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.

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CORONAVIRUS ISSUE

A message from the Chief Executive of FETA

No one could have prepared us for the impact which the COVID-19 pandemic would have on every one of our member’s families and businesses over the last six months. It has brought disruption and uncertainty to all and the effects will be long lasting. It would be folly to predict the exact timescale and nature of the recovery but now, more than ever, is the time for resilient responses and forward-looking strategies from industry leaders like yourselves.

Since we closed the doors of the FETA office in March, our team, like everyone else, has embraced the challenge of working from home, adjusting our working practices to ensure we continue to support our members and that we continue to act on their behalf.

One of the many challenges has been ensuring that the meetings which would normally take place at Hare Hatch continued as normal to ensure that our members were still able to debate sector and technical issues through the wide and varied network of committees. We also needed to ensure that those who are representing the sector at both European and International level via membership of groups such as AREA, EPEE and EVIA had a means to feed information back to the membership in a timely manner.

The introduction of Zoom meetings has therefore been a welcome addition over the last few months allowing the many groups to continue their valuable work throughout the Coronavirus lockdown. We all miss the face to face contact and the networking which takes place but having embraced virtual meetings by necessity, many members now see it as a useful tool which we will continue to use alongside traditional meetings as a means to meet more regularly on matters which require it.

In addition to ensuring business continuity for our groups and committees, the FETA team has been actively engaging with a variety of trade bodies and Government departments, supplying a steady flow of relevant information throughout the pandemic to support you and your businesses. The team were involved in a number of areas which arose early in the pandemic including the clarification of Key Worker status; support to meet the ventilator shortage at the start of the crisis and working in conjunction with the Construction Leadership Council on the clarification of Construction Site Operating Procedures.

While COVID-19 has been at the forefront of our minds over the last six months we must not overlook the issue of BREXIT and the looming deadline of 31 December 2020 when the UK will leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union. There are still a number of significant issues which remain a concern for our members, in particular the lack of clarity concerning technical regulatory matters (e.g. transition arrangements on UKCA/CE marking) and we continue to work on your behalf to seek clarity on this. We have accepted the invitation to join some newly formed top-level BSI committees working on post-BREXIT future trade agreements and with the assistance of some key volunteer members have already begun contributing to that critical work.

It is all too easy to be distracted from the significant wind of change arising from the Government’s acceptance in full of the Hackitt Review and the recently released draft Building Safety Bill which sets out radical and far reaching consequences for all of us. Much has been made of the need for a 'culture change' and whether in the shape of additional product standards or 3rd party certification of practitioners the changes are looking to be significant and we need to embrace this as an opportunity to constructively help shape the future and not just be unprepared recipients of it.

Within this overall programme, the work to review Building Regulations was put on hold as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic but this will resume shortly and it must be expected that the continued bad press emanating from the recently resumed Phase 2 of the Grenfell Inquiry and also the desire to match the climate change rhetoric in the run up to the postponed UK-hosted COP26 summit will increasingly drive the desire for radical change. Again, having worked hard over recent years to establish our collective credibility with key ministries, we will need to remain proactive if we are to ensure optimal outcomes.

One of the key strengths of a Trade Association is our collective voice and we need this more than ever as we look to influence key ministries and agencies. The next six months will undoubtedly carry a great degree of uncertainty as businesses embrace new challenges and we will endeavour to provide assistance and support as you strive to navigate not only through, but, even more importantly, beyond the pandemic.

Russell Beattie
Chief Executive
FETA

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS ISSUE AND LINKS PLEASE GO TO THIS PAGE

 

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

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

News

Actuate UK asks for UKCA Mark transition for construction products to be extended

Actuate UK has issued a warning about serious consequences for businesses, public and commercial projects as well as domestic customers in only six months if a major issue regarding product compliance and standard marking is not resolved. It asks for an extension of the transition time to the new arrangements to avoid delays and allow all products to be tested and accredited.

   

The Government plans for the new ‘UKCA’ Mark to entirely replace the established EU ‘CE’ product Mark across the country by the end of this year.  The aim of both CE and UKCA marking is to show that products meet essential health, safety, and environmental protection legislation. However, the problem with the limited transition period is being exacerbated by the lack of UKCA Approved Bodies and available capacity in current Certification bodies and product testing facilities to reliably verify that existing or new products meet the UKCA criteria.

As such, if any UK manufactured or imported engineering services product that needs to show these essential features cannot display a UKCA mark by the end of 2021 this will leave manufacturers and installers, clients and the public dealing with serious quality and contractual issues. In some product categories, industry is estimating that 64 years’ worth of retesting will be required, and we currently only have 7 months. 

The issue affects a vast swathe of installed engineering products for both the domestic and commercial sectors, and it could lead to an array of installation cancellations, delays and contractual problems for the supply chain and its customers. Actuate UK members cover the whole process of planning for, testing and installing these products and they are concerned that this could bring the industry to a standstill, while it is still recovering from the pandemic.

To avoid the looming crisis, and help with a sensible transition to UKCA marking, Actuate UK is working with others across the construction and services industries and requesting that the government continues to recognise the CE mark until at least the end of 2022. Actuate UK adds that during this this time, products used in Great Britain should be allowed to bear either or both marks.     

