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


Lucy Porter to host BCIA Awards

Tickets are now on sale for the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards which will be hosted by multi award-winning Lucy Porter.

Lucy has been a huge hit with comedy audiences up and down the country for over 10 years with her distinctive, bouncy and feel-good comedy.  She has also had vast success internationally and performed in the USA at Last Comic Standing and the Las Vegas Comedy Festival.  Her career has also seen her undertake various acting roles, including the critically acclaimed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest alongside Christian Slater.  What’s more, as a writer and performer, Lucy has contributed to documentaries on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 and was one of the lead writers on ITV1’s prime-time Sunday night satirical animation series Headcases.

Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA said: “We are delighted to have someone of Lucy’s stature on board as our host for the BCIA Awards. With her vast experience in comedy, acting and writing, we have no doubt that she will be a firm favourite with our guests and be the perfect host for what promises to be a highly entertaining evening.

“The Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and recognise the depth of talent within the building controls sector. The atmosphere is always electric, so I hope to see as many of you there for a memorable evening.”


The prestigious awards ceremony and gala dinner will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday 10 May 2018. Tickets include a three-course dinner, the awards ceremony, a range of post-show entertainment as well as networking with colleagues, media and industry peers.

A table of ten costs only £1,100 with individual places available for £130.00. To book your spaces, visit the BCIA website today and download a booking form.



IOR updates Code of Practice for Refrigerants

The Institute of Refrigeration has updated its Safety Code of Practice for Non Flammable, Lower Toxicity Refrigerants

(Group A1). The publication provides essential industry guidance for owners, designers, installers and operators of vapour compression refrigerating systems that use any group A1 refrigerants which include HFC and HFC blends. It covers properties of refrigerants, decommissioning, testing and maintenance as well as design issues with useful appendices such as typical schedules for inspection and maintenance, system register details, machinery rooms, definitions and an updated list of relevant standards.  The Code which can be downloaded from www.ior.org.uk  has been prepared by the IOR Technical Committee as a reference source and guide to interpretation of current safety standards such as BS EN378:2016 and legal requirements such as F Gas, PED, PSSR. It is available free to IOR members to download. Non members can purchase a PDF download at a cost of £48 inc VAT.

The IOR publishes four Safety Codes of Practice specific to refrigerant type. The remaining Codes are under revision and are due to be reissued in April 2018.

  • Non Flammable, Lower Toxicity Refrigerants Group A1 (available now)
  • Flammable Lower Toxicity Refrigerants Group A2L, A2 and A3
  • Carbon Dioxide R744
  • Ammonia R717 

The IOR website at www.ior.org.uk also provides Guidance Notes on specific issues and Service Engineer practical bulletins.  IOR policy is to promote the responsible use of refrigerants, for the public benefit. A responsible refrigerant use policy places a high emphasis on the elimination of leak sources, the efficiency of the overall system and the life cycle cost of ownership and assumes compliance with legal obligations.


The Rushlight Summer Showcase takes place on Thursday 14 June 2018 at Church House Westminster, Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3NZ.  It is THE marketplace that brings together cleantech developers and sustainable solution providers, with investors & financiers and businesses looking to source suppliers and partners for an improved level of sustainability in their supply chain and operations. Kindly lead sponsored and supported by Innovate UK and BEIS, it follows on from the highly successful Rushlight Show which has just had its 9th year and attracted 600 cleantech CEOs and entrepreneurs, investors and financiers, advisers, corporate customers and others involved in the sector.

TO REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE CLICK HERE ; TO REGISTER AND REQUEST AN INVOICE CLICK HERE ; and for more details of the event please go to http://www.rushlightevents.com/rushlight-summer-showcase/.

Cleantech companies can apply for one of the remaining presentation slots in the Conference Showcase to panels of investors, corporate venturers, partners and corporate customers. There are also a limited number of stands available in the Exhibition area.

The highlights include:

1.Conference, opened by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, where 40 cleantech companies will be presenting to a large audience looking to learn about the latest sustainable innovations and clean technologies.

