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


The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has welcomed the first reading of a new retentions bill in parliament on 9th January 2018.


The ‘Aldous Bill’ has been introduced under the ‘Ten Minute Rule’ by Conservative MP for Waveney Peter Aldous, and has received cross-party support from 12 sponsoring MPs, including Sir Henry Bellingham (Conservative), Barry Sheerman (Labour), Caroline Lucas (Green Party) and Alan Brown (SNP). 

Mr Aldous developed his Bill in conjunction with the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA). The Bill seeks to amend the 1996 Construction Act to ensure retention money is held in a deposit protection scheme – thus ending the issue of upstream insolvency and the working capital it takes from the industry and SMEs. The Bill is also supported by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB); the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group and more than 20 other trade bodies. The Bill does not seek to abolish retentions completely, but to address the fact that this money is not protected from upstream insolvencies.

The retentions reform has been a long-standing issue for FETA as it supports its members, many of them SMEs, who have been affected during past and current construction projects. In December 2017 FETA was among 23 signatories on a letter from the ECA, published in the Daily Telegraph, which highlighted how poor payment practices in construction affect productivity, innovation and investment. Some £10.5 billion of the overall construction sector turnover of £220 billion is held in retentions by clients and main contractors from small and medium-sized businesses down the supply chain. An estimated £7.8 billion in retentions has been unpaid in the construction sector over the last three years, and in the same period £700 million of retentions were lost due to upstream insolvencies.


Russell Beattie, Chief Executive of FETA, commented: “We have fully supported this initiative.  Retention payments are a deeply contentious matter for many of our members and the fact this Bill has received support across parliament suggests it is beginning to gain the attention it warrants. FETA will continue to work alongside other trade associations to ensure the reform reaches a satisfactory conclusion for all parties. In parallel to this Bill, the Government currently have a consultation running on payment practices in the construction industry and we remain convinced that legislation is the only way forward as relying simply on voluntary improvements is no more likely to succeed now than it has in the past.”    


Last chance to enter the BCIA 2018 Awards

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is calling on the industry to seize the opportunity to enter the BCIA 2018 Awards. Time is running out to be in with a chance to be crowned the best within the building controls sector with entries closing on Friday 26 January 2018.  The BCIA 2018 Awards consists of various categories to enter which represent organisations, individuals or products, which have provided an exceptional contribution to the building controls sector over the past year.

Global Associates clinched the Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year at the BCIA 2017 Awards and their Chief Executive, Paul Wetherfield reflected on their success.

“We understand that the BCIA is the driving force within our industry for best practice, as well as advancing the sector through training and many other conduits. For this reason, we recognised that any award received from the BCIA presented excellent value.

“It has been fantastic to reward the team with the award as it is a true recognition for the hard work that they have put in. It has also been invaluable to advertise this accomplishment, as well as confirming to our existing clients that their suspicions are correct - we are the best at what we do. 

“The BCIA Awards is a fantastic evening and I have always enjoyed myself. It’s good to see old colleagues and share experiences with new friends too.”

It was also a night to remember for Stephen Astwood from Johnson Controls who was named Engineer of the Year at the BCIA 2017 Awards. Carla Dos Santos Sousa, from Johnson Controls said: “We are all so very proud of Stephen’s recognition.”

There are a range of awards to enter for 2018, including the Energy Management Award sponsored by Priva, Contribution to Training sponsored by Siemens Building Technologies, Best Service and Maintenance Provider, sponsored by Western Automation or the Young Engineer of the Year sponsored by the BCIA.  

Do you think you, your company or one of your products deserves to be named the best in the industry? Enter today to be recognised for your achievements. The winners will be announced at the most prestigious awards ceremony in the building controls sector on Thursday 10 May 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

To see the full list of award categories and to enter – visit the website: https://bcia.co.uk/awards/categories/




The 9th Rushlight Show, kindly sponsored by Innovate UK, BEIS, Flanders Investment & Trade,  Carbon Limiting Technologies, Sage, Granted Consultancy, Venner Shipley and Smith & Williamson, is taking place on Thursday 25 January 2018 at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London.  It is the leading event for cleantech companies and sustainable solutions to meet investors and financiers, corporate customers, government departments, advisers and intermediaries in the heart of London.

The event highlights are:

  1. The Innovation Showcase of the Cleantech Conference, opened by Claire Perry, Minister of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, with 40 companies presenting their latest cleantech and sustainability innovations.
  2. The Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Round 4 Showcase in the Exhibition, together with the poster exhibition, amounting to over 100 of the latest innovations in cleantech and sustainability.
  3. UK Energy breakfast seminar, where John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Adviser for BEIS, will provide an update on the strategy for energy in the UK and the whole market will be analysed and the energy revolution explained.  This is a must attend event for anyone with an interest in UK power generation and the energy market.
  4.  The Resourceful Conference, in association with LCRN and the Circular Economy Club, which is the market place for the development of the circular economy, with a major opportunity for solutions providers and intermediaries to present to investors, local authorities, government and corporates eager to engage in this space.  Representatives from WRAP, Ellen Macarthur Foundation, Innovate UK, BEIS, DEFRA, Circularity Capital, Advance London, local authorities and waste partnerships all feature in the programme.
  5. The Sustainable Solutions Market Panel, where organisations can present their market-ready products and services directly to a panel and audience of leading sustainability and procurement representatives from corporate UK who are seeking to further their supply chain sustainability and resilience, including NHS, Nestle, Vinci, Unite Students, John Lewis, NSG Group and Heathrow Airport.
  6. A cooked breakfast, lunch and networking opportunities throughout the day.

The total audience for the whole event is expected to exceed 500 and will include cleantech senior management, investors, advisers, corporate customers, sustainability professionals, local authorities, community reuse businesses, trade associations, media and other consultants specialising in the various sectors.  The programme includes over 20 active investors from across Europe, 12 major corporates seeking more sustainable suppliers, leading public sector officials and 60 cleantech companies.


Full event details are available at www.rushlightevents.com/rushlight-show.  With delegate places for the whole Show starting at £80/ £100/ £150 plus VAT, this event is designed to be both informative and exceptional value for money.  If you wish to attend just the UK Energy Breakfast Seminar element of the day, the cost is £45 plus VAT, whereas the breakfast event is free for those registered for the whole day.  Registration for all aspects of the event is HERE for credit card payments and  HERE if you wish to be invoiced.


The Air Movement and Control Association International Inc. (AMCA) has announced the inaugural Air System Engineering and Technology (ASET) Conference-Europe, which will be held on February 20, 2018, in Lyon, France.

FETA is an Endorsing Organization, which allows FETA members to book at a reduced fee of 400 Euros.  The discount code is in an email to FETA members dated 4 Jan 2018.

AMCA executive director Mark Stevens said "AMCA International recognizes the growth of the air system industry throughout Europe and we are pleased to have the chance to host this engineering-level education conference. It is designed to assist air-systems professionals stay on top of the latest equipment, technologies, standards, and specifications in our industry. We are proud to bring together such respected experts in the field to share their knowledge and expertise in a practical, peer-to-peer environment free of commercial bias."

