centre of the exhibition area, the HPA and FETA pop-up banners were on display and on the 9th February, Mike Nankivell, President of the HPA, chaired a seminar session specifically on the subject of heat pumps. Opening the session, Mike outlined the history and objectives of the HPA stressing that it represents all genre of heat pumps.
Mike explained that although heat pump sessions at previous Energy Now Expo events had delivered presentations on a variety of innovative and cost effective application case studies, with changes in the political landscape over the past year, the heat pump sector has seen revisions in Government heat strategy, policy and incentives and so this particular seminar session would focus on these.
Mike introduced the 4 main speakers, John Findlay, Chairman of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA), Ross Lowrie, Senior Policy Advisor for the Environment Agency, Marie Lomax, Senior Permitting Officer for the Environment Agency and Lizzie Chatterjee, Heat Pump Policy lead for the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
John Findlay’s excellent presentation outlined the types and operational principles of ground source heat pumps and explained how recent policy and subsidy changes should shape the future of heat pumps.
Ross Lowrie followed John and explained how the Environment Agency enforces policy and regulation relating to the application of water source heat pumps and his colleague, Marie Lomax, clarified Environment Agency permitting rights procedures regarding abstraction from water sources for heat pump installations.
Lizzie Chatterjee delivered the final presentation of the session, which explained the influence of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on the take up of heat pumps in both the domestic and non-domestic sectors. Lizzie went on to set out the Government’s recent reforms of the RHI, effective from Spring 2017.
All the presentations should become available on the Energy Now website http://www.energynowexpo.co.uk in due course.
In his closing comments, Mike Nankivell summarised key elements of the presentations and invited questions from the very attentive and appreciative audience, which numbered approximately 35, a good number for a relatively small event. Several questions were expertly addressed by the panel of speakers and discussions continued well beyond the end of the session.
Mike observed. “Although perhaps not an immediately obvious venue to be supported by the HPA, over the years the Energy Now Expo has amply demonstrated that there is significant interest in and highly suitable applications for renewable heat pump technology within the farming sector. There is little doubt that our industry can benefit from promoting the benefits of heat pumps within agricultural and rural communities.”
As the government finalises its Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) to meet the 5th Carbon Budget, the CBI has issued its latest report "Stepping up to the challenge", setting out what British business would like the plan to address.
The report argues in favour of a refreshed approach to energy policy, which provides a future-fit framework, giving business the confidence to innovate and invest. They believe that this approach can deliver the energy trilemma, but also build a more resilient economy, that drives global competitiveness, improves wellbeing, and creates prosperity across the country.
The report states that government, in the context of an increasingly interconnected world, must take a whole system approach to meeting carbon targets – that accounts for the interdependencies in our economy and focuses on innovation as a means by which we can deliver a smarter system.
However, they also argue that in some areas, more targeted policy action is needed in order to build upon the progress already made, and deliver investment where more heavy lifting is needed. The report states that the plan will need to set the conditions for the market to innovate, enabling the lowest cost pathway to decarbonisation, with a focus on four key sectors: homes, transport, power and business.
Finally, the report states the need for the right mind-set in government, with the low-carbon transition embedded in all departments, and in wider government policy – not least the Industrial Strategy. In addition, it argues that we must work towards a three-way partnership between business, government and consumers, both to ensure an ongoing dialogue, but also in order to build public confidence and engage consumers in this transition.
The CBI expects the Emissions Reduction Plan to be released in the coming months, and will continue to engage government to ensure that the business voice continues to be heard on this issue.
The full report is available at www.cbi.org.uk/insight-and-analysis/stepping-up-to-the-challenge
The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has reaffirmed its belief that there is plenty of room for further growth within the heat pump sector.
In the commercial air conditioning sector, reverse cycle, heating and cooling heat pump systems are in fact dominant, particularly air-to-air. However, heating only heat pumps, designed essentially for the domestic/residential central heating market, while growing in demand, are only scratching the surface of the sector.
In the domestic sector alone there are some 2.5 million dwellings off the gas grid with a deployment level of heat pumps below 10%. One million homes use oil and are therefore exposed to the price volatility of that market.