2.The latest announcements from BEIS on funding for cleantech businesses.   

3.Announcements about a range of new funding rounds by Innovate UK,  which will be of direct interest to cleantech companies.

4.The Exhibition incorporating the Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Round 4 ISCF Showcase and the BEIS Energy Entrepreneurs' Fund participants.



Low GWP Alternative Refrigerant Learning

A set of free newly updated learning materials are now available from the REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE project. The English versions of nine modules have been developed by a team of international experts as part of an EU co-funded project to address climate change and support the rapid move to alternatives to high GWP refrigerants.

 The fifteen organisation strong team of project partners – trainers, universities and trade associations across the EU – carried out a thorough review of the contents of existing learning materials that were originally developed in 2014.  The review led to the introduction of a new module focusing on Safety and Risk Assessment to highlight precautions needed when handling flammable, toxic and high pressure low GWP refrigerants.  The materials now include the booklets as below available as free downloads from www.realalternatives4life.eu:

  1. Introduction to Alternative Refrigerants - safety, efficiency, reliability and good practice
  2. Safety and Risk Management
  3. System design using alternative refrigerants
  4. Containment and leak detection of alternative refrigerants
  5. Maintenance and repair of alternative refrigerant systems
  6. Retrofitting with low GWP refrigerants
  7. Checklist of legal obligations when working with alternative refrigerants
  8. Measuring the financial and environmental impact of leakage
  9. Tools and guidance for conducting site surveys

To help raise skills levels and awareness across the whole of the EU the materials are going to be translated into an additional 12 different EU languages over the coming months and will be supported by a free e-learning site which has more interactive resources and links. The site is currently being updated and will also offer 13 language versions.   


About REAL Alternatives

REAL Alternatives for LIFE promotes best practice in training for low GWP alternative HFOs, R32, hydrocarbon, carbon dioxide and ammonia across Europe – ensuring they are used safely, efficiently, reliably and cost-effectively.  It addresses critical barriers currently preventing more widespread take in the industry by increasing awareness, experience and knowledge levels.  The project is also spreading knowledge about the availability of training for low GWP refrigerants with a presence at some of the most important national, EU and global environmental summits, conferences and events.


 Contact Project Manager Raluca Sisiu, Institute of Refrigeration raluca@ior.org.uk or see the existing project website at www.realalternatives4life.eu for updates.



BCIA welcomes Jon Belfield as a new President

Jon Belfield has been appointed the new President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA). He steps up from his position of Vice President and takes over the role from former President, Malcolm Anson.

Jon is Managing Director of InTandem Systems Ltd, a controls installation specialist which work on a variety of building controls projects in both private and public sectors. InTandem were proud winners of the Independent Systems Installer of the Year at the prestigious BCIA Awards in 2016.

With extensive experience in the building controls sector, Jon is a fellow of CIBSE (FCIBSE) and a Chartered Engineer.

In his new role, Jon will focus on the importance of continuous professional development and encouraging the next generation to join the building controls sector – as per the Year of Engineering initiative.

The 2018 Year of Engineering government campaign aims to inspire the next generation of engineers while bridging the skills gap in the industry.

The BCIA’s new President, Jon Belfield says: “I am honoured to be elected as the BCIA President. I am keen to share and promote my vision for the benefit of members and the wider public alike. By working in close partnership with the Year of Engineering, we can reshape the future of the building controls industry and bring more young talent into our sector.

“I would like to sincerely thank Malcolm Anson for his dedication, success and outstanding work over the past three years. I will continue to strengthen and steer the Association going forwards.”



BCIA Awards 2018 finalists announced

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is delighted to announce the finalists for the most prestigious industry awards ceremony – the BCIA Awards 2018.

