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



Leading younger people from across the engineering services sector have a new opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for their achievements, following the formal launch of the ECA’s 'Power Players' initiative.

Power Players opens today (25 April) to entries from anyone aged 39 or below who has achieved innovative or impactful activity in their careers so far. The initiative is open until Friday 23 June. To enter, individuals simply need to submit a short video at www.powerplayers.com.uk (live from 25 April).

The industry-wide initiative is being run alongside partners All Things Media and the Electrical Industries Charity. In addition, Power Players is being backed by numerous organisations within the industry, including major training provider JTL, who are the initiative’s latest supporter.

ECA CEO Steve Bratt commented:

“I am delighted to announce that Power Players has formally opened to entries from across the engineering services industry. We look forward to receiving the entry videos from high performing young people who are seeking recognition for their achievements.”

There are a range of top-quality prizes for the two most impressive Power Players, including the opportunity of a lifetime of a business and networking trip to the USA. Other prizes include lunch with business guru Sir John Parker, who is the chair of global mining firm Anglo American.

All other Power Players of merit will receive recognition under the initiative. For example, five shortlisted entries will be showcased in September during the ED&I Expo – a major new industry event being held at the NEC in Birmingham. 

The public will decide the two most impressive entries from the shortlist via a social media poll in the lead up to the exhibition.

To watch an introductory video to Power Players, please click here. For more information on how to enter and the full terms and conditions of the initiative, please visit www.powerplayers.com.uk.



FETA to support SBTA

FETA is to become a supporting organisation to The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance.  The STBA is a collaboration of not-for-profit organisations that acts as a forum for sustaining and improving traditional buildings, and aims to promote and deliver a more sustainable traditional built environment in the UK through high-quality research, education, training and policy.

Founded in 2011, the Alliance draws its support from 3 main sectors – Heritage, Industry and Sustainability. Their remit is not just historic and listed buildings, but more broadly any traditionally constructed building – generally pre 1919.

Their patrons are the National Trust and Historic England.

Each year, the STBA hosts a Conference on Traditional Buildings, working jointly with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). The leading experts in the UK gather together to share up-to-date research on this topic with industry insiders.

A wide range of publications and tools are available from the STBA website



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.


Tony Bendall

Tony Bendall, who worked for FETA as the Heat Pump Manager in the '90s, passed away on the 7th March 2017 after a long illness.  He was 82.

Tony spent his career in the HVAC industry, mainly the manufacturing sector.  In addition to being a former Sales Director of Qualitair and of Myson's air conditioning division, he also worked for J Samuel Whites, Andrews, Sabroe and Temperature Ltd.

Tony Bendall first got involved with HEVAC through the Heat Pump Manufacturers Association (a part of HEVAC) in the 1980’s.  Later Tony became the manager of the Heat Pump Association (HPA) in FETA from 1995 to 2001.

Having a special interest in heat pumps and their market application, as manager of the HPA he represented the Association and industry on a number of bodies including the UK Heat Pump Network, Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and the European Heat Pump Association.

He remained an active member of the HPA until 2005 and his contribution over many years was recognised when the HPA made Tony an Honorary member.


24 April 2017

ASHRAE and IOR sign new MoU Agreement

ASHRAE and the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the organizations’ relationship, which dates back more than a century.

The new MoU outlines how the two groups will work together more closely and with more defined parameters to continue furthering and promoting the advancements of cooling and heating related technologies. These include but are not limited to research; joint conferences and meetings; training and education programs; publication distribution and chapter collaboration.

As part of the agreement, ASHRAE and IOU will explore ways to make technical information more accessible to both memberships. The MoU additionally places special focus on continuing to build and strengthen the organizations’ global networks. As ASHRAE and IOR continue growing their memberships internationally, the possibility of joint events would benefit both groups. Co-hosting a conference or meeting would directly support global collaboration that could help further the impact ASHRAE and IOR have on the industries they serve.

The MoU was signed by Tim Wentz and Stephen Gill as part of the CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium 2017 at Loughborough University on April 6.



The 17th European Conference on the latest technologies in Refrigeration and AIr Conditioning will take place in Milan on 9-10th June.  A wide selection of speakers will discuss latest regulations and advances in technology.

