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


Building controls vital to compliance

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is encouraging the wider industry to consider the importance of implementing effective building controls from the outset of building projects in order to meet current legislation.  The 10 80 10 rule represents the total lifetime costs of a building, whereby only 10% of costs are invested at the design stage while a staggering 80% is spent on the running and maintaining of a building.


The BCIA is calling for a change in approach from those in the supply chain at the initial stages of building projects. By investing in an efficient controls system at the start of construction, this will dramatically lower operational costs in commercial buildings over the long term while also helping to meet a wide range of legislation.

A good example of this is the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) which came into force earlier this year. It is now unlawful for a landlord to let or renew a lease on a property if the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating is F or G.  By installing additional zone control for instance, or demand control of lighting and heating using occupancy sensors, your EPC rating can receive a welcome boost and substantially lower unnecessary energy usage. It is these relatively simple additions to the BMS system that have a significant impact on the EPC rating.

Energy efficiency in commercial buildings remains a high priority and something that must be continually be addressed in the need to meet current and new legislation.

One of the best ways that this can be accomplished is by bearing in mind the 10 80 10 concept from the outset of construction projects and making sensible and strategic decisions to future-proof today’s sophisticated buildings. Through the implementation of innovative control systems, this will enable the wider industry to comply with legislation over the upcoming years.


For further information, please visit www.bcia.co.uk


FETA were joint signatories to a letter in May this year from BSI to Secretary of State Greg Clark in which BSI requested a commitment from Government to the UK’s continued participation in the European standards system. As a result of these joint efforts, the General Assemblies of the European Standards Organizations CEN and CENELEC have agreed an arrangement that secures BSI’s continued full membership of those bodies post-Brexit. BSI has welcomed these decisions as a pragmatic solution that provides stability for the European standards system while meeting the needs of our stakeholders.

The decisions, taken separately in both organizations, will enable UK industry and other stakeholders to continue their important work shaping and maintaining best practice standards used across Europe and internationally. They also mean that UK experts will continue as chairs, convenors, committee members and policy experts to work on maintaining and developing the 20,000 European standards that are managed by CEN and CENELEC.

A full statement from BSI can be viewed here


Mike Nankivell to stand down as HPA President

Mike Nankivell has announced that he intends to stand down as Heat Pump Association (HPA) President at the end of 2018. Graham Wright, currently Vice President of the HPA, will take over the role of President in 2019.

“It has been a pleasure to have had an active involvement with the Heat Pump Association since its inception in 1995 and a real privilege to serve the Association as its President for the past five years. But I think now is the right time to step back and hand over to my Vice President, Graham Wright,” stated Mike. 

“The heat pump sector is entering a new period of challenges, with changes in the refrigerants landscape, government policies related to global environmental issues, national technology subsidies, Building Regulations and of course Brexit. Having retired from my ‘day job’ in 2015, while I remain committed to the success of the sector and am happy to continue supporting the Association, I believe the HPA needs to move forward with someone at the helm who is still at the sharp end of heat pump technology.”

Mike continued, “We have made very good progress in recent years on our members’ behalf. Much of this was consolidating and developing the excellent work of my predecessor, Tony Bowen. We have been very active in influencing government policy, particularly in relation to the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Heating and Clean Growth Strategies. We have established the HPA as a major player within MCS, the Each Home Counts initiative and we were also one of the first Trade Associations to endorse the European Heat Pump Association’s ‘decarbonising buildings’ initiative.”

Mike concluded, “I am confident that Graham Wright of Daikin UK, with his great knowledge of heat pump technologies as well as legislation and industry standards, is the right person to take over as HPA President.”

Graham Wright paid tribute to Mike, saying, “I would like to thank Mike for the incredible work he has carried out for the HPA during his five years. He has presided over a period during which heat pumps have really staked their claim in forming a significant part of an environmentally friendly future for the building industry. I am very happy to be taking on the role of President of the HPA, and I look forward to building on Mike’s endeavours in 2019 and beyond.”


European groups produce leaflet on Flammable Refrigerants

A new leaflet – Get Ready for Flammable Refrigerants! – has been prepared by EPEE, AREA, Asercom and the EFCTC as part of a broad communications campaign. It follows a similar brochure issued at the beginning of the year highlighting the need for contractors to stop using the high GWP refrigerant R404A.

In order to achieve the European F-gas phase down deadlines, all European contractors will ultimately need to embrace the new lower GWP refrigerants. Many of these new refrigerants exhibit some degree of flammability.

In a very straightforward manner, the free-to-download leaflet describes all the aspects that need to be considered when using these refrigerants, whether they are low flammability (A2L e.g. HFOs) or high flammability (A3 e.g. Hydrocarbons). The document includes explanations of the reasons for their adoption, the need for training and qualifications, and the impact of standards and building codes.

It also warns that the pressure on prices and supply of refrigerants as a consequence of the phase-down may cause an increase in counterfeits. It advises contractors to only buy refrigerants from known reputable sources.

The leaflet is available to download here.



EPEE launches leaflet on HFO and HCFO

EPEE (European Partnership for Energy and the Environment) has produced a Q&A leaflet on the low GWP HFO and HCFO refrigerants.

