FEDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS (FETA)
FETA is the recognised UK body representing the interests of over 400 manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the heating, ventilating, building controls, refrigeration & air conditioning industry to policy makers and the wider public.
FETA is the low cost but high profile UK trade body which represents the diverse interests of manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the building services sector. It is split into six principle Associations ADCAS, BCIA, BFCMA, BRA, HEVAC and HPA.
Product types covered by FETA include ductwork, ducts, duct insulation, pre insulated ductwork, dampers, grilles, louvres, building controls, flues, chimneys, refrigerated display cabinets, chilled cabinets, refrigeration contractors, refrigeration equipment, refrigeration components, refrigeration end users, air conditioning, air curtain, air distribution, air handling unit, chilled beam, chilled ceiling, demand controlled ventilation, fan coil unit, fans, ventilation, filter, fire damper, smoke damper, humidity, residential ventilation, smoke control, heat pumps
Tickets are now available to purchase for the inaugural Building Services Forum. This brand new industry event will feature a CPD accredited educational seminar programme offering exclusive, specialised content. Attending the Forum is essential for professionals in the building services sector, presenting unique information, thinking and solutions concerning the future of the industry.
An unmissable seminar programme
The Building Services Forum programme will feature seminars from leading industry bodies, including: Remeha, North Building Technologies, Carlo Gavazzi, Priva, Schneider Electric, ZTP, Loughborough University, BSRIA and the ECA.
Covering a wide expanse of topics, the programme will touch on vital debates at the forefront the industry. Delegates will leave the Forum with a wealth of valuable knowledge, from ways to manage key design stages when installing combined heat and power units, to how to utilise the Internet of Things and cloud based technologies and developing an intelligent and interactive HVAC pipe network.
Lead sponsor Remeha’s product manager Adrian Morris will present ‘Maximising efficiencies with a bespoke low carbon plant room’. Chris Meir, sales director at Remeha considers the importance of this seminar and the Forum as a whole: “The Building Services Forum provides a timely opportunity to join with key industry professionals to share expert knowledge and successes, spread best practice, and identify solutions to future challenges.
“With CPD-accredited seminars from industry luminaries covering a range of topical subjects – from protection against cyber-attacks to designing healthy, intelligent buildings to the role of the Internet of Things in building services – there will be plenty of food for thought. Not to mention an insight from our own Adrian Morris into maximising the benefits of a bespoke-designed low carbon plant room. We look forward to seeing you there.”
North Building Technologies is also sponsoring the Building Services Forum and will present a seminar tackling the many issues likely to affect all businesses in the industry as technology evolves. The seminar will be delivered by James Palmer, business development manager at North. James comments: “North is proud to be sponsoring the Building Services Forum 2018. This high-quality event is a great way to share our 25 years’ experience creating networks of things with the industry. We will bring clarity to IoT technologies, while sparking debate about this new era of connectivity.”
Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein of BSRIA will present ‘Building for wellbeing’ at the Forum. Michelle comments: “BSRIA is delighted to support the inaugural Building Services Forum. As one of BSRIA’s four core values, being innovative is vital to a forward thinking industry and we would encourage building services professionals to attend this event to pick up some of the latest building services thinking.”
The full seminar programme can be viewed at http://www.buildingservicesforum.london/programme/
Limited places are available – don’t miss out
Tickets to the Building Services Forum include:
- A full day’s CPD accredited seminar programme from the industry’s biggest names
- Networking opportunities with sponsors, exhibitors and speaker companies
- The latest product and technology innovations
- Breakfast, lunch and refreshments
- Break-out sessions
Booking a place at the Forum offers a unique opportunity to boost your industry knowledge, consider issues that may affect the future of your business and network with some of the biggest names in building services.
The Building Services Forum will take place on 8 February 2018 at the Building Centre in London; a key location that is easily accessible by public transport and fantastic for networking with vital industry bodies.
Tickets can be purchased at http://www.buildingservicesforum.london/delegate-tickets/ at an exclusive early bird rate of £175.00. Please note that early bird ticket rates are valid until 31 December 2017, after which tickets will be charged at the standard full price of £195.00.
For information about participating in The Building Services Forum, contact Event Organiser, Jacqui Henderson on 01622 699116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Energy Now Expo will be returning to Telford, Shropshire, on 7 and 8 February 2018 for its ninth year, and farmers and landowners across the UK are being urged to save the date.
The annual event provides a chance to explore the opportunities available in all areas of on-farm renewables including anaerobic digestion and biogas, biomass, energy crops, heat pumps, hydropower, solar and wind, explains event director, David Jacobmeyer.
“The Energy Now Expo showcases all of the technologies available to farmers looking to diversify and future-proof their businesses. It also provides best practices in energy efficiency, guidance on the ways to maximise the returns of existing schemes and ways to store the energy being produced.
“Our comprehensive seminar programme features some of the leading experts in the industry. This, combined with a showcase of technology suppliers, funding providers and advisory bodies, means that the expo is a one-stop shop for pioneering agri-businesses,” he explains.
The event is free to attend and registration is now open online at www.energynowexpo.co.uk. The latest information on the event can also be found on Twitter @EnergyNowMag.
After more than 4 years as president of ASERCOM, the Association of European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers, Claude Blanc has announced that he is retiring from his position at the end of 2017. Stephane Nassau, chairman of ASERCOM’s board, extends his gratitude for Blanc’s work: “In these turbulent times of transformation, Claude’s role within our association and his contribution to our whole industry was of the highest value. For his achievements we owe him our gratitude and wish him the best for his future endeavours.”
Claude Blanc assumed the role of president in May 2013. Under his aegis ASERCOM introduced among others its certification programme for condensing units and its refrigeration scenario to comply with the European F-gas Regulation.
