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.
FETA is the low cost but high profile UK trade body which represents the diverse interests of manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the building services sector. It is split into six principle Associations ADCAS, BCIA, BFCMA, BRA, HEVAC and HPA.
Product types covered by FETA include ductwork, ducts, duct insulation, pre insulated ductwork, dampers, grilles, louvres, building controls, flues, chimneys, refrigerated display cabinets, chilled cabinets, refrigeration contractors, refrigeration equipment, refrigeration components, refrigeration end users, air conditioning, air curtain, air distribution, air handling unit, chilled beam, chilled ceiling, demand controlled ventilation, fan coil unit, fans, ventilation, filter, fire damper, smoke damper, humidity, residential ventilation, smoke control, heat pumps
The Smoke Control Association (SCA) now has its own Company Page on LinkedIn. If you would like to stay up to date with the latest news and developments in the smoke controls industry, why not connect with SCA on LinkedIn. It provides a great opportunity to network and chat with fellow SCA members and those working in similar roles.
Click here to follow the SCA on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/smoke-control-association
However, if Twitter is more your thing, you can follow SCA and keep in the loop while you’re on the go.
Click here to follow the SCA on Twitter @SmokeControlAssoc
John Austin-Davies, whose name became synonymous with the UK commercial refrigeration industry, has retired after a career spanning 40 years. John was a past Chairman of FETA, and a past President of the BRA.
John’s career in refrigeration started at Prestcold Ltd in September 1978, before moving to George Barker & Co (Leeds) Ltd in 1980, where he spent the rest of his career, rising to Commercial Director. George Barker was acquired by Italian company Epta in 1999.
John was a great supporter of the BRA, and served as Chairman of the Cabinet and Coldstores Section for many years.
John has also been a great advocate for training in the industry via his involvement with the IOR and ACRIB and chairing the Trailblazer Apprentice Employer’s Group.
Reflecting on his career, John said: “That journey has encompassed refrigerant changes from CFC through to natural refrigerants, the start-up of the Barker Refrigeration Contracting and Service & Maintenance business, the role of technical director for several years and, via Epta product marketing, into the role of UK commercial director.”
On his retirement, John Austin-Davies paid tribute to the great people he had worked with, thanking those who had endured his “Celtic temperament” and provided encouragement and support.
“I have remained a “techie” throughout my professional life, and I shall retain this interest after my retirement through various means, including ongoing activity in the Institute of Refrigeration,” he said.
To crown off a distinguished career, John was awarded the RAC Gold Award at the recent RAC Cooling Awards.
The purpose of providing this software tool is to allow stakeholders to understand how the updated methodology works in practice and the possible impacts. It is only a demonstration tool and should not be used for any official calculations. SAP 2012 continues to be the current method for all official calculations. Furthermore, there are likely to be further changes to the methodology before it is finalised.
Former FETA chairman Graham Wright has volunteered to spearhead FETA’s involvement in a new SBEM industry forum launched by BRE.
SBEM stands for Simplified Building Energy Model and is a software tool developed by BRE that provides an analysis of a building's energy consumption. The tool calculates monthly energy usage and CO2 emission rates by taking into account building geometry, construction, current use and HVAC and lighting equipment.
FETA strongly supports the introduction of the forum in helping to determine the future of the SBEM software model.
ADCAS continues to offer support and guidance to ‘Working Group 2 – competencies of installers’, one of a number of working groups set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and subsequent review of the Building Regulations and fire safety by Dame Judith Hackitt.
Led by Build UK, Working Group 2 is developing a competency framework for those installing fire and safety and other critical systems. ADCAS member Alan Kinnear has offered to represent the association and is now actively involved in helping to identify and promote best practice relating to the installation of fire rated ductwork.
Representing the Smoke Control Association (SCA), Ian Doncaster was recently asked to attend the recent CIBSE Round Table to discuss smoke control regulation post Grenfell.
An in-depth debate and sharing of views and experience by attendees was had on the key issues surrounding smoke control that are currently dominating the industry.
The biggest message arising was the need to preserve “The golden thread” that must run through all building projects to ensure the original fire and smoke-control strategy is preserved throughout the life of the building.
The importance of using qualified and competent engineers to design in appropriate solutions at the start, and then to ensure that they are correctly installed and commissioned before being correctly maintained over the life of the building was universally agreed.