Whilst these products have been available for some time, this free-to-download document describes what they are, the differences between HFOs and HCFOs, and tackles the safety and environmental questions that have been raised with regard to their use.  The wider use of both HFOs and HCFOs is vital for European industry to meet the phase down schedule under the EU F Gas Regulation.

The document is available here.


It was announced in the recent Budget that the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme will be closing (though still available to purchasers of the related Energy Technology List (ETL) products until the end of Mar 2020). What is not immediately clear is what this means for the ETL part of the scheme in the long term.

The Government has no plans to stop this element and manufacturers will still be able to continue listing products on the Energy Technology List. The Chancellor also announced a number of changes to update the Energy Technology List criteria to reflect developments in eligible technologies. These were the recommendations which ICF (the company now working with the Carbon Trust on the technical criteria concerning the ETL and with whom FETA have been liaising closely) submitted to Government in August and had consulted with us and our members prior to that in May, June and July. ICF will imminently reconnect with FETA and manufacturers on their ETL database to complete the criteria revision process, during November and December. Subject to Parliamentary approval, these changes are expected to come into force in 2019.

Furthermore, the ETL criteria revision process will start again next year with a brand new suite of sub-technologies with a precise list yet  to be determined. We expect that next year’s programme will be launched in February.

FETA will be meeting with the Carbon Trust and ICF on 29th November to review how we will proceed with the enduring Energy Technology List.



The Rushlight Awards are the only set of awards designed specifically to support and promote all the latest clean technologies, innovations and initiatives for businesses and other organisations throughout UK, Ireland and internationally. There are separate categories for each of the renewable energies, clean fuels, transport, energy efficiency, power generation and storage, resource, water, sustainable manufacturing, agriculture and products, clean environment and deployment initiatives.

To enter, just go to www.rushlightevents.com/rushlight-awards and follow the instructions in How to Enter.

There are many reasons to enter the awards including:

1. All entries will be made into posters and exhibited at the Rushlight Show, unless you choose not to.

2. The prestigious and internationally recognised Rushlight Awards carry substantial kudos, specifically due to the totally independent, high quality judging and breadth of support from the key leading participants in the sector.

3. Winners and commended entries can display their respective success logos on all their marketing material and communications free-of-charge after the event.

4. Priority will be given to entrants for the presentation slots in the Innovation Showcase at the Rushlight Show on Wednesday 30 January.

5. Every entrant who is a commercial business can receive a free Grant Scope assessment by Granted Consultancy, including a 30 min skype call.
6. All entrants can have a stand in the Exhibition at the Rushlight Show at a substantial discount.

7. All digitally-enabled entries can receive a free cyber-security review by Gemserv.

8. All entrants can enjoy the benefits of the Simply Do Ideas platform.

9. Celebrate an innovation breakthrough or an initiative by entering the awards and bringing the team to the Party.

10. All entrants can attend the Awards Party at discounted prices, including group packages.

11. Put your product, service, technology or project in front of potential customers, investors, partners, intermediaries and service providers.


Be crowned the best at the 2019 BCIA Awards

Do you have what it takes to be crowned the best of the best in the building controls industry? If the fierce competition is no match for you - prove it by entering the 2019 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards today.

The prestigious awards ceremony returns for yet another spectacular night and is the night that matters most to anyone who is anyone in the dynamic building controls industry. If you want to get your company noticed and show everyone that you’re at the top of your game, there is no time to lose – simply enter online today.

Judged by an independent expert panel using clearly defined criteria, even the judges don’t actually know who wins each category until the envelope is opened on the night. As you would hope, the judging is rigorous but fair, meaning the best will win.

If you’ve designed a ground-breaking product to change the way the market operates or completed an innovative project that sets you apart from your rivals, waste no time in heading over to the BCIA website. By entering the Technical Innovation of the Year – Products or Projects categories, you could be the one receiving all of the glory after collecting a highly sought-after accolade at the Awards ceremony which is held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 9 May 2019.

Alternatively, if you or your colleague has excelled in the field of engineering, put yourselves in the spotlight and enter the Engineer or Young Engineer of the Year award and show the industry why you deserve to stand out from the crowd.

Perhaps training is your forte in this fast moving industry? If so, nominate your company for the Contribution to Training Award or an organisation that you have benefited from by receiving exceptional training. Other categories to enter include: Independent Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year, Best Service and Maintenance Provider and the Energy Management Award – all of which are up for grabs for remarkable people like you.

The distinguished Awards ceremony is the number one event in the building controls calendar to be seen at. Seize the opportunity to be crowned the best of the best by heading over to the BCIA website but don’t leave it too late as entries close on Friday 21 December 2018.


To stay up to date with the latest BCIA Awards news, follow the BCIA on Twitter: @BCIA_news and don’t forget to use #BCIAAwards19.




SCA signs up to support 100% Hackitt initiative

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has declared its backing for a new industry initiative launched to encourage the government to deliver on all of the recommendations laid out in Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety processes.

The 100% Hackitt initiative, introduced by the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA), is drawing support from across the construction and fire safety sectors and the SCA has now added its name to the growing list of organisations and industry professionals calling for a complete system change and full implementation of Dame Judith’s recommendations.