Full details at bit.ly/XVIIEUconf2017


Smoke Control Association delivers successful training course

The Smoke Controls Association’s (SCA) recent training course proved to be hugely successful with 30 delegates in attendance.

‘Introduction to Smoke Control – A Beginner’s Guide’ was aimed at building services engineers, building control inspectors, fire engineers and SCA members.

The purpose of the training was to help attendees identify best practice and improve industry standards, along with expanding their knowledge on smoke control systems and the integral part they play in improving safety within buildings.

The first one hour lecture was presented by Conor Logan, Chairman of the SCA and Associate Director – Technical at Colt International Ltd. Conor offered expert advice on UK and European legislation.
Will Perkins of SE Controls delivered the second part of the course and he took a close look at the latest systems, installation methods and maintenance requirements. Both lectures were followed by a Q&A session.

Will comments: “The training course was a big success. It was great to see such a high turnout and the feedback we received was really positive. Often it is not fire that kills – it’s smoke. A building’s smoke control system can significantly improve the life safety protection of the building.”


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


HPA acknowledges RHI reform delay

Although the 2017 reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Regulations was placed before parliament on 14th March 2017, it became apparent by Friday 31st March that due to drafting issues with the Non-Domestic Regulations there would be a delay before parliament could consider both in detail.  As a result, the date that the regulations go live is now more likely to fall towards the middle or end of June 2017 rather than the middle of May.

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) acknowledges that the delay is far from ideal but believes it could prove beneficial for those hoping to complete projects with high heat demands.  Heat demand limits are being introduced in the reform package in an attempt to limit the possibility of high rates of return for large projects with economies of scale.

HPA President, Mike Nankivell, comments: “This delay offers some breathing space to complete larger domestic installations prior to the introduction of heat demand limits whilst still benefiting from the new tariff rates.

“The delay to the potential tariff guarantees for non-domestic ground source heat pump projects over 100kW is unfortunate but hopefully this will not significantly impact on the industry.”

The HPA has ascertained that the actual policy as previously outlined will not change, merely the wording of the law. The HPA continues to highlight the positive impact of the RHI and advises the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on its benefits to industry.

Ofgem has now published three guidance documents around the spring/summer 2017 RHI regulations changes and these can be accessed through the following links:

Webpage – Do I need metering?

Factsheet – Do I need metering?

Factsheet – Important Changes to the Scheme




Wander ter Kuile

FETA and HEVAC recently lost a long standing member and contributor with the passing of Wander ter Kuile of Waterloo Air Products. 

Wander first became associated with HEVAC when working for Vokes.  He joined the Filter Group in 1994 and quickly became very active in association matters.  He became the chairman of the Filter Group in 2003, and such was his popularity amongst his industry colleagues they asked him to stay on as chairman even after he stopped being involved with a filter company.   On joining Waterloo, Wander became involved in the Air Distribution Group, again taking an active role leading to his becoming chairman of the Group in 2011.

Mike Duggan, FETA Technical Manager, commented “I knew Wander from when he first became involved with FETA, and he was always very helpful to FETA and HEVAC staff.  I recall that once, when we had been of assistance to him, he drove over to thank us personally at the FETA offices”

Wander’s family’s chosen charity is Pancreatic Cancer Action, and should any member wish to make a donation this can be done at www.justgiving.com/ter-Kuile


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


BCIA welcomes new Executive Officer

The Building Controls Association (BCIA) is pleased to announce that they have appointed Roger Borer as their new Executive Officer. Roger’s role in the organisation is pivotal to the operation of the Association and reports to the President Malcolm Anson and the Vice President Jon Belfield.

The Executive Officer is responsible for running four committees, working groups and general members’ meetings. Additionally, Roger will liaise with FETA, external organisations and sub-contractors, as well as looking after the financial stability of the organisation.

Roger has a vast range of experience making him ideal for the position. He spent over 30 years employed by J Sainsbury Plc and delivered many complex projects including Year 2000 compliance and setting up Sainsbury’s Property Company. An understanding of building controls was pivotal in his success of the delivery of capital construction projects.

Roger is a Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) and has been the Honorary Treasurer of their Executive Council for the past 12 years. Notably, he has significant experience in working with sub-contractors and consultants which will equip him well for this role.