The search for a successor is already underway. “We are currently having initial conversations with potential successors. With Claude Blanc’s help we will ensure to make the transitional process as smooth as possible”, states Stephane Nassau.
Following the call for evidence for the independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety by the DCLG on 12 September 2017, the Smoke Control Association (SCA) has written an open letter to the Building Regulations and Fire Safety Review, offering its support and assistance to the review process.
"The Smoke Control Association (SCA) welcomes the imminent independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and offers its support and assistance to the review body.
In particular, we call for more control and regulation of smoke control design, to ensure that safety is not compromised in the design and installation of these systems and that the standard of life safety in our buildings is improved in accordance with the latest research and development
The benefits of comprehensive fire safety in buildings are well proven, particularly with a clear objective centred on life safety. There is a wealth of data on the interconnection between passive and active systems, both of which have a part to play in the event of a fire, but no one solution is completely stand-alone and the interaction between them is critically important.
Sprinklers and suppression systems have received a lot of coverage over recent months, but it should also be remembered that the suppression systems are not guaranteed to extinguish the fire and their primary objective is to suppress and control the fire to the boundaries of passive protection. They have little or no benefit in improving visibility or removing hot toxic smoke from the building, which is of course critical when a building needs to be evacuated.
Likewise, smoke control systems are generally designed to keep escape routes clear of smoke to aid evacuation and assist fire fighters by keeping access and evacuation routes relatively clear.
The recommendations of the Building Regulations, in the form of Approved Document B (ADB), are currently vague and rarely followed precisely. The lack of regular reviews of ADB means that new techniques and technologies developed by industries such as our own, which improve the safety of our buildings are often overlooked. Significant product and design standards are available now but they are frustratingly being ignored due to the infrequency of the review process.
In spite of this, the Smoke Control Association has, to a large extent, been able to self-regulate the industry through the evolution of new techniques and influencing adoption of standards, both British and European.
However, this is not ideal - there are always exceptions to the rule – for example, when contractors and designers outside of the main sphere of specialist practitioners, attempt to enter the market with little understanding of the rigors to which life safety systems should be designed and installed, this can lead to problems longer term.
We firmly believe that to fully exploit the benefits of smoke control systems for the benefit of the building occupants, the industry needs more definition from our regulations, so that installations are at least starting from the same point, with mandatory objectives and equipment that is designed and tested to standards that are themselves relevant to the application.
In addition we particularly hope that the review of ADB clearly defines levels of competence necessary to ensure that designers, installers, commissioning engineers and maintenance contractors have suitable knowledge and training to deliver fully functioning life safety smoke control systems. These need to be designed, installed, tested and maintained to a standard that is not compromised by commercial pressures to value engineer to the lowest possible level.
The Government’s approach to other industries, such as electrical safety, creating a link between regulation, practitioner certification backed by mandatory requirements is ideal and we would urge a similar approach is adopted for fire safety in buildings.
We offer our support, knowledge and the expertise of our members during the review of ADB and any future developments of ADB."
The letter can also be found here.
At the recent Heating and Ventilating Review Awards, long serving HEVAC member, Tom Dee of Johnson and Starley, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom has been in the industry since 1965, and since 2001 he has been Technical Director of Johnson and Starley, responsible for R&D, after sales service, quality and health & safety.
Tom has been involved in the development of warm air standards in the UK and Europe since 1998 and has been responsible for chairing a number of committees representing UK manufacturers in this capacity. He has also worked very closely with government on the development of Building Regulations and the adoption of European product legislation into the UK.
His knowledge of warm air and ventilation is highly regarded throughout the industry and he has always been ready to get involved for the greater good.
Within HEVAC, he is a past Chairman of the Residential Ventilation Association and member of HEVAC Council.
Everyone within FETA offers their sincere congratulations to Tom upon being presented with this award.
Mike Nankivell has been honoured for his outstanding work in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. The RAC Cooling Industry Awards ‘Gold Award’ recognises and rewards those who have made a significant impact on the industry and helped to drive its environmental progress.
Mike has worked in the HVAC industry for over 45 years and, despite ‘retiring’ at the end of 2015, has continued his involvement with a host of committees, subgroups and key industry initiatives, giving up his time to help further a host of important causes.
During his time in the industry Mike has taken on the Presidency of HEVAC and been Chairman of the ACRIB F-GAS implementation group. Mike was also the FETA Chairman during its 30th anniversary year and is currently the President of the Heat Pump Association (HPA).
After completing an apprenticeship in 1971, Mike joined the HVAC industry as a contract detail/design draughtsman, going on to work as a designer of perimeter heating systems, contract and commercial and general management in acoustics, fan and air handling unit manufacture.
Russell Beattie, Chief Executive of FETA, commented: “Mike has made an enormous contribution to the industry and richly deserves to be recognised in this way. He has gained and retained the confidence of key Government players by his ability to provide professional and, above all, objective advice and is a key ‘go to’ figure for them. I congratulate him on winning this well-deserved accolade.”
One year after the global Kigali amendment to phase-down HFCs, new survey findings from Emerson and international polling company ComRes examine how European retailers are navigating away from HFCs towards lower global warming alternatives. The survey asked professionals in the retail sector to comment on their preparedness for and awareness of more sustainable technologies, and the primary challenges associated with the shift away from HFCs.
Eighty-one percent of respondents said they viewed the shift away from HFCs as a positive change. However, the survey also showed the retail industry was lagging behind schedule due to a lack of clarity in regulatory changes and replacement technologies available. Surprisingly, 40 percent of respondents said they were unaware of upcoming regulatory changes related to the phase-down of HFCs as refrigerants. Nearly half (44 percent) said they either hadn’t started to make the shift, or were unsure.
Where retailers have started to phase-down HFCs, notable priorities for selecting replacement refrigeration systems included safety (57 percent of respondents), energy efficiency (53 percent) and environmental sustainability (48 percent).