Alongside a new website – www.100-hackitt.co.uk – the organisers of the initiative have produced ‘pledge cards’ for supporters to sign and are pushing for an Early Day Motion debate in the House of Commons.

The SCA has previously outlined its desire to see the government carry out a radical overhaul of the Building Regulations and tackle critical flaws in fire safety procedures. David Mowatt, chair of the SCA, comments, “Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy the SCA submitted proposals to the review team and offered advice on improving smoke control guidelines within the Building Regulations. The SCA would now like to see action on all 53 recommendations contained within the review and offers its full support to the 100% Hackitt initiative.”

For further information about the 100% Hackitt initiative visit: www.100-hackitt.co.uk


Energy and Rural Business Show launched

The Energy and Rural Business Show is a pioneering event which comes from the creators of The Energy Now Expo, which the Heat Pump Association has supported for several years. It will showcase the latest opportunities for farms both now and in the future and is designed for farmers, landowners and rural businesses looking to maximise profitable and sustainable land use.

Taking place next February 6th and 7th in Telford International Centre, the show has been created due to popular demand and for the first time it will bring three key areas together, which are set to define farm businesses going forward.

The Energy Now Expo, celebrating ten years of success, will be joined by the Rural Business Expo and the Low-Emission Vehicles Expo.

“The farm of the future has the potential to become an important source of renewable fuel and energy, as well as food. There is now a greater need for localised renewable energy and if the government’s target to ban diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040 is to be met, we will need new sustainable refuelling infrastructure in rural areas. Farms could become key players in the production and supply of renewable transport fuels.

Jonathan Scurlock, NFU chief adviser for renewable energy and climate change is positive about the event changes afoot. “As the voice of British farming, the NFU is pleased to welcome the union of Energy Now Expo with the Low Emission Vehicles Expo and Rural Business Expo. Over the past decade, farmer interest in diversifying into new income streams from the low-carbon economy has been well-served by this annual exhibition and conference in Telford, which is now embracing renewable transport vehicles and refuelling.”

The Low-Emission Vehicles Expo will have on-stand demos and presentations and the latest vehicles and machinery for rural businesses on show. Energy Now Expo will feature an exhibition, a dedicated energy storage theatre, a one-to-one advice clinic, and conference streams devoted to each type of renewable energy. The Rural Business Expo will have ‘how to’ workshops from industry experts and farmers who have implemented successful new business ventures or have integrated new projects with existing initiatives.  

The event is free to attend, and places can be booked today: http://www.energyandruralbusiness.co.uk/visit/register-to-visit.


Leading EU associations express concerns about the illegal trade of refrigerants

EPEE, representing the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe, and three leading associations in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) sector – EFCTC, AREA and ADC3R – have joined forces to call for better enforcement of the EU F-Gas Regulation.

As growing illegal trade of refrigerants is reported, the associations are calling on all market players to only buy refrigerants from reputable sources in order to ensure the safe and efficient operation of HVACR equipment. Illegally imported refrigerant can present a major risk for the health and safety of installers and users and for the reliability of equipment. In case of accidents which may result from the use of unknown substances contained in illegally imported containers or cylinders, installers will ultimately be responsible.

“We have supported the F-Gas Regulation and the transition towards lower GWP refrigerants right from the start. We cannot afford such loopholes in the implementation and lack of coordinated enforcement, especially now as the world has agreed on a global phase-down of HFCs under the Kigali Amendment which will enter into force in those countries that have ratified it in less than 3 months”, says Andrea Voigt, Director General of EPEE.

Illegal imports and consequent commercialisation of such refrigerants do not only pose a reliability and safety hazard, but also but also put at risk the achievement of the ambitious CO2-equivalent reduction goals set by the F-Gas Regulation.

There is no need for illegal imports”, adds Andrea Voigt, “sustainable and lower GWP refrigerants and technologies are available today to contribute to meeting the requirements under the F-Gas Regulation.”

“Authorities are ultimately responsible for the proper enforcement of the F-Gas Regulation and we call on all actors – including EU and National competent authorities – to also play their part in enforcing stricter controls at EU borders” added Olivier Janin, Secretary General of AREA, the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump contractors’ association.

The European Commission is working on this issue as a priority and the associations intend to work with them over the coming months to help accelerate progress.

The EU F-Gas Regulation entered into force in 2015. Its objective is to reduce emissions from HVACR equipment. One of its main measures is the HFC phase-down which aims at the transition towards refrigerants with a lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) by gradually reducing the quantities of HFCs, expressed in CO2-equivalents, placed on the EU market.

For any further question, please contact the EPEE Secretariat (secretariat@epeeglobal.org).


Follow the SCA on LinkedIn and Twitter

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) now has its own Company Page on LinkedIn. If you would like to stay up to date with the latest news and developments in the smoke controls industry, why not connect with SCA on LinkedIn. It provides a great opportunity to network and chat with fellow SCA members and those working in similar roles.

Click here to follow the SCA on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/smoke-control-association

However, if Twitter is more your thing, you can follow SCA and keep in the loop while you’re on the go.

Click here to follow the SCA on Twitter @SmokeControlAssoc




John Austin-Davies, whose name became synonymous with the UK commercial refrigeration industry, has retired after a career spanning 40 years.  John was a past Chairman of FETA, and a past President of the BRA.

