FEDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS (FETA)

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

ADCAS The Voice of the Ductwork Industry

FETA is the low cost but high profile UK trade body which represents the diverse interests of manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the building services sector. It is split into six principle Associations ADCAS, BCIA, BFCMA, BRA, HEVAC and HPA.

Product types covered by FETA include ductwork, ducts, duct insulation,  pre insulated ductwork, dampers, grilles, louvres, building controls, flues, chimneys, refrigerated display cabinets, chilled cabinets, refrigeration contractors, refrigeration equipment, refrigeration components, refrigeration end users, air conditioning, air curtain, air distribution, air handling unit, chilled beam, chilled ceiling, demand controlled ventilation, fan coil unit, fans, ventilation, filter, fire damper, smoke damper, humidity, residential ventilation, smoke control, heat pumps

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Entries open for CIBSE Graduate Engineer/Employer of the Year Awards

The prestigious CIBSE Young Engineer Awards recognises and rewards innovative thinking, hard work and skills of graduate engineers, as well as employers who pro-actively champion young people in the building services sector.  One of the industry’s most sought-after accolades is the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year. It is open to anyone who has graduated in a building services related discipline within the last two years.

The CIBSE Employer of the Year is an equally coveted award which recognises and rewards organisations which have shown excellence and innovation in developing the next generation of engineers. This may be via channels such as mentoring, providing on the job training or supporting young employees through education.

Why not put your young stars and/or company in the spotlight? There are categories for small, medium and large organisations and the awards are open to both CIBSE members and non-members alike.

The Young Engineer Awards 2018 will be held at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on October 11th.

Find out more and enter here:

https://www.cibse.org/young-engineers-awards

18-05-2018

Winners of the BCIA Awards revealed

The winners of the 2018 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards were announced at the prestigious ceremony and gala dinner on 10 May at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham.

 

Multi award-winning Lucy Porter hosted this year’s awards which celebrated the crème de la crème of the building controls sector and recognised outstanding people, products, training and innovation.

 

Chartwell Controls claimed the first accolade on the night for Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year as a result of their professionalism, innovative problem-solving and customer satisfaction. Next up was the Engineer of the Year Award which was presented to Miles Moss of Detail Design Engineering for his outstanding customer service skills and willingness to go the extra mile.

 

Greg Smith of E.ON Control Solutions clinched the Young Engineer of the Year Award after demonstrating his application of knowledge, great communication skills and successful building controls achievements during his apprenticeship. Additionally, E.ON Control Solutions claimed the Best Service & Maintenance Provider Award for exceeding client objectives and raising the bar for the level of support they provide.

 

Portal Building Controls scooped the Energy Management Award for the London School of Economics energy refit which as a result of their involvement is achieving upwards of £230,000 per annum in energy savings. The Technical Innovation of the Year – Products Award was won by Global Associates for their innovative product, global spaces, which interfaces clients’ room booking and reservation systems within the BEMS environment.

 

Demand Logic clinched the Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects Award following installation of their Data Acquisition Device (DAD) at 155 Moorgate which identified projected savings of £25,000 per year, while One Sightsolutions Ltd won the Contribution to Training Award for their first-class service and professional training facilities.

 

The final award on the night for Outstanding Contribution of the Year was presented to Alan Braybrook of Sontay. Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA said: “I am delighted to present this award to Alan; he has dedicated his entire working life to the HVAC sector, rising through the ranks to being instrumental in transforming the focus of Sontay onto the international stage.”

 

Jon added: “It was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the achievements of the industry’s finest. I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the winners and thank all of the sponsors and media partners for their continued support.”
 

www.bcia.co.uk

18-05-2018

The final report from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was published on 17 May 2018 and is available to download from MHCLG website

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has welcomed the recommendations in Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report, ‘Building a safer future – Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’.  A press release from the SCA is available on the SCA website.

 

18 May 2018

New co-operation announced between IOR and ISHRAE

The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) in India and The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) in the UK are pleased to confirm that they have agreed a framework to work together to share technical information on refrigeration.  The two organisations share mutual objectives of promoting co-operation and advancement in science and practice of technologies, they are ideally placed therefore to share expertise, publications and publicity.  The first output of this co-operation will be an offer to allow ISHRAE members access to some of the IOR’s extensive library of on-line refrigeration technical information.  ISHRAE has also offered IOR the opportunity to be present and give a talk at the forthcoming REFCOLD exhibition and conference in Gandhinagar, India from 22th to 24th November 2018.  The agreement which takes the form of a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 23rd April in Brussels. 

IOR President Steve Gill commented “I’m really pleased to be launching this co-operative agreement with our friends and colleagues at ISHRAE and I’m sure they will make good use of the wealth of technical information the IOR can share, especially on the rapidly changing topic of refrigerants. I’m equally pleased that ISHRAE is so enthusiastic about sharing their events and activities with IOR members and look forward to working with them more closely over the coming years”

Subramaniam Chandrasekaran President ISHRAE added “ISHRAE is pleased to enter into this MOU with Institute of Refrigeration based in the UK. We are confident that this association will bring in a lot of value to the members in reaching out to the best design and operation practices of refrigeration system from the enriched Institute in UK. A lot of opportunity also exists in sharing of technical articles that can be shared through the journals that both the Societies bring forth and that can really spiral off into some research activities and interaction between the world of academia in the areas of natural working fluids and newer refrigerants. We are really looking forward to having a very close association with the IOR in the years to come.”

11-05-2018

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association’s Technical Seminar will be hosted by the University of Leeds which has active ground source energy research interests.

The event takes place on 24th May from 10.00 to 16.00.

The following speakers have now been confirmed:

Geothermal Technology for Economic Cooling and Heating
Simon Rees, University of Leeds

Assessing the performance of thermo-active geotechnical structures
David Taborda, Imperial College

Quantifying the accuracy of a radial approximation for pile heat exchangers
Nick Woodman, University of Southampton

Development and validation of a diaphragm wall heat exchanger model
Ida Shfagh

Thermo-active retaining walls: mechanical response and thermal performance
Eleonora Sailer, Imperial College

How can a flowing fracture influence the thermal performance of a borehole heat exchanger and when does it matter?
Sasha Pedchenko, University of Southampton

High temperature heat pumps at Henley Business School
Phil Jones, Building Energy Solutions

Ambient temperature networks
Michael Moggeridge, EON

Development of CP3 Open-Loop Groundwater Source Heat Pumps: Code of Practice for the UK”
Nic Wincott, Lead author

Hidden Commissioning/Handover costs and risks to GSHP/Closed Circuit ‘HTF’ systems from analysis and methodology
John Westerman, InnoGreen

A New software package from North America for monitoring and controlling new or existing systems
Chris Davidson, GeniusEnergyLab

The event is targeted at academics, industry stakeholders and all those with an interest in the ground source energy industry at a technical level. A reduced rate is offered to GSHPA members and the seminar is free to students. Lunch will be provided. 
 
The seminar is to be held at the School of Civil Engineering main lecture theatre.  Details can be found here.