In response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s review, the SCA has launched a certification scheme run by IFC, developed to deliver competency in fire strategy verification, system design, installation of smoke control systems, as well as service and maintenance work.
Details of SCA membership and activities can be found here.
The FETA A2L working group organized a workshop during the recent inaugural IIR conference on the use of HFO refrigerants.
Entitled “Practical considerations in the use of HFOs and HFO blends”, the workshop was chaired by A2L group chairman, Mike Nankivell. A number of FETA members presented details of some actual HFO installations to a packed audience of over 50 delegates.
The objective of the workshop was to focus on the risk assessment aspect of using these low flammability refrigerants, which is a legal requirement under UK regulation. This aspect of an installation, whilst second nature to users of Ammonia for instance, will be new to users of current HFC refrigerants (although, as was pointed out during the workshop, ALL RACHP installations are now subject to such regulation whatever refrigerant they use)
A lively Q&A session followed the workshop, with much useful information being exchanged.
The FETA group, together with the IOR, is now working on some draft guidance for the industry on the subject of risk assessment.
Preparation for the last leg of the SkillFRIDGE competition has begun as the six qualifying apprentices from the national heats hone their skills and sharpen their knowledge in readiness to compete in the SkillFRIDGE final, taking place at WorldSkills UK LIVE.
After a period of intensive training with RACHP experts to ensure the competitors can compete according to industry’s stringent standards, against which they will be benchmarked, the WorldSkills UK LIVE event will host the SkillFRIDGE finalists and provide them with an arena to showcase their abilities to a wider audience.
Held at Birmingham’s NEC from 15-17 November, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the UK’s largest apprenticeships and careers event of which the RACHP sector, with its associated SkillFRIDGE competition, is just one part.
From young professionals pursuing careers in engineering, technology and construction, to those with an interest in the health, lifestyle or creative sectors, all receive the opportunity to demonstrate their talents at the WorldSkills UK LIVE competitions, which are run by WorldSkills UK.
Funded by the Department for Education, WorldSkills UK operates as a partnership between businesses, education and government, working collectively to help accelerate young people’s careers and bolster the reputation of apprenticeships.
WorldSkills UK chief executive, Dr Neil Bentley, states: “WorldSkills UK is all about improving the prestige of apprenticeships and technical education, to inspire more young people to consider these as career routes and get off to a better start in work and life.”
As such, the WorldSkills UK LIVE event is much more than a platform for multi-industry skills competitions. Drawing more than 73,000 youngsters from schools across the country each year, the interactive event – which also welcomes parents, families and young adults – enables them to come face-to-face with major employers and training providers from a variety of sectors; try their hands at a range of jobs-related activities, from TV production to virtual welding; and obtain one-to-one guidance from expert careers advisors.
For this year’s cohort of SkillFRIDGE competitors, though, their sights will be set firmly on the task at hand as they battle it out in the final.
Vying to come away with the SkillFRIDGE gold medal are Chandler Davison and Kevin Ballantine, who are both training with Bath College and employed with Thermocold Ltd and TKB Air Conditioning, respectively; Sam Gills, who is employed and trained by Star Refrigeration; Refrigeration Lindum’s Thomas Thompson, who is studying at Grimsby Institute; Dominic Dray from Royale Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, training with Eastleigh College; and Dunbia Foods’ Edward Davis, who studies at Cardiff and Vale College.
Over the course of the three-day event, the apprentices will be tasked with the completion of a series of challenging assignments under test conditions, in a comprehensive examination of their overall knowledge, practical skills, and adherence to industry standards.
The gold, silver and bronze medallists will be announced at a ceremony on the final day of WorldSkills UK LIVE.
The intense final is no easy feat, but the benefits of taking part in the competition cycle are invaluable and lasting. WorldSkills UK training manager and lead SkillFRIDGE judge, Mark Forsyth, explains: “They always say in their feedback that it has helped them in the way they approach things and plan for a job, and in the way that they critique themselves.”
Those who score sufficiently highly in the SkillFRIDGE final will also be eligible to compete at a global level in the WorldSkills international competition, forming part of Squad UK and going head-to-head with the very best talent from a host of other countries across the world.
For more information on the SkillFRIDGE competition series, visit www.skillfridge.co.uk
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is urging the industry to invest in building controls at the design stage of a building in order to lower the overall operating costs in today’s commercial buildings.