Sessions will address topics of vital importance to specifiers, buyers, and users of commercial and industrial fans, such as equipment sizing and selection, energy-efficiency codes and standards, noise reduction, and air quality. The lunchtime keynote presenter will be Pawel Wargocki, Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark, discussing the European Perspective on Indoor Environmental Quality.

ASET-Europe 2018 will be held at L'Espace Tete d'Or in Lyon. It will immediately precede AMCA's European Region Annual Meeting, which will be held February 21 in Lyon.

For more information and to register, go to https://aset-europe.com/.


4 Jan 2018

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph on 18 December 2017 a consortium of more than 20 trade associations and professional bodies representing many small and medium-sized businesses, highlighted facts about the practice known as cash retentions.

The full text of the letter to the Daily Telegraph is shown below:

The published letter is available at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/18/deposit-protection-scheme-could-provide-boost-builders/

The open consultation from BEIS is at Retention payments in the construction industry

sir – In the construction industry, clients and main contractors have traditionally withheld for a time part of the payment owed to specialist contractors and builders, ostensibly as security against defective work or risk of insolvency.

As trade associations and professional bodies representing many small and medium-sized businesses, we want to highlight the following facts about this practice, known as cash retentions.

Some £10.5 billion of the overall construction sector turnover of £220 billion is held in retentions by clients and main contractors from small and medium-sized businesses down the supply chain.

An estimated £7.8 billion in retentions has been unpaid in the construction sector over the last three years, and in the same period £700 million of retentions were lost due to upstream insolvencies.

Poor payment practices in construction affect productivity, innovation and investment, holding back the sector’s overall capacity to do business and invest in the workforce. With construction a cornerstone of enterprise in the United Kingdom and fundamental to enhancing the country’s built environment, the problem of retentions cannot go on, but needs tackling as a priority.

There is, though, a simple way to reform the system. Regulations should specify that retentions must be held in a statutory retention deposit scheme (rather than in clients’ own bank accounts), an approach which is already being used successfully in Australia.

The government consultation on retentions is still under way, but we believe that there is no longer any reason to stick with the status quo, or for this issue to be potentially kicked again into the long grass.

Reforming retentions would be a good way for the Government to show it is truly standing up for the interests of small and medium-sized businesses, and is willing to put them at the forefront of plans for an industrial strategy and the expansion of the UK economy.

Signatories (23)

  • ECA - Electrotechnical and Engineering Services Trade Body - Paul Reeve, Director of Business
  • Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) - Rob Driscoll, Director of Legal & Commercial
  • SEC Group - Trevor Hursthouse OBE, Chairman
  • British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) - Marion Rich, Director of Legal and Contractual
  • Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) - Nick Mellor, Managing Director
  • SELECT - Alan Wilson, Director of Communications
  • National Federation of Builders - Richard Beresford, Chief Executive
  • Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) - John Thompson, CEO
  • Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) - Fiona Hodgson, Chief Executive
  • Contract Flooring Association - Richard Catt, CEO
  • Structural Timber Association - Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive
  • British Blind and Shutter Association - Andrew Chalk, Director of Operations
  • Confederation of Construction Specialists - Gerald Kelly, General Manager
  • Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors (FTMRC) - Nigel Johnston, General Manager
  • Lead Contractors Association - Nigel Johnston, General Manager
  • National Association of Shopfitters - Robert Hudson, Director
  • National Federation of Demolition Contractors - Howard Button, CEO
  • Chartered Association of Building Engineers - Tony Ginda, Membership Development Manager
  • Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) - Russell Beattie, Chief Executive
  • Scaffolding Association - Robert Candy, Founder
  • Stone Federation Great Britain - Jane Buxey, Chief Executive
  • Glass & Glazing Federation - Phil Pluck, Group Chief Executive
  • Finishes & Interiors Sector (FIS) - David Frise, CEO

DCLG issued a News release on 18 December 2017 on behalf of the independent review into building regulations and fire safety.

Dame Judith Hackitt, who was appointed by government to lead an Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Grenfell fire, published her interim findings on 18 December 2017.

The news release is on https://www.gov.uk/government/news/interim-report-into-the-review-of-building-regulations-and-fire-safety.

And the Interim report is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-building-regulations-and-fire-safety-interim-report.


18 Dec 2017

Time is running out to enter the BCIA 2018 Awards

The BCIA 2018 Awards return for a 12th successive year which will bring industry professionals under one roof to celebrate innovation, product development, project delivery and excellent training in the building controls sector.

The awards consist of eight categories - they are free to enter and not restricted to BCIA members. The BCIA 2018 Awards offer a unique opportunity for outstanding work and contribution to the controls industry to be recognised and projected to a captive and relevant audience.

Seize the day as entries close on Friday 26th January 2018. The winners will be revealed at the prestigious ceremony on Thursday 10th May 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

For those who have demonstrated professionalism, commitment and understanding of clients’ needs, why not enter the Independent Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year, sponsored by CentraLine.

Or if you are a manufacturer, installer or team who has completed a project which demonstrates how building controls or BEMS have been applied to increase energy efficiency in a building, submit your entry for the Energy Management Award, as sponsored by Priva.

Perhaps, you, or your company has contributed to training on the use of building controls or BEMS? If so, you could claim honours in the Contribution to Training category - sponsored by Siemens Building Technologies.

Sponsored by Johnson Controls, The Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects accolade is bestowed to the project installer/team which best demonstrates innovative thinking on the installation or service/maintenance of building controls/BEMS.

Whereas, Technical Innovation of the Year – Products, sponsored by BCIA, is presented to the most innovative building controls/BEMS product development introduced in the past 12 months.

If you have demonstrated an outstanding level of customer care to the controls sector, the Best Service and Maintenance Provider category sponsored by Western Automation could highlight examples of this.

Could you be the next Engineer of the Year? This category is sponsored by Trend Controls Systems. Or perhaps you know of a young engineer under the age of 30 who has demonstrated exceptional achievement through successful participation of the BCIA Training Programme? If so, why not nominate them for the Young Engineer of the Year category, sponsored by BCIA.

To find out more and to enter – visit the website: https://bcia.co.uk/awards/categories/



The 9th Rushlight Show, kindly sponsored by Innovate UK, BEIS, Flanders Investment & Trade,  Carbon Limiting Technologies, Sage, Granted Consultancy, Venner Shipley and Smith & Williamson, is taking place on Thursday 25 January 2018 at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London.  It is the leading event for cleantech companies and sustainable solutions to meet investors and financiers, corporate customers, government departments, advisers and intermediaries in the heart of London.