08-05-2018



 

FETA has been working over recent months as part of the EURIS Task Force in lobbying the UK government to get the best possible outcomes for our industry sectors from Brexit negotiations. The EURIS Taskforce is an advisory body representing industrial product suppliers covered by the Single Market representing sectors with a turnover of over £110 billion across electrotechnical, electronics, lighting, plastics, renewables and mechanical engineering products.

FETA has been working over recent months as part of the EURIS Task Force in lobbying the UK government to get the best possible outcomes for our industry sectors from Brexit negotiations.  A major issue that has been highlighted is the impact of the application of Rules of Origin on UK products once they stop being counted as EU products.  Rules of Origin determine when a product can be certified as being from a particular country or market to decide whether it qualifies for any preferential tariffs that apply in free trade agreements (FTAs). Typically, a proportion such as 50% of the value of the product must be derived from the country to allow it to be certified as originating in that country, based usually on the material and components rather than the labour, intellectual property or know-how contributed.  Without enforcement of these Rules, it would be possible for importers of products to route them through the country or market with the best tariff deals without any significant value being added.

Post-Brexit (or at least after the transition/implementation period ends in December 2020) UK products and components will cease to count for assessing the EU origin of goods and systems and so will cease to benefit from current tariff-free trade with the EU and also any preferential tariff rates under FTAs the EU holds. It is possible that a preferential tariff agreement will be negotiated and that the EU FTAs will be rolled over to continue to benefit the UK, but this cannot be guaranteed.  There is also an ongoing risk that EU manufacturers who have UK content in their supply or value chain will switch that supply to within the EU27 to ensure the end products will continue to count as of EU origin.

EURIS is now assisting BEIS in assessing the impact on our product sectors of this issue and to do this we are seeking information from member companies on:

  • Current challenges in certifying origin of products
  • Typical supply and value chain positions and complexities
  • Extent of exports and imports to and from the EU27 and other markets subject to EU FTAs

We will be carrying out this survey work in conjunction with BEIS civil servants who will look to discuss impacts directly with companies to provide detailed examples with which to brief the Ministers involved in the political negotiations and also the trade negotiators who will be agreeing the detail of future free trade agreements with the EU (and other markets). We are also working with the UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex to compile a report on the overall position of our industry sector which can then be used to ensure an accurate view can be taken of the impacts of these changes.

It is extremely important for our industry to get the most detailed and complete picture possible as similar exercises will be carried out for other industries such as automotive, aerospace and pharma. UK government will need to make decisions on which industries to prioritise in negotiation and unless we provide them with a thorough assessment, other industries will be likely to take priority.

For now, please could you send contact details of the individual (or individuals) in your company who can provide detailed information on the current position of your products for Rules and Certification of Origin and also examples of your company and product position within international supply and value chains.  We will then compile from those company experts a picture of the varying positions within our sectors, working with both our government and academic partners.  It is recognised that many companies may not have specific expertise on this subject as it may not have been a significant issue while the UK is an EU member state but if you can nominate somebody who knows the wider picture of your product manufacturing and sales cycle then that should provide the information required.

Please send information to info@feta.co.uk

02-05-2018

 

 

Industry members gather in their hundreds for FETA Annual Lunch

On Thursday 19th April more than 600 manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors assembled for the FETA Annual Lunch. With the temperature soaring well over 20˚C, members of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations headed to The Brewery, London, for the most anticipated event in the FETA calendar. 

Professionals from the heating, ventilation, building controls, refrigeration and air conditioning industries enjoyed a sumptuous three course meal in The Brewery’s Porter Tun Room, before FETA Chairman John Smith delivered a keynote speech, and special guest Steph McGovern provided some entertainment with stories from her career in broadcasting.

Mr Smith opened his speech by paying tribute to Dr Bill Cory, whose attendance at the lunch marked his retirement after many years of contribution to the fan industry, particularly his involvement with the British Standards Institution (BSI). It was Dr Cory’s leadership that presided over the development of EN ISO5801 – widely considered to be the ‘flag-ship’ standard of ISO/TC 117.

Mr Smith’s speech also addressed some of the challenges facing the industry, including Brexit, the F-Gas regulations, smoke controls, indoor air quality, and training. Referring to trade-related factors post-Brexit, Mr Smith declared FETA’s support for the BSI’s ambition to stay within the broader European standards system, and its intention to further strengthen its links with the BSI as the UK’s transition out of the EU continues.

Highlighting the work FETA is undertaking to support the F-Gas regulation, Mr Smith said: “In order to meet phase-down requirements of the F-Gas regulations, the use of refrigerants with significantly lower global warming potential is an inevitable requirement, and it’s clear that low flammability refrigerants will play a major part here.  “Our A2L refrigerants working group has released guidance, offering an overview of the new refrigerants, as well as practical advice on their safe use. It seeks to signpost the fact that these refrigerants will play an increasing role in the market over the coming years; particularly with regard to air conditioning.”

Turning his attention to Grenfell, Mr Smith described the tragedy as a “dreadful milestone” in the UK’s built environment history, and endorsed Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future report and championed the work of FETA’s Smoke Control Association in contributing to formal enquiries. 

Reflecting on FETA’s response to the Carillion collapse, Mr Smith noted the efforts of the ductwork and building controls associations in striving for reform in construction industry practices, and gave full backing to the Aldous Bill, which will received its second reading in Parliament on 15th June 2018.

Following Mr Smith’s speech, Steph McGovern took to the stage to share some anecdotes from some of her most interesting experiences in her career to date. From interviewing Donald Trump to her frequent TV appearances wearing a hi-vis, and discovering a Twitter account dedicated to her eyebrows, Ms McGovern’s stories made her a very popular guest, exemplified by the numerous photo requests afterwards, for which she was happy to oblige. As a former winner of the ‘Young Engineer for Britain’ award, Ms McGovern also highlighted the importance of attracting young people into industry, drawing applause when she said: “We don’t value vocational training enough. Someone with an apprenticeship should be valued in the same way as someone with a degree.”

 

Bookings for the 2019 lunch can be made by contacting the event organiser

Touchwave Media; 07792 750597, hannah@touchwavemedia.co.uk.

 

www.feta.co.uk

Feedback needed on new BEMS Controls Engineer Standard

The challenge of developing BEMS Controls Engineers in sufficient numbers and quality for the industry, is one that the BCIA continues to address. The main focus at present is to achieve full professional recognition for BEMS Control Engineers. This primarily involves the completion of a BEMS Controls Engineer Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard (required as part of the government’s overhaul of the old apprenticeship scheme).

An employer Trailblazer Group was formed and a proposal to develop the BEMS Controls Engineer Standard was approved in December 2017. The next step was to draft the standard itself, including its occupational profile, key knowledge, skills and behaviours. To help with this the BCIA sought feedback from organisations across the industry. These comments and contributions have been incorporated into three documents: BEMS Controls Engineer Standard, Duty Matrix Summary and KSB Schedule.

The three documents need to be submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) but first we need your help and welcome your feedback on each document.

An integral part of the proposed Standard is the Occupational Profile which should typically contain 10-20 duties which make up the occupation of a BEMS Control Engineer. These are duties that a fully competent employee should be able to undertake when working in the occupation. The updated Duty Matrix outlines the 15 duties identified for the role which were included in the approved ‘Proposal to develop the Standard’.

