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

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London Construction Awards 2017

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

12 Awards Judged By London's Most Credible Construction Heads

London Build Excellence Award

Architectural Design Of The Year

Process Innovation Of The Year

Product Innovation Of The Year

Technological Innovation Of The Year

Supplier Of The Year

Sustainable Construction Award

Marketing Initiative Of The Year

Off-Site Construction Project Of The Year

Regeneration Project Of The Year

Women In Construction Award

Health & Safety Solution Of The Year

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

21-06-2017

Refcom Technical Bulletin on refrigerant recovery

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

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

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

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

The bulletin can be viewed and downloaded here.

19-06-2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16-06-2017

FETA and HPA sign DecarbHeat Declaration of Support

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

26 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

BCIA Award winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards were announced at the prestigious ceremony and gala dinner on 11 May 2017 at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham.  This year’s awards, hosted by BBC broadcaster Steph McGovern, saw the best of the best recognised and rewarded for showing true excellence in the building controls industry.

 

The winner of Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year was Global Associates, whose innovation and commitment to client satisfaction saw them stand out in this category.

 

BG Energy Solutions took the honours of Best Service & Maintenance Provider, thanks to their customer focused services, which saw Vue Entertainment benefit from a 24 hour real-time energy monitoring and maintenance bureau across 85 UK/Ireland cinemas. BG Energy Solutions were also successful in picking up the Energy Management Award for this project.

 

The Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects accolade was received by Enterprise Control Engineers for the City of Glasgow College project, where a Siemens Desigo system was installed, which provided significant energy savings.

 

The Siemens Building Technologies product Desigo CC claimed the title of Technical Innovation of the Year – Products, the innovative design and ease of use functionality of this integrated building management platform led to its success.

 

Eton Associates beat off strong competition in the Contribution to Training Award, for providing employees with a comprehensive training package which included the BCIA courses and sponsoring individuals to attain a degree.

 

Engineer of the Year was awarded to Stephen Astwood of Johnson Controls, whose years of experience, vast technical knowledge and willingness to go above and beyond made him a worthy winner.

 

George Belfield, of InTandem Systems claimed the winners award for Young Engineer of the Year, for his dedication and enthusiasm to training and the industry.

 

Outstanding Contribution of the Year went to Andy Bartlett of Belimo Automation UK.  Presenting the award Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA said: “I am delighted to present this award to Andy. He and his company have been members of the BCIA from the very beginning. Andy has been a key player in moving the controls industry forward and has actively supported the BCIA in many ways.”

 

Malcolm added, “I would like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners and a big thank you goes to all of the sponsors.”

More information and pictures can be found at www.bcia.co.uk

22-05-2017

Targeting training to meet the Building Performance Challenge

The Building Controls Association (BCIA) is encouraging both the current and next generation to invest in training, to ensure that the industry continues to move in the right direction.  To conquer the building performance challenge, those employed in building services, need to be actively participating in training programmes to learn and apply new techniques. The right tools may be in place, but it’s also about having the correct skills to execute them properly. By undertaking courses and developing their expertise, the industry will see substantial benefits.  The Building Regulations – Part L (2013) provides a mandatory methodology which covers new build and refurbishment projects. The legislation states fixed building services need to be energy efficient and have effective controls.

 

Alarmingly, at the 2016 Building Services Summit, it was revealed that a large majority of builders do not understand building controls. It is imperative that they can install and operate controls correctly; therefore, meeting the legislation and satisfying the client’s requirements.  It is the responsibility of builders and engineers, to implement controls which contribute to reducing the costs of the building, particularly in the current economic climate. This is where training is so influential and can bear a significant impact on the financial interests of the customer over a long period of time.  If a building is not performing as it was originally intended, the outcome will be higher operational and maintenance costs. Engineers need to engage with their clients to make sure they understand the life-long performance gains that can be obtained from building controls. It is crucial that the customer is aware of the significant savings they could make, along with making a potential return on their investment.

 

Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA says: “Building controls are integral to energy savings and long term performance. However, it is apparent that there is a lack of understanding on the true value of controls and the advantages they bring.  Right now, we are suffering from a skills-shortage and a shortfall of younger people employed in the sector. Collectively, we must adopt a proactive approach and address this, to build a strong foundation for the future of the industry. We need to reach out to the next crop of budding engineers and demonstrate that the engineering career path is an exciting and worthwhile route to embark on."

“Technology continues to evolve at a fast pace and we as an industry must keep up to date with the latest advancements available. It is key we have knowledgeable and trained professionals.  We must also remember to share our knowledge with linked sectors and with colleagues. By upskilling and learning from one another, we can make sure the industry benefits, with sustainable and energy-efficient buildings, that bring a return on the client’s investment.”

22-05-2017

 

Learn about HVAC and building technology with the BCIA

Building services professionals looking to develop their knowledge of HVAC and building technology are urged to enrol on the first of a suite of six courses offered by the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA). 

BC1 -  Fundamentals of HVAC and Building Technology, is designed for managers, designers and installation engineers and will equip individuals with an understanding of the requirements of buildings and building services installation, as well as an understanding of HVAC systems and their main components.

