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


Holly Walsh to host 2019 BCIA Awards

The event of the century within the building controls industry is almost upon us - are you ready? The illustrious 2019 BCIA Awards will be hosted by award winning comedian and writer Holly Walsh in an evening of unrivalled entertainment.

Holly has wowed audiences across the UK by performing multiple sold out, critically acclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre, securing an Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly known as The Perrier Award) Newcomer nomination along the way.

What’s more, Holly is a firm favourite on top TV British comedy shows including Live at the Apollo (BBC2), 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), QI (BBC2), Would I Lie To You? (BBC1), Room 101 (BBC1) and Mock The Week (BBC2). 

Not just a regular on the small screen, Holly is equally well-known and respected for her radio work, including appearances on long running BBC Radio 4 shows such as Just a Minute, The Unbelievable Truth, The Now Show and The News Quiz. Her skills don’t end there as Holly is a co-writer of the hit BBC2 sitcom Motherland and has created and written her own sitcom entitled The Other One which will begin filming later this year.

Guests will be truly spoilt on the entertainment front as they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their competitive streak on the Scalextric track, as sponsored by Sontay, or enjoy a flutter at the Casino. What’s more, the Heads and Tails game, sponsored by global associates, will get everyone up on their feet for the chance to win a luxurious prize. This year all monies raised from the game will be in aid of Mind.

Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA said: “We are delighted to welcome Holly on board as our host for the 2019 BCIA Awards. Holly is one of the best in the business and no doubt she will be a popular choice with our audience.

“This year’s Heads and Tails game is in aid of Mind – I kindly ask you all to support this wonderful charity, especially as mental health problems are so prevalent in the workplace. Finally, I look forward to joining you all at the Awards for a superb night of entertainment and to celebrate the stars of the building controls industry.”

The distinguished awards ceremony and dinner takes place at the swanky Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday May 9th 2019. For more information visit the website: https://bcia.co.uk/awards/ or contact Hayley Hopkins on: hayley@keystonecomms.co.uk



EHPA debate on Heat Pumps

On the 9th April 2019, the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA), in collaboration with SME Europe and DryFiciency, organised a breakfast debate on tackling the subject of “Industrial and Commercial Heat Pumps: the unpolished gem in Europe’s energy transition necklace”. The event was hosted by MEP Dr. Paul Rübig of the EPP Group.

Policymakers, MEP Dr. Paul Rübig (AT/EPP) and MEP Seán Kelly (IE/EPP), discussed with the representatives of industry, civil society and the research sector about the next policy actions needed to seize the opportunities that high capacity and high-temperature heat pumps can provide to production processes in many applications. The following technology can foster the transition of energy-intensive industries and businesses are playing a leading role to enable the large deployment of heat pumps on an industrial and commercial level.

Dr. Paul Rübig, Member of the European People Party’s opened the breakfast debate by recalling the fact that heating and cooling of buildings is on top of the list of the most significant contributors for CO2 emissions. Therefore, Policymakers should focus on improving the energy efficiency of households and buildings. He then continued by stating that "the best energy is the one that is not consumed. Therefore, technologies should be promoted that further increase the energy efficiency of industry and households."

Eric Delforge, Chair of the EHPA’s Industrial and Commercial Heat Pump working group, inspired the participants by presenting the potential of large heat pump applications in a sustainable and smart energy system. He then led the audience through the demonstration that waste-less heating and cooling in the production process is possible. The installation of such closed and renewable system is possible thanks to the large heat pumps appliances. Now, “we need bold policymakers” to push energy efficiency in the energy-intensive industries, in the same way that the EU pushed for energy efficiency of fridges and lightbulbs back in time.

Individual businesses are setting the example for bigger industries by integrating large heat pumps appliances in their production processes and their buildings.

Naturally, participants agreed on the need for a proper recognition of heat pump technology to deploy it where possible in the industrial and commercial sector, thus using the full potential of waste heat to the maximum extent and include renewable technologies into industrial heating and cooling processes. The economic advantage of using heat pumps in businesses is a reality as in the case of Colruyt and in the Dairy industry. 

 In this view, to better disseminate the potentialities of the industrial and commercial heat pumps, EHPA is preparing a second edition of the ‘’Large scale heat pump in Europe’’ (download the previous version), a brochure presenting examples of realized and successful projects involving large heat pumps. The publication will be presented the 15-16 May 2019, during the Heat Pump Forum in Brussels.

Further details and presentations can be found here


Future of Heat Conference

The Heat Pump Association is a proud supporter of the first Future of Heat Conference taking place on 8 May 2019 in Birmingham.  

The Future of Heat is a brand new event from the team who organise the annual Network Forum and Awards.  The new conference will address the issues surrounding decarbonising heat across the UK, with a strong focus on learning from ongoing projects and developing both policy and technical solutions to current and future challenges.

Speakers from E.ON UK, UK Power Networks, National Grid, Association for Decentralised Energy, OVO Energy, Wales & West Utilities and more will address the direction of travel and how the sector’s players can realise the new opportunities being created in this new decarbonised heat world.

As a supporter, we can offer our members a preferential rate to attend – to view full details and book, visit https://event.networks.online/heat/register/ and quote promo code FETA15 to get 15% off your place.