All-Energy 2017

The 17th All-Energy will be held at the Glasgow Event Campus (SEC – formerly SECC) on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May, bringing together some 7,000 participants from home and overseas; 400 exhibiting companies from 16 countries; and a packed multi-stream conference and seminar programme with around 400 speakers. Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, will speak in the opening plenary conference session on 10 May.

As always, all elements of All-Energy – the exhibition, the conference and the Giant Networking Evening - are free to attend for all with relevant professional/business interests.

Exhibiting companies will, once again, be highlighting their products and services in the All-Energy exhibition, the growing exhibitor list is online. Some, like Heat, and Energy Storage, have dedicated zones. To find the exhibits of most interest to them visitors can make use of 15 sector-specific trails around the show online in advance, via the All-Energy App, or using trail maps available on arrival at SEC. Relevant icons appear on the stand themselves and play a double role as they ensure exhibitors see the visitors of most relevance to them.

Further information on all aspects of All-Energy and online registration are at www.all-energy.co.uk


Rushlight Summer Showcase

The Rushlight Summer Showcase takes place on Tuesday 20 June 2017 at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London.  It is THE marketplace that brings together cleantech developers and sustainable solution providers, with investors & financiers and businesses looking to source suppliers and partners for an improved level of sustainability in their supply chain and operations. Kindly sponsored and supported by Innovate UK, BEIS and Enterprise Ireland, it is a new event, following on from the highly successful Rushlight Show which has just had its 8th year and attracted 500 cleantech CEOs and entrepreneurs, investors and financiers, advisers, corporate customers and others involved in the sector.

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE and for more details of the event please go to http://www.rushlightevents.com/rushlight-summer-showcase/.

Cleantech companies can apply for one of the remaining presentation slots in the Conference Showcase to panels of investors, corporate venturers, partners and corporate customers. There are also a very limited number of stands available in the Exhibition area.

The highlights include:

  1. Conference, opened by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, where 40 cleantech companies will be presenting to a large audience looking to learn about the latest sustainable innovations and clean technologies.
  2. The latest announcements from BEIS on funding for cleantech businesses.   
  3. Announcements about a range of new funding rounds by Innovate UK,  which will be of direct interest to cleantech companies.
  4. The Exhibition incorporating the Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Round 3 Showcase


Ofgem publishes guidance on Domestic RHI

Ofgem has published three guidance documents around the spring/summer 2017 RHI regulations changes and they are live on their website. The links are below.

These factsheets only cover domestic RHI, although the timelines included will apply to both schemes.


Guidance Published

Change description

Webpage – Do I need metering?

·        Introducing the new requirements for metering for performance

Factsheet – Do I need metering?

·        Introducing the new requirements for metering for performance

Factsheet – Important Changes to the Scheme

·        Minor change to tariff rates to include CPI adjusted figures

·        Changing the line to “spring/summer 2017”


Eurovent Association releases new air filter guidebook

The Product Group ‘Air Filters’ within the Eurovent Association has released the first edition of its guidebook ‘Air Filters for General Ventilation’. On 28 pages, the document provides for a hands-on introduction to all important aspects related to air filters. It constitutes the first of many measures within Eurovent’s upcoming #IAQmatters awareness raising campaign.

The guidebook ‘Air Filters for General Ventilation’ briefs air handling equipment manufacturers and end-users on correct air filtration. It covers topics such as:

  • The importance of filtration,
  • Benefits of using air filters,
  • Fundamentals of air filtration,
  • Standards in place,
  • Correct filter design,
  • Energy efficiency of air filters,
  • Key applications for air filters,
  • Correct assembling, maintenance and disposal of used filters.

Specific attention is given to the new global ISO16890 air filter standard as well as the importance of air filters in ensuring a healthy indoor climate.

‘Our industry talks a lot about Indoor Air Quality these days. Yet, often without offering any practical solutions. At the Eurovent Association, we have been working on changing this for many years by developing guidelines and standards throughout all ventilation areas.’ States Chris Howarth (Jasun Envirocare Plc, United Kingdom), member of the Eurovent Product Group ‘Air Filters’ and Lead Editor of the new guidebook. ‘With air filters constituting a key factor in ensuring a better indoor air quality, the aim of our new guidebook is to provide users of our products with hands-on information to receive a better understanding of air filtration and what is behind this seemingly simple product.’

