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

IOR announces appointment of new President-Elect and trustees

At the recent IOR AGM held on 6th November the current President, Kevin Glass, announced that Mike Creamer had been voted in as the next President-Elect. The role of the President-Elect is to join the Board of Trustees and support the current President until his term concludes at the next AGM in 2020. Mike is well known to many through his training organisation Business Edge and has been involved in the industry for over 40 years.

The annual election has also led to the appointment of two new Trustees, Lisa-Jayne Cook MInstR and Juliet Loiselle MInstR.

Lisa is currently working as a sales and applications engineer at J&E Hall and is serving on the IOR’s WiRACHP steering committee. With over 19 years’ experience in the RACHP industry, Lisa was recently named as one of the top 50 female engineers by the Womens’s Engineering Society (WES).

Juliet is publisher of ACR News and Heat Pumps Journal and has been involved in the industry for more than 16 years. During this time, she has overseen the launch of the Trainee of the Year Awards (TOTY) and played a key role in the campaign to encourage more women to enter the RACHP industry.

19-11-2019

To tackle climate change, the UK has a legal commitment for carbon emissions to be net zero by 2050. This means that high carbon fossil fuels currently used to heat our buildings will need to be replaced with low carbon fuels and technologies. In order to be successful, it will be vital that those working in the industry are a contributory part of this change.

A survey launched by industry member organisations, and supported by government, gave installers, plumbers and heating engineers an opportunity to share their views to help ensure Government understands the opportunities and risks that installers face in the transition to low carbon heating and the challenge of communicating the necessary changes to households and consumers.

Key findings included:

  • 90% of respondents work in organisations with less than 10 people and 48% are sole traders.
  • A large proportion of respondents were from an older demographic: 82% of respondents were aged 41 or over and 58% were 51 or over.
  • 74% of installers do not rate themselves as ‘very confident’ in recommending and choosing the best low carbon options to their customers.
  • Just 11.5% of respondents have customers who frequently ask about low carbon heating, renewable energy, or carbon emissions, while 69% say that they are either rarely or never asked.
  • Factors that installers rate as very important in influencing the decision to retrain are ‘obligatory training for organisation membership’ (58%), ‘new mandatory installation standards’ (50%), ‘future mandatory installation standards’ (42%) and ‘demand from customers’ (38%).
  • Installers believe the best way to increase awareness about the need for renewable heating systems is through communications and marketing.
  • Nearly half (41%) of the installers surveyed said that they understand what moving away from high carbon technologies means for their job, but more still needs to be done to raise awareness among installers.

A link to a summary of the survey data is available here 

19-11-2019

Play a starring role at the 2020 BCIA Awards

Does your company deserve to be in the spotlight? Perhaps a fellow colleague deserves some extra recognition after exceeding expectations on a project? Don’t miss the chance to put your company on the map by entering the illustrious 2020 BCIA Awards. Don’t delay as time is running out – the deadline for entries is Friday 20 December 2019.

The BCIA Awards has truly become ‘the’ industry night of the year in the building controls and BEMS sector. If you’ve not entered the Awards before, now is the time to bite the bullet. Who wants to be an extra when you can play a starring role on the biggest night of the year? Firstly, the Awards are free to enter and you can enter more than one category. Secondly, an independent expert panel of judges using clearly defined criteria will analyse all entries to ensure it is a fair and stringent process for all.

There are nine categories up for grabs this year including a brand-new Smart Buildings accolade which will be awarded to a manufacturer, installer or team in recognition of a project which demonstrates how smart technology has been used to enhance the user experience in a building or building complex.

Other popular categories include Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year, Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects, Energy Management Award, Best Service & Maintenance Provider, Contribution to Training Award and Technical Innovation of the Year – Products.
Individuals also get their chance to be celebrated with the Engineer of the Year Award and the Young Engineer of the Year accolade (for those 35 and under).

The entry process is quick and simple as it is done online via the BCIA website. If you are looking to gain exposure for your business, being named a finalist or winner confirms your capabilities to a very wide audience and more importantly shows that you are at the top of your game. Don’t let your hard-earned success go unnoticed, the Awards present a unique opportunity for companies, engineers and products to be recognised in a growing and dynamic industry.

So, don’t be caught standing in the wings, get centre stage under the spotlight by selecting your category and get your application submitted.

https://bcia.co.uk/awards/categories/

BCIA President Jon Belfield said: “By showcasing and celebrating examples of excellence, we raise the bar yet again in the exciting and growing sector of building automation. The BCIA Awards not only provide a massive boost for any team or individual, but they are integral to increasing our professional standards, business opportunities and gaining unique publicity. So, if you have what it takes, help raise the bar again and prove it by entering the 2020 BCIA Awards today”

Remember to use the hashtag #BCIAAwards20 to stay up to date with the event.

11-11-2019

London Build 2019: Show Preview Available for Download

London’s leading construction and design show is back for 2019 and this time it is bigger and better than ever before. Spanning across two floors, London Build is more than just an exhibition. Not just your average construction show, the event is jam packed with content, networking and entertainment.