Among the three primary alternative options available, carbon dioxide (CO2) technology was most commonly ranked as the preferred choice for replacing HFC systems at 38 percent, followed by hydrocarbons such as propane, and hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs).
Despite being the most popular choice however, industry analysis shows CO2 systems could cost a medium-sized retailer as much as €51,000 more per store compared to hydrocarbon integral systems over a 10 year period. Furthermore while CO2 is a significant improvement over HFCs in terms of global warming potential (GWP), it is found to have lower energy efficiency performance and higher maintenance requirements than other alternatives.
The survey also shed some light on the challenges and opportunities for making the transition away from HFCs.
Challenges identified included operational expenditure and installation disruption which drew significant scores of 43 percent and 33 percent respectively. Yet interestingly, cost alone was not identified as the main priority for selecting a new refrigeration system. The survey highlighted the desirability of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, with energy efficiency scoring 48 percent and environmental sustainability 39 percent.
When asked what would encourage respondents to accelerate the replacement of HFC refrigeration systems with lower global warming potential options, depreciation schemes or other tax rebates were the most popular (43 percent), followed by finding less expensive low GWP options (40 percent). This places an onus on regulatory bodies to provide more incentives to retailers looking to make the shift, and to invest more in the research and development of new technologies.
[Survey findings are based on an online poll of 140 professionals with decision-making responsibility for purchasing in the retail sector. This included 40 participants in France, 50 in Germany, and 50 in the UK. Fieldwork was conducted by ComRes between the 15th and 31st of August, 2017.]
“Sustainable technologies for a better life” is the guiding theme of the second edition of EUREKA, an innovative and participatory conference organised by EPEE and EVIA, two leading associations headquartered in Brussels and representing the HVACR industry in Europe.
EUREKA 2017 will take place on December 11 & 12 in Berlin and will once again represent a unique opportunity to engage with professionals from across the HVACR value chain and help shape the future of our sector. We are privileged to have keynote speeches from representatives of the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and the German Institute of Economic Research.
Our discussions last year resulted in a Visionary Paper which aims to help the industry adapt their products and services to the requirements and demands of future consumers, namely “Generation Z” - those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s. EUREKA 2017 will take last year’s findings one step further by actively engaging with Generation Z in a unique, cross-generation debate.
More information about EUREKA 2016 and 2017, and on the 2016 Visionary Paper, can be found on www.eureka-hvacr.eu. Professionals who want to be part of the discussions and actively shape our future – there’s not a moment to lose! Register for EUREKA 2017 on 11 & 12 December in Berlin.
You can register here
EPEE and EVIA look forward to welcoming you!
Further to the recent letter on trade by Leave means Leave, the EURIS Task Force which represents over 3500 UK companies with a turnover of £105 billion across the electrotechncial, electronics, renewables and mechanical engineering products, has written to the Prime Minister to highlight the importance of a successful trade deal between the UK and the EU for the industrial product supplies sector.
EURIS Chairman Dr Howard Porter said, “Trade is a key driver of growth and prosperity and has always been a crucial part of the UK and world economy. A trade deal with the EU is essential to the future prosperity of the products supply sector, the job security of those working in it and the competitiveness of those sectors EURIS members supply to”.
Dr Porter added, “EURIS fully agrees that negotiations on trade must be prioritised and start immediately but are concerned about the calls in some parts for a ‘no deal’ outcome. We would welcome the opportunity to explain why a successful trade deal with the EU is so important for our industry to any organisation supporting this position”.
The UK government has launched an inquiry into F-gas emission policies and the future of the F-gas regulations post-Brexit. The inquiry by the Environmental Audit Committee will also look at the UK’s progress on reducing F-gas emissions, and the impact leaving the EU will have on future progress and reporting.
As part of the EU, the UK is bound to the F-gas regulation (517/2014) and its attendant phase down target to reduce HFC use and sales by 79% by 2030. The UK is also party to the UN’s Montreal Protocol which, through the Kigali Amendment, plans to cut HFC use by a similar amount by 2036.
The Committee is inviting submissions on a broad range of questions such as:
- What action the Government needs to take to ensure that the EU’s 2015 F-gas regulation is incorporated into UK law.
- Should the UK go beyond EU regulatory minimums and develop stronger F-gas legislation?
- Which UK body should have oversight of adherence to F-gas legislation and how it could be adequately resourced to ensure compliance?
The inquiry will also consider whether the Government is doing enough to reduce F-gases. It will look at whether there are blockers preventing adoption of existing alternatives to F-gases and if there is potential to develop new cost-effective replacements.
The Committee is seeking submissions (maximum 3,000 words) from all interested parties by 12pm on 6 November. Later submissions will be accepted, it says, but may be too late to inform the first oral evidence hearing.
Written submissions are invited using the form on the inquiry page here.
It was announced today (12th Oct 2017) by Claire Perry MP, Minister for Climate & Industry, during a government briefing, “Building on the UK’s Clean Growth Credentials”, that the government intends to phase out the use of heating oil to heat buildings and domestic hot water during the 2020s, in both domestic and non-domestic heating systems.
The details of how this is to be achieved have yet to be determined, but this declaration is seen as a path to eventual regulation. Focus initially will be toward new build but will then be directed to existing building stock heated by heating oil.
“This momentous announcement is vital to assist in cleaning up the emissions from UK heating systems. It is extremely welcome as it gives much needed insight into the direction of travel and enables businesses to plan for the future, whether a supplier or a consumer,” said Mike Nankivell F.Inst.R, President of the Heat Pump Association (HPA).
He continued, “In addition it demonstrates clear intent by the government to seriously tackle the issue of relatively high carbon emissions from heating systems using oil as the predominant fuel and should act as a precursor to other fossil fuels which produce relatively high emissions.”