This year’s leading industry awards received a record-breaking number of entries which showcased an increased standard of excellence across the sector. The judging panel had an extremely tough task to select the best candidates for each category and after much deliberation shortlisted 43 finalists in nine categories. The finalists are:

Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year

Sponsored by CentraLine by Honeywell

Building Management Solutions Integrators (BMSI)

Chartwell Controls

Comfort Controls (Midlands) Ltd

Global Associates

Kendra Energy Solutions Ltd

SCS Group Ltd


Best Service & Maintenance Provider

Sponsored by Western Automation


Comfort Controls Ltd

Demand Logic

Kendra Energy Solutions

Matrix Control Solutions

Pillinger Controls Ltd


Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects

Sponsored by Johnson Controls

Hilton Hotel, Room Energy Management Controls - Comfort Controls

Installation at 155 Moorgate - Demand Logic

University of Liverpool, Greenbank Student Village - Impact Control Systems

Bloomberg Connected Building - One Sightsolutions

Air Quality (AQ) Monitoring System - One Sightsolutions

Urban Science Building, Newcastle - Matrix Control Solutions/En Tech


Technical Innovation of the Year - Products

Sponsored by BCIA

ACIS T4TWDS, Tier 4 Treated Water Distribution System – Airedale International Air Conditioning

Chartwell Secure - Chartwell Ltd

Global spaces - Global Associates

Bubll - Econowise Drives & Controls

BCM Building Control Module - iaconnects Ltd

Desigo DXR terminal unit controller - Siemens Building Technologies


Energy Management Award

Sponsored by Priva

Mace at 155 Moorgate, London – Demand Logic

Inverter & BMS upgrade at University of Westminster - Global Associates

Project Aether at Pets at Home - Ignite Energy

AXON Implementation at London Bridge City - Next Control Systems

E. ON’s business energy efficiency specialists working with Tesco Stores Ltd - Matrix Control Solutions

London School of Economics - Portal Building Controls


Contribution to Training Award

Sponsored by Siemens Building Technologies

Acuity Brands Lighting/Distech Controls

Gemco Intelligent Buildings Group

One Sightsolutions Ltd

The Sontay Academy


Engineer of the Year

Sponsored by Trend Control Systems

Andy Kempton– Comfort Controls

Mark Johnson – Chartwell Controls

John Mogg - Building Management Solutions Integrators (BMSI)

David Grinsted - Kendra Energy Solutions

Tony McDermott - Laplace Solutions

Stuart Young - Schneider Electric


Young Engineer of the Year

Sponsored by BCIA

Joshua Austin – Global Associates

Abi Pullin - Matrix Control Solutions

Gregory Smith - Matrix Control Solutions


Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA, says: “The quality of this year’s entries is exceptionally high and showcases excellence across our sector. The three defining features across all categories are innovation, investment and training. On behalf of the BCIA, thank you to everyone who has entered and congratulations to all of this year’s finalists. I look forward to seeing you all at the awards ceremony in May.”

The winners will be announced at the prestigious BCIA Awards ceremony which will be held on Thursday 10 May 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Book your tickets today and find out who will be named the best in the building controls industry.

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




FETA issues warning against using A2L refrigerants as a retrofit solution

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has recently been advised that there have been some instances of R410A (classified as A1; non-flammable) being completely removed from an air conditioning system, and the system simply being recharged with R32 (classified as A2L; low flammability). Given the differences in properties of these two refrigerants, this is a cause for serious concern for several reasons.

A number of issues need to be taken into account:

  • Refrigerant manufacturers have clearly stated that A2L refrigerants are NOT SUITABLE for retrofit.
  • A system that was originally designed for R410A will not have taken into account the safety factors required when using an A2L refrigerant and could create a significant safety hazard. Systems designed for use with R32 have different pressure switch regimes, altered inverter profiles, and specially designed heat exchangers.
  • Charging an existing system with R32 would leave the system non-compliant with the refrigerant safety standard EN378, leading to the possibility of forming a flammable atmosphere in a leakage situation.
  • Such a refrigerant change would be strictly against the system manufacturer’s instructions, and would render any relevant warranty invalid. It would also mean that the system would no longer be compliant with its original CE marking or the Pressure Equipment Directive specifications, and could have insurance implications.
  • R32 has a higher compressor discharge temperature than R410A, and will increase wear on the compressor, reducing its life significantly.
  • Should any problem arise from a system change such as this, any liability would rest ENTIRELY with the person/undertaking who carried out the change.