For each of the duties, the knowledge, behaviour and skills for competence must be described and are detailed in the updated KSB Schedule. The KSB Schedule lists the Knowledge, Behaviour and Skills required for each of the duties together with the Criteria for Measurement and potential Assessment Methods. These are referenced as: K1, K2, K3 etc., B1, B2, B3., S1, S2, S3 etc., C1, C2, C3 etc., and AM1, AM2 and AM3.

The Duty Matrix and KSB Schedule, together with the Occupational Profile Summary, which must accompany the application, can be viewed on the BCIA website (https://bcia.co.uk/training/trailblazer-standard/)

A wide range of input is needed, so please help the employer group by kindly reviewing the updated documents found here and send any final comments to Roger Borer (rogerb@feta.co.uk) by 14 May 2018. The intention being to submit the BEMS Controls Engineer Standard proposal for the 23 May IfA submission closing date.

We thank you for continued commitment and support in helping to shape the industry.

01-05-2018


 

The Environmental Audit Committee has today published its report, UK Progress on Reducing F-gas Emissions. The report calls on the Government to enforce existing F-gas regulations and use its procurement power to promote products with a lower global warming impact.

It has also called on the NHS and medical companies to reduce the production and use of Metered Dose Inhalers, establish a recycling system for them, and legislate to avoid them going to landfill. The report examines the issues surrounding the regulatory impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU’s F-gas regime, and the knock-on effect issues such as F-Gas regulation could have on multilateral international agreements (where both the UK and EU are signatories), and on future trade deals.

Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said:

“Global warming is a clear and present danger and the UK should be doing all it can to bend the curve of global temperature rises. Some F-gases make a much bigger contribution to global warming, and are found in everyday items such as inhalers, fridges, and air conditioning units.”

“At present, the Government is failing to enforce the regulations surrounding F-Gas emissions, particularly on car air conditioning units, while the NHS remains reliant on F-gas fuelled inhalers despite less damaging alternatives being available and widely used in other European countries.

“The Government, the NHS, manufacturers and medical companies should be doing much more to address F-gas emissions. International cooperation on removing F-gas emissions could have hugely beneficial consequences for future generations.”

 

The full report can be found here

Details of evidence submitted to the inquiry can be found here

Details about the Environmental Audit Committee can be found here

25-04-2018

With revenue contributions of over £4.5 billion GDP to the UK economy but a talent pool that is running dry, the impending skills crisis within the engineering sector poses a potentially devastating threat for the wider economy. This can only be tackled through the implementation of framework designed to engage the next generation with the support of government, training providers and businesses.

With this in mind, the organisers of SkillFRIDGE – the RACHP focused competition within the WorldSkills portfolio, a government-led initiative designed to champion apprenticeships and technical skills development programmes – are delighted to reveal that industry giant Toshiba Carrier UK has pledged its support to the competition in a landmark two-year deal as lead brand sponsor.

Commenting on the continued support of the initiative David Dunn, general manager of Toshiba Air Conditioning (a division of Toshiba Carrier UK), says: “As a global leader in high efficiency, high performance air conditioning, we have a key role in supporting and encouraging the industry to improve the level of knowledge and technical skills.”

“We very much look forward to the series of SkillFRIDGE events around the UK. We applaud the young engineers stepping forward to compete and wish them all the very best in the regional heats and the finals to come.”

A number of other brands have committed their support to the 2018 edition of SkillFRIDGE, including A-Gas, Advanced Engineering, Dean & Wood, Fieldpiece, Safeflame and Vulkan Lokring.

The competition also receives the backing of key industry training providers Business Edge, ACR Training and the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Tony Howard, director of training at BESA - which this year will be presenting a special accolade to the highest scoring competitor from the regional heats - says: “Here at BESA Training we always strive to recognise the efforts that our apprentices make to not just ‘get an apprenticeship’ but to become the best in their year group. Alongside our own Awards, we welcome the opportunity to support them and SkillFRIDGE on the national and international stage.”

A number of industry associations have also put their weight behind the skills competition, including the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA), the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and REFCOM – the UK’s market leading F gas certification body.

Sponsoring or supporting the SkillFRIDGE competition is an opportunity for brands to align with the up and coming generation of outstanding engineers while showcasing the quality of the products and services they offer.

To find out how your brand can benefit from this unique platform, contact Karena Cooper on 01622 699 150 or at kcooper@datateam.co.uk.

For more information on SkillFRIDGE 2018 visit www.skillfridge.co.uk.

25-04-2018

Hotel Facilities Management Expo 2018

The Hotel Facilities Management Expo is the ultimate destination for the products, features and services optimising the functionality of hotels. The event takes place on the 25th & 26th of September 2018 at ExCeL, London. Register for your free ticket now at  www.hfmexpo.co.uk

Forming part of a stellar line up of over 300 innovative suppliers, HFM exhibitors are positioned as the leaders in their field, having the opportunity to meet and pitch decision-makers from global hospitality brands down to boutique hotel owners.

To find out more about the event, take a look at our website: www.hfmexpo.co.uk

For full information about exhibiting, please contact Jamie Gray now on 01872 218007 - or email jamie.gray@prysmgroup.co.uk.

24-04-2018

REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE to hold events across Europe

The EU project, REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE, will organise a programme of Study Days and Train the Trainer events during the second half of 2018 and into 2019 to reinforce the practical training associated with the use of low GWP alternative refrigerants.

Co-financed by the EU's funding instrument for the environment and climate action, the REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE project will organise four study day events in several countries in Europe aimed at standardising and ensuring a high level of training on low GWP alternative refrigerants.

To be held in the project partners countries Germany (IKKE), Italy (ATF), Poland (Prozon) and Belgium (UCLL), the topics will focus on flammables and carbon dioxide, with the number of participants varying from 8-12 per event. Participants of this programme will include training providers from Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Spain and Turkey.

At the Study Days, knowledge and expertise will be shared on how low GWP alternative refrigerants training courses are carried out. This will aim to prepare the trainers for the new training courses that will be offered in their national markets based on the REAL Alternatives materials.

The events will be organised as a half-day of theoretical training and a half-day of practical demonstration on test equipment. The day will be conclude by a written assessment to validate the training and for which participants will receive a certificate.

For more information on the Study Days and Train the Trainer events sign up to receive updates at www.realalternatives4life.eu.

24-04-2018

Over the last 6 months the Smoke Control Association have been working on raising the bar/getting their house in order within the Smoke Control Association.

The primary aim is to ensure that all members achieve a minimum standard if they wish to be a member of the SCA going forward.

This requires a Director of each company signing a declaration of compliance.

The minimum requirements includes ensuring that Smoke Ventilation products meet current harmonised standards and legislation.

The first stage is the introduction of a Membership criteria document which all existing members and new members will need to sign.

We are also going to introduce  a Competency Scheme to be administered by IFC.

The new membership criteria document can now be found on the SCA website click here.

 

David Mowatt, Chairman SCA

12 Apr 18

 

IoR free guide to weight scale calibration

The IoR has released a new Good Practice Guide to refrigerant weight scale calibration, which is free to download for a limited period.

Good Practice Guide 69 outlines how scales are used for measuring refrigerant weights in cylinders and how they need to be calibrated regularly to ensure that they give correct readings.

