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


The FETA Technical Report for November is available in the members area of the website


FETA supports edie Live 2017

edie Live is the only event in the calendar giving energy, sustainability and resource efficiency professionals the opportunity to experience everything that’s new in this marketplace, in real life. 

From the energy management technology to waste and resource efficiency solutions, from water retail to re-use, recovery and recycling, from on-site generation to energy storage and demand response, edie Live has sustainable business covered.

23 May 2017 - 9.30am to 5.00pm
24 May 2017 -  9.30am to 4.00pm

Hall 12, NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT


Click here to stay in the loop and be the first to receive the registration link when free passes to the event becomes available

How you can get involved

If you would like information on exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at edie Live 2017, please click here to download the exhibitor brochure



Firetrace Ductwork issues reminder on ductwork installation responsibilities

Firetrace Ductwork Ltd is reminding organisations to consider their responsibilities and legal liability when specifying or installing fire rated ductwork.

As made clear in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, those involved in the provision of fire protection at any level are liable for its effectiveness in the event of a fire.  Those with responsibility for the specification of materials and/or the appointment of the contractor must ensure that they can prove competency for the fire protection materials used.  There have been recent examples of unscrupulous organisations failing to supply and install systems as originally tested and, in some cases, companies signing off installations without visiting the sites.  This is clearly unacceptable and there is a legal obligation to ensure that installed passive fire protection products, materials or systems are ‘fit for purpose’ and that the installer can demonstrate appropriate competency in the installation of the passive fire protection products, materials and systems used.

Another major issue in an increasing number of installations relates to the supports. The supports need to have the same level of fire resistance as the chosen ductwork system - but who should be making this calculation?  The ductwork contractor may not be qualified to select supports. If incorrectly selected, a type A fire (fire outside the duct) will cause the system to collapse and fire compartments will be breached, leading to a possible loss of life.  Supports should be identified early on in the system selection process. Firetrace Ductwork Ltd can help with this requirement and work on the correct selection.       

It is vital to ensure that fire rated ductwork is installed by a competent, properly trained installer and that constant surveillance is maintained throughout the installation. The will facilitate the awarding of a Certificate of Conformity and guard against potential issues surrounding liability.

 For more information and guidance on ductwork, visit: www.adcas.co.uk



ADCAS set to unveil new Trailblazer apprenticeship

ADCAS – the Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services – is assisting in implementing a new apprenticeship standard as part of the Government’s Trailblazer initiative.

What is Trailblazer?

In 2013, the Government proposed a series of changes to apprenticeships, outlining the key points in a report entitled ‘The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Implementation Plan’.  Trailblazer was introduced in order to make apprenticeships more relevant, ensuring that competencies are tested more rigorously and that grading is introduced for assessments in order to better evaluate performance levels.  This new initiative is designed to give employers the responsibility for standards and assessment, equipping apprentices with the skills that they will need to progress.  In developing a Trailblazer standard, a group of employers work together to design and develop an apprenticeship that is suitable for both large and small organisations within their sector.

How did ADCAS get involved?

Working with the Building and Engineering Services Association (BESA), ADCAS contacted key ductwork contractors to form a committee and deliver the three stages required to meet the standard:

  1. Development of Standard
  2. Development of Assessment Plan
  3. Implementation

The first official committee meeting was held on 18th March 2015 and since then there have been 11 further meetings.  George Humphreys, Managing Director of Hotchkiss and member of the ADCAS Executive Committee, was voted Chair for the Ductwork Erectors Working Group and led the development process.  Representatives from MW Hargreaves Ltd, Boyd & Co (Metal Workers) Ltd, C Caswell Engineering Services Ltd, E Poppleton & Son Ltd and BESA were all present on the committee and together the group completed Stages 1 and 2 and had their assessment plans approved by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in September 2016.

George Humphreys comments: “For many years the apprenticeship system was the backbone of employment for most engineering companies and as a former apprentice myself I can vouch for the quality of training that was given. 

“Recently it has been more difficult to attract school leavers into the construction industry and it is hoped that the Trailblazer initiative will help to kick start a new generation of apprentices. There is a lot of work to be done but both my fellow committee members and I welcome the opportunity to get involved.”


