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


IOR Launches Technical Papers Programme for 2017/18

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 J and E International Gold Medal seeks nominations

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 ior@ior.org.uk.  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 Launches Society of Digital Engineering

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.
Click here to find out more and join today.

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.
Click here to join

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"



BCIA Management Committee welcomes three new members

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



IIR HFO Conference - Abstract submission deadline approaching

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


BRA stalwart Don Belcher retires

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.


BESA National Conference 19th October 2017

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


Register now for The HVAC and Refrigeration Show

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


Build2Perform Live programme announced

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 DivisionsCIBSE Special Interest Groups and our  Build2Perform Advisory Committee, with specialist speakers invited from across the built environment.  Highlights from the programme include:

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 supports the Building Services Forum

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


BFCMA supports Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017

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 event focuses on refrigerants

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


HVAC and Refrigeration Show Update

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 smart effects of wellbeing in the workplace

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.”





Top Young Professionals Reach Power Players final

Four leading young professionals from across the engineering and electrotechnical industry have reached the final of Power Players – and now face an online public vote.

The shortlisted entrants to Power Players are as follows:

  • George Antino – T Clarke
  • Harry Bartle – Chris Bowker Ltd.
  • Charlie Harwood – City Electrical Factors (CEF)
  • Joseph Wu – T Clarke

The public vote kicks off today (Thursday 10 August) and runs until Tuesday 5 September. To view the four videos and to vote, please visit:


Head judge and ECA Head of Technical Steve Martin commented:

“Many congratulations to the four remaining contenders, who have deservedly been shortlisted for the final by the Power Players judges.  I urge the entire industry to vote for their preferred entry, by visiting the Power Players website to watch the four videos and make your selection.”


An independent judging panel lead by the ECA’s Steve Martin determined the shortlisted entries. The three other Power Players judges were: Tessa Ogle (CEO, Electrical Industries Charity), Russell Beattie (Chief Executive, FETA), and Margaret Fitzsimons (Managing Director, EDA).

The two winners will be announced on Wednesday 6 September during the Electrical Design & Install (ED&I) Expo. There are a range of top-quality prizes and recognition on offer, including a business and networking trip to the USA, lunch with incoming chair of construction firm Laing O’Rourke Sir John Parker, and an opportunity to take part in an Electrical Industries Charity initiative.

Power Players was run by the ECA between April and July this year, in collaboration with a range of industry partners and supporters. The initiative aims to identify some of the leading young people across the engineering and electrotechnical industry.


An independent review of building regulations and fire safety has been announced by the government.  This follows the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, which raised serious questions about the fire safety of high rise residential buildings, and subsequent government testing of aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding from similar buildings across the country.

This forward-looking independent review, to be led by Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation, will look at current building regulations and fire safety with a particular focus on high rise residential buildings. It will report jointly to the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

It will examine:

  • the regulatory system around the design, construction and on-going management of buildings in relation to fire safety
  • related compliance and enforcement issues
  • international regulation and experience in this area

The full press release can be read at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/independent-review-of-building-regulations-and-fire-safety


ADCAS celebrates 20 years

ADCAS – the Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services – recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary in style with a dinner cruise along the Thames.

Guests on the night enjoyed a three course meal on board the luxurious Bateaux Harmony vessel while taking in views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks. ADCAS members, associates and invited guests also enjoyed a drinks reception with live music during the three-hour excursion.

Malcolm Moss, the current President, delivered a speech thanking both past and present members for their valuable contributions throughout the 20-year existence of the association, commenting: “ADCAS was formed by the ductwork industry for the ductwork industry. Trade associations can only develop and grow with the participation and support of the members and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Executive and the Associates Committee Members who have supported the association over many years.”

Mr Moss went on to highlight the notable achievements and key milestones that have helped elevate the ductwork industry within the UK construction sector.

Among the former presidents of ADCAS and many other distinguished guests was BESA President Mr Malcolm Thomson. Following the signing of the Partners in Ductwork Excellence Agreement, where both ADCAS and BESA agreed to cooperate on key industry matters, the two groups have regularly come together to work on standard development, vocational education and competence accreditation. The associations will continue to work closely with one another in order to truly represent the industry as a whole and further vital causes.

