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Putting into Use Replacement Refrigerants report – Second Edition January 2018
The first edition of this report was produced by members of the British Refrigeration Association (BRA). The purpose of the report was to help people address the implications and requirements of the EU F-Gas regulation which came into force on 1st January 2015, with specific reference to the replacement of R404A.
The second edition has been updated to reflect market developments over the last two years. Data has been added on the A2L (low flammability) alternatives for R404A. New sections address the challenges facing the air conditioning industry as it looks to replace R410A in the future. Data on R410A alternatives is included, together with a summary section covering more general aspects of A2L refrigerants.
Code of Practice - Design and Manufacture of Refrigerated Cabinets running on Hydrocarbon Refrigerants - Version 2; March 2014
In order to support the increasing use of hydrocarbon refrigerants in integral commercial refrigerated cabinets the British Refrigeration Association Cabinet and Cold Store Section has commissioned this Code of Practice. It clarifies the regulations, standards and practices which apply to the leak simulation testing and subsequent design of systems which use hydrocarbon refrigerants. This will provide the basis for a consistent approach to be adopted by all manufacturers, end users and specifiers when using these refrigerants.
First published in January 2012, this March 2014 version has been updated to account for changes to standards and to include a statement on page 3 regarding the use of HC’s in systems above 150g which continues to cause concerns to some retailers in the UK.
Guide to flammable refrigerants - 25 October 2012
DUE TO THE AGE OF THIS DOCUMENT, IT HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN PENDING A POSSIBLE UPDATE July 2019
Jointing of Copper Pipework for Refrigeration Systems - Specification & Procedures for Manual Torch Brazing and Brazer Assessment - Issue 5 – Nov 2014
Available to download from the Download page
Service of Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Equipment in a Retail Environment - 28 Feb 2012
In order to support the increasing use of hydrocarbon refrigerants in retail refrigeration and air conditioning equipment the British Refrigeration Association issued this Guidance. It summarises best practice for the service and maintenance of retail systems which use hydrocarbon refrigerants to ensure engineers work safely. Download
BRA Guide for Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS) Issue 1 December 2011
The Method Statements give a brief description of the task that is to be assessed. The Risk Assessments describe the type of hazards that can occur, how to control them (and thereby reduce the associated risks) and what to do in the event of an accident or imminent danger occurring. Available ONLY to FETA members as a free download
Code of Conduct for carbon reduction in the retail refrigeration sector
F-Gas Support leaflet - Life After Virgin HCFC Ban
BRA-IoR GUIDE TO GOOD COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION PRACTICE
PLEASE NOTE previously published as a 9 part guide, with the exception of parts 2,3 and 9, the other sections are being withdrawn as commercial sites are now working to their own specifications. Parts 2,3 and 9 will be kept up to date as reference guides for commercial systems.
BRA-IoR Guide to Good Commercial Refrigeration practice - Part 2 - System Design and Component Selection
(free download to members; chargeable to non-members) Version 2 updated July 2019
BRA-IOR Guide to Good comm ref practice - Part 3 - Safety & Environmental Considerations & Standards
BRA-IoR Guide to Good commercial refrigeration practice - Part 9 - Training
(download) Version 2 updated February 2020
Code of Practice for Refrigerant Leak Tightness in Compliance with the F-Gas Regulation
The BRA Guideline Methods of Calculating TEWI (Total Equivalent Warming Impact) is available to FETA members from the members area. Non-members can obtain copies of the PDF guidelines and the four Xcel calculation spreadsheets from Caroline Sloan – cost £25.00 incl postage and packing.
BRA FACT FINDERS
BRA has produced a number of "Factfinders"; which respond quickly to a need for information or guidance on a particular subject. The following factfinders are available for download or viewing as .pdf files.
BRA Fact finder Number 1. Issue 4 (12/98) WITHDRAWN SEPTEMBER 2017
REPLACEMENT REFRIGERANTS - ASHRAE DESIGNATION CODES
BRA Fact finder Number 2, 10/94
NEW LUBRICANTS FOR NEW REFRIGERANTS
BRA Fact finder Number 3 (4/95)
SAVE MONEY AND THE ENVIRONMENT AT THE SAME TIME
BRA Fact finder Number 4 (12/95)
FOOD SAFETY (TEMPERATURE CONTROL) REGULATIONS 1995
BRA Fact finder Number 5. Issue 2 - April 04
BRA INTERPRETATION of KEY ISSUES in BBS4434:l995 SPECIFICALLY for COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION
BRA Fact finder Number 6. (9/96)
Danger. Do not mix refrigerants!
BRA Fact finder Number 7. Issue 3 (2015)
A Guide to Selecting Copper Tube and Fittings for New Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems with Air Cooled Condensers to comply with BS 4434:1995
BRA Fact finder Number 8. (03/98)
Pressure Relief Devices: Guidance on selection for the low pressure side of systems
BRA Fact finder Number 9. Issue 1 (11/2000)
HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDANCE ON ACCESS AND PLANT FOR MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS (including working at heights)
BRA FactFinder No 10 WITHDRAWN APRIL 2017 (See Factfinder no 20)
Recovered Refrigerants and Recycling under the Hazardous Waste Regulations V2.1
BRA Factfinder No 11
Identification of Electrical Conductors in Fixed Installations
BRA Factfinder No 12 WITHDRAWN SEPTEMBER 2017
The F Gas Regulation
This Factfinder referred to the 2006 F Gas regulation. For general information on the F Gas regulation, go to https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/f-gas_en
BRA Factfinder No 13 WITHDRAWN SEPTEMBER 2017
Practical Guide to the F Gas regulation
This Factfinder gave guidance on the 2006 F Gas regulation. For guidance on the 2014 F Gas regulation, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/eu-f-gas-regulation-guidance-for-users-producers-and-traders
BRA factfinder No 14 WITHDRAWN SEPTEMBER 2017
The ODS Regulation
BRA factfinder No 15
Control of HFC Refrigerant Sales
BRA factfinder No 16 WITHDRAWN SEPTEMBER 2017
HCFC cylinder management
BRA factfinder No 17 UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2017
Refrigerant GWP values
BRA factfinder No 18
Code of Practice for isolation of a Display Cabinet evaporator from a Carbon Dioxide (R744) system
A practical guide to using refrigerants with a temperature glide
Recovered Refrigerant and Recycling under the Hazardous Waste Regulations
Three other documents are available for download in .pdf format.
Barcamm Skills and Knowledge Assessment Specifications
Refrigeration and Control Monitoring