This is only one of the publications available to members of the IoR’s Service Engineer’s Section. As well as allowing subscribers to gain access to free publication downloads, members of the Service Engineer’s Section also receive four postal mailings a year with good practice guides, tool box talks and newsletters, a free torque tool and an annual CPD Certificate as evidence of their commitment to developing their technical knowledge through the IOR.

To find out more about membership, visit www.ior.org.uk/membership.

The free Good Practice Guide is available here.

09-04-2018

BSI has consulted its members and stakeholders about the possible implications of Brexit for standards. The BSI Brexit Position Statement sets out the eight key principles on which BSI’s post-Brexit position is based. Use the link to download a PDF of the paper.

05-04-2018

 

UK Construction Week delivers new Building Tech Live

Building Tech Live will be the most important event in the integrated building technologies sector this October, at the NEC Birmingham. Taking place on 9-11 October 2018, Building Tech Live joins the Build Show, Timber Expo, Civils Expo, Energy 2018, HVAC 2018 and the Surface & Materials Show to make up the UK’s largest event for the built environment, UK Construction Week.

Formerly known as Smart Buildings, Building Tech Live has evolved to showcase the very latest technological advancements in IoT, lighting and Li-Fi, automation, security, communication technology and more.

Building Tech Live will be the foremost destination for anyone in electrotechnical and engineering services design, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance and monitoring and has been designed in consultation with our association partners to provide comprehensive educational content, debate and the latest technological advancements in the industry.

As part of the event’s development, Building Tech Live will produce a tailored educational programme for members of the leading electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA, as it offers its’ members increased benefits from attending the event. Mike Giles, Head of Communications from the ECA said “The ECA are delighted to be increasing our partnership with UK Construction Week, and we believe that the evolution to Building Tech Live is a very positive step for the industry. We are looking forward to working with the organisers on offering our members exclusive benefits in the form of VIP status, CPD and seminar content at Building Tech Live”.

Building Tech Live will also stage the Voltimum Smart Solutions Awards alongside a Voltimum seminar programme. The Smart Solutions Awards, hosted by Steph McGovern for the second year, will champion the installers, manufacturers and wholesalers leading the charge in the building technology market. Award categories include Best Installer, Best Newcomer Installer, Best Project, Best Manufacturer and Best Wholesaler.

Nathan Garnett, Director of UK Construction Week said “We have been working with our lead partners and exhibitors as well as listening to visitor feedback whilst forming Building Tech Live, which has been exceptionally well received.  We are in an era of rapid technological advancement in integrated building tech, and it is absolutely crucial that the whole sector embraces this change for the improvement of our environment and society as a whole. Building Tech Live will be a catalyst for that evolution”.
Building tech Live is free for trade professionals. Registration will open from June 1st.

Keep up to date about the latest exhibitors, product launches, industry awards, speakers and specialised features at Building Tech Live on the website www.buildingtechlive.co.uk or follow the show via twitter  @buildtechlive. #buildtechlive2018

Building Tech Live is supported by its associate partners – KNX, Voltimum, ECA, BCIA, BESA, FETA and BSRIA.

04-04-2018

Smoke Control Association submits proposals to Building Regulations review team

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has submitted proposals to improve smoke control guidelines within Approved Document B of the Building Regulations.

The SCA fully supports the current independent review of Building Regulations and fire safety and welcomed the publication of the interim report in December 2017.

Representing companies and consultants across the smoke control sector, the association has a history of publishing well-respected guides and is ideally positioned to offer expertise and guidance to the independent review team.

The proposed changes put forward by the SCA include:

  • More prescription of performance requirements for smoke control installations. The guidance should offer minimum objective-based requirements on a sliding scale, depending on the type of building and the risk presented.
  • Recommendations that are focused on ensuring systems and installations are designed and installed in a competent manner, with competency schemes more actively encouraged.
  • The guidance should have clearly prescribed references to product standards such as the EN12101 suite, so that equipment installed is tested and certified as fit for the purpose intended. Architects, building owners and contractors should not be permitted to trade off fire and smoke performance for aesthetics or commercial gain.
  • Where a fire engineer or similar professional has been employed to design a strategy or blueprint for a building, they should be retained and engaged for the duration of the project, ensuring that the installation and the interactions between the various systems is fully realised.
  • The guidance should clearly reference the most applicable standards that are appropriate to the design of the system, whether British Standards or Industry best practice documents. Levels of competence should be clearly defined to ensure that designers, installers, commissioning engineers and maintenance contractors have suitable knowledge and training to deliver fully functioning life safety smoke control systems.

Actively involved with industry standards committees, previous SCA recommendations have been included in BS 9991 and BS 9999 and SCA chairman David Mowatt is hopeful that key aspects of Approved Document B will be addressed and improved during its redrafting. He comments: “This review represents a unique opportunity to tackle critical flaws in Approved Document B and make vital changes that will be felt throughout the industry, offering clearer guidance and improving safety across the board.”

26-03-2018

 

 

BESA appoints new chief executive

David Frise has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

He has been combining the roles of head of sustainability at BESA and chief executive of the construction fit-out body FIS for seven years. He takes over as CEO of BESA with immediate effect, but will also continue in his role at the FIS for a short period to help manage the transition to his successor.

A former nuclear submariner, he left the Royal Navy to become managing director of a building engineering services contractor, which he described as a “logical step”.

“Submarines and buildings might look like two different worlds, but in the end it’s all plumbing!” he said. “That doesn’t mean any of it is easy, but the basic engineering principles are the same and good quality building services firms – like BESA members – have a lot in common with the nuclear industry.

“We may not have the same profile, but should give ourselves a bit more credit. It will be part of my mission to impress on anyone who will listen that building engineering has a vital social and economic role to play by helping to deliver a top quality built environment.”

Performance
He is a frequent speaker on a range of industry topics including energy efficiency, system integration, government policy and the ‘performance gap’ in buildings.

“We are delighted to have secured David’s services,” said BESA President Tim Hopkinson. “He is a well-known and respected industry figure, who brings enormous experience to the role. He also brings vital continuity, as an existing senior member of staff and former md of a member company, along with a fresh perspective thanks to his time leading the FIS.”

The BESA Board gave unanimous backing to the appointment stating that Mr Frise had the required track record and the necessary political, technical and management qualities. He was the “outstanding candidate”, they said, and demonstrated a clear appreciation of the role members play in the organisation and an understanding of their different needs and priorities.

“It was clear from the start that David was the charismatic leader we had been looking for,” said Mr Hopkinson. “He is the right man to represent our Association at all levels and to build on its heritage and profile.”

Mr Frise said his key priorities would include stepping up the Association’s already substantial role as a leading provider of technical standards and guidance. This will be delivered by working with BESA members and in collaboration with other stakeholder sector bodies to make sure all technical output was “world class, relevant and cutting edge”.

He added that training would be another priority so that member companies could access the skills they needed to support technical developments.

“I want to build a community where BESA members can flourish,” said Mr Frise. “This involves providing commercial and legal support for their businesses; making sure their views and needs are represented at central and local government level; and helping them to recruit and train a new generation of engineers equipped to operate in the modern built environment.”