The new apprenticeship will offer two levels:

  • Installer – Equivalent to NVQ Level 2
  • Craftsperson – Equivalent to NVQ Level 3

The implementation process is now well under way and with the help of BESA Training, Quinn Training and South Thames College, the new apprenticeship will be in place next year.  As well as encouraging best practice across the industry, the standard will allow ductwork erectors to reach full competency and develop the transferrable skills required to progress to the very highest level.

For more information, visit: www.adcas.co.uk


HPA supports the Energy Now Expo 2017

The Energy Now Expo, the renewable energy event designed specifically for farmers and landowners, will return to the Telford International Centre, Shropshire on 8th & 9th February 2017. Being held in association with the NFU and CLA, with support from the HPA, GSHPA and other leading organisations such as Anglia Farmers and Woldmarsh Producers, the event will showcase the continuing benefits renewable energy has to offer, as well as the best practices in energy generation and efficiency.

Attractions at the 2017 event include the large exhibition, the new product development zone, the popular renewables advice clinic, where visitors can receive one to one advice from the experts and the multi-streamed conference. Keynote presentations will be followed by dedicated sessions on AD & biogas, biomass, energy crops, energy efficiency, finance, grid connections, heat pumps, hydropower, solar and wind. Organisers are pleased to announce that Mike Nankivell, President of the HPA, will be chairing the heat pump session, in which the latest developments will be discussed and examined by a panel of specialists, including the Chairman of the GSHPA, John Findlay.

Elsewhere the conference will also include daily sessions on energy storage, as well as a debate on the Welsh renewables sector.

According to David Jacobmeyer, organiser of the Energy Now Expo, the event has developed a number of features to ensure visitors can access the most up to date, innovative opportunities available in the renewable energy sector, and there are plenty to choose from.

“The event will showcase the latest innovations and policy updates that affect farmers. And while we wait for a definite decision from the government on subsidy changes - by the event next February, we hope to have more clarity on financial support, which we will be sharing at the Energy Now Expo 2017,” says David.

Also returning to the event in 2017 will be the Energy Now awards – recognising and celebrating the achievement of UK farmers and landowners within the renewable energy and low-carbon sectors. There will be 7 categories in total - best Ad & biogas, biomass, heat pump, hydro, solar and wind schemes, plus the most carbon neutral farm award. Farmers and landowners that own a scheme that has been operational for more than 12 months should enter, with each winner receiving a £500 prize and the award itself on the night (8th February 2017). It is a chance to showcase best practices in the installation and deployment of renewable energy and organisers would encourage HPA members and their customers to apply in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of heat pumps and their role in the UK energy mix. See www.energynowexpo.co.uk/award for more information.

There is a limited amount of exhibition space available – please contact a member of the Energy Now team on 01293 854 405 or by visiting www.energynowexpo.co.uk, to discuss options. Visitor tickets can also be organised through the same website.



BFCMA releases Commercial Flue guide

Designed to provide a clearer understanding of how chimneys and flues should be selected and installed in commercial applications, the new Commercial Flue Guide from the British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers Association (BFCMA) represents an invaluable resource for installers, suppliers, manufacturers and end users.

The guide is split into a number of different sections and covers chimney principles, regulations, types of chimney & flue, chimney & flue design, chimney/flue height & the Clean Air Act, and maintenance.

BFCMA Vice Present Dennis Milligan says: “Selecting the correct chimney or flue for the application is of vital importance and a raft of factors need to be taken into consideration.”

“The new guide helps to make sense of design features, regulations and other key elements, encouraging best practice across the industry.”

The guide focuses its attention on stainless steel flues – the most commonly used material in the chimney and flue market. Stainless steel flues are categorised into different systems and the guide clearly outlines the applications they are designed for.

Classed as ‘part of the building’ the chimney and flue must comply with the Construction Products Regulations (CPR) and as such all designers, architects, builders and heating engineers need to understand their individual requirements. The Commercial Flue Guide offers guidance on CE designations and picks out all of the key points from the regulations.

Milligan concludes: “With clearly labelled diagrams and illustrations, the new guide contains a wealth of information and is a must read for anyone involved in the selection and installation of chimneys and flues in a commercial setting.”

