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.
FETA and the Coronavirus
In the light of the Government’s latest announcements on public health measures related to the COVID-19 virus FETA has adjusted its working practices accordingly. Staff are now working from home, and to that end, until further notice, we will no longer organise physical meetings at the Hare Hatch offices, or elsewhere.
Future meetings will be held online. The first of these have worked well using the Zoom meeting system. This method of meeting does require some changes to how members take part. We will encourage all concerned to concentrate on topics where the groups need to make decisions (e.g. responses to consultations, voting on Standards etc)
The FETA Lunch has now been postponed to Thursday, 10th December, at the same venue and with the same guest speaker. Details here.
Clearly, member companies will be going through similar challenges of their own and we appreciate that may also impede the regular flow of information between us all, but please be assured the staff here will endeavour to continue to uphold a calm and measured “business as usual” stance.
URGENT: Call for engineering volunteers to support the NHS across the UK
There are a number of new medical facilities being built across the UK to treat patients with COVID-19. Please note that this is an initial call for regions across the UK, in preparation, should they need auxiliary support in the coming weeks.
In order to maintain patient care, many clinical and support staff have been drafted in from their Trusts to take up roles within these field hospitals. However, this will leave both the Trusts and the Field Hospitals short of technical and logistical support.
We have been approached by the Royal Academy of Engineering, on behalf of NHS England, to ask if we as a Professional Engineering Institution could support the NHS in providing technical expertise to the Health Service.
We have been provided with a job description for Auxiliary Engineering Support which is attached to this email and outlines the type of tasks and experience required.
We have been advised that while you are termed volunteers you will be given some financial recompense for your service (this is yet to be finalised) and for those that need it, hotel accommodation at the Field Hospital sites and close to the Trusts will be provided. Appropriate training and supervision will also be provided by NHS Clinical Engineering staff.
We thank you for your help and support at this time.
Please view the job description and register your interest here
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS ISSUE AND LINKS PLEASE GO TO THIS PAGE
FETA is the low cost but high profile UK trade body which represents the diverse interests of manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the building services sector. It is split into six principle Associations ADCAS, BCIA, BFCMA, BRA, HEVAC and HPA.
Product types covered by FETA include ductwork, ducts, duct insulation, pre insulated ductwork, dampers, grilles, louvres, building controls, flues, chimneys, refrigerated display cabinets, chilled cabinets, refrigeration contractors, refrigeration equipment, refrigeration components, refrigeration end users, air conditioning, air curtain, air distribution, air handling unit, chilled beam, chilled ceiling, demand controlled ventilation, fan coil unit, fans, ventilation, filter, fire damper, smoke damper, humidity, residential ventilation, smoke control, heat pumps
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has released a new Technical Guide to add to its portfolio of online Guides available to download.
The new Guide, entitled “The Impact of Controls on the Energy Efficiency of Buildings”, focuses on the British and European standard, BS EN 15232-1:2017, which assesses the cumulative impact of building automation and controls – commonly referred to as BACS - on the energy efficiency of buildings.
Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “It is a well-documented fact that buildings account for over 40% of global energy consumption, and buildings rarely perform as well as their designers calculated. BCIA member companies use the BS EN 15232 Standard as a guiding light for control system design and operation, so we have released this Technical Guide to help manufacturers and systems integrators understand the Standard better and improve the performance of the buildings they work on.”
The BCIA’s Technical Guides are designed to help members and those in the building controls and BEMS industry work more effectively. All Technical Guides can be downloaded from the “Resources” section of the BCIA website.
The British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers Association is saddened to announce the news that Melvyn Lingel, past President of the BFCMA, passed away on 1st May.
Always a very popular and respected figure amongst his industry colleagues, Melvyn was involved with the BFCMA from 1980 up to 2006 through his company Rite Vent Ltd. During those twenty-six years helping the Association he was chairman of the BFCMA Technical Committee from 1985 to 1991 and then President for a long period from 1991 to 2002. Melvyn was a very active BFCMA representative on several BSI and CEN technical chimney committees where he helped raise safety standards in the industry.
