FEDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS (FETA)

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

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CORONAVIRUS ISSUE

A message from the Chief Executive of FETA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Yates
Chief Executive
FETA

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

 

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

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

News

World Refrigeration Day 2022 will take place on 26th June and this year the theme is ‘Cooling Matters’.

Now in its fourth year, the day serves as a platform to educate the public about cooling’s benefits. Past campaigns targeted refrigerant choices that protect the ozone layer, using the cold chain to distribute food, medicines and vaccines, and promoting “cool” careers.

“Our objective is to make the public aware of cooling’s essential benefits, how cooling impacts daily life, and how technology choices foster environmental well-being of future generations”, said Steve Gill, founder of World Refrigeration Day. “Cooling is at the very heart of modern life. It enables people to live and work comfortably, it saves lives, it enables people to achieve. The need for cooling is everywhere, it touches lives in fantastic, though often unnoticed ways. However, we look at it, cooling matters.”

Despite policies, standards and codes related to the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry, there is still significant lack of public understanding of cooling’s importance even though issues like refrigerant transition, emissions reduction, and maximizing energy efficiency have been addressed for decades by governments due to global policies and binding international frameworks.

Buildings generate nearly 40% of annual global CO2 emissions. Of those total emissions, building operations are responsible for 28% annually, while building materials and construction are responsible for an additional 11% annually. According to the International Energy Agency, the average efficiency of air conditioners sold today is less than half of what is typically available on the shelves – and one third of best available technology.

Steve Gill added, “Cooling Matters will tell the story of how our wellbeing depends upon cooling and how cooling technology choices can safeguard the well-being of future generations. We encourage the whole the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry to join us in celebrating World Refrigeration Day 2022. Join the global community conversation using the hashtags #coolingmatters and WREFD22.”

24-06-2022

 

IOR Annual Conference Call for Abstracts

The 2022 IOR Annual Conference which will be held in Birmingham on 1 December 2022 will be focusing on the UK’s net-zero ambitions and what the RACHP industry is putting in place to meet these targets.

The IOR is now launching a call for abstracts outlining practical low-carbon solutions that are achieving results. The themes of the conference are as follows:

  • Rethinking Design:  How we are designing differently to achieve low carbon or net-zero aims. Heat recovery, system integration, optimising efficiency, energy demand reduction, integration with renewable energy, innovative cycles, systems or products
  • What is Sustainable Heating and cooling? Successfully addressing financial and environmental sustainability issues, achieving improved recycling and recovery, whole system efficiency models.
  • Collaboration: Examples of how businesses are working across traditional business boundaries in consortium or collaborative approaches, sector or industry-based initiatives, policy success stories and international projects.

Further details on submitting an abstract are available on the IOR website at https://ior.org.uk/events/IOR_Net_Zero_Conference. The deadline for applications is 5th August 2022.

It is also possible to reserve a place to attend. Prices start at £99 + VAT for IOR members – visit https://ior.org.uk/events/IOR_Net_Zero_Conference to book.

20-06-2022

IOR Cool Talk - Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations (UK)

Join the IOR on 8 June for an online Cool Talk event on Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations with experts David Paget Chair of the IOR Technical Committee and Bob Wright Chair of the IOR RACHPEngTech Section.

The event begins at 10 am and the programme is as follows:

  • PESR (UK) - What you need to know. David Paget, Lloyds Register Quality Assurance   
  • PESR (UK) - Working within the regulations. Bob Wright, Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning  

 

Participants will get the opportunity to ask questions and Certificates of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for attending are available on request.

The event is free and can be booked online www.ior.org.uk/events/cooltalk-June22  

30-05-2022

 

Heat Pump Association confirms Craig Dolan as Vice Chair

Craig Dolan, European Heat Pump Business Development Manager at Vaillant Group, has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Heat Pump Association (HPA).  

Craig Dolan steps into the role to support HPA Chair, Phil Hurley during an incredibly exciting time for the heat pump industry.

Heat pumps have been recognised by the Government as a key technology in the push to reach Net Zero by 2050, with the technology featuring heavily in the Heat and Buildings Strategy published last year. Ambitions have been laid out to see 600,000 heat pumps installed in homes per year by 2028, with policy support in place to incentivise uptake in existing homes and roll out the technology in new homes built from 2025. Most recently, the Government announced a green VAT cut on energy efficiency measures and heat pumps over a period of five years, and a £30 million Heat Pump Accelerator Competition to make British heat pumps.

