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.
A message from the Chief Executive of FETA
No one could have prepared us for the impact which the COVID-19 pandemic would have on every one of our member’s families and businesses over the last six months. It has brought disruption and uncertainty to all and the effects will be long lasting. It would be folly to predict the exact timescale and nature of the recovery but now, more than ever, is the time for resilient responses and forward-looking strategies from industry leaders like yourselves.
Since we closed the doors of the FETA office in March, our team, like everyone else, has embraced the challenge of working from home, adjusting our working practices to ensure we continue to support our members and that we continue to act on their behalf.
One of the many challenges has been ensuring that the meetings which would normally take place at Hare Hatch continued as normal to ensure that our members were still able to debate sector and technical issues through the wide and varied network of committees. We also needed to ensure that those who are representing the sector at both European and International level via membership of groups such as AREA, EPEE and EVIA had a means to feed information back to the membership in a timely manner.
The introduction of Zoom meetings has therefore been a welcome addition over the last few months allowing the many groups to continue their valuable work throughout the Coronavirus lockdown. We all miss the face to face contact and the networking which takes place but having embraced virtual meetings by necessity, many members now see it as a useful tool which we will continue to use alongside traditional meetings as a means to meet more regularly on matters which require it.
In addition to ensuring business continuity for our groups and committees, the FETA team has been actively engaging with a variety of trade bodies and Government departments, supplying a steady flow of relevant information throughout the pandemic to support you and your businesses. The team were involved in a number of areas which arose early in the pandemic including the clarification of Key Worker status; support to meet the ventilator shortage at the start of the crisis and working in conjunction with the Construction Leadership Council on the clarification of Construction Site Operating Procedures.
While COVID-19 has been at the forefront of our minds over the last six months we must not overlook the issue of BREXIT and the looming deadline of 31 December 2020 when the UK will leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union. There are still a number of significant issues which remain a concern for our members, in particular the lack of clarity concerning technical regulatory matters (e.g. transition arrangements on UKCA/CE marking) and we continue to work on your behalf to seek clarity on this. We have accepted the invitation to join some newly formed top-level BSI committees working on post-BREXIT future trade agreements and with the assistance of some key volunteer members have already begun contributing to that critical work.
It is all too easy to be distracted from the significant wind of change arising from the Government’s acceptance in full of the Hackitt Review and the recently released draft Building Safety Bill which sets out radical and far reaching consequences for all of us. Much has been made of the need for a 'culture change' and whether in the shape of additional product standards or 3rd party certification of practitioners the changes are looking to be significant and we need to embrace this as an opportunity to constructively help shape the future and not just be unprepared recipients of it.
Within this overall programme, the work to review Building Regulations was put on hold as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic but this will resume shortly and it must be expected that the continued bad press emanating from the recently resumed Phase 2 of the Grenfell Inquiry and also the desire to match the climate change rhetoric in the run up to the postponed UK-hosted COP26 summit will increasingly drive the desire for radical change. Again, having worked hard over recent years to establish our collective credibility with key ministries, we will need to remain proactive if we are to ensure optimal outcomes.
One of the key strengths of a Trade Association is our collective voice and we need this more than ever as we look to influence key ministries and agencies. The next six months will undoubtedly carry a great degree of uncertainty as businesses embrace new challenges and we will endeavour to provide assistance and support as you strive to navigate not only through, but, even more importantly, beyond the pandemic.
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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 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is backing calls for an extension on the transition time for products to display the new UKCA Mark instead of the established EU ‘CE’ Mark.
The Government intends that construction products will move from CE marking to UKCA marking during 2021 so that from January 2022 only products approved and tested to UKCA may be placed onto the market in Great Britain. CE marking is recognised as indicating UK regulatory compliance during 2021, but this is planned to stop by 1st January 2022.
Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “The Government seem to be reluctant to acknowledge the problems and issues facing businesses since Brexit and failing to respond to the topic.”
Actuate UK, which the BCIA is a part of through its membership of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA), recently issued a warning about serious consequences for businesses, public and commercial projects as well as domestic customers in only six months if a major issue regarding product compliance and standard marking is not resolved. The ‘go to’ organisation for Government and key stakeholders within the built environment for the engineering services sector fears that, with the deadline coming too early, manufacturers and installers, clients and the public will be left dealing with serious quality and contractual issues. In some product categories, industry is estimating that 64 years’ worth of retesting will be required in the space of just a few months.
Mr Sharp continued: “The new system is rife with problems, with a lack of UK laboratory capacity and alleged contradictions in government guidance as to whether overseas accredited laboratories can or cannot be used to provide approved testing services for products. The BCIA’s Working Group members have already reported problems in getting clarity on guidance on what was acceptable and a number indicated that they had been advised that they are unlikely to have their products retested and approved by the Government deadline, with the clear implication that such products will not meet contractual requirements and cannot be installed.”