19-03-2018

Lucy Porter to host BCIA Awards

Tickets are now on sale for the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards which will be hosted by multi award-winning Lucy Porter.

Lucy has been a huge hit with comedy audiences up and down the country for over 10 years with her distinctive, bouncy and feel-good comedy.  She has also had vast success internationally and performed in the USA at Last Comic Standing and the Las Vegas Comedy Festival.  Her career has also seen her undertake various acting roles, including the critically acclaimed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest alongside Christian Slater.  What’s more, as a writer and performer, Lucy has contributed to documentaries on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 and was one of the lead writers on ITV1’s prime-time Sunday night satirical animation series Headcases.

Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA said: “We are delighted to have someone of Lucy’s stature on board as our host for the BCIA Awards. With her vast experience in comedy, acting and writing, we have no doubt that she will be a firm favourite with our guests and be the perfect host for what promises to be a highly entertaining evening.

“The Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and recognise the depth of talent within the building controls sector. The atmosphere is always electric, so I hope to see as many of you there for a memorable evening.”

 

The prestigious awards ceremony and gala dinner will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday 10 May 2018. Tickets include a three-course dinner, the awards ceremony, a range of post-show entertainment as well as networking with colleagues, media and industry peers.

A table of ten costs only £1,100 with individual places available for £130.00. To book your spaces, visit the BCIA website today and download a booking form.

www.bcia.co.uk

13-03-2018

IOR updates Code of Practice for Refrigerants

The Institute of Refrigeration has updated its Safety Code of Practice for Non Flammable, Lower Toxicity Refrigerants

(Group A1). The publication provides essential industry guidance for owners, designers, installers and operators of vapour compression refrigerating systems that use any group A1 refrigerants which include HFC and HFC blends. It covers properties of refrigerants, decommissioning, testing and maintenance as well as design issues with useful appendices such as typical schedules for inspection and maintenance, system register details, machinery rooms, definitions and an updated list of relevant standards.  The Code which can be downloaded from www.ior.org.uk  has been prepared by the IOR Technical Committee as a reference source and guide to interpretation of current safety standards such as BS EN378:2016 and legal requirements such as F Gas, PED, PSSR. It is available free to IOR members to download. Non members can purchase a PDF download at a cost of £48 inc VAT.

The IOR publishes four Safety Codes of Practice specific to refrigerant type. The remaining Codes are under revision and are due to be reissued in April 2018.

  • Non Flammable, Lower Toxicity Refrigerants Group A1 (available now)
  • Flammable Lower Toxicity Refrigerants Group A2L, A2 and A3
  • Carbon Dioxide R744
  • Ammonia R717 

The IOR website at www.ior.org.uk also provides Guidance Notes on specific issues and Service Engineer practical bulletins.  IOR policy is to promote the responsible use of refrigerants, for the public benefit. A responsible refrigerant use policy places a high emphasis on the elimination of leak sources, the efficiency of the overall system and the life cycle cost of ownership and assumes compliance with legal obligations.

08-03-2018

The Rushlight Summer Showcase takes place on Thursday 14 June 2018 at Church House Westminster, Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3NZ.  It is THE marketplace that brings together cleantech developers and sustainable solution providers, with investors & financiers and businesses looking to source suppliers and partners for an improved level of sustainability in their supply chain and operations. Kindly lead sponsored and supported by Innovate UK and BEIS, it follows on from the highly successful Rushlight Show which has just had its 9th year and attracted 600 cleantech CEOs and entrepreneurs, investors and financiers, advisers, corporate customers and others involved in the sector.

TO REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE CLICK HERE ; TO REGISTER AND REQUEST AN INVOICE CLICK HERE ; and for more details of the event please go to http://www.rushlightevents.com/rushlight-summer-showcase/.

Cleantech companies can apply for one of the remaining presentation slots in the Conference Showcase to panels of investors, corporate venturers, partners and corporate customers. There are also a limited number of stands available in the Exhibition area.

The highlights include:

1.Conference, opened by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, where 40 cleantech companies will be presenting to a large audience looking to learn about the latest sustainable innovations and clean technologies.

2.The latest announcements from BEIS on funding for cleantech businesses.   

3.Announcements about a range of new funding rounds by Innovate UK,  which will be of direct interest to cleantech companies.

4.The Exhibition incorporating the Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Round 4 ISCF Showcase and the BEIS Energy Entrepreneurs' Fund participants.

08-03-2018

 

Low GWP Alternative Refrigerant Learning

A set of free newly updated learning materials are now available from the REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE project. The English versions of nine modules have been developed by a team of international experts as part of an EU co-funded project to address climate change and support the rapid move to alternatives to high GWP refrigerants.

 The fifteen organisation strong team of project partners – trainers, universities and trade associations across the EU – carried out a thorough review of the contents of existing learning materials that were originally developed in 2014.  The review led to the introduction of a new module focusing on Safety and Risk Assessment to highlight precautions needed when handling flammable, toxic and high pressure low GWP refrigerants.  The materials now include the booklets as below available as free downloads from www.realalternatives4life.eu:

  1. Introduction to Alternative Refrigerants - safety, efficiency, reliability and good practice
  2. Safety and Risk Management
  3. System design using alternative refrigerants
  4. Containment and leak detection of alternative refrigerants
  5. Maintenance and repair of alternative refrigerant systems
  6. Retrofitting with low GWP refrigerants
  7. Checklist of legal obligations when working with alternative refrigerants
  8. Measuring the financial and environmental impact of leakage
  9. Tools and guidance for conducting site surveys

To help raise skills levels and awareness across the whole of the EU the materials are going to be translated into an additional 12 different EU languages over the coming months and will be supported by a free e-learning site which has more interactive resources and links. The site is currently being updated and will also offer 13 language versions.   

 

About REAL Alternatives

REAL Alternatives for LIFE promotes best practice in training for low GWP alternative HFOs, R32, hydrocarbon, carbon dioxide and ammonia across Europe – ensuring they are used safely, efficiently, reliably and cost-effectively.  It addresses critical barriers currently preventing more widespread take in the industry by increasing awareness, experience and knowledge levels.  The project is also spreading knowledge about the availability of training for low GWP refrigerants with a presence at some of the most important national, EU and global environmental summits, conferences and events.

 

 Contact Project Manager Raluca Sisiu, Institute of Refrigeration raluca@ior.org.uk or see the existing project website at www.realalternatives4life.eu for updates.

08-03-2018

 

BCIA welcomes Jon Belfield as a new President

Jon Belfield has been appointed the new President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA). He steps up from his position of Vice President and takes over the role from former President, Malcolm Anson.

Jon is Managing Director of InTandem Systems Ltd, a controls installation specialist which work on a variety of building controls projects in both private and public sectors. InTandem were proud winners of the Independent Systems Installer of the Year at the prestigious BCIA Awards in 2016.

With extensive experience in the building controls sector, Jon is a fellow of CIBSE (FCIBSE) and a Chartered Engineer.

In his new role, Jon will focus on the importance of continuous professional development and encouraging the next generation to join the building controls sector – as per the Year of Engineering initiative.

The 2018 Year of Engineering government campaign aims to inspire the next generation of engineers while bridging the skills gap in the industry.