John’s career in refrigeration started at Prestcold Ltd in September 1978, before moving to George Barker & Co (Leeds) Ltd in 1980, where he spent the rest of his career, rising to Commercial Director. George Barker was acquired by Italian company Epta in 1999.

John was a great supporter of the BRA, and served as Chairman of the Cabinet and Coldstores Section for many years.

John has also been a great advocate for training in the industry via his involvement with the IOR and ACRIB and chairing the Trailblazer Apprentice Employer’s Group.

Reflecting on his career, John said: “That journey has encompassed refrigerant changes from CFC through to natural refrigerants, the start-up of the Barker Refrigeration Contracting and Service & Maintenance business, the role of technical director for several years and, via Epta product marketing, into the role of UK commercial director.”

On his retirement, John Austin-Davies paid tribute to the great people he had worked with, thanking those who had endured his “Celtic temperament” and provided encouragement and support.

“I have remained a “techie” throughout my professional life, and I shall retain this interest after my retirement through various means, including ongoing activity in the Institute of Refrigeration,” he said.

To crown off a distinguished career, John was awarded the RAC Gold Award at the recent RAC Cooling Awards.



The software tool for SAP v10.0 has been published and is available via https://www.isap.org.uk/. This is based on the SAP v10.0 specification which is published here: https://bregroup.com/sap/sap10/

The purpose of providing this software tool is to allow stakeholders to understand how the updated methodology works in practice and the possible impacts. It is only a demonstration tool and should not be used for any official calculations. SAP 2012 continues to be the current method for all official calculations. Furthermore, there are likely to be further changes to the methodology before it is finalised.



BRE launches SBEM industry forum

Former FETA chairman Graham Wright has volunteered to spearhead FETA’s involvement in a new SBEM industry forum launched by BRE.

SBEM stands for Simplified Building Energy Model and is a software tool developed by BRE that provides an analysis of a building's energy consumption. The tool calculates monthly energy usage and CO2 emission rates by taking into account building geometry, construction, current use and HVAC and lighting equipment.

FETA strongly supports the introduction of the forum in helping to determine the future of the SBEM software model.





ADCAS looks to lead the way on fire-rated ductwork

ADCAS continues to offer support and guidance to ‘Working Group 2 – competencies of installers’, one of a number of working groups set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and subsequent review of the Building Regulations and fire safety by Dame Judith Hackitt.

Led by Build UK, Working Group 2 is developing a competency framework for those installing fire and safety and other critical systems. ADCAS member Alan Kinnear has offered to represent the association and is now actively involved in helping to identify and promote best practice relating to the installation of fire rated ductwork.



Smoke Control Association participates in CIBSE round table

Representing the Smoke Control Association (SCA), Ian Doncaster was recently asked to attend the recent CIBSE Round Table to discuss smoke control regulation post Grenfell.

An in-depth debate and sharing of views and experience by attendees was had on the key issues surrounding smoke control that are currently dominating the industry.

The biggest message arising was the need to preserve “The golden thread” that must run through all building projects to ensure the original fire and smoke-control strategy is preserved throughout the life of the building.

The importance of using qualified and competent engineers to design in appropriate solutions at the start, and then to ensure that they are correctly installed and commissioned before being correctly maintained over the life of the building was universally agreed.

In response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s review, the SCA has launched a certification scheme run by IFC, developed to deliver competency in fire strategy verification, system design, installation of smoke control systems, as well as service and maintenance work.

Details of SCA membership and activities can be found here.






The FETA A2L working group organized a workshop during the recent inaugural IIR conference on the use of HFO refrigerants. 

Entitled “Practical considerations in the use of HFOs and HFO blends”, the workshop was chaired by A2L group chairman, Mike Nankivell.  A number of FETA members presented details of some actual HFO installations to a packed audience of over 50 delegates. 

The objective of the workshop was to focus on the risk assessment aspect of using these low flammability refrigerants, which is a legal requirement under UK regulation.  This aspect of an installation, whilst second nature to users of Ammonia for instance, will be new to users of current HFC refrigerants (although, as was pointed out during the workshop, ALL RACHP installations are now subject to such regulation whatever refrigerant they use)

A lively Q&A session followed the workshop, with much useful information being exchanged.

The FETA group, together with the IOR, is now working on some draft guidance for the industry on the subject of risk assessment.


WorldSkills UK live

Preparation for the last leg of the SkillFRIDGE competition has begun as the six qualifying apprentices from the national heats hone their skills and sharpen their knowledge in readiness to compete in the SkillFRIDGE final, taking place at WorldSkills UK LIVE.

After a period of intensive training with RACHP experts to ensure the competitors can compete according to industry’s stringent standards, against which they will be benchmarked, the WorldSkills UK LIVE event will host the SkillFRIDGE finalists and provide them with an arena to showcase their abilities to a wider audience.

Held at Birmingham’s NEC from 15-17 November, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the UK’s largest apprenticeships and careers event of which the RACHP sector, with its associated SkillFRIDGE competition, is just one part.

From young professionals pursuing careers in engineering, technology and construction, to those with an interest in the health, lifestyle or creative sectors, all receive the opportunity to demonstrate their talents at the WorldSkills UK LIVE competitions, which are run by WorldSkills UK.