To avoid the looming crisis, and help with a sensible transition to UKCA marking, Actuate UK is working with others across the construction and services industries and requesting that the Government continues to recognise the CE mark until at least the end of 2022. Actuate UK adds that during this this time, products used in Great Britain should be allowed to bear either or both marks.
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is encouraging trades personnel looking to build on their existing knowledge gained from the BCM01-03 training courses to maximise their career potential with three further courses that will qualify them for an Advanced Technical Certificate.
The electrotechnical industry is a competitive environment and the BCIA believes that possessing detailed knowledge on the full range of building controls technology is a huge advantage for professionals looking to stand out amongst the crowd. The BCIA therefore recommends that the following courses are taken after completion of courses BMC01-BCM03:
BCM04 - Control Function in Heating Plant, provides a detailed overview of all types of heating plant and systems together with the associated control applications. This is an advanced course for those who have a good level of knowledge and a recommended minimum of two years’ experience within the industry.
BCM05 - Control of Ventilation and Air Conditioning Plant is designed for those responsible for the design, installation and commissioning of building control technologies and systems for ventilation and air conditioning. This advanced course builds on the knowledge gained in the BCM01-BCM04 courses.
BCM06 - Control of Cooling Systems is a detailed, theory-based course relating to refrigeration and psychrometrics, focusing on how the refrigeration process operates. This is an advanced course for those who have a good level of knowledge and a recommended minimum of two years’ experience within the industry.
Engineers who complete the BCM04-06 courses will be presented with the Advanced Technical Certificate. This qualification provides engineers with an opportunity to prove to clients and employers their full understanding of the six building controls subjects which cover Fundamentals of HVAC & Building Technology, Measuring & Control Technology, Hydraulics in Building Systems, Control Function in Heating Plant, Control of Ventilation and Air Conditioning Plant and Control of Cooling Systems.
Online training is now available for the BCIA’s full suite of training courses and exams can also be taken remotely through the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme’s Remote Invigilation service.
BCIA President Terry Sharp said: “With the BCIA making 2021 its year of training, and also celebrating its 30th anniversary, the diversity and depth of our training courses is something we are very proud of. Whether it’s a basic understanding or detailed technical knowledge you’re looking for the BCIA has something to offer, and if you qualify for the BCIA’s Advanced Technical Certificate you will really maximise your industry career options.”
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), which has grown from 11 members in its earliest days to around 120 members, accounting for 80 per cent of the UK’s building controls market.
Originally launched as the Building Controls Group (BCG) by Secretary of State for Energy John Wakeham in 1991, the BCIA has become a single voice in the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) sector to promote better understanding, application and use of building controls. Before its inception many companies operating in the controls sector had felt for some time that there was no single focus for their efforts to strengthen and develop the technology. It was subsequently decided to set up a new group within the Energy Systems Trade Association (ESTA). The new group’s key objectives were to establish a professional Code of Conduct, and advance technical standards, contract conditions and training and marketing the benefits of controlling energy usage and making potential users aware of the technology available to them.
These core aims are still at the heart of the BCIA’s activity 30 years later, something which the organisation is proud to celebrate annually with the BCIA Awards, first hosted in 2007 and now attracting record breaking numbers of entries and guests year after year. A number of well-known celebrities have also appeared as guest speakers at the Awards, including presenter Steph McGovern and comedians Lucy Porter and Holly Walsh.
BCIA President Terry Sharp believes the 30th anniversary is something for all BCIA members to be proud of: “For the BCIA to be going strong after all these years is a tremendous achievement only made possible by its members and their devotion to its cause,” he said. “Not only are we still going, but the rate at which the BCIA has expanded and increased its presence and influence within its own sector and in the wider industry owes a huge credit to the efforts of the members, committees and working groups involved in its ongoing success.”
There have been some interesting industry developments during this period. For example, soon after the Association started, a second group of control system specialists was formed amongst the then installers of BEMS. Back then, the market was dominated by the controls manufacturers and names like Satchwell, Honeywell, Landis & Gyr, Staefa and Tour & Andersen held the majority share. These days over three-quarters of controls installations and servicing is done by the independent sector and most controls manufacturers focus on product development and distribution.
Technological advancements have also changed the marketplace, as Sharp observed: “Perhaps one of the most marked areas of progress is the emergence of affordable open communications standards that allow hybrid systems and brands to coexist within a BEMS. Gone are the traditional motor control centre (MCC) panels which housed the starter gear and large data gathering outstations of the early BMS. These days smart plant, often with individual remote controllers, share operational data over IT networks or edge-technologies directly to the cloud.”
In recent years, one of the BCIA’s most significant contributions to government policy has been towards a review of the proposed changes to Part L of the Building Regulations. This year also saw the launch of the BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship Standard, in partnership with training provider Group Horizon, designed to address an industry wide shortage of BEMS Controls Engineers who will use the technical skills they learn on the Apprenticeship to keep the buildings of the future running efficiently.
