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



FETA Chairman Graham Wright and HPA President Mike Nankivell were panellists at the latest HVAC Advisory panel, hosted by HVAC 2016 as part of UK Construction Week.


Attended by industry professionals and heads of major manufacturers and trade associations across the HVAC industry, the roundtable was chaired by Dennis Flower, Editor of Premises & Facilities Management magazine. The strategic discussion addressed some of the biggest challenges and opportunities in the sector.


One such opportunity discussed was the exciting potential of BIM in the sector but Alexandra Logan, Mechanical Engineer at Cundall, expressed her frustration that this potential is not yet being fully realised, pointing out that it is only really being used at the design stage. Alexandra argued that BIM needs to be more about managing the building right through to its end of life.


The continuity of the sectors’ offering was further raised by Graham Wright, FETA Chairman and President of HEVAC, who wondered whether the industry might move towards a ‘HVAC as a service’ model – following the likes of aerospace, whereby many companies are paid for on-going maintenance.


The discussion progressed to the issue of skills in the sector and Alan Siggins, Managing Director of Airflow Developments felt that it was becoming increasingly difficult to find competent installers to fit systems and products to a high standard. The result of which is that manufacturers have had to take the initiative and invest heavily in their own training programmes to ensure their products are sold and installed correctly.


The wider group agreed and highlighted that, particularly in the residential market, the sector is suffering from a skills gap. Roger Webb, Director of External Affairs at CIPHE made the suggestion that, although it would not likely get government backing, an extension of statutory accreditation schemes across the industry as a whole could be a way forward. He also said that it could be an effective means of improving the image of the sector, as the professionalism of installers would be improved as well. Graham Wright felt that many installers would actually welcome this.


Talking about maintaining high standards, Graham Wright continued to explain that the commercial market has a much better model in place that encourages a more comprehensive commissioning and handover process. The soft landings approach he said is a key driver in upping standards. Carl Davidson, Technical Services Manager at Kingspan added to this sentiment by recommending that investing in a highly skilled commissioning professional will go a long way to eliminate some of the problems caused by the performance gap.


The problem of the lack of accountability at the commissioning phase was highlighted further by Mike Nankivell, President of the Heat Pump Association. He said that new regulations in the AC sector that state all AC systems must be inspected every five years, are showing that the most common failings are down to the initial control set up itself, which are found to be completely inappropriate for the building.


However, to raise standards even further, Alan Yates, Technical Director, Sustainability at BRE and Emma Clancy, CEO of Certsure LLP raised the point that much broader training in the sector was needed to see a real impact, warning that statutory accreditation can only protect you so far.  Referencing the comparative successes of the Gas Safety Register and the electrical industry’s own voluntary compliance scheme, Emma argued that installers also needed to be trained on consumer rights and how to effectively run a business, to ensure customers were fully protected.


Nathan Garnett, Event Director for HVAC 2016, commented: “The HVAC industry is one of the broadest and most innovative in all of construction. New legislation and customer behaviours continually drive technological change and it remains to be one of the most exciting industries to be a part of.


“This continual change, however, means it can be difficult to keep up to date, which is why events such as HVAC 2016 are so important.  The show will provide a valuable platform to showcase the latest solutions and a forum to debate the most pressing issues, such as those that were covered today. If you operate within the HVAC industry, you really can’t afford to miss out.”


HVAC 2016 is fully supported by industry leaders including HEVAC, CIPHE, the BESA, FETA, BIFM and ADE. As part of UK Construction Week (UKCW), HVAC 2016 will take place at Birmingham’s NEC on the 18-20 October 2016.


EPEE and EVIA host inaugural conference

EPEE  and EVIA will be holding their inaugural conference “EUREKA 2016: Heating, Cooling & Ventilation: Sustainable technologies for a better life”. 

This unique event, to be held in The Hague on 13th December 2016, will showcase the heating, cooling and ventilation industry’s impact on the European Union’s energy goals and demonstrate the potential, attractiveness, and innovative nature of the industry. 

The format will involve an opening Plenary Session, featuring a keynote speech by a distinguished guest, followed by 4 break-out panel sessionson the following topics:

  • 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

For more information go to http://www.epeeglobal.org/events/future-events/eureka-2016-13-december-2016/


New Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department a welcome nod to joined up government says HPA President.

Commenting on Teresa May’s new cabinet, Mike Nankivell, President of the Heat Pump Association (HPA) said. "Few could have predicted the political upheaval that resulted from the BREXIT vote, or that we would now have a new Prime Minister and a radically restructured cabinet.