More information can be found here.


FETA announces its latest recipient of Arkwright Scholarship Award

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is delighted to announce Joe Cairns as its second recipient of an Arkwright Scholarship Award. Joe was unable to make it to the official award ceremony so a special presentation was made at his school by Arkwright Liaison Officer John Thompson.

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust is an independent charity that identifies, inspires and nurtures future leaders in engineering and technical design, acting as a beacon to the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students in UK schools.

Joe applied through his affiliated school, Droitwich Spa High School, following a recommendation from his teacher. He completed his application form and sat a two-hour design/technology aptitude exam along with 1,377 other candidates. He scored highly and was one of 651 candidates who were invited to attend an interview as the final stage of the selection process. Joe’s interview was held at Loughborough University where he presented to the interview panel his design/technology project and impressed them with his knowledge of practical and potential leadership skills. He was one of 393 candidates recommended for a scholarship by his interviewers and using his engineering interests he was matched to the FETA criteria as a potential sponsorship opportunity. FETA was given a choice of three potential scholars and Joe was chosen as its next Arkwright scholar. FETA has been a sponsor of Arkwright Engineering Scholarships since 2016 and recognises the key role they play in encouraging students to pursue a STEM-related career.

Russell Beattie, Chief Executive of FETA, commented: “Joe has shown outstanding dedication and flair in what was a hugely talented and competitive pool of talent. We at FETA are very proud to sponsor Joe and I believe a very promising and rewarding career awaits him.”

Joe said: “I am very happy to receive this award and I am also extremely grateful that an organisation like FETA has shown this belief in me. It really makes all the hard work worthwhile and has given me a massive confidence boost for the next stage in my career.”


Photo: Joe Cairns is presented with his Arkwright Scholarship Award by John Thompson.



Building Controls Industry Association celebrates 100 members

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is delighted to announce that it now has a grand total of 100 members. The recent addition of Kernow Controls has enabled the BCIA to celebrate this important milestone.

The Association is continuing to grow year on year and members of the BCIA play a pivotal role in raising the profile of the Association by contributing towards useful resources such as the new BEMS Performance Specification. What’s more, the BCIA Marketing, Skills and Technical Working Groups meetings bring like-minded people together to raise performance standards, promote training opportunities and reach out to other organisations and government bodies to ensure that building controls are top of the agenda.

The latest figures from the BCIA’s Market Information Services (MIS) show that during the 2018 calendar year a new record was set for the value of the total controls and BEMS market in the UK at £695.6 million, underlining the increasing profile of building controls.

As the Association grows, the BCIA has added a new category of Corporate Membership: Enterprise Membership. There are now two membership categories available, the newly added Enterprise and the original Full Membership.

Members of the BCIA receive discounted training, access to the Market Information Service, free membership of FETA (Federation of Environmental Trade Associations), as well as special rates for a selection of industry events and insightful publications.

Find out more by visiting the BCIA website: www.bcia.co.uk


Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Kernow Controls to the BCIA and to celebrate the hugely significant landmark of reaching 100 members. We work with companies from all over the UK, bringing their expertise into the mix and tapping into the professional training capability that we have collectively.”

Lucie Hackney, Office Manager of Kernow Controls revealed: “We are very proud to have become the 100th member of the BCIA. It is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the Association and its members that it continues to grow and help steer the building controls industry forward.”



EFCTC launches illegal refrigerant reporting hotline

A new website, established by the refrigerant producers group EFCTC, will allow easy and confidential reporting of illegal refrigerant imports and sales activity in Europe. 

The HFC phase down, which led to price increases and availability issues last year, has encouraged a considerable black market in refrigerants. Much of this product is being imported outside of the quota system, with a large proportion of it in illegal disposable cylinders. Current estimates are that around 20% of sales in the EU are suspected of being outside the phase down quota mechanism.

These illegal sales are having a disruptive effect on the market, not to mention a serious environmental impact, but many concerned individuals are unclear who to report such activity to.

The new Integrity Line, operated on EFCTC’s behalf by the EQS Group, promises that anyone will now be able to report suspicious activities easily, in confidence, and anonymously, if desired.

Through the EQS Integrity Line, the EFCTC intends to provide the authorities in the particular member state with the evidence they need.

The Integrity Line is seeking information regarding incidents relating to smuggling, mislabelling, counterfeiting of F-gas products, and the use of illegal disposable cylinders or other breaches of the F-gas quota system.  To guarantee a whistleblower’s anonymity, the encrypted data is transmitted via a secure and independent EQS server. All reports via the Integrity Line website will remain anonymous unless the whistleblower wishes to disclose their identity.

Those reporting illegal activity will be contacted if additional information is needed. If it is eventually found that no violation has occurred there will be no consequences for the whistleblower.

The Integrity Line can be accessed here.


SkillFRIDGE ace reaches WorldSkills Kazan 2019

Orlando Rawlings, silver medal winner from the 2017 SkillFRIDGE cycle, has been selected to represent the United Kingdom at the WorldSkills international competition final in Russia later this year.

Orlando, who works for Daikin UK and studied at Grimsby Institute, will join the UK’s brightest apprentices and students to make up Team UK, representing the United Kingdom in the ‘Skills Olympics’ at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

More than 30 young professionals have made the cut, hailing from a broad range of sectors including engineering, hospitality, professional services, construction, digital and IT.

