FEDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS (FETA)

FETA is the recognised UK body representing the interests of over 400 manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the heating, ventilating, building controls, refrigeration & air conditioning industry to policy makers and the wider public.

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

News

FMA works with HSE to raise awareness on the ATEX directive

The Fan Manufacturers Association (FMA) is warning company directors and employers that selecting the wrong fan for their working environment could put premises and occupiers at risk. This has become particularly important since the update of the ATEX legislation in April 2016.

The FMA has been so concerned about non-compliance with ATEX that it has been working with the HSE to raise the Executive’s awareness of this regulation, and to help others understand its implications. The HSE has also asked FMA representatives to speak at a meeting in Brussels of an Administrative Cooperation Group (AdCo) which is established to help harmonise legislation and its enforcement across Europe.  The FMA has been asked by the AdCo Group for ATEX to produce a guide that will identify fans not meeting the requirements of the ATEX Directive.

ATEX is European legislation concerning explosive atmospheres, consisting mainly of two directives that deal with safe working in ‘explosive environments’ and the choice of equipment, including fans, for those environments.  Unfortunately, explosive environments are more common than many company directors and employers may realise.

FMA Chairman, Mark Jones (pictured) says: “Explosive environments exist in the most day-to-day situations. It’s not just obviously explosive substances such as gas that need to be considered. Dusty environments can also be at risk of explosion too, and a number of deaths have occurred over the past decade as a result of incorrect fan selection for these environments.”

ATEX is significant for businesses, because it makes company directors liable for accidents which occur as the result of using the wrong type of fan in an explosive environment.

Mark Jones says: “Currently, employers are not adhering to the ATEX regulations for various reasons, and they clearly don’t understand its full implications for them. This puts building occupants at risk, and company owners potentially facing unlimited fines or even imprisonment.”

One of the challenges for customers selecting fans is that currently there is no independent third-party certification for ATEX-compliant fans. The FMA has worked hard on the new EN 14986 Standard which will help to address this issue – but businesses need to make themselves aware of what is available before they make the wrong choice of equipment. 

The FMA has produced a number of useful documents for building owners who feel their building contain a potentially ‘explosive environment’. These provide quick and clear guidance on the issues at hand and can be downloaded for free from the FMA section of the FETA website (www.feta.co.uk/fma).

Blue Guide on the implementation of EU products rules 2016

EPEE have advised us that the EU Blue Guide on the implementation of product rules 2016 has now been published.  This guide gives a huge amount of information regarding EU regulations and rules.

The guide is available here http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.C_.2016.272.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ:C:2016:272:TOC

 

16-08-2016

EPEE-ASERCOM Symposium at Chillventa 2016

Reducing Europe’s energy consumption and dependency on imports remains Europe’s greatest challenge. Europe’s 2020 targets call for a 20 percent energy savings target, which has been updated to 27 percent for 2030.

Heating, cooling, and refrigeration play a fundamental role in this domain. Not only because heating and cooling are associated with many different legislative measures, but most importantly because they’ve been identified and projected over the long-term as the EU’s biggest energy sector. Better efficiency in heating and cooling – specifically in buildings – will therefore contribute enormously to achieving Europe’s ambitious overall goals. EU decision-makers have recognized this enormous potential and so have published a new Heating and Cooling Strategy.

This year’s ASERCOM + EPEE Symposium will build on the framework of this new strategy, and will shed light on the latest energy-efficiency initiatives in the HVACR sector, the impact of the new F-Gas rules, and the ever-important element of market surveillance.

The symposium will be held on 10th October 2016 from 1300-1700 in Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, NCC Ost, Room: St. Petersburg .

For further details see http://asercom.org/events/symposia/symposium-2016

15-08-2016

Energy Efficiency and Skills high on the agenda at HVAC 2016

HVAC 2016, the only construction show in the UK dedicated to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, has released the details of its comprehensive seminar schedule.

Day one of the event addresses one of the biggest issues the HVAC industry faces: training, skill levels and apprenticeship schemes. The morning session with Tony Howard, Director of Training at the Building and Engineering Services Association (BESA) will look at standardisation and the latest levy information. This seminar is followed by a discussion of new standards and advice for consultants, customers and contractors on OPTIMISING THE INSTALLATION, CONSTRUCTION AND O&M FOR COMBINED

HEAT AND POWER AND DISTRICT HEATING and will be led by Jonathan Graham, Head of Policy at The Association for Decentralised Energy.