In summary, it is not good practice to charge a system with a refrigerant that the system was not originally designed to use and is strongly discouraged.

For further advice please contact: info@feta.co.uk



HPA supports Energy Now Expo 2018

Energy Now Expo is the only renewable energy event organised exclusively for the agricultural and rural sectors, and the HPA has been pleased to be associated with the event for a number of years.

Energy Now Expo is dedicated to the growth of renewable energy within the agricultural and rural communities of the UK. It brings together farmers, landowners and other rural business owners to engage with industry experts on the latest renewable energy opportunities available, together with the best practices in energy generation and efficiency.

Energy Now Expo 2018 was held between the 7th and 8th February at the Telford International Centre.  The event was once again attended by a record number of visitors, delegates and exhibitors and featured a strong programme of specialist seminar sessions.

Mike Nankivell, President of the HPA, chaired a seminar session specifically on the subject of heat pumps.

Opening the session, Mike outlined the history and objectives of the HPA stressing that it represents all types of heat pumps. He referred to the recently published “Clean Growth Strategy” and the government’s commitment to phase out high carbon fossil fuel heating; beginning with oil-fired systems in new build homes in the 2020s. Mike congratulated the agricultural and rural communities for the way in which they have embracing renewable energy and heating technologies

The 3 main speakers at the heat pump session were:

John Findlay, Chairman of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA), outlined the types and operational principles of ground source heat pumps and stated that the need to reduce carbon was an environmental imperative. John explained why renewables are needed, examined the potential for district heating/cooling networks and gave an overview of the unique Renewable Heat incentive (RHI) scheme.

Geoff Ellison, Managing Director of Dragon Drilling, detailed the essential requirements for calculating the cost and determining the depth of boreholes for ground source heat pumps. He stressed the importance of carefully assessing the local geology, using the British Geological Survey and borehole mapping data. Geoff described the equipment used, depending on the geology, and clarified why drilling boreholes is not a simple operation.

David Thomas of Global Energy Systems focused on Air Source Heat Pumps and various application case studies. David began with a description of ASHPs and how they work. He outlined efficiency comparisons between all electric, gas and oil fired systems vs. ASHPs. This was followed by snapshots of a variety of domestic, commercial and rural/agricultural applications and a more detailed case study where an ASHP had replaced oil fired system on a pig farrowing farm. This included monitored running cost savings for the ASHP over the oil fired system, evidence that near zero carbon emissions had been achieved and how the end user was benefitting from RHI payments.

All the presentations will be available on the Energy Now website http://www.energynowexpo.co.uk in due course.

Mike observed. “Although the Energy Now expo is not an obvious venue to be supported by the HPA, over the years it has demonstrated that there is significant interest in renewable heat pump technology within the rural and agricultural communities.”


RAC announce F Gas Question Time event on 17th May

RAC Magazine is to hold another of its popular free F-Gas Question Time events, seeking to get to grips with the issues surrounding refrigerants and the F-Gas legislation. The annual event, taking place in London, is set to have more of a sense of urgency than usual, thanks to the deepening crisis around the price and availability of R404A, R507A and R410A.

As the impacts of the tightening F-Gas regulations spread far and wide in the industry, many will have been affected already by this year’s ‘cliff’ drop in HFC quota - and in less than two years, the first bans on refrigerant use will come into force.

RAC are bringing experts from across the cooling supply chain to talk about the practicalities of working in the new lower-GWP landscape.

Already signed up to set the context for the debate will be refrigerant policy expert Ray Gluckman. He will be joined on the panel by Mark Hughes of Chemours, who will offer guidance on refrigerant options, Other experts from the end user and supply sectors will be announced shortly.


The event, running from 9am to 1pm and ending with a buffet lunch, is free-to-attend. Attendees need to pre-register by emailing Oliver.Sumner@emap.com with F-Gas Question Time in the subject. The venue will be announced shortly.