CEO of Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) Russell Beattie explained:

“This is not simply a question of manufacturers failing to prepare for a deadline and is inextricably linked with capacity within the still developing UKCA Approved Body cohort.  Nor is this problem limited to our sector. At a time when businesses are trying to rebuild after the COVID 19 challenges the Government is urged to take the pragmatic step of extending the transition period. It is our understanding this has been done in the case of Medical Devices so there is sensible precedent for this.”

Nick Mellor, Managing Director of Lift and Escalator Industry association (LEIA) added on how the issue is impacting the sector:

“Under the new arrangements, a wide range of equipment placed on the Great Britain market from 1 January 2022 would need to be UKCA-marked.  In many cases, where Approved Bodies are needed as part of the conformity process in place of EU Notified Bodies, there is a critical shortage of Approved Body capacity to deliver re-certification to UKCA rules by the end of this year.  For lifts and safety components for lifts there is currently only one UK Approved Body able to undertake such certification, yet we have thousands of such components which we need to be able to use.”

Tom Garrigan, Technical Director for Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) raises similar issues for other products:

“One of the 21 Directives covering products being placed on the market is the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), which is split into five AVCP (Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance) systems.  There are particular issues surrounding AVCP system 3, as the assessment of products is handled differently to other systems due to the EU Notified Body or UK Approved Body being a test laboratory.  The current arrangements require all products with an existing CE mark where testing has been carried out in the EU to be retested by a UK Approved Body by 31 December 21, assuming there is one with the relevant accreditations.  

As an example, there are 8 Notified Bodies in Europe testing heat emitters for CE marking purposes, and if we assume our European counterparts have a similar annual throughput of samples as ourselves, it is estimated there is 64 years’ worth of retesting required in less than 7 months.  A clear and urgent decision relating to the application of the UKCA mark to products is required to give manufacturers and UK Approved Bodies much needed time to prepare and comply.”

17-06-2021

Mike Nankivell awarded OBE for services to the UK Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is delighted to announce that Mike Nankivell has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the UK Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry.

With almost 50 years of experience in the HVACR industry, Mike has served as President of the Heat Pump Association (HPA), President of HEVAC and as Chairman of FETA during its 30th anniversary year. In the wider industry he is also a Fellow and former Trustee of the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and has served as a Director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB).

Russell Beattie, Chief Executive of FETA said: “It was an absolute pleasure for FETA to nominate Mike, with support from other key stakeholders in the industry, for an honour. Mike epitomises the very best of the volunteer culture which exists within Trade Associations and his personal commitment to the entire HVACR industry is second to none.”

One of Mike’s many achievements was as Chair of the ACRIB F Gas Implementation Group from 2005 to 2020 where his role saw him voluntarily acting as an industry advisor to DEFRA and the Environment Agency. Mike was responsible for the UK industry response to the F Gas regulations and his steadfast desire to pursue the very best climate change driven solution for Europe is a demonstration of his commitment to every role which he has held.

Commenting on being awarded an OBE, Mike said: “I am proud, grateful and equally humbled that my work within an industry that I love has been recognised in this amazing way. Throughout my long career within the HVACR industry I have had the privilege to work with a number of incredible people and I would like to pay tribute to each and every one of them as they are the ones who have made this possible.”

Russell concludes: “Mike is widely recognised as a leading UK industry figure and we are delighted to hear that he has been awarded this OBE. The F Gas Implementation Group which Mike chaired fulfilled a critical representational need within industry and his personal contribution, which continued after his retirement, should not be underestimated.

“He has also made a significant contribution to FETA, holding many key leadership roles, including more recently serving as President of the Heat Pump Association, laying foundations for its growing success in a sector which is key to delivering the Government’s net zero carbon vision.

His considerable expertise, coupled with his passion for promoting all aspects of the industry, makes him an inspiration to all those who come into contact with him.”

14-06-2021

With efficient building management taking on increasing importance in a post-COVID world, as well as the UK’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is encouraging trades personnel and anyone who is regularly involved with building management to improve their basic knowledge of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) with its introductory BCM00 course.

The Introduction to Building Controls and HVAC is a one-day introductory course aimed at those who do not require the full technical detail of the building controls courses BCM01-BCM06, or who are new to this area of the industry. Designed for facilities managers and estates managers, as well as electricians and other building services trades personnel who wish to become more informed in this sphere of work, the course provides full coverage of day-to-day involvement in building controls and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), but at a level that does not focus on the technical detail.

Anyone who successfully completes the BCM00 exam is eligible to apply for the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Building Controls Associate card, provided the applicant has also completed an ECS Electrical Safety Unit Assessment and a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Assessment. A Building Controls Associate will typically be active in a support role as part of a team of Building Controls Engineers.

The BCM00 course exam and the ECS HSE Assessment can both now be taken online using the Remote Invigilation service on the ECS website, which allows delegates to take a formal ECS assessment without having to travel to a centre.

Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “A lot of the technology that goes into buildings is advanced and complex and requires qualified engineers to install it. However, many people whose job it is to manage and maintain buildings could really benefit from having a basic knowledge of what they are working with. BCM00 provides the first steps into understanding how BEMS operate.”