A shining example to the next generation

The 2019 WorldSkills international final will be taking place from 22-27 August, with over 60 countries sending their elite teams to the city of Kazan to do battle and go for bronze, silver and gold across no less than 56 different skills disciplines.

The event will be shown live on TV and streamed around the world, including the UK, changing the careers and lives of those who compete.

The WorldSkills international finals occur on a biennial basis. 2017’s Abu Dhabi-based contest saw Team UK finish in an impressive 10th place, with this year’s ambitious cohort of talented finalists no doubt hoping to achieve an even better result.

SkillFRIDGE 2019 is heating up

With registration for the 2019 SkillFRIDGE cycle now closed, the regional heats will soon be underway. Candidates who meet the necessary criteria will be invited to attend one of these heats, taking place between May and August at colleges and training providers throughout the UK.

Designed by top experts in the RACHP sector, the regional competitions will involve skills challenges which put to the test theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as time management capabilities.

Following the conclusion of the regional heats, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) will recognise the competitor with the highest score overall, presenting them with a special accolade at the 2019 BESA National Awards later in the year.

Meanwhile, the six highest scoring participants from the heats will be invited to the WorldSkills UK LIVE final in November 2019, where the medallists will be determined.

Those who score sufficiently highly in the final will be considered to represent the UK in the international WorldSkills competitions, undergoing a further selection process.

To discover how sponsoring or supporting SkillFRIDGE can benefit your brand, contact Karena Cooper on 01622 699150 or at kcooper@datateam.co.uk.


SCA discusses third party accreditation at House of Lords symposium

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) was recently invited by the Fire Sector Federation to present to a House of Lords symposium on third party certification and accreditation. Sponsored by Lord McKenzie of Luton, this industry wide discussion was aimed at agreeing how some of the critical findings from Dame Judith Hackett’s report could be turned in to practice.

Chaired by Baroness Brinton of Kenardington and including several Lords and MPs, the meeting overwhelmingly supported the need for third party certification and accreditation, importantly for both people and products. The Smoke Control Association, represented by Will Perkins (pictured), was able to explain the progress it has made in delivering a comprehensive system of product certification (the EN12101 series underpinned by the CPR) seamlessly linked to people’s competency through the industry’s IFC SDI 19 scheme.

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) makes it mandatory for manufacturers to only place products on the market which carry both a CE Mark AND a Declaration of Performance both underpinned by a UKAS Accredited Notified Body. The CPR sets out clear rules and guidelines and it is essential that all stakeholders in the fire safety industry quickly gain a good understanding of these regulations and put them in to practice. Ignorance cannot be an option.

Recognising the industry’s shortfalls in independent accreditation for installers, the Smoke Control Industry has introduced their SDI 19 Third Party Installer Accreditation Scheme which is run by IFC. Importantly UKAS accreditation has already been applied for. Six SCA members have successfully gained accreditation and a further 12 have applied and are in the process of being assessed. It was agreed by the SCA that only those members who offer installation services and have SDI 19 accreditation can belong to the SCA.   

The Smoke Control Association is working hard to raise the standards of its products and its people through third party accreditation. After this House of Lords symposium, the rest of the fire safety seems to be determined to raise their standards too.

You can find more information on the SCA here



IOR TechTalk , 4th April, Birmingham

With the UK’s commitment to reduce fossil fuels usage and CO2 emissions, heat pumps provide a viable alternative to current heating methods, however uptake remains low. The IOR and HPA are organising a Midlands Regional Meeting and TechTalk "Why don’t more people install heat pumps?" on 4 April at the Arden Hotel, Birmingham, discussing the reasons why homes and businesses have so far been reluctant to switch to heat pumps. 

Whilst the UK is on track to reduce CO2 emissions associated with space heating there is still more that can be done. Part of the solution is to use electrically driven heat pumps, and various UK carbon reduction plans have set ambitious targets for heat pumps to replace central heating boilers in both new-build and retrofit situations.  However even in off-gas-grid areas where heat pumps compete better with oil fuel or direct electric heating, take-up is still low. The presentation will provide insights as to why heat pumps still remain unattractive and will explore technical and marketing solutions to encourage more UK households to install heat pumps.

A networking event will take place prior to the presentation allowing participants to catch up with other RACHP professionals working in the Birmingham area.

To register for the meeting or webinar visit ior.org.uk/events/install-heat-pumps.



FETA supports World Refrigeration Day

FETA is supporting World Refrigeration Day.

Confirming its support, FETA Chief Executive Russell Beattie said: “Initiatives such as this are important to help raise and increase awareness of the remarkable benefits that air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pumps deliver in so many aspects of our every day life.”

“With market demand for environmentally benign cooling (and heating via heat pumps) is growing, events such as World Refrigeration Day can usefully reinforce the message that all of these industries are vital in our every day lives, and are becoming more important in developing nations as well,” he added.

World Refrigeration Day on June 26 is designed to raise awareness and understanding to the general public of the significant role that the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps industry and technology play in modern life and society.