IOR to sponsor International Women in Engineering Day 2018

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) is proud to announce that it will be sponsoring the International Women in Engineering Day 2018 (INWED 2018) taking place on 23 June 2018. This is the third time that the IOR will be sponsoring the event reaffirming its commitment to promoting diversity in the RACHP and in the engineering sector as a whole.

Following the sponsorship announcement, Stephen Gill FInstR, President, IOR said: “‘The Institute of Refrigeration is proud to continue its support and sponsorship of International Women in Engineering Day. It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and serves to encourage more young people and women to consider careers in engineering, or to return to it. The IOR is working to raise the profile of women engineers working within the RACHP industry by recognising the positive impact they make, and by actively promoting gender diversity and inclusivity.”

As part of its mission to promote careers in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector the IOR has set up a Women in RACHP networking group. The group provides a platform for young professionals looking for information on how to enter the sector and on ways to further their career. With guest speakers and experts in their fields, the events are an excellent way to gather careers advice and meet others working in RACHP. The network’s next event will be on 14 March and will look at the range of different types of careers that the refrigeration air conditioning and heat pump sector offers. Speakers will discuss their personal career paths while Heads from local schools will explain what they need from industry to help increase interest in engineering as a career choice.

With women only representing 11% of the workforce in the engineering sector, the UK has the lowest percentage of women engineers in Europe, according to the Womens Engineering Society Statistics document updated in January 2018. The also note that this is in spite of the industry is suffering from a chronic staff shortage – in 2017, the annual shortfall of the right engineering skills was estimated at between 25,500 (level 3) and up to 60,000 (over level 4 skills). It has been suggested that to cover this shortage the UK will need to at least double the number of university engineering students, which means that attracting underrepresented groups such as women is essential to maintain the sector’s sustainability. See more at www.wes.org.uk/wesstatistics.


The second IOR’s Women in RACHP networking breakfast will focus on examples of successful women working in a variety of technical and non-technical roles in the industry and creating links with local schools.  See www.ior.org.uk/events 


Additional information about the range of events being held to mark International Women in Engineering Day is available at http://www.inwed.org.uk/


Responding to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union’s speech in Vienna, the EURIS Task Force today welcome his call for the mutual recognition of standards between the UK and EU, but reiterate the need for an industry-Government plan to develop the right policies and approaches to ensure no regulatory divergence for product regulations.

Dr Howard Porter, EURIS Chair, said, “EURIS members welcome the Secretary of State’s call for the mutual recognition of standards between the UK and EU, but are concerned about how this will work in practice in the industrial product supply sector.  Any deviation of legislation and standards in our sector has the potential to cause considerable uncertainties and costs”.

Steve Brambley, EURIS Vice-Chair, added, “EURIS believes the best way forward is the creation of a post Brexit Industry and Government liaison body with the specific remit of identifying and recommending for adoption, or mutual recognition, aspects of future European legislation that specifically impact on the industrial product supply sector. This would facilitate access to European markets and the vast array of global markets that also look for compliance with European legislation and standards as the basis for trade”.

For further information about EURIS please contact Harriet Dyball on harriet@euristaskforce.org or visit www.euristaskforce.org




ADCAS responds to recent cash retention bill

The Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services (ADCAS) has welcomed the recent Government retention payment consultation and responded accordingly.

ADCAS endorsed the headline findings in the related report by specialist consultants Pye Tait and have strongly encouraged the Government to act on the long standing and already clearly understood issues and not to find excuses for further delay. ADCAS has always maintained that only legislation to remove retentions will have any real transformational effect and remains ready to offer further evidence and assistance to Government accordingly.

The seriousness of the situation was brought into stark relief by the demise of the second biggest construction company in the UK, Carillion, which went into liquidation days before the Consultation closed on 19 January 2018. This dire event should be a game changer for the industry in that it outlined the significant vulnerabilities across the supply chain and further demonstrated the importance of late and non-payments being addressed within our sector.