Funded by the Department for Education, WorldSkills UK operates as a partnership between businesses, education and government, working collectively to help accelerate young people’s careers and bolster the reputation of apprenticeships.

WorldSkills UK chief executive, Dr Neil Bentley, states: “WorldSkills UK is all about improving the prestige of apprenticeships and technical education, to inspire more young people to consider these as career routes and get off to a better start in work and life.”

As such, the WorldSkills UK LIVE event is much more than a platform for multi-industry skills competitions. Drawing more than 73,000 youngsters from schools across the country each year, the interactive event – which also welcomes parents, families and young adults – enables them to come face-to-face with major employers and training providers from a variety of sectors; try their hands at a range of jobs-related activities, from TV production to virtual welding; and obtain one-to-one guidance from expert careers advisors.

For this year’s cohort of SkillFRIDGE competitors, though, their sights will be set firmly on the task at hand as they battle it out in the final.  

Vying to come away with the SkillFRIDGE gold medal are Chandler Davison and Kevin Ballantine, who are both training with Bath College and employed with Thermocold Ltd and TKB Air Conditioning, respectively; Sam Gills, who is employed and trained by Star Refrigeration; Refrigeration Lindum’s Thomas Thompson, who is studying at Grimsby Institute; Dominic Dray from Royale Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, training with Eastleigh College; and Dunbia Foods’ Edward Davis, who studies at Cardiff and Vale College.

Over the course of the three-day event, the apprentices will be tasked with the completion of a series of challenging assignments under test conditions, in a comprehensive examination of their overall knowledge, practical skills, and adherence to industry standards.

The gold, silver and bronze medallists will be announced at a ceremony on the final day of WorldSkills UK LIVE.

The intense final is no easy feat, but the benefits of taking part in the competition cycle are invaluable and lasting. WorldSkills UK training manager and lead SkillFRIDGE judge, Mark Forsyth, explains: “They always say in their feedback that it has helped them in the way they approach things and plan for a job, and in the way that they critique themselves.”

Those who score sufficiently highly in the SkillFRIDGE final will also be eligible to compete at a global level in the WorldSkills international competition, forming part of Squad UK and going head-to-head with the very best talent from a host of other countries across the world.

For more information on the SkillFRIDGE competition series, visit www.skillfridge.co.uk


Invest in building controls to reduce operational costs

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is urging the industry to invest in building controls at the design stage of a building in order to lower the overall operating costs in today’s commercial buildings.

The 10 80 10 concept represents the total lifetime costs of a building, whereby 10% of the costs of a building is invested at the construction stage; 80% is spent on operating the building and the remaining 10% is accounted for in dismantling and demolition. The majority of the operational budget is accounted for by the running of building services which includes air conditioning, heating, lighting and ventilation.

A study from the Royal Academy of Engineering showed that for every £1 it costs to build, it will cost £5 to maintain and a further £200 to operate a building during its lifetime. However, too often the £1 spent in the construction phase is squeezed by value engineering and the potential maintenance and operational efficiency benefits are not realised. This is particularly evident with the BEMS where connected points are paired back, metering is removed or commissioning time is cut short.

The latest figures from the BCIA’s Market Information Services (MIS) revealed that a new record was set early this year of £654.8 million for the total controls and BEMS market in the UK. This highlights a 0.3% increase in comparison to one year ago and outlines the impact that controls systems have in today’s buildings.

Therefore, building managers who utilise effective building controls at the design stage will considerably reduce the running and maintenance costs of a building while increasing energy efficiency and performance.

Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA says: “The importance of an effective controls system being implemented at the design stage of a building cannot be underestimated. By investing more in building controls right from the start of construction projects, building user satisfaction will increase and the operational costs over the lifecycle of the building will be significantly reduced.”

For further information, please visit: www.bcia.co.uk


Your Ticket to London Build

London's leading construction and design show, London Build, will return to Olympia in London on October 23rd & 24th. Since its launch four years ago, London Build has established itself as the largest construction show for London, covering all sectors within the built environment. After reaching full capacity in the Central and West halls, London Build will be moving to the Olympia’s National Hall for this year’s show.


The extensive exhibition will feature over 300 exhibitors, and leading suppliers will be showcasing their latest innovation, products and services across 9 specialised zones: Buildings, Infrastructure, BIM & Digital Construction, Fire Safety, Interior and Fit-out, London Design, Product Innovation, Site Machinery & Equipment and Sustainability.  Each zone acts as the focal point for eight ‘Summits’ – with over 200 hours of free CPD conference and workshop sessions discussing the latest developments, challenges and opportunities across the UK’s built environment. This is your one-stop-shop to gain all over your CPD points over two days.

London Build is extremely active in the promotion of inclusivity, diversity and equality in the industry. The annual Women in Construction Morning Networking session, now in its third year will take place on October 24th, attracting thousands of empowering women working in construction. This is the largest gathering of women in construction in the UK.

The Built Environment Networking Hub will host free-to-attend exclusive networking events across two whole days. Build your connections, gain inspiration from industry thought-leaders and win business at the show which offers it all.