To download a copy of the guide visit www.bfcma.co.uk/download.aspx


BCIA awards 2017

Now is the time to ask yourself, have you got what it takes to be a winner? Start working on your entry for the next BCIA Awards; the most prestigious event in the building controls calendar for 2017.

The BCIA Awards celebrate excellence in the industry, don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to showcase your best products and projects from the previous 12 months.

For example, in 2016, Daniel Slack of Chartwell Controls was awarded Student of the Year. Daniel is committed to his studies and the controls industry and is participating in the four year Trend Attitude Apprenticeship programme.

Daniel was awarded Student of the Year because he has shown dedication and determination to learn and do well in the controls industry. He has impressed colleagues and clients with his exemplary attitude and he is motivated to fully understand the technology he is installing.

Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA, said: “We are delighted to have up and coming young people like Daniel in the building controls industry, it is good to know the future of our industry is in safe hands.  We need to recognise and reward more young people, which is why in 2017, we have decided to change the Student of the Year award to Young Engineer of the Year. This opens the award up to allow young engineers under 30 years of age to enter.”

There are eight categories which you can enter, which are; Independent Building Controls and BEMS Installer; Best Service and Maintenance Provider; Technical Innovation of the Year - Projects; Technical Innovation of the Year - Products; Energy Management Award; Contribution to Training; Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year.

The highly anticipated awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 11 May 2017 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole where guests can relax and celebrate the successes of the building controls industry.

The deadline for entries is 31 January 2017. To enter simply visit the BCIA website, www.bcia.co.uk, and submit your entries via the online form. Entry to the awards is free and open to BCIA members and non-members.


Building Services Summit 2016 tackles the big issues for our sector head on.

The Building Services Summit will be asking the hard questions and looking for input from delegates as well as industry experts. This year, it's all about finding solutions to make buildings better - energy efficient; occupant-friendly; and value for money.

The Summit takes place on 23rd November at the British Library and has been organised jointly by the BCIA, BESA and ECA - making this a unique event developed by associations for their members and clients.

Expert speakers from the National Energy Foundation, ARUP, Gratte Brothers, ISS Technical Services as well as Government departments including BEIS, will be sharing their knowledge - but we'll also be asking delegates to share their thoughts too in some highly interactive discussions and debates.

The Summit will be tackling the big issues head on:

* Is the construction process broken?

* What are the barriers to delivering buildings that work?

* Retentions - why are we still living with them?

* What are the alternatives to the current process of construction?

* What works - and can we do more of it?

The Summit includes some great presentations, but these lively discussion panels, moderated by television presenter and journalist Juliet Morris, will allow Summit delegates to share their ideas and views too. Interactive technology will be used on the day to gather thoughts on key questions, creating a very lively event for all.

BCIA President Malcolm Anson says: "This is a great opportunity to be part of a unique event that is seeking to tackle the key issues in our sector. It's also a chance to network with professionals from across the construction and property sector, while sharing ideas for improving how we work together. "

For more information, and to book your place, see www.buildingservicessummit.co.uk



News from the Birmingham Energy Institute

At a recent meeting of the BRA Contractor’s section, Gavin Harper of the Birmingham Energy Institute, gave a very interesting presentation on their project “Doing Cool Smarter”, which was launched last autumn.  Further details of this can be found at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/energy

The Institute have advised us of a programme of talks and presentations which may be of interest to members, and these are listed below:

BEI Lecture
Monday 28 November, 17:00 – 18:00pm

Location TBC
Karsten Müller, Leader of Energy Research, Institute of Separation Science and Technology
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen

Challenges and Progress in Chemical Storage

Thursday 24 – Friday 25 November, 9:00am – 17:00pm
European Energy Research Alliance Conference 2016
Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

For the first time since its establishment, EERA is organising a scientific conference. This conference is the occasion for energy researchers active in EERA, that represent more than 175 research organisations active in all fields of research on low-carbon energy, to meet and discover about each other’s’ challenges. The goal is to provide the opportunity for JPs cross-fertilisation, to discuss topics of common interest and input to contributing to the objectives of the SET-Plan and to the EU policy priorities in energy research. The event will also involve industrial stakeholders and policy makers in order to strengthen their collaboration with the research world.

