FEDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS (FETA)

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

ADCAS The Voice of the Ductwork Industry

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

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

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The International IIR  Rankine 2020 Conference is now accepting abstracts.

The Institute of Refrigeration has issued a call for abstracts for the IIR International Rankine 2020 Conference - Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation.  This conference will take place at the University of Glasgow, Scotland on the 26th, 27th 28th and 29th July 2020 and will include a celebration of the life and legacy of William Rankine.

This is the first conference to bring together the disciplines of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps (RACHP). The event will attract an international audience of researchers and industrialists. It will address critical issues for the future and will encourage the flow of ideas between the two closely related fields. It will provide a forum to discuss the shared environmental challenges being faced, the solutions being proposed and the difficulties in choosing the most efficient working fluids.

The conference programmes will feature three themes:

Cooling and Heating will focus on refrigeration systems with the reverse Rankine cycle. It will explore topics including compressors, heat transfer and exchanger, system/cycle design and optimisation, novel applications and system simulation.

Power generation will explore systems using organic fluids. The conference would especially welcome papers that compare organic Rankine cycle against other power generation applications. Themes will include expanders, heat transfer and exchangers, system/ cycle design and optimisation, novel applications and system simulation. Steam power generation will not be suitable for the programme unless in the context of organic Rankine cycle.

Working Fluids will explore new fluids, fluid blend, environmental impact, performance analysis and comparison. The conference will accept abstracts dealing both natural working fluids and fluorine based refrigerants. 

The event is expected to attract 300 delegates and 120 technical papers. Discounted registration for authors and students for this four day conference is available.

Full details of how to submit abstracts and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.rankine2020.com. The deadline for abstract submission is 13th September 2019.

23-05-2019

 

How will you celebrate World Refrigeration Day

The industry will be celebrating the first World Refrigeration Day on 26 June 2019. Aiming to raise the profile of the important contribution that our sector makes globally to modern living, the day will be packed with happenings ranging from an icy challenge competition for schools to a dedicated World Refrigeration Day Pavillion at the TCS&D Show. The IOR will mark the day with a relaunch of "Fantastic Fridges", an educational web site on refrigeration science aimed at school children and linked to the curriculum. We will also be hosting a Facebook Live event.  Further details on World Refrigeration Day's events are available here. Let us know what you will be planning - open days, visits to schools etc - or just take part by putting out some social media tweets using #WREFD19 or tag @WorldRefDay so that we can get refrigeration trending! 

23-05-2019

European Heat Pump Markets show double-digit growth for the 4th year in a row

One week ahead of the European elections, the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) gathered more than 200 industry experts to discuss latest developments in the market and to assess how heat pumps could pursue their contribution to a future and brighter Europe. With 11.8 million units installed across Europe, heat pump technology has quickly developed into a corner stone of the European heating mix. Slightly below 10% of all buildings are today heated by a heat pump.
 With their demand-side flexibility potential, heat pumps will be required in the new energy system to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and offer an enthusiastic reindustrialisation project for the EU. But this means that “heating and cooling” must first become the top priority of next European Parliament and Commission.
 
 “Heat pumps provide many benefits in line with the energy and climate targets of the EU”, said Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of EHPA. “Maybe the biggest advantage is their availability. Available heat pump technology can be deployed in residential, commercial buildings as well as in industrial processes. Recent technological developments allow their deployment in the renovation of residential buildings and in industrial processes. The latter units can efficiently provide up to 160 °C ”.
 
Indeed, EHPA has always strongly advocated for ambitious and effective measures aiming at the full decarbonization of our economies by 2050 and the promotion of a renewable, efficient and smart European energy system. The heat pump industry has also made continuous efforts to improve the quality and sustainability of their products.
 This year’s #HPForum2019 reflected the heat pump industry’s pioneering role by giving space to “unconventional” aspects of the energy debate, such as the collaboration with youth and students and the right interplay between further “electrification” vs “gasification”. The event also presented innovative experiences involving heat pumps at national, regional and local level, or with added value for other parts of the European industry and the digital economy.
 
Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of EHPA, added “We are cooperating with many industries and sectors to co-create a better future for Europe. We are also ready to support the work of the new political leaders arising from this month’s European elections. Our main political wish is to see “heating and cooling” (representing 50% of total EU energy consumption) finally recognised as a top priority of the EU, not only to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 but also to help re-industrialise Europe in the most sustainable way.”

17-05-2019

Leading younger people from across the engineering services sector now have a new opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for their achievements, following the launch of ECA’s Power Players initiative.

Power Players opens today (15 May) to entries from anyone aged 39 or below who has achieved innovative or impactful activity in their careers so far. The initiative is open until Tuesday 17 September 2019. To enter, individuals simply need to submit a short video at www.powerplayers.uk.com.