“It’s a huge honour to be appointed Vice-Chair of such an important association,” said Craig Dolan. “There are so many exciting opportunities and challenges to overcome over the next few years and the work of the HPA is extremely valuable. I look forward to working closely with Phil and my fellow HPA members to champion the role of heat pumps in the transition to Net-Zero. Collaboration with government and industry is of the highest importance and I look forward to getting to know more faces within my new role as we come together to support the growth of the market.”  

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

09-05-2022

The IOR is hosting a webinar on 12 May where UK expert on F-Gases, Ray Gluckman will explain what the proposed changes to the EU F-Gas Regulation might mean for the UK. The event, which is free to attend, will provide a detailed review of the proposed changes to the regulation which are due to be debated by EU member states over the coming months. Defra is still considering the GB FGAS revisions which are expected later this year.

The webinar will also be an opportunity to outline the next steps in the EU revision process.

Registration is now open on the IOR website at https://ior.org.uk/events/f-gas-regulation-review

03-05-2022

 

BCIA tees off to launch Young Engineers Network

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) launched its Young Engineers Network on Thursday 7th April 2022 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, where young engineers were able to meet and collaborate with one another to establish the objectives of the network. They also had the opportunity to watch a video tour of a prestigious new building project for which one of the group has been instrumental in delivering the BEMS. Afterwards there was a further opportunity to network during a round of Crazy Golf at Swingers.

Designed to give the industry’s young engineers a forum for networking and support, the Young Engineers Network has been launched to provide help and guidance for young people who want to progress in the building controls industry. It also provides an opportunity for them to showcase projects which they have been involved with and discuss the technical challenges which they face on the wide variety of activities they are working on.

Individuals, work teams and employers will all benefit from the improved engagement, motivation and ownership of this initiative which aims to:

  • Establish a network and forum for young BEMS engineers to share learnings and best practice
  • Help attract and retain young talent into the BEMS industry
  • Help guide young engineers in their career within the BEMS industry
  • Enable young people to establish a link to the BCIA

Young engineers attending the launch event were the first to view the inside of the new and exclusive Soho Place development which has been built above Tottenham Court Road Tube Station and Crossrail.

Joel Edward, a BMS Commissioning Engineer from Crown House Technologies who attended the event, said: “The event was a great opportunity for young engineers to meet and share experiences with others within our peer group. I’m really looking forward to being a part of a group which provides a discussion forum for us to share ideas on new technology and industry practice and learn more about the industry in which we work.”

The BCIA Young Engineers Network will meet on a quarterly basis and can look forward to a mix of training sessions, tech talks and the opportunity to get to know each other in a social environment.

Paul Wetherfield, Vice-President of the BCIA, said: “In recent years the BCIA has been leading the charge in ensuring there is enough talent coming into the building controls sector to meet the demands of the industry. We are sitting on the crest of a wave in terms of a new generation of skilled engineers in the making and it is crucial that we offer them the right support in order for them to fulfil their potential.”

Jen Vickers, who leads the Young Engineers Network, said: “The launch of the Young Engineers Network was a fantastic event and the passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by the young engineers in attendance gives the BCIA plenty to be optimistic about for the future.”

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26-04-2022

After taking over from Terry Sharp, Graeme Rees has outlined some of the key issues he would like to address during his tenure as President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA).

With the roll-out of the BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship a significant landmark of Mr Sharp’s two years at the helm, Mr Rees is keen to build on the foundation of that and use it to help solve the skills shortage, as well as improving the industry’s gender balance. He said: “The skills shortage is one problem that can’t be ignored as in an ever-changing world it’s imperative that we continue to facilitate a steady flow of skilled individuals into the BEMS industry. The nurturing of fresh talent is also something we must continue to push and I would encourage our members to explore the multiple benefits of taking on an apprentice where feasible. This also ties into the ongoing challenge of improving the gender balance and looking at what we can do to attract more female engineers and employees.”

Graeme is also keen to embrace the increasing presence of Master Systems Integrators (MSIs) and the role they can play in the UK’s mission to meet its net zero target, commenting: “It is no real surprise to see the role of the Master Systems Integrators becoming more prominent. MSIs have become essential partners for many building owners and developers as there are clearly multiple benefits to be had through their engagement. Their increasing popularity will no doubt pose challenges to the more traditional building controls providers, but often with challenges also come opportunities that help drive the evolution of our industry.”