The 10 80 10 concept represents the total lifetime costs of a building, whereby 10% of the costs of a building is invested at the construction stage; 80% is spent on operating the building and the remaining 10% is accounted for in dismantling and demolition. The majority of the operational budget is accounted for by the running of building services which includes air conditioning, heating, lighting and ventilation.
A study from the Royal Academy of Engineering showed that for every £1 it costs to build, it will cost £5 to maintain and a further £200 to operate a building during its lifetime. However, too often the £1 spent in the construction phase is squeezed by value engineering and the potential maintenance and operational efficiency benefits are not realised. This is particularly evident with the BEMS where connected points are paired back, metering is removed or commissioning time is cut short.
The latest figures from the BCIA’s Market Information Services (MIS) revealed that a new record was set early this year of £654.8 million for the total controls and BEMS market in the UK. This highlights a 0.3% increase in comparison to one year ago and outlines the impact that controls systems have in today’s buildings.
Therefore, building managers who utilise effective building controls at the design stage will considerably reduce the running and maintenance costs of a building while increasing energy efficiency and performance.
Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA says: “The importance of an effective controls system being implemented at the design stage of a building cannot be underestimated. By investing more in building controls right from the start of construction projects, building user satisfaction will increase and the operational costs over the lifecycle of the building will be significantly reduced.”
For further information, please visit: www.bcia.co.uk
London's leading construction and design show, London Build, will return to Olympia in London on October 23rd & 24th. Since its launch four years ago, London Build has established itself as the largest construction show for London, covering all sectors within the built environment. After reaching full capacity in the Central and West halls, London Build will be moving to the Olympia’s National Hall for this year’s show.
The extensive exhibition will feature over 300 exhibitors, and leading suppliers will be showcasing their latest innovation, products and services across 9 specialised zones: Buildings, Infrastructure, BIM & Digital Construction, Fire Safety, Interior and Fit-out, London Design, Product Innovation, Site Machinery & Equipment and Sustainability. Each zone acts as the focal point for eight ‘Summits’ – with over 200 hours of free CPD conference and workshop sessions discussing the latest developments, challenges and opportunities across the UK’s built environment. This is your one-stop-shop to gain all over your CPD points over two days.
London Build is extremely active in the promotion of inclusivity, diversity and equality in the industry. The annual Women in Construction Morning Networking session, now in its third year will take place on October 24th, attracting thousands of empowering women working in construction. This is the largest gathering of women in construction in the UK.
The Built Environment Networking Hub will host free-to-attend exclusive networking events across two whole days. Build your connections, gain inspiration from industry thought-leaders and win business at the show which offers it all.
Join the UK’s construction industry and register today for your free tickets: https://www.londonbuildexpo.com/get-free-tickets
Entries are now open for the 2019 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards and you are invited to submit your entry for the most distinguished awards ceremony in the industry’s calendar.
Anyone who is anyone will be in attendance to celebrate the excellence of the building controls industry, highlighting the fantastic achievements of talented individuals, innovative projects, products and services that the building controls sector has to offer. This prestigious event will also present you with an exclusive opportunity to network with the crème de la crème of the building controls sector at this elegant affair.
Have you or your company showcased outstanding levels of customer care or demonstrated how building controls have been applied to increase energy efficiency in a building? Perhaps you feel that one of your recent projects is playing a pivotal role in redefining the future of the building controls industry?
If so, then why not enter one of the eight award categories. There are a wide range of esteemed accolades up for grabs such as Best Service and Maintenance Provider which is sponsored by Western Automation, the Energy Management Award, sponsored by Priva or the Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year category which is sponsored by Trend Control Systems. Alternatively, you could have your innovative skills recognised by entering Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects which is sponsored by Johnson Controls or Technical Innovation of the Year – Products which is sponsored by the BCIA.
If you are a talented Engineer over the age of 35 why not enter the Engineer of the Year category or if you are a young engineer aged between 18-35, make a name for yourself in the Young Engineer of the Year category which is sponsored by Schneider Electric. Alternatively, if you deliver excellent training in building controls, you are invited to enter the Contribution to Training Award sponsored by Siemens Building Technologies and be celebrated for your sterling achievements in front of the elite of the building controls industry.
Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA, says: “The countdown is on for the prestigious 2019 BCIA Awards ceremony which is contested by outstanding people, dynamic companies and innovative products all seeking to get in the mix for a coveted BCIA Award. It is a wonderful night in our calendar and a great opportunity to celebrate our shared values and excellence. It’s definitely a night not to be missed...”