Terry Sharp concluded: “The BCIA has played a crucial role in shaping our built environment. I am proud of the organisation’s past, motivated by its present and excited for its future. It is my hope and firm belief that in 30 years’ time somebody will be in my shoes heralding the 60th anniversary of the BCIA!”
World Refrigeration Day is an international awareness campaign established by the World Refrigeration Day Secretariat to raise the profile of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump sector and focuses attention on the significant role that the industry and its technology play in modern life and society.
The WRD 21 campaign will focus on careers in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pumps industry and is titled “Cooling Champions: Cool Careers for a Better World”. The goal of the campaign is to inspire students and young professionals – for both men and women – in all countries, encouraging them to meet the challenges faced in their communities.
Refrigeration is at the very heart of modern life. More than 15 million people are employed worldwide in the refrigeration sector. The total number of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump systems in operation worldwide is around 5 billion. Those systems provide the conditions we require for health, comfort, worker productivity, manufacturing, and essential environments for food, pharmaceuticals, and digital data. Dedicated professionals design, build, maintain, and regulate them as well as educate a new generation of practitioners.
Opportunities within the industry abound for young people with a wide range of career aspirations. Advanced cooling technologies need to be implemented in order to expand life required environmental conditions while meeting sustainability requirements of international climate and ozone protection accords. A new generation of cooling champions – engineers, technicians, researchers, educators, policy experts and executives – are needed to create controlled environments modern live requires. The benefits of reaching into a wide diversity of communities for promising talent will be a high campaign priority.
Actuate UK has issued a warning about serious consequences for businesses, public and commercial projects as well as domestic customers in only six months if a major issue regarding product compliance and standard marking is not resolved. It asks for an extension of the transition time to the new arrangements to avoid delays and allow all products to be tested and accredited.
The Government plans for the new ‘UKCA’ Mark to entirely replace the established EU ‘CE’ product Mark across the country by the end of this year. The aim of both CE and UKCA marking is to show that products meet essential health, safety, and environmental protection legislation. However, the problem with the limited transition period is being exacerbated by the lack of UKCA Approved Bodies and available capacity in current Certification bodies and product testing facilities to reliably verify that existing or new products meet the UKCA criteria.
As such, if any UK manufactured or imported engineering services product that needs to show these essential features cannot display a UKCA mark by the end of 2021 this will leave manufacturers and installers, clients and the public dealing with serious quality and contractual issues. In some product categories, industry is estimating that 64 years’ worth of retesting will be required, and we currently only have 7 months.
The issue affects a vast swathe of installed engineering products for both the domestic and commercial sectors, and it could lead to an array of installation cancellations, delays and contractual problems for the supply chain and its customers. Actuate UK members cover the whole process of planning for, testing and installing these products and they are concerned that this could bring the industry to a standstill, while it is still recovering from the pandemic.
To avoid the looming crisis, and help with a sensible transition to UKCA marking, Actuate UK is working with others across the construction and services industries and requesting that the government continues to recognise the CE mark until at least the end of 2022. Actuate UK adds that during this this time, products used in Great Britain should be allowed to bear either or both marks.
CEO of Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) Russell Beattie explained:
“This is not simply a question of manufacturers failing to prepare for a deadline and is inextricably linked with capacity within the still developing UKCA Approved Body cohort. Nor is this problem limited to our sector. At a time when businesses are trying to rebuild after the COVID 19 challenges the Government is urged to take the pragmatic step of extending the transition period. It is our understanding this has been done in the case of Medical Devices so there is sensible precedent for this.”
Nick Mellor, Managing Director of Lift and Escalator Industry association (LEIA) added on how the issue is impacting the sector:
“Under the new arrangements, a wide range of equipment placed on the Great Britain market from 1 January 2022 would need to be UKCA-marked. In many cases, where Approved Bodies are needed as part of the conformity process in place of EU Notified Bodies, there is a critical shortage of Approved Body capacity to deliver re-certification to UKCA rules by the end of this year. For lifts and safety components for lifts there is currently only one UK Approved Body able to undertake such certification, yet we have thousands of such components which we need to be able to use.”
Tom Garrigan, Technical Director for Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) raises similar issues for other products:
“One of the 21 Directives covering products being placed on the market is the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), which is split into five AVCP (Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance) systems. There are particular issues surrounding AVCP system 3, as the assessment of products is handled differently to other systems due to the EU Notified Body or UK Approved Body being a test laboratory. The current arrangements require all products with an existing CE mark where testing has been carried out in the EU to be retested by a UK Approved Body by 31 December 21, assuming there is one with the relevant accreditations.
As an example, there are 8 Notified Bodies in Europe testing heat emitters for CE marking purposes, and if we assume our European counterparts have a similar annual throughput of samples as ourselves, it is estimated there is 64 years’ worth of retesting required in less than 7 months. A clear and urgent decision relating to the application of the UKCA mark to products is required to give manufacturers and UK Approved Bodies much needed time to prepare and comply.”