The HPA recognises that some of the previous quarter-on-quarter figures have not been as encouraging as the industry had hoped for. However, according to the latest quarterly figures this trend may have bottomed out, possibly aided by the fact that oil prices appear to be on a steady rise for the foreseeable future and concerns over changes to the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) funding have been replaced by announcements of increased tariffs and budgets confirmed until April 2021. This provides added confidence and largely improved financials.
The HPA believes that the EU referendum and subsequent change in government departments and ministerial positions caused some anxiety. However, as the dust continues to settle the scene is becoming ever clearer. Hence there are indications that over the last few months the market for heating only heat pumps has picked up significantly.
Mike Nankivell, President of the Heat Pump Association, observed: “The recent report from the Committee on Climate Change - Next steps for UK heat policy - made it very clear that as far as government policy is concerned well performing heat pump systems are a key part of government long-term strategy and described them as ‘low regret’ i.e. is most likely that a recipient will be pleased with the performance of the heat pump whether this is to provide better comfort and/or low running costs.
Mr Nankivell continued: “The report recognised the financial case is currently weak when compared with natural mains gas but that this could also change if carbon dioxide is ‘costed’ in to the utility tariffs. It points to hybrid heat pumps as a potential transition to deployment of Heat pumps in ‘on Gas Grid’ areas, although it recognises the capital cost of these types of installation.
“The hope is for some 200,000 heating only heat pump installations in the period 2016 to 2020/21 via the RHI scheme. This requires 40,000 installations per year and is certainly aspirational.”
The Smoke Control Association (SCA) is getting ready to deliver a new training course aimed at building services engineers, building control inspectors, fire engineers and SCA members.
Entitled ‘Introduction to Smoke Control – A Beginner’s Guide’, this new half-day course will help delegates expand their knowledge of smoke controls, identify best practice and improve industry standards. The training session will take place on 29th March 2017 at a central London location and will feature two one-hour lectures - separated by a 30 minute coffee break - followed by a Q&A session.
The first session will be presented by Conor Logan of Colt International Ltd and will focus on the key regulations and supporting standards relating to smoke control systems, offering expert advice on UK and European legislation.
Will Perkins of SE Controls will deliver the second part of the course and he will take a close look at the latest systems, installation methods and maintenance requirements.
Will comments: “In the event of a fire, a well-designed smoke control system can protect property and, more importantly, save lives.
“An effective system can help to keep escape and access routes free from smoke, facilitate fire-fighting operations, delay or prevent flashover, protect the contents of the building and reduce the risk of damage to the building.”
Conor adds: “This new training course will prove invaluable for anyone looking to learn more about smoke control systems and the integral part they play in improving safety within buildings. The two sessions will cover legislation, performance criteria, system types and more, providing advice and guidance at the planning, design and installation stages.”
The half-day course will start at 10:30am and finish at 1:30pm.
For further information or to book a place on the course, please visit: http://www.feta.co.uk/associations/hevac/specialist-groups/sca-training
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 Symposium is to provide evidence of the successful adoption of resilience in the design and operation of buildings.
The seventh annual Technical Symposium looks to encourage the participation of both young and experienced industry practitioners, researchers and building users to share experiences and develop networks.
The Technical Symposium benefits from the keen support and learned input of both the volunteers on the organising committee and the scientific committee as well, of course, the presenters - without whom the Technical Symposium could not take place.
Melody Wang of Affiliated Engineers California, USA will examine the challenges of adapting systems design to meet the changing role of buildings.
Tom Lawrence of the University of Georgia Atlanta, USA will consider how the advent of a smart grid opens the potential for smart buildings to participate in load management and demand response programs in collaboration with the electrical utility or grid system operator.
Sophia Flucker of UK based Operational Intelligence Ltd will examine how the environmental impact of data centres can be minimised but looking beyond energy efficiency.
Abdullahi Ahmed of Coventry University UK will show how an EU funded project focussing on the refurbishment of existing public buildings aims to bring together design and decision making tools and innovative building fabric to achieve energy reduction in the region of 50%.
For more information visit www.cibse.org/symposium
This IOR International Refrigeration Committee Business Briefing will focus on the business opportunities of environmental policy and international energy reduction targets.