Although the exact detail has yet to be worked out, the HPA views this as a clear signal of intent toward ‘cleaner heating’ systems and heat pumps of all genres can contribute significantly to this as low emission technologies.
Transport for London is an executive body of the Greater London Authority (GLA), created in 2000 as the integrated body responsible for the Capital’s transport system. Its primary role is to implement the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy, and manage transport services to, from and within London.
Among several other assets, at present, TfL is responsible for approximately 360 miles (560km) of main roads, 270 London Underground stations, and well over 1000 buildings in and around the capital. These numbers are expected to increase over time as London expands and TfL gains responsibility for new and other existing transport services.
In 2017/18 alone TfL will invest over £3billion improving and updating infrastructure assets; an amount TfL strives to invest each and every year for the remainder of its current business plan and beyond.
As part of a determined effort to increase and maximise the value TfL achieves from its future investments, particularly with respect to investments in products and systems, a new initiative to build more strategic, resource efficient and mutually beneficial long-term relationships (contracts) with manufacturers and suppliers has been launched (Fit for Purpose Stations - FfPS).
FfPS will result in a catalogue of products (a ‘Kit of Parts’ or set of ‘Common Components’) that will demonstrate the most superior Whole Life Cycle Costs and Performance - for its given purpose - once installed on London’s transport network. These products will be the ‘first choice’ products selected for use across the network and in most areas of the business will be ‘mandated for use’ (for as long as they deliver the value TfL expects).
FETA are actively engaging with TfL in this work on behalf of its members.
A new report from the University of Birmingham, commissioned by Emerson to coincide with the one year anniversary of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, has highlighted the significant challenge facing the European retail industry as it transitions from damaging HFCs to natural refrigerants.
The retail sector is key to the transition away from HFCs, as an average supermarket refrigeration system can leak up to 25 percent of its refrigerant charge annually, resulting in approximately 1,556 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions — producing the same environmental impact as the annual energy used by 165 homes.
However, the report authored by Professor Toby Peters, highlights industry analysis that indicates the European retail sector has already fallen behind schedule in phasing out HFCs and replacing them with natural refrigerants. As a result, the report raises concerns that growing environmental and societal pressure, coupled with increasingly stringent regulations, must not drive retailers to focus on solutions which eliminate HFCs but fail to maximise the wider energy efficiency, operational and cost benefits available from industry leading refrigeration technologies.
Discussing his report, Professor Peters said: “The report released today highlights the need for the refrigeration industry, and retailers in particular, to consider the holistic, long term impact of their technology choices. The phase out of HFCs provide a unique opportunity to look beyond the choice of refrigerant, and to fundamentally rethink store and system architectures to ensure that they maximise environmental and operational benefits. Refrigeration systems introduced today could still be operating in 15 years’ time and it is imperative that we grasp the once in a generation chance to deliver genuinely clean cold. Given the size of heating and cooling demands within our society, this is essential as we transition to sustainable energy.”
The report, Retail Refrigeration: Making the Transition to Clean Cold, examines what the move to natural refrigerants means for retailers and offers recommendations for the path forward. The conclusions and recommendations include:
- Although progress is being made, retailers are not transitioning from HFCs to natural refrigerants quickly enough to meet phase-down targets
- As retailers make the transition it is important to consider the whole system impacts of refrigeration, not just the need to meet refrigerant targets
- In particular, the long term energy efficiency of the wider system must be considered to ensure that any refrigeration technology selected maximises the overall environmental benefits and economic opportunities
- Other factors should also be considered, including the complexity of installation and long term maintenance requirements of different technologies, which can have a significant impact upon operations and cost
The report also makes recommendations for Governments across Europe:
- Governments have a critical role to play in encouraging retailers to transition to natural refrigerants and to ensure that the solutions adopted deliver maximum long term benefit
- Governments should invest significantly more into research and development into sustainable refrigeration and integration into energy systems
- They should support the development of a clear pathway for sustainable refrigeration, not just low GWP refrigerants
- Governments also need to provide incentives, not just penalties, for end-users to accelerate transition to low-impact systems. They should, for example, consider increasing depreciation allowances for investments in new refrigeration systems that are both low-GWP and demonstrably produce the best energy efficiency outcome for the proposed location
- Invest in the skills required to support the long term transition to natural refrigerants, recognising that an expanded workforce, with new competencies and certifications, is going to be required
As alternatives to HFCs are considered, there are two primary solutions available – CO2 and hydrocarbons. The report noted that although CO2 systems are most commonly being installed across Europe, some major retailers have selected integrated display cases, which operate more like domestic fridges, and use propane as their refrigerant.
To access the full report visit www.emersonclimate.com/europe/en-eu/About_Us/News/Pages/Studies.aspx.
The most anticipated event in the industry’s calendar, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards 2018 is back for another year. Once again the Hilton Birmingham Metropole will play host to the awards ceremony and gala dinner on Thursday 10th May 2018 and ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN.
The Award Categories
Don’t miss this opportunity to stand out from the rest of the industry by entering one of the following award categories:
- Best Service & Maintenance Provider
- Contribution to Training Award
- Energy Management Award
- Engineer of the Year
- Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer
- Technical Innovation of the Year - Products
- Young Engineer of the Year
- Technical Innovation of the Year - Projects
The BCIA Awards are now in their 12th successive year and continue to be greatly supported by the industry.
You can submit your entry here
Contact the organisers here
BSI have just issued their publication "What Brexit means for industry standards". The publication explains the global system of standards and BSI’s role in representing the interests of UK stakeholders. It reflects the feedback BSI have received from stakeholders, who stressed the importance of retaining the UK’s role and influence within the European standardization system through continued membership of CEN and CENELEC. FETA very much supports this position, and sees it as vital that the UK retains an involvement in the setting of international standards.