Wednesday 30 November, 9:00am – 17:00pm
UK Energy Storage Conference 2016
Elgar Concert Hall and Great Hall, University of Birmingham  

 The Energy Storage Research Network (ESRN), the Energy SUPERSTORE and the STFC Network in Battery Science and Technology, all funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), are hosting the third UK Energy Storage Research Conference (UKES2016), providing an inclusive platform for all researchers in Energy Storage to present their work through talks and poster sessions. In line with the ethos of the Energy SUPERSTORE, the conference endeavours to bring together researchers from academia, industry and policy and across the whole field of energy storage, inspiring collaboration for future research.

 January 2017

 BEI Lecture
Professor Peter Taylor
Full details TBC

February 2017

BEI Lecture
Wednesday 15 February, 17:00 – 18:00pm
Full details TBC
Sir David King, Special Representative for Climate Change


The European Parliament has voted to give its consent to the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement. This vote represents an important milestone towards the formal ratification of the Agreement which will keep global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to 1.5 degrees by the end of the 21st century. It is hoped that swift ratification will allow the agreement to enter into force in November.

A full press release from the EU can be found at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-3284_en.htm

A press release giving EPEE’s views can be found at http://www.epeeglobal.org/news/news/details/article/epee-welcomes-the-european-parliaments-approval-to-ratify-the-paris-climate-agreement/

FETA has continued to push the agenda on indoor air quality (IAQ) and general awareness surrounding this important topic is now growing at an increasing rate.

Inexorably linked to outdoor air quality, over the past two years IAQ has hit the mainstream with a number of high profile reports helping to engage the public.

Those most at risk from poor IAQ, such as the young, elderly or seriously ill, are often demographic groups that spend the longest periods of time indoors.

FETA Chief Executive Russell Beattie says: “IAQ is a broad topic and it involves a number of Government departments. Greater awareness can only be seen as a positive and FETA will continue to communicate the importance of IAQ to a wider audience.”

As a key element of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), IAQ is relevant to all FETA associations and the subject has previously been covered in a HEVAC IAQ guidance paper released in 2005. The Air Distribution Group also issued IAQ advice back in 2000 (revised in 2015) and more recently the Humidity Group published a white paper on IAQ and humidification in 2016. 

Beattie adds: “FETA will continue to act as a conduit for information from regulators to manufacturers and vice versa, as well as offering support to other organisations as they work on IAQ.”



The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is calling on the Government to think carefully about any potential changes to agreed policies, regulations or directives, following the vote to leave the EU.

The industry body strongly believes that trade associations can help to retain links to important groups within Europe, channelling information on product standards or potential changes to regulations.

FETA Chief Executive Russell Beattie says: “Clearly there are considerable complexities to be dealt with as the UK negotiates a new relationship with the EU.

“We urge the Government to think carefully before dismantling agreed policies and to consult with industry before making changes to the existing regulatory landscape.”

As a representative voice of the UK HVACR industry, FETA is committed to promoting the interests of its members and is keen to play its part in getting the balance right as Article 50 negotiations begin.

FETA is concerned that short sighted changes to product performance standards should be avoided.

“This is not just about manufacturers exporting to the EU and keeping the same design criteria. Ultimately it is UK customers who would pay the price when it comes to nationally specific products.”

Having been part of the EU for 43 years, FETA recognises the scale of the task in formulating a workable exit plan but is urging the UK Government and indeed EU member countries not to lose sight of their shared interest in driving energy efficiency and encouraging innovative building and product design.

Beattie concludes: “Our Trade Association links within Europe will be even more important following BREXIT and we are keen to play our part in helping to strike the right balance. We’ve had almost half a century of treaties and agreements, covering thousands of different subjects – it is vital that the Government carefully considers the potential repercussions before making changes.”



Due to the F Gas Regulations there is now significant pressure to reduce the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of fluorocarbon refrigerants.

Non-fluorocarbon refrigerants all have low GWP but the only family of pure compounds that have a very low GWP are the Hydro Fluoro Olefins (HFO). HFOs are significantly less flammable than current Class 2 and Class 3 refrigerants and in order to differentiate these products from other flammable refrigerants the A2L classification was introduced.