Also in attendance was Ms Julia Evans, CEO of BSRIA, and Mr Eli Howard, Technical Director from the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) in the USA, who kindly offered some unique insight into the American ductwork industry at a meeting held earlier in the day. Following dinner, Mr Michael Ohly of Hotchkiss Group, the very first president of ADCAS and a guest of honour at the event, made a short speech recalling his earliest memories as a founding member.

ADCAS remains committed to the advancement of the ductwork industry and is actively engaged with Build UK, a number of other industry bodies and the government on initiatives relating to Apprenticeships, the elimination of retentions and pre-qualification questionnaires (PPQs).




SkillFRIDGE competitors set their sights on the final

The qualifying heats of the 2017 SkillFRIDGE competition series have come to a close and the apprentices and students who took part now have their sights firmly set on the national final, with the top six set to be announced in September.

The competition has toured the UK searching for the very best individuals studying up to Level 3 RACHP, making stops at South Regional College, Glasgow Kelvin College, Cardiff & Vale College, Bath College, Eastleigh College, Grimsby Institute, Leeds College of Building and College of North West London before the concluding heat at North Kent College.

The host colleges, along with equipment providers Advanced Engineering, A-Gas, Fieldpiece, FSW and Vulkan Lokring, provided the perfect environment for the competitors to work to their full potential as they were challenged to display their skills and keep their cool under pressure during two tasks.

The refrigeration task required the apprentices to identify faults and carry out maintenance, whilst the fabrication task tested the apprentices’ pipework and brazing skills all whilst under the watchful eye of the industry judges. The judges at this year’s regional heats were Bob Lindsay (Boulting Group), Dave Bartlett (Star Refrigeration), Derek Davies (EABS/IOM/BSI), Graeme Fox (BESA), Ian Lemmon (HRP Wholesale), Kelvin Kelly (Business Edge), Mark Forsyth (SkillFRIDGE national manager) and past SkillFRIDGE and WorldSkills UK international competitors Chris Bailie, Liam Dean, Steven Burge and Stuart Millar.

SkillFRIDGE competition operating partner manager, Karena Cooper says: “I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the colleges, equipment suppliers and judges who have shown a commitment to developing the talent of young people within this vital industry.”

Cooper continues: “Without the investment of their time and resources, the SkillFRIDGE competition would not be possible.”



FETA announces leadership changes

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced changes to its senior positions, with Graham Wright standing down as FETA Chairman, and the British Refrigeration Association (BRA) President John Smith taking over the role.


John Smith (left) and Graham Wright (right)

John is technical director for the Beijer Ref UK & Ireland group of companies and has been chairing the Equipment & Components section of the BRA since 2014. He has spent the last 29 years working predominantly in wholesaling for Dean & Wood and for electronic controls manufacturers such as Danfoss, JTL and Honeywell.


Graham Wright also handed over his role as HEVAC President, with this position being filled by Nick Howlett. Nick is Managing Director of Titon Ventilation Systems and a Director of Titon Holdings plc. He was instrumental in creating Titon’s mechanical ventilation division in 2005.    

Graham Wright (left) and Nick Howlett (right)


Nick’s previous role as HEVAC Vice President will now be taken by Mark Jones, who has built a career in the ventilation industry after starting out as an apprentice making and fitting ducting, dust collectors and fans before progressing to system design and specifying contracts and eventually becoming Chairman of Woodcock & Wilson Ltd in 2014.

Mark Jones

Finally, the BRA has appointed Mark Woods as its new Vice President. Mark is Joint Managing Director of Space Engineering Services, having started with the company as a Troubleshooting and Commissioning Engineer in 1997.


Mark Woods



CIBSE announces Build2Perform Live

Coming to London Olympia on 21-22 November 2017 is CIBSE’s newest event Build2Perform Live. 

FREE to attend, visitors will be able to choose from a seminar programme with over twenty streams created by CIBSE Societies, Special Interest Groups and the Build2Perform Live advisory committee.  There will also be two additional seminar theatres delivering CIBSE accredited CPD from Platinum and Gold exhibitors, and a headline theatre.