At lunchtime Emma Clancy, CEO of Certsure LLP and Ian Mawditt, Building Performance Researcher at Four Walls Consultants Ltd will investigate INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES. The Guardian recently wrote an article about a possible link to worsening asthma from the lack of ventilation in more energy efficient homes. What is the relationship between indoor air quality and the wellbeing of the occupant and could there be other factors that impact them? We discuss what the industry is doing to ensure that homes are energy efficient whilst maintaining the health, safety and wellbeing of the inhabitants.

A highlight of the afternoon will be a 30-minute talk on CHARACTERISTICS AND PERFORMANCE OF MVHR SYSTEMS. Speakers include: Ian Mawditt, Building Performance Researcher at Four Walls Consultants Ltd and Rajat Gupta from the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes University.

 

On Day Two, Training and NARROWING THE SKILLS AND DIVERSITY GAP will again be a hot topic and will be explored further in a panel discussion. This session will look at what can be done to retain and attract people to the industry from all backgrounds and breaking down the barriers. Chaired by Dennis Flower, Editor at Premises and Facilities Management Magazine, panellists include: Alexandra Logan, Engineer at Cundall, Bridgett Bartlett, Deputy Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Tony Howard, Director at BESA and Dr Nelson Ogunshakin, Chief Executive Officer at the Association for Consultancy & Engineering (ACE).

A further panel discussion on day two will dissect THE FUTURE OF HEAT PUMPS. Many countries in central and northern Europe, as well as North America, use heat pumps for hot water and heating their households. The UK is lagging behind its European and American counterparts with a large proportion of households still using gas boilers. This discussion defines the barriers of installing heat pumps and what the industry can do to help break them down. Panelists include: Tim Rook, Technical Director at BESA, John Stephan, Partner at BDO, Nic Wincott, CEO of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association and Phil Jones, Independent Energy Consultant & Chairman of the CIBSE CHP-DH Group.

 

On the final day of the event Nick Tune, CEO of coBuilder UK, will look at what data you should be delivering to your clients to help design and build sustainable buildings. With the rapid growth in the use of BIM, designers, contractors and operators want product data that is accurate and machine-readable. UTILISING CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT DATA TO DELIVER SUSTAINABLE

BUILDINGS will define the value you will gain by sharing and using your product data in digital formats.

Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 18 – 20 October, UK Construction Week combines nine shows in one location. With over 24,000 trade visitors last year - a figure expected to double at this year’s event - the show boasts over 650 exhibitors.

15-08-2016

Lee Coffin takes over as Chairman of the BCIA Marketing Working Group

Lee Coffin has been appointed as the Chairman of the Marketing Working Group for the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA).

Lee is Chief Operating Officer for Western Automation, a national technical distributor of major brand HVAC control products.

Lee says: “I look forward to steering the Marketing Group and overseeing how the BCIA presents itself to the outside world and its members. The BCIA continues to be crucial to the development of our industry and I’m delighted to be involved in the promotion of this active and lively association.”

The Marketing Working Group focuses on raising the profile of the Association and its members, along with building key industry relationships that benefit the sector.

 

The BCIA promotes better understanding, application and use of building controls. Working Groups within the Association are key to educating the industry.

15-08-2016

Celebrity engineer Kate Bellingham to chair Building Services Summit 2016

Former BBC presenter and engineer Kate Bellingham is to host a series of panel discussions at this year’s Building Services Summit. Kate is one of the UK’s best-known engineers and a passionate communicator about the importance of the industry.  Following a four-year spell on the BBC’s flagship science programme Tomorrow’s World, Kate has spent considerable time pushing for the greater involvement of women in engineering. In 2011, she won an outstanding achievement award for her campaigning and charitable efforts on this issue.

 

The Building Services Summit 2016 is being jointly organised by the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA); Building Engineering Services Association (BESA); and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).