Join the UK’s construction industry and register today for your free tickets: https://www.londonbuildexpo.com/get-free-tickets


The BCIA Awards are back

Entries are now open for the 2019 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards and you are invited to submit your entry for the most distinguished awards ceremony in the industry’s calendar.

Anyone who is anyone will be in attendance to celebrate the excellence of the building controls industry, highlighting the fantastic achievements of talented individuals, innovative projects, products and services that the building controls sector has to offer. This prestigious event will also present you with an exclusive opportunity to network with the crème de la crème of the building controls sector at this elegant affair.

Have you or your company showcased outstanding levels of customer care or demonstrated how building controls have been applied to increase energy efficiency in a building? Perhaps you feel that one of your recent projects is playing a pivotal role in redefining the future of the building controls industry?

If so, then why not enter one of the eight award categories. There are a wide range of esteemed accolades up for grabs such as Best Service and Maintenance Provider which is sponsored by Western Automation, the Energy Management Award, sponsored by Priva or the Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year category which is sponsored by Trend Control Systems. Alternatively, you could have your innovative skills recognised by entering Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects which is sponsored by Johnson Controls or Technical Innovation of the Year – Products which is sponsored by the BCIA.

If you are a talented Engineer over the age of 35 why not enter the Engineer of the Year category or if you are a young engineer aged between 18-35, make a name for yourself in the Young Engineer of the Year category which is sponsored by Schneider Electric. Alternatively, if you deliver excellent training in building controls, you are invited to enter the Contribution to Training Award sponsored by Siemens Building Technologies and be celebrated for your sterling achievements in front of the elite of the building controls industry.

Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA, says: “The countdown is on for the prestigious 2019 BCIA Awards ceremony which is contested by outstanding people, dynamic companies and innovative products all seeking to get in the mix for a coveted BCIA Award. It is a wonderful night in our calendar and a great opportunity to celebrate our shared values and excellence. It’s definitely a night not to be missed...”

The 2019 BCIA Awards take place on Thursday 09 May 2019 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole and are free to enter.  The deadline for entries is Friday 21 December 2018.

To stay up to date with the latest BCIA Awards news follow the BCIA on Twitter: @BCIA_news and use the official hashtag #BCIAAwards19. Alternatively, visit the official website: www.bcia.co.uk



Talented people working in construction and the HVAC industry are to be recognised as part of a campaign to encourage others to follow their own career in the sector.

Launched in March 2018, UK Construction Week (UKCW) established its Role Models campaign, with help from the Construction Youth Trust, to inspire others and raise awareness of the breadth of roles available in the construction industry. The winner will be announced on 10 October on the UKCW Stage at the NEC, followed by a champagne reception and a meet and greet with keynote speaker, Barbara Res.

After much consideration, the judges put together a shortlist of 36 people from more than 130 high-quality entries. The extensive and diverse job roles of those shortlisted include a business development manager at an air conditioning firm; a crane operator; a beyond zero coordinator; a national water sector lead; a BIM strategy manager; a chairman; an equality, diversity, and inclusion specialist; and a bricklaying tutor. A handful of architects, engineers and surveyors have also been shortlisted. People with non-construction specific services such as marketing also made the list, demonstrating the broad range of skills and knowledge contained within the industry.

While London is often seen as the hub for the construction sector, the shortlisted entrants hail from locations across the UK including Lancashire, Northern Ireland, Birmingham, Bristol, Chelmsford, Weybridge, Oxford, Coventry, Truro, Hereford, Worcester, Sheffield, Glasgow, Dartford, Leeds, Southampton, Plymouth, Cardiff, Preston, Exeter, and Chester.

Changing the face of construction

The judges were impressed with the role models’ passion for improving the image and culture of construction; breaking paradigms and changing stereotypes; actively campaigning for equality within the sector; teaching others and building bridges between the industry and education; inspiring young people; supporting apprentices; and championing diversity throughout the industry.

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said:

“As part of being shortlisted, role models will take part in an outreach programme to help build connections with local schools and colleges. It’s about sharing their construction career journeys and inspiring the next generation by dispelling the myths surrounding the construction industry.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for people to be celebrated in an industry that often gets negative press. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the work the role models are doing, not just on a day to day basis, but the work they’ve personally taken on to make this industry better.”

Setting the example

The role models will share their thoughts on key industry issues as guest bloggers for the Construction Matters Blog. They will have VIP access to UKCW, which takes place on 9-11 October, and will be available to talk to others about their careers in construction and their visions for the future of the industry.

Ahead of the presentation for UKCW Role Model of the Year, a discussion will take place on the UKCW Stage about creating the new generation of construction professionals. Shortlisted role models Emma Ferguson-Gould and Ryan Williams will join architect Elsie Owusu and BBC presenter, Steph McGovern, will be the host.

UKCW will be an event that inspires, with speakers such as Barbara Res – an engineer, lawyer and the project manager behind Trump Tower, the first BMF Young Merchants’ Conference at the BMF Pavilion, and a timber structure project by Manja van de Worp and students from the school of architecture at the Royal School of Art.

Other highlights for aspiring construction professionals include:

  • The launch of the 2019 Passivhaus Student Competition;
  • Design your home of the future, with George Clarke’s MOBIE;
  • The Institute of Civil Engineers’ ‘Save Civil City’ challenge; and
  • The Finishes and Interiors Sector’s #iBuiltThis2018 photography competition.