There will be a World Refrigeration Day Pavilion at the Temperature Controlled Storage and Distribution Exhibition at the East of England Arena on June 26, with live broadcast talks focusing on different aspects of the RACHP industry hosted by ACRIB (www.acrib.org.uk)

Further information at www.worldrefrigerationday.org/



FETA issues new DSEAR risk assessment guidance

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is issuing new Guidance on Risk Assessments for compliance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR).

With the increasing use of refrigerants with various levels of flammability, it is important for the industry to understand how to comply with DSEAR. This regulation was amended in 2015 to include gases under pressure, which means that ALL refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) installations need to be compliant. It therefore places requirements to assess the risk for such substances (refrigerants etc) and puts into place suitable control and mitigation measures.

Dangerous substances are any substances used or present at work that could, if not properly controlled, cause harm to people as a result of a fire or explosion or corrosion of metal. They can be found in nearly all workplaces and include things such as solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases, dusts from machining and sanding operations, dusts from foodstuffs, pressurised gases and substances corrosive to metal.

Following a joint meeting between FETA, the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last autumn, it was agreed that FETA would lead the project to pull together appropriate guidance, and this document is the first fruit of that work.

Mike Nankivell, Chairman of the FETA A2L refrigerant working group, which has coordinated this project, said: “Under HSE regulations there is a duty to ensure that neither staff nor members of the public are put at risk in their place of work. This easy-to-follow Guidance has been produced by FETA to help employers carry out their Risk Assessments correctly and ensure the safety of all parties within their workplace.”

He added: “The Guidance should be read in conjunction with the regulation itself along with the HSE’s own Approved Code of Practice (ACOP).”

The publication has been reviewed by the HSE prior to issue. The intention is to follow up this guide with more specific, application based risk assessment guidance, covering a range of typical refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump installations to help the industry in complying with this regulation.

The new document will be available to download from the “Publications” section of the FETA website (www.feta.co.uk/publications/feta-publications) from 18th March 2019.



HPA welcomes government plan to ban gas boilers in new homes by 2025

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) says the government’s announcement in the Spring Statement that gas boilers will be banned in new homes from 2025 is a step in the right direction. It also supports the comments made by the Committee on Climate Change in their recent report, ‘UK Housing: Fit for the Future?’, which called on the government to get serious about tackling emissions from homes.

The HPA believes that it is vital that consumers are made aware of the potential of heat pumps for low carbon heating. Heat pumps supply more energy than they consume by extracting heat from their surroundings. Currently, heat pump systems can supply as much as 3kW of heat output for just 1kW of energy input.

Graham Wright, HPA Chairman, said: “Although heat pumps can save considerable carbon emissions this has not been recognised yet in building regulation and the UK needs a mechanism to enable us to take advantage of the 10 years of investment in renewable power generation, which has seen a significant reduction in the amount of CO2 emitted per kWh generated.”

Wright continued: “Further investment in training is also required to enable the current cohort of boiler installers to be able to install renewable technologies, a task that the industry understands and will be working with all stakeholders to ensure we achieve.”


Heat Pump Association gives evidence as part of parliamentary inquiry into emissions reduction targets

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) was recently invited to give evidence during a parliamentary session held by the Science and Technologies Committee as part of its inquiry into ‘Technologies for meeting Clean Growth emissions reduction targets’.

Graham Hazell attended the session on behalf of the HPA at the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday 26th February 2019, alongside David Weatherall, Head of Policy at the Energy Saving Trust, Jenny Holland, Senior Public Affairs and Policy Specialist for the UK Green Building Council, and Sam French of the Decarbonised Gas Alliance.

During the session, led by Committee Chair Norman Lamb MP, the Committee explored the options for decarbonising the UK’s road transport and domestic heat sectors, including energy efficiency measures. The Committee considered potential long term scenarios that could meet the UK’s emissions reductions targets as well as the actions the Government should be taking now to enable the UK to determine and pursue the optimum routes to these future scenarios.

Mr Hazell stressed the importance of the Electrical Grid Carbon Factor and its impact on the uptake of heat pumps. This point, which raised considerable interest amongst the Committee members, is a relatively easy quick win.

Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, commented: “While many proposed low carbon heating technologies are in the early development stage, heat pumps are ready and available now and do not need the huge investment being asked for from other technologies, such as hydrogen. Bio heating oil is currently a concept rather than a reality. We look forward to seeing the findings of the Committee’s report.”

The full parliamentary session can be viewed at: https://bit.ly/2Tfi5xR




BCIA Awards 2019 finalists announced

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is delighted to announce the finalists for the BCIA Awards 2019. After being inundated with a record number of entries, the judges faced a challenging task to determine the crème de la crème and following careful deliberation, they shortlisted the finalists across the eight categories.


