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
Graham Young, Area General Manager of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency UK Ltd, retired on 31st December 2016.
Graham was President of the British Refrigeration Association from 2004-2006, Vice President for two years before that, and Past President for two years afterwards.
Graham was also chairman of the BRA Contractors Section and worked on many task force led projects, from when he started his involvement with the BRA in the mid-eighties.
The Association is very grateful to Graham for his many contributions to the BRA over thirty years and wishes Graham a well deserved and happy retirement.
The EU has published a report on barriers posed by codes, standards and legislation to using climate-friendly technologies. The report aims to highlight what might get in the way of the adoption of new technology and refrigerants in the future.
The report notes "While safety levels should be maintained and risks minimised, standards, codes and legislation should be adapted to technological progress and, in the context of a phase-down of HFCs and the Paris Agreement, allow the use of more climate-friendly alternatives where it is safe to do so."
The report points towards a need for:
- European standardisation organisations to facilitate the update of relevant standards at the European level. All stakeholders involved including industry and Member States are also strongly encouraged to contribute, including to parallel activities at the international level.
- Companies and researchers to collect data and evidence enabling better risk minimization approaches for all flammable refrigerants and to make such information available to the relevant standard committees
- Member States that have restrictive national codes, standards or legislation to consider a review in the light of technical developments that would allow the safe use of alternative refrigerants. In addition, the Commission envisages the following actions:
- A request to the European standardisation organisations in support of updating relevant standards at the European level, ensuring a technology neutral and consistent approach. In particular, there is a need to maximise charge sizes without compromising safety as well as allowing a more general use of risk management approaches for all refrigerants. A mandate for this request is under preparation
- Facilitating at an international level an exchange of information on standards, their review and related processes between Parties to the Montreal Protocol, standardisation bodies, industry as well as other stakeholders involved in standard setting.
Read the full report at
The Food Storage and Distribution Federation and the British Frozen Food Federation are to host a seminar on DSEAR - the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations. Whilst the seminar is principally aimed at Ammonia as a refrigerant, these regulations do apply to other flammable refrigerants, and will also apply to the new group of A2L "mildly" flammable refrigerants, which are still classified as extremely flammable by the HSE and other regulations.
Details are available at http://www.fsdf.org.uk/event/dsear-seminar-joint-event-with-bfff/
The Heat Pump Association (HPA) broadly welcomes the release today (14th December) of the Government’s intended reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme in Spring 2017.
Mike Nankivell, President of the HPA, said: “Considering there was a genuine risk to the continuance of the RHI scheme due to Brexit, Government changes and the state of the economy, this has to be seen as a largely positive outcome.
“We are pleased to see that Mandatory Heat Metering will not be introduced and feel the three papers we presented to DECC/BEIS outlining reasons why this should not be introduced and what could replace the proposal had a very large impact. The tariff increase for ASHP (10.02 p/kwh) will help to counterbalance the new total gross heat demand limit of 20,000, with the result that any application under 26,700 kWh, from Spring onward, will be better off under the new scheme. The larger heat demand limit of 30,000kWh for GSHP will assist to offset the more modest rise in the tariff to 19.55p/kWh.”
Mr Nankivell continued: “We are pleased to see that our hard work over two years, discussing the possibility of Tariff Guarantees for larger projects in the Non-Domestic RHI scheme has been rewarded. We also welcome the limit for GSHP set at above 100kWt since we were at the forefront of advocating that the GSHP threshold should be reduced from the 500kW and above limit. Importantly, the HPA also worked closely with other Trade Associations over Summer/Autumn 2016 to lobby BEIS in relation to the RHI reforms.”
Mike Nankivell added: “In her speech announcing the reforms, the Minister for Energy, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, made a number of supportive comments regarding heat pumps, for example, “Certainly the UK, where winter temperatures are mild by the standards of most northern latitudes, seems well placed to make use of the (heat pump) technology. Heat pumps can also improve people’s quality of life. Compared with an oil boiler they are better for air quality and are more convenient, with no need for fuel deliveries.”
Mr Nankivell concluded: “Such observations can only strengthen our case for increasing renewable heating solutions through the application of heat pumps.”