In an uncertain global community there are questions about what the impact of EU Policy and Global accords are going to have on the UK Government energy and environment strategy. This Briefing is being held to discuss in the RACHP community what have been the drivers and successes to date in achieving energy efficiency savings and lowering emissions. What are our options? What new solutions are likely to present themselves? And how should we in the UK put these in an international context?
This half day business briefing will offer guidance and case studies of:
- How 20-20-20 is driving energy efficiency and reducing emissions in Europe
- Technologies and behaviour factors that are having an impact
- The role of low GWP HFO refrigerants
The Each Home Counts review was launched in 2015 to consider issues relating to consumer advice, protection, standards and enforcement in relation to home energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in the UK.
The report sets out the recommendations from the review chaired by Peter Bonfield, with workstreams led by industry representatives from across the sector. The review makes a number of key recommendations. In the next stage, industry will develop detailed plans to implement the vision set out in the report.
The report’s recommendations outline a new framework including a Quality Mark for the domestic retrofit sector, to build further on recognised consumer brands such as the Gas safe Register, Trustmark and Kitemark. The Quality Mark should indicate that the holder is delivering to best practice standards in the sector. This will enable the consumer to know what to look for to receive high quality installations or advice and that the Quality Mark is backed by strong redress and enforcement processes. To obtain the Quality Mark, installers, designers and assessors will need to show they have been certified by an approved certification body and meet the requirements of three elements – a Code of Conduct, defined Codes of Practice and Standards and a Consumer Charter.
This is just a brief outline for the report’s recommendations; for more information go to: www.eachhomecounts.com
The first candidates to complete the AEME Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) approved Inspection and Testing of Fire and Smoke Dampers course are now ready to help improve industry standards.
After passing the course examination, the candidates are qualified to carry out a full inspection and test procedure, verifying that units are fully functional, whilst reporting any faults and necessary improvements in an unbiased manner.
Peter Reid, Principle Lecturer and Fellow Institute of Consulting (FIC), commented: “We are so proud to yet again lead the industry in this field and are very grateful that James Turley, Managing Director at BSB, gave so much material and technical help to enable us to qualify for NI CITB registration.
“We look forward to training many more candidates on recognised courses at our CITB training centre.”
Over the past 12 months steel prices have risen significantly and are predicted to rise further still. While this may be good news for the steel mills that are still operating, ADCAS has raised concerns that this swing may have a negative effect on the ductwork industry.
One of the key issues for UK based ductwork manufacturers is the inability to source steel from UK based suppliers. As things stand, UK steel stockholders and distributors are unable to provide the volume of British steel required and can only do so by bringing in imported raw material from overseas. With tariffs now being introduced on some Far-Eastern steel imports, prices are being inflated and manufacturing options are increasingly limited.
Unless manufacturers buy from trusted sources and are truly confident about the origin of the steel they are purchasing, there is always a risk that they may not be getting exactly what they’ve paid for.
Sub-standard ducting is far more likely to rust, waste energy and impact negatively on the health and wellbeing of the building occupants. 140g/m2 is recognised as the minimum galvanised steel coating but this is not suitable for every project – specifically in environments where longevity and corrosion are significant factors.
DW144 – the specification for sheet metal ductwork – reproduces Tata Steel tables that provide the approximate life expectancy of a solution dependent on its location in the UK. In every scenario, a coating weight of 275g/m2 can be expected to last twice as long as a 140g/m2 coating, offering a more cost-effective solution.
Malcolm Moss, Chairman of ADCAS, commented: “Unfortunately, the latest update to DW144 could cause some confusion in the marketplace. In stating that 140g/m2 is acceptable as long as the contractor deems it to be acceptable, there is an increased risk that the lower value coating will be used in projects where it is simply not up to the job.”
Axis Ductwork has recently embarked on its first ever apprenticeship scheme.
Axis has employed two apprentices, Jake Bonney and Saxon Scott-Melia, who now spend one day per week at South Thames College and the remainder of the week on site with the existing senior workforce, gaining invaluable and practical knowledge.
Looking back over the last 20 years in the industry, Axis noticed a worrying industry-wide shortage of entry-level operatives, specifically a lack of ductwork mates.
