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
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
edie Live is the only event in the calendar giving energy, sustainability and resource efficiency professionals the opportunity to experience everything that’s new in this marketplace, in real life.
From the energy management technology to waste and resource efficiency solutions, from water retail to re-use, recovery and recycling, from on-site generation to energy storage and demand response, edie Live has sustainable business covered.
23 May 2017 - 9.30am to 5.00pm
24 May 2017 - 9.30am to 4.00pm
Hall 12, NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT
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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
The Energy Now Expo, the renewable energy event designed specifically for farmers and landowners, will return to the Telford International Centre, Shropshire on 8th & 9th February 2017. Being held in association with the NFU and CLA, with support from the HPA, GSHPA and other leading organisations such as Anglia Farmers and Woldmarsh Producers, the event will showcase the continuing benefits renewable energy has to offer, as well as the best practices in energy generation and efficiency.
Attractions at the 2017 event include the large exhibition, the new product development zone, the popular renewables advice clinic, where visitors can receive one to one advice from the experts and the multi-streamed conference. Keynote presentations will be followed by dedicated sessions on AD & biogas, biomass, energy crops, energy efficiency, finance, grid connections, heat pumps, hydropower, solar and wind. Organisers are pleased to announce that Mike Nankivell, President of the HPA, will be chairing the heat pump session, in which the latest developments will be discussed and examined by a panel of specialists, including the Chairman of the GSHPA, John Findlay.
Elsewhere the conference will also include daily sessions on energy storage, as well as a debate on the Welsh renewables sector.
According to David Jacobmeyer, organiser of the Energy Now Expo, the event has developed a number of features to ensure visitors can access the most up to date, innovative opportunities available in the renewable energy sector, and there are plenty to choose from.
“The event will showcase the latest innovations and policy updates that affect farmers. And while we wait for a definite decision from the government on subsidy changes - by the event next February, we hope to have more clarity on financial support, which we will be sharing at the Energy Now Expo 2017,” says David.
Also returning to the event in 2017 will be the Energy Now awards – recognising and celebrating the achievement of UK farmers and landowners within the renewable energy and low-carbon sectors. There will be 7 categories in total - best Ad & biogas, biomass, heat pump, hydro, solar and wind schemes, plus the most carbon neutral farm award. Farmers and landowners that own a scheme that has been operational for more than 12 months should enter, with each winner receiving a £500 prize and the award itself on the night (8th February 2017). It is a chance to showcase best practices in the installation and deployment of renewable energy and organisers would encourage HPA members and their customers to apply in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of heat pumps and their role in the UK energy mix. See www.energynowexpo.co.uk/award for more information.
There is a limited amount of exhibition space available – please contact a member of the Energy Now team on 01293 854 405 or by visiting www.energynowexpo.co.uk, to discuss options. Visitor tickets can also be organised through the same website.
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
Now is the time to ask yourself, have you got what it takes to be a winner? Start working on your entry for the next BCIA Awards; the most prestigious event in the building controls calendar for 2017.
The BCIA Awards celebrate excellence in the industry, don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to showcase your best products and projects from the previous 12 months.
For example, in 2016, Daniel Slack of Chartwell Controls was awarded Student of the Year. Daniel is committed to his studies and the controls industry and is participating in the four year Trend Attitude Apprenticeship programme.
Daniel was awarded Student of the Year because he has shown dedication and determination to learn and do well in the controls industry. He has impressed colleagues and clients with his exemplary attitude and he is motivated to fully understand the technology he is installing.
Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA, said: “We are delighted to have up and coming young people like Daniel in the building controls industry, it is good to know the future of our industry is in safe hands. We need to recognise and reward more young people, which is why in 2017, we have decided to change the Student of the Year award to Young Engineer of the Year. This opens the award up to allow young engineers under 30 years of age to enter.”
There are eight categories which you can enter, which are; Independent Building Controls and BEMS Installer; Best Service and Maintenance Provider; Technical Innovation of the Year - Projects; Technical Innovation of the Year - Products; Energy Management Award; Contribution to Training; Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year.
The highly anticipated awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 11 May 2017 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole where guests can relax and celebrate the successes of the building controls industry.
The deadline for entries is 31 January 2017. To enter simply visit the BCIA website, www.bcia.co.uk, and submit your entries via the online form. Entry to the awards is free and open to BCIA members and non-members.