The event highlights are:

  1. The Innovation Showcase of the Cleantech Conference, opened by Claire Perry, Minister of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, with 40 companies presenting their latest cleantech and sustainability innovations.
  2. The Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Round 4 Showcase in the Exhibition, together with the poster exhibition, amounting to over 100 of the latest innovations in cleantech and sustainability.
  3. UK Energy breakfast seminar, where a senior representative from BEIS will provide an update on the strategy for energy in the UK and the whole market will be analysed and the energy revolution explained.  This is a must attend event for anyone with an interest in UK power generation and the energy market.
  4.  The Resourceful Conference, in association with LCRN and the Circular Economy Club, which is the market place for the development of the circular economy, with a major opportunity for solutions providers and intermediaries to present to investors, local authorities, government and corporates eager to engage in this space.
  5. The Sustainable Solutions Market Panel, where organisations can present their market-ready products and services directly to a panel and audience of leading sustainability and procurement representatives from corporate UK who are seeking to further their supply chain sustainability and resilience, including NHS, Nestle, Vinci, Unite Students, John Lewis, NSG Group and Heathrow Airport.
  6. A cooked breakfast, lunch and networking opportunities throughout the day.

The total audience for the whole event is expected to exceed 500 and will include cleantech senior management, investors, advisers, corporate customers, sustainability professionals, local authorities, community reuse businesses, trade associations, media and other consultants specialising in the various sectors.  The programme includes over 20 active investors from across Europe, 12 major corporates seeking more sustainable suppliers, leading public sector officials and 60 cleantech companies.


Full event details are available at www.rushlightevents.com/rushlight-show.  With delegate places for the whole Show starting at £80/ £100/ £150 plus VAT, this event is designed to be both informative and exceptional value for money.  If you wish to attend just the UK Energy Breakfast Seminar element of the day, the cost is £45 plus VAT, whereas the breakfast event is free for those registered for the whole day.  Registration for all aspects of the event is HERE.


Companies interested in presenting in the Innovation Showcase, to the Sustainable Solutions Market Panel or to the Resourceful Conference panel of investors, circular economy customers and local authorities merely have to register as a delegate(s) and then apply for one of the remaining slots.


Delegates for the Rushlight Show can obtain an attractive discount to attend the Rushlight Awards Party which takes place in the evening after the Show at the same venue.



The EURIS Taskforce is today calling on the Government to establish a post Brexit Industry and Government liaison body with the remit of confirming and recommending for adoption aspects of future European legislation that specifically impact on the industrial product supply sector.

EURIS suggests this mechanism is delivered through a permanent industry or Government organisation or that it is part of Sector Deals.

EURIS Chairman Dr Howard Porter said, “EURIS welcomes and fully supports the Government’s proposal for a Brexit transition period.  However, in addition to the proposed two-year period, we believe it is essential that an Industry and Government liaison body is established to enable our sector to remain competitive and ensure no new non-tariff barriers to UK-EU trade. If this arrangement is not put in place, and EU regulatory product requirements cannot be effectively mirrored in UK structures, a five-year transition period is required to deal with regulation already in train and product cycles already underway”.

EURIS Vice-Chairman Steve Brambley added, “The industrial product supply industry operates in long-term, multi-stage cycles for both regulation and product design. Putting such a considered mechanism on regulation in place would enable industry to continue to place products on the market and remain competitive”.

For further details of EURIS and its activities vists www.euristaskforce.org


Ecobuild 2018

Following its acquisition by Futurebuild Events, Ecobuild – the UK’s leading exhibition and conference for construction, design and energy in the sustainable built environment – has revealed the direction and vision for the 2018 edition of the show to be held 6-8 March at ExCeL London.

In keeping with the cityscape layout of the 2017 show, Ecobuild 2018 will continue to place the dedicated Ecobuild Conference arena at the heart of the show.

The event will put sustainability firmly at the forefront of the agenda, continuing its redefining sustainability campaign through the coming year, culminating in the conference itself. This will shine a light on true innovation and leading much-needed debate around fundamental industry issues to demonstrate the different ways in which disciplines within the built environment sector approach sustainability.

The conference programme next year will take a fresh approach to cross-sector collaboration, uniting the many distinct communities that make up the built environment, supported by themed destinations and inspiring feature areas to be known as the Futurebuild Series.

The Futurebuild Series range from major civil infrastructure, district energy and green infrastructure through to the opportunities for sustainable design and innovation across the full breadth of materials and technologies driving the future of construction.

Given the ever-changing energy landscape, Building Performance and Energy will continue to be a key part of the Futurebuild series, with an emphasis on new technologies, performance and efficiency across renewables, energy, smart buildings and HVAC.

The show’s Design & Build district will showcase the latest construction materials, products and technologies, showcasing leading brands across windows, doors, roofing, cladding, insulation, surfaces, BIM and more. Exhibitors, delegates and visitors will be encouraged to look beyond the construction and design of buildings to consider the wellbeing agenda across new build, refurb and retrofit projects. The district will also include the UK’s largest gathering of international pavilions, reinforcing the show’s global appeal.

Timber will be the focus of a new showcase district, addressing the versatility and significant health and wellbeing properties of wood.  A dedicated series of timber masterclasses will highlight how the industry is developing solutions to address the growing housing crisis, while the Buyers Forum will connect timber manufacturers/suppliers with key buyers and specifiers.

Explore Offsite will return with an even larger gathering of major suppliers, as a series of events, masterclasses and awards celebrate the exciting opportunities offered by offsite technology and its role in the future of construction.

Another introduction at the 2018 show will be a focussed Concrete section, which will comprise a curated area that will highlight the many ways in which designers and specifiers can use concrete and masonry construction to deliver a sustainable built environment. Offering visitors access to leading manufacturers, solution providers and industry bodies, the Concrete and Masonry zone will be the go-to area for expert advice and the latest product information in concrete and masonry construction.

The Infrastructure series will explore the society’s infrastructure needs from cities to transport, the challenges that come with meeting those needs in the long term and the solutions that a digital world can offer.

The dedicated Green Infrastructure district will showcase all aspects of green infrastructure, including water management, external landscaping, biophilic design, biodiversity, green roof technologies and the growth of green infrastructure as a building service to maximise occupier and community wellbeing.

Building on its success, the District Energy area will be home to the UK’s largest gathering of district energy heating and cooling network suppliers. This will be hosted by the ukDEA in association with Danish and Swedish Embassies, whose experts will share best practice and new thinking from across the sector.


Ecobuild 2018 will offer numerous opportunities for people to connect and network, including international matchmaking events organised by the Department of International Trade and Enterprise Europe Network.

Discussing the future of the event, Martin Hurn, managing director of Ecobuild, said: “What we learnt in the lead up to the 2017 event is that it’s just as much about the way we innovate, the materials we use and the processes we put in place as it is about the industry’s behaviour towards sustainability.

“That’s why for next year’s event we’re focussing both on innovation and the materials that can be used to create a more sustainable built environment, while also showing live installations and demonstrations of the ways in which we use them. We have plenty more features in the pipeline, and are keen to discuss and develop with our partners and stakeholders across the industry.”

A 2018 Corporate Advisory Board has been set up to help steer the show, involving select partners and key stakeholders.

James McLoughlin, Group Marketing Director at BRE, said: “As the official Research and Innovation Partner, we were delighted to be able to offer a series of BRE Academy masterclasses on topics from BREEAM and BIM to Responsible Sourcing and Change Management, and even more pleased to have standing room only on some occasions! Everyone has been commenting how full the seminar sessions were right across Ecobuild and the quality of delegates was also noticeable. We look forward to partnering with Ecobuild in 2018.”