This year will have an important focus on mental health, well-being, diversity and equality on the main stage and throughout the exhibition, as well as opportunities to get up to date with upcoming major construction projects and opportunities across Greater London and the UK!

Download the Show Preview at www.londonbuildexpo.com/show-preview-download

What’s on?

London Build will be boasting CPD accredited sessions across eight different summits, hosted by the most sensational line-up of speakers at any construction show in history, and featuring accredited training workshops in everything from sustainability and BIM to Advanced Digital and Social Media Construction Marketing. Our extensive programme of over 500 esteemed speakers includes the likes of Juliemma McLoughlin the Chief Planner - Development, Enterprise and Environment at Greater London Authority, Fergus Harradence the Deputy Director of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Gillian Charlesworth the CEO of BRE, Graham Watts the CEO of Construction Industry Council, Sharon Duffy the Head of Transport Infrastructure at Transport for London and David Speight the Project Delivery Director Heathrow Expansion of Heathrow – to name a few.

 

Networking

London Build is looking forward to welcoming over 25,000 registered contractors, architects, engineers, developers, councils and construction professionals over the two days. We’re expecting a high level of attendance from the UK’s top 100 contractors and architects, offering an unbeatable opportunity for networking with peers and clients alike.

Networking opportunities include our first ever LinkedIn Networking Lounge – a ground-breaking networking initiative which enables attendees to network and make new contacts whilst simultaneously building their online network through LinkedIn using QR codes and a timetable of Speed Networking events.

We’ll also be hosting networking events such as Meet the Buyer by Constructionline, CIOB Hub in the Pub, Constructing Excellence Club Breakfast, BIM & Tonic, #TeqDen10x10, Diversity in Construction, and the UK’s largest ever networking meeting of Women in Construction – plus many more.

An Event Like No Other

London Build believes that doing business should be fun, and includes within the event the Festival of Construction. Featuring comedy acts, entertainment, live music, celebrity guests, London Beer Festival, gin tastings and prize giveaways, the Festival of Construction promises to be the biggest festival in construction, offering you the chance to rub shoulders with big industry names and celebrity guests, whilst indulging in London’s finest food, drinks and live entertainment.

 

Register for your free ticket today at www.londonbuildexpo.com

Download the Show Preview at www.londonbuildexpo.com/show-preview-download

11-11-2019

Heat Pump Association to launch Roadmap and vision for the future at Westminster

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has announced an event at Westminster for the launch of its ‘Roadmap’ document. The report outlines the heat pump industry’s vision for how the deployment of heat pumps can scale up to meet net zero by 2050. It signals the industry’s readiness to ‘step-up’ to this challenge and how the Government can work with industry to ensure that decarbonisation is achieved.

The event, “Heat Pumps – Transforming the UK Home Heating Market Road Map & Vision of the Future”, takes place in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, on Wednesday 20th November 2019 and is open to invited guests only.

Confirmed speakers so far include Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA and Jenny Hill of the Committee on Climate Change.

Graham Wright said, “Changes in government policy, such as the commitment to decarbonise heating, represent a huge opportunity for the heat pump industry. Heat pumps are a low-carbon heating system available right now but they will only fulfil their promise in the market with greater awareness of how heat pumps function and the long term benefits they bring to users.

He added, “I am confident this event and the launch of the Roadmap document will convey the messages needed to help heat pumps become the heating system of choice for a greener future.”

www.heatpumps.org.uk

21-10-2019

Heat pump industry rises to meet low carbon challenge

Reducing or eliminating domestic carbon emissions will involve transforming the UK’s entire housing stock through a combination of improved insulation, behavioural change and a reduction in the use of carbon intensive heating. For Manchester and the wider city region, this equates to retrofitting up to 1.2 million properties, while ensuring that new homes are built to the highest possible standard.

Working with Manchester City Council, Manchester Climate Change Agency and wider stakeholders, Low Carbon Homes opens on the 14th November at Manchester’s Friends Meeting House to tackle the particular challenges of retrofit across the city region.

A major new feature of the free-to-attend event is Heat Pump Focus - an event within an event - in which heat pump associations, manufacturers, system designers and installers will demonstrate the role of heat pumps in helping Manchester meet its 2038 zero carbon ambition.

This week, the UK Government issued a consultation on their proposed Future Homes Standard, involving a major review of Building Regulations, which affect how new homes are specified and constructed. A further consultation is anticipated soon to address the more complicated issue of existing homes. The current consultation proposes that widespread use of energy efficient technology is deployed to reduce the carbon impact of domestic heating, (which accounts for 17% of UK emissions) including heating system design suitable for heat pumps.

Although not a new technology, heat pumps (which can be up to four times more efficient than conventional electric or gas heating, emitting up to three times less carbon than gas combination boilers) have not been widely adopted in the UK for various historic reasons but are widely adopted in other North European Countries such as Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Norway. With the industry assembled on 14th November, Heat Pump Focus provides a unique opportunity for housing professionals to explore and better understand the benefits of heat pumps - at all scales of development - from individual properties to heat networks, and how to utilise the natural thermal energy stored in ground, air and water.