10-06-2021

IOR promotes Cool Careers during World Refrigeration Week

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR)’s Cool Careers Event will take place on 24 June to mark World Refrigeration Day with a celebration of careers, skills and education initiatives in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pumps (RACHP). The zoom event is open to anyone working in RACHP, students and the wider public. It will showcase what the industry is doing to raise awareness of career opportunities, improve recruitment and training and celebrate success. It will also be a chance to look to the future with IOR President Mike Creamer sharing the IOR’s plans and practical resources for those who want to get involved with promoting the sector.

The programme for the event starting at 3pm will include:

  • Welcome from the IOR President – IOR educational initiatives and the importance of addressing skills shortages for the future of our sector. Mike Creamer FInstR
  • What can we do to recruit the next generation of engineers? Promoting our career to schools and encouraging diversity. John Skelton FInstR, Chairman of the IOR Education Committee
  • Supporting the delivery of STEM (science technology engineering maths) in the classroom and how you can become a STEM Ambassador - Jacinta Caden MInstR, STEM Ambassador and member of the IOR Education Committee
  • Three Minute Thesis competition - Research students from UK Universities present short summaries of their research in a bid to win the IOR’s Ted Perry Award
  • Why become a RACHP Technician? The UK's best Apprentices and Trainees in conversation
  • Worldskills UK - a showcase for UK engineering. Mark Forsyth Worldskills and Chris Baillie former medal winner in the Worldskills Refrigeration Competition
  • Presentation of the award for Lifetime Achievement by a Service Engineer - and a few words about a life spent in the RACHP industry from the winner
  • Presentation of the Ted Perry Student Research Prize - and a message for the industry from the winner.
  • Closing remarks from the President

 

Register at https://ior.org.uk/events/coolcareers2021 to book your free place – and please pass details on to colleagues to encourage them to take part. Follow the event using hashtag #CoolCareers and #WREFD21.

Chris Yates announced as new FETA CEO

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is delighted to announce that the new FETA Chief Executive will be Chris Yates. This decision follows a rigorous and thorough selection process involving representation from across the Federation’s associations. Chris will take over in early September from Russell Beattie, who had delayed his original departure date due to the COVID situation.

Chris Yates has worked in the low carbon and renewable heating and ventilation sector since 1998 and has gained extensive experience running manufacturing/distribution companies and working for the Energy Utilities Alliance.

He has either been a member of, or chaired, a variety of government/industry bodies representing low carbon fuels, gas installation and appliances, both in the UK and Europe. He has also been a steering group member of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and chaired the Installer subgroup. Recently, Chris has been running the CORGI brand licensing business, which has a number of partnerships, as well as being a non-executive director of the National Home Improvement Council. He has also been a non-executive director of the Gas Industry Safety Group and chair of OFTEC.

Russell Beattie has occupied the FETA CEO role since 2014. He previously worked for the John Smith Memorial Trust and served in the Armed Forces. He said: “It has been a privilege to be the FETA CEO for the past seven years during a time when we have seen some landmark developments in our industry and their effect on our environment. I would like to thank all the members for their support and to welcome Chris and wish him all the best in taking on this role.”

On his appointment Chris commented: “I am delighted to be succeeding Russell as Chief Executive of FETA. I am very much looking forward to working with the FETA membership and the wider industry as the UK transitions towards Net Zero Carbon.”

04-06-2021

This week the IOR has published a new Guidance note for the occupations of Design and Applications Engineer as part of its series of roadmaps setting out the skills, knowledge and behaviours required in key occupations. It sits alongside the Guidance note published last year for Engineering Technicians (on which the current apprenticeship programme was based).

The IOR is hosting on Wednesday 2nd June at 12:00 to 13:00 a webinar to discuss how the employers, trainers and those working in these roles in sector could make use of the IOR Roadmaps to help support training and develop their careers. Panellists on the webinar will input to the discussion, involving all of those present in exploring the questions of:

  • How should IOR specifications be used by industry? 
  • What training capacity is in place and how can we support this? 
  • What mechanisms are needed to help employers share good practice and support skills development across sectors?    
  • Are there other skills gaps that need to be addressed?

The outcomes will be an action plan to promote skills and training and to promote careers in cooling.

You can register now to attend this event at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1941867691668594448 or download the Specifications from the IOR website at www.ior.org.uk .

24-05-2021

A diverse, stimulating and profitable career is the potential reward for anybody looking to pursue one of the many professions available in the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) industry, according to the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), which has made 2021 its “Year of Training”.

BCIA President Terry Sharp, said, “Whenever an impressive new building appears on our landscape, whether it’s a stadium, tower or a new shopping centre, it is usually the architects who grab the headlines. But buildings are a lot more complex than just empty shells and a lot of the more interesting technology can be found behind the exterior walls. Modern legislation and environmental targets have made good building management a necessity, meaning that building controls engineers have a vital role to play in making our buildings energy efficient and sustainable.”

The BCIA offers a full suite of training courses which are designed for those wishing to upskill or start their journey as a Building Controls Engineer. The courses include BCM01: Fundamentals of HVAC and Building Technology, BCM02: Measuring and Control Technology, and BCM03: Hydraulics in Building Systems.