The BCIA’s new President, Jon Belfield says: “I am honoured to be elected as the BCIA President. I am keen to share and promote my vision for the benefit of members and the wider public alike. By working in close partnership with the Year of Engineering, we can reshape the future of the building controls industry and bring more young talent into our sector.

“I would like to sincerely thank Malcolm Anson for his dedication, success and outstanding work over the past three years. I will continue to strengthen and steer the Association going forwards.”

www.bcia.co.uk

05-03-2018

BCIA Awards 2018 finalists announced

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is delighted to announce the finalists for the most prestigious industry awards ceremony – the BCIA Awards 2018.

This year’s leading industry awards received a record-breaking number of entries which showcased an increased standard of excellence across the sector. The judging panel had an extremely tough task to select the best candidates for each category and after much deliberation shortlisted 43 finalists in nine categories. The finalists are:

Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year

Sponsored by CentraLine by Honeywell

Building Management Solutions Integrators (BMSI)

Chartwell Controls

Comfort Controls (Midlands) Ltd

Global Associates

Kendra Energy Solutions Ltd

SCS Group Ltd

 

Best Service & Maintenance Provider

Sponsored by Western Automation

AIS BMS

Comfort Controls Ltd

Demand Logic

Kendra Energy Solutions

Matrix Control Solutions

Pillinger Controls Ltd

 

Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects

Sponsored by Johnson Controls

Hilton Hotel, Room Energy Management Controls - Comfort Controls

Installation at 155 Moorgate - Demand Logic

University of Liverpool, Greenbank Student Village - Impact Control Systems

Bloomberg Connected Building - One Sightsolutions

Air Quality (AQ) Monitoring System - One Sightsolutions

Urban Science Building, Newcastle - Matrix Control Solutions/En Tech

 

Technical Innovation of the Year - Products

Sponsored by BCIA

ACIS T4TWDS, Tier 4 Treated Water Distribution System – Airedale International Air Conditioning

Chartwell Secure - Chartwell Ltd

Global spaces - Global Associates

Bubll - Econowise Drives & Controls

BCM Building Control Module - iaconnects Ltd

Desigo DXR terminal unit controller - Siemens Building Technologies

 

Energy Management Award

Sponsored by Priva

Mace at 155 Moorgate, London – Demand Logic

Inverter & BMS upgrade at University of Westminster - Global Associates

Project Aether at Pets at Home - Ignite Energy

AXON Implementation at London Bridge City - Next Control Systems

E. ON’s business energy efficiency specialists working with Tesco Stores Ltd - Matrix Control Solutions

London School of Economics - Portal Building Controls

 

Contribution to Training Award

Sponsored by Siemens Building Technologies

Acuity Brands Lighting/Distech Controls

Gemco Intelligent Buildings Group

One Sightsolutions Ltd

The Sontay Academy

 

Engineer of the Year

Sponsored by Trend Control Systems

Andy Kempton– Comfort Controls

Mark Johnson – Chartwell Controls

John Mogg - Building Management Solutions Integrators (BMSI)

David Grinsted - Kendra Energy Solutions

Tony McDermott - Laplace Solutions

Stuart Young - Schneider Electric

 

Young Engineer of the Year

Sponsored by BCIA

Joshua Austin – Global Associates

Abi Pullin - Matrix Control Solutions

Gregory Smith - Matrix Control Solutions

 

Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA, says: “The quality of this year’s entries is exceptionally high and showcases excellence across our sector. The three defining features across all categories are innovation, investment and training. On behalf of the BCIA, thank you to everyone who has entered and congratulations to all of this year’s finalists. I look forward to seeing you all at the awards ceremony in May.”

The winners will be announced at the prestigious BCIA Awards ceremony which will be held on Thursday 10 May 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Book your tickets today and find out who will be named the best in the building controls industry.

For further information or to book your ticket today, please contact Hayley Hopkins: hayley@keystonecomms.co.uk

https://bcia.co.uk

05-03-2018

 

FETA issues warning against using A2L refrigerants as a retrofit solution

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has recently been advised that there have been some instances of R410A (classified as A1; non-flammable) being completely removed from an air conditioning system, and the system simply being recharged with R32 (classified as A2L; low flammability). Given the differences in properties of these two refrigerants, this is a cause for serious concern for several reasons.

A number of issues need to be taken into account:

  • Refrigerant manufacturers have clearly stated that A2L refrigerants are NOT SUITABLE for retrofit.
  • A system that was originally designed for R410A will not have taken into account the safety factors required when using an A2L refrigerant and could create a significant safety hazard. Systems designed for use with R32 have different pressure switch regimes, altered inverter profiles, and specially designed heat exchangers.
  • Charging an existing system with R32 would leave the system non-compliant with the refrigerant safety standard EN378, leading to the possibility of forming a flammable atmosphere in a leakage situation.
  • Such a refrigerant change would be strictly against the system manufacturer’s instructions, and would render any relevant warranty invalid. It would also mean that the system would no longer be compliant with its original CE marking or the Pressure Equipment Directive specifications, and could have insurance implications.
  • R32 has a higher compressor discharge temperature than R410A, and will increase wear on the compressor, reducing its life significantly.
  • Should any problem arise from a system change such as this, any liability would rest ENTIRELY with the person/undertaking who carried out the change.

In summary, it is not good practice to charge a system with a refrigerant that the system was not originally designed to use and is strongly discouraged.

For further advice please contact: info@feta.co.uk

www.feta.co.uk

05-03-2018

HPA supports Energy Now Expo 2018

Energy Now Expo is the only renewable energy event organised exclusively for the agricultural and rural sectors, and the HPA has been pleased to be associated with the event for a number of years.

Energy Now Expo is dedicated to the growth of renewable energy within the agricultural and rural communities of the UK. It brings together farmers, landowners and other rural business owners to engage with industry experts on the latest renewable energy opportunities available, together with the best practices in energy generation and efficiency.

Energy Now Expo 2018 was held between the 7th and 8th February at the Telford International Centre.  The event was once again attended by a record number of visitors, delegates and exhibitors and featured a strong programme of specialist seminar sessions.

Mike Nankivell, President of the HPA, chaired a seminar session specifically on the subject of heat pumps.

Opening the session, Mike outlined the history and objectives of the HPA stressing that it represents all types of heat pumps. He referred to the recently published “Clean Growth Strategy” and the government’s commitment to phase out high carbon fossil fuel heating; beginning with oil-fired systems in new build homes in the 2020s. Mike congratulated the agricultural and rural communities for the way in which they have embracing renewable energy and heating technologies

The 3 main speakers at the heat pump session were:

John Findlay, Chairman of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA), outlined the types and operational principles of ground source heat pumps and stated that the need to reduce carbon was an environmental imperative. John explained why renewables are needed, examined the potential for district heating/cooling networks and gave an overview of the unique Renewable Heat incentive (RHI) scheme.

Geoff Ellison, Managing Director of Dragon Drilling, detailed the essential requirements for calculating the cost and determining the depth of boreholes for ground source heat pumps. He stressed the importance of carefully assessing the local geology, using the British Geological Survey and borehole mapping data. Geoff described the equipment used, depending on the geology, and clarified why drilling boreholes is not a simple operation.