Phil Breakspear, Managing Director at Mapei UK, leading producer of building materials and an Ecobuild 2017 exhibitor, said: “Mapei invests 5% of annual turnover in Research and Development activities with a total of 70% of this channeled into the development of more environmentally friendly products; Ecobuild is a great platform to showcase our environmentally friendly products and eco-commitments, speaking to other like-minded professionals and students who use and specify our products on a daily basis.”

Toby Chamberlain, Sales Director at Rhico Ltd, said: “This is the first time we have exhibited at Ecobuild and we’re over the moon with how busy our stand has been and the quality of leads we have gained. The footfall has been incredible and the quality of attendees was really impressive.

“It has been a really worthwhile investment – so much so that we have already rebooked for the 2018 show and are doubling our stand size.”

For further information, visit www.ecobuild.co.uk.


BCIA announces new training courses for 2018

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is pleased to announce the release dates for the new and improved building control training courses for 2018.

The brand-new courses will offer building controls professionals an opportunity to develop their skills and gain valuable knowledge of the latest technology which they will be able to utilise in their workplace.

The BCM01-06 courses cover a wide range of topics which incorporate the latest technical information from the building controls sector which helps engineers, installers, and building owners to further their knowledge and skills within the industry.

Courses are available to all levels of those who are on the building controls ladder. All of the six courses now run over two days, ensuring there is minimal disruption to delegates work schedule and time spent away from the workplace.

If you are starting out in the controls industry or looking to develop on your current knowledge, you can choose to take the BCM01 training course of Fundamentals of HVAC & Building Technology. The BCM01 training course will give you an overview of the systems and technologies used in the HVAC industry and includes the use of building controls and building management systems.

Or if you are an engineer or technician, who has over one year’s experience within the industry and have already completed BCM01, you can book onto BCM02 and BCM03 and learn more about Measuring & Control Technology and Hydraulics in Building Services. On successful completion of BCM01-BCM03, the Technical Certificate will be awarded.

For professionals who are looking to expand their knowledge further, the BCIA offers BCM04-BCM06 which covers topics including Control Function in Heating Plants, Control of Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Control of Cooling Systems. The Advanced Technical Certificate will be gained to those who pass each BCM04-BCM06.

Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA, says: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our comprehensively updated courses for the upcoming year. The new courses will allow everyone within the controls industry to gain the valuable skills needed for the buildings of tomorrow.”

January 2018 sees the new courses commence with BCM01 and BCM04 the first offerings to choose from. Places are filling up fast, book your place today and start the new year by taking your skills further.

For further information or to book your course today, please contact Hayley Hopkins: hayley@keystonecomms.co.uk



Energy Now Expo 2018 - latest news

The Energy Now Expo showcases the renewable energy options available to the agricultural and rural communities of the UK. Providing practical guidance on the latest opportunities available, the event also explores the ways to improve the efficiency and returns of existing schemes, together with best practices in energy management.

Growing for 2018...

Energy Storage Theatre

Following the huge success of last year’s Energy Storage Zone we have created the Energy Storage Theatre, in which the technology, its applications, the associated policy and current opportunities will be discussed and explained.

Low Emission Vehicle Showroom

Announcements made by government, such as the plan to ban petrol and diesel cars from the road by 2040, combined with a reduction in vehicle costs and increased infrastructure development, have pushed the low-emission vehicles sector to greater prominence in recent times. The showroom will contain a selection of the vehicles (electric, gas, hybrid and or other), together with their suppliers.

Conference Speakers include:

  • Ray Noble, REA solar & storage advisor
  • Dr Jonathan Scurlock, Chief renewables and climate change advisor, NFU
  •  Simon Hamlyn, CEO, BHA
  • Mark Tufnell, Taxation Committee Chairman, CLA
  • Jennifer Pride, Head of renewable energy team, Welsh Government
  • Dr Jeremy Tomkinson, CEO and Lead Consultant for biofuels, NNFCC
  • Nicholas Brooks, Head of Energy, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)
  • Ian Burrow, Head of renewables and agriculture, NatWest
  • Dr Andy Scott, Head of Consulting, Swanbarton Ltd
  • Dujon Goncalves-Collins, Programme Director, RenewableUK
  • John Findlay, Chairman, GSHPA
  • James Court, Head of Policy, REA
  • Andrew Burgess, Associate Partner, Energy Systems Integration, Ofgem


Visit www.energynowexpo.co.uk or

call 01293 854 405 to book your FREE ticket


A transformative deal between government and the construction industry which could add billions of pounds to the economy has been announced by Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark today (29 November 2017).

Government and industry have worked extensively since the launch of the Industrial Strategy green paper to agree the Sector Deal, developing a joint strategic direction for the sector that reflects shared ambition to modernise the industry and to respond to the challenges of demographic change and Brexit.

The deal, announced in the Industrial Strategy white paper on Monday (27 November), will prepare the UK construction sector for the future, helping companies build better performing buildings and infrastructure at a greater speed and reduced cost, while supporting the government’s ambitious programmes in both infrastructure and housing.

By transforming the sector through better adoption of digital and manufacturing technologies the Construction Sector Deal aims to deliver quality infrastructure and housing more quickly, and at reduced cost to the taxpayer, while boosting the skills of construction workers and training the next generation of workers.

Supported by £170 million of government investment over three years through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and £250 million of match funding from industry, the deal will bring together the construction, manufacturing, energy and digital sectors in a new hub to commercialise technologies capable of building assets which are both cost effective and energy efficient.



Building for 2050, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, highlights the need to construct housing which is low carbon through its design rather than through reliance on technology.
The project, which will be delivered by AECOM, will examine the drivers, attitudes, barriers and challenges relating to low cost, low carbon housing. It will consider both the pull and push factors from some developers in delivering housing fit for the future. Increasing the numbers of such homes being built will contribute to the ambitious targets within the Clean Growth Strategy and reduce energy use and bills for residents, while delivering attractive and comfortable homes.
The AECOM-led team will capture the experiences of those directly involved with selected low carbon housing developments - reviewing the designs and observing construction activities; assessing the performance of sample dwellings; and determining the performance of selected dwellings in use.
There will also be a significant social research element. The team will identify the views of funders, developers, and design teams - those actively involved in low carbon housing and those currently not.
Views from contractors and site-based staff building low carbon homes will also be collected.
A sample of residents’ attitudes and expectations will be identified prior to them moving in to the selected developments, followed by feedback once they have moved in and again once they have spent some months in their new homes. To provide context, views will be sought from wider stakeholders – both professionals and consumers.
Observations from the design and construction stages and analysis of the performance, together with the opinions provided, will inform the steps required to accelerate the uptake of low cost low carbon homes.
The research conclusions will be published and will help shape future policy.


BSI has published the Business plan for the CEN standards committee for Ventilation for Buildings

CEN/TC156 deals with all aspects of ventilation for buildings. The scope covers the standardization of terminology, testing and rating methods, dimensioning and fitness for purpose of natural and mechanical ventilation systems and components for buildings subject to human occupancy; it includes both dwellings and non-residential

In addition, CEN/TC 156 work also covers work in the area of Fans, ventilation in hospitals and ventilation in commercial kitchens.