The publication can be see here
The Rushlight Awards are the only set of awards designed specifically to support and promote all the latest clean technologies, innovations and initiatives for businesses and other organisations throughout UK, Ireland and internationally. There are separate categories for each of the renewable energies, clean fuels, transport, energy efficiency, power generation and storage, resource, water, sustainable manufacturing, agriculture and products, clean environment and deployment initiatives.
Details are as follows:
1. All entries will be made into posters and exhibited at the Rushlight Show, unless you choose not to.
2. The prestigious and internationally recognised Rushlight Awards carry substantial kudos, specifically due to the totally independent, high quality judging and breadth of support from the key leading participants in the sector.
3. Winners and commended entries can display their respective success logos on all their marketing material and communications free-of-charge after the event.
4. Priority will be given to entrants for the presentation slots in the Innovation Showcase at the Rushlight Show on Thursday 25 January.
5. Every entrant who is a commercial business can receive a free Grant Scope assessment by Granted Consultancy, including a 30 min skype call.
6. Every entrant can receive an initial IP assessment by Stephens Scown via a free 30 min telephone call.
7. The Green Tech Challenge programme are offering a fast track into their programme, provided entries are received by 17 September.
8. Leading Edge Only are offering free membership for all entrants from the date of their entry up to 25 January 2018 and then prizes of membership after that for winners.
9. Tmara are offering a prize of a Product-Market Assessment, Minimum Viable Value Specification and Strategic Alignment Mentoring to one winning company of their choosing. (Estimated Value: £30K).
10. Impact Hub Westminster are giving a prize of 3 months free Hub 100 Membership, a package worth over £795.
11. All entrants can have a stand in the Exhibition at the Rushlight Show at a substantial discount.
12. Celebrate an innovation breakthrough or an initiative by entering the awards and bringing the team to the Party.
13. All entrants can attend the Awards Party at discounted prices, including group packages.
14. Put your product, service, technology or project in front of potential customers, investors, partners, intermediaries and service providers.
To enter, just go to www.rushlightevents.com/rushlight-awards and follow the instructions in How to Enter.
To assist companies with their planning and decision-making, City & Financial are organising ‘The Post-Brexit UK Trade Policy Summit’ on 8th November in London. An impressive array of top experts will guide delegates through the key issues, including:
- Structuring BREXIT to maximise trade benefits and enhance the UK’s participation in the global value chain;
- Transition: What will a transitional agreement for the UK look like?
- How will the customs arrangements work through the transition period and beyond?
- What sort of comprehensive transition arrangements are possible for services?
- Towards an independent UK trade policy that works for business - a new EU partnership: what are the alternatives to single market membership?
- Implications “Hard Brexit” for trade in (a) goods and (b) services and what are the challenges and applicable WTO rules?
- The Government’s vision of a Global Britain: making allies and forging new trade relationships with other developed and developing countries
- Making a success of Brexit: what business needs to make it work
The day has been structured so that the overarching themes are discussed in plenary sessions in the morning, while delegates will split into two workstreams in the afternoon covering the key issues for trade in goods and services, respectively.
For further information please visit the event website at https://www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/Postbrexittrade
Following feedback from the highly successful CIBSE BIM Roadshow, attended by hundreds of delegates across the UK and Ireland, CIBSE Training have released a one-day training course to allow engineers, and the wider supply chain, to learn about the fundamentals of digital engineering in practice. This will take place on 6th November in London.
Details can be found at Fundamentals of Digital Engineering (including BIM) | 6 November, London
For the second year in a row, EPEE and EVIA will host a high-level conference bringing together NGOs, academia, decision-makers, and industry professionals across the HVAC-R value chain to brainstorm, build bridges, and positively impact our daily environment. This year's event takes place in Berlin on 11-12 December.
This year's keynote speeches will be given by Thorsten Herdan, Director General, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, and Claudia Kemfert, Head of Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW). Other participants include Deutsche Ventures, Coalition for Energy Savings, CETIAT, Star Refrigeration, International Institute of Refrigeration...and many more!
Generation Z, who were at the heart of EUREKA 2016, will be actively involved in discussions during EUREKA 2017, and will help us explore the best way for the HVAC-R sector to respond to future consumer demands and ensure our solutions are fit for the future. Come meet and debate with them!
In 2016, EPEE and EVIA launched EUREKA, as an interactive conference to initiate a dialogue between industry and future generations and explore ways for the HVAC-R sector to adapt to the challenges of the future.
You can register for the event here
Details of the programme can be found here
Bitzer UK MD Kevin Glass will be the next president of the Institute of Refrigeration after his nomination passed unopposed. Glass was proposed by the IoR’s executive council in July from a list of 15 potential candidates. As no other nominations have been put forward by the membership there will be no ballot this year.
He is expected to be formally appointed on November 2 and will support the existing president, Steve Gill, until his term of office ends in November 2018.
Kevin Glass has been with Bitzer UK for over 30 years, the last six as managing director, following a wide ranging career in the RAC industry.
As well as his involvement with the IoR, Kevin is a stalwart of the BRA's Equipment and Components section.
The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), the leading charity run for the public benefit of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump professionals has just launched its technical papers programme for 2017/18, which will include:
- Integrated development of a chiller system with an oil-free compressor - 2 November 2017- London. This IOR technical presentation will cover the benefits of magnetic bearing technology for the chiller system.
- The Impact of Refrigerant Charge on the Capacity and Efficiency of a System Containing Low GWP Refrigerants – 1 February 2018 - London. This presentation will highlight the potential effects of refrigerant charge on the operating characteristics of low GWP refrigerants. It will also demonstrate the direct and indirect costs/emissions as a result of refrigerant leakage.