BCM01 gives an overview of the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) industry and the systems and technologies used in the control of heating, ventilating and air conditioning.

BCM02 offers comprehensive training on the theory of measuring and control technology and is designed for engineers and technicians who have some knowledge and field experience with a minimum period of one year within the industry.

BCM03 involves the main water circuits and systems used within the building services controls environment. This course includes the necessary mechanical knowledge needed to understand applications and covers all aspects of valve sizing and control.

Anybody who completes these three courses will be awarded a BCIA Technical Certificate. They will also become eligible for the Building Controls Integrator ECS card provided the applicant also holds a formal BS7671 qualification in the current edition of the wiring regulations (currently BS7671: 2008, 18th edition) as well as a current (up to date) Health & Safety Certificate or recognised ECS H&S exemption.

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) is the sole ID and competence card scheme for electrotechnical operatives in the UK. ECS cards are issued by the Joint Industry Board (JIB) as a way to recognise and verify the competency of electrotechnical operatives working in the UK. The Building Controls Integrator ECS card is designed to meet the need for the growing body of controls engineers to gain appropriate recognition for the skills they have acquired.

The ECS recently launched an online Remote Invigilation service, which allows candidates to undertake the ECS HSE Assessment and the BCM01, 02 and 03 exams remotely to gain accreditation for the Building Controls Integrator card. More information about the Remote Invigilation service can be found here.

Terry Sharp concluded: “Whether it’s new builds or retrofit projects the controls industry has a huge number of exciting projects to offer. The next generation of engineers will be the key drivers in evolving technologies to create a more environmentally friendly building landscape for tomorrow. The training courses mentioned here could be the first step on the way to a long and exciting career.”

19-05-2021

 

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has released a new Technical Guide to add to its portfolio of online Guides available to download.

The new guide, entitled “Selection of Control Valves”, is intended to provide a better understanding of the complex topic of control valves in HVAC systems, how they work and some basics on how to size and select the right valve. Feedback from customers and installers showed this subject to be needing a simple introduction guide. When today’s control system engineering focus is all too often directed to the electronics side of the control scheme, it is easy to neglect the importance of proper valve selection and application.

The topic of hydraulics in HVAC systems has changed considerably in recent times as affordable technology has enabled variable flow circuits and pressure independent control (PIC) valves.

Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “We may remember that there are many things to be considered when selecting a control valve but valve design, technology and application has changed in recent times. This Guide provides some basic clarity to the novice and serves as an aide-memoir to the more experienced and will hopefully help HVAC engineers be more confident in their valve selection.”

The BCIA’s Technical Guides are designed to help members and those in the building controls and BEMS industry work more effectively. All Technical Guides, covering a wide range of controls and BMS topics, can be downloaded from the “Resources” section of the BCIA website.

11-05-2021

The British Refrigeration Association (BRA) has announced the release of an updated guide on the Jointing of Pipework for Refrigeration Systems. This latest issue is the sixth version of the guide and the first update since the 2014 edition.

Recognising the importance of brazed joints in maintaining the effective and efficient operation of refrigeration and air conditioning systems, the BRA developed the simple brazing procedure specification and approval for jointing copper pipework for refrigeration systems. The specification also incorporates a practical means of assessing an individual’s competence to braze joints for refrigeration and air conditioning pipework in accordance with national standards used by the industry and relevant legislation. This revision has incorporated high strength copper alloy pipe in recognition of is adoption on R744 systems and is also applicable to A2L refrigerants.

Mark Woods, President of the BRA, said: “The need to maintain safe working practices throughout any brazing process is paramount both in the workplace and when carrying out training and assessment. This specification has been endorsed by the Technical Committee of the Institute of Refrigeration and the BRA hopes that it will continue to be the accepted industry standard.”

The British Refrigeration Association is a trade organisation representing manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, distributors, contractors, specifiers and end-users of refrigeration plant, equipment and components.

The guide is available here

11-05-2021

 

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has released a new Technical Guide to add to its portfolio of online Guides available to download.

The new Guide, entitled “Good Practice Guide – Control Sensor Selection and Installation”, sets out to describe good selection of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) sensors used in Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS).

A BEMS is only as good as the sensor used to measure the controlled variable (temperature, humidity, pressure etc.) and transmit it as a measured value to the controller. It is crucial that the sensor should provide an accurate measurement of the controlled variable at the reference point in the control loop. Failure to meet the desired conditions satisfactorily can lead to poor control, energy wastage and occupant complaints.

Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “Good sensor selection and installation is key to better control. Often there are conflicts of interest in the location of sensors – architects want them out of sight, control engineers ask they be located central to the controlled space. This document will show best practice and help resolve such issues.”

The BCIA’s Technical Guides are designed to help members and those in the building controls and BEMS industry work more effectively. All Technical Guides can be downloaded from the “Resources” section of the BCIA website.

30-04-2021

 

Launch of BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship heralds a bright future for the industry

National training provider Group Horizon Ltd, in partnership with the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced the launch of their delivery of the Level 4 Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Controls Engineer Apprenticeship.