Members of FETA can view the Business lan in the members area in Downloads / Technical Documents

Join with key industry professionals at the Building Services Forum 2018

Tickets are now available to purchase for the inaugural Building Services Forum. This brand new industry event will feature a CPD accredited educational seminar programme offering exclusive, specialised content. Attending the Forum is essential for professionals in the building services sector, presenting unique information, thinking and solutions concerning the future of the industry.

An unmissable seminar programme

The Building Services Forum programme will feature seminars from leading industry bodies, including: Remeha, North Building Technologies, Carlo Gavazzi, Priva, Schneider Electric, ZTP, Loughborough University, BSRIA and the ECA.

Covering a wide expanse of topics, the programme will touch on vital debates at the forefront the industry. Delegates will leave the Forum with a wealth of valuable knowledge, from ways to manage key design stages when installing combined heat and power units, to how to utilise the Internet of Things and cloud based technologies and developing an intelligent and interactive HVAC pipe network.

Lead sponsor Remeha’s product manager Adrian Morris will present ‘Maximising efficiencies with a bespoke low carbon plant room’. Chris Meir, sales director at Remeha considers the importance of this seminar and the Forum as a whole:  “The Building Services Forum provides a timely opportunity to join with key industry professionals to share expert knowledge and successes, spread best practice, and identify solutions to future challenges.

“With CPD-accredited seminars from industry luminaries covering a range of topical subjects – from protection against cyber-attacks to designing healthy, intelligent buildings to the role of the Internet of Things in building services – there will be plenty of food for thought. Not to mention an insight from our own Adrian Morris into maximising the benefits of a bespoke-designed low carbon plant room. We look forward to seeing you there.”

North Building Technologies is also sponsoring the Building Services Forum and will present a seminar tackling the many issues likely to affect all businesses in the industry as technology evolves. The seminar will be delivered by James Palmer, business development manager at North. James comments: “North is proud to be sponsoring the Building Services Forum 2018. This high-quality event is a great way to share our 25 years’ experience creating networks of things with the industry. We will bring clarity to IoT technologies, while sparking debate about this new era of connectivity.” 

Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein of BSRIA will present ‘Building for wellbeing’ at the Forum. Michelle comments: “BSRIA is delighted to support the inaugural Building Services Forum. As one of BSRIA’s four core values, being innovative is vital to a forward thinking industry and we would encourage building services professionals to attend this event to pick up some of the latest building services thinking.”

The full seminar programme can be viewed at http://www.buildingservicesforum.london/programme/

Limited places are available – don’t miss out

Tickets to the Building Services Forum include:

  • A full day’s CPD accredited seminar programme from the industry’s biggest names
  • Networking opportunities with sponsors, exhibitors and speaker companies
  • The latest product and technology innovations
  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • Break-out sessions


Booking a place at the Forum offers a unique opportunity to boost your industry knowledge, consider issues that may affect the future of your business and network with some of the biggest names in building services.

The Building Services Forum will take place on 8 February 2018 at the Building Centre in London; a key location that is easily accessible by public transport and fantastic for networking with vital industry bodies.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.buildingservicesforum.london/delegate-tickets/ at an exclusive early bird rate of £175.00. Please note that early bird ticket rates are valid until 31 December 2017, after which tickets will be charged at the standard full price of £195.00.

For information about participating in The Building Services Forum, contact Event Organiser, Jacqui Henderson on 01622 699116 or email jhenderson@datateam.co.uk.



Energy Now Expo 2018

The Energy Now Expo will be returning to Telford, Shropshire, on 7 and 8 February 2018 for its ninth year, and farmers and landowners across the UK are being urged to save the date.

The annual event provides a chance to explore the opportunities available in all areas of on-farm renewables including anaerobic digestion and biogas, biomass, energy crops, heat pumps, hydropower, solar and wind, explains event director, David Jacobmeyer.  

“The Energy Now Expo showcases all of the technologies available to farmers looking to diversify and future-proof their businesses. It also provides best practices in energy efficiency, guidance on the ways to maximise the returns of existing schemes and ways to store the energy being produced.

“Our comprehensive seminar programme features some of the leading experts in the industry. This, combined with a showcase of technology suppliers, funding providers and advisory bodies, means that the expo is a one-stop shop for pioneering agri-businesses,” he explains.

The event is free to attend and registration is now open online at www.energynowexpo.co.uk. The latest information on the event can also be found on Twitter @EnergyNowMag.


ASERCOM announces retirement of President Claude Blanc

After more than 4 years as president of ASERCOM, the Association of European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers, Claude Blanc has announced that he is retiring from his position at the end of 2017. Stephane Nassau, chairman of ASERCOM’s board, extends his gratitude for Blanc’s work: “In these turbulent times of transformation, Claude’s role within our association and his contribution to our whole industry was of the highest value. For his achievements we owe him our gratitude and wish him the best for his future endeavours.”
Claude Blanc assumed the role of president in May 2013. Under his aegis ASERCOM introduced among others its certification programme for condensing units and its refrigeration scenario to comply with the European F-gas Regulation.
The search for a successor is already underway. “We are currently having initial conversations with potential successors. With Claude Blanc’s help we will ensure to make the transitional process as smooth as possible”, states Stephane Nassau.



SCA open letter to the Building Regulations and Fire Safety Review

Following the call for evidence for the independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety by the DCLG on 12 September 2017, the Smoke Control Association (SCA) has written an open letter to the Building Regulations and Fire Safety Review, offering its support and assistance to the review process.


"The Smoke Control Association (SCA) welcomes the imminent independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and offers its support and assistance to the review body.

In particular, we call for more control and regulation of smoke control design, to ensure that safety is not compromised in the design and installation of these systems and that the standard of life safety in our buildings is improved in accordance  with the latest research and development

The benefits of comprehensive fire safety in buildings are well proven, particularly with a clear objective centred on life safety. There is a wealth of data on the interconnection between passive and active systems, both of which have a part to play in the event of a fire, but no one solution is completely stand-alone and the interaction between them is critically important.

Sprinklers and suppression systems have received a lot of coverage over recent months, but it should also be remembered that the suppression systems are not guaranteed to extinguish the fire and their primary objective is to suppress and control the fire to the boundaries of passive protection. They have little or no benefit in improving visibility or removing hot toxic smoke from the building, which is of course critical when a building needs to be evacuated.

Likewise, smoke control systems are generally designed to keep escape routes clear of smoke to aid evacuation and assist fire fighters by keeping access and evacuation routes relatively clear.

The recommendations of the Building Regulations, in the form of Approved Document B (ADB), are currently vague and rarely followed precisely. The lack of regular reviews of ADB means that new techniques and technologies developed by industries such as our own, which improve the safety of our buildings are often overlooked. Significant product and design standards are available now but they are frustratingly being ignored due to the infrequency of the review process.

In spite of this, the Smoke Control Association has, to a large extent, been able to self-regulate the industry through the evolution of new techniques and influencing adoption of standards, both British and European.