John Smith, President of the British Refrigeration Association (BRA), comments: “The F Gas regulation will require the use of refrigerants with significantly lower GWP in order to meet phase down requirements. Whilst HFO blends can be made non-flammable, there will always be a GWP penalty.

“The industry must face up to the need to make use of these fluids and understand the implications of their use.”

A2L refrigerants are now widely available and manufacturers are beginning to offer A2L alternatives to most existing HFCs. New cars have featured the A2L refrigerant R1234yf since 2012 and from January 2017 all new cars must use the fluid. Importantly, A2L refrigerants are not suitable for retro-fit applications so are only for use in new systems.

Smith continues: “The industry needs clear guidance on the use of A2L refrigerants in the field. FETA recognises that this issue is pertinent to several associations and is interacting with other organisations whilst also discussing the subject with the HSE in order to understand its viewpoint.

“Put simply, the F Gas Regulations will not work without the introduction of A2L refrigerants and the biggest challenge will be found in the air conditioning sector, where there is no non-flammable alternative to R410A.”

FETA is committed to providing clarity on A2L refrigerants and, with the aid of a new set of guidance notes, will be working hard to help the industry understand how and when to use the fluids, how to store them and how to transport them safely.


The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has highlighted value engineering as one of the main causes of poor building performance and emphasises that working together is the best way forward for all stakeholders.

BCIA President Malcolm Anson says: "The focus on capital costs for construction projects is leaving building owners and managers with properties that cost them more in terms of energy and maintenance in the long-term."

All areas of building services suffer from value engineering, as Malcolm points out with examples from the controls sector: "It may seem that reducing the number of sensors on a project, for example, is an easy way to save a few pounds. However, these seemingly small items are crucial for a building to operate effectively.

"So often, BCIA members find that the removal of sensors for temperature or CO2, for example, means that heating and cooling are left to be operated manually which almost inevitably leads to higher operating costs."

The BCIA is aiming to educate the market about the true costs of value engineering through a joint conference with BESA and the ECA. The Building Services Summit will be held at the British Library on 23 November 2016. The theme of the conference is the efficient long-term performance of buildings.

"We know that the best way to raise awareness of these issues is to work with our professional colleagues within FETA and other organisations in this way. The Summit is a unique event organised by Associations for their memberships to share knowledge and help to solve challenges together," adds Malcolm.

Full details of the Building Services Summit can be found at www.buildingservicessummit.co.uk


On 6th October, at a full capacity meeting of the Fan Manufacturers Association, Alan Macklin of Elta Group Ltd, took over as chairman for the next two year period.  Outgoing chairman Mark Jones of Woodcock & Wilson Ltd, seen here on the right of the picture, wished Alan well in the new post.  Alan paid tribute to the work Mark had done over his six years as chairman during which time he had championed the cause to raise levels of compliance with the ATEX Directive for fans used in potentially explosive atmospheres.




The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) and the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) are holding their inaugural conference “EUREKA 2016: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation & Refrigeration: Sustainable technologies for a better life” on 13 December at the Marriott Hotel in The Hague.


This major event will showcase the heating, cooling and ventilation industry’s impact on the European Union’s energy and climate goals, demonstrate the potential, attractiveness and innovative nature of our industry, and provide an excellent platform for networking.

In parallel, participants from industry will be able to see for themselves how much EU and national policies impact our sector and the extent to which policy change can be a positive driver for innovation and new technologies.

It is precisely these broad-based objectives that make the event unique and, we hope, a regular fixture for many years to come.

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the calendar year, EUREKA 2016 will assemble representatives from industry, users, and the academic community to discuss with European and national policymakers the challenges and opportunities our industry faces in this rapidly changing global context,

The conference organisers have already attracted many high-profile sponsors, including Carel, Emerson, Danfoss, Daikin Europe, Mitsubishi Electric, RLT Herstellerverband and Systemair, and a number of engaging speakers have already been confirmed: from policy-makers and leading industry associations, scientific institutes and universities, through to researchers and end-users. To name just a few: The European Commission, AREA (contractors’ association), REHVA (federation of engineers’ association), EHPA (heat pumps), IIR (International Institute of Refrigeration), the London Southbank University, the Aachen Technical University, Deloitte, Delhaize, and many more.