The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is delighted to announce that Mike Nankivell has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the UK Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry.
With almost 50 years of experience in the HVACR industry, Mike has served as President of the Heat Pump Association (HPA), President of HEVAC and as Chairman of FETA during its 30th anniversary year. In the wider industry he is also a Fellow and former Trustee of the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and has served as a Director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB).
Russell Beattie, Chief Executive of FETA said: “It was an absolute pleasure for FETA to nominate Mike, with support from other key stakeholders in the industry, for an honour. Mike epitomises the very best of the volunteer culture which exists within Trade Associations and his personal commitment to the entire HVACR industry is second to none.”
One of Mike’s many achievements was as Chair of the ACRIB F Gas Implementation Group from 2005 to 2020 where his role saw him voluntarily acting as an industry advisor to DEFRA and the Environment Agency. Mike was responsible for the UK industry response to the F Gas regulations and his steadfast desire to pursue the very best climate change driven solution for Europe is a demonstration of his commitment to every role which he has held.
Commenting on being awarded an OBE, Mike said: “I am proud, grateful and equally humbled that my work within an industry that I love has been recognised in this amazing way. Throughout my long career within the HVACR industry I have had the privilege to work with a number of incredible people and I would like to pay tribute to each and every one of them as they are the ones who have made this possible.”
Russell concludes: “Mike is widely recognised as a leading UK industry figure and we are delighted to hear that he has been awarded this OBE. The F Gas Implementation Group which Mike chaired fulfilled a critical representational need within industry and his personal contribution, which continued after his retirement, should not be underestimated.
“He has also made a significant contribution to FETA, holding many key leadership roles, including more recently serving as President of the Heat Pump Association, laying foundations for its growing success in a sector which is key to delivering the Government’s net zero carbon vision.
His considerable expertise, coupled with his passion for promoting all aspects of the industry, makes him an inspiration to all those who come into contact with him.”
With efficient building management taking on increasing importance in a post-COVID world, as well as the UK’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is encouraging trades personnel and anyone who is regularly involved with building management to improve their basic knowledge of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) with its introductory BCM00 course.
The Introduction to Building Controls and HVAC is a one-day introductory course aimed at those who do not require the full technical detail of the building controls courses BCM01-BCM06, or who are new to this area of the industry. Designed for facilities managers and estates managers, as well as electricians and other building services trades personnel who wish to become more informed in this sphere of work, the course provides full coverage of day-to-day involvement in building controls and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), but at a level that does not focus on the technical detail.
Anyone who successfully completes the BCM00 exam is eligible to apply for the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Building Controls Associate card, provided the applicant has also completed an ECS Electrical Safety Unit Assessment and a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Assessment. A Building Controls Associate will typically be active in a support role as part of a team of Building Controls Engineers.
The BCM00 course exam and the ECS HSE Assessment can both now be taken online using the Remote Invigilation service on the ECS website, which allows delegates to take a formal ECS assessment without having to travel to a centre.
Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “A lot of the technology that goes into buildings is advanced and complex and requires qualified engineers to install it. However, many people whose job it is to manage and maintain buildings could really benefit from having a basic knowledge of what they are working with. BCM00 provides the first steps into understanding how BEMS operate.”
The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR)’s Cool Careers Event will take place on 24 June to mark World Refrigeration Day with a celebration of careers, skills and education initiatives in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pumps (RACHP). The zoom event is open to anyone working in RACHP, students and the wider public. It will showcase what the industry is doing to raise awareness of career opportunities, improve recruitment and training and celebrate success. It will also be a chance to look to the future with IOR President Mike Creamer sharing the IOR’s plans and practical resources for those who want to get involved with promoting the sector.
The programme for the event starting at 3pm will include:
- Welcome from the IOR President – IOR educational initiatives and the importance of addressing skills shortages for the future of our sector. Mike Creamer FInstR
- What can we do to recruit the next generation of engineers? Promoting our career to schools and encouraging diversity. John Skelton FInstR, Chairman of the IOR Education Committee
- Supporting the delivery of STEM (science technology engineering maths) in the classroom and how you can become a STEM Ambassador - Jacinta Caden MInstR, STEM Ambassador and member of the IOR Education Committee
- Three Minute Thesis competition - Research students from UK Universities present short summaries of their research in a bid to win the IOR’s Ted Perry Award
- Why become a RACHP Technician? The UK's best Apprentices and Trainees in conversation
- Worldskills UK - a showcase for UK engineering. Mark Forsyth Worldskills and Chris Baillie former medal winner in the Worldskills Refrigeration Competition
- Presentation of the award for Lifetime Achievement by a Service Engineer - and a few words about a life spent in the RACHP industry from the winner
- Presentation of the Ted Perry Student Research Prize - and a message for the industry from the winner.