Presentations and Q&A sessions will cover technology fit, current policy and longer-term direction of the heat pump industry in pursuit of net zero.

Heat Pump Focus contributors include HPA, GSHPA, NIBE Energy Systems, Vaillant, Infinitas Design, Kensa Contracting,

Star Renewable Energy, LG and Daikin.

More details can be found here.

14-10-2019

Be the star of the show at the BCIA Awards 2020

The box office event of the year is back! Entries are officially open for the 2020 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards. The distinguished ‘Oscar’ style ceremony has rightfully earned top billing in the dynamic world of building controls.

What’s new for 2020? To reflect the fast-moving landscape of the industry, the BCIA is delighted to introduce the “Smart Buildings” accolade which will be awarded to a manufacturer, installer or team in recognition of a project which demonstrates how smart technology has been used to enhance the user experience in a building/complex.

With a total of nine prestigious awards to be presented on the night, why not bite the bullet and take the unique opportunity to see your name or company on the big screen and enjoy what is truly the golden age of smart technology and building controls.

Engineers are at the forefront of evolving commercial buildings, so if you are a talented Engineer over the age of 35 why not enter the Engineer of the Year category? Or if you’re aged 18-35, make a name for yourself in the Young Engineer of the Year category which is sponsored by Schneider Electric.

With new technology ever present in the industry, training is essential to be best equipped to deliver full potential on projects. If you deliver training in building controls that you feel deserves recognition, enter the Contribution to Training Award sponsored by Siemens Building Products.
Innovation is the beating heart of the work that we do. This is the time to stand up and be proud of your market changing products and projects. You are spoilt for choice as you can enter the Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects which is sponsored by Johnson Controls or Technical Innovation of the Year – Products.

Showcase your excellent customer service skills or impressive energy saving accomplishments by entering one or more of these categories: Best Service and Maintenance Provider, sponsored by Western Automation, Energy Management Award, which is sponsored by Priva or the Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year category sponsored by Trend Control Systems.

The 2020 BCIA Awards will take place on Thursday 30 April at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. The awards are free to enter with no restrictions on the number of categories you can enter. The deadline for entries is Friday 20 December 2019.

Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA, says: “The annual BCIA Awards are established as a beacon of excellence across the industry. The high level of independent scrutiny from the judges adds further value to the awards for both Finalists and Winners. So, for one memorable night, the crème de la crème of the building controls industry come together under one roof to present outstanding people, dynamic companies and innovative products into the spotlight and recognise their achievements. The brand-new Smart Buildings Award is a really exciting addition which complements our other esteemed categories. The BCIA Awards are a truly wonderful night in our calendar and the perfect opportunity to celebrate our shared values and excellence.”

 

To stay up to date with the latest BCIA Awards news follow the BCIA on Twitter: @BCIA_news and use the official hashtag #BCIAAwards20. Alternatively, visit the official website: www.bcia.co.uk

08-10-2019

 

Abstract Deadline for IIR International Rankine 2020 Conference extended

Due to numerous of requests to extend the deadline, the organisers of “Rankine 2020 – Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation”, have decided to extend the deadline to 16th October.

Taking place from 26 to 29 July 2020 in Glasgow, this will be the first event of its kind, exploring the synergy between the disciplines of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps (RACHP) with a view to generating a flow of ideas between the two fields.

 

Organisers are looking for abstracts around the following themes:

Cooling and Heating will focus on refrigeration systems with the reverse Rankine cycle. It will explore topics including compressors, heat transfer and exchanger, system/cycle design and optimisation, novel applications and system simulation.

Power generation will explore systems using organic fluids. The conference would especially welcome papers that compare organic Rankine cycle against other power generation applications. Themes will include expanders, heat transfer and exchangers, system/ cycle design and optimisation, novel applications and system simulation. Steam power generation will not be suitable for the programme unless in the context of organic Rankine cycle.

Working Fluids will explore new fluids, fluid blend, environmental impact, performance analysis and comparison. The conference will accept abstracts dealing with both natural working fluids and fluorine-based refrigerants. 

To find out more about the submission process and the conference, visit www.rankine2020.com

04-10-2019

London Build 2019: Show Preview

London’s leading construction and design show is back for 2019 and this time it is bigger and better than ever before. Spanning across two floors, London Build is more than just an exhibition. Not just your average construction show, the event is jam packed with content, networking and entertainment.

This year will have an important focus on mental health, well-being, diversity and equality on the main stage and throughout the exhibition, as well as opportunities to get up to date with upcoming major construction projects and opportunities across Greater London and the UK!

What’s on?