- Is CO2 the future for domestic hot water heat pumps in the UK? 1 March 2018 - Birmingham. Presented as one of the most attractive alternatives to less environmentally-friendly refrigerants, this presentation will discuss the technical and economic viability of CO2 DHW heat pumps on the British market.
- Challenges and learning from the remote monitoring and analysis of refrigeration systems 5 April 2018 – Birmingham. This presentation will cover energy efficiency optimisation and the benefits of the introduction of software monitoring refrigeration systems’ performances.
The presentations are open to all and free to attend. Starting at the new earlier time of 3.30pm the presentations will also be available as a webinar for those unable to attend in person. The technical presentations offer an easy way to keep abreast of all the new developments in the RACHP industry and attendees will gain a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Certificate.
For more information and to register visit http://bit.ly/2eR6M9k
The Institute of Refrigeration is calling for nominations for the J&E Hall International Gold Medal. Now in its 40th year, this internationally respected award is given in recognition of outstanding technical achievements in refrigeration and related fields.
The Award is open to individuals or teams with recent outstanding achievements in one or more of the following areas –
- Practical applications of innovative designs
- Projects which have made an original contribution to the field
- Systems which demonstrate substantial potential and evidence that they will be completed successfully
- Outstanding and significant work in a new or unusual area
The award is designed to encourage progress rather than acknowledge past achievement and the winner will join a select list of recipients that includes refrigeration greats such as Prof Gustav Lorentzen, Prof. P. Ole Fanger, Prof Don Cleland, Mr Ron Conry and Prof Pega Hrnjak.
The presentation will take place at the 118th Institute of Refrigeration Annual Dinner in London, UK and the winner will receive a gold medal to hold for one year, a silver replica to keep and a cash award of £5,000.
Information about the award and a nomination pack is available at www.ior.org.uk/awards or email email@example.com. All nominations must include a contact address, email address and a few words about the nature of the achievement of the nominee. Nominations are requested by the 15th October 2017.
CIBSE has launched the Society of Digital Engineering (SDE) at the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Recognising the increasing percentage of engineering tasks being conducted in a purely digital environment, the new Society will provide a community for accreditation, training and career advancement for all engineers working digitally across building services and its supply chain including clients.
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With the launch of the Society of Digital Engineering, CIBSE have created a dedicated Linkedin group. This will serve as a discussion forum where knowledge, news and best practice can be shared with members passionate about Digital Engineering.
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CIBSE President, Peter Wong commented "The formation of the Society of Digital Engineering demonstrates the importance of digital technology in the building services sector and the commitment of CIBSE to develop the art and science of digital engineering"
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Management Committee. Following a vote by BCIA members, Sandy Damm, Terry Sharp and Paul Wetherfield have all been successfully appointed.
Terry Sharp, UK and Ireland Product Sales Manager at Johnson Controls, has worked in the controls industry for over 35 years. Terry’s expertise helps to bridge the gap between manufacturers and installers, to bring a rounded perspective to the challenges that are faced in today’s Building Management Systems (BMS) world.
Paul Wetherfield, CEO of Global Associates, has 15 years’ industry experience under his belt. Paul’s passion is driven by the lack of young engineers within the industry and as a result he’s shaped Global Associates around the development of young apprentices, which currently make up 15% of the workforce.
Sandy Damm, Managing Director of Sontay Ltd, has been employed within the building automation industry for over 15 years. Three years ago, Sandy launched the Sontay Academy, an education initiative which provides access to a wide range of courses designed to build knowledge, technical skills and contribute to CPD requirements.
Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA says: “I am delighted to welcome three new members on board to join the BCIA Management Committee. Paul, Sandy and Terry will each bring something unique to the committee and are fully committed to addressing key industry challenges and strengthening the BCIA brand.”
Two young and outstanding performers in the electrotechnical and engineering services industry have won the inaugural ‘Power Players’ initiative, following an announcement at the ED&I Expo in Birmingham.
26-year-old project manager Joseph Wu of T Clarke, and 24-year-old Charlie Harwood, a branch manager of CEF, won the most votes from a high quality field of four finalists. Joseph has been one of the project leads for T Clarke on a major development in Stratford, while Charlie became a CEF branch manager after producing some impressive sales figures.
Head judge and ECA Head of Technical Steve Martin commented:
“Many congratulations to our winners and finalists, and indeed to everyone who entered and supported the inaugural Power Players. We are delighted that Power Players has proved to be an effective showcase for the excellent business and technical contributions being made by younger people, across our industry.”
Power Players winner Joseph Wu of T Clarke said:
“It's refreshing to see the ECA providing a platform for young professionals within the construction industry and demonstrates that anything can be achieved with hard work and determination. This has been a great experience for me to be involved with and I strongly recommend this initiative to future participants.”
Power Players winner Charlie Harwood of CEF added:
"A massive thank you to everybody involved in helping towards this great achievement, particularly group manager Paul Church and general manager Tony Betteridge for their support and guidance throughout. Also a huge thank you to the ECA for hosting such an amazing initiative - it was fantastic to be a part of it.”
Some 1754 votes were tabled by the public, with Joseph collecting 566 votes, and Charlie 532 votes. The vote took place between 9 August and 5 September. Harry Bartle of Chris Bowker Ltd and George Antino of T Clarke and also reached the final four. Videos from all four finalists can still be viewed on the Power Players website – www.powerplayers.uk.com
There is still time to submit your abstract for the inaugural international conference on the application of HFO refrigerants. Abstracts are due on 2 October 2017 and are required to report on original research or on technical developments and their applications. With the phase-down programme now being implemented in Europe and HFOs increasingly presenting a viable alternative, the conference will provide up to date information on these types of refrigerants. Papers exploring and reporting on the conference themes are invited, these include:
- characteristics of HFO refrigerants
- design issues for systems, components and controls
- safety issues (flammability risk analysis, design considerations, operating experience)
- legislation, codes of practise and standards
- responsible use and environmental considerations
The conference will also accept papers that include comparisons with other low and moderate GWP fluids such as R32, ammonia, CO2 and hydrocarbons.