The finalists are:

Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year:
Sponsored by: Trend Control Systems

Chartwell Controls
Crown House Technologies
DWS Controls
Eton Associates
Synergy Automatics
System Five

Engineer of the Year
Sponsored by: BCIA Training

Jason Edmed – Chartwell Controls
Neil Simmonds – Crown House Technologies
Calvin Townshend – Electrical & Mechanical Controls
Katie Dickson – Siemens Building Technologies
Ian Walker - SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions
Ian Dalby – System Five
Young Engineer of the Year
Sponsored by: Schneider Electric

Bailey Pinney – AES Control Systems
Joel Edward – Crown House Technologies
Kevin Crane – E.ON Control Solutions
Luke Williamson - Eton Associates
Lewis Locke -  George Birchall Service
Joshua Austin -  global associates

Luke Cuthbert – global associates
Charlie Hinchey – Honeywell
Matthew Baskerville – Schneider Electric
Danny Rae – SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions
Michael O’Brien - Synergy Automatics
Liam Barton – System Five

Energy Management Award
Sponsored by: Priva

Abtec Building Technologies - Ibstock Brick
Abtec Building Technologies - The Stamford Endowed Schools

Demand Logic - 55 Bishopsgate
Optimised Buildings - Superdry Stores throughout the UK
SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions - Addleshaw Goddard & Incentive FM

Best Service & Maintenance Provider
Sponsored by: Western Automation

AES Control Systems
BG Energy Solutions
Demand Logic
SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions
System Five Service
Technical Innovation of the Year – Products
Sponsored by: BCIA

AIS BMS and CBRE - A Revolution in Building Performance Management

BG Energy Solutions - VISTA Real-Time Energy Optimisation Solution
iaconnects - MobiusFlow Edge Gateway
Priva - Priva’s Cloud Based Services
Schneider Electric - EcoStruxure Building Advisor
Synapsys Solutions - SIP Billing 2
Synergy Automatics – IoTag

System Five - Halo Analytics & Livesight BEMS Platform

Technical Innovation of the Year - Projects
Sponsored by: Johnson Controls
Demand Logic for MJ Mapp - 55 Bishopsgate
Econowise Drives & Controls - 99 Gresham Street Bubll Installation

Engie working with Tyrrell Systems & Tyrrell Products - Wagamama Covent Garden
One Sightsolutions - BULK NO1 Scalable DCIM

Optimised Buildings - BMS Optimisation of Morrisons Retail Portfolio

Powell System Engineering - Imperial College Block C New Chemistry Department Fitout

Contribution to Training Award
Sponsored by: Siemens Building Technologies
One Sightsolutions
Optimised Learning
Redfern Contract Consultants
Sontay Academy
Tyrrell Products

Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA, said: “The number of entries we received this year was tremendous, in particular the high calibre of all of those who entered. This is wonderful as it demonstrates that the industry is continuing to move forward and underlines the quality that we have amongst us. Thank you to everyone who has entered and my congratulations to all this year’s finalists. I look forward to seeing you at the awards ceremony in May for what truly promises to be another unforgettable night."

The winners will be announced at the distinguished BCIA Awards ceremony which will be held on Thursday 09 May 2019 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. The BCIA Awards is the number one event to be seen at in the building controls industry – make sure you book your table today by contacting Hayley Hopkins on: hayley@keystonecomms.co.uk


To stay up to date with news from the 2019 BCIA Awards, follow the BCIA on Twitter @BCIA_news or use the hashtag #BCIAAwards19


Low Carbon Homes brings global domestic energy efficiency innovation to the UK’s regions via a nationwide event series – the Low Carbon Homes Forum.

Low Carbon Homes wants to drive the adoption of new energy-saving standards in the UK’s aged housing stock by providing a unique platform. Here, professionals can share best practice and discover pioneering methodologies and products to help transform home efficiency, reduce fuel poverty and lower carbon emissions.

Low Carbon Homes seeks to address 5 key challenges:

Change: apathy and resistance to change – key influencers are unmotivated to recommend change; easier to “do nothing”

Cost perceptions: unconvincing ROI

Confusing/conflicting information: competing advice from “experts”

Complexity: technological complications – pace of innovation difficult to keep up with

Consistency: inconsistent government policies – financial incentives reducing with fluctuating priorities

The Solution

The Low Carbon Homes Forums provide success stories and case-studies in a free-to-attend collaborative workshop-style environment. Each event will be tailored to address regional issues guided by knowledgeable host partners.

By facilitating knowledge exchange, peer-to-peer learning and de-bunking myths, the events help to reduce barriers and accelerate the take-up of energy efficiency best practice in each region.

There are four Forums planned for 2019, each partnering with a key regional low carbon champion. Featuring a programme including respected representatives from national and local clean-tech companies, low-carbon advocates and industry associations, each Forum provides a valuable opportunity for knowledge exchange, collaboration and networking.

2019 Dates

11 March, Dorset - Forum South West, hosted by Low Carbon Dorset
3 April, Brighton - Forum South East, hosted by Clean Growth Platform
23 May, Ipswich - Forum East, hosted by Suffolk Climate Change Partnership
14 November, Manchester - Forum North West, hosted by Manchester City Council


Each one-day Forum provides a fast-paced, participative experience, with interaction between attending professions encouraged.  Technical workshops follow the morning plenary sessions, while local SME’s showcase their solutions in the Supply Chain Expo.

Forums are free-to-attend for invited professionals.
Tickets for all Forums can be booked at www.lowcarbonhomes.uk


CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019 - Transforming Built Environments

The 2019 CIBSE Technical Symposium will provide an opportunity to examine and share research, development and applications that will drive change in the regulation, creation and maintenance of the built environment as well as evidence where there are still clear opportunities to benefit from established practices.