- Closing remarks from the President
Register at https://ior.org.uk/events/coolcareers2021 to book your free place – and please pass details on to colleagues to encourage them to take part. Follow the event using hashtag #CoolCareers and #WREFD21.
The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is delighted to announce that the new FETA Chief Executive will be Chris Yates. This decision follows a rigorous and thorough selection process involving representation from across the Federation’s associations. Chris will take over in early September from Russell Beattie, who had delayed his original departure date due to the COVID situation.
Chris Yates has worked in the low carbon and renewable heating and ventilation sector since 1998 and has gained extensive experience running manufacturing/distribution companies and working for the Energy Utilities Alliance.
He has either been a member of, or chaired, a variety of government/industry bodies representing low carbon fuels, gas installation and appliances, both in the UK and Europe. He has also been a steering group member of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and chaired the Installer subgroup. Recently, Chris has been running the CORGI brand licensing business, which has a number of partnerships, as well as being a non-executive director of the National Home Improvement Council. He has also been a non-executive director of the Gas Industry Safety Group and chair of OFTEC.
Russell Beattie has occupied the FETA CEO role since 2014. He previously worked for the John Smith Memorial Trust and served in the Armed Forces. He said: “It has been a privilege to be the FETA CEO for the past seven years during a time when we have seen some landmark developments in our industry and their effect on our environment. I would like to thank all the members for their support and to welcome Chris and wish him all the best in taking on this role.”
On his appointment Chris commented: “I am delighted to be succeeding Russell as Chief Executive of FETA. I am very much looking forward to working with the FETA membership and the wider industry as the UK transitions towards Net Zero Carbon.”
This week the IOR has published a new Guidance note for the occupations of Design and Applications Engineer as part of its series of roadmaps setting out the skills, knowledge and behaviours required in key occupations. It sits alongside the Guidance note published last year for Engineering Technicians (on which the current apprenticeship programme was based).
The IOR is hosting on Wednesday 2nd June at 12:00 to 13:00 a webinar to discuss how the employers, trainers and those working in these roles in sector could make use of the IOR Roadmaps to help support training and develop their careers. Panellists on the webinar will input to the discussion, involving all of those present in exploring the questions of:
- How should IOR specifications be used by industry?
- What training capacity is in place and how can we support this?
- What mechanisms are needed to help employers share good practice and support skills development across sectors?
- Are there other skills gaps that need to be addressed?
The outcomes will be an action plan to promote skills and training and to promote careers in cooling.
You can register now to attend this event at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1941867691668594448 or download the Specifications from the IOR website at www.ior.org.uk .
A diverse, stimulating and profitable career is the potential reward for anybody looking to pursue one of the many professions available in the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) industry, according to the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), which has made 2021 its “Year of Training”.
BCIA President Terry Sharp, said, “Whenever an impressive new building appears on our landscape, whether it’s a stadium, tower or a new shopping centre, it is usually the architects who grab the headlines. But buildings are a lot more complex than just empty shells and a lot of the more interesting technology can be found behind the exterior walls. Modern legislation and environmental targets have made good building management a necessity, meaning that building controls engineers have a vital role to play in making our buildings energy efficient and sustainable.”
The BCIA offers a full suite of training courses which are designed for those wishing to upskill or start their journey as a Building Controls Engineer. The courses include BCM01: Fundamentals of HVAC and Building Technology, BCM02: Measuring and Control Technology, and BCM03: Hydraulics in Building Systems.
BCM01 gives an overview of the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) industry and the systems and technologies used in the control of heating, ventilating and air conditioning.
BCM02 offers comprehensive training on the theory of measuring and control technology and is designed for engineers and technicians who have some knowledge and field experience with a minimum period of one year within the industry.
BCM03 involves the main water circuits and systems used within the building services controls environment. This course includes the necessary mechanical knowledge needed to understand applications and covers all aspects of valve sizing and control.
Anybody who completes these three courses will be awarded a BCIA Technical Certificate. They will also become eligible for the Building Controls Integrator ECS card provided the applicant also holds a formal BS7671 qualification in the current edition of the wiring regulations (currently BS7671: 2008, 18th edition) as well as a current (up to date) Health & Safety Certificate or recognised ECS H&S exemption.
The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) is the sole ID and competence card scheme for electrotechnical operatives in the UK. ECS cards are issued by the Joint Industry Board (JIB) as a way to recognise and verify the competency of electrotechnical operatives working in the UK. The Building Controls Integrator ECS card is designed to meet the need for the growing body of controls engineers to gain appropriate recognition for the skills they have acquired.
The ECS recently launched an online Remote Invigilation service, which allows candidates to undertake the ECS HSE Assessment and the BCM01, 02 and 03 exams remotely to gain accreditation for the Building Controls Integrator card. More information about the Remote Invigilation service can be found here.