London Build will be boasting CPD accredited sessions across eight different summits, hosted by the most sensational line-up of speakers at any construction show in history, and featuring accredited training workshops in everything from sustainability and BIM to Advanced Digital and Social Media Construction Marketing. Our extensive programme of over 500 esteemed speakers includes the likes of Juliemma McLoughlin the Chief Planner - Development, Enterprise and Environment at Greater London Authority, Fergus Harradence the Deputy Director of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Gillian Charlesworth the CEO of BRE, Graham Watts the CEO of Construction Industry Council, Sharon Duffy the Head of Transport Infrastructure at Transport for London and David Speight the Project Delivery Director Heathrow Expansion of Heathrow – to name a few.

Over 350 exhibitors will fill the venue including: Procore, Powerday, Recticel, JLG, BT Openreach, Epson, Panasonic, Bauder, Beaulieu International, Roof Maker, Autodesk/Plangrid, George Boyd/Saint-Gobain, Wurth, Resapol and Bostik.

The Humans of Construction photography exhibition will be displaying 1,000 of the most influential and inspiring professionals working in the UK’s built environment, featuring individuals from a wide array of fascinating backgrounds in the industry, from CEO’s to architects, pioneers to students and future leaders.

Networking

London Build is looking forward to welcoming over 25,000 registered contractors, architects, engineers, developers, councils and construction professionals over the two days. We’re expecting a high level of attendance from the UK’s top 100 contractors and architects, offering an unbeatable opportunity for networking with peers and clients alike.

We want you to leave London Build armed with a wide range of new connections and friends, and make sure you become part of an ongoing exciting and vibrant new community of like-minded professionals.

Networking opportunities include our first ever LinkedIn Networking Lounge – a ground-breaking networking initiative which enables attendees to network and make new contacts whilst simultaneously building their online network through LinkedIn using QR codes and a timetable of Speed Networking events.

We’ll also be hosting networking events such as Meet the Buyer by Constructionline, CIOB Hub in the Pub, Constructing Excellence Club Breakfast, BIM & Tonic, #TeqDen10x10, Diversity in Construction, and the UK’s largest ever networking meeting of Women in Construction – plus many more.

An Event Like No Other

London Build believes that doing business should be fun, and includes within the event the Festival of Construction. Featuring comedy acts, entertainment, live music, celebrity guests, London Beer Festival, gin tastings and prize giveaways, the Festival of Construction promises to be the biggest festival in construction, offering you the chance to rub shoulders with big industry names and celebrity guests, whilst indulging in London’s finest food, drinks and live entertainment.

Charity contests will be taking place across the two days, including our very own world record attempt! We’ll be striving to break the world record for the greatest number of Movember Moustaches at one event to raise funds for men’s health.

This truly is a show like no other, built for those in the industry who want to have fun, be inspired, and meet with thousands of architects, developers, contractors, local councils, housing associations, and more!

Register for your free ticket today at www.londonbuildexpo.com

03-10-2019

Rushlight Awards 2019-20

The Rushlight Awards are open now - with a closing date of 30 November 2019

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

There are many reasons to enter the awards including:

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

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

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

4. Priority will be given to entrants for the presentation slots in the Innovation Showcase at the Rushlight Show on Thursday 30 January.

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

6. All entrants can enjoy the benefits of the Simply Do Ideas platform.
7. All entrants can have a stand in the Exhibition at the Rushlight Show at a substantial discount.

8. Celebrate an innovation breakthrough or an initiative by entering the awards and bringing the team to the Party.
9. All entrants can attend the Awards Party at discounted prices, including group packages.

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

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

30-09-2019

 

A major new payment and mental health survey has been launched by 27 bodies in the UK construction industry, to understand how poor payment practices are impacting mental health and business wellbeing.

The survey is being run by leading engineering services trade bodies ECA and BESA, in association with the Prompt Payment Directory.

The survey can be completed here - www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PLV22QP

 

ECA Director of Legal and Business Rob Driscoll commented:

“Mental health is an increasingly important - and costly - issue in both construction and wider society.

“This major initiative from ECA and BESA aims to connect the dots between poor payment practices and the impact on the mental health of business owners and senior managers, along with the wider impacts on other employees and their families. 

  

BESA Head of Legal and Commercial Debbie Petford commented:

 

“Poor mental health is bad for wellbeing and bad for business. The survey is an important next step in the campaign to reform retentions and the late payment culture in the industry. It will help us gain an understanding of the human costs of these practices, that are often overlooked.”

 

The survey, which is aimed mainly at business owners, CEOs and managers, contains just 12 questions and should take just minutes to complete. It runs from Thursday 12 September – Thursday 10 October, and answers are completely confidential.

Survey supporters cover a range of construction activity, including electrical, plumbing, building, scaffolding, roofing, civil engineering, fire safety, painting and decorating, and interiors. They include the National Federation of Builders, SEC Group and FETA (see Notes to Editors for full list).

The survey supporters are all part of a wider industry coalition pressing Government to reform the practice of cash retentions in in construction. Cash retentions is widely considered to be one of the most unfair and abused payment practices in the industry.

16-09-2019

 

Cool topics at BESA Conference

The BESA National Conference will feature two ‘must attend’ sessions for building engineering contractors linked to the future of cooling.