The event will be held on 25-26 April 2019 at the University of Sheffield.

Recent upheavals in the norms that have hitherto underpinned both society at large and the building professions have underscored that ‘business as usual’ is no longer the maxim for lifelong effectiveness in built environments. Change is not always the solution however the unquestioned status-quo can unintentionally lead the industry to unexpected and flawed solutions. Advances in materials, technologies, techniques and expectations driven by enhanced scientific understanding and the unprecedented access and processing of information can, and will, motivate positive change. 

Further details can be found here.



ASHRAE and UNEP Accepting Entries for Lower Global Warming Potential Award

ASHRAE and the UN Environment Programme are accepting entries for a jointly established international award program to promote the innovative designs, research and practices of low-GWP alternative refrigerants and related technologies.

The Lower-GWP Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Innovation Award annually recognizes people who have developed or implemented innovative technological concepts applied in developing countries to innovative designs, research and practices that minimize global warming potential (GWP) through refrigerant management.

“We look forward to seeing entries from innovators who are committed to sustainability through the development and implementation of a new generation of low-GWP efficient solutions,” said 2018-2019 ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter, P.E.

First Place and Honorable Citation awards are made in two categories:

·        Residential Applications

·        Commercial/Industrial Facilities

The winners in each category will be selected based on innovative solutions for designs, practice or research using lower-GWP technologies. The selection will take into account the following criteria:

·        Extent of need;

·        Innovative aspects in transforming conventional practices;

·        Technical replicability to developing countries; and

·        Economy feasibility to developing countries.

Entries for the 2019 awards will be accepted until May 15, 2019. Winning projects will be publicized by both organizations, and first place recipients will receive a stipend to receive their award at a UN Environment event.

For more information, visit ashrae.org/lowergwp.


HPA highlights benefits of heat pumps in wake of Committee on Climate Change report

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has welcomed a report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that calls for a ban on gas boilers in homes by 2025.

The report, ‘UK Housing: Fit for the future?’, calls on the government to get serious about tackling emissions from homes, warning that the UK’s legally-binding climate change targets will not be met without the near-complete elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from UK buildings. 

The Heat Pump Association believes that it is vital that key people in industry are aware of the potential of heat pumps for low carbon heating. Heat pumps supply more energy than they consume, by extracting heat from their surroundings. Currently heat pump systems can supply as much as 3kW of heat output for just 1kW of energy input. In many systems, heat is transferred from outside air or from warm exhaust air. In other types of system the heat can be drawn from the ground, or water sources such as rivers or waste water.

Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, commented, “Although a major short term shift to solely heat pumps would be impractical, extension of the gas grid in rural areas severely risks creating a much bigger negative legacy for the future. What cannot be denied is the ability of heat pump systems of all genres to significantly reduce carbon emissions, even at quite modest system efficiencies, compared to combustion based heating.”

Graham Hazell, consultant to the HPA, will be giving evidence to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee at Westminster on Tuesday 26th February 2019 on this subject. The discussion forms part of the Committee’s inquiry into technologies for meeting clean growth emissions reductions targets, and will be available to view live on Parliament TV.

The HPA is the UK’s leading authority on the use and benefits of heat pump technology, influencing legislation and other matters that affect the interests of its industry.




HPA comments on BEIS document on decarbonisation of heat

The HPA has reviewed and commented upon a recent document from BEIS entitled "Clean Growth - Transfoming Heat".

This report focuses on ways the UK can de-carbonise heat, and move to low carbon heating sources.  Clearly, heat pumps have a huge role to play in such a strategy and the HPA were very glad to have the opportunity to comment.

Some of the key points the HPA raised in its response were:

  • The Electricity Grid Carbon Factor currently in Building Regulations does not reflect the recent dramatic drop in carbon emissions from electricity generation, and hence means that the performance of heat pumps is unfairly penalised.
  • The report quotes an oft repeated myth that heat pumps only work with well insulated buildings; this is clearly wrong.  Any heating system will operate more efficiently in a well insulated building.
  • Heat pumps are a well understood technology that is available TODAY.
  • There needs to be some lateral thinking as regards electricity tariffs and subsidies to facilitate the uptake of heat pumps.
  • We need to engage with consumers to highlight the benefits, and ultimate energy and money savings, of using this technology.

Several of these topics have been the subject of recent articles by the HPA in the industry press.

The full response will be available on the HPA website in the near future.




Registration opens for SkillFRIDGE 2019

Registration is now open for the 2019 cycle of SkillFRIDGE, the competition which aims to put the RACHP industry on the map, tackling the UK skills crisis while helping young engineers to develop their careers.

The RACHP industry is intrinsic to modern life in the developed world; it keeps our food fresh and our buildings comfortable, it ensures the safe storage of medicines and helps to keep our data centres running in this digital age.

However, despite its vital role, the UK RACHP industry – along with the entire engineering sector – is facing a major skills shortage.

SkillFRIDGE, in partnership with WorldSkills UK and a network of top industry sponsors, is working to tackle this crisis head-on, highlighting the importance of RACHP skills and the many rewarding career opportunities available to young people entering the industry.