However, this is not ideal - there are always exceptions to the rule – for example, when contractors and designers outside of the main sphere of specialist practitioners, attempt to enter the market with little understanding of the rigors to which life safety systems should be designed and installed, this can lead to problems longer term.

We firmly believe that to fully exploit the benefits of smoke control systems for the benefit of the building occupants, the industry needs more definition from our regulations, so that installations are at least starting from the same point, with mandatory objectives and equipment that is designed and tested to standards that are themselves relevant to the application.

In addition we particularly hope that the review of ADB clearly defines levels of competence necessary to ensure that designers, installers, commissioning engineers and maintenance contractors have suitable knowledge and training to deliver fully functioning life safety smoke control systems. These need to be designed, installed, tested and maintained to a standard that is not compromised by commercial pressures to value engineer to the lowest possible level.

The Government’s approach to other industries, such as electrical safety, creating a link between regulation, practitioner certification backed by mandatory requirements is ideal and we would urge a similar approach is adopted for fire safety in buildings.

We offer our support, knowledge and the expertise of our members during the review of ADB and any future developments of ADB."

The letter can also be found here.




Lifetime Achievement Award for Tom Dee

At the recent Heating and Ventilating Review Awards, long serving HEVAC member, Tom Dee of Johnson and Starley, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Tom has been in the industry since 1965, and since 2001 he has been Technical Director of Johnson and Starley, responsible for R&D, after sales service, quality and health & safety.

Tom has been involved in the development of warm air standards in the UK and Europe since 1998 and has been responsible for chairing a number of committees representing UK manufacturers in this capacity. He has also worked very closely with government on the development of Building Regulations and the adoption of European product legislation into the UK.

His knowledge of warm air and ventilation is highly regarded throughout the industry and he has always been ready to get involved for the greater good.

Within HEVAC, he is a past Chairman of the Residential Ventilation Association and member of HEVAC Council.

Everyone within FETA offers their sincere congratulations to Tom upon being presented with this award.


Mike Nankivell strikes gold at RAC Cooling Industry Awards

Mike Nankivell has been honoured for his outstanding work in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.  The RAC Cooling Industry Awards ‘Gold Award’ recognises and rewards those who have made a significant impact on the industry and helped to drive its environmental progress.


Mike has worked in the HVAC industry for over 45 years and, despite ‘retiring’ at the end of 2015, has continued his involvement with a host of committees, subgroups and key industry initiatives, giving up his time to help further a host of important causes. 


During his time in the industry Mike has taken on the Presidency of HEVAC and been Chairman of the ACRIB F-GAS implementation group. Mike was also the FETA Chairman during its 30th anniversary year and is currently the President of the Heat Pump Association (HPA).


After completing an apprenticeship in 1971, Mike joined the HVAC industry as a contract detail/design draughtsman, going on to work as a designer of perimeter heating systems, contract and commercial and general management in acoustics, fan and air handling unit manufacture.


Russell Beattie, Chief Executive of FETA, commented: “Mike has made an enormous contribution to the industry and richly deserves to be recognised in this way. He has gained and retained the confidence of key Government players by his ability to provide professional and, above all, objective advice and is a key ‘go to’ figure for them. I congratulate him on winning this well-deserved accolade.”




One year after the global Kigali amendment to phase-down HFCs, new survey findings from Emerson and international polling company ComRes examine how European retailers are navigating away from HFCs towards lower global warming alternatives. The survey asked professionals in the retail sector to comment on their preparedness for and awareness of more sustainable technologies, and the primary challenges associated with the shift away from HFCs.

Eighty-one percent of respondents said they viewed the shift away from HFCs as a positive change. However, the survey also showed the retail industry was lagging behind schedule due to a lack of clarity in regulatory changes and replacement technologies available. Surprisingly, 40 percent of respondents said they were unaware of upcoming regulatory changes related to the phase-down of HFCs as refrigerants. Nearly half (44 percent) said they either hadn’t started to make the shift, or were unsure.

Where retailers have started to phase-down HFCs, notable priorities for selecting replacement refrigeration systems included safety (57 percent of respondents), energy efficiency (53 percent) and environmental sustainability (48 percent).

Among the three primary alternative options available, carbon dioxide (CO2) technology was most commonly ranked as the preferred choice for replacing HFC systems at 38 percent, followed by hydrocarbons such as propane, and hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs).

Despite being the most popular choice however, industry analysis shows CO2 systems could cost a medium-sized retailer as much as €51,000 more per store compared to hydrocarbon integral systems over a 10 year period. Furthermore while CO2 is a significant improvement over HFCs in terms of global warming potential (GWP), it is found to have lower energy efficiency performance and higher maintenance requirements than other alternatives.

The survey also shed some light on the challenges and opportunities for making the transition away from HFCs. 

Challenges identified included operational expenditure and installation disruption which drew significant scores of 43 percent and 33 percent respectively.  Yet interestingly, cost alone was not identified as the main priority for selecting a new refrigeration system. The survey highlighted the desirability of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, with energy efficiency scoring 48 percent and environmental sustainability 39 percent.

When asked what would encourage respondents to accelerate the replacement of HFC refrigeration systems with lower global warming potential options, depreciation schemes or other tax rebates were the most popular (43 percent), followed by finding less expensive low GWP options (40 percent). This places an onus on regulatory bodies to provide more incentives to retailers looking to make the shift, and to invest more in the research and development of new technologies.

[Survey findings are based on an online poll of 140 professionals with decision-making responsibility for purchasing in the retail sector. This included 40 participants in France, 50 in Germany, and 50 in the UK. Fieldwork was conducted by ComRes between the 15th and 31st of August, 2017.]





“Sustainable technologies for a better life” is the guiding theme of the second edition of EUREKA, an innovative and participatory conference organised by EPEE and EVIA, two leading associations headquartered in Brussels and representing the HVACR industry in Europe.

EUREKA 2017 will take place on December 11 & 12 in Berlin and will once again represent a unique opportunity to engage with professionals from across the HVACR value chain and help shape the future of our sector. We are privileged to have keynote speeches from representatives of the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and the German Institute of Economic Research.

Our discussions last year resulted in a Visionary Paper which aims to help the industry adapt their products and services to the requirements and demands of future consumers, namely  “Generation Z” - those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s. EUREKA 2017 will take last year’s findings one step further by actively engaging with Generation Z in a unique, cross-generation debate.

More information about EUREKA 2016 and 2017, and on the 2016 Visionary Paper, can be found on www.eureka-hvacr.eu. Professionals who want to be part of the discussions and actively shape our future – there’s not a moment to lose! Register for EUREKA 2017 on 11 & 12 December in Berlin.

You can register here


EPEE and EVIA look forward to welcoming you!


Further to the recent letter on trade by Leave means Leave, the EURIS Task Force which represents over 3500 UK companies with a turnover of £105 billion across the electrotechncial, electronics, renewables and mechanical engineering products, has written to the Prime Minister to highlight the importance of a successful trade deal between the UK and the EU for the industrial product supplies sector.


EURIS Chairman Dr Howard Porter said, “Trade is a key driver of growth and prosperity and has always been a crucial part of the UK and world economy.   A trade deal with the EU is essential to the future prosperity of the products supply sector, the job security of those working in it and the competitiveness of those sectors EURIS members supply to”.