The one-day conference held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London on November 21st has an overall theme of: ‘Competence, compliance and climate change – turning theory into practice’. It will consider how the building engineering industry can meet many of the technical challenges it now faces.

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning industry is confronted by a raft of extraordinary challenges and speakers from the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB), the Heat Pump Association (HPA) and BESA’s Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump group will take part in a hotly anticipated session hosted by the UK’s primary F Gas register REFCOM.

These experts will outline how the sector must respond to the current upheaval driven by legislation and concerns about global warming that has led to supply problems, safety concerns and significant price rises in the refrigerant gas market.

Chaired by Head of REFCOM Graeme Fox, the seminar will consider the implications for system design, installation and maintenance – and look ahead at the profound impact of the F Gas phase down on future product selection.

This will be followed by a vital health and safety seminar focussed on the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR). Changes to the Classification and Labelling of Products regulations means that all compressed gases and, therefore all refrigerants, are now classified as ‘hazardous products’. In the past, only flammable refrigerants were subject to the regulations.

As a result, many more contractors must now carry out DSEAR risk assessments to help reduce the risk of fatality or serious injury in the workplace. This is strictly enforced by local authorities and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

David Paget of Lloyds Insurance, who is also chair of the IOR technical committee, will present new guidance and explain Point of Use Risk Assessments (POWRA), which are designed to help contractors comply and meet their legal obligations.

For more information about the BESA Conference and to take advantage of Early Bird delegate click here.

16-09-2019

SKILLcard renewals now available online

Holders of Engineering Services SKILLcards are now able to renew their cards online following another upgrade of the online SKILLcard application system operated by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

The application process for new SKILLcards moved online earlier this year and the website (www.skillcard.org.uk) has now been further enhanced to accommodate renewals.

More than 60,000 people working in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration sectors hold the Engineering Services SKILLcard. It provides evidence that they have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out on construction sites.

BESA took the SKILLcard process online following a survey of the sector, which showed that more than 75% of card holders would prefer to apply and renew online.

Engineering Services SKILLcard was the first of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Partner card schemes to go ‘smart’ easing the process of updating the holder’s qualifications and making it simpler and quicker for site managers to check skills and prevent potential fraud.

“The response to our online application service has been really encouraging with users describing it as fast, easy to use and convenient,” said Rachel Davidson, Director of Certification at BESA. “After a rigorous testing process, we are now able to offer renewals online as well, which I hope our users will find equally helpful.”

The CSCS Partner schemes, such as SKILLcard, are playing a crucial role in the government’s 2025 Construction Industry Strategy by helping clients check whether workers have the right qualifications for the job in hand and have suitable health & safety training.

Speeding up and streamlining the application process to keep up with the pace of change across the industry was, therefore, regarded as a priority by BESA.

To access the SKILLcard online application service go to: www.skillcard.org.uk

11-09-2019

Women in RACHP Network launches survey

The Women in RACHP Network is encouraging everyone in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector to take a survey to be in with a chance of winning a Latitude travel charger set.

As the RACHP sector continues to struggle to bring more women into the industry and utilise female talent to its full potential, the Women in RACHP Network is undertaking research in this area in an aim to drive change. The network is requesting 5 minutes from all industry peers, in order to collect data to benchmark the industry’s benefits and attitudes towards women and explore what should be done to close the gender gap. 

The research by the Women in RACHP Network focuses on cultural change, in order to re-brand the industry to be more female-friendly. By focusing on equal pay, a clear path of progression and a healthy work-life balance, it is expected that the survey results will play an important part in the wider goal of promoting the role of women in a male-oriented industry as well as showcasing the amazing opportunities RACHP has to offer to the next generation of female leaders.

Everybody working in the RACHP sector can take part in the short survey, and all entrants completing the questions before December 1st will be added to a prize draw to win a Latitude travel charger set.

Astrid Prado, Member of the Steering Committee at the IOR’s Women in RACHP Network, said, “Women make up 25% of all people employed in the manufacturing industry and 12% of those employed in the construction industry in the UK. Although there are no official figures in the UK the reality of the RACHP sector is comparable to that of the US where women represent only 1.2% of the HVACR workforce.

A reputation for being ‘man’s work’ is failing to attract talented women at all levels in the industry. Benefits are also failing to keep pace with the configuration and expectations of a diverse and modern workforce as we are living with the residual legacy of work packages developed decades ago for a largely male, full-time workforce. In order to drive change, we must redesign current workplace practices to accommodate the diversity of today’s workforce who want flexibility, equal opportunities, and better access to training and development”

Let’s change this today by collecting extensive data on the gender-parity gap in the RACHP industry, establishing what are the most female friendly practices that promote diversity and inclusion, and pushing improvements forward, to help encourage more women into the RACHP industry.”

Through this research led by the Women in RACHP network, feedback from industry professionals will be used to evaluate progress over time. Questions are based on the industry’s current business practices and will highlight what the most female friendly practices that promote diversity and inclusion are. 

Astrid added, “Although this is only a starting point, the outcome of the research will serve not only as a point of reference but as industry guidance for the future, to help us improve and ensure we offer an attractive package to women so that they are inspired to join and stay in the industry.”