The opening Plenary Session, featuring a keynote speech by a distinguished guest, will be followed by 4 break-out panel sessions on the following topics which capture some of the major topics dominating today’s HVACR sector:

  • The role of refrigeration in reducing food waste
  • Increasing political awareness on indoor air quality & thermal comfort 
  • The impact of the new F-Gas rules in Europe and beyond
  • Driving energy efficiency in buildings 

Avoid disappointment and register on our dedicated event website to benefit from the early bird fee.

If you would like further information about EUREKA 2016 please contact the EPEE Secretariat or the EVIA Secretariat secretariat@epeeglobal.org or secretariat@evia.eu.


The Smoke Control Association has produced an SCA Guidance Note for the use of Inverters or Variable Speed Drives in powered smoke ventilation systems.

This one-page guidance note is intended to help designers, specifiers, approval and regulatory bodies satisfy themselves that the control systems and strategies proposed and installed are appropriate for the specific application. The guidance can be viewed at www.feta.co.uk/smokecontrol


29 Sep 2016

CIBSE BIM Roadshow

For all the publicity surrounding BIM and the Government requirement for the use of BIM Level 2 on its contracts, many working across the construction supply chain still lack real understanding of BIM; competence in the processes; and knowledge of its application to their business structures and processes. 

CIBSE’s new BIM Roadshows, being held across the UK and Ireland, are specifically designed to address these requirements and to help delegates understand their knowledge and skills shortfalls, as well as to plan how to incorporate and implement BIM in their business.

From pre-concept to completion, presenters will use a project case study to demonstrate the real-world application of digital technologies and workflows.

All CIBSE members can receive a 30% discounted rate. 

Dates and venues



Arup Bristol



Guinness Storehouse



The Studio



Manchester Art Gallery



The Studio

30 Jan-17


Arup London  



The Merchant's Hall



Titanic Museum



Wales Millennium Centre

27 April


Millennium Hotels



Further details at http://www.cibse.org/training-events/bim-roadshow


Energy Now Expo 2017

The Energy Now Expo is set to return on 8 – 9 February 2017, at Telford International Centre. The Expo showcases the renewable energy opportunities available to the agricultural and rural communities of the UK.

The event will be supported by HPA and consist of a large exhibition, an advice clinic, a new product development zone, an education zone and a multi-streamed conference. The main theme of the 2017 conference will be “renewables in a post-subsidy world”, showcasing the benefits a well-chosen renewable energy scheme offers, with or without subsidy support.

Also returning to the 2017 event will be the Energy Now awards – recognising and celebrating the achievement of UK farmers and landowners within the renewable energy and low-carbon sectors. There will be 7 categories - best heat pump, AD & biogas, biomass, hydro, solar and wind schemes, plus the most carbon neutral farm award. Winners receive £500 prize! Nominate your customers today!

To register for your tickets or enter a customer in the awards, visit www.energynowexpo.co.uk. If you are interested in exhibiting call 01905 616665 or email sales@energy-now.co.uk.


NMRO now part of Regulatory Delivery

Regulatory Delivery was formed on 1st April 2016 and brings together the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) and the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) to focus on regulation and enforcement.  Originally formed under BIS, this directorate now operates under the recently formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The NMRO was responsible for all aspects of the Ecodesign Directive, and as such many FETA groups have had interactions with them.  This role will continue under the new organisation.

The launch of Regulatory Delivery combines policy expertise and practical experience to ensure that regulation is effectively delivered in ways that reduce burdens on business, save public money and properly protect citizens and communities.  Regulatory Delivery will work to ensure that the way regulation is enforced is proportionate and risk-based, delivering existing functions such as Primary Authority, legal metrology and hallmarking policy, technical regulation and enforcement work.


AREA develops F Gas logbook for record keeping

AREA has developed a simple spreadsheet that will serve as a tool for contractors and their clients to fulfil their record keeping obligations under the F-Gas Regulation.

Article 6 of Regulation 517/2014 on F-gases requires operators of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment to keep records of regular leak checks for each piece of such equipment. The records contain comprehensive information related to the equipment and its refrigerant during installation, maintenance & repair and at end of life.
A number of AREA members reported their own members being confused about what was required under Article 6. In order to simplify the procedure and encourage effective and responsible record keeping of fluorinated greenhouse gas use and movement, AREA has developed this simple spreadsheet for contractors to use in order to keep their own, and their client’s, records up to date and in line with regulatory requirements.
The AREA Logbook will provide the European Commission with a useful tool, should it decide to develop an implementing act on the format of the records.