The industry-wide initiative is being supported by headline sponsor Schneider Electric. In addition, Power Players is being backed by numerous organisations within the industry, including the Electrical Industries Charity, FETA, SELECT, BEAMA, EDA, and others.

Power Players is a completely digital initiative aimed at those in the younger generation who have already made a strong start to their careers. Those entering are required to send in a short entry video, which can be made on a smartphone, about their innovative or inspirational work.

ECA CEO Steve Bratt commented:

“I am delighted to announce that the second iteration of our popular Power Players initiative has formally opened to entries from across the industry. We look forward to receiving the entry videos from high performing young people who are seeking recognition for their achievements.”

There are a range of top-quality prizes for the two most impressive entrants, including the opportunity of a lifetime of a business and networking trip abroad, to be announced in due course. Other prizes include a mentoring lunch with business guru Sir John Parker, former chair of global mining firm Anglo American.

To watch an introductory video to Power Players, please click here.

For more information on how to enter and the prizes on offer, please visit www.powerplayers.uk.com

16-05-2019



 

Hotel360, 18th/19th of September 2019, Excel, London

FETA is partnering with Hotel360, UK’s leading hospitality event dedicated to increasing hotel profitability! Taking place on the 18th & 19th of September, the event is set to transform London’s ExCeL into the ULTIMATE hub for hospitality innovation, over two unforgettable days!

All under one roof, industry experts will provide over 5,000 ambitious visitors with their secrets to success; whilst an array of some of the most innovative suppliers in the hotel sector will showcase the solutions that are forming the future of the ever-evolving industry, all for FREE!

Uniting the leading innovators from the worlds of marketing, branding, facilities management, operations, technology and beyond, the event is the hub of the solutions and systems that are providing hospitality professionals with the tools they need to not only grow their business, but also increase their profits.

The unparalleled line-up of Hotel360 will boast over 500 cutting-edge suppliers, 320 inspirational seminars, expert-led panel debates, unlimited networking opportunities, unmissable innovation awards, and much more!

Running directly alongside Hotel360, for the first time ever, is the Hospitality Design Show! Not only will the show reveal the designs behind business growth, it also grants you with a unique opportunity to let the leading creatives guide you to success!

So what are you waiting for? Visit hotel360expo.co.uk to secure your free ticket or to get involved with the show!

15-05-2019

 

2019 BCIA Awards winners revealed

The winners of the 2019 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards were announced at an exclusive ceremony and gala dinner on 09 May at the swanky Hilton Birmingham Metropole Birmingham.

Multi-award winning comedian and writer Holly Walsh hosted this year’s distinguished awards which saw not only a record number of entries but also a record number of guests. Anyone who is anyone was in attendance to see the industry’s finest enjoy their well-earned moment in the spotlight.

The first accolade of the night went to Eton Associates for Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year as a result of their lasting customer relationships, professionalism and understanding of clients’ needs.

Next up was the Engineer of the Year Award, which was presented to Ian Dalby, a Senior Systems Engineer for System Five. Along with his enthusiasm, Ian has demonstrated exceptional attention to detail, outstanding customer service skills and a willingness to help others.

The Young Engineer of the Year Award saw a record 12 finalists and it was Luke Williamson of Eton Associates were triumphant amongst fierce competition. Luke has been a key player in high-profile projects and has thrived under such demands using both his technical abilities and resilience. Furthermore, he has successfully completed all of the BCIA courses as well as additional qualifications.

Optimised Buildings clinched the Energy Management Award for their energy saving projects in Superdry Stores throughout the UK. Following new strategies implemented by Optimised Buildings, Superdry Stores saw a 14% reduction in electricity consumption and a Return on Investment (ROI) in just four months.

Following this, Demand Logic scooped the Best Service and Maintenance Provider Award which best demonstrates outstanding levels of customer care in the provision of long-term service and maintenance contracts for Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and building controls.

Innovation is at the forefront of the building services industry and IAconnects emerged victorious in the coveted Technical Innovation of the Year – Products Award with their forward-thinking MobiusFlow Edge Gateway, an IoT solution that enables actuators, sensors and controllers to connect, control and communicate with each other and the Cloud.

Equally impressive were the winners of the Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects Award: Econowise Drives & Controls, for their 99 Gresham Street Bubll Installation. Bubll has provided a very cost effective, fully featured wireless connected environment to allow full user interactivity and data harvesting.

One Sightsolutions claimed the honour of the Contribution to Training Award with their newly available and free online training videos, demonstrating their ongoing commitment to further the knowledge of those within the industry.