Greater member engagement is another issue that Graeme hopes to drive forward, as he added: “Ongoing, regular engagement with our members is the only way in which we can achieve real progress and accomplish our goals. Our Marketing, Technical and Skills Working Groups are where a lot of important discussions take place and what starts off as a small idea contributed at our meetings can grow into an industry-changing initiative - the Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme being a perfect example.”

This year the BCIA is expanding upon its hugely successful and ever popular annual BCIA Awards evening by inviting all members and their guests to attend the first ever BCIA Annual Conference entitled; Building Controls - Addressing the needs of a changing industry.

Graeme concluded: “The agenda includes prominent guest speakers and workshop sessions covering a wide range of developments and policies which impact the building controls sector, and I encourage all those with connections to our industry to attend.”

28-03-2022

 

The Heat Pump Association has long been calling for financial incentives to maintain support for low carbon heating and drive uptake. This was a key recommendation within our Roadmap for Heat Pumps paper, so we’re really pleased to see the Government commit to abolishing the 5% VAT on energy efficiency measures as part of the Spring Statement.

By aiding the electrification of heat, this VAT cut will help to improve energy security and resilience here in the UK, whilst unlocking significant energy savings in homes at a time when costs are spiralling. The decision will complement other financial incentives such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme which will offer grants between £5,000 - £6,000 from 23rd May. However, more must be done to boost the heat pump market, including the removal of environmental levies and further upfront support such as low interest loans.

Finally, we must remember that whilst the green tax cut will provide many households with the incentive to install a heat pump, they will not be the answer for low-income households who will still require full grants.

Phil Hurley, Chair of the Heat Pump Association said:

“The Spring Statement comes with great news for the heat pump industry and households today. The HPA has been working hard behind the scenes calling for financial incentives to tackle the barriers to heat pump uptake, and the decision to  cut VAT from 5% to zero on energy-saving measures is an important step forward. Whilst this decision alone will not be enough to enable all households to access technologies such as heat pumps, we are confident that it will play a role in helping to accelerate the switch to low carbon heat. But we must remember that more steps still need to be taken to support the rollout of heat pumps, including the removal of illogical environmental levies on electricity.”

23-03-2022

Graeme Rees announced as new President of BCIA

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced Graeme Rees as its new President. Graeme takes over from Terry Sharp who has held the role for the past two years, while Paul Wetherfield will take Graeme’s place as Vice-President.

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 build on his predecessor’s work in building on the BCIA’s position as a leading influence on standards, professionalism and innovation for its members.

Paul Wetherfield is the CEO of Global Associates, a company which he joined in 2013 to drive growth by taking a long-term approach to creating a business that will stand the test of time. Paul’s passion is driven by the lack of young and talented engineers within the industry and he has shaped Global Associates around the development of young apprentices.

On his tenure as President Terry Sharp said: “I would like to thank everybody for their hard work and assistance during what has been an unpredictable two years for reasons outside of our control. It now gives me great pleasure to pass the baton on to Graeme who is not only a great friend but also a hard-working and very knowledgeable colleague. I am extremely grateful for the help and support he has provided in his two years as Vice-President and I wish him the very best of luck in taking the BCIA forward.”

On his appointment Graeme Rees commented: “It is a huge honour for me to become President of the BCIA and I would like to thank Terry for helping to ensure the industry stepped up in response to what was and still remains an uncertain time. The roll out of the BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship during his term will also help secure a key starting point for anybody looking to carve out a career in what can be a hugely rewarding industry. Looking ahead, I wish to build on Terry’s good work by tackling a number of issues and themes in order to keep the BCIA moving in the right direction.”

16-03-2022

Outgoing BCIA President Terry Sharp reflects on an eventful two years in the role

As Terry Sharp prepares to step down as BCIA President he has taken time to reflect on his two years at the helm of the organisation that represents the UK’s Building energy Management Systems (BEMS) sector.

Terry replaced Jon Belfield as President in March 2020 and just a few weeks later the UK went into lockdown with the outbreak of Covid-19. This set the tone for an unprecedented difficult period which Terry would help the BCIA and its members adapt to. He said: “It is only when we are presented with an unexpected challenge that we really discover what we are capable of, and as the world in general got used to the idea of lockdowns, working from home, online meetings, social distancing, self-isolation, track-and-trace and everything else that Covid brought with it, we at the BCIA also learned what we could do in testing circumstances.”