BSI is partnering with the Emergency Planning College (EPC), part of the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat, to deliver a series of best practice webinars around business continuity and crisis management.
Please click the link to watch webinars. https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/topics/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/risk-management-and-business-continuity/
There are further useful resources and updates on COVID-19 on:
This is a situation which may effect a number of FETA members.
BSI has been asked if a committee member can continue committee work if they are representing their company and are furloughed.
BSI has consulted their HR and Legal team and they have advised that all committee members consult with their employer about this issue.
Those agreeing to be placed on furlough leave cannot undertake any work on behalf of the employer that has furloughed them. Although committee members are volunteers BSI's concern would be that, if employers are benefiting from committee work, engaging in such work could jeopardise the grant the employer receives from the government.
Employers will have to indicate if any of the committee work potentially generates some kind of income for them. Even if there is no clear generation of revenue committee members need to speak to their employer about engaging in committee work as it is ultimately the employer’s risk. BSI is comfortable with furloughed committee members continuing committee work, as long as they seek and obtain permission from their employer.
The Heat Pump Industry has warmly welcomed the Government consultation on Future Support for Low Carbon Heat(1), published yesterday, and in particular the proposal to make grants of £4,000 available for consumers wishing to replace fossil fuel boilers with Heat Pumps.
Chairman of the Heat Pump Association (HPA), Graham Wright, said:
“We are pleased the Government is proposing this important step to decarbonise the way we heat our homes, and thank the Minister, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, and his civil servants, for their constructive engagement with the HPA, and for developing these policy proposals on the basis of sound evidence and economic analysis. We are particularly pleased that the Government has quoted our recent Industry Roadmap, published last November, within the consultation, and has adopted our proposal for a £4,000 grant per customer, to support heat pump uptake(2).
“The Committee on Climate Change has made it clear that the most cost-effective way for the heat sector to deliver the country’s legally binding carbon targets, is to ensure all new heating systems from 2035 are low carbon(3). Yesterday’s publication is an important first step in delivering that critical market transformation.
“Although there is further dialogue to be had during and after the consultation period, particularly on whether the overall levels of funding are sufficient to deliver the required growth, and ensuring that alternative policy support is developed for larger heat pump installations, today’s announcement is a most welcome step in the right direction.”
(1) “Future Support for Low Carbon Heat”, Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
(2) “Delivering Net Zero: A Roadmap For the Role of Heat Pumps”, Heat Pump Association.
(3) p200, “Net Zero – the UK’s Contribution to Stopping Global Warming”. The Committee on Climate Change.
Due to the spread of coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has postponed its Annual Luncheon originally scheduled for Thursday 23rd April 2020. The Lunch has now been re-arranged for Thursday 10th December, again at The Brewery, London, with Kevin Keegan as the guest speaker.
FETA Chief Executive Russell Beattie said: “We have all been living through truly extraordinary times and we have been trying to provide as much support as possible to both our members and the Government. Our sector has played a significant role in support to the vital national infrastructure and we are exceptionally proud of all our many ‘Key Workers’ and the selfless work they have done. We very much hope that you will be able to join us in December for an event we aim to be seen as a celebration of all that is good in our industry.”
Details at www.feta.co.uk/activities/feta-annual-lunch
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced Graeme Rees as its new Vice-President. Graeme replaces Terry Sharp who recently took over as President from Jon Belfield.
Graeme is currently the UK & Ireland Digital Energy Marketing Manager for Schneider Electric and has been involved in the building controls industry for more than 30 years, after starting his career as a Project Engineer at Lidworth Ltd. He later moved on to Bristol Management Systems before spending 19 years at Trend Control Systems, where he worked his way up from Regional Field Services Manager to Marketing Director.
Early in 2019 Graeme was elected on to the BCIA’s Management Committee and he will now use his years of experience gained in industry to support Terry Sharp in building on the BCIA’s position as a leading influence on standards, professionalism and innovation for its members.
Graeme commented: “Having served on the Management Committee for more than a year I have seen at close hand the vital work the BCIA does for its members and tackling the various issues they face. I am very proud to have been appointed Vice-President and I look forward to supporting Terry Sharp as we strive to continue moving the building controls industry forward in an ever-evolving sector.”