It was recently estimated that the average UK contractor has £27,500 withheld per year in retentions, which limits their ability to invest in apprentices, upskill existing employees and improve productivity and quality.

In a parallel development ADCAS has fully supported an initiative led by ECA and BESA to bring in legislation to create a compulsory retention deposit scheme. With this in mind, on 09th January 2018, MP Peter Aldous introduced   the first reading of the new Retentions Bill under the ‘Ten Minute Rule’. His bill seeks to amend the 1996 Construction Act to ensure retention money is held in a deposit protection scheme, which is a critical safeguard in the event of upstream insolvency and also a disincentive to the worst abusers of the status quo who use retention sums for their own cash flow purposes. The bill has enjoyed considerable cross party support and its next reading will take place in Parliament on Friday 27th April 2018.

For further information, please visit ADCAS official website: www.adcas.co.uk


FETA is encouraging its members to share their views on the Energy Technology List (ETL) and Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme by taking part in ICF’s survey and helping to reshape a policy which is crucial for our industry.  The ETL (or Energy Technology Product List, ETPL) is a government-managed list of energy-efficient plant and machinery. It is part of the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) tax scheme for businesses.

The ICF is doing a review of the ETL which aims to gather the views, experiences and critical feedback from manufacturers of energy efficient products that are eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowance’s.

The research aims to deliver insights that will help the UK Government to understand more about the operation of the UK Energy Technology List and Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme for energy saving technologies.

Additionally, the findings of the research will allow both the ICF and BEIS to understand the perceptions and added value of the ETL to product manufacturers. It will also identify how the use of the ETL scheme by product manufacturers may be increased, what improvements to ETL processes could be implemented and manufacturer perceptions and the perceived impact of ECAs. It will also help to identify what aspects of the system operate well and where there are opportunities for future improvements.

FETA has supported the concept of the ETL but has expressed concern that the burden imposed by additional testing is in effect a barrier to the scheme achieving its laudable aims.

Whether you are an existing ETL participant or not you are welcome to share your views and help to shape a policy which has a significant impact in our industry by visiting the official ICF website: https://www.icf.com/



Following the appointment of Robust Details Ltd (RDL) and NHBC’s three-year Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) quality control contract, the NHBC hosted a SAP Workshop on Thursday 01 February 2018 at the NHBC’s London Office.

The Workshop gave FETA members, led by the Presidents of HEVAC (Nick Howlett) and HPA (Mike Nankivell), the chance to hear from those involved in developing SAP. The scheme affects a number of groups within FETA and gave a timely opportunity   for them to share their views on how this could evolve.

The workshop highlighted key topics that are currently affecting the industry including the NHBC’s input on current quality issues and how SAP can help; an update on where we are now in response to the SAP consultation; the SAP 10 timetable and an explanation on the Robust Details Limited QA contract. The workshop established the communication channels between the industry and RDL for SAP’s QA and asked for industry views on what is vital for them over the next three years. It also explained new arrangements for the SAP Scientific Integrity Group (SAPSIG) and the SAP Industry Forum (SAPIF) while offering opportunities to get involved.

FETA is actively engaging with BRE and RDL in order to ensure improved collaboration between industry and other stakeholders, and this workshop offered insight on how the industry can better interact with the SAP scheme in the near future.



Talented apprentices and students in the air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump sectors are invited to put their technical and professional knowledge to the test and showcase their potential in the 2018 SkillFRIDGE Competition Series.

The competition is designed to tackle the impending skills crisis by promoting the exciting and varied career paths available within the sector to young people and apprentices already studying up to Level 3 RACHP. It provides an opportunity for apprentices involved within the sector to hone their skills, learn best practise, understand current legislation and use the latest products on the market.

Competitors, and their respective training providers and employers, will benefit from having a unique platform from which they can demonstrate their technical and professional knowledge and outstanding skills in an exciting and pressurised environment.

With the Department for Education reporting that people aged over 25 and over accounted for over 46% of apprenticeship starts in 2016/17 (DfE/EFSA Further Education and Skills, Nov 2017), the 2018 SkillFRIDGE Competition Series will see the removal of the upper age limit during the national stages.