Details of the RHI reforms can be found on the HPA website: www.heatpumps.org.uk
The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) President, Steve Gill FInstR will be hosting a debate on the topic of “Is Air Conditioning for Comfort Cooling necessary for the UK?” on the evening of 12th January in Birmingham. The free event is open to all.
Guest speakers joining the debate will represent the variety of different approaches to the issues around the impact of the growing use of air conditioning in the sector:
· FETA (incorporating BRA, HEVAC and HPA) represented by Graham Wright FInstR Chairman of the FETA Board
· ASHRAE & CIBSE represented by ASHRAE Past President Richard Rooley FREng, FCIBSE, Fellow of ASHRAE
· BESA (The Building Engineering Services Association) represented by Graeme Fox FInstR Senior Mechanical Engineer
Together they will explore some of the high level strategic issues facing the sector and the importance of air conditioning both now and in the future as demand is expected to grow. Some of the topics we expect to cover include the environmental impact of air conditioning, the roles of standards and building performance, international challenges, and opportunities for collaboration.
This will also be broadcast as a webinar for those who cannot join on the evening.
The IOR would like to invite FETA, BRA, HEVAC, HPA, BESA and CIBSE-ASHRAE Group Members to join us at the event which will take place at 5.15pm at the Arden Hotel, Birmingham (near the NEC, free on-site parking). Please register at www.ior.org.uk .
The European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) is the European association for the ventilation industry. It is located in Brussels, so is well placed to communicate with the European Commission. FETA became members in early 2016, and since then have been very active. It is believed that membership will be even more important post Brexit, as this will be a way for UK industry to influence the way that Brussels impacts the regulations that businesses trading with Europe will need to follow.
EVIAs goal during 2017 is to establish itself as THE European voice of the industry, and the first point of contact for the commission and others attempting to regulate us.
A number of product sector groups meet regularly and determine what the industry view is on certain topics; a number of current topics of discussion include:
EcoDesign and Energy Labelling
This has been top of EVIA's agenda as it impacts nearly all manufacturers.
EVIA has been instrumental in developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which looks at and gives interpretations to the many “grey areas” within the regulations. This is an evolving document, currently at issue 3, and is widely used by the industry and those interpreting the regulations.
The EVIA secretariat regularly communicates with those within the commission who have the responsibility for making the decisions that impact us all.
Lots 6, 10, 11 & 12 are the main areas that impact our industry and all activities in these areas is actively monitored. There are areas where there has been delay within the commission and much of this is blamed on Brexit. Whether this is true or not is open to debate, however what can not be contested is that there are certain staffing problems.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
This was raised at the AGM as a topic of concern to our industry.
Poor indoor air can have detrimental effects to the occupants of buildings; be they residential or non-residential. It can also impact the productivity of building occupants. Our industry can contribute greatly to improving the quality of the indoor environment.
EVIA has formed specialist groups looking at what the industry can contribute. One of these groups is developing a certification scheme which is designed to promote a ventilation “system” to designers and installers as a suitable technology that will contribute to better air and a healthy indoor environment. This scheme is currently at a verification stage and it is hoped to launch it during 2017.
Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
This directive is undergoing revision and the various groups within EVIA are closely monitoring the progress. There are a large number of standards that are under revision to ensure that the standards fully support the modified directive.
Material Efficiency Mandate (MEM)
This is a new area of work and EVIA will be monitoring this closely. The mandate applies to all EcoDesigned products. A joint working group within CEN/CENELEC/ETSI is chaired by a delegate from the UK This working group is divided into seven sub-groups and they are charged with producing 21 new standards within two years
FETA's role within EVIA is to represent its members and to this end it has involvement in all areas. FETA receives many communications from EVIA and, in order to stem the flow of paper, we filter the information and attempt to give at least a rough guide as to its importance. Members are then better able to discuss the issues within their own groups and as a result a UK industry view can be put forward.
The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has announced a new training course aimed at building services engineers, building control inspectors, fire engineers and SCA members.
Entitled ‘Introduction to Smoke Control – A Beginner’s Guide’, this new half-day course will help delegates expand their knowledge of smoke controls, identify best practice and improve industry standards. The first training session will take place on 29th March 2017 at Trox UK’s London office on Heneage Lane and will feature two one-hour lectures - separated by a 30 minute coffee break - followed by a Q&A session.