Register now and receive priority booking when the programme is launched at the end of this month. CIBSE anticipate popular sessions will fill up fast, but as an early registrant, you will be given the chance to book your preferred sessions.

A taster of the twenty streams and sixty sessions you can attend for FREE at CIBSE Build2Perform Live include:

  • Building services: Technology update
  • Building simulation
  • Building regulations update
  • CHP & District heating
  • Digital engineering 
  • Energy metering best practice
  • Engaging clients with building performance
  • Fire safety
  • Good practice in the design of homes
  • How facilities management supports building performance
  • How to reduce energy unit costs 
  • Improving indoor & outdoor air quality
  • Lighting and wellbeing
  • Making heritage buildings perform
  • Overheating in home
BESA launches national technical conference and awards

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) will hold a combined national technical conference and awards dinner on October 19th in London.

The full day event at the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel will focus on four key areas for the building engineering sector: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ); District Heating and Tall Buildings; Heat Pumps; and Digital Construction including modular systems and BIM.

The event will feature expert presentations, but is also designed to encourage active participation from delegates during a series of workshops aimed at knowledge sharing and practical outputs. It will also feature an exhibition of latest products and innovations.

Leading authorities on mental health such as Mates in Mind, diversity and training funding will also address the conference, which will conclude with a black tie awards dinner celebrating the best of the sector’s national apprenticeship talent as well as the awarding of management and Contractor of the Year awards.

On IAQ; the Association has just announced plans to develop the industry’s first comprehensive guide to good practice following a special event on National Clean Air Day.  BESA also has a working party developing guidance for tall buildings to reflect the surge in planning applications for high structures throughout the UK. This will, inevitably, include the latest thinking on fire safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The BESA National Conference 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. It will also examine the difficulty the sector is experiencing in embracing modern digital working methods in a bid to ensure firms take advantage of the efficiency gains available from initiatives like BIM and data capture.

“This will be a significant new event – both for the Association and the industry as a whole,” said BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin. “The interactive nature of the conference means we will have the opportunity to share our growing body of knowledge with others while also capturing latest thinking from other experts in their fields.

“By linking the conference and our National Awards, we are also creating a great networking and social opportunity. It is a ‘must attend’ event for contractors, designers, manufacturers – in fact anyone interested in the art and science of building engineering.”

For more information and to register for the BESA National Conference and Awards go to: www.thebesaconference.com

 European Heat Pump Summit 2017

For the fifth time, international heat pump experts will be gathering at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg for the European Heat Pump Summit on 24 and 25 October 2017. Speakers at the summit will explore all aspects of industrial and commercial heat pump applications in a wide range of presentations and will also look at application scenarios for heat pumps in housing construction, hybrid systems, and the development of components and integration of heat pumps into smart grids. Simultaneous interpretation (German / English) will be provided for all presentations at the European Heat Pump Summit. In addition, the Foyer-Expo will give delegates the opportunity to find out about the latest products and innovations from exhibiting companies.

"Delegates at the European Heat Pump Summit 2017 can once again look forward to a first-class congress programme, which this year puts the spotlight on markets, development and applications for heat pumps. We are delighted to have already received numerous confirmations for the accompanying Foyer-Expo from renowned industry players attending the standout event for the heat pump community in the autumn. Their participation underscores the importance of this high-calibre event,'' says Daniela Heinkel, Senior Manager Exhibitions, NürnbergMesse.

R&D results

This year the presentations will focus on the successful use of heat pumps in both commercial and industrial applications, including detailed descriptions of the associated applications. The latest R&D results relating to the tapping of renewable energies when using heat pumps in nZEBs, hybrid combinations and smart grids will also be presented. The summit will also explore new developments in components and innovative systems for the future.

Featuring a large number of presentations, the symposium offers a comprehensive two-day programme which can now be viewed online. More than 30 prominent German and international speakers will be available to answer questions about the status quo and future of the heat pump.