David Thomas of Global Energy Systems focused on Air Source Heat Pumps and various application case studies. David began with a description of ASHPs and how they work. He outlined efficiency comparisons between all electric, gas and oil fired systems vs. ASHPs. This was followed by snapshots of a variety of domestic, commercial and rural/agricultural applications and a more detailed case study where an ASHP had replaced oil fired system on a pig farrowing farm. This included monitored running cost savings for the ASHP over the oil fired system, evidence that near zero carbon emissions had been achieved and how the end user was benefitting from RHI payments.

All the presentations will be available on the Energy Now website http://www.energynowexpo.co.uk in due course.

Mike observed. “Although the Energy Now expo is not an obvious venue to be supported by the HPA, over the years it has demonstrated that there is significant interest in renewable heat pump technology within the rural and agricultural communities.”

28-02-2018

RAC announce F Gas Question Time event on 17th May

RAC Magazine is to hold another of its popular free F-Gas Question Time events, seeking to get to grips with the issues surrounding refrigerants and the F-Gas legislation. The annual event, taking place in London, is set to have more of a sense of urgency than usual, thanks to the deepening crisis around the price and availability of R404A, R507A and R410A.

As the impacts of the tightening F-Gas regulations spread far and wide in the industry, many will have been affected already by this year’s ‘cliff’ drop in HFC quota - and in less than two years, the first bans on refrigerant use will come into force.

RAC are bringing experts from across the cooling supply chain to talk about the practicalities of working in the new lower-GWP landscape.

Already signed up to set the context for the debate will be refrigerant policy expert Ray Gluckman. He will be joined on the panel by Mark Hughes of Chemours, who will offer guidance on refrigerant options, Other experts from the end user and supply sectors will be announced shortly.

 

The event, running from 9am to 1pm and ending with a buffet lunch, is free-to-attend. Attendees need to pre-register by emailing Oliver.Sumner@emap.com with F-Gas Question Time in the subject. The venue will be announced shortly.

www.racplus.com

27-02-2018

 

IOR to sponsor International Women in Engineering Day 2018

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) is proud to announce that it will be sponsoring the International Women in Engineering Day 2018 (INWED 2018) taking place on 23 June 2018. This is the third time that the IOR will be sponsoring the event reaffirming its commitment to promoting diversity in the RACHP and in the engineering sector as a whole.

Following the sponsorship announcement, Stephen Gill FInstR, President, IOR said: “‘The Institute of Refrigeration is proud to continue its support and sponsorship of International Women in Engineering Day. It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and serves to encourage more young people and women to consider careers in engineering, or to return to it. The IOR is working to raise the profile of women engineers working within the RACHP industry by recognising the positive impact they make, and by actively promoting gender diversity and inclusivity.”

As part of its mission to promote careers in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector the IOR has set up a Women in RACHP networking group. The group provides a platform for young professionals looking for information on how to enter the sector and on ways to further their career. With guest speakers and experts in their fields, the events are an excellent way to gather careers advice and meet others working in RACHP. The network’s next event will be on 14 March and will look at the range of different types of careers that the refrigeration air conditioning and heat pump sector offers. Speakers will discuss their personal career paths while Heads from local schools will explain what they need from industry to help increase interest in engineering as a career choice.

With women only representing 11% of the workforce in the engineering sector, the UK has the lowest percentage of women engineers in Europe, according to the Womens Engineering Society Statistics document updated in January 2018. The also note that this is in spite of the industry is suffering from a chronic staff shortage – in 2017, the annual shortfall of the right engineering skills was estimated at between 25,500 (level 3) and up to 60,000 (over level 4 skills). It has been suggested that to cover this shortage the UK will need to at least double the number of university engineering students, which means that attracting underrepresented groups such as women is essential to maintain the sector’s sustainability. See more at www.wes.org.uk/wesstatistics.

 

The second IOR’s Women in RACHP networking breakfast will focus on examples of successful women working in a variety of technical and non-technical roles in the industry and creating links with local schools.  See www.ior.org.uk/events 

 

Additional information about the range of events being held to mark International Women in Engineering Day is available at http://www.inwed.org.uk/

23-02-2018

Responding to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union’s speech in Vienna, the EURIS Task Force today welcome his call for the mutual recognition of standards between the UK and EU, but reiterate the need for an industry-Government plan to develop the right policies and approaches to ensure no regulatory divergence for product regulations.

Dr Howard Porter, EURIS Chair, said, “EURIS members welcome the Secretary of State’s call for the mutual recognition of standards between the UK and EU, but are concerned about how this will work in practice in the industrial product supply sector.  Any deviation of legislation and standards in our sector has the potential to cause considerable uncertainties and costs”.

Steve Brambley, EURIS Vice-Chair, added, “EURIS believes the best way forward is the creation of a post Brexit Industry and Government liaison body with the specific remit of identifying and recommending for adoption, or mutual recognition, aspects of future European legislation that specifically impact on the industrial product supply sector. This would facilitate access to European markets and the vast array of global markets that also look for compliance with European legislation and standards as the basis for trade”.

For further information about EURIS please contact Harriet Dyball on harriet@euristaskforce.org or visit www.euristaskforce.org

23-02-2018

 

 

ADCAS responds to recent cash retention bill

The Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services (ADCAS) has welcomed the recent Government retention payment consultation and responded accordingly.

ADCAS endorsed the headline findings in the related report by specialist consultants Pye Tait and have strongly encouraged the Government to act on the long standing and already clearly understood issues and not to find excuses for further delay. ADCAS has always maintained that only legislation to remove retentions will have any real transformational effect and remains ready to offer further evidence and assistance to Government accordingly.

The seriousness of the situation was brought into stark relief by the demise of the second biggest construction company in the UK, Carillion, which went into liquidation days before the Consultation closed on 19 January 2018. This dire event should be a game changer for the industry in that it outlined the significant vulnerabilities across the supply chain and further demonstrated the importance of late and non-payments being addressed within our sector.

It was recently estimated that the average UK contractor has £27,500 withheld per year in retentions, which limits their ability to invest in apprentices, upskill existing employees and improve productivity and quality.

In a parallel development ADCAS has fully supported an initiative led by ECA and BESA to bring in legislation to create a compulsory retention deposit scheme. With this in mind, on 09th January 2018, MP Peter Aldous introduced   the first reading of the new Retentions Bill under the ‘Ten Minute Rule’. His bill seeks to amend the 1996 Construction Act to ensure retention money is held in a deposit protection scheme, which is a critical safeguard in the event of upstream insolvency and also a disincentive to the worst abusers of the status quo who use retention sums for their own cash flow purposes. The bill has enjoyed considerable cross party support and its next reading will take place in Parliament on Friday 27th April 2018.

For further information, please visit ADCAS official website: www.adcas.co.uk

14-02-2018

FETA is encouraging its members to share their views on the Energy Technology List (ETL) and Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme by taking part in ICF’s survey and helping to reshape a policy which is crucial for our industry.  The ETL (or Energy Technology Product List, ETPL) is a government-managed list of energy-efficient plant and machinery. It is part of the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) tax scheme for businesses.

The ICF is doing a review of the ETL which aims to gather the views, experiences and critical feedback from manufacturers of energy efficient products that are eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowance’s.