Free tickets are available from www.ukconstructionweek.com

Keep up with UKCW Role Models activities on Twitter at @UK_CW and using the hash tag #UKCW2018 and read guest blog posts at www.ukconstructionweek.com/blog




CIBSE are organising their Build2Perform seminar, whci will be held on 26-27 November 2018, at Olympia in London.

The CIBSE CPD accredited programme is highly relevant to those working in the built environment and has been carefully curated by CIBSE Divisions, CIBSE Special Interest Groups and the Build2Perform Advisory Board, with specialist speakers invited from across the industry. 

Now is the time to book your FREE place and look at the individual sessions of your choice across the two days.



CIBSE will be organising their 2019 Technical Symposium at the University of Sheffield from 25-26 April.

This will be titled Transforming Built Environments – driving change with engineering

Reshaping regulation, understanding, practice and application to enhance the lifelong benefit of engineered environments

CIBSE are calling for papers, reviews and case studies.  Those interested are asked to submit a 250 word by 17th September 2018 to cibse.org/symposium


New Building Services Live event comes to Excel London in January 2020

An exciting new show co-locates with the HVAC & Refrigeration Show, to offer visitors a 2020 vision of all that is new in building services
An appetite for a dedicated building services show sees this brand new event come to Excel London (January 21st to 23rd 2020), in a co-location with established bi-ennial event, the HVAC & Refrigeration Show.  Building Services Live is a must for specifiers, installers, integrators, engineers, facilities managers, lighting designers and contractors, architects, heating & plumbing engineers, electrical engineers and more.

The new show’s Business Director, Jacqui Henderson, explains: “Building Services and HVAC & Refrigeration Live have a natural synergy so it made perfect sense to launch Building Services Live alongside this established and well supported show.
“With both events under one roof, it’s now the perfect one stop shop for anyone involved in the fast moving world of building services. It’s great opportunity for visitors to engage with a host manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers that represent the full spectrum of the Building Services market.”
Building Services Live will provide an exciting and interactive environment, with a seminar theatre promising a comprehensive CPD-accredited programme, an innovation showcase theatre – and a second seminar theatre called ‘the technology hub’ with presentations on a range of new products –plus of course a diverse range of manufacturer/service provider stands.
Continues Jacqui Henderson: “Building Services Live promises to be an information rich experience, allowing visitors to keep up with the latest trends, see and experience the latest technology close up.”
Building Services Live will cover the whole gamut of building services, including:

  • Energy management
  • Intelligent buildings
  • The Internet of Things
  • Connectivity and wireless technology
  • Lighting and lighting controls
  • Water treatment
  • Drainage and plumbing
  • Fire safety
  • Security
  • Health & Safety
  • Data Centres
  • Cyber Security
  • Cable management
  • Renewables
  • Thermal imaging
  • Maintenance & refurbishment

Building Services Live has been launched by Datateam Business Media Ltd, in association with leading industry magazine, Building Services & Environmental Engineer.
For information about stand space and sponsorship opportunities, email jhenderson@datateam.co.uk or call 01622 699116.
To submit papers, email deales@datateam.co.uk or call 01354 461430.
Visit www.buildingserviceslive.com for more information.


FETA announces leadership changes

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced changes to some of its senior positions, with John Smith standing down as FETA Chairman, and Nick Howlett taking over the role.

Nick, who is now a year into his role as HEVAC President, is Non-Executive Director at Titon and was instrumental in creating the company’s mechanical ventilation division in 2005.   

Commenting on his new role, Nick said: “There are a number of significant topics on the agenda for FETA at the moment, ranging from the strategic level stemming from consequences of Brexit not yet being clear to the more sector specific issues like F-gas and detailed work on Regulations and Standards. We are also stood by to contribute fully to the work stemming from the Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety which followed on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and to playing our part in ensuring the opportunities for improvement across the built environment are not wasted.

“Equally, in the wake of the Carillion fiasco, we will continue to argue that the time for a radical review of construction industry payment practices is upon us and the Government must act accordingly. I have a particular wish to raise the need for better and more coordinated focus by the Government concerning indoor air quality but equally there are many issues of current interest across our six associations within FETA. I am greatly looking forward to playing my part in taking these forward.”

With John Smith also stepping down as President of the British Refrigeration Association (BRA), former BRA Vice-President Mark Woods has taken over the role. Mark is Joint Managing Director of Space Engineering Services, having started with the company as a Troubleshooting and Commissioning Engineer in 1997. He is also the Chairman of the BRA Contractor Section and is able to draw on a wealth of practical knowledge and customer relationship experience. He observed that: “I am looking forward to building on the great work John has done as we reach out to our broad industry sector to share best practice, focusing on health and safety as we deal with changes in the use of refrigerants.”






Does wellbeing need to be regulated asks BCIA

The topic of wellbeing continues to create discussion in all quarters – and it is highly prevalent in the building controls sector. Therefore, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) ponders the question of whether wellbeing needs to be regulated in reference to commercial buildings…

While there is legislation in place concerning energy efficiency, there is nothing in place regarding wellbeing, despite the growing demands around the subject. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) is a prime example of how legislation results in prompt action – as landlords are unable to let out buildings that have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of “E” or below until they make the necessary improvements.  