The event will take place at IET Birmingham Austin Court between 2 and 5 September 2018 and will provide a common arena for HFO refrigerants specialists and those having with interest in this topic including users, component manufacturers, product development specialist, researcher and development experts, system and equipment designers, senior managers and policy makers.
Further information on call for papers are available at www.ior.org.uk/abstract-and-paper-submission
SIRACH will be holding an event on Application for Cryogenic Cooling on 12 October at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL).
The day will be a great opportunity to find out more about recent developments in cryogenic cooling with a series of talks and presentations on the topic including:
- Large scale energy storage delivered by Tim Gardhouse from Highview Power Storage
- The thermal design and testing of the Mid Infrared Instrument (MIRI) on the James Webb Space Telescope delivered by Bryan Shaughnessy from the Science and Technology Facilities Council
- Cryostimulation as an emerging assistive technology for influencing bodily structure and metabolic functions delivered by Katya Mileva from London South Bank University
- 2K JT-cooler for the ESA Athena mission delivered by Martin Crook from the Science and Technology Facilities Council
- A case study from Sainsbury’s on their use of refrigerated delivery trucks cooled by a liquid nitrogen
Participants to the event will also get an overview of Harwell Campus including the Science and Technology Facilities Council and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory by Angus Horne, MD of the organisation as well as taking part in a site tour.
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) is renowned for its ground-breaking work in many scientific fields including particle physics, space science and astronomy and for housing many of the UK’s top scientific facilities such as RAL Space, STFC’s Space Science and Technology Department which took part in over 200 international space missions or Diamond Light Source LTD, the UK national synchrotron radiation facility, whose applications contribute to research in fields including the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
To read more about the day’s programme and to book your space, visit http://www.sirach.org.uk/SAHQAB252221
Don Belcher, a long standing member of the BRA and managing director of Aylesbury-based refrigeration equipment distributor Titan Engineering, has recently retired after more than 40 years in the industry.
Joining Titan in 1986, Don Belcher was appointed managing director in 2011 following the retirement of company founder Jim Proops and the company’s sale to French valve manufacturer RFF.
The role of MD passes to commercial manager Ed Wright, who has been with Titan for 15 years.
Don was a long standing member of the BRA Equipment and Components Section, and also served on the BRA Council.
Everyone at FETA wishes Don a long and pleasant retirement.
The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) National Conference will be held in London on October 19th.
The full day event at the four-star Park Plaza Riverbank hotel will focus heavily on how companies in the building engineering sector can achieve technical compliance and business efficiency to meet the many commercial challenges they now face.
The conference will also have a strong technical content with streams covering: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ); District Heating; and Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps. Leading authorities on mental health, diversity and training funding will also address the conference and offer practical support.
The technical sessions will consider how buildings can be turned into ‘safe havens’ from rising air pollution and how to make district heating schemes more efficient. They will also look at the likely impact on the refrigeration and air conditioning sector of the growing popularity of heat pumps and a rapid shift in the use of refrigerant gases as a result of the F Gas phase down of HFCs.
As well as the busy conference programme, there will be an exhibition of innovative products and services drawn from across the industry. The event will conclude with a black tie awards dinner celebrating the best of the sector’s national apprenticeship talent and announcing BESA’s annual management and Contractor of the Year awards.
For more information and to register for the BESA National Conference and Awards go to: www.thebesaconference.com
Registration is now open for the UK’s only national exhibition for the refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation, heating and heat pump sectors taking place at ExCeL, London from 23-25 January 2018.
The show has lined-up a number of exciting exhibitors – including manufacturers – with more joining by the day. It has the support of all the major trade associations including the IOR (which is holding its annual conference at the show), FETA, BSRIA, BESA and REFCOM. The event has also secured some major sponsors and brand partners, including Daikin Applied UK, Fujitsu, Haier and Toshiba. In addition to seeing leading companies exhibiting top brand products, visitors will benefit from a number of exciting feature areas:
The HVAC & Refrigeration Show will feature CPD accredited seminar programmes in two seminar theatres – the HVACR Theatre and the Training & Skills Theatre, sponsored by Toshiba.
Industry Insight Series
There will be a three-day series of live talks and discussions on future industry issues, presented by a panel of guest speakers.
2018 SkillFRIDGE Launch
The 2017 national SkillFRIDGE final will take place in November at The Skills Show, ready for the 2018 series to launch at The HVAC & Refrigeration Show.
Further details at www.hvacrshow.com
CIBSE’s Build2Perform Live event for building performance professionals takes place at London Olympia, on 21 and 22 November 2017. The programme has now been released. You can now book your FREE place and register for morning and afternoon streams or individual sessions of your choice across the two days. We are expecting popular streams and sessions to fill up fast, so start planning your visit to make sure you can book your first choices.
The CIBSE CPD accredited programme has been carefully curated by CIBSE Divisions, CIBSE Special Interest Groups and our Build2Perform Advisory Committee, with specialist speakers invited from across the built environment. Highlights from the programme include:
- Building simulation for the 21st century
- Building services: Technology update (*coming soon*)
- CHP & District heating
- Digital engineering: design :make
- Domestic water system sizing
- Energy metering best practice
- Engaging clients with building performance
- Fire safety (*coming soon*)
- Good practice in the design of homes
- How facilities management supports building performance
- How to reduce energy costs
- Improving indoor & outdoor air quality
- Improving building performance in the UK’s existing buildings
- Lighting spaces: user wellbeing and performance
- Making heritage buildings perform
- Natural Ventilation
- Overheating in homes (*coming soon*)
- Update on energy and building related regulations
- Urban heat, big data and critical infrastructure networks
Build2Perform Live, will also include two CIBSE accredited CPD Exhibitor Theatres, with Platinum and Gold exhibitors presenting, and a Headline Theatre with daily keynote addresses (full details will be announced in September).