The first session will be presented by Conor Logan, Chairman of the SCA and Associate Director – Technical at Colt International Ltd, and will focus on the key regulations and supporting standards relating to smoke control systems, offering expert advice on UK and European legislation.
Will Perkins of SE Controls will deliver the second part of the course and he will take a close look at the latest systems, installation methods and maintenance requirements.
Will comments: “Often it is not fire that kills — it's smoke, and a building's smoke control system can significantly improve the life safety protection of the building. Yet, in comparison with the fire alarm and sprinkler industries, this is a nascent area of building services, and there is evidence to suggest that designs and installations are of variable quality, with smoke control in high-rise residential buildings being a particular area of concern.”
Conor adds: “This new training course will prove invaluable for anyone looking to learn more about smoke control systems and the integral part they play in improving safety within buildings. The two sessions will cover legislation, performance criteria, system types and more, providing advice and guidance at the planning, design and installation stages.”
The half-day course will start at 10:30am and finish at 1:30pm.
For further information or to book a place on the course, please visit www.feta.co.uk/associations/hevac/specialist-groups/sca-training
The Heat Pump Association (HPA) is greatly encouraged that the report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) – ‘Next steps for UK heat policy’ - repeatedly emphasises the leading role that heat pumps can play among a range of low carbon measures and wishes to highlight some of the key points.
The report focuses on the need to significantly strengthen policy in order to increase the implementation of low carbon measures over the coming decade, stating that: “Deployment of low-carbon heat cannot wait until the 2030s. Low-regret opportunities exist for heat pumps to be installed in homes that are off the gas grid. New homes can and should be built to be highly energy efficient and designed for low carbon heating systems.”
The HPA believes the domestic Building Regulations do not currently make reasonable allowances for the future provision of low temperature heat emitters that would support the installation of heat pumps in the future, meaning that future replacement costs will remain higher than necessary and act as a further barrier.
The CCC report also recognises that heat pumps remain the leading low-carbon option for buildings not connected to the gas grid, asserting that: “Installation of around 200,000 heat pumps between 2015 and 2020 under our scenarios is consistent with the announced funding to 2020 available under the Renewable Heat Incentive, providing that funding is focused on heat pumps and deployed efficiently. Further funding will be needed for deployment in the 2020s.”
Responding to this point, the HPA remains unconvinced that the target of 200,000 units will be met with the scheme in its current guise and argues that changes proposed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) scheduled for April 2017 are likely to further hinder deployment.
Addressing the future decarbonisation of buildings, the report goes on to state that: “The main options for the decarbonisation of buildings on the gas grid in the 2030s and 2040s are heap pumps and low-carbon hydrogen.”
While this may be true, the HPA advises that low carbon hydrogen currently relies on a technology, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), that is yet to be proven as possible, let alone viable.
Staying with this theme, the report continues: “Heat pump deployment could be extended from applications off the gas grid to buildings on the grid. At present the best balance between hydrogen and heat pumps, alongside heat networks, is unknown.
It goes on to say: “Heat pumps remain a niche option in the UK as previous policies have failed to deliver a significant increase in uptake. However, they are used widely in many other countries and are the primary low carbon option for most UK buildings off the gas grid. Improved building efficiency is an essential part of effective heat pump roll-out.”
The HPA agrees that past and present policies aimed at stimulating the heat pump market have fallen well short of expectations, despite significant investment by heat pump manufacturers and installers. The HPA also supports the report’s view that funding allocated through the Renewable Heat Incentive to 2020 needs to be properly focused and delivered effectively.
Improving the efficiency of existing heating systems (e.g. by moving to lower flow temperatures) in homes connected to the gas grid through the 2020s can cut bills and emissions, and help to prepare the stock for widespread roll-out of heat pumps after 2030. Wide-scale deployment will rely on a mix of incentive and regulation as well as attributing a direct and proportional cost to carbon dioxide emissions.
In conclusion, the HPA shares the report’s observation that achieving greater heat pump uptake is likely to require an adjustment of subsidy rates or a shift towards upfront funding, which could be accommodated within the existing funding pot.
Beyond 2020, in order to meet targets for decarbonising heat in buildings, funding will need to increase significantly in line with the higher aspirations.
The BCIA calls for the entire controls industry to submit their entries for the 2017 BCIA Awards, to gain the recognition they deserve and celebrate the achievements of their industry.