The built environment has a significant role to play in regard to people’s wellbeing. It is well documented that building occupants enjoy some level of control over their workspace and are proven to be more productive as a result. Sophisticated technology is creating more opportunities to tackle wellbeing through a vast range of building controls, many of which allow users to dictate their own personal preferences for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting.

However, with ongoing advancements in technology, it is important that those people responsible for operating innovative controls in the workplace, have a full and confident understanding of how best to extract smart controls to their full potential – to avoid missed opportunities.

Optimum wellbeing in a building can be achieved from as early on as the design stage of a build – and legislation would ensure that everyone is working from the same standard in order to develop a building that best meets the needs of the occupants using it.

Jon Belfield, President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) said: “The term ‘wellbeing’ can be highly subjective with different meanings for different individuals. While each case is unique, it is clear that collectively within the industry, we need to adopt a change of culture and embrace wellbeing. Following a set of precise requirements would help ensure that this is easily achieved with benefits for building owners and occupants alike…”



IOR Publishes Five FREE Titles for Members

The summer holiday is now well and truly underway and there’s never been a better time to polish up your skills and update your knowledge with the latest titles available from the IOR. The IOR has recently released no less than five titles all FREE to members at ior.org.uk. They are:


  •          The updated IOR Refrigerant Safety Code of Practice – Flammable Lower Toxicity Refrigerants (Groups A2L, A2 and A3) a reference source and guide to the interpretation of current safety standards, it covers properties of refrigerants, decommissioning, testing and maintenance as well as design issues. This safety code of practice is free for members. Non-members can download it for £48 (inc. VAT).


  •          IOR Proceedings Volume 114 (2017-18)includes technical papers and reports of IOR meetings for 2017-18. This is an essential addition to your library for anyone involved in the RACHP industry and a useful collection to keep up-to-date with innovation and technical developments. The proceedings are available in PDF or CD-Rom format (ISBN:978-1-872719-38-2). Proceedings are free for members and available to non-members for £47 (inc. VAT).


  •          Three new Service Engineer Good Practice Guides – available for FREE for a limited time only. These guides will ensure you remain up-to-date with the latest practical RACHP developments and earn CPD credits over the summer.
  • Guides include the Impact of Different Refrigerant Classifications (GPG 71), which considers the effects of the quota system of the EU F-Gas Regulation of 2014 on phasing down the supply of HFC refrigerants alongside industry’s pressing need to adapt to using HFC alternative refrigerants.
  • The second Good Practice Guide available deals with Air Conditioning System Inspection Compliance Obligations (GPG 72), which summarises the regulations and obligations applicable to operators/owners of air conditioning equipment and covers phase out of high GWP refrigerants, safety of pressure systems and energy efficiency of buildings.
  • The third guide is on the Importance of On-site Refrigerant Recycling (GPG 73) describing a practical process that will help to ensure a supply of refrigerant (recycled or recovered) is available for service and maintenance as F-Gas refrigerant becomes restricted.


These are just some of the titles produced by the IOR and available to members who can access over 300 titles from our website. IOR membership is a cost-effective way to keep abreast of the latest developments. To find out how you can join, visit www.ior.org.uk/membership



SCA helps develop new certification scheme for contractors installing smoke control systems

A new certification scheme developed by the Smoke Control Association (SCA), in partnership with IFC Certification, has been finalised and is expected to help raise standards across the industry.

The IFC SDI 19 Certification scheme is now open to contractors involved in the installation of smoke control systems and henceforth SCA members who install smoke control systems will be required to apply for and receive accreditation as a condition of membership.  Developed to ensure a suitable level of competency in relation to fire strategy verification, system design and the installation of smoke control systems, the scheme also covers the contractor’s ability to offer and provide an appropriate level of service and maintenance to the client following installation and commissioning, commensurate with the type, size and use of the building.

Contractors certified under the newly introduced scheme will be suitably experienced in fire strategy verification, system design, installation and commissioning of smoke control systems in accordance with the following standards and industry guidance documents:

·  Approved Document B

·  Approved Document B NI (Northern Ireland)

·  Technical Handbook (Scotland)

·  BS9999

·  BS9991

·  BS7346 Parts 4, 5, 7 and 8

·  BS 8519

·  BS8524

·  EN 12101 Part 6

·  Technical Reports 12101-4 & 5

·  SCA Guidance Documents


David Mowatt, Chairman of the SCA, comments, “The independent review of building regulations and fire safety supports clear cultural changes in the procurement, design, construction and maintenance of buildings and building systems in order to deliver safer buildings. Contractors should be responsible for the systems they install and end users should always look to use a capable, experienced contractor.

“This certification scheme will ensure quality and competency, affording the end user confidence that their safety critical system is fit for purpose. Certified contractors will have clearly demonstrated that their trained staff consistently adhere to industry best practice and fully appreciate the importance of correct installation, inspection and maintenance.” 

IFC Certification is an internationally recognised provider of independent third-party certification. Further information, scheme documentation and application forms are available by emailing info@ifccertification.com.