The AREA Logbook can be downloaded for free www.area-eur.be/publications/area-f-gas-logbook

You can find guidance documents on various topics on the AREA website www.area-eur.be



The FETA Technical Report for August is available in the members area of the website


FMA works with HSE to raise awareness on the ATEX directive

The Fan Manufacturers Association (FMA) is warning company directors and employers that selecting the wrong fan for their working environment could put premises and occupiers at risk. This has become particularly important since the update of the ATEX legislation in April 2016.

The FMA has been so concerned about non-compliance with ATEX that it has been working with the HSE to raise the Executive’s awareness of this regulation, and to help others understand its implications. The HSE has also asked FMA representatives to speak at a meeting in Brussels of an Administrative Cooperation Group (AdCo) which is established to help harmonise legislation and its enforcement across Europe.  The FMA has been asked by the AdCo Group for ATEX to produce a guide that will identify fans not meeting the requirements of the ATEX Directive.

ATEX is European legislation concerning explosive atmospheres, consisting mainly of two directives that deal with safe working in ‘explosive environments’ and the choice of equipment, including fans, for those environments.  Unfortunately, explosive environments are more common than many company directors and employers may realise.

FMA Chairman, Mark Jones (pictured) says: “Explosive environments exist in the most day-to-day situations. It’s not just obviously explosive substances such as gas that need to be considered. Dusty environments can also be at risk of explosion too, and a number of deaths have occurred over the past decade as a result of incorrect fan selection for these environments.”

ATEX is significant for businesses, because it makes company directors liable for accidents which occur as the result of using the wrong type of fan in an explosive environment.

Mark Jones says: “Currently, employers are not adhering to the ATEX regulations for various reasons, and they clearly don’t understand its full implications for them. This puts building occupants at risk, and company owners potentially facing unlimited fines or even imprisonment.”

One of the challenges for customers selecting fans is that currently there is no independent third-party certification for ATEX-compliant fans. The FMA has worked hard on the new EN 14986 Standard which will help to address this issue – but businesses need to make themselves aware of what is available before they make the wrong choice of equipment. 

The FMA has produced a number of useful documents for building owners who feel their building contain a potentially ‘explosive environment’. These provide quick and clear guidance on the issues at hand and can be downloaded for free from the FMA section of the FETA website (www.feta.co.uk/fma).

New speakers have been announced for the Building Services Summit 2016, which has been launched by three leading industry services trade associations; The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Electrical Contractors Association (ECA).

The Building Services Summit is taking place on 23rd November 2016, at the British Library, London. The conference will give everyone an opportunity to share ideas by taking part in lively and informative discussions.

The speakers will include Roy Evans, of the Cabinet Office who leads on Government Soft Landings (GSL) which is an objective of the Governments 2016-2020 Construction Strategy. Roy will be joined by Dr Karon Buck, founding principal of Medway UTC, a new school for 14-19-year-old students from Medway and the surrounding regions. Dr Susan Scurlock is also joining the speakers’ panel. Susan founded primary engineer in response to the government’s call for more young people to be attracted into the engineering profession in 2005.

Other industry experts who will be joining the discussion include Bill Wright of ECA, who is an independent consultant on energy, control and sustainability matters. Graham Wright, legislation specialist at Daikin and Chairman of FETA. Graham is a mechanical engineer who has worked in the air conditioning industry for over 30 years.  David Frise, Head of Sustainability for BESA, and Stephen Hill an associate and building performance engineer for Arup are also part of the discussion panel.


Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA, says: “We have assembled some of the world’s most qualified experts to speak about how building engineering services can operate as efficiently and effectively to reshape the future of our buildings.  The leading industry experts will discuss the most topical questions in the construction sector and will address the challenges of a long-term building efficiency. The discussion will help building owners and facilities managers to understand where efficiencies can be made in both new and existing buildings.”


Be ahead of the game and join us for this unmissable event for just £36. Book your ticket today to secure your place. For further details, visit: www.buildingservicessummit.co.uk


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.