A culmination of over four years of work by the Trailblazer Employer Group which included a number of BCIA members, the BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship Standard will address an industry wide shortage of BEMS Controls Engineers who will use the technical skills they learn on the Apprenticeship to keep the buildings of tomorrow running efficiently.

Wendy Belfield, Chair of the Trailblazer Employer Group and BCIA member, who led the group that developed the Apprenticeship Standard, added: “This is fantastic news for the BEMS industry and for anybody looking to pursue a career within it. Building Controls is a fast growing market with numerous opportunities for skilled engineers and this Apprenticeship will help to ensure our industry continues to maintain the highest levels of professionalism.”

Commercial buildings represent one of the largest capital expenses for businesses, and building owners and managers are constantly looking for ways to make them more efficient and sustainable – and that is where Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) play a fundamental role. The challenge for the BEMS Controls Engineer is knowing how to achieve this level of efficiency.

This Apprenticeship provides the answer, offering a balance of on the job assessments and technical training which covers all aspects of the industry including Controls Hardware and Logic; Field Devices; Networking; Communication Protocols and Supervisor Software.

Group Horizon’s specialist tutors, who each bring a wealth of experience in their chosen field, will deliver the BCIA’s technical course modules BCM00 – BCM15 as part of the Apprenticeship.

Peter Behan, Director of Group Horizon, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the BCIA to deliver their full suite of technical training courses (BCM00 – BCM15) as part of the Apprenticeship. We share the BCIA’s passion for developing new talent and preparing the workforce of the future and it will be a real pleasure to train the next generation of Building Controls Engineers.”

On successful completion of the programme, individuals will receive the Level 4 Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Controls Engineer Apprenticeship. In addition, on successful completion of technical modules BCM01 – 03 apprentices will receive the BCIA Technical Certificate and the BCIA Advanced Technical Certificate on successful completion of BCM04 - 06. Apprentices will also be eligible to apply for an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Building Controls card at Associate or Integrator Level (depending on level of experience) on completion of specific BCIA technical training modules.

BCIA President Terry Sharp said: “This is a fantastic moment for the next generation of BEMS Controls Engineers and I would like to thank all the BCIA members for their help and support in delivering this Apprenticeship Standard. I am sure that all of our members are as proud of the work which has been achieved as I am and will join me in saying that we cannot wait to welcome these new apprentices to our industry.”

 

https://bcia.co.uk/training/trailblazer/

28-04-2021

 

BCIA Awards 2021 finalists announced

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is delighted to announce the finalists for the BCIA Awards 2021. Despite a difficult and unprecedented year the record has once again been broken for the number of entries received, giving the judges plenty to think about. The finalised shortlists are as follows:

Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year

Sponsored by Trend Control Systems

ABEC

BMSI

Crown House Technologies

Global Associates

InTandem Systems

Pillinger Controls

Syscom Building Management

Engineer of the Year

Sponsored by BCIA

Steve Nuttall, Aimteq

Paul Brown, BGES Group

Steve Emberton, Crown House Technologies

Sam Martin, E.ON Control Solutions

Dean Kent, Kendra Energy Solutions

Tracey Simpson, Pillinger Controls

Andy Gallogly, Sauter Automation

Max Mingozzi, System Five Services

Young Engineer of the Year

Sponsored by Schneider Electric

Dean Farmer, ABEC

Lewis Stevenson, BGES Group

Raja Khan, Clarkson Controls

Lewis Williams, Detail Design Engineering

Tom Drysdale, InTandem Systems

Ronnie Stevens, Kendra Energy Solutions

Phil Hunt, Pillinger Controls

Jamie Anderson, Sauter Automation

George Briggs, Sauter Automation

Louise Johnston, Schneider Electric

Eugen Juravliov, Schneider Electric

Energy Management Award

Sponsored by Priva UK

CIM, Digitising a Commercial Real Estate Portfolio

Crown House Technologies, Manchester Airport Transformation Programme

Ecopilot in Partnership with E.ON Control Solutions, Aberdeen Standard Investments

SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions, University of Glasgow Gilmorehill Campus

Tram Dubai, Green Buildings in Tram Dubai

Best Service and Maintenance Provider

Sponsored by Western Automation

Aimteq

BGES Group

Global Associates

Kendra Energy Solutions

Linear Control Systems Maintenance

Mitie Energy

SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions

Sygma Automation

Technical Innovation of the Year – Products

Sponsored by BCIA

amBX, SmartCore

Angel Guard, Clinical Washbasin with AI Technology

Contemporary Controls, BASgatewayLX

Demand Logic, Virtual Metering

Global Control 5, iSMA-B Hybrid IoT Controller

Novus48, Powertrack

One Sightsolutions, OSSEasyAPI

Water Kinetics, Eco-Duo

Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects

Sponsored by Johnson Controls

ARES PRISM, The Environment Agency

BGES Group, Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa

Building Integrated Systems, Cambridge Trust Hospital

Global Associates, Park House

IBT Controls, University of Manchester

SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions, TJ Morris VMU

Contribution to Training Award

Sponsored by Siemens Building Products

InTandem Systems

One Sightsolutions

Schneider Electric

Sontay

SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions

Smart Buildings Award

Sponsored by BCIA

amBX UK, Heanor Park Care Home

Econowise Drives & Controls, Tasman House

Carbon Numbers, Blizard Building

Ecopilot in Partnership with E.ON Control Solutions, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Kelvin Control Engineers Ltd, Spateson Early Years Centre

 

Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “It is fantastic to see that despite all the difficulties of last year we have once again received a record breaking number of entries for the BCIA Awards. Many discussions I have had with industry colleagues have centred around how the effects of lockdown could change how we manage our built environment in the longer term. The standard of entries received has shown how our members have remained as innovative and forward-thinking as ever and it will be fascinating to see who takes home the prizes in September.”