The survey is open to both men and women working in all roles and from all pay grades and structures.

Anyone taking part in the survey can request a complimentary copy of the report for reference, which is a great opportunity for businesses to compare against and ensure they are able to attract and retain top talent.

The Women in RACHP Network was set up by the Institute of Refrigeration as an educational and networking group to encourage diversity in the workforce and promote the role of women in refrigeration. To take the survey go to  www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wrachp19 

05-09-2019

The Science and Technology Committee has highlighted the lack of Government policies in place to deliver the net zero target by 2050 and recommends 10 steps the Government should take to meet this legally binding target.


The Committee welcomes the Government’s decision to strengthen its long-term emissions reduction target, to effectively eliminate all emissions by 2050. However, the Committee on Climate Change has warned that the UK is not even on course to meet its existing legally binding targets for 2023 to 2032. The Committee’s Report on clean growth highlights that urgent Government action is needed to reverse the current policy trend of cut backs and slow progress.

The Committee identifies ten key areas in which Government policy to support the implementation of low-carbon technology has been delayed, cut back or undermined carbon reductions:
1. the 'plug-in grant' for low-emissions cars was reduced for the lowest-emissions cars in October 2018, and cut completely for other low-emissions cars;
2. fuel duty has been frozen for nine years in a row, while bus and train fares have been allowed to increase every year over the same period;
3. the 'feed-in tariff' for low-carbon power generation was closed;
4. the Energy Companies Obligation scheme was restricted to vulnerable households in November 2018, despite the Government conceding that this would result in lower carbon emissions reductions being achieved;
5. the Government launched a consultation on how to build a market for those able to pay for their own domestic energy efficiency improvements in 2017, but has still not announced what new policy framework will emerge from the consultation responses;
6. following the cancellation of the 'zero-carbon homes' policy in 2015, the Government said that it would consult on changes to building regulations in 2019 to improve energy efficiency—but no consultation has been launched;
7. changes to business rates in 2017 have seen business rates on solar panels increase between three- and eight-fold, equating to thousands of pounds in additional costs each year for schools, SMEs and hospitals;
8. onshore wind and large-scale solar power have been excluded from the financial support mechanism available to other renewable power technologies since 2017, and planning permission for onshore wind farms has also been made more difficult to obtain since 2015;
9. the ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’ scheme is due to close in 2021 but no replacement scheme has yet been announced; and
10. the Government’s new White Paper on ‘The future of the energy market’ was due to be published in “early” 2019, but has not yet been published.

 

Recommendations for change
Against this backdrop of policy delays and reversals, the Committee makes a series of recommendations across different sectors, including transport, heating, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas removal to get the UK ready for net-zero by 2050. Ten priorities include:
1. Strategy for decarbonising heat: The Government must urgently develop a clearer strategy for decarbonising heat. This will require large-scale trials of different heating technologies, such as heat pumps and hydrogen gas heating, operating in homes and cities to build the evidence base required for long-term decisions.
2. Incentive scheme for energy efficiency home improvements: Previous initiatives to encourage the installation of energy efficiency improvements in the ‘able-to-pay’ market have failed because they have focused too narrowly on providing financial support for specific interventions. In order to incentivise homeowners to install energy efficiency improvements, the Government should consider adjusting Stamp Duty so that it varies according to the energy performance of the home as well as the price paid for it. Homebuyers should then be able to make energy efficiency improvements within a defined time after purchasing the property, and claim back corresponding reductions in the Stamp Duty paid retrospectively. The Government should additionally establish a ‘Help to Improve’ scheme by July 2020 that offers matched funding and interest-free loans to homeowners, to cover the costs of making energy efficiency improvements.
3. Plan for reducing vehicle emissions: The Government must bring forward the date of its proposed ban on the sales of new ‘conventional’ cars and vans to 2035 at the latest, and ensure that it covers hybrids too. In the near-term, the Government must reconsider the fiscal incentives for consumers to purchase both new and used vehicle models with lower emissions. The Government should also work with public services and owners of public land, such as schools and hospitals, to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle chargepoints, and introduce measures to ensure that chargepoints are interoperable, compatible with a smart energy system, reliable, and provide real-time information on their current functionality. Although ultra-low emissions vehicles generate very little emissions during use, their manufacture generates substantial emissions. In the long-term, widespread personal vehicle ownership therefore does not appear to be compatible with significant decarbonisation. The Government should not aim
to achieve emissions reductions simply by replacing existing vehicles with lower-emissions versions.
4. Support for onshore wind and solar power: The Government must ensure that there is strong policy support for new onshore wind power and large-scale solar power projects, where there is local support and projected cost-savings for consumers over the long-term. Planning consent and technological lifetimes mean that most existing onshore wind farms were expected to last 25 years before needing to be decommissioned or ‘re-powered’ with upgraded equipment. The Government should ensure that national planning policy facilitates the re-powering of existing sites, with a clear planning permission framework for re-powering existing onshore wind farms in place by the end of 2020.
5. Review of the Smart Export Guarantee: The Government must review the functioning of the Smart Export Guarantee―the planned successor to the feed-in tariff scheme―by the end of 2020, and should be ready to include a minimum price floor if there is evidence of a lack of market competitivity—for example, if uptake of tariffs is not significantly greater than the current number of tariffs or if the tariffs offered are significantly lower than wholesale electricity prices.
6. Sustain nuclear power without growing the industry: The Government must make a decision on the future finance framework for new nuclear power by the end of 2019. Subject to value for money, the Government should seek to support new nuclear power generation so as to sustain, but not grow, the UK’s nuclear power industry. It must anticipate any gap in future generation capacity such a policy would cause, and support sufficient renewable power alternatives to fill the gap.
7. Removal of greenhouse gases: The Government should launch a consultation to inform the development of a future framework for managing and incentivising greenhouse gas removal on the scale required for net-zero emissions, and to provide greater certainty to encourage private investment in the development of these technologies. In line with this strategy, the Government should be ready to increase funding for research, development and demonstration of greenhouse gas removal technologies.
8. Clear action on carbon capture, usage and storage: The Government must provide greater clarity on the details of its carbon capture, usage and storage action plan, setting out:
a. what it considers to be deployment at scale;
b. what constitutes cost-effectiveness or sufficient cost-reduction;
c. how it expects to share costs with industry; and
d. what the major milestones for the plan are, as well as when they are expected to be achieved.
The Government should learn from previous carbon capture and storage projects and ensure that a sufficient number of projects, of sufficient scale, are undertaken to optimise the chance of successful deployment, and that the knowledge gained from publicly-funded work is publicly accessible.
9. Clean growth regulation of the energy market: The Government should consider the case for amending Ofgem’s principal objective so that it explicitly
includes ensuring that regulations align with the emissions reduction targets set out in the Climate Change Act 2008.
10. Support for local authorities: The Government should support local authorities and members of the public in contributing to the UK’s net zero target. For local authorities, this should include access to low-cost, long-term finance as well as a statutory duty to develop emission reduction plans in line with the national targets set by the Climate Change Act 2008. For members of the public, the Government should publish an easily accessible central guide explaining what measures households can take to support decarbonisation and re-introduce a bespoke telephone and visiting advice service.