Terry Sharp concluded: “Whether it’s new builds or retrofit projects the controls industry has a huge number of exciting projects to offer. The next generation of engineers will be the key drivers in evolving technologies to create a more environmentally friendly building landscape for tomorrow. The training courses mentioned here could be the first step on the way to a long and exciting career.”
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has released a new Technical Guide to add to its portfolio of online Guides available to download.
The new guide, entitled “Selection of Control Valves”, is intended to provide a better understanding of the complex topic of control valves in HVAC systems, how they work and some basics on how to size and select the right valve. Feedback from customers and installers showed this subject to be needing a simple introduction guide. When today’s control system engineering focus is all too often directed to the electronics side of the control scheme, it is easy to neglect the importance of proper valve selection and application.
The topic of hydraulics in HVAC systems has changed considerably in recent times as affordable technology has enabled variable flow circuits and pressure independent control (PIC) valves.
Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “We may remember that there are many things to be considered when selecting a control valve but valve design, technology and application has changed in recent times. This Guide provides some basic clarity to the novice and serves as an aide-memoir to the more experienced and will hopefully help HVAC engineers be more confident in their valve selection.”
The BCIA’s Technical Guides are designed to help members and those in the building controls and BEMS industry work more effectively. All Technical Guides, covering a wide range of controls and BMS topics, can be downloaded from the “Resources” section of the BCIA website.
The British Refrigeration Association (BRA) has announced the release of an updated guide on the Jointing of Pipework for Refrigeration Systems. This latest issue is the sixth version of the guide and the first update since the 2014 edition.
Recognising the importance of brazed joints in maintaining the effective and efficient operation of refrigeration and air conditioning systems, the BRA developed the simple brazing procedure specification and approval for jointing copper pipework for refrigeration systems. The specification also incorporates a practical means of assessing an individual’s competence to braze joints for refrigeration and air conditioning pipework in accordance with national standards used by the industry and relevant legislation. This revision has incorporated high strength copper alloy pipe in recognition of is adoption on R744 systems and is also applicable to A2L refrigerants.
Mark Woods, President of the BRA, said: “The need to maintain safe working practices throughout any brazing process is paramount both in the workplace and when carrying out training and assessment. This specification has been endorsed by the Technical Committee of the Institute of Refrigeration and the BRA hopes that it will continue to be the accepted industry standard.”
The British Refrigeration Association is a trade organisation representing manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, distributors, contractors, specifiers and end-users of refrigeration plant, equipment and components.
The guide is available here
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has released a new Technical Guide to add to its portfolio of online Guides available to download.
The new Guide, entitled “Good Practice Guide – Control Sensor Selection and Installation”, sets out to describe good selection of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) sensors used in Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS).
A BEMS is only as good as the sensor used to measure the controlled variable (temperature, humidity, pressure etc.) and transmit it as a measured value to the controller. It is crucial that the sensor should provide an accurate measurement of the controlled variable at the reference point in the control loop. Failure to meet the desired conditions satisfactorily can lead to poor control, energy wastage and occupant complaints.
Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “Good sensor selection and installation is key to better control. Often there are conflicts of interest in the location of sensors – architects want them out of sight, control engineers ask they be located central to the controlled space. This document will show best practice and help resolve such issues.”
The BCIA’s Technical Guides are designed to help members and those in the building controls and BEMS industry work more effectively. All Technical Guides can be downloaded from the “Resources” section of the BCIA website.
National training provider Group Horizon Ltd, in partnership with the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced the launch of their delivery of the Level 4 Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Controls Engineer Apprenticeship.
A culmination of over four years of work by the Trailblazer Employer Group which included a number of BCIA members, the BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship Standard will address an industry wide shortage of BEMS Controls Engineers who will use the technical skills they learn on the Apprenticeship to keep the buildings of tomorrow running efficiently.
Wendy Belfield, Chair of the Trailblazer Employer Group and BCIA member, who led the group that developed the Apprenticeship Standard, added: “This is fantastic news for the BEMS industry and for anybody looking to pursue a career within it. Building Controls is a fast growing market with numerous opportunities for skilled engineers and this Apprenticeship will help to ensure our industry continues to maintain the highest levels of professionalism.”
Commercial buildings represent one of the largest capital expenses for businesses, and building owners and managers are constantly looking for ways to make them more efficient and sustainable – and that is where Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) play a fundamental role. The challenge for the BEMS Controls Engineer is knowing how to achieve this level of efficiency.
This Apprenticeship provides the answer, offering a balance of on the job assessments and technical training which covers all aspects of the industry including Controls Hardware and Logic; Field Devices; Networking; Communication Protocols and Supervisor Software.
Group Horizon’s specialist tutors, who each bring a wealth of experience in their chosen field, will deliver the BCIA’s technical course modules BCM00 – BCM15 as part of the Apprenticeship.