The 2019 BCIA Awards take place on Thursday 09 May 2019 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole and are free to enter. The deadline for entries is Friday 21 December 2018.
To stay up to date with the latest BCIA Awards news follow the BCIA on Twitter: @BCIA_news and use the official hashtag #BCIAAwards19. Alternatively, visit the official website: www.bcia.co.uk
Talented people working in construction and the HVAC industry are to be recognised as part of a campaign to encourage others to follow their own career in the sector.
Launched in March 2018, UK Construction Week (UKCW) established its Role Models campaign, with help from the Construction Youth Trust, to inspire others and raise awareness of the breadth of roles available in the construction industry. The winner will be announced on 10 October on the UKCW Stage at the NEC, followed by a champagne reception and a meet and greet with keynote speaker, Barbara Res.
After much consideration, the judges put together a shortlist of 36 people from more than 130 high-quality entries. The extensive and diverse job roles of those shortlisted include a business development manager at an air conditioning firm; a crane operator; a beyond zero coordinator; a national water sector lead; a BIM strategy manager; a chairman; an equality, diversity, and inclusion specialist; and a bricklaying tutor. A handful of architects, engineers and surveyors have also been shortlisted. People with non-construction specific services such as marketing also made the list, demonstrating the broad range of skills and knowledge contained within the industry.
While London is often seen as the hub for the construction sector, the shortlisted entrants hail from locations across the UK including Lancashire, Northern Ireland, Birmingham, Bristol, Chelmsford, Weybridge, Oxford, Coventry, Truro, Hereford, Worcester, Sheffield, Glasgow, Dartford, Leeds, Southampton, Plymouth, Cardiff, Preston, Exeter, and Chester.
Changing the face of construction
The judges were impressed with the role models’ passion for improving the image and culture of construction; breaking paradigms and changing stereotypes; actively campaigning for equality within the sector; teaching others and building bridges between the industry and education; inspiring young people; supporting apprentices; and championing diversity throughout the industry.
Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said:
“As part of being shortlisted, role models will take part in an outreach programme to help build connections with local schools and colleges. It’s about sharing their construction career journeys and inspiring the next generation by dispelling the myths surrounding the construction industry.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for people to be celebrated in an industry that often gets negative press. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the work the role models are doing, not just on a day to day basis, but the work they’ve personally taken on to make this industry better.”
Setting the example
The role models will share their thoughts on key industry issues as guest bloggers for the Construction Matters Blog. They will have VIP access to UKCW, which takes place on 9-11 October, and will be available to talk to others about their careers in construction and their visions for the future of the industry.
Ahead of the presentation for UKCW Role Model of the Year, a discussion will take place on the UKCW Stage about creating the new generation of construction professionals. Shortlisted role models Emma Ferguson-Gould and Ryan Williams will join architect Elsie Owusu and BBC presenter, Steph McGovern, will be the host.
UKCW will be an event that inspires, with speakers such as Barbara Res – an engineer, lawyer and the project manager behind Trump Tower, the first BMF Young Merchants’ Conference at the BMF Pavilion, and a timber structure project by Manja van de Worp and students from the school of architecture at the Royal School of Art.
Other highlights for aspiring construction professionals include:
- The launch of the 2019 Passivhaus Student Competition;
- Design your home of the future, with George Clarke’s MOBIE;
- The Institute of Civil Engineers’ ‘Save Civil City’ challenge; and
- The Finishes and Interiors Sector’s #iBuiltThis2018 photography competition.
Free tickets are available from www.ukconstructionweek.com
CIBSE are organising their Build2Perform seminar, whci will be held on 26-27 November 2018, at Olympia in London.
The CIBSE CPD accredited programme is highly relevant to those working in the built environment and has been carefully curated by CIBSE Divisions, CIBSE Special Interest Groups and the Build2Perform Advisory Board, with specialist speakers invited from across the industry.
Now is the time to book your FREE place and look at the individual sessions of your choice across the two days.
CIBSE will be organising their 2019 Technical Symposium at the University of Sheffield from 25-26 April.