Terry Sharp, BCIA President, said: “It gives me huge pleasure to welcome Graeme as Vice-President. The industry experience he has built up during an impressive career will be of great benefit to the BCIA as we carry out our key objectives.”
For further information please visit: www.bcia.co.uk
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced Terry Sharp as its new President. Mr Sharp takes over from Jon Belfield who has held the role for the past two years.
Terry has worked in the controls industry for over 35 years and is an Associate at NDA Consulting, the specialist BEMS and energy consultancy practice. His previous experience includes UK and European leadership roles at Johnson Controls, Sontay and Satchwell Control Systems. After re-joining the BCIA Management Committee in 2017 Terry was appointed Vice-President of the BCIA in January 2019.
Terry Sharp said: “I am extremely proud to take on this challenging but rewarding role. Jon Belfield has carried out exceptional work in raising the profile of the BCIA during his tenure, championed some worthy causes and initialised some brilliant campaigns that will be of great benefit to our industry. I look forward to continuing from where Jon left off, using my knowledge and experience to help form closer relationships between manufacturers and installers and ensure the Building Management Systems (BMS) industry plays a prominent part in 21st century building design and management.”
Jon Belfield added: “It has been a real privilege to serve as BCIA President and I am delighted to hand over to Terry, whose insight and professionalism will keep the controls industry on the upward trajectory.”
The H&V News Summit will return this September to discuss the Future of HVAC.
As we enter a new decade, the HVAC Sector is contending with the UK’s continued push towards Net Zero emissions and rising concerns about air quality. This means that 2020 is set to be an important year for the sector.
H&V News is therefore delighted to return with the Future of HVAC Summit on the 17th September, with the aim of once more bringing leading authorities and opinion formers together from across the industry to discuss and debate the issues that matter most.
Taking place in London’s prestigious Bloomsbury Hotel, this event will bring together experts from across the supply chain to discuss ongoing issues, from policy to technology to best practice.
Amanda Barnes, chief executive of Net-Zero Live’s organiser Faversham House, said: “We have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and related Government guidelines. After careful consideration, and having spoken with many people involved in our event, we have decided to suspend Net-Zero Live 2020 until November. The health, safety and wellbeing of our Net-Zero Live community is our priority.
“If the outbreak continues to escalate as the Government is predicting, we believe visitor footfall and exhibitor attendance will be significantly affected and so it is unlikely we would be able to deliver the UK’s only energy and sustainability event that edie's audience looks forward to each May.
“We have been in close contact with the NEC over the past few weeks and can confirm the show will go ahead on 10-11 November 2020, in Hall 12. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding and we are now in conversation with all those involved following this decision.
“Most importantly, we wish to extend our thoughts and best wishes to all who have been personally affected by the Coronavirus.”
Net-Zero Live is an evolution of edie Live – the UK's first and only energy and sustainability event which unites thousands of businesses, policymakers, investors, NGOs, product and solutions providers around a common purpose: to spark new ideas and actions on the path to a sustainable future.
The move to 10-11 November means that Net-Zero Live will take place during the first week of the COP26 climate talks which are being hosted in Glasgow – presenting an opportunity for the event’s themes and content to be more closely aligned with the aims of the UN talks. The edie content team are also exploring ways to enhance the brand’s net-zero-themed online content throughout the month of May, with more details to be announced on edie.net in due course.
For further information on Net-Zero Live, please contact edie’s Publisher David Griffiths.
For further information on edie’s planned programme of content activity, please contact edie’s Content Director Luke Nicholls.
The EPEE event on March 24, which was the official launch of its Count on Cooling campaign, is the latest event to fall victim to the coronavirus and EPEE has now decided to hold the event as free-to-access webinars.
“Unfortunately, in the light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have decided to transform these events into webinars, still on 24 March,” the organiser said.