Peter Behan, Director of Group Horizon, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the BCIA to deliver their full suite of technical training courses (BCM00 – BCM15) as part of the Apprenticeship. We share the BCIA’s passion for developing new talent and preparing the workforce of the future and it will be a real pleasure to train the next generation of Building Controls Engineers.”
On successful completion of the programme, individuals will receive the Level 4 Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Controls Engineer Apprenticeship. In addition, on successful completion of technical modules BCM01 – 03 apprentices will receive the BCIA Technical Certificate and the BCIA Advanced Technical Certificate on successful completion of BCM04 - 06. Apprentices will also be eligible to apply for an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Building Controls card at Associate or Integrator Level (depending on level of experience) on completion of specific BCIA technical training modules.
BCIA President Terry Sharp said: “This is a fantastic moment for the next generation of BEMS Controls Engineers and I would like to thank all the BCIA members for their help and support in delivering this Apprenticeship Standard. I am sure that all of our members are as proud of the work which has been achieved as I am and will join me in saying that we cannot wait to welcome these new apprentices to our industry.”
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is delighted to announce the finalists for the BCIA Awards 2021. Despite a difficult and unprecedented year the record has once again been broken for the number of entries received, giving the judges plenty to think about. The finalised shortlists are as follows:
Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year
Sponsored by Trend Control Systems
Crown House Technologies
Syscom Building Management
Engineer of the Year
Sponsored by BCIA
Steve Nuttall, Aimteq
Paul Brown, BGES Group
Steve Emberton, Crown House Technologies
Sam Martin, E.ON Control Solutions
Dean Kent, Kendra Energy Solutions
Tracey Simpson, Pillinger Controls
Andy Gallogly, Sauter Automation
Max Mingozzi, System Five Services
Young Engineer of the Year
Sponsored by Schneider Electric
Dean Farmer, ABEC
Lewis Stevenson, BGES Group
Raja Khan, Clarkson Controls
Lewis Williams, Detail Design Engineering
Tom Drysdale, InTandem Systems
Ronnie Stevens, Kendra Energy Solutions
Phil Hunt, Pillinger Controls
Jamie Anderson, Sauter Automation
George Briggs, Sauter Automation
Louise Johnston, Schneider Electric
Eugen Juravliov, Schneider Electric
Energy Management Award
Sponsored by Priva UK
CIM, Digitising a Commercial Real Estate Portfolio
Crown House Technologies, Manchester Airport Transformation Programme
Ecopilot in Partnership with E.ON Control Solutions, Aberdeen Standard Investments
SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions, University of Glasgow Gilmorehill Campus
Tram Dubai, Green Buildings in Tram Dubai
Best Service and Maintenance Provider
Sponsored by Western Automation
Kendra Energy Solutions
Linear Control Systems Maintenance
SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions
Technical Innovation of the Year – Products
Sponsored by BCIA
Angel Guard, Clinical Washbasin with AI Technology
Contemporary Controls, BASgatewayLX
Demand Logic, Virtual Metering
Global Control 5, iSMA-B Hybrid IoT Controller
One Sightsolutions, OSSEasyAPI
Water Kinetics, Eco-Duo
Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects
Sponsored by Johnson Controls
ARES PRISM, The Environment Agency
BGES Group, Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa
Building Integrated Systems, Cambridge Trust Hospital
Global Associates, Park House
IBT Controls, University of Manchester
SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions, TJ Morris VMU
Contribution to Training Award
Sponsored by Siemens Building Products
SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions
Smart Buildings Award
Sponsored by BCIA
amBX UK, Heanor Park Care Home
Econowise Drives & Controls, Tasman House
Carbon Numbers, Blizard Building
Ecopilot in Partnership with E.ON Control Solutions, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Kelvin Control Engineers Ltd, Spateson Early Years Centre
Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “It is fantastic to see that despite all the difficulties of last year we have once again received a record breaking number of entries for the BCIA Awards. Many discussions I have had with industry colleagues have centred around how the effects of lockdown could change how we manage our built environment in the longer term. The standard of entries received has shown how our members have remained as innovative and forward-thinking as ever and it will be fascinating to see who takes home the prizes in September.”
The 2021 Awards will be held on Thursday 9th September 2021, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. For further details please contact Hayley Hopkins on: email@example.com
FETA are pleased to announce that their Annual Luncheon - that had to be postponed in 2020 - will now be held on Friday 5th November 2021.
Russell Beattie, FETA Chief Executive, said: “When we made the original plan to postpone from April 2020 to December 2020 we were extremely encouraged by the support of members and the vast majority of bookings and sponsorships were rolled forward to the new date. We would like to reassure members that we will similarly seek to honour existing bookings as we move to this new date, but of course we will offer refunds for those unable to make the new option. We are delighted that Kevin Keegan has confirmed his availability to be our guest speaker at the Lunch and we are all looking forward to this occasion".