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, said:
“Parliament has declared a climate emergency. The worrying effects of climate change, such as heatwaves, wildfires and flooding are already occurring at an alarming rate and will have a huge impact on future generations. Throughout our inquiry, it was worrying to hear that although the Government may be ambitious when it comes to reducing carbon emissions, it is not putting the policies in place which are needed to achieve those targets. We need to see the Government put its words into actions.
“The Government's own projections suggest that the UK is not currently on track to meet its current emission targets, let alone net zero by 2050. The rate of deployment of several key low-carbon technologies is significantly lower than what is required to meet the Government's ambitions, and various stakeholders expressed concern at the current and projected rate of progress of the UK's decarbonisation.
“We heard of cut backs in various programmes and slow progress, which are incompatible with the UK's two upcoming, legally binding, carbon budgets—this is unacceptable. If Governments across the world fail to act, it will have dire consequences for the environment and generations to come.
“The scale of the challenge cannot be underestimated. This Report clearly highlights ten key areas of concern and we hope the Government listens to our realistic, achievable recommendations on how to make the UK a world leader in cutting carbon emissions once again.”

22-08-2019

European groups produce leaflet on illegal refrigerant imports

With the European market swamped with cheap, illegal refrigerant, the contractors association AREA, refrigeration component manufacturers group ASERCOM, refrigerant producers organisation EFCTC, and EPEE, the European Partnership for Energy & the Environment, have joined together to produce Protect your business: buy refrigerant from safe sources.

The new leaflet gives a brief overview on how to distinguish safe sources from illegal ones and how to recognise illegal refrigerants. 

It warns that the risks of buying illegal refrigerant are high and range from hefty fines to risks for health and safety for installers and users. 

The leaflet also warns of the environmental impact of the illegal trade: it undermines the F-gas regulation’s aim to phase down HFCs and increases the risks of refrigerant leakage to atmosphere through the use of inadequate cylinders, or illegal disposable cylinders.

It recommends that refrigerant should only be purchased from a reputable distributor, to avoid purchases from internet platforms and not to buy refrigerants in disposable cylinders which are banned in the EU.

The document can be downloaded from the EPEE website here.

07-08-2019

BESA Conference aims to turn theory into practice

This year’s BESA National Conference will take place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London on November 21st.

Taking its overall theme as ‘Competence, compliance and climate change – turning theory into practice’, the Conference will consider how the building engineering industry can meet many of the technical challenges it is now facing.

These include turning the government’s pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 into practical actions; delivering the building safety solutions highlighted by the Hackitt Review; complying with ever tightening refrigerant legislation; and achieving higher standards in pipework, ventilation and off-site manufacturing.