By investing heavily in this apprenticeship scheme, Axis is helping to secure its future and assisting in tackling the industry shortage.
Axis Ductwork believes that schemes like these will help to safeguard the level of service it provides.
Stephen Axam, Managing Director of Axis, commented: “We are also delighted to reveal that, due to the excellent feedback we’ve received from the apprentices themselves and their colleagues on site, there will be an additional two apprentices joining on the next available term.
“By creating this stream, we can head into the next decade and beyond with the knowledge that at some point every one of our workforce will have had a college-education as well as practical experience on site.
“We consider these apprentices an integral part of our company’s future, and absolutely essential to the future of the industry.”
The #DecarbHeat initiative aims at bringing together the major players of the heating and cooling industry and other major stakeholders, to make the vision of a 100% decarbonised European heating and cooling system a reality. The initiative consists of a DecarbHeat IndustryPledge and the DecarbHeat Declaration of Support.
#DecarbHeat 2017 is the supporting event of the DecarbHeat initiative.
Organised by the European Heat Pump Association and held in Brussels from 11-12 May 2017 at the prestigious venue, the BEL, the DecarbHeat 2017 forum will discuss the decarbonisation of heating and cooling and will focus on the following topics:
- Policy – Good policies to help decarbonising the heating and cooling sector
- Cities – What cities can do to decarbonise the building stock and the thermal grids
- Digit – How heating and cooling can get smart and automated
- Industry – What options for high temperature processes
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Brexit Update from BSI
BSI issued a statement immediately following the referendum in June 16 and that is still available on http://www.feta.co.uk/news/archived-news
BSI has now issued an update following the Prime Minister’s speech in mid January 2017 on Brexit and her intention for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
The statement is also copied below
Brexit and Standards Update; Follow-up to Theresa May’s Speech
You will no doubt have heard the Prime Minister’s speech last week on Brexit and her intention for the UK’s future relationship with the EU. She plans to trigger the process for the UK’s exit from the EU at the end of March, subject to Parliamentary agreement.
We expect now that Brexit will probably include the UK’s departure from the Single Market and the Customs Union, but this does not affect our ambition that BSI, for the UK, will continue to be part of the European Standards System (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI). That would mean that UK experts will continue to contribute to the development of European Standards. Those European Standards will still be adopted as British Standards, and conflicting standards withdrawn.
CEN and CENELEC are independent, private organizations that have a broader membership than just the EU, including non-EU countries such as Switzerland, Serbia and Turkey. European Standards are used voluntarily as tools to improve business performance and enhance consumer safety. While some of these standards also enable companies to comply with EU laws, and are cited in the EU’s Official Journal for that purpose, they are not regulations.
We have been engaging since the referendum with business groups, companies, consumers and other stakeholders, including through a webinar that can still be seen out our website (www.bsigroup.com/EUReferendum/) and through a Brexit stakeholder event in November last year. We have been told consistently that continued CEN and CENELEC membership is essential to secure UK businesses’ interests, through the development of European Standards that set out good business practice and enable reciprocal market access across 34 countries.
The Government today launched its green paper for a modern industrial strategy; a statement of intent that ministers will use targeted interventions where necessary to boost business and drive the UK’s post-Brexit economy and in so doing ensure growth is experienced throughout the UK. Carolyn Fairbairn welcomed this draft strategy as a landmark opportunity to build a successful, modern economy as the foundation for a prosperous, fairer and more inclusive society.
Following close engagement with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the green paper reflects many of the CBI’s key objectives for a modern industrial strategy, that it should concentrate on horizontal policy levers, continue the positive work already created through a sector approach to industrial strategy and at the same time recognise the importance of driving productivity growth across all regions of the UK.
The green paper focuses on 10 cross-cutting pillars in areas such as infrastructure, innovation, skills, driving regional growth and cultivating world-leading sectors, each with a programme of suggested policies to help improve productivity. Importantly the Government recognises that to get the most benefit from its policies it needs to do so in a way that is sensitive to the different needs of different places and in a way that gives a boost to sectors in which the UK has a competitive advantage.
The green paper also picks up on some of the findings in the CBI’s ‘Unlocking regional growth’ report for example that education and skills are the biggest determinants of regional variations in productivity.