The competition is undoubtedly challenging, but it is precisely this fact that makes it worthwhile. Last year’s gold medallist, Dominic Dray from Royale Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, explained: “Being able to say that I won the gold medal is a great feeling, especially because it’s a tough competition that really does test your skills and knowledge. It’s a chance to show others what you can do, and having got through it successfully will stand me in good stead for my future career.”

For more information, or to register an apprentice for SkillFRIDGE 2019, visit: www.skillfridge.co.uk


The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced that Graeme Rees has been elected on to its Management Committee.

Graeme has been involved in the building controls industry for nearly 30 years and is currently Marketing Manager for Schneider Electric UK & Ireland Digital Energy division.

He previously spent 19 years at Trend Control Systems, where he worked his way up from Regional Field Services Manager to Marketing Director.

The BCIA is run by its members for its members and appointment to the Management Committee is by election. Members are however encouraged to participate in the Marketing, Technical and Skills Working Groups which enable the BCIA to tackle particular issues and projects in a focused way.

Graeme commented: “I am delighted and honoured to have been voted on to the BCIA Management Committee. With building technology advancing at the rate that it is, this is a challenging but exciting time to be involved in the building controls sector. I am looking forward to working alongside my fellow committee members to maintain and strengthen the BCIA’s position as a positive influence on standards, professionalism and innovation for its members now and in the future.”

Jon Belfield, BCIA President, said: “Graeme has led an exemplary career in the building controls industry and his extensive experience and knowledge make him a valuable addition to the BCIA Management Committee.”




IOR TechTalk on sustainable refrigeration road transport - 7th March

Dr Christina Francis from London South Bank University won the IOR’s Ted Perry award last year for her research into carbon emissions from Direct-Drive Last mile Refrigerated Vehicles.  On the 7th March the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) in conjunction with Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) are inviting Christina to talk about this research project and its impact for the future of the refrigerated road transport system in London.

The talk will provide a valuable case study for anyone interested in finding out how analysing refrigerant leakage can be used to identify opportunities to improve environmental performance of refrigerating systems.  It will also provide insights for those working to reduce carbon emissions in the cold chain or refrigerated transport sector.

Dr Francis’ work explores how through the analysis of maintenance and leakage records she was able to develop identify the likely root causes and possible solutions.  Using these results and through the the real-time performance of urban direct-drive refrigerated vehicles she was able to develop best practice guidelines for the design and sustainability refrigerated road transport systems.

The EU F-Gas Regulations (EU) 517/2014 requires both manufacturers and fleet owners of refrigerated vehicles above 3.5 tonnes to record refrigerant leakage as well as ensure leak tight and efficient refrigeration systems. In addition they have to balance the competing interests of maintaining temperature control while reducing the energy consumption of vehicles. Thus, reducing the overall environmental impact (i.e. contribution towards global warming and climate change) of refrigerated road transport systems and developing sustainable designs are imperative for the cold chain industry.

The event at London South Bank University is free to attend, please register here.

To join our webinar or be sent a webinar recording, please register here.  



ASHRAE/UNEP award targets low GWP solutions

ASHRAE and UN Environment have announced an awards programme for innovative designs, research and practices of low-GWP alternative refrigerants applied in developing countries.

The Lower-GWP Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Innovation Award will be presented annually in two categories – residential applications and commercial/Industrial facilities

“We look forward to seeing entries from innovators who are committed to sustainability through the development and implementation of a new generation of low-GWP efficient solutions,” said ASHRAE president Sheila J Hayter.

The winners in each category will be selected based on innovative solutions for designs, practice or research using lower-GWP technologies. The selection will take into account the following criteria: extent of need; innovative aspects in transforming conventional practices; technical replicability to developing countries; and economy feasibility to developing countries.

Entries for the 2019 awards are open until May 15, 2019. Further information here.


BEIS continues to supply FETA with information regarding Brexit. The Government is accelerating no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality, as it is the responsible thing to do, and continues to publish guidance to business so that members can make informed preparations.

The Government recently updated its technical notices on Goods regulated under the ‘new approach’ if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and Nominated persons (including authorised representatives) if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. These notices are intended to provide guidance to manufacturers of certain goods on how to prepare for Brexit if there is no agreed deal between the EU and the UK.

On Saturday 2 February, the Government published the new UK marking (UKCA). In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal the new marking may be applied to certain products, such as toys and machinery, sold in the UK, replacing the CE marking.

In most cases manufacturers will not need to use the UK marking immediately. In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal manufacturers will be able, for a period of time, to continue to use the CE marking when placing their products on the UK market (if their product meets the relevant EU requirements). This would include products that have had any necessary third-party assessment carried out by an EU-recognised body. The Government would consult businesses before taking a decision on when this period would end.

Products being exported to the EU which currently require the CE marking will need to carry the CE marking to demonstrate compliance with the relevant EU regulatory requirements.

Manufacturers will need to use the UK marking if their products require third party assessment of conformity and if this has been carried out by a UK-based Notified Body (post-exit called an Approved Body). In that case you will have to apply the new UKCA marking after 29 March 2019 (where required by legislation) as the EU will cease to recognise the ability of UK bodies to apply the CE marking. This will not be the case if the certificate of conformity has been transferred to an EU-recognised Notified Body (in which case the CE marking would apply).