The 2021 Awards will be held on Thursday 9th September 2021, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. For further details please contact Hayley Hopkins on: hayley@keystonecomms.co.uk

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

14-04-2021

FETA are pleased to announce that their Annual Luncheon - that had to be postponed in 2020 - will now be held on Friday 5th November 2021. 

Russell Beattie, FETA Chief Executive, said: “When we made the original plan to postpone from April 2020 to December 2020 we were extremely encouraged by the support of members and the vast majority of bookings and sponsorships were rolled forward to the new date. We would like to reassure members that we will similarly seek to honour existing bookings as we move to this new date, but of course we will offer refunds for those unable to make the new option.  We are delighted that Kevin Keegan has confirmed his availability to be our guest speaker at the Lunch and we are all looking forward to this occasion".

“Clearly these are difficult times for all but especially for the hospitality industry and we have appreciated the support shown from The Brewery during our negotiations with them.  We look forward to what will hopefully eventually be a very enjoyable and successful Luncheon in 2021.”

 

www.feta.co.uk

08-04-21

Programme announced for the IOR Annual Conference

The Institute of Refrigeration has just released the programme* for its Annual Conference taking place online on 21 and 22 April.

The theme of the Conference is “The Journey to Net Zero Heating and Cooling - Beyond Refrigeration 2021” 

Attendees will have access to a comprehensive set of conference papers, live webinars of all presentations and question session with authors, recordings of all sessions for six months, key notes giving overviews of policy and global initiatives, and coffee lounge discussion sessions. Fees are £50 + VAT per person with discounted fees available for students.

To book your place, register here

Programme for 21st April 2021

Session 1 - Opening Session

· Opening address from Conference Chair - Robert Lamb, Conference Chair

· Keynote Presentation: Why moving to Net Zero is essential for the RACHP Sector - UNEP

· Keynote Presentation: A Global perspective of the sustainability goals for the RACHP Sector - Didier Coulomb, International Institute of Refrigeration

· Working Together: The Climate Change Agreement for Cold Stores: An industry working together to improve energy efficiency - Tom Southall, Cold Chain Federation

· Net zero cold chain - Judith Evans, London South Bank University

Coffee lounge - Beyond Refrigeration

Join a lively discussion with our net zero experts

SESSION 2 - Achieving Best System Performance

· Predictive maintenance based on performance monitoring with System Efficiency Index and sub efficiencies is the future - Klas Berglöf, ClimaCheck

· Energy saving at Cold Store doorways by means of specialist air curtains - Martin Craxton, Craxton Solutions Limited

· Efficient cooling at the heart of low-carbon electrified heat - John Hayes, Erda Energy

· Meeting industry's increasing sustainability demands by using water as a refrigerant - Garry Broadbent, Pure Thermal

Lunch lounge  - Transitioning to low GWP refrigerants

Join a lively discussion with our net zero experts

SESSION 3 - Using Energy Intelligently

· Keynote presentation: how can we reduce the demand for energy - Ian Arbon, Engineered Solutions

· How to reduce the cooling demand in office buildings and match the machinery to heat pump design demand - Gert Nielsen, Xrgy As

· River source heat pumps for residential and commercial heat networks – A case study - Andy Pearson, Star Refrigeration

· Booster heat pumps for space heating, hot water heating and process heating from geothermal energy - Neil Hewitt, Ulster University

Coffee lounge - How to improve the net energy in cities with a focus on cooling.

Join a lively discussion with our net zero experts

SESSION 4- Making use of Best Available Technology

· A heat recovery system for a passive ventilation wind tower - Daniel Marshall Cross, Free Running Buildings

· A compressor range: Improving CO2 presence into industrial and commercial Refrigeration, heating and heat-pump systems - Mauro Bonfant, Officine Mario Dorin SpA

Programme for 22 April 2021

People and Skills - short courses and workshops

· Short courses: Improving skills in handling flammable refrigerants - Marco Buoni - REAL Alternatives

· Workshop: Learning how to measure impact with environmental, legislative and regulative auditing - David Blackhurst, Star Technical Services

· Workshop: Developing the best people and skills – Where are the training gaps, how do we fill them? - panel of experts

*Final programme is subject to peer review and approval

To book your place, register here

25-03-2021

IOR releases the programme for its Annual Conference

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) has just released the programme for its Annual Conference taking place online on 21 and 22 April 2021.