This will be titled Transforming Built Environments – driving change with engineering
Reshaping regulation, understanding, practice and application to enhance the lifelong benefit of engineered environments
CIBSE are calling for papers, reviews and case studies. Those interested are asked to submit a 250 word by 17th September 2018 to cibse.org/symposium
An exciting new show co-locates with the HVAC & Refrigeration Show, to offer visitors a 2020 vision of all that is new in building services
An appetite for a dedicated building services show sees this brand new event come to Excel London (January 21st to 23rd 2020), in a co-location with established bi-ennial event, the HVAC & Refrigeration Show. Building Services Live is a must for specifiers, installers, integrators, engineers, facilities managers, lighting designers and contractors, architects, heating & plumbing engineers, electrical engineers and more.
The new show’s Business Director, Jacqui Henderson, explains: “Building Services and HVAC & Refrigeration Live have a natural synergy so it made perfect sense to launch Building Services Live alongside this established and well supported show.
“With both events under one roof, it’s now the perfect one stop shop for anyone involved in the fast moving world of building services. It’s great opportunity for visitors to engage with a host manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers that represent the full spectrum of the Building Services market.”
Building Services Live will provide an exciting and interactive environment, with a seminar theatre promising a comprehensive CPD-accredited programme, an innovation showcase theatre – and a second seminar theatre called ‘the technology hub’ with presentations on a range of new products –plus of course a diverse range of manufacturer/service provider stands.
Continues Jacqui Henderson: “Building Services Live promises to be an information rich experience, allowing visitors to keep up with the latest trends, see and experience the latest technology close up.”
Building Services Live will cover the whole gamut of building services, including:
- Energy management
- Intelligent buildings
- The Internet of Things
- Connectivity and wireless technology
- Lighting and lighting controls
- Water treatment
- Drainage and plumbing
- Fire safety
- Health & Safety
- Data Centres
- Cyber Security
- Cable management
- Thermal imaging
- Maintenance & refurbishment
Building Services Live has been launched by Datateam Business Media Ltd, in association with leading industry magazine, Building Services & Environmental Engineer.
For information about stand space and sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01622 699116.
To submit papers, email email@example.com or call 01354 461430.
Visit www.buildingserviceslive.com for more information.
The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced changes to some of its senior positions, with John Smith standing down as FETA Chairman, and Nick Howlett taking over the role.
Nick, who is now a year into his role as HEVAC President, is Non-Executive Director at Titon and was instrumental in creating the company’s mechanical ventilation division in 2005.
Commenting on his new role, Nick said: “There are a number of significant topics on the agenda for FETA at the moment, ranging from the strategic level stemming from consequences of Brexit not yet being clear to the more sector specific issues like F-gas and detailed work on Regulations and Standards. We are also stood by to contribute fully to the work stemming from the Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety which followed on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and to playing our part in ensuring the opportunities for improvement across the built environment are not wasted.
“Equally, in the wake of the Carillion fiasco, we will continue to argue that the time for a radical review of construction industry payment practices is upon us and the Government must act accordingly. I have a particular wish to raise the need for better and more coordinated focus by the Government concerning indoor air quality but equally there are many issues of current interest across our six associations within FETA. I am greatly looking forward to playing my part in taking these forward.”
With John Smith also stepping down as President of the British Refrigeration Association (BRA), former BRA Vice-President Mark Woods has taken over the role. Mark is Joint Managing Director of Space Engineering Services, having started with the company as a Troubleshooting and Commissioning Engineer in 1997. He is also the Chairman of the BRA Contractor Section and is able to draw on a wealth of practical knowledge and customer relationship experience. He observed that: “I am looking forward to building on the great work John has done as we reach out to our broad industry sector to share best practice, focusing on health and safety as we deal with changes in the use of refrigerants.”
The topic of wellbeing continues to create discussion in all quarters – and it is highly prevalent in the building controls sector. Therefore, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) ponders the question of whether wellbeing needs to be regulated in reference to commercial buildings…
While there is legislation in place concerning energy efficiency, there is nothing in place regarding wellbeing, despite the growing demands around the subject. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) is a prime example of how legislation results in prompt action – as landlords are unable to let out buildings that have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of “E” or below until they make the necessary improvements.
The built environment has a significant role to play in regard to people’s wellbeing. It is well documented that building occupants enjoy some level of control over their workspace and are proven to be more productive as a result. Sophisticated technology is creating more opportunities to tackle wellbeing through a vast range of building controls, many of which allow users to dictate their own personal preferences for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting.
However, with ongoing advancements in technology, it is important that those people responsible for operating innovative controls in the workplace, have a full and confident understanding of how best to extract smart controls to their full potential – to avoid missed opportunities.