This year's thematic areas include:

  • Market developments
  • R&D (hybrid systems – hot water heat pumps – nZEB – smart grids – apartment blocks – innovations – photovoltaics + heat pumps)
  • Development of components and products (refrigerants – compressors – heat exchangers – fans – pumps– controls)
  • Applications for heat pumps (industrial – commercial – residential)

A highlight of this year's European Heat Pump Summit will once again be the inclusion of a segment on the heat pump initiative of the International Energy Agency (IEA-HPT), designated IEA HPT Annex in the summit programme. For further details of all lectures and speakers please go to: www.hp-summit.de/symposium


All presentations at the European Heat Pump Summit will be interpreted simultaneously (German / English).




12th IEA Heat Pump Conference

The 12th IEA Heat Pump Conference took place in Rotterdam in May. The recently released issue of the HPT Magazine summarises some of the numerous sessions, Workshops, Award ceremonies, and presentations given at the Conference.

In the Foreword, the Chairman of the National Organizing Committee, Onno Kleefkens, gives his view of the Conference. Then, there are two different presentations from the Opening sessions, with very different subjects. The Workshops of the Conference were centred around the central work within the HPT TCP (Technology Collaboration Programme on Heat Pumping Technologies), and six of the Workshops are summarised by their Chairmen in this issue. There were four Awards at the Conference, they are all presented here. Also, three personal accounts from Conference participants are provided, each with their own selection of presentations.

The HPT Magazine can be downloaded free of charge from http://heatpumpingtechnologies.org/publications

The HPT Magazine is a publication from the Heat Pump Centre (HPC). The HPC is an international information service for heat pumping technologies, applications and markets. Visit the website at http://heatpumpingtechnologies.org/




New BESA President to focus on youth

Tim Hopkinson has been elected President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) for 2017/18.

The managing director of the ductwork manufacturer and installation contractor E Poppleton and Son took office at the Association’s annual general meeting in London and succeeds Malcolm Thomson.  Mr Hopkinson, who has been working in the building engineering sector for 35 years, is the third Association President from Poppleton.  He follows in the footsteps of Gareth Vaughan, who was President of what was then the HVCA in 2008/9, and also the founder’s grandson Edgar Poppleton, who served in 1988/89. The company, which is based in Colwyn Bay, has been a member of the Association for almost 60 years.

Mr Hopkinson said the main focus of his year as BESA President would be to “drive emerging talent into our industry” and empower young people to set the agenda for the Association’s future. He added that he would be unveiling a major new initiative at the annual BESA President’s Lunch in September that would set a new direction for the sector’s “future leadership”.

This would also be part of an effort to raise the profile and status of the building engineering profession and make careers in the industry more attractive to young people.

The new President also called on the government to deliver “a swift, but positive resolution to negotiations with the EU that allows UK industry to face the future with a clear idea of what it needs to do to drive growth”.

Improved certainty for UK businesses following an unprecedented period of political upheaval is crucial, he said, as this helps to create the right business environment for employers to invest in apprentices and new technologies.

“We have a considerable and growing skills gap – not likely to be helped if there isn’t a swift resolution to the issue of freedom of movement and the status of EU workers in this country,” said Mr Hopkinson.

He said support for the new Trailblazer apprenticeship framework would be a priority and he described creating a more diverse workforce as being “critical to the sector’s ability to deliver successful projects in the future”.

He said he was, therefore, “greatly encouraged” by the Association’s efforts to develop a wide range of apprenticeships at all levels and covering multiple sectors including installation; service & maintenance; ductwork; ventilation hygiene; refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps.

“Various recessions have starved our sector of investment in skills and training. We must, therefore, encourage young people to step forward to help us get the best out of technology and use it to improve working practices; drive productivity, deliver ‘smarter’ solutions; and, most importantly, make our industry safer,” said Mr Hopkinson.

He added that the use of modern communication methods would be a key feature of his year in office as he seeks to reach out to the new generation by making the BESA President more visible on social media than ever before.

“It is my fervent hope that, when I look back on my year in office, I will be able to say that I made at least some small contribution to attracting more young people into our industry thus helping to secure its future,” he said.