The Summit will focus on how the construction sector can deliver buildings that operate more effectively and efficiently in the long-term. Presentations from government, research bodies and building managers will be supported by panel discussions – with the aim of creating a collaborative event that will be informative as well as exciting.

It’s a unique approach to organising an event and other bodies, including the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA), are also lending their support.

Confirmed speakers for the event include senior civil servant Roy Evans of the Cabinet Office who will be presenting on the Government’s Soft Landings programme; and Paul Kavern of the British Library, who will be offering a view on how the Library has faced its challenges as a building.

Tomas De Staic, a senior policy advisor on energy efficiency to the former Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), will also be presenting on managing the public sector real estate in an energy efficient way.

The discussion sessions will allow delegates to ask questions of panelists and also to identify common ground for making improvements in construction practice. Topics that will be discussed by speakers, panelists and the audience include:

 

* How can we move away from retentions?

* Do building regulations stifle innovation?

* What are the alternatives to the current processes of construction?

* Can better training help alleviate problems?

 

The Building Services Summit is being held at the British Library on 23rd November. For full details of the Building Services Summit and to book your place for only £30, please go to www.buildingservicessummit.co.uk.

15-08-2016

BCIA elects Jon Belfield as Vice President

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has elected Jon Belfield, managing Director of InTandem Systems, as its new Vice President.

Jon has been in the building controls sector for over twenty years, and has worked in a range of disciplines. His career in the controls sector began at Landis & Gyr (forerunner of Siemens Building Technologies in the UK) where he was a sales engineer and progressed to senior project engineer.  Jon is also a fellow of CIBSE (FCIBSE) and a Chartered Engineer.

 

InTandem Systems is a controls installation specialist working on a variety of building controls projects in the private and public sectors. InTandem won the Independent Systems Installer of the Year category at the 2016 BCIA Awards.

 

On accepting the post of Vice President, Jon says: “I am delighted to take on this role. My vision for the BCIA is to work with members and the management team to promote the recognition of BEMS controls engineers as a professional within the industry. I am also looking forward to strengthening the BCIA training provision to ensure it is accessible and relevant to members, while progressing the needs of the industry and our clients. “

15-08-2016

SkillFRIDGE regional heats under way

Designed to test students studying up to Level 3 in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) sectors, the national SkillFRIDGE competition is well under way.

With two regional heats now completed, there is just one more to go before the final which takes place at The Skills Show this October. The last regional heat will be on August 24th at the South East Regional College in Lisburn and will be attended by industry stakeholders, supporters and competing students from South Eastern Regional College and Glasgow Kelvin College.

Hosted by The Institute of Materials in Grantham, the first of three heats saw students from The College of North West London, Manchester College and the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education taking part.

Competitor Dan Netherwood, from the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education, commented: “I thought it was a lot harder than it was going to be, my boss recommended me for it and it's a good chance for me to show my abilities, it is a fantastic experience.”

Bath College hosted the second regional heat, with students competing from Eastleigh and Bath College. Competitor Chandler Davison, from Bath College, commented: “It’s a tough challenge but we can all do it. You have to think about what you are doing and go through it slowly. It teaches you how long you should be doing tasks and improves your confidence.”

SkillFRIDGE project manager, Mark Forsyth, said: "The two regional heats so far have been highly successful, thanks to the host colleges and, of course, the companies that sponsored the equipment and materials, which allowed an equal opportunity for all competitors to demonstrate their skills and knowledge acquired at college.”

Scrutinised by judges, students were given two and a half hours in the morning to complete two tasks set by the organiser, followed by a further three and a half hours under the spotlight, in order to gain enough points to qualify for the final.

They were tasked with a variety of test projects designed to challenge the students in the use of materials, tools and equipment. They had to follow detailed instructions, applying industry standards and safe working practices, whilst demonstrating good time management, planning and problem solving in a unique environment.

Looking to the future, competition operating partner manager, Karena Cooper said: "It's not all about the competition; our goal for SkillFRIDGE was to highlight the importance of RACHP skills in modern life and help create career paths with industry events. Judges at the heats are chosen for their expertise in the industry and gave individual feedback to each of the competitors. We want to raise standards at a national level, promoting the demand for apprenticeships and training. SkillFRIDGE offers that platform for the RACHP industry by engaging with young people.”