Optimum wellbeing in a building can be achieved from as early on as the design stage of a build – and legislation would ensure that everyone is working from the same standard in order to develop a building that best meets the needs of the occupants using it.
Jon Belfield, President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) said: “The term ‘wellbeing’ can be highly subjective with different meanings for different individuals. While each case is unique, it is clear that collectively within the industry, we need to adopt a change of culture and embrace wellbeing. Following a set of precise requirements would help ensure that this is easily achieved with benefits for building owners and occupants alike…”
The summer holiday is now well and truly underway and there’s never been a better time to polish up your skills and update your knowledge with the latest titles available from the IOR. The IOR has recently released no less than five titles all FREE to members at ior.org.uk. They are:
- The updated IOR Refrigerant Safety Code of Practice – Flammable Lower Toxicity Refrigerants (Groups A2L, A2 and A3) a reference source and guide to the interpretation of current safety standards, it covers properties of refrigerants, decommissioning, testing and maintenance as well as design issues. This safety code of practice is free for members. Non-members can download it for £48 (inc. VAT).
- IOR Proceedings Volume 114 (2017-18) – includes technical papers and reports of IOR meetings for 2017-18. This is an essential addition to your library for anyone involved in the RACHP industry and a useful collection to keep up-to-date with innovation and technical developments. The proceedings are available in PDF or CD-Rom format (ISBN:978-1-872719-38-2). Proceedings are free for members and available to non-members for £47 (inc. VAT).
- Three new Service Engineer Good Practice Guides – available for FREE for a limited time only. These guides will ensure you remain up-to-date with the latest practical RACHP developments and earn CPD credits over the summer.
- Guides include the Impact of Different Refrigerant Classifications (GPG 71), which considers the effects of the quota system of the EU F-Gas Regulation of 2014 on phasing down the supply of HFC refrigerants alongside industry’s pressing need to adapt to using HFC alternative refrigerants.
- The second Good Practice Guide available deals with Air Conditioning System Inspection Compliance Obligations (GPG 72), which summarises the regulations and obligations applicable to operators/owners of air conditioning equipment and covers phase out of high GWP refrigerants, safety of pressure systems and energy efficiency of buildings.
- The third guide is on the Importance of On-site Refrigerant Recycling (GPG 73) describing a practical process that will help to ensure a supply of refrigerant (recycled or recovered) is available for service and maintenance as F-Gas refrigerant becomes restricted.
These are just some of the titles produced by the IOR and available to members who can access over 300 titles from our website. IOR membership is a cost-effective way to keep abreast of the latest developments. To find out how you can join, visit www.ior.org.uk/membership
A new certification scheme developed by the Smoke Control Association (SCA), in partnership with IFC Certification, has been finalised and is expected to help raise standards across the industry.
The IFC SDI 19 Certification scheme is now open to contractors involved in the installation of smoke control systems and henceforth SCA members who install smoke control systems will be required to apply for and receive accreditation as a condition of membership. Developed to ensure a suitable level of competency in relation to fire strategy verification, system design and the installation of smoke control systems, the scheme also covers the contractor’s ability to offer and provide an appropriate level of service and maintenance to the client following installation and commissioning, commensurate with the type, size and use of the building.
Contractors certified under the newly introduced scheme will be suitably experienced in fire strategy verification, system design, installation and commissioning of smoke control systems in accordance with the following standards and industry guidance documents:
· Approved Document B
· Approved Document B NI (Northern Ireland)
· Technical Handbook (Scotland)
· BS7346 Parts 4, 5, 7 and 8
· BS 8519
· EN 12101 Part 6
· Technical Reports 12101-4 & 5
· SCA Guidance Documents
David Mowatt, Chairman of the SCA, comments, “The independent review of building regulations and fire safety supports clear cultural changes in the procurement, design, construction and maintenance of buildings and building systems in order to deliver safer buildings. Contractors should be responsible for the systems they install and end users should always look to use a capable, experienced contractor.
“This certification scheme will ensure quality and competency, affording the end user confidence that their safety critical system is fit for purpose. Certified contractors will have clearly demonstrated that their trained staff consistently adhere to industry best practice and fully appreciate the importance of correct installation, inspection and maintenance.”
IFC Certification is an internationally recognised provider of independent third-party certification. Further information, scheme documentation and application forms are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.