The final award on the night was for Outstanding Contribution of the Year and was presented to Wendy Belfield of InTandem Systems. Wendy has demonstrated her ongoing commitment and dedication in making the BEMS Controls Engineer Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard come to fruition, which will play a pivotal role in tackling the skills gap. This will significantly impact the future careers of many people who have yet to enter our industry. Without Wendy’s efforts we would not be in this position today.

Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA, said: “The BCIA Awards were once again a wonderful occasion and it was a joy to celebrate the crème de la crème of the building controls industry. I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the winners and thank all of the sponsors and media partners for their continued support.”

10-05-2019

 

HPA responds to Committee on Climate Change Net Zero report

The Heat Pump Association (HPA), as the UK’s leading authority on the use and benefits of heat pump technology, welcomes the publication today of the Committee on Climate Change’s Net Zero report, which highlights that a net-zero target for UK greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is both achievable and will deliver on the UK’s Paris Agreement commitments. The HPA agrees with the Committee that reaching this target is feasible with already available technologies, such as heat pumps, which are vital in the decarbonisation of UK heating systems.

Crucially, the report highlights the need for the Government to act immediately to implement a clear regulatory framework to achieve the decarbonisation of heat and recommends a range of policies to do so. The policy recommendations of the report include support for low carbon heating, a review of the balance of tax and regulatory costs across fuels, and a nationwide training programme to upskill the existing workforce. The HPA is pleased to see these recommendations as a means of reflecting the benefits of low carbon technologies and aims to work with all stakeholders to develop effective policy starting with the upcoming Part L Review and consultation on the regulatory framework for the future of heat to phase out high carbon fossil fuels.

Graham Wright, HPA Chairman, commented: “The HPA wholeheartedly supports the report’s recognition that urgent action is required to meet a net-zero target and welcomes the specific recommendations for decarbonising heat within the publication.

“Momentum is now gathering among the public acknowledging the need to change the way we heat our buildings and, as highlighted in the report, known technologies, such as heat pumps, offer a clear solution for this.

“Heat pumps offer an extensive opportunity to reduce the UK’s emissions, as well as helping to address other policy issues such as fuel poverty and air quality. The Future Homes standard set to be introduced in 2025, and supported within this report, represents the ‘low-hanging fruit’ of heating in new builds, which, in addition to those properties off the gas grid, should be the immediate focus for the Government.”

The Committee on Climate Change Report ‘Net Zero: the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming’ is available here.

www.heatpumps.org.uk

02-05-2019

ADCAS has announced its full support for a newly introduced pre-qualification (PQ) system – a joint venture by Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) designed to tackle the current pre-qualification inefficiencies costing the construction industry millions every year.

The first phase of the much-needed scheme sees the publication of a Common Assessment Standard (CAS) which will be used to pre-qualify companies. The CAS will feature key questions based around existing PQQs, including BSI’s PAS91, and will cover topics relating to finance, health and safety, the environment, quality and more.

ADCAS has long argued that the existing pre-qualification system is too fragmented and needlessly complex and the association is hopeful that this new system will go a long way in reducing wasted man-hours and costs.

Malcolm Moss, President of ADCAS, commented: “The ADCAS membership welcomes this timely reform of the pre-qualification system and is optimistic that it will make a real difference in reducing unnecessary and time-consuming administration work, allowing companies to channel valuable resources into delivering first-class infrastructure projects.

“As this new approach is based on ideals that the industry agrees on, this system looks to be in line for widespread adoption and, with the introduction of CAS, companies will undoubtedly benefit from no longer needing to be certified by multiple assessment bodies.”

Achilles, CHAS and Constructionline have been appointed as the first recognised assessment bodies.

www.adcas.co.uk

24-04-2019

 

The latest on SkillFRIDGE 2019

It’s a busy time for some of the brightest young engineers from the RACHP industry. This year’s SkillFRIDGE cycle is well underway as qualifying apprentices get set to face the regional heats across the UK – while 2017 competitor Orlando Rawlings has his sights set further afield as he prepares to represent his country in Russia at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

Flying the flag: an interview with Orlando Rawlings

This August, SkillFRIDGE 2017 Bronze medallist and service engineer at Daikin UK, Orlando Rawlings, will fly the flag for the UK RACHP industry when he travels to Russia to compete at WorldSkills Kazan 2019. ACR News spoke with him to find out more.

Orlando, congratulations! How does it feel to be selected for WorldSkills Kazan 2019?

I was in total shock when WorldSkills UK told me I was joining Team UK. Not many people can say they have represented their country, and I am determined to do everyone proud in Russia – my family, my friends and Daikin UK.  

How do you prepare to take part in the ‘Skills Olympics’?