As the BCIA adopted a ‘business as usual’ approach some changes were of course unavoidable and its full programme of training was quickly moved online, as were meetings, seminars and even tradeshows. The much-celebrated BCIA Awards event was also held virtually for the first time ever and Terry believes it was a great example of the ability of BCIA members to respond and adapt in adverse circumstances: “Not being able to hold a live event was disappointing not just for me but for any individual or company nominated for an award. That said, the enthusiasm and determination to still make it a night to remember from everybody who attended the event virtually showed the building controls industry in a really positive light.”

Terry also believes the lockdown periods have shined a spotlight on buildings that aren’t running as efficiently as they could be and hopes that some important lessons have been learned for the future. He explained: “With so many commercial buildings being left largely unoccupied, it really gave an insight into how unprepared many businesses were in terms of managing their premises efficiently during these periods and in general. This has underlined the importance of good communication between facilities managers and controls specialists to ensure a building is performing to its maximum efficiency as well as serving the needs of its occupants.”

With training and skills development playing a big part in the BCIA’s key objectives, Terry says his proudest moment as President was the long-awaited arrival of the Level 4 Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Controls Engineer Apprenticeship, saying: “Its official launch in April 2021 was the result of more than four years of hard work by the Trailblazer Employer Group, which included a number of BCIA members. I believe this apprenticeship programme will go a long way in responding to the sector’s skills shortage and heralds a bright future for the industry.”

Terry concluded: “I would like to thank everybody for their hard work and assistance during what has been an unpredictable two years for reasons outside of our control. Your continued efforts have played a big part in enabling the BEMS sector to continue to thrive.”

04-03-2022

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is delighted to announce the finalists for the BCIA Awards 2022. Once again, the BCIA received a very high number of entries for the eagerly anticipated awards which take place on May 5th 2022 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Shortlisted finalists are:

Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year
Sponsored by Trend Control Systems

  • ABEC
  • BGES Group
  • BMSI
  • Crown House Technologies (CHt)
  • Global Associates
  • Prime Light Electrical
  • SSE Energy Solutions
  • System Five

 

Engineer of the Year
Sponsored by BCIA

  • Erick Ginesta, ABEC
  • David Hayden, BGES Group
  • Andy Harwood, Crown House Technologies (CHt)
  • Malcolm Reynolds, E.ON Control Solutions
  • Stephen Pearson, Learnd
  • Georgios Xakopoulos, Sauter Automation
  • Ian Dean, Sauter Automation
  • Ken Pope, System Five

 

Young Engineer of the Year
Sponsored by Schneider Electric

  • Alex Lacey, BGES Group
  • Dean Murray, Crown House Technologies (CHt)
  • Nicholas Jarrett, E.ON Control Solutions
  • Robert Drysdale, InTandem Systems
  • Jamie Nguyen, Johnson Controls
  • Josh Spall, Learnd
  • Jonathan Warburton, Sauter Automation
  • Ablaikhan Bennett, Sauter Automation
  • Chris Hazzard, Schneider Electric
  • Jake Chester, SSE Energy Solutions
  • Billy Bowyer, System Five

 

Energy Management Award
Sponsored by Priva UK

  • Chartwell Controls, Devonshire Square Estate
  • Global Associates, DFS Estate Wide Roll Out
  • Optimised Group, Morrisons Optimisation / BeMS Upgrade
  • System Five, Downham Health & Leisure Centre

 

Best Service and Maintenance Provider
Sponsored by Western Automation

  • AES Control Systems
  • BGES Group
  • E.ON Control Solutions
  • Learnd
  • Optimised Group
  • SSE Energy Solutions

 

Technical Innovation of the Year – Products
Sponsored by BCIA

  • Angel Guard, Clarence Box
  • ARES PRISM, Cost and Carbon Estimating and Tracking
  • Belimo Automation UK, Belimo Energy Valve4 with Thermal Energy Meter
  • Building Automation Products, BA/PM-D-BB Particulate Matter Sensor
  • Contemporary Controls, BASview3 Building Supervisor
  • Distech Controls, ECLYPSE APEX Controller
  • Global Associates, Smart Eco Solution
  • iSMA CONTROLLI, iSMA Android Application 4.0
  • Siemens Building Products, QBM3700 Modbus air pressure sensor with added I/O
  • System Five, halo - analytics software platform

 

Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects
Sponsored by Johnson Controls