Dr Porter added, “EURIS fully agrees that negotiations on trade must be prioritised and start immediately but are concerned about the calls in some parts for a ‘no deal’ outcome. We would welcome the opportunity to explain why a successful trade deal with the EU is so important for our industry to any organisation supporting this position”.



The UK government has launched an inquiry into F-gas emission policies and the future of the F-gas regulations post-Brexit. The inquiry by the Environmental Audit Committee will also look at the UK’s progress on reducing F-gas emissions, and the impact leaving the EU will have on future progress and reporting.

As part of the EU, the UK is bound to the F-gas regulation (517/2014) and its attendant phase down target to reduce HFC use and sales by 79% by 2030. The UK is also party to the UN’s Montreal Protocol which, through the Kigali Amendment, plans to cut HFC use by a similar amount by 2036.

The Committee is inviting submissions on a broad range of questions such as:

  • What action the Government needs to take to ensure that the EU’s 2015 F-gas regulation is incorporated into UK law.
  • Should the UK go beyond EU regulatory minimums and develop stronger F-gas legislation?
  • Which UK body should have oversight of adherence to F-gas legislation and how it could be adequately resourced to ensure compliance?

The inquiry will also consider whether the Government is doing enough to reduce F-gases. It will look at whether there are blockers preventing adoption of existing alternatives to F-gases and if there is potential to develop new cost-effective replacements.

The Committee is seeking submissions (maximum 3,000 words) from all interested parties by 12pm on 6 November. Later submissions will be accepted, it says, but may be too late to inform the first oral evidence hearing.

Written submissions are invited using the form on the inquiry page here.



It was announced today (12th Oct 2017) by Claire Perry MP, Minister for Climate & Industry, during a government briefing, “Building on the UK’s Clean Growth Credentials”, that the government intends to phase out the use of heating oil to heat buildings and domestic hot water during the 2020s, in both domestic and non-domestic heating systems.

The details of how this is to be achieved have yet to be determined, but this declaration is seen as a path to eventual regulation. Focus initially will be toward new build but will then be directed to existing building stock heated by heating oil.

“This momentous announcement is vital to assist in cleaning up the emissions from UK heating systems. It is extremely welcome as it gives much needed insight into the direction of travel and enables businesses to plan for the future, whether a supplier or a consumer,” said Mike Nankivell F.Inst.R, President of the Heat Pump Association (HPA).

He continued, “In addition it demonstrates clear intent by the government to seriously tackle the issue of relatively high carbon emissions from heating systems using oil as the predominant fuel and should act as a precursor to other fossil fuels which produce relatively high emissions.”

Although the exact detail has yet to be worked out, the HPA views this as a clear signal of intent toward ‘cleaner heating’ systems and heat pumps of all genres can contribute significantly to this as low emission technologies.


Transport for London is an executive body of the Greater London Authority (GLA), created in 2000 as the integrated body responsible for the Capital’s transport system. Its primary role is to implement the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy, and manage transport services to, from and within London.
Among several other assets, at present, TfL is responsible for approximately 360 miles (560km) of main roads, 270 London Underground stations, and well over 1000 buildings in and around the capital. These numbers are expected to increase over time as London expands and TfL gains responsibility for new and other existing transport services.
In 2017/18 alone TfL will invest over £3billion improving and updating infrastructure assets; an amount TfL strives to invest each and every year for the remainder of its current business plan and beyond.
As part of a determined effort to increase and maximise the value TfL achieves from its future investments, particularly with respect to investments in products and systems, a new initiative to build more strategic, resource efficient and mutually beneficial long-term relationships (contracts) with manufacturers and suppliers has been launched (Fit for Purpose Stations - FfPS).
FfPS will result in a catalogue of products (a ‘Kit of Parts’ or set of ‘Common Components’) that will demonstrate the most superior Whole Life Cycle Costs and Performance - for its given purpose - once installed on London’s transport network. These products will be the ‘first choice’ products selected for use across the network and in most areas of the business will be ‘mandated for use’ (for as long as they deliver the value TfL expects).

FETA are actively engaging with TfL in this work on behalf of its members.


A new report from the University of Birmingham, commissioned by Emerson to coincide with the one year anniversary of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, has highlighted the significant challenge facing the European retail industry as it transitions from damaging HFCs to natural refrigerants.

The retail sector is key to the transition away from HFCs, as an average supermarket refrigeration system can leak up to 25 percent of its refrigerant charge annually, resulting in approximately 1,556 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions — producing the same environmental impact as the annual energy used by 165 homes.

However, the report authored by Professor Toby Peters, highlights industry analysis that indicates the European retail sector has already fallen behind schedule in phasing out HFCs and replacing them with natural refrigerants. As a result, the report raises concerns that growing environmental and societal pressure, coupled with increasingly stringent regulations, must not drive retailers to focus on solutions which eliminate HFCs but fail to maximise the wider energy efficiency, operational and cost benefits available from industry leading refrigeration technologies.

Discussing his report, Professor Peters said: “The report released today highlights the need for the refrigeration industry, and retailers in particular, to consider the holistic, long term impact of their technology choices. The phase out of HFCs provide a unique opportunity to look beyond the choice of refrigerant, and to fundamentally rethink store and system architectures to ensure that they maximise environmental and operational benefits. Refrigeration systems introduced today could still be operating in 15 years’ time and it is imperative that we grasp the once in a generation chance to deliver genuinely clean cold. Given the size of heating and cooling demands within our society, this is essential as we transition to sustainable energy.” 

The report, Retail Refrigeration: Making the Transition to Clean Cold, examines what the move to natural refrigerants means for retailers and offers recommendations for the path forward. The conclusions and recommendations include:

  • Although progress is being made, retailers are not transitioning from HFCs to natural refrigerants quickly enough to meet phase-down targets
  • As retailers make the transition it is important to consider the whole system impacts of refrigeration, not just the need to meet refrigerant targets
  • In particular, the long term energy efficiency of the wider system must be considered to ensure that any refrigeration technology selected maximises the overall environmental benefits and economic opportunities
  • Other factors should also be considered, including the complexity of installation and long term maintenance requirements of different technologies, which can have a significant impact upon operations and cost

The report also makes recommendations for Governments across Europe:

  • Governments have a critical role to play in encouraging retailers to transition to natural refrigerants and to ensure that the solutions adopted deliver maximum long term benefit
  • Governments should invest significantly more into research and development into sustainable refrigeration and integration into energy systems
  • They should support the development of a clear pathway for sustainable refrigeration, not just low GWP refrigerants
  • Governments also need to provide incentives, not just penalties, for end-users to accelerate transition to low-impact systems. They should, for example, consider increasing depreciation allowances for investments in new refrigeration systems that are both low-GWP and demonstrably produce the best energy efficiency outcome for the proposed location
  • Invest in the skills required to support the long term transition to natural refrigerants, recognising that an expanded workforce, with new competencies and certifications, is going to be required

As alternatives to HFCs are considered, there are two primary solutions available – CO2 and hydrocarbons.  The report noted that although CO2 systems are most commonly being installed across Europe, some major retailers have selected integrated display cases, which operate more like domestic fridges, and use propane as their refrigerant. 