At a recent meeting of the BRA Contractor’s section, Gavin Harper of the Birmingham Energy Institute, gave a very interesting presentation on their project “Doing Cool Smarter”, which was launched last autumn. Further details of this can be found at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/energy
The Institute have advised us of a programme of talks and presentations which may be of interest to members, and these are listed below:
Monday 28 November, 17:00 – 18:00pm
Karsten Müller, Leader of Energy Research, Institute of Separation Science and Technology
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen
Thursday 24 – Friday 25 November, 9:00am – 17:00pm
European Energy Research Alliance Conference 2016
Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham
For the first time since its establishment, EERA is organising a scientific conference. This conference is the occasion for energy researchers active in EERA, that represent more than 175 research organisations active in all fields of research on low-carbon energy, to meet and discover about each other’s’ challenges. The goal is to provide the opportunity for JPs cross-fertilisation, to discuss topics of common interest and input to contributing to the objectives of the SET-Plan and to the EU policy priorities in energy research. The event will also involve industrial stakeholders and policy makers in order to strengthen their collaboration with the research world.
Wednesday 30 November, 9:00am – 17:00pm
UK Energy Storage Conference 2016
Elgar Concert Hall and Great Hall, University of Birmingham
The Energy Storage Research Network (ESRN), the Energy SUPERSTORE and the STFC Network in Battery Science and Technology, all funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), are hosting the third UK Energy Storage Research Conference (UKES2016), providing an inclusive platform for all researchers in Energy Storage to present their work through talks and poster sessions. In line with the ethos of the Energy SUPERSTORE, the conference endeavours to bring together researchers from academia, industry and policy and across the whole field of energy storage, inspiring collaboration for future research.
Professor Peter Taylor
Full details TBC
Wednesday 15 February, 17:00 – 18:00pm
Full details TBC
Sir David King, Special Representative for Climate Change
The European Parliament has voted to give its consent to the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement. This vote represents an important milestone towards the formal ratification of the Agreement which will keep global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to 1.5 degrees by the end of the 21st century. It is hoped that swift ratification will allow the agreement to enter into force in November.
A full press release from the EU can be found at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-3284_en.htm
A press release giving EPEE’s views can be found at http://www.epeeglobal.org/news/news/details/article/epee-welcomes-the-european-parliaments-approval-to-ratify-the-paris-climate-agreement/
The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is calling on the Government to think carefully about any potential changes to agreed policies, regulations or directives, following the vote to leave the EU.
The industry body strongly believes that trade associations can help to retain links to important groups within Europe, channelling information on product standards or potential changes to regulations.
FETA Chief Executive Russell Beattie says: “Clearly there are considerable complexities to be dealt with as the UK negotiates a new relationship with the EU.
“We urge the Government to think carefully before dismantling agreed policies and to consult with industry before making changes to the existing regulatory landscape.”
As a representative voice of the UK HVACR industry, FETA is committed to promoting the interests of its members and is keen to play its part in getting the balance right as Article 50 negotiations begin.
FETA is concerned that short sighted changes to product performance standards should be avoided.
“This is not just about manufacturers exporting to the EU and keeping the same design criteria. Ultimately it is UK customers who would pay the price when it comes to nationally specific products.”
Having been part of the EU for 43 years, FETA recognises the scale of the task in formulating a workable exit plan but is urging the UK Government and indeed EU member countries not to lose sight of their shared interest in driving energy efficiency and encouraging innovative building and product design.
Beattie concludes: “Our Trade Association links within Europe will be even more important following BREXIT and we are keen to play our part in helping to strike the right balance. We’ve had almost half a century of treaties and agreements, covering thousands of different subjects – it is vital that the Government carefully considers the potential repercussions before making changes.”
Due to the F Gas Regulations there is now significant pressure to reduce the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of fluorocarbon refrigerants.
Non-fluorocarbon refrigerants all have low GWP but the only family of pure compounds that have a very low GWP are the Hydro Fluoro Olefins (HFO). HFOs are significantly less flammable than current Class 2 and Class 3 refrigerants and in order to differentiate these products from other flammable refrigerants the A2L classification was introduced.
John Smith, President of the British Refrigeration Association (BRA), comments: “The F Gas regulation will require the use of refrigerants with significantly lower GWP in order to meet phase down requirements. Whilst HFO blends can be made non-flammable, there will always be a GWP penalty.
“The industry must face up to the need to make use of these fluids and understand the implications of their use.”
A2L refrigerants are now widely available and manufacturers are beginning to offer A2L alternatives to most existing HFCs. New cars have featured the A2L refrigerant R1234yf since 2012 and from January 2017 all new cars must use the fluid. Importantly, A2L refrigerants are not suitable for retro-fit applications so are only for use in new systems.
Smith continues: “The industry needs clear guidance on the use of A2L refrigerants in the field. FETA recognises that this issue is pertinent to several associations and is interacting with other organisations whilst also discussing the subject with the HSE in order to understand its viewpoint.
“Put simply, the F Gas Regulations will not work without the introduction of A2L refrigerants and the biggest challenge will be found in the air conditioning sector, where there is no non-flammable alternative to R410A.”