FETA has announced its support of the inaugural Building Services Forum. The one-day event will incorporate a comprehensive CPD accredited seminar programme designed to open the debate on the future of building services.
Martyn Cooper, FETA’s commercial manager, comments: “FETA is delighted to be supporting the Building Services Forum. With developments in modern building innovations continuing to surge, it is important for the professionals involved in this sector to meet regularly, share ideas, discuss concerns and discover the latest technology. We believe the Building Services Forum provides the perfect platform to direct the right course for our industry.”
A hub of ideas, debates and thinking at the forefront of the industry, the Building Services Forum is aimed at building services specifiers, installers, engineers, facilities management, designers and architects. Also offering table-top stands from leading manufacturers, the event is perfect for networking with the industry.
The Building Services Forum will take place on 8 February 2018 at The Building Centre, London. This ticketed event will include breakfast and lunch.
For more information and to register your interest, visit www.buildingservicesforum.london
The BFCMA is supporting Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017.
Brought to you by Fire Kills and HETAS, Chimney Fire Safety Week was introduced in 2009 and aims to raise awareness of safe chimney use, including the importance of ensuring that chimneys are swept regularly, are clean and appropriate quality fuel is used.
Whilst there was a reduction in nationwide chimney fires during the year April 2014-March 2015, there were still over 5,000 avoidable chimney fires. Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017 intends to reach out to consumers throughout the awareness week.
Further details are available here http://www.chimneyfiresafetyweek.co.uk/
Danfoss is to present a week of training and events to help engineers and decision makers adapt to the ever-changing refrigerant landscape.
Faced with refrigerant phase-downs, price increases and possible shortages, Danfoss’ Refrigerant Week is designed to help industry to adapt to new lower GWP, and sometimes flammable, alternatives.
In a week of events from Monday, September 18 to Friday, September 22, 2017, Danfoss turns its attention to the impact new worldwide agreements have on OEMs and installers and how it can help bridge the gap between directives and installations.
As a respected manufacturer, Danfoss maintains it has both the in-house expertise, product qualifications and testing facilities to provide reliable, efficient, and sustainable refrigerant solutions for a diverse set of applications, including air conditioning and food chain. The company points out that its experts have already begun working side-by-side with clients at specialised application design centres to support and facilitate the transition to new and better refrigerants.
The week’s activities will be grouped into two categories – CoolSchool and CoolTools.
CoolSchool is designed to increase refrigerant knowledge and uncover solutions to help participants adapt to the so-called fourth generation refrigerant transition. The event will include videos, infographics, articles and webinars.
The second event, CoolTools, will focus on a number of Danfoss tools designed to make the fourth refrigerant transition smooth and easy. These solutions are designed to simplify the selection of the right refrigerant for any situation, find a compatible component, and ensure that refrigerants are installed correctly in the cooling system.
Registration for the various webinars can be made from August 25 at refrigerants.danfoss.com
With less than seven months to go, the UK’s only dedicated exhibition for the refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation, heating and heat pump sectors is over 70% sold. The HVAC & Refrigeration Show is expected to shape and define the future of the industry, driving efficiency throughout the supply chain and providing a much-needed platform for innovation and debate.
Visitors from a wide range of sectors, including building services, central/local government, retail, leisure, hospitality, transport, manufacturing, healthcare, education, utilities and more will be there to see leading companies exhibiting top brand products and get advice on affordable and efficient solutions.
In addition to sourcing new products and services, visitors will have access to a range of new and exciting feature areas.
For more information on visiting and exhibiting go to www.hvacrshow.com
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is highlighting the importance of occupant wellbeing in commercial buildings. As technology continues to evolve, there is an increasing focus on the wellness of individuals in the workplace, as well as the drive for smarter buildings which help boost productivity. Historically, there was little thought given to occupants’ wellbeing by designers or contractors. However, wellbeing is now a hotly discussed topic across all industries and something which organisations must take seriously.
The WELL Building Standard is the first building standard to concentrate on the health and wellbeing of people. This has now been aligned with BREEAM – the global sustainability standard. The two together, now provide a central point for linking both wellness and sustainability, to achieve best practice. Going forward, this standard will help building owners, facilities managers and HVAC engineers to determine future-proof solutions that assist with the wellbeing of individuals, in energy-efficient commercial buildings.
Research has proven that “well” employees at work, are both mentally and physically capable of doing their job, but are also more willing to develop their technical skills. Furthermore, individuals will demonstrate more loyalty to an organisation where they feel comfortable and happy in their environment.
The latest advancements in technology allow for smart building controls systems and sensors to be installed, which allow users to optimise their working environment. In conjunction with a Building Management System (BMS), heating, ventilation and air-conditioning can all be set to individuals’ personal preferences.
Dynamic buildings which are stimulating, with natural lighting and clean air, have been proven to ensure workers are more effective. As a consequence, overall business performance is likely to improve. In today’s climate, buildings can’t remain stagnant. There needs to be an ongoing evolution of how buildings can adapt to occupants’ needs. Many commercial buildings already feature the latest intelligent solutions, but this is still not common practice across the board. Wellbeing must be at the forefront of design to ensure a productive workforce, not just for now, but for the future.
Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA said: “The importance of wellbeing within our industry is something we must fully embrace. No two people are the same, so why would we expect individuals to thrive in an environment which fails to meet their needs? We need to ensure the end user can perform at their optimum ability by providing flexible, user-control systems which promote a happy, healthy and sustainable working environment.”