Now is the time to invest in training, particularly with the upcoming industry standard, Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS) due to be introduced in April 2018. The standard states that it will be unlawful to let any building that does not achieve an energy performance rating of E or above. Building controls are an effective solution to ensure buildings perform to a high standard, but only if building services professionals have the knowledge to install the most effective systems.

Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA says: “Building controls are the way forward to improve the energy efficiency and performance of buildings. The BCIA believes that through its training programme, individuals will gain the knowledge and understanding they need to be able to tackle the ongoing challenges arising in the built environment.

“BC1 is the ideal starting point as the knowledge learnt here provides a foundation which will be built upon over the duration of the training programme.”

On successful completion of BC1, participants will be awarded with a CPD certificate accredited by CIBSE, which is the first step towards gaining a Technical and Advanced Technical Certificate in Building Controls.

 

For further information on all BCIA courses, their content and to book your place visit the website www.bcia.co.uk

22-05-2017

Invest in training for future success

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is inviting building services professionals to expand on their building controls knowledge with the second in a suite of six courses to be offered as part of the BCIA training programme.

BC2 -  Measuring and Control Technology is designed for engineers and installers and will equip participants with an understanding of the basic terms of control technology. The course covers measuring and control technology in depth, as well as the correct use and application of equipment used for measuring HVAC systems.

The building controls industry has a significant role to play when it comes to improving energy efficiency in the built environment. The industry needs skilled and knowledgeable individuals, to offer the most effective control solutions and achieve lifelong building performance.

With ambitious government targets to meet, such as an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases in the UK by 2050, invaluable tools such as BS EN 15232 help the industry to show the true value of building controls. Now is the time to put training at the top of the business agenda and equip building services professionals with specialist skills to do this.

Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA says: “Building controls are key to improving energy efficiency. Investing in training will ensure individuals are equipped with the knowledge and skills to install effective control solutions to create energy efficient buildings.”

On successful completion of BC2, participants will be awarded with a CPD certificate accredited by CIBSE. This together with completion of BC1 and BC3, will lead to an industry wide recognised Technical Certificate in Building Controls.

The BCIA training programme takes place at training centres in Peterborough, Edenbridge and Rotherham. For further information on all BCIA courses and to book your place, visit the website www.bcia.co.uk

22-05-2017

The full decarbonisation of Europe is possible

25 representatives of the major players of the European thermal industry signed the DecarbHeat Industry Pledge, committing thus to align their business development plans with the vision of a 100% carbon emission-free heating and cooling sector by 2050. This vision was also supported by nearly 50 other organisations and individuals, including Brussels Minister Céline Fremault and H.R.H Prince Laurent of Belgium.

 

The formal signatures were made public during the DecarbHeat Forum, a 2-day conference that took place in Brussels on 11-12 May and brought together more than 30 speakers and 200 professionals involved or interested in heating and cooling .

 

This year’s conference topics covered the right policy framework to decarbonise heating and cooling in Europe, implementable solutions for cities and large industries and the untapped potential of digitalisation for the sector. The event also strongly involved youth representatives (from YERA) to make sure the next generation would be participate in shaping the future.

 

Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy at the European Commission, who attended the event, said: “Heating and cooling will play a key role in the energy transition and in meeting the Energy Union objectives of a secure, sustainable and competitive energy for all consumers. To achieve these objectives successfully, it is important to mobilise the heat industry and ensure that it works together with policy makers. This is precisely what DecarbHeat is doing. I therefore strongly support this initiative and address all my wishes of success to the signatories”.

Presentations are available here

Visit the Decarb Heat website

22-05-2017

 

 

FETA annual lunch brings industry together once more

The ever-popular FETA annual lunch once again attracted the great and good from the heating, ventilating, building controls, refrigeration and air conditioning industries, with over 600 guests enjoying an exquisite three course meal at The Brewery, London. 

The 2017 lunch took place on Thursday 27th April and featured a keynote speech by departing FETA Chairman Graham Wright.

In his final FETA lunch address, Mr Wright told guests he believes that in the post-EU landscape, trade associations can provide a vital line of communication with the rest of Europe on important issues such as energy usage regulations and product design.

He commented: “In the wake of the EU referendum there has been much political activity, both within the UK and beyond, and endless speculation as to how things may develop. The scale of the challenge is of course enormous and our stance has been to retain a pragmatic position, encouraging the Government to proceed with caution and to consult fully with industry before changing any of the previously agreed legislation.”

Mr Wright also took the opportunity to underline his belief that a departure from the EU should not spell an end to existing initiatives that encourage the uptake of renewable technologies, adding: “Schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Enhanced Capital Allowance should be retained and promoted further. We will doubtless hear all sorts of strident rhetoric from various sources but we will continue to caution the government against stoking the fires of populist opinion by having a bonfire of red tape regulations.”

Following lunch, guests were treated to an entertaining and insightful speech from the legendary journalist and broadcaster, John Sergeant.

 

Bookings for the 2018 lunch can be made by contacting the event organiser Touchwave Media; 07792 750597, hannah@touchwavemedia.co.uk.