“Clearly these are difficult times for all but especially for the hospitality industry and we have appreciated the support shown from The Brewery during our negotiations with them. We look forward to what will hopefully eventually be a very enjoyable and successful Luncheon in 2021.”
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced that George Lee will be taking over the role of Executive Officer, following the retirement of Roger Borer who has been in post for the last four years.
George is an experienced Trade Association executive having previously been CEO at Highways Term Maintenance Association (2017 to 2020) and Road Safety Markings Association (1997 to 2017), during which time he also founded stakeholder, public relations and communications consultancy Blue Symmetry.
George’s trade association experience has focused on directly representing sector business interests, establishing and delivering customer focused services, and building effective and sustainable cross sector communications and knowledge networks. This expertise is drawn from public policy, stakeholder management and media experience, developed throughout his career and is reflected in high-level interaction with government departments such as BEIS and key sector stakeholder groups and regulators.
Mr Lee said: “I am delighted to be taking on this new role with the BCIA. Building controls lie at the heart of a modern and energy efficient built environment and I aim to use my experience and expertise to ensure the skills and standards in this sector are maintained and continue to evolve.”
Terry Sharp, BCIA President, paid tribute to Roger Borer and welcomed Mr Lee’s appointment. “Roger Borer has been a tremendous asset to the BCIA during his time here and I would like to thank him for his hard work in helping us to meet our key aims and objectives. George Lee’s background in leadership and collaborative working will ensure the BCIA’s strategic plan is in safe hands for the foreseeable future and it is a pleasure to welcome him on board.”
The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is now part of a newly formed industry alliance made up of eight leading professional bodies from the engineering services sector.
Created as a vehicle for positive, meaningful change within the sector, Actuate UK will support the delivery of a safer, more productive and sustainable UK built environment.
By working together, alongside the UK Government and the Devolved Nations, this alliance of professional bodies will pool supreme levels of experience and expertise in order to tackle the economic, social and environmental factors that will be so crucial in ensuring the industry builds back better and greener in the months and years ahead. This will include taking a lead on building safety and the drive towards UK net-zero carbon as well as championing cultural changes and promoting the skills needed for tomorrow’s built environment.
Russell Beattie, CEO of FETA, commented, “I am extremely pleased to see this longstanding aspiration come to fruition. There are numerous challenges to be faced and closer collaboration can only be a positive step as we drive forward together to achieve meaningful change.”
The Actuate UK alliance is made up of the following bodies:
- The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA)
- The Building Engineering and Services Association (BESA)
- The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA)
- The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
- ECA – Electrical and Engineering Services
- The Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA)
- SELECT – the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland
- SNIPEF – The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation
Actuate UK will bring together technical, practical and commercial knowhow from all eight trade bodies and communicate it to the industry as one single, consolidated voice.
The Actuate UK launch webinar can be viewed here
The Heat Pump Association, which represents around 95% of the heat pump manufacturing market share, has surveyed its members to estimate the supply of heat pumps in 2021. This has revealed that manufactures have placed orders with their supply chains to deliver a total of 67,000 units in 2021. This equates to a nearly double the number of heat pumps on shelves and in warehouses ready for installers to meet the growing consumer demand.
This huge boost in predicted sales is extremely promising for the industry on the road to net zero. Last year, the Prime Minister laid out his Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution, which set out ambitions to roll out 600,000 heat pumps into homes per year by 2028. With 35,000 heat pumps sold in 2019, the near doubling of the market is a significant step in the right direction. The growth also closely aligns with the HPA’s roadmap to net zero, which called for 72,000 heat pump installations this year.
The Heat Pump Association is committed to preparing and upskilling the installer base across the country so that they can recommend and deploy heat pumps at the scale net zero requires, while delivering long term benefits to customers across the country. Trained heat pump installers are a key part of the low carbon transition and must therefore be able and willing to access training. The HPA outlined a new scalable route to becoming heat pump installer in its 2020 report: ‘Building the Installer Base for Net Zero Heating’. The route proposed begins with a technology neutral, low temperature heating course, before specialising in low carbon technologies including heat pumps.
The Heap Pump Association is making continuous progress with this new training route for heat pump installers, with courses expected to begin with the first quarter of this year.
Phil Hurley, Chair of the Heat Pump Association, said:
“The near doubling of the heat pump market this year would be a substantial achievement at a time when the decarbonisation of homes and buildings is not just desired but essential; our members are committed to turning today’s forecast into a reality and have clearly backed this up with their advanced ordering.
The estimation of 67,000 heat pumps in 2021 shows the confidence from members of the HPA in delivering the scale up of heat pumps that the Prime Minister’s Ten Point plan necessitates. This is just the beginning of a long journey ahead but we’re off to an incredibly promising start.”
About the Heat Pump Association
The Heat Pump Association (HPA) is the UK’s leading authority on the use and benefits of heat pump technology and includes many of the country’s leading manufacturers of heat pumps, components and associated equipment.
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