This consultation provides a fantastic opportunity to drive progress across the main pillars of the CBI’s prosperity agenda, and influence the Government’s long-term plan for the future of the UK economy. Key to its success will be implementation - finding effective and efficient ways of determining where and how to make the right interventions.
The CBI will be responding to the Government’s consultation and we will be holding a number of regional events across the country to invite your thoughts during the consultation period.
The ever popular FETA Annual Lunch will take place on 27th April 2017. The venue is The Brewery, located in the centre of the City of London. The lunch is an excellent networking opportunity for FETA members and their guests, set amid the impressive Porter Tun Room.
This years guest speaker is John Sergeant, former political correspondent and editor with both the BBC and ITN.
Booking forms are available here http://www.feta.co.uk/uploaded_images/files/FETA_BookingForm_2017_HR.pdf
The opportunity exists for companies to sponsor all aspects of this event, from the ticket invitations to table favours! To find out how your company can become a sponsor and gain some excellent promotional exposure, call FETA on 0118 940 5043 or email us at email@example.com.
Building controls are responsible for the long term performance of a building and ultimately achieving energy efficiency - something which the industry should celebrate and be proud of.
Why not be part of that celebration by entering the 2017 BCIA Awards? The deadline for entries is Tuesday 31 January 2017. To enter simply visit the BCIA website, www.bcia.co.uk, and submit your entries via the online form. Entry to the awards is free and open to BCIA members and non-members.
Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA, said: “Building controls offer numerous benefits, though outside of the industry they are often misunderstood and underappreciated. This is why the awards are so important. We need to come together as an industry to show the true value of controls and how they are crucial in bringing buildings to life.”
To book your places at the prestigious gala dinner and awards ceremony taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday 11 May 2017, visit the BCIA website, www.bcia.co.uk and complete the booking form. Tables of ten are available for only £1,000.00 plus VAT, and individual places for £120.00 plus VAT.
Graham Young, Area General Manager of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency UK Ltd, retired on 31st December 2016.
Graham was President of the British Refrigeration Association from 2004-2006, Vice President for two years before that, and Past President for two years afterwards.
Graham was also chairman of the BRA Contractors Section and worked on many task force led projects, from when he started his involvement with the BRA in the mid-eighties.
The Association is very grateful to Graham for his many contributions to the BRA over thirty years and wishes Graham a well deserved and happy retirement.
The EU has published a report on barriers posed by codes, standards and legislation to using climate-friendly technologies. The report aims to highlight what might get in the way of the adoption of new technology and refrigerants in the future.
The report notes "While safety levels should be maintained and risks minimised, standards, codes and legislation should be adapted to technological progress and, in the context of a phase-down of HFCs and the Paris Agreement, allow the use of more climate-friendly alternatives where it is safe to do so."
The report points towards a need for:
- European standardisation organisations to facilitate the update of relevant standards at the European level. All stakeholders involved including industry and Member States are also strongly encouraged to contribute, including to parallel activities at the international level.
- Companies and researchers to collect data and evidence enabling better risk minimization approaches for all flammable refrigerants and to make such information available to the relevant standard committees
- Member States that have restrictive national codes, standards or legislation to consider a review in the light of technical developments that would allow the safe use of alternative refrigerants. In addition, the Commission envisages the following actions:
- A request to the European standardisation organisations in support of updating relevant standards at the European level, ensuring a technology neutral and consistent approach. In particular, there is a need to maximise charge sizes without compromising safety as well as allowing a more general use of risk management approaches for all refrigerants. A mandate for this request is under preparation
- Facilitating at an international level an exchange of information on standards, their review and related processes between Parties to the Montreal Protocol, standardisation bodies, industry as well as other stakeholders involved in standard setting.
Read the full report at
The Food Storage and Distribution Federation and the British Frozen Food Federation are to host a seminar on DSEAR - the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations. Whilst the seminar is principally aimed at Ammonia as a refrigerant, these regulations do apply to other flammable refrigerants, and will also apply to the new group of A2L "mildly" flammable refrigerants, which are still classified as extremely flammable by the HSE and other regulations.
Details are available at http://www.fsdf.org.uk/event/dsear-seminar-joint-event-with-bfff/