FEDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS (FETA)

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

ADCAS The Voice of the Ductwork Industry

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

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

News

FETA's Mike Duggan awarded

Congratulations to Mike Duggan, our Technical Manager, who received the Alan Moor award at the ACR News Awards on 17 Feb 2016.

The award is presented every year in recognition of the contributions of one individual whose efforts on behalf of the air conditioning and refrigeration industry have largely gone unrecognized.  The Alan Moor Award is presented in memory of the late one-time managing director of Bitzer UK.

24-02-2016

The new report from BRA Putting into Use Replacement Refrigerants is available to download.

28-04-2016

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

28-04-2016

FETA will hold its annual Strategy Forum at the Court Garden House in Marlow on 29th June.  This event provides all member groups an opportunity to contribute to the overall FETA strategy for the next 12 months.  Subjects for discussion at the session include Building Information Modelling (BIM), Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and A2L refrigerants.  A report on the outcomes of the meeting will appear in a future edition.

23-06-2016

Another successful FETA Lunch

The annual FETA Lunch held on 14th April was, once again, a great success.  Over 600 members and their guests enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Brewery in London.  The event has a reputation as providing an excellent networking opportunity, with the added attraction of an excellent after lunch speaker.  This year was no exception, with ex MP and noted raconteur Gyles Brandreth providing a very amusing and witty speech to entertain everyone as they digested their meal.  Next year’s lunch is on 27th April – make sure the date is in your diary!

23-06-2016

 

 

 

 

EVIA Indoor Air Quality seminar

FETA joined EVIA (European Ventilation Industries Association) last year and we are beginning to forge firm links with this Brussels based association.  EVIA arranged a seminar on Indoor Air Quality on 11th May.  This was well attended, and Ian Andrews (FETA Consultant) and Andie Chessun (HEVAC Humidity Group Chairman) represented FETA.  A number of invited speakers covered various aspects of IAQ, with particular reference to Health and Energy.  The whole subject of Indoor Air Quality concerns several HEVAC groups, with the Humidity Group in particular having just published a paper on the subject, available here.

 

23-06-2016

 

 

FETA members at RAC Question Time event

FETA members sponsored the recent RAC magazine F Gas Question Time event held on 19th May, which focused on EN378 and new developments on low GWP, mildly flammable refrigerants.  The event followed the RAC’s tried and tested Question Time format, with speakers giving presentations followed by questions from the audience to the assembled panel.  Key speaker was Els Baert, from Daikin Belgium, who gave a detailed presentation on the new version of EN378 standard and its implications.  Other speakers were Mark Hughes from Chemours and Robert Kebby from Honeywell, who presented on their company’s new ranges of mildly flammable A2L refrigerants.

23-06-2016

 

 

 

 

EHPA Forum

The European Heat Pump Association, of which our own HPA are members, held its annual meeting in Paris on 18-20th May.  The event included the EHPA General Assembly, and the Forum itself followed by a one day Technical Workshop.  Mike Nankivell, President HPA, attended on behalf of the association, and reported a good attendance, with many interesting presentations covering the heat pump market.  The presentations from the Forum are available here and from the Technical Workshop.

23-06-2016

 

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

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

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

Click here for further information on ISO/TC 117 Fans

23-06-2016

BRA member in Top 50 Women in Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 50 women engineers on this inaugural list are:

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

23-06-2016

 

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

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

27-06-2016

Developing European Standards - BSI says its business as usual

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

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

BSI statement

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

1.   BSI’s role as the National Standards Body

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28-06-2016

CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium 2017

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

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

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