To access the full report visit www.emersonclimate.com/europe/en-eu/About_Us/News/Pages/Studies.aspx.




BCIA Awards 2018 - Entries are now open

The most anticipated event in the industry’s calendar, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards 2018 is back for another year. Once again the Hilton Birmingham Metropole will play host to the awards ceremony and gala dinner on Thursday 10th May 2018 and ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN.

The Award Categories
Don’t miss this opportunity to stand out from the rest of the industry by entering one of the following award categories:

  • Best Service & Maintenance Provider
  • Contribution to Training Award
  • Energy Management Award
  • Engineer of the Year
  • Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer
  • Technical Innovation of the Year - Products
  • Young Engineer of the Year
  • Technical Innovation of the Year - Projects

The BCIA Awards are now in their 12th successive year and continue to be greatly supported by the industry.

You can submit your entry here

Contact the organisers here


New BSI Publication available

BSI have just issued their publication "What Brexit means for industry standards".  The publication explains the global system of standards and BSI’s role in representing the interests of UK stakeholders.  It reflects the feedback BSI have received from stakeholders, who stressed the importance of retaining the UK’s role and influence within the European standardization system through continued membership of CEN and CENELEC.  FETA very much supports this position, and sees it as vital that the UK retains an involvement in the setting of international standards.

The publication can be see here


Rushlight Awards 2017-18

The Rushlight Awards are the only set of awards designed specifically to support and promote all the latest clean technologies, innovations and initiatives for businesses and other organisations throughout UK, Ireland and internationally. There are separate categories for each of the renewable energies, clean fuels, transport, energy efficiency, power generation and storage, resource, water, sustainable manufacturing, agriculture and products, clean environment and deployment initiatives.


Details are as follows:

1. All entries will be made into posters and exhibited at the Rushlight Show, unless you choose not to.

2. The prestigious and internationally recognised Rushlight Awards carry substantial kudos, specifically due to the totally independent, high quality judging and breadth of support from the key leading participants in the sector.

3. Winners and commended entries can display their respective success logos on all their marketing material and communications free-of-charge after the event.

4. Priority will be given to entrants for the presentation slots in the Innovation Showcase at the Rushlight Show on Thursday 25 January.

5. Every entrant who is a commercial business can receive a free Grant Scope assessment by Granted Consultancy, including a 30 min skype call.

6. Every entrant can receive an initial IP assessment by Stephens Scown via a free 30 min telephone call.

7. The Green Tech Challenge programme are offering a fast track into their programme, provided entries are received by 17 September.

8. Leading Edge Only are offering free membership for all entrants from the date of their entry up to 25 January 2018 and then prizes of membership after that for winners.

9. Tmara are offering a prize of a Product-Market Assessment, Minimum Viable Value Specification and Strategic Alignment Mentoring to one winning company of their choosing. (Estimated Value: £30K).

10. Impact Hub Westminster are giving a prize of 3 months free Hub 100 Membership, a package worth over £795.

11. All entrants can have a stand in the Exhibition at the Rushlight Show at a substantial discount.

12. Celebrate an innovation breakthrough or an initiative by entering the awards and bringing the team to the Party.

13. All entrants can attend the Awards Party at discounted prices, including group packages.

14. Put your product, service, technology or project in front of potential customers, investors, partners, intermediaries and service providers.

To enter, just go to www.rushlightevents.com/rushlight-awards and follow the instructions in How to Enter.


The Post-Brexit UK Trade Policy Summit

To assist companies with their planning and decision-making, City & Financial are organising ‘The Post-Brexit UK Trade Policy Summit’ on 8th November in London. An impressive array of top experts will guide delegates through the key issues, including:

  • Structuring BREXIT to maximise trade benefits and enhance the UK’s participation in the global value chain;
  • Transition: What will a transitional agreement for the UK look like?
  • How will the customs arrangements work through the transition period and beyond?
  • What sort of comprehensive transition arrangements are possible for services? 
  • Towards an independent UK trade policy that works for business - a new EU partnership: what are the alternatives to single market membership?  
  • Implications “Hard Brexit” for trade in (a) goods and (b) services and what are the challenges and applicable WTO rules?
  • The Government’s vision of a Global Britain: making allies and forging new trade relationships with other developed and developing countries
  • Making a success of Brexit: what business needs to make it work

The day has been structured so that the overarching themes are discussed in plenary sessions in the morning, while delegates will split into two workstreams in the afternoon covering the key issues for trade in goods and services, respectively.

For further information please visit the event website at https://www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/Postbrexittrade


CIBSE Course: Fundementals of Digital Engineering

Following feedback from the highly successful CIBSE BIM Roadshow, attended by hundreds of delegates across the UK and Ireland, CIBSE Training have released a one-day training course to allow engineers, and the wider supply chain, to learn about the fundamentals of digital engineering in practice.  This will take place on 6th November in London.

Details can be found at Fundamentals of Digital Engineering (including BIM) | 6 November, London


EUREKA 2017: Programme announced

For the second year in a row, EPEE and EVIA will host a high-level conference bringing together NGOs, academia, decision-makers, and industry professionals across the HVAC-R value chain to brainstorm, build bridges, and positively impact our daily environment.  This year's event takes place in Berlin on 11-12 December.

This year's keynote speeches will be given by Thorsten Herdan, Director General, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, and Claudia Kemfert, Head of Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW).  Other participants include Deutsche Ventures, Coalition for Energy Savings, CETIAT, Star Refrigeration, International Institute of Refrigeration...and many more!

Generation Z, who were at the heart of EUREKA 2016, will be actively involved in discussions during EUREKA 2017, and will help us explore the best way for the HVAC-R sector to respond to future consumer demands and ensure our solutions are fit for the future. Come meet and debate with them!

In 2016, EPEE and EVIA launched EUREKA, as an interactive conference to initiate a dialogue between industry and future generations and explore ways for the HVAC-R sector to adapt to the challenges of the future.

You can register for the event here

Details of the programme can be found here



Kevin Glass to be next IoR President

Bitzer UK MD Kevin Glass will be the next president of the Institute of Refrigeration after his nomination passed unopposed.  Glass was proposed by the IoR’s executive council in July from a list of 15 potential candidates. As no other nominations have been put forward by the membership there will be no ballot this year.

He is expected to be formally appointed on November 2 and will support the existing president, Steve Gill, until his term of office ends in November 2018.

Kevin Glass has been with Bitzer UK for over 30 years, the last six as managing director, following a wide ranging career in the RAC industry.

As well as his involvement with the IoR, Kevin is a stalwart of the BRA's Equipment and Components section.



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.
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With the launch of the Society of Digital Engineering, CIBSE have created a dedicated Linkedin group. This will serve as a discussion forum where knowledge, news and best practice can be shared with members passionate about Digital Engineering.
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CIBSE President, Peter Wong commented "The formation of the Society of Digital Engineering demonstrates the importance of digital technology in the building services sector and the commitment of CIBSE to develop the art and science of digital engineering"



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