The wider theme of health and well-being in buildings will also be central to the Conference with technical experts considering the impact of rising pollution, overheating and poor humidity control on the quality of life of building occupants.

The net zero carbon challenge will be a cornerstone of the one-day event as BESA believes building engineering firms will be central to the £1trn programme to fully decarbonise the UK economy by 2050.

For more information about the BESA National Conference and how to secure an ‘early bird’ discounted registration go to www.theBESA.com/conference.

06-08-2019

New AREA guide to EN 378

AREA, the European refrigeration contractors association, has issued a new publication "Introduction to Refrigeration Standard EN 378".  This is a useful and practical guide to the standard, and the calculations required to ascertain appropriate refrigerant charge sizes for different applications.  As such, it complements FETA's work on risk assessment.

The guide can be downloaded here

We are advised that the guide still needs some work on the graphics, but AREA took the decision to publish anyway.  These updates will be made after the summer break.

30-07-2019

CIBSE Build2Perform Live 2019

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is hosting its fifth building performance exhibition Build2Perform Live at Olympia London on 26 & 27 November 2019.

The two day event will feature 80+ hours of approved CPD, 90+ speakers, 2,000 attendees and 70 exhibitors. There are two ways to be involved in the event, either attending as a visitor or by exhibiting. Build2Perform Live 2019 is the meeting place for forward-thinking industry professionals, visionary speakers, leading industry exhibitors and young talent. 

Further details of the event can be found here.

21-06-2019

Heat Pump Association welcomes 2050 target

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has welcomed the government’s announcement that the UK will become the first major nation to commit to reaching a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050. However, the HPA also warns that clear policy and a widespread adoption of ultra low-carbon heating systems are urgently required in order for the target to stand a realistic chance of being met.

The UK already has a 2050 target - to reduce emissions by 80%, which was agreed by MPs under the Climate Change Act in 2008, but it will now be amended to the new, much tougher goal that will demand a big move away from carbon-based heating systems. Despite acknowledging in the past that a major shift to solely heat pumps would be impractical, the HPA is calling on the government to promote wider support for heat pumps, as a technology that is widely understood, and is available now. This means the work towards hitting this new target can begin immediately, without the need to develop new technology.

Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, said: “We are extremely encouraged by the government’s decision to cut the UK’s emissions to almost zero by 2050, but to achieve this government and industry, collectively, must not ‘take our foot off the gas’. What industry needs now are clear signals, with explicit policy and well communicated pathways to low-carbon heating such as heat pumps.”

Wright continued: “The industry needs to prepare for increased production and training with a degree of certainty that is only achievable by clear policy and distinct time frames. The technology is widely available, but more structured training is needed to implement it. The HPA is ready to help government raise awareness among installers and customers and is already planning to set up its own training courses in the near future.”

www.heatpumps.org.uk

13-06-2019

HVACR LIVE 20 - 22 April ExCel London 2020

After much discussion with, and support from, major industry brands, it has been agreed to move the date of this show to 20 – 22 April 2020, ExCel, London

This will align the show closer to Climate action week events  held at ExCel London during 2020.

Climate action week London is a government and partners initiative for London, to make cities cleaner, healthier place to work, live and visit

Some of the core issues being addressed in the London 1.5C compatible action plan are:

  • Building efficiencies
  • Transition to heat pumps, heat networks, cooling and ventilating our buildings
  • Smart systems

ExCel is planning to be one of the major 2020 event hubs.

“The HVACR LIVE”  has been asked to be involved with this huge initiative

Climate is one of the big themes being discussed as part of the Industry insight series hosted in the Conference theatre at the April show, which will link nicely to the  RACHP Industry Conference running alongside other planned major climate events

The organisers will be working  with some of our most influential dynamic industry brands, providing information on innovation, future products and new approaches to evolve in this new era.  High level partnerships, fully backed with extensive media coverage, VIP’s speaker are all set to drive increase visitors engagement and numbers to the show

The 2020 vision will bring together increased attendance, platforms to demonstrate new products, debate and maintenance solutions.

Crucial to focusing on these programs, there will be theatres and interactive work space in the show to achieve greater audience interest and engagement.

NEW FEATURES

Networking

  • Meeting place in the heating lounge -  perfect place to network with clients
  • Exhibitor drinks evening, when we close the show on the first night, all the exhibitors meet and network for a couple of hours ( FOC event)
  • Networking lunches, opportunity to have lunch with clients or just network with visitors one lunch time

Live at the show

  • CPD and Workshops theatre – dedicated to keeping contractors and installers up to date with industry best practices and delivery methods
  • Conference Centre Theatre – Hosting industry conferences, “morning briefing” sessions and the  “Industry insight series “ with experts, cover key topics for debate.
  • Beer Bar and great place to relax
  • The Cooling Room –an innovation space to showcase products in  Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration sectors  

Hubs

  • Skills and apprenticeship zones – engagement zone for apprenticeship advice,  skills development opportunities and apprentices demonstration zones

Extras

  • Exhibitor spotlight marketing packages – ideal  for product launches and brand awareness

07-06-2019