The HPA is pleased to congratulate Teresa May on her appointment as Prime Minister. Mrs May is the HPA’s local MP, as her constituency includes Hare Hatch near Reading, where we are based. She has always been very receptive to our communications and appeared to support strong action on climate change. In 2014, she readily agreed to be the keynote speaker at the 30th Anniversary of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA), under whose umbrella the HPA operates.


The HPA has always worked closely with government departments - in particular - the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and we were initially somewhat alarmed at the news reports that DECC would be amalgamated with another government department. We have had occasion to be concerned in the past that critical synergies on environmental matters could not be effectively achieved because of communication difficulties between the separate departments such as DECC, DCLG, DEFRA and BIS.  With this in mind, we are of the view that the new Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department could in fact be an extremely positive and welcome step towards greater joined up thinking on stimulating the take up of heat pumps, renewable heating and carbon reduction in general and hence the UK can play a meaningful part in tackling climate change."


Mike Nankivell concluded. "We look forward to forming a close working relationship with the new department and hope to arrange a meeting with the ministerial team as soon as practicable."


News from EVIA

Since joining EVIA, it has become evident that a lot of information is generated by this organisation which is of importance to our industry, but there is also a lot which is of little relevance or even duplication. As a result, Ian Andrews (pictured) was asked if he would be willing to act as a link between FETA and EVIA with the aim of filtering the information being provided by EVIA and adding value to our membership by providing a covering summary to each circulation.

Ian has now attended a number of meetings representing FETA.


The AGM received reports from the various groups within EVIA and elected various officers to the executive. The minutes will be made available in due course.

On receiving the various reports, it became evident that communication is one issue that needs to be improved; both internal and external and the EVIA secretariat stated that they would take this on board. Another item that was discussed was the IAQ seminar that was held the previous day. It was agreed that an IAQ Taskforce should be created with the objective of driving this subject.

EVIA has a number of working groups all of which meet on a regular basis; three of these met recently and Ian attended all of them on our behalf.

2020 Working Group
This group mirrors much of the work being done within the Commission and has now been renamed 2030.  “Build Up” which is the European portal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and was established by the Commission to support the EPBD has requested co-operation with EVIA.
Many of the other relevant directives are considered within the group.

EVIA Residential Working Group
This group, as the name implies, focus on matters relating to residential ventilation.
Items discussed included EcoDesign, EPBD and proposed IAQ label.

EVIA Non-Residential Working Group
There is some overlap with residential due in part to EcoDesign Lot 6.
The group is also highly active with many other items including; Lot 11, Lot 21, IAQ, Market Surveillance EPBD to name a few.

Fans Working Group
This group, which is chaired by Geoff Lockwood, has not met since FETA became members. There has however been an election to appoint a Vice Chairman (Communications) and Ian Andrews was unanimously elected. The group are due to meet during July.

Despite the recent BREXIT results it is anticipated that the work loads will continue unabated. The UK will still need to comply with the majority of EU regulation if it continues to sell into the European market. There will therefore be a continuing need to influence Brussels, and EVIA are well placed to achieve this aim.

New CIBSE Guide B released

Guide B is one of CIBSE's most popular publications, representing a consensus on what constitutes relevant good practice guidance on the applied design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

This new version of Guide B offers a complimentary PDF download (B0: Applications and activities), that focuses on how different types of buildings, and activities within buildings, influence the choice of system.

The four additional volumes address issues relating to specific services. There are usually several possible design solutions to any situation, and the Guide does not attempt to be prescriptive but rather to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of different options.
The volumes available are:
B1: Heating
B2: Ventilation and ductwork
B3: Air conditioning and refrigeration
B4: Noise and vibration control for building services systems
All volumes are available as PDF downloads. Volumes B1-4 can also be purchased as hard copies and are available to purchase as a set at a discounted price.
For more information visit: www.cibse.org/guideb



Developing European Standards - BSI says its business as usual

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

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

BSI statement

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

1.   BSI’s role as the National Standards Body

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.



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

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


Another successful FETA Lunch

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






EVIA Indoor Air Quality seminar

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





FETA members at RAC Question Time event

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






EHPA Forum

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



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

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

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

Click here for further information on ISO/TC 117 Fans


BRA member in Top 50 Women in Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 50 women engineers on this inaugural list are:

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



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


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


FETA's Mike Duggan awarded

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

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