For more information, or to register an apprentice, visit www.skillfridge.co.uk.


REFCOM launches new software platform

Specially designed software to help refrigeration and air conditioning contractors manage their projects and track refrigerant usage is available to Refcom members.

Launched during the HVACR Show at London’s Excel exhibition centre, this versatile new software platform is also designed to make it easier for firms to remain compliant with F Gas regulations, which continue to tighten every year.

Refcom, which is managed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), is the UK’s largest F Gas register for the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors. It works with the Environment Agency to ensure the F Gas Regulations are properly enforced and refrigerant reclamation carried out and now accounts for more than 80% of mandatory company certificates covering the UK refrigerant handling market.

Every Refcom member will automatically be able to claim one free user licence to use the new software, which has been developed in partnership with the specialist job management software firm Joblogic.

The member offer represents a considerable free of charge enhancement for Refcom registered firms with the package value totalling more than the three-year cost of F gas certification fees (savings of £30 a month).

The software includes features for tracking individual refrigerant bottles; automated logbook record keeping; detailed data analysis; and storage of service records and certificates. The Joblogic system also automatically generates customer records; all of which enables full reporting and recording of F Gas related work to help firms meet their obligations for audits and inspections.

This software upgrade follows Refcom’s launch of a simplified process for checking company registrations last year via a new search facility on its website (www.refcom.org.uk) that allows suppliers to check customers’ credentials by both company name and/or F Gas certificate number.

To find out more, or to claim your free Refcom member software user licence visit www.refcom.org.uk/software.


BRA releases PURR report second edition at HVACR Show

The British Refrigeration Association (BRA) has produced a second edition of its PURR report.


The updated edition was announced last week at the HVACR Show, which took place at ExCeL London. The first PURR (Putting into Use Replacement Refrigerants) report was produced in 2015 by members of BRA to help the industry meet some of the key implications and requirements of the EU F Gas regulation that came into force on 1st January 2015; in particular the urgent need to move away from high GWP refrigerants, such as R404A. 

The second edition of the PURR report has been updated to reflect current market conditions, and contains several new features, including:

  • Data on new A2L (low flammability) alternatives for R404A
  • Data on R410A alternatives
  • General information on the use of A2L refrigerants

BRA President John Smith says: “When we released the first PURR report two years ago it was welcomed by our members and the wider market as advice was sought in the wake of the F Gas Regulation announcement. The phase down is now well under way, and with less than two years left before the use and service bans on R404A take effect, we want to continue to give up to date guidance to all stakeholders involved in the commercial refrigeration market.

“This second edition of the PURR report provides greater clarity on alternative refrigerants, which should hopefully assist in ensuring a smooth transition for designers, manufacturers, installers, commissioners and end users to comply with the new enforcements.”


The report is available, free of charge, from the BRA section of the FETA website: www.feta.co.uk/associations/bra/publications




FETA are official event partners of London Build - the leading construction exhibition for London and the UK - to be held on 23rd & 24th October, National Hall Olympia.

What can you expect at London Build 2018?

  • 8 exhibition zones across 8,730m2 in the Olympia National Hall
  • 7 dedicated conference and workshop floors including CPD sessions on Future of Construction, BIM & Digital Construction, Sustainability, Fire Safety, Off-site, Interiors & Fit-out, Concrete, Timber, Skills Development and more
  • 300 exhibitors
  • 30,000 visitors from London and the rest of the UK
  • 8,000+ decision making, managerial level or above
  • 200+ speakers from top contractors, architects and developers including Heathrow Airport, Tideway, Mace, Laing O'Rourke, Costain, Transport for London, Mott MacDonald, Arup, AECOM, Interserve, Wates, Skanska, BPD and many more
  • 150 supporting event partners and industry bodies
  • Multiple feature areas including the Architects Hub, VR & Digital Construction Hub, Skills Hub and the VIP Meet the Buyers
  • High level networking sessions and drinks receptions across all zones for more tailored networking, including the construction industry's very own Oktoberfest and much more

55% of the London Build exhibition hall has already sold and we are taking many more bookings this month!