In the first webinar, Andrea Voigt, EPEE director general, will present the European Green Deal (EDG) and the policy initiatives with relevance to the cooling sector. EPEE argues that involving the cooling sector is crucial for the EGD to be a success. She will explain what the EGD means for the air conditioning and refrigeration sector and the role of sustainable cooling in a carbon neutral Europe.
This webinar will be held from 13.15-14.00 (CET). Register for the webinar here.
This will be followed at 14.30 (CET) by a 90-minute webinar on Sustainable Cooling as an Enabler for Decarbonisation. This will take a look at the political framework for sustainable cooling, with a focus on the European Green Deal and will also discuss the three key pillars to sustainable cooling: energy efficiency, renewables and infrastructure. Speakers will include Jutta Paulus MEP; Mr Roland Roesch from the International Renewables Energy Agency as well as Olivier Biancarelli from Engie.
Register for the second webinar here.
The project website is countoncooling.eu.
The Heat Pump Association has welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget, announced on 11th March 2020, which sets out solid plans to fund the replacement of fossil fuel heating and invest in low carbon heating, but warns there is still much work to do in order to meet the net zero carbon emissions target.
The Chancellor’s Budget statement confirmed the following funding commitments for Low Carbon Heat:
To introduce a levy on gas suppliers to support green gas injection to the grid. This will accelerate the decarbonisation of the UK’s gas supply, by increasing the proportion of biomethane in the grid. This is expected to be implemented in autumn 2021. The Government expects these costs to be passed onto gas bill payers. The expected impact is relatively small; around £1 a year on the average household energy bill, rising to around £5 by 2025; that’s c.0.5% of an average household’s dual fuel bill. The Government will implement a robust cost control framework,which includes an annual budget cap to ensure impacts on bills do not rise unexpectedly;
£100 million of exchequer funding in total for 2022/23 and 2023/24 for grant-funding for households and small non-domestic buildings, to install heat pumps, or biomass in limited circumstances, to replace fossil fuel heating. This will form part of government action to help build supply chains ahead of future measures to phase out high carbon heating; and
£270m for a Green Heat Network Fund to run from 2022 to 2025, to follow on from the Heat Network Investment Project. This new targeted fund will ensure that heat networks adopt the most cost-effective low carbon heat sources and will avoid locking in gas generation in the sector.
Ahead of these schemes being established, the Budget announcement has confirmed that the Government will:
Extend the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (DRHI) for a year in 2021/22, maintaining support for heat pumps, biomass and solar thermal; and
Introduce a third allocation of Tariff Guarantees under the Non-domestic RHI (NDRHI). These will be available for all technologies that have been eligible for the previous two allocations.
Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, said: “This is exactly the type of pro-active investment we need to see from government if we are serious about meeting the aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We have frequently stated that the low carbon heating technology is there and available, but only with the right policies, investment and awareness will we see the major uptake required. However, this is just the beginning. Industry must also fulfil its commitment to producing sufficient heat pumps, in both quality AND quantity, and working with government to ensure the installer base has the necessary skills to install them correctly.”
The REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE project has recently launched a FREE e-learning course completion certificate available to anyone who has completed all pages of all nine of the e-learning modules. The e-learning modules cover fundamentals and safety related to low GWP refrigerants (flammables, carbon dioxide and ammonia). The e-learning is available in 15 different languages.
Low GWP refrigerants are now firmly established in the market and completing REAL Alternatives e-learning is a convenient and accessible way of improving your knowledge of the principles of working with these refrigerants. E-learning cannot however replace practical training and hands on experience, and REAL Alternatives also offers standardised teaching materials for practical training programmes which are being delivered in 15 countries across Europe.
Since the launch of the REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE e-learning last year, over 1,800 individuals have enrolled in the online course. Nearly 600 teachers and technicians have completed practical training courses and passed an assessment which allows them to gain a full REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE CPD (Continued Professional Development) Certificate. The REAL Alternatives training was developed by a consortium of training providers and institutes across Europe and is co-funded by the EU LIFE Programme for environmental initiatives.
To sign up for the free e-learning or to find a practical training course in your country visit our web site at www.realalternatives4life.eu.