FETA is committed to providing clarity on A2L refrigerants and, with the aid of a new set of guidance notes, will be working hard to help the industry understand how and when to use the fluids, how to store them and how to transport them safely.
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has highlighted value engineering as one of the main causes of poor building performance and emphasises that working together is the best way forward for all stakeholders.
BCIA President Malcolm Anson says: "The focus on capital costs for construction projects is leaving building owners and managers with properties that cost them more in terms of energy and maintenance in the long-term."
All areas of building services suffer from value engineering, as Malcolm points out with examples from the controls sector: "It may seem that reducing the number of sensors on a project, for example, is an easy way to save a few pounds. However, these seemingly small items are crucial for a building to operate effectively.
"So often, BCIA members find that the removal of sensors for temperature or CO2, for example, means that heating and cooling are left to be operated manually which almost inevitably leads to higher operating costs."
The BCIA is aiming to educate the market about the true costs of value engineering through a joint conference with BESA and the ECA. The Building Services Summit will be held at the British Library on 23 November 2016. The theme of the conference is the efficient long-term performance of buildings.
"We know that the best way to raise awareness of these issues is to work with our professional colleagues within FETA and other organisations in this way. The Summit is a unique event organised by Associations for their memberships to share knowledge and help to solve challenges together," adds Malcolm.
Full details of the Building Services Summit can be found at www.buildingservicessummit.co.uk
On 6th October, at a full capacity meeting of the Fan Manufacturers Association, Alan Macklin of Elta Group Ltd, took over as chairman for the next two year period. Outgoing chairman Mark Jones of Woodcock & Wilson Ltd, seen here on the right of the picture, wished Alan well in the new post. Alan paid tribute to the work Mark had done over his six years as chairman during which time he had championed the cause to raise levels of compliance with the ATEX Directive for fans used in potentially explosive atmospheres.
For all the publicity surrounding BIM and the Government requirement for the use of BIM Level 2 on its contracts, many working across the construction supply chain still lack real understanding of BIM; competence in the processes; and knowledge of its application to their business structures and processes.
CIBSE’s new BIM Roadshows, being held across the UK and Ireland, are specifically designed to address these requirements and to help delegates understand their knowledge and skills shortfalls, as well as to plan how to incorporate and implement BIM in their business.
From pre-concept to completion, presenters will use a project case study to demonstrate the real-world application of digital technologies and workflows.
All CIBSE members can receive a 30% discounted rate.
Dates and venues
Manchester Art Gallery
The Merchant's Hall
Wales Millennium Centre
Further details at http://www.cibse.org/training-events/bim-roadshow
The Fan Manufacturers Association (FMA) is warning company directors and employers that selecting the wrong fan for their working environment could put premises and occupiers at risk. This has become particularly important since the update of the ATEX legislation in April 2016.
The FMA has been so concerned about non-compliance with ATEX that it has been working with the HSE to raise the Executive’s awareness of this regulation, and to help others understand its implications. The HSE has also asked FMA representatives to speak at a meeting in Brussels of an Administrative Cooperation Group (AdCo) which is established to help harmonise legislation and its enforcement across Europe. The FMA has been asked by the AdCo Group for ATEX to produce a guide that will identify fans not meeting the requirements of the ATEX Directive.
ATEX is European legislation concerning explosive atmospheres, consisting mainly of two directives that deal with safe working in ‘explosive environments’ and the choice of equipment, including fans, for those environments. Unfortunately, explosive environments are more common than many company directors and employers may realise.
FMA Chairman, Mark Jones (pictured) says: “Explosive environments exist in the most day-to-day situations. It’s not just obviously explosive substances such as gas that need to be considered. Dusty environments can also be at risk of explosion too, and a number of deaths have occurred over the past decade as a result of incorrect fan selection for these environments.”
ATEX is significant for businesses, because it makes company directors liable for accidents which occur as the result of using the wrong type of fan in an explosive environment.
Mark Jones says: “Currently, employers are not adhering to the ATEX regulations for various reasons, and they clearly don’t understand its full implications for them. This puts building occupants at risk, and company owners potentially facing unlimited fines or even imprisonment.”
One of the challenges for customers selecting fans is that currently there is no independent third-party certification for ATEX-compliant fans. The FMA has worked hard on the new EN 14986 Standard which will help to address this issue – but businesses need to make themselves aware of what is available before they make the wrong choice of equipment.
The FMA has produced a number of useful documents for building owners who feel their building contain a potentially ‘explosive environment’. These provide quick and clear guidance on the issues at hand and can be downloaded for free from the FMA section of the FETA website (www.feta.co.uk/fma).
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.