The 2016 awards saw a record number of entries showing the controls industry is achieving great things and has a lot to be proud of. For example, InTandem Systems, winner of Independent Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year demonstrated outstanding customer service, developing close working relationships with all stakeholders during and after installation and exceeding customer expectations, to ensure the BMS solution met everyone’s needs.
In 2017 there is an award category for everyone to enter, including: 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.
Casey Wells, of sponsor Trend Control Systems comments: “I was really impressed by the calibre of nominees in 2016, it is an indicator of the professional excellence that exists in our industry which truly deserves recognition. With so much happening in the building controls sector at the moment, it would be great to see even more entries for the 2017 BCIA awards.
“The independent judges will be looking for individuals to showcase their projects and achievements from the past year, as well as the new technology and innovation the controls industry has to offer.”
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.
The coveted awards will be presented at an exclusive awards ceremony which will take place on Thursday 11 May 2017 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
The European Commission has recently published its Ecodesign Working Plan for the period 2016-2019. This gives a useful overview of the whole Ecodesign process, and highlights the important market sectors to be looked at.
The plan is available at http://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/com_2016_773.en_.pdf
The 7th International Conference on Ammonia and CO2 Refrigeration Technologies will take place on May 11-13, 2017 in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia.
Among the speakers will be Andy Pearson, from the UK IoR, and Rob Lamb from BRA member, Star Refrigeration
The main topics of the conference are:
- design of modern ammonia and new CO2 systems and technological innovations.
- improving energy efficiency.
- various applications, technical guidelines and safety regulations.
Further details can be found at www.mf.edu.mk/web_ohrid2017/ohrid-2017.html
The AREA F Gas Guide has been updated to include the latest information on record keeping, and training and certification.
The guide can be viewed at http://area-eur.be/publications/guide-new-f-gas-regulation
Two new F Gas studies on standards and training have been published by DG CLIMA. These cover possible barriers to the use of climate friendly technologies, and availability of training for personnel using climate friendly technologies.
The reports are available via the following links:
A new CBI report lays out plans to power UK productivity and increase UK economy by more than 10% in a decade.
Unlocking higher regional productivity could add £208bn to the UK economy over the next decade, according to the latest CBI research. That's equivalent to an economy that is 10% bigger than it would have been otherwise and should be a major part of the drive to tackle inequality at a time of real concern about living standards and wages.
Read the press release here which contains a link to the full report.
The most impressive shortlist yet has been announced, as the CIBSE Building Performance Awards prepares to celebrate 10 years.
Judges were particularly impressed to see that more projects were considering the total energy usage of the building, not just regulated energy. They also noted there was more architectural-rich content and were pleased to see good architecture going hand in hand with good performance.
The shortlist announcement was made at an exclusive reception at the CIBSE Building Performance Conference and Exhibition last month. There will be 57 teams, projects, initiatives and products vying for the top prizes at the awards dinner on 7 February 2017.
Further details of the Awards Dinner can be found at www.cibse.org/bpa
Engineering services organisations are encouraged to submit entries for the ECA Annual Awards. The industry-leading ECA Annual Awards 2017, which recognise some of the top-performing organisations across electrical and other engineering services, are now open to entries from members of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).
There are eight award categories, with a limited number of award sponsorship opportunities still available to interested parties.
ECA CEO Steve Bratt commented:
“I am delighted that the prestigious ECA Annual Awards 2017 are now open to entries from top-performing ECA member-organisations. Many previous award winners have highlighted how winning their award has raised their organisation’s profile within the industry.”
The award winners will be announced during the ECA’s 2017 Gala Dinner, which is being held at the Hilton Bankside in London on Friday 9 June. The gala dinner is one of the top industry events on the calendar, and will involve a range of entertainment.
Importers of pre-charged equipment into the EU will be required to have sufficient quota to cover the quantity of fluorinated greenhouse gases the equipment contains from January 1st 2017. Updated guidance regarding this topic has just been issued by the EU.
The guidance is available at ec.europa.eu/clima/sites/clima/files/f-gas/docs/guidance_equipment_importers_en.pdf
The FETA Technical Report for November is available in the members area of the website
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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 – 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:
- Development of Standard
- Development of Assessment Plan
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
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