From March 2, 2020 you can officially register to take part in this year's SkillFRIDGE cycle, a competition that aims to encourage young people into refrigeration careers and to help close the skills gap currently affecting the UK.
SkillFRIDGE aims to highlight the RACHP industry as a career path to young people. Through its competitions it emphasises the benefits of an engineering career, promoting the career choices available as well as providing an exciting platform for apprentices to exhibit their skills. Whilst the main aim is to connect the younger generation with the industry, the upper age limit has been removed from the competition to encourage diversity as well as to allow all apprentice engineers the opportunity to learn best practice as well as develop their skills, benchmarking against industry standards.
How does it work?
There are three main stages, the first step is online registration. This is now open until April 2 and can be done through the WordSkills UK website by going to www.worldskillsuk.org/champions/national-skills-competitions/find-a-competition. The Refrigeration sector can now be found under the competition header ‘Engineering and Technology’.
Training providers, employers and tutors are encouraged to then complete a Passive stage task in order to send through outstanding apprentices and students who are ready to test themselves whilst boosting their skills and experience.
Once the registration closes things progress to the national qualifiers. Competitors will be invited to participate in qualifiers that will be held at colleges and training providers across the UK throughout late spring and summer.
During these regional heats competitors will complete a series of tasks under strict time schedules and their work will be assessed by a panel of specially selected industry experts.
The six highest scoring apprentices, along with the national winner, will be given the chance to compete at the WorldSkills UK National Final, held at WorldSkills UK LIVE at Birmingham’s NEC in November 2020.
On the final day of the competition the gold medal winner from the WorldSkills UK national final will be announced and will be presented with a medal in front of the other apprentices and audience members. They will also receive a trophy and their respective training provider will receive the SkillFRIDGE Shield at the ACR News Awards in 2020.
Subject to age eligibility, those apprentices who achieve a sufficiently high score in the WSUK National Final will also be considered to represent Great Britain at international WorldSkills competitions for Squad UK.
Last year’s gold medallist and national winner, Sydney Copus from Space Engineering, said: “The win has given me a little confidence boost, but the biggest thing about it for me is all the support and messages I’ve got from my lecturers, colleagues and friends.”
The British Flue and Chimney Manufacturers Association (BFCMA) supports the Government action to cut pollution from household burning, announced on 21st February.
Burning wet wood makes no sense on any level. Freshly cut wood consists of between 60% and 80% water, so burning it before drying is like trying to burn water, producing steam and smoke but little heat.
Burning wood that has a moisture content below 20% in an open fire or stove will dramatically reduce the particulate emissions compared to wet wood. The introduction of the Woodsure Ready to Burn scheme will help consumers identify wood that has the appropriate moisture content. For those people who have access to freshly cut wood should leave logs to dry naturally. This is known as seasoning and can take between 1 and 2 years depending on the species.
The higher price of pre-dried wood can be substantially offset by greater heat produced by burning dry wood. Fewer logs are required to produce the same level of heat as illustrated in the attached infographic.
Sulphur is not only bad for the environment it can also corrode appliances and stainless steel flues. Banning household coal and capping the volume of sulphur at 2% in smokeless fuels is good news for the health of appliances and flues.
DEFRA does not plan to ban open fires or stoves. Instead DEFRA believes that banning wet wood and household coal will enable them to meet their emission reduction targets.
We are pleased to report that, as a direct result of cooperation between the industry investigation agency and the Commission anti-fraud organization (OLAF), acting on tip offs through the EFCTC action line, officers from Milan’s customs and monopolies agency – Agenzia Dogane e Monopoli – have seized around 10 tonnes of illegal HFC refrigerant.
In a brief statement, the agency said 960 cylinders of HFC refrigerant, originally from Turkey and China was seized during an “online check”. It is reported to have been imported outside of the European quota mechanism.
The actual refrigerant type has not been specified, but has been valued by the customs authority at €96,000.
Following this seizure, officials from the Varese Anti-fraud office of the Customs and Monopolies Agency have also seized 2.5 tonnes of Chinese-made HFC refrigerants from Turkey.
The seizure, again carried out in close collaboration with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), comprised 138 cylinders, valued at around €27,500.