After all three regional heats, the six highest scoring competitors will be invited to the final, which is to be held in November as part of The Skills Show organised by WorldSkills UK.

Follow @skillfridge on Twitter for the latest news.

15-08-2016

New speakers have been announced for the Building Services Summit 2016, which has been launched by three leading industry services trade associations; The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Electrical Contractors Association (ECA).

The Building Services Summit is taking place on 23rd November 2016, at the British Library, London. The conference will give everyone an opportunity to share ideas by taking part in lively and informative discussions.

The speakers will include Roy Evans, of the Cabinet Office who leads on Government Soft Landings (GSL) which is an objective of the Governments 2016-2020 Construction Strategy. Roy will be joined by Dr Karon Buck, founding principal of Medway UTC, a new school for 14-19-year-old students from Medway and the surrounding regions. Dr Susan Scurlock is also joining the speakers’ panel. Susan founded primary engineer in response to the government’s call for more young people to be attracted into the engineering profession in 2005.

Other industry experts who will be joining the discussion include Bill Wright of ECA, who is an independent consultant on energy, control and sustainability matters. Graham Wright, legislation specialist at Daikin and Chairman of FETA. Graham is a mechanical engineer who has worked in the air conditioning industry for over 30 years.  David Frise, Head of Sustainability for BESA, and Stephen Hill an associate and building performance engineer for Arup are also part of the discussion panel.

 

Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA, says: “We have assembled some of the world’s most qualified experts to speak about how building engineering services can operate as efficiently and effectively to reshape the future of our buildings.  The leading industry experts will discuss the most topical questions in the construction sector and will address the challenges of a long-term building efficiency. The discussion will help building owners and facilities managers to understand where efficiencies can be made in both new and existing buildings.”

 

Be ahead of the game and join us for this unmissable event for just £36. Book your ticket today to secure your place. For further details, visit: www.buildingservicessummit.co.uk

15-08-2016

£2.5 billion will be invested in apprenticeship training by 2020 under plans unveiled by the government.

The apprenticeship programme - launched in 2010 - has already given 2.9 million people the chance to learn new skills so they can go on to access fulfilling careers and help boost UK business.

The government today (12 August 2016) published proposals for a new funding model for apprenticeships and further details on the apprenticeship levy. The funding will support people of all ages to gain high-quality skills and experience and help employers to offer more training opportunities and build a skilled workforce. Under the plans for the levy, the government has proposed that employers that are too small to pay the levy - around 98% of employers in England - will have 90% of the costs of training paid for by the government, reassuring millions of small businesses.

Extra support - worth £2,000 per trainee - will also be available for employers and training providers that take on 16- to 18-year-old apprentices or young care leavers. Employers with fewer than 50 employees will also have 100% of training costs paid for by government if they take on these apprentices. This will help to ensure every young person, regardless of background or ability, has the chance to make their first step into work.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon said: We need to make sure people of all ages and backgrounds have a chance to get on in life. Apprenticeships give young people - especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds - a ladder of ‎opportunity. That’s why we continue to work tirelessly to deliver the skills our country needs. The apprenticeship levy is absolutely crucial to this.

Our businesses can only grow and compete on the world stage if they have the right people, with the right skills. The apprenticeship levy will help create millions of opportunities for individuals and employers. This will give our young people the chance they deserve in life and to build a highly-skilled future workforce that the UK needs.

The government is inviting employers and training providers to have their say on the initial funding proposals, to try to ensure final plans fully meet the needs of all those involved in the apprenticeship programme.

The proposals outlined today include plans to:

·         support all employers to offer high-quality apprenticeships: employers which are too small to contribute to the apprenticeship levy would have 90% of the cost of apprenticeship training paid - ensuring employers of all sizes can develop the next generation of skilled workers

·         provide extra funding for young apprentices and care leavers: the government will pay an additional £2,000 to help 16- to 18-year-olds, young care leavers and young people with an education, health and care (EHC) plan, make their first step into the world of work - with £1,000 going to employers and an additional £1,000 to training providers. Furthermore, employers with fewer than 50 employees will not have to pay anything towards the cost of training a 16- to 18-year-old apprentice, young care leaver or young person with an EHC plan