If you would you like to receive a copy of the latest expo brochure, floor plan and sponsorship/exhibition packages for London Build 2018 please get in touch with kate.skinner@oliverkinross.com for more information.


The EURIS Taskforce has this week issued a call for clarity from the Government over the proposed two-year transition period and what it actually means for UK industry.  EURIS has written to the Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the European Union to highlight members concerns and ask for answers on a number of specific points.

EURIS Chairman Dr Howard Porter said, “Whilst EURIS members are pleased to see the Government continuing to seek a transition period with the EU, we have serious concerns and questions around the length of the transition period and the status of the UK during that period.

On the length of the transition period Dr Porter said, “The current EU27 position intends a cut-off of 31st December 2020 for “post-Brexit transition”, which falls short of Government’s proposed two years.  Whilst EURIS believes that in fact a five-year transition period is needed to allow manufacturers to adapt to a new regulatory regime and amend product designs and manufacturing, at the very least we would like reassurance from the Government over their proposed two-years”.

On the status of the UK Dr Porter said, “There is uncertainty for industry over what is meant by implementation or transition.  In so far as there is neither a withdrawal agreement nor the proposal for a future trade agreement between the UK and EU, it is impossible to establish whether the two-year period will involve a continuation of the UK’s current status within the EU and in global trading terms or be an amendment to that.  We would welcome clarity from Government on this point”.

EURIS Vice-Chairman Steve Brambley added, “The current situation and lack of clarity over the transition period means that it is impossible for UK businesses to plan for the short to medium term with any certainty. They don’t know if they will be treated equally with their EU27 counterparts during transition in a range of areas such as access to public procurement contracts and treatment under EU trade deals with other global markets.  We need immediate clarity from Government on this, so that our members can factor it into their current commercial decisions”.

For further information about EURIS please contact Harriet Dyball on harriet@euristaskforce.org or visit www.euristaskforce.org



CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018

The CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018 will be held at the London South Bank University from 12-13 April.

Themed as 'Stretching the Envelope', the Symposium aims to provide the industry with a technical insight into the methods, technologies and techniques that are available, or just over the horizon, that will drive the development of increasingly sustainable future environments, and will include presentations and discussions on both the established and proven, as well as the developmental and cutting edge.
Topics presented may include:

  • Assessing, assuring and improving occupant health
  • Comfort and wellbeing
  • Developing and applying leading edge products and systems for a sustainable building future
  • Moving towards net zero energy and net zero water built environments
  • Delivering human friendly ecosystems beyond the ‘built’ environment
  • Fusing passive and active building systems
  • Designing and operating to meet future climates
  • Creative technologies and systems for an aging population
  • Intelligent systems and knowledge based tool
  • Metering, intelligent monitoring and control techniques to predict and manage energy use 
  • BIM (and other information tools) for improved building development and operation
  • Case studies and measured performance of buildings in use

Tickets available from as little as £90 plus VAT. Secure your place now.


FETA is proud to announce its support for the Building Services Forum which is taking place on Thursday, 8 February 2018 at the Building Centre, London.

This exciting one-day event chaired by FETA’s Chief Executive, Russell Beattie will offer installers, building services engineers, specifiers, facilities managers, architects and manufacturers an opportunity to explore a range of issues affecting our industry including building controls, the latest legislation, HVAC and energy management.

What’s more, this brand-new industry event will feature a CPD accredited educational seminar programmes, offering exclusive, specialised content from leading industry bodies. Delegates attending the conference will leave with a wealth of valuable knowledge on topics including the development of an intelligent and interactive HVAC pipe network, utilisation of Internet of Things and will have an opportunity to network with fellow sponsors, exhibitors and speaker companies.

If you are a FETA member, you can secure your place for only £49.

To book your place or for further information, please visit www.buildingservicesforum.london


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 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 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