The Eurovent Product Group ‘Air Filters’ is the largest grouping of air filter manufacturers worldwide, and home to more than 30 manufactures. The Guidebook ‘Air Filters for General Ventilation’ is available free-of-charge on www.eurovent.eu. It is also part of Eurovent’s upcoming #IAQmatters campaign, which is an evolving, open-source platform offering practical advice on issues related to Indoor Air Quality. 

HPA and FETA call on Government to devise climate action plan

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) and The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) have joined other leading organisations in writing to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon. Greg Clark MP.

The joint letter urges the UK Government to use its forthcoming plan to reduce carbon emissions, now confirmed to be called the ‘Clean Growth Plan’, to address the significant gap in policy to tackle emissions from buildings.

Whilst emissions from electricity generation fell 36% between 2012 and 2015 driven by lower coal use and increased renewables, emissions from buildings have remained flat over the same period, following significant cuts to Government schemes to insulate homes, the demise of the Green Deal and the scrapping of the Zero Carbon Homes standard for new buildings.

The HPA, FETA and other organisations active in the energy efficiency, construction and heat markets, are calling for new policies to encourage householders to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes, one of the cheapest ways to reduce emissions.

They also call for greater action on the transition to low carbon heat by helping investment in district heat networks and faster installation of electric heat pumps in homes off the gas grid.

The 30 organisations have specifically called for:

  • A long-term target for all homes to have an energy performance rating of C or above by 2035.
  • The introduction of minimum standards on efficiency for existing homes, enforced at the point of sale, and backed up by grants and zero interest loans.
  • All new buildings to be ‘nearly zero energy’ by 2020, as specified under the EU Energy Performance in Buildings Directive.
  • A clear strategy and policy to accelerate the roll out of low carbon heat, particularly electric heat pumps, in buildings off the gas grid to 2020 and beyond.
  • Support the growth of district heat networks by building on the Heat Network Investment Project through the 2020s and providing a long-term investment framework to facilitate lower cost capital.
  • A local authority-led approach to heat decarbonisation, to ensure a long-term plan for all buildings that coordinates action on energy efficiency and low carbon heat.

The organisations have offered their support and expertise to the UK Government in delivering the emissions cuts that the UK needs to achieve to meet the requirements of the Climate Change Act.

A copy of the letter is available to view here:

www.wwf.org.uk/sites/default/files/2017-03/Clean Growth Plan letter.pdf


The Delta-ee European Heat Summit 2017

This brand new, invitation-only event for 2017 will bring together Delta-ee's Heat Pump Research Service, Micro-CHP Research Service and Heat Insight Service to explore disruption, change and opportunity in European heating markets.

There will be two concurrent roundtable sessions on the afternoon of 7th June, focusing on the electrification of heat and heat pumps; and micro-CHP and lower carbon gas technologies. At each session, Delta-ee will present highlights from our in-depth research to stimulate discussion and debate.

A drinks reception and three-course dinner at Edinburgh's iconic The Hub, on the Royal Mile at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, will provide an informal and enjoyable opportunity for networking and relaxation after the roundtables and ahead of the Summit.

The European Heat Summit 2017, on 8th June, will focus on how the disruption that is now starting to unfold across the heating European heating market is driving change and creating new opportunities and threats.

An initial programme is now available via www.delta-ee.com/DEHS2017 

Refcom offers online F-gas checks

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


ADCAS members urged to register interest in Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme

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 – teresao@feta.co.uk, 0118 940 3416.



2017 BCIA Awards finalists announced

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

Chartwell Controls

Comfort Controls

Eton Associates

Global Associates


Best Service & Maintenance Provider

Sponsored by Western Automation


BG Energy Solutions

Building Management Solutions Integrators (BMSI)

Comfort Controls

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

Eton Associates

One Sightsolutions

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



EPEE and EVIA release Visionary Paper

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

2018 HVAC and Refrigeration Show

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  

BSRIA Young Engineers Event

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. 

Use this link for more information and to book your FREE place


Alternatively email kathie.bull@bsria.co.uk



7th IIR Ammonia and Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration Conference

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


Refrigerant fact sheet free to download

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


Update on EU ventilation unit regulations

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 to run webinars on flammable refrigerants

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 backs new Power Players initiative

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




Energy Now Expo 2017

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.”