·         offer more flexibility for employers to retrain individuals: employers will be able to use levy funds to retrain workers in new skills, even if they have prior qualifications - giving them the freedom to make the training decisions that are right for them so they can train any individual to start an apprenticeship, as long as it is significantly different from their previous qualifications

·         support employers taking on more apprentices: levy-paying employers - those with a pay bill of over £3 million that want to spend more on training than is in their digital account - will benefit from government support with 90% of their additional apprenticeship training costs being funded, so they can continue to recruit and retrain highly-skilled employees

·         give employers more control and access to better quality training: employers will have the power to determine exactly what training their apprentices receive and what provider they receive it from. A new register of training providers, also outlined today, will be introduced from April 2017 to improve the link between training providers and employers to will help employers identify a high-quality provider so they can deliver the skills they need to grow.

Petra Wilton, the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Director of Strategy, said: Apprenticeships are a proven route for raising business productivity. Leading employers are already adopting the new professional pathways such as the chartered manager degree apprenticeship, and the new generous levels of government co-investment announced today are welcomed by many businesses, especially those smaller organisations outside the scope of the levy. I strongly encourage employers to get involved and ensure that this extensive new offer fully meets their needs. As it can provide the much needed injection of confidence and certainty in the skills agenda, which is needed now more than ever.

15-08-2016

The CBI has responded to the Government’s launch of the Apprenticeship Levy funding consultation.

CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, said:

“We welcome the Government’s focus on growing investment in apprenticeships, and business stands ready to step up and increase its own commitment. However, the Apprenticeship Levy in its current form risks turning the clock back on recent progress through poor design and rushed timescales.

“Without a radical rethink it could damage not raise training quality. This really matters because of the crucial importance of closing the skills gap to improving the UK’s lagging productivity. The Government must take time to get this right, and listen properly to the concerns and ideas of the businesses who will be doing their best to make it work.  

“The Government’s announcement provides business with much needed information which shows some progress, including support for smaller firms, but fundamental problems remain. The Levy is too narrowly defined. It covers only one type of training and employers can only reclaim off-the-job costs. As a result, valuable forms of training risk being cut back, with quantity put ahead of quality.

“The April 2017 start date will not give firms sufficient time to prepare, so we urge the Government to delay implementation. Though business understands the fiscal challenges, it would be a great mistake to rush ahead before a viable scheme is ready. 

“We urge the new Secretary of State to take a step back from the political timetable and consider what is best for building the skills of our young people, to enable the UK to become a high-skilled, high-productivity economy. Business stands ready to work with Government to build a system that delivers for the future and from the outset.”

15-08-2016

Dear FETA members,

In the wake of the EU referendum there has been much political activity, both within the UK and beyond, and endless speculation as to how things may develop. I thought it would be timely to give you an update on how it is envisaged that we as a Trade Association should approach the related challenges.

There will be many subjects to consider as we move towards a different relationship with both the European Union collectively and its member nations individually. Such is the length of time the UK has been a member of the EU, it is hardly surprising that Europe has been a significant element in setting regulations, and indeed visions, for the UK building services and construction sectors.  

At FETA we believe that in the post-EU landscape, trade associations can provide an even more vital line of communication with the rest of Europe on important issues such as energy use regulations and product design. FETA has been present at many meetings of European committees and pan-European associations to observe and to help shape some key directives and regulations that have impacted our sector. These include F Gas, Energy Labelling and Ecodesign, to name a few that we have dealt with over the years.

Regulations are not always greeted enthusiastically by business and industry, but FETA and its members recognise the general good intentions behind them. The emphasis on sustainability and environmental issues is important for us and future generations. Energy efficient products and buildings will help ensure we have security of energy supply in the years to come.

With this in mind, FETA feels that it is now very important for the UK Government to adopt a very cautious and measured approach to any changes in this legislative landscape. We recognise that there could be perceived superficial attractions in appearing to sweep away the unwanted bureaucracy of regulation. However, it is vital to think through the consequences to UK manufacturing, the construction sector and indeed ultimately the UK consumers.  