Delegates to “The Journey to Net Zero Heating and Cooling - Beyond Refrigeration 2021” will be able to enjoy a varied programme featuring case studies that demonstrate how the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector is responding to the challenge of net zero heating and cooling. The event will include keynotes from Ian Arbon on how energy consumption can be reduced, UNEP will explore why it is necessary to move to Net Zero and Didier Coulomb, Director General of the IIR who will offer a global perspective of the sustainability goals for the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump sector. The event will also include a variety of workshops and short courses.

The conference aims to bring together experts with the knowledge, understanding and reach to help the UK address the challenge of achieving net zero heating and cooling but also to publish a set of technical case study papers that will show technical and nontechnical businesses how they can move from current business as usual practices to a more sustainable way of operation, measuring their progress towards net zero. The event will be used as a platform to support the UK Government, businesses in a range of sectors and individuals in relevant occupations to achieve national and international environmental objectives while also developing a road map for non-technical specialist business owners.  Many themes will feature during the event including balancing the heating and cooling demand, using energy intelligently, making use of best available technology, reducing the need for mechanical cooling.

Attendees will have access to a comprehensive set of conference papers, live webinars of all presentations and question sessions with authors, recordings of all sessions for six months, key notes giving overviews of policy and global initiatives, and coffee lounge discussion sessions. Fees start at £50 + VAT per person with discounted fees available for students.

To find out more about the programme and to book your place, visit https://ior.org.uk/events/netzero

19-03-2021

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced that George Lee will be taking over the role of Executive Officer, following the retirement of Roger Borer who has been in post for the last four years.

George is an experienced Trade Association executive having previously been CEO at Highways Term Maintenance Association (2017 to 2020) and Road Safety Markings Association (1997 to 2017), during which time he also founded stakeholder, public relations and communications consultancy Blue Symmetry.

George’s trade association experience has focused on directly representing sector business interests, establishing and delivering customer focused services, and building effective and sustainable cross sector communications and knowledge networks. This expertise is drawn from public policy, stakeholder management and media experience, developed throughout his career and is reflected in high-level interaction with government departments such as BEIS and key sector stakeholder groups and regulators.

Mr Lee said: “I am delighted to be taking on this new role with the BCIA. Building controls lie at the heart of a modern and energy efficient built environment and I aim to use my experience and expertise to ensure the skills and standards in this sector are maintained and continue to evolve.”

Terry Sharp, BCIA President, paid tribute to Roger Borer and welcomed Mr Lee’s appointment. “Roger Borer has been a tremendous asset to the BCIA during his time here and I would like to thank him for his hard work in helping us to meet our key aims and objectives. George Lee’s background in leadership and collaborative working will ensure the BCIA’s strategic plan is in safe hands for the foreseeable future and it is a pleasure to welcome him on board.”

17-03-2021

FETA joins new engineering services alliance

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is now part of a newly formed industry alliance made up of eight leading professional bodies from the engineering services sector.

Created as a vehicle for positive, meaningful change within the sector, Actuate UK will support the delivery of a safer, more productive and sustainable UK built environment.

By working together, alongside the UK Government and the Devolved Nations, this alliance of professional bodies will pool supreme levels of experience and expertise in order to tackle the economic, social and environmental factors that will be so crucial in ensuring the industry builds back better and greener in the months and years ahead. This will include taking a lead on building safety and the drive towards UK net-zero carbon as well as championing cultural changes and promoting the skills needed for tomorrow’s built environment.

Russell Beattie, CEO of FETA, commented, “I am extremely pleased to see this longstanding aspiration come to fruition. There are numerous challenges to be faced and closer collaboration can only be a positive step as we drive forward together to achieve meaningful change.”

The Actuate UK alliance is made up of the following bodies:

  • The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA)
  • The Building Engineering and Services Association (BESA)
  • The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA)
  • The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
  • ECA – Electrical and Engineering Services
  • The Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA)
  • SELECT – the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland
  • SNIPEF – The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation 

Actuate UK will bring together technical, practical and commercial knowhow from all eight trade bodies and communicate it to the industry as one single, consolidated voice.

The Actuate UK launch webinar can be viewed here

www.actuateuk.org.uk

11-02-2021

The Heat Pump Association, which represents around 95% of the heat pump manufacturing market share, has surveyed its members to estimate the supply of heat pumps in 2021. This has revealed that manufactures have placed orders with their supply chains to deliver a total of 67,000 units in 2021. This equates to a nearly double the number of heat pumps on shelves and in warehouses ready for installers to meet the growing consumer demand.

This huge boost in predicted sales is extremely promising for the industry on the road to net zero. Last year, the Prime Minister laid out his Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution, which set out ambitions to roll out 600,000 heat pumps into homes per year by 2028. With 35,000 heat pumps sold in 2019, the near doubling of the market is a significant step in the right direction. The growth also closely aligns with the HPA’s roadmap to net zero, which called for 72,000 heat pump installations this year.

The Heat Pump Association is committed to preparing and upskilling the installer base across the country so that they can recommend and deploy heat pumps at the scale net zero requires, while delivering long term benefits to customers across the country. Trained heat pump installers are a key part of the low carbon transition and must therefore be able and willing to access training. The HPA outlined a new scalable route to becoming  heat pump installer in its 2020 report: ‘Building the Installer Base for Net Zero Heating’.   The route proposed begins with a technology neutral, low temperature heating course, before specialising in low carbon technologies including heat pumps.