12-05-2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The document can be downloaded here

12-05-2017

 

Refcom guide: Sales of pre-charged equipment

Refcom have produced a guide for distributors and end users to explain the responsibilities of both parties when selling and buying pre-charged equipment.  This area has caused some confusion in the past, and the guide sets out to make it clear what is required to meet the requirements of the F gas regulation.

The guide is available at www.refcom.org.uk/guidance-and-advice/additional-guides

09-05-2017

New ACRIB website launched

ACRIB, the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industries Board recently revealed its new and updated website.

ACRIB, of which FETA is a board member, provides a central forum for all sectors and interests concerned with the air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump industry.  ACRIB has a strong focus on standards and training matters, with its Skillcard, and active involvement in the Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme.

The new webiste is at www.acrib.org.uk

05-05-2017

DECARBHEAT Forum 11-12th May 2017

The DecarbHeat Forum will be held in Brussels on 11-12th May.

In the ambitious post-Paris COP21 world in which countries, cities and citizens are vying to keep global greenhouse gas emissions “well below 2 degrees Celsius”, the DecarbHeat Forum stands out as the first gathering of cross-sectoral companies, associations and institutions that believe in bridging the gap and connecting the heating/cooling and electricity sectors in the move towards zero CO2 emissions by 2050.  

The DecarbHeat Forum includes insights from respected institutions, such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), global corporate leaders like Philips, thought leaders from policy – like Claude Turmes, member of the European Parliament, and science, like the Fraunhofer Institute for solar energy systems as well as a plethora of companies and associations that believe in sending a joint message to lower carbon emissions more efficiently:

“A decarbonisation of society without a decarbonisation of heating/cooling is not possible. We have only 33 years to accomplish this goal and that means, we have to start now” says Martin Forsén, president of the European heat pump association and goes on “we thus encourage all bodies that support the vision of a 100% CO2 emission free society to join the DecarbHeat conference and initiative.”

 

The DecarbHeat Forum will include the annual Heat Pump City Award that will be presented by Céline Fremault, Brussels Capital Region Minister of Energy and Environment on May 11 at 7pm. This prestigious award identifies a leading European city that has integrated heat pumps in their respective energy system in innovative ways to bring cleaner energy to its citizens. Minister Fremault says:

 

A healthy and sustainable future is also the wish of the vast majority of European citizens. So as a representative of the people, I feel it to be my duty to give my full personal support to the DecarbHeat vision and to your initiative.

 

The two day #DecarbHeat Forum will take place at the Brussels Environment Agency headquarters (The BEL building) next to Tour&Taxis, and will include a tour of this zero emission building, high-level panels, the industry pledge signing ceremony with photo opportunities and interview slots for media with the top international thought leaders on this historical occasion. See attached program for more details.

 

ADCAS marks 20 years as the voice of the ductwork industry

ADCAS, the Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

As part of the celebrations, ADCAS will be hosting a Thames Dinner Cruise on the 29th June. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous three course meal while they take in outstanding views of famous London landmarks.

In 1997 a group of ductwork contractors got together to discuss the possibility of forming their own trade association. These likeminded individuals strongly believed that the interests of the industry would be better served through the establishment of a new association.

From the outset it was clear that many in the industry believed that a strong, independent voice was needed in order to help develop a specific identity. Associate members, or suppliers to the ductwork industry, were invited to join from the very beginning, giving the group a significant presence in the UK market.

The first President, Michael Ohly, was instrumental in bringing everyone together to establish the key aims and objectives of the newly formed association, setting up a meeting in 1997 that was attended by the majority of UK ductwork contractors.

In the 20 years since then, every serving President has brought their own ideas and experiences to the role, ensuring that the organisation continues to evolve and adapt to changes within the industry.

The ADCAS of today continues to pursue the interests of its members, promoting them to the wider construction industry, bringing member companies together to discuss industry issues, liaising with government on legislation and other issues, working with relevant industry organisations and ultimately promoting the highest standards in the design, specification and installation of ductwork.

Current President Malcolm Moss commented, “I would like to thank past presidents Michael Ohly, Ray Dennis, Alan Bryan, Paul Adlam, Paul Roxburgh and the executive and associate committee members who have worked incredibly hard to grow the ductwork industry and establish ADCAS as its voice. ADCAS continues to go from strength to strength and I look forward to joining the rest of the industry on 29th June to celebrate our 20th year in style.”

To book tickets for the 20th Anniversary event on 29th June please visit: www.adcas.co.uk/event/20th-anniversary-river-cruise

04-05-2017

'POWER PLAYERS' INITIATIVE OPENS TO ENTRIES

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.

25-04-2017

 

FETA to support STBA

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

25-04-2017

 

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.

25-04-2017

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.

18-04-2017

 

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

13-04-2017

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.”

13-04-2017

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

11-04-2017

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

11-04-2017

 

 

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

10-04-2017

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

10-04-2017

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.

07-04-2017

 

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

06-04-2017

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

06-04-2017

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”

05-04-2017

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

30-03-2017

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

20-03-2017

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