Many products used in UK buildings are manufactured elsewhere in Europe, and to require different standards for the UK market would only add to manufacturing costs and hence the price.  We do not want to see either consumers or businesses facing higher costs because our legislation does not keep in step with the rest of Europe. Departing from current EU-wide regulations such as Ecodesign and Energy Labelling will similarly cause complexities in trade arrangements where they are not needed.

From an environmental standpoint, the UK’s departure from the EU should not spell an end to the existing initiatives that encourage the uptake of renewable technologies. Schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Enhanced Capital Allowance should be retained and promoted further. It is worth remembering that the UK’s target to cut CO2 emissions by 50 per cent of 1990 levels by the year 2025 is not set by the EU, but by the Committee for Climate Change.

Whatever happens in the coming years, staying abreast of developments in legislation across the EU will be very important to UK firms. Trade associations are well-placed to have a significant role in this. Having spent a long time establishing good relationships with technical committees in a number of fields, FETA is well-placed to maintain those connections.

Our objective, post-Brexit, is to ensure that member companies continue to have access to a flow of information on what is happening with regard to product design, refrigerant use or fan motors – or any of the other important technical issues that affect our manufacturer and installer memberships.

Even if the political landscape changes, UK companies will still need to have a voice in Brussels with regards to standards and regulations. Given that formal UK Governmental input to the EU bodies will cease it is more important than ever that Trade associations such as FETA can provide that voice, and continue to engender good relations with our counterparts. And with our connections to Government, organisations such as FETA are well-placed to give sound advice on what’s happening in the rest of Europe.

Yours sincerely,



Graham Wright
Chairman of FETA

1 August 2016

HVAC Industry heads discuss new strategies

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

25-07-2016

EPEE and EVIA host inaugural conference

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

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

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

  • The role of refrigeration in reducing food waste
  • Increasing political awareness on indoor air quality & thermal comfort 
  • The impact of the new F-Gas rules in Europe and beyond
  • Driving energy efficiency in buildings

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

25-07-2016

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

20-07-2016
 

News from EVIA

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

Ian has now attended a number of meetings representing FETA.

EVIA AGM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New CIBSE Guide B released

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

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

The four additional volumes address issues relating to specific services. There are usually several possible design solutions to any situation, and the Guide does not attempt to be prescriptive but rather to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of different options.
The volumes available are:
B1: Heating
B2: Ventilation and ductwork
B3: Air conditioning and refrigeration
B4: Noise and vibration control for building services systems
All volumes are available as PDF downloads. Volumes B1-4 can also be purchased as hard copies and are available to purchase as a set at a discounted price.
For more information visit  http://www.cibse.org/news-and-policy/july-2016/cibse-releases-new-guide-b-on-hvac

06-07-2016

Developing European Standards - BSI says its business as usual

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

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

BSI statement

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

1.   BSI’s role as the National Standards Body

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28-06-2016

CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium 2017

Each year the CIBSE Technical Symposium programme is created from reviewed papers and case studies that have been submitted from a broad spectrum of professional and academic practitioners.
The 2017 theme, Delivering Resilient High Performance Buildings, is inspired by this year's ASHRAE and CIBSE presidential themes; respectively "Adapt Today to Shape Tomorrow" and "Improving Performance".  The aim of the 2017 Technical Symosium is to provide evidence of the successful adoption of resilience in the design and operation of buildings.  The Technical Symposium benefits from the keen support and learned input of both the volunteers on the organising committee and the scientific commiyttee as well, of course, as the presenters.

The 2017 Symposium will be held at Loughborough Universtity on 5-6 April.  Details may be found at the link below.

http://www.cibse.org/technical-symposium-2017

 

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

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

27-06-2016

Another successful FETA Lunch

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

23-06-2016

 

 

 

 

EVIA Indoor Air Quality seminar

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

 

23-06-2016

 

 

FETA members at RAC Question Time event

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

23-06-2016

 

 

 

 

EHPA Forum

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

23-06-2016

 

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

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

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

Click here for further information on ISO/TC 117 Fans

23-06-2016

BRA member in Top 50 Women in Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 50 women engineers on this inaugural list are:

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

23-06-2016

 

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

28-04-2016

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

28-04-2016

FETA's Mike Duggan awarded

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

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

24-02-2016