The research aims to deliver insights that will help the UK Government to understand more about the operation of the UK Energy Technology List and Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme for energy saving technologies.

Additionally, the findings of the research will allow both the ICF and BEIS to understand the perceptions and added value of the ETL to product manufacturers. It will also identify how the use of the ETL scheme by product manufacturers may be increased, what improvements to ETL processes could be implemented and manufacturer perceptions and the perceived impact of ECAs. It will also help to identify what aspects of the system operate well and where there are opportunities for future improvements.

FETA has supported the concept of the ETL but has expressed concern that the burden imposed by additional testing is in effect a barrier to the scheme achieving its laudable aims.

Whether you are an existing ETL participant or not you are welcome to share your views and help to shape a policy which has a significant impact in our industry by visiting the official ICF website: https://www.icf.com/

 

07-02-2018

Following the appointment of Robust Details Ltd (RDL) and NHBC’s three-year Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) quality control contract, the NHBC hosted a SAP Workshop on Thursday 01 February 2018 at the NHBC’s London Office.

The Workshop gave FETA members, led by the Presidents of HEVAC (Nick Howlett) and HPA (Mike Nankivell), the chance to hear from those involved in developing SAP. The scheme affects a number of groups within FETA and gave a timely opportunity   for them to share their views on how this could evolve.

The workshop highlighted key topics that are currently affecting the industry including the NHBC’s input on current quality issues and how SAP can help; an update on where we are now in response to the SAP consultation; the SAP 10 timetable and an explanation on the Robust Details Limited QA contract. The workshop established the communication channels between the industry and RDL for SAP’s QA and asked for industry views on what is vital for them over the next three years. It also explained new arrangements for the SAP Scientific Integrity Group (SAPSIG) and the SAP Industry Forum (SAPIF) while offering opportunities to get involved.

FETA is actively engaging with BRE and RDL in order to ensure improved collaboration between industry and other stakeholders, and this workshop offered insight on how the industry can better interact with the SAP scheme in the near future.

07-02-2018

 

Talented apprentices and students in the air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump sectors are invited to put their technical and professional knowledge to the test and showcase their potential in the 2018 SkillFRIDGE Competition Series.

The competition is designed to tackle the impending skills crisis by promoting the exciting and varied career paths available within the sector to young people and apprentices already studying up to Level 3 RACHP. It provides an opportunity for apprentices involved within the sector to hone their skills, learn best practise, understand current legislation and use the latest products on the market.

Competitors, and their respective training providers and employers, will benefit from having a unique platform from which they can demonstrate their technical and professional knowledge and outstanding skills in an exciting and pressurised environment.

With the Department for Education reporting that people aged over 25 and over accounted for over 46% of apprenticeship starts in 2016/17 (DfE/EFSA Further Education and Skills, Nov 2017), the 2018 SkillFRIDGE Competition Series will see the removal of the upper age limit during the national stages.

For more information, or to register an apprentice, visit www.skillfridge.co.uk.

01-02-2018

REFCOM launches new software platform

Specially designed software to help refrigeration and air conditioning contractors manage their projects and track refrigerant usage is available to Refcom members.

Launched during the HVACR Show at London’s Excel exhibition centre, this versatile new software platform is also designed to make it easier for firms to remain compliant with F Gas regulations, which continue to tighten every year.

Refcom, which is managed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), is the UK’s largest F Gas register for the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors. It works with the Environment Agency to ensure the F Gas Regulations are properly enforced and refrigerant reclamation carried out and now accounts for more than 80% of mandatory company certificates covering the UK refrigerant handling market.

Every Refcom member will automatically be able to claim one free user licence to use the new software, which has been developed in partnership with the specialist job management software firm Joblogic.

The member offer represents a considerable free of charge enhancement for Refcom registered firms with the package value totalling more than the three-year cost of F gas certification fees (savings of £30 a month).

The software includes features for tracking individual refrigerant bottles; automated logbook record keeping; detailed data analysis; and storage of service records and certificates. The Joblogic system also automatically generates customer records; all of which enables full reporting and recording of F Gas related work to help firms meet their obligations for audits and inspections.

This software upgrade follows Refcom’s launch of a simplified process for checking company registrations last year via a new search facility on its website (www.refcom.org.uk) that allows suppliers to check customers’ credentials by both company name and/or F Gas certificate number.

To find out more, or to claim your free Refcom member software user licence visit www.refcom.org.uk/software.

01-02-2018

BRA releases PURR report second edition at HVACR Show

The British Refrigeration Association (BRA) has produced a second edition of its PURR report.

 

The updated edition was announced last week at the HVACR Show, which took place at ExCeL London. The first PURR (Putting into Use Replacement Refrigerants) report was produced in 2015 by members of BRA to help the industry meet some of the key implications and requirements of the EU F Gas regulation that came into force on 1st January 2015; in particular the urgent need to move away from high GWP refrigerants, such as R404A. 

The second edition of the PURR report has been updated to reflect current market conditions, and contains several new features, including:

  • Data on new A2L (low flammability) alternatives for R404A
  • Data on R410A alternatives
  • General information on the use of A2L refrigerants

BRA President John Smith says: “When we released the first PURR report two years ago it was welcomed by our members and the wider market as advice was sought in the wake of the F Gas Regulation announcement. The phase down is now well under way, and with less than two years left before the use and service bans on R404A take effect, we want to continue to give up to date guidance to all stakeholders involved in the commercial refrigeration market.

“This second edition of the PURR report provides greater clarity on alternative refrigerants, which should hopefully assist in ensuring a smooth transition for designers, manufacturers, installers, commissioners and end users to comply with the new enforcements.”

 

The report is available, free of charge, from the BRA section of the FETA website: www.feta.co.uk/associations/bra/publications

30-01-2018

 

 

FETA are official event partners of London Build - the leading construction exhibition for London and the UK - to be held on 23rd & 24th October, National Hall Olympia.

What can you expect at London Build 2018?

  • 8 exhibition zones across 8,730m2 in the Olympia National Hall
  • 7 dedicated conference and workshop floors including CPD sessions on Future of Construction, BIM & Digital Construction, Sustainability, Fire Safety, Off-site, Interiors & Fit-out, Concrete, Timber, Skills Development and more
  • 300 exhibitors
  • 30,000 visitors from London and the rest of the UK
  • 8,000+ decision making, managerial level or above
  • 200+ speakers from top contractors, architects and developers including Heathrow Airport, Tideway, Mace, Laing O'Rourke, Costain, Transport for London, Mott MacDonald, Arup, AECOM, Interserve, Wates, Skanska, BPD and many more
  • 150 supporting event partners and industry bodies
  • Multiple feature areas including the Architects Hub, VR & Digital Construction Hub, Skills Hub and the VIP Meet the Buyers
  • High level networking sessions and drinks receptions across all zones for more tailored networking, including the construction industry's very own Oktoberfest and much more

55% of the London Build exhibition hall has already sold and we are taking many more bookings this month!

If you would you like to receive a copy of the latest expo brochure, floor plan and sponsorship/exhibition packages for London Build 2018 please get in touch with kate.skinner@oliverkinross.com for more information.

29-01-2018