For guidance on whether or not your business will need to use the new marking and how to use it, please visit the government’s guidance on using the UKCA marking.

If members have any questions regarding the UK mark, please contact goodsregulation@beis.gov.uk

The government are also considering what further guidance would be useful and would be very grateful for any feedback on the guidance and on specific issues where more detail would be useful.


As many members will know, FETA is closely involved with EURIS (European Union Relationship & Industrial Strategy). The EURIS Taskforce is an advisory body for the potential impacts of the changing relationship between the UK and EU for the UK Government, manufacturers and the media. 

EURIS represents industrial product suppliers covered by the Single Market representing sectors with a turnover of over £148 billion and covers sectors responsible for over 25% of total UK goods imports and exports.

EURIS has 13 trade association members: BEAMA (representing manufacturers of electrical infrastructure products and systems), GAMBICA (representing instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technologies), the Engineering and Machinery Alliance, the Renewable Energy Association, the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association, the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations, the Manufacturing Technologies Association, the British Fluid Power Association, the British Pump Manufacturers Association, the Lighting Industry Association, the British Compressed Air Association, the British Plastics Federation and the British Cables Association.

EURIS is looking to the future and is determined to ensure that manufacturers and suppliers in the UK are able to realise new growth potential through the Brexit process.

On a more direct FETA involvement, BRA President, Mark Woods, has agreed to join the EURIS Industry Sector Panel.

Further information can be found on the EURIS website http://www.euristaskforce.org/





Two long standing members of FETA associations have taken on senior roles in two industry bodies.

Kevin Glass, MD of Bitzer UK and a stalwart member of BRA, took over as President of the Institute of Refrigeration in November last year. 

In a wide ranging inaugural speech, the new president, whose two year term of office will span Brexit and the formative years of the UK’s divorce from Europe, described Brexit as one of the most important issues facing the industry.

Refrigerants was also an inevitable topic. As the MD of Bitzer UK, the UK subsidiary of the German compressor manufacturer, Kevin and his colleagues are at the forefront of testing the multitude of new lower GWP refrigerants entering the market.

Graham Wright, of Daikin UK and current President of HPA, has taken on the chairmanship of ACRIB.  He takes over from Graeme Fox of BESA, heading up the joint industry body which represents and coordinates RACHP industry issues.


FETA Lunch update

The ever popular FETA Annual Lunch will be held this year on Thursday, 11th April.  The venue, as always, is The Brewery in Chiswell Street in the City of London.

The guest speaker this year is Justin Webb (pictured), presenter of Radio 4's Today programme, and a highly experienced BBC journalist and correspondent.

Tickets are selling fast, with almost 80% of tables already booked.  To make a booking, please contact tanya@touchwavemedia.co.uk or hannah@touchwavemedia.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you at our premier event!


AIRAH and Institute of Refrigeration sign Memorandum of Understanding

Two of the world’s leading HVAC&R member organisations have put pen to paper on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) and the UK-based Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) formalised the agreement on January 14 at the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

The MoU is aimed at “furthering a more effective and beneficial exchange of knowledge and ideas in the HVAC&R industry”. In practical terms it will provide the members of AIRAH and IOR access to each other’s considerable banks of technical resources, foster global collaboration on research projects, and provide shared training opportunities.

The two organisations have also agreed to give full support to International Refrigeration Day, slated for June 26. The day will see refrigeration-themed celebrations taking place across the globe including in the UK and Australia to raise the profile of the industry.

AIRAH president Ian Harwood, F.AIRAH, says the MoU is a perfect move for both organisations and specifically supports AIRAH’s strategic aims.

“We are always looking to highlight the importance of the R in AIRAH,” says Harwood. “Our agreement with the Institute of Refrigeration will help us achieve that. It will also allow HVAC&R professionals on opposite sides of the globe to access each other’s knowledge and best practices, rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.”

IOR president Kevin Glass, FInstR, applauds the agreement.

“Our organisations have a long and proud history in their respective countries, with the IOR founded in 1899 and AIRAH in 1920,” says Glass. “A century later, the challenges we face are more intrinsically linked than ever, especially with the HFC phase-down driving major change all over the world, and the growing focus on sustainability – a focus that we share.”

The presidents thanked AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, and IOR immediate past president Steve Gill, FInstR, for laying the groundwork for the historic agreement.

The key areas of the MoU include:

Membership and networking

• Members of one society will be able to attend conferences and events of the other on the same terms as applicable to the members of the host society. This will extend to education programs, including eLearning and webinars.

Development of standards

• Both organisations will promote standard development activities in Australia and the UK, and share available knowledge on the subject, including possible advocacy positions and themes.


• AIRAH and the IOR will collaborate on publications and develop procedures to make them more easily available to members of the partner organisation

• The two organisations will support the development of joint articles on the issues and similarities of the Australian and UK HVAC&R industries. This will take place annually, and be printed in the organisations’ publications.

Policy statements and position statements

• Each organisation may be given opportunities by the other to comment on proposed policy and position statements developed on technical subjects. If further collaboration is mutually beneficial, these opportunities will be explored.

Cooperation on exhibitions and conferences

• AIRAH and the IOR will help disseminate information and promote each other’s major events.