It really is quite similar to how our athletes prepare for the Olympic Games. I have been training with WorldSkills UK since 2017 and I’ve spent lots of time working with Mark Forsyth – my training manager and the head SkillFRIDGE judge – focusing on my skills development. However, what did surprise me was that the training we are put through teaches us how we must be ‘competition fit’. This includes what we should be eating, how we should be sleeping and techniques to help us cope with competing in front of the 100,000 visitors who will be in Kazan watching us. It’s the same training that Team GB goes through to prepare for the Olympics.

That sounds full on. Can you give us more details?

Working with Mark, I complete blocks of training – usually for a week at a time. This all needs to be fitted around my job at Daikin UK. They have been really supportive, especially my manager Dan Blanchard. Although the training is designed to help me perform well in Russia, it has also helped me become a better engineer at Daikin UK and I hope more apprentices in the company can get involved in skills competitions. 

As part of my training I recently worked an ice rink project, designing and building a refrigeration system with a flooded evaporator and using a secondary refrigerant to chill the ice down to -10°C. I also had to install the electrical circuit for each component and commission it. My training will continue right up until I board the plane to Russia in August.

What can you expect from the competition in Russia?

I won’t know the exact details until I arrive at the competition site in Kazan. I know I have a sound understanding of the technical skills required, but the difficulty will be completing the test project to exact requirements under the strict, timed conditions. There’s no room for a mistake.

How did you get involved in SkillFRIDGE?

My lecturer at Grimsby Institute told us about SkillFRIDGE. I thought, “What I have got to lose?” I reached the finals, which are held at WorldSkills UK LIVE, and won Bronze in 2017. Following that I was invited to join the WorldSkills UK Training and Development programme for WorldSkills Kazan 2019. I have to pinch myself to realise how far I have come!

What attracted you to a career in RACHP?

When I was younger I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. My uncle arranged for me to have some work experience at Rolls-Royce, where he worked, and from that day I knew I wanted to be an engineer.   

I was lucky that my school, Patchway Community School in Bristol, had a proactive approach to careers advice. We had talks from the National Apprenticeship Service and being able to earn while you learn seemed like a great opportunity; I started looking for an engineering apprenticeship and secured one with Daikin UK.  I love being able to fix things and want to progress as far as I can in the engineering industry.

24-04-2019

Rushlight Summer Showcase, 20 June 2019, London

The Rushlight Summer Showcase takes place on Thursday 20 June 2019 at the Victory Services Club, 63-79 Seymour Street, London, W2 2HF.  It is THE marketplace that brings together cleantech developers and sustainable solution providers, with investors & financiers and businesses looking to source suppliers and partners for an improved level of sustainability in their supply chain and operations.

Kindly lead sponsored by Innovate UK and supported by BEIS, with sponsorship also from Venner Shipley and Flanders Investment & Trade, it follows on from the highly successful Rushlight Show which has just had its 10th year and attracted over 500 cleantech CEOs and entrepreneurs, investors and financiers, advisers, corporate customers and others involved in the sector.

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

The highlights include:

  • Conference, opened by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, where 40 cleantech companies will be presenting to a large audience looking to learn about the latest sustainable innovations and clean technologies.
  • The latest announcements from BEIS on funding for cleantech businesses.   
  • Announcements about a range of new funding rounds by Innovate UK,  which will be of direct interest to cleantech companies.
  • The Exhibition of over 50 cleantech businesses, incorporating the Innovate UK Advanced Materials & Clean Growth Showcase

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24-04-2019

EHPA debate on Heat Pumps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further details and presentations can be found here

10-04-2019

Future of Heat Conference

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

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

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

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

More information can be found here.

09-04-2019
 

FETA announces its latest recipient of Arkwright Scholarship Award

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

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

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

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

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

www.feta.co.uk

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

05-04-2019

 

Building Controls Industry Association celebrates 100 members

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

27-03-2019

 

EFCTC launches illegal refrigerant reporting hotline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Integrity Line can be accessed here.

22-03-2019

SkillFRIDGE ace reaches WorldSkills Kazan 2019

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

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

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

A shining example to the next generation

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

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

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

SkillFRIDGE 2019 is heating up

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

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

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

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

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

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

18-03-2019

SCA discusses third party accreditation at House of Lords symposium

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

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

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

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

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

You can find more information on the SCA here

18-03-2019

 

FETA supports World Refrigeration Day

FETA is supporting World Refrigeration Day.

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

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

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

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

Further information at www.worldrefrigerationday.org/

18-03-2019

 

FETA issues new DSEAR risk assessment guidance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15-03-2019

 

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

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

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

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

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

www.heatpumps.org.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.heatpumps.org.uk

07-03-2019

 

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

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

Low Carbon Homes seeks to address 5 key challenges:

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

Cost perceptions: unconvincing ROI

Confusing/conflicting information: competing advice from “experts”

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

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

The Solution

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

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

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

2019 Dates

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

Format

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

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

26-02-2019