The Heap Pump Association is making continuous progress with this new training route for heat pump installers, with courses expected to begin with the first quarter of this year. 

Phil Hurley, Chair of the Heat Pump Association, said:

“The near doubling of the heat pump market this year would be a substantial achievement at a time when the decarbonisation of homes and buildings is not just desired but essential; our members are committed to turning today’s forecast into a reality and have clearly backed this up with their advanced ordering.

The estimation of 67,000 heat pumps in 2021 shows the confidence from members of the HPA in delivering the scale up of heat pumps that the Prime Minister’s Ten Point plan necessitates. This is just the beginning of a long journey ahead but we’re off to an incredibly promising start.”

ENDS

 

EDITORS NOTES

About the Heat Pump Association 

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) is the UK’s leading authority on the use and benefits of heat pump technology and includes many of the country’s leading manufacturers of heat pumps, components and associated equipment.

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BCIA adds two new members to Management Committee

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is delighted to announce the addition of two new members to its Management Committee; Peter Beck, UK Sales Director at Sauter Automation, and Gavin Holvey, General Manager UK & Ireland for Priva UK.

Peter Beck started in the controls industry in 2005 as an area sales manager for Trend Controls and also worked at Cylon, Lloret, SSE and Eton Associates. Peter then joined Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd in 2015 where he was the design and project manager for the construction division responsible for the specification and procurement of BMS, Fire and Security across the new projects at Southbank Place, Bank Street, Newfoundland and Wood Wharf, before joining Sauter Automation in April 2020.

Peter said: “Having seen the BMS industry from a number of different perspectives with manufacturers, installers and a developer I believe gives me a unique insight into some of the challenges they each experience. I hope to add value to the role within the BCIA and look forward to getting started.”

Since the 1970s, Gavin Holvey has worked for some of the biggest names in the sector, including Satchwell Control Systems/TAC, Landis & Gyr, York Controls Group and DWEC/Matrix Control Solutions Ltd. His main focus of professional interest falls into two areas: technology innovation particularly in relation to cloud-based services, IoT and digital transformation. And, secondly, in relation to sustainability within the built environment.

Gavin commented: “I’m actively working with my colleagues around the globe to help customers get a grip on their net zero transition to meet emissions goals. I’d be delighted to bring my industry experience to the table at the BCIA.”

The BCIA is run by its members for its members and appointment to the Management Committee is by election. The Management Committee provides the governance of the BCIA to ensure members’ objectives are met. It appoints and steers the BCIA’s professional service providers and oversees finance, membership and compliance issues.

Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Peter and Gavin on to the BCIA Management Committee. Their career track records are exemplary and I look forward to working with them to help shape our industry for the 21st century and beyond.”

www.bcia.co.uk

19-01-2021

 

HPA release report outlining steps to decarbonise the UK heating industry in the next decade

Today the Heat Pump Association released a ground-breaking report outlining the steps that the UK Government must take to shape future policy and decarbonise the heating industry.

The report aims to substantially shake up the existing frameworks and introduce regulatory, impactful, and meaningful changes in the heating sector, paving the way for mass deployment of low carbon heating. 

The aims of the report are to:

  1. Promote changes to establish infrastructure in existing homes for low carbon heating
  2. Build and develop installer skills for the recommended changes
  3. Lower fuel bills for existing heating systems
  4. Lower carbon emissions for existing heating systems

These aims are comprehensive, providing enough detail to influence civil servants and policy makers on the benefits of implementing these changes as well communicating the benefits to the industry.

The report sets out to ‘level the playing field’ across all heating types, encouraging best practice and low carbon heating for all installations, regardless of technology type. This will ensure the smooth transformation of the domestic heating market from fossil fuels to low carbon over the next decade, reducing fuel bills and carbon emissions from homes.

The recommendations can be neatly summarised into three key points:

  • Introduce a maximum flow temperature of 55 in Building Regulations to be applied to replacement heating systems from 2026.
  • Introduce in Building Regulations for Heat Loss Calculations to be carried out for all replacement heating systems from 2026.
  • All heating installers to have a Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water Qualification[i], or equivalent, as part of accreditation scheme refresher courses.

The implementation of these recommendations will establish the heating infrastructure in homes, and skills amongst the installer base, needed for low carbon heating installations, by ‘laying the groundwork’ for wider heat pump adoption. Heat pumps being an established technology, recognised by the Committee on Climate change as the backbone to the decarbonisation of heat.

Chairman of the HPA, Graham Wright commented - ‘This report could not come at a more pertinent time. The push for a Green Recovery from Covid-19 has put the UK in a unique position to be able to develop new and innovative policy that works to tackle the negative effects of the pandemic whilst working towards net zero. The regulations suggested in this paper undoubtably offer the Government a road to recovery for the heating industry that is green and saves energy and money for the UK.’

 

[i] Chartered Institute for Plumbing and Heating Engineers (2020), Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water in Dwelling Consultation

12-11-2020