  • Chartwell Controls, Devonshire Square District Thermal Network Controls Upgrade
  • One Sightsolutions, 80 Charlotte St - CAT B works
  • Global Associates, Speedy Innovation Centre, Milton Keynes
  • Optimised Group, King's Cross Estate
  • ABEC, NatWest Group - ATM Cash Bunkers (Smart Emergency Lighting)
  • SSE Energy Solutions, T J Morris Ltd – Vehicle Maintenance Unit (VMU), Amesbury

 

Contribution to Training Award
Sponsored by Siemens Building Products

  • Aimee McGovern – Learnd
  • Fortel
  • Group Horizon
  • SSE Graduate Project Sales Engineer Development Program

Smart Buildings Award
Sponsored by BCIA

  • Global Associates, Speedy Innovation Centre, Milton Keynes
  • Kelvin Control Engineers, 177 Bothwell Street Grade A offices
  • One Sightsolutions, 80 Charlotte St - CAT B works
  • SSE Energy Solutions, T J Morris Ltd - Vehicle Maintenance Unit (VMU), Amesbury

 

Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “It is fantastic that we have once again received such a vast number of entries for the BCIA Awards. The standard of entries received has shown how our members have remained as innovative and forward-thinking as ever and it will be fascinating to see who takes home the trophies in May.”

To find out more about the Awards and book your table visit: https://bcia.co.uk/bcia-awards/ or use the hashtag #BCIAAwards22

02-03-2022

BEIS Minister for Industry kicks off National Apprentice Week by meeting apprentices  working in the home improvement sector

The National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) host Industry Minister Lee Rowley on a tour of Ideal Standard, the only remaining manufacturer of sanitary ware in the UK, where he met with apprentices from all parts of the repair, maintenance, and home improvement sector.

James Binstead, Apprentice Building Control Surveyor told the Minister “Being part of a low carbon future is really motivating. Helping people understand how improving their homes can making a huge impact on the planet is inspiring”

Harvey Ringwood, construction trainee from Avondale Construction saidI love working in the building trade, every day is different, I get to see all parts of the construction sector within my role”

Curtis Zanetti, also from Avondale Construction told the Minister “I feel as though I’m really building my future by working in construction, it’s not just a job, I know what I do makes a difference and I feel as though I’m going places”.

The NHIC is the umbrella organisation for the UK repair, maintenance, and home improvement sector, and works across its membership, broader industry, and government to improve the nation’s homes together.

NHIC members have been part of the team that has already delivered 200,000 upgrades throughout the pandemic and are committed members of the supply chain ready to continue and increase delivery.

Growth in general home improvements was strong in 2021 and that is expected to continue over the next 12-24 months. The challenge is to convert that general demand into getting homes on their journey to being net zero ready, as well as levelling up nationally remains an opportunity to be realised.  

The NHIC believes the best solution to this is to mobilise and increase the last mile of delivery – the 1 million plus micro - SME and sole traders who work across all home improvement sectors and have established and trusted relationships with their customers.  A key way to do that is to increase the number of apprentices and trainees entering the sector each year.

Industry Minister Lee Rowley said: “Marking the start of National Apprenticeship Week, I was hugely encouraged to hear the positive stories from apprentices on a brilliant visit to Ideal Standard today. We understand the need to further increase the number of places for apprentices in the home improvement sector and I look forward to working closely with businesses and industry to find ways of achieving that.”

Anna Scothern, Chief Executive of the NHIC said “If we are to meet carbon targets and build a safe future for our children, we must act now to decarbonise existing homes.  Not only will it be better for the planet, but it will also be better for our pockets too. An efficient home is more comfortable and costs less to run”

National Apprenticeships Week runs from 7th – 13th February and brings together everyone passionate about apprenticeships to celebrate the value, benefit, and opportunity apprenticeships bring.

The theme for NAW22 is “Build the Future” and so it is fitting the Minister for Industry Lee Rowley MP chose to open the week by meeting apprentices from the home improvement sector – the sector which has so much to offer in support of the governments “build back better” and “levelling up” campaigns.

08-02-2022

 

7th IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain

The IOR is hosting the 7th IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain from 11-13th April and in keeping with the theme it will be held on line – allowing people to attend from all over the globe and to reduce its carbon footprint.  The programme is shaping up with over 60 sessions expected to take place over the three days. Key note talks and Technical Papers will explore cold chain innovation, developments in refrigeration technology and design, building sustainable cold chains in developing nations, and addressing key UN sustainable development goals. In addition Coffee Lounges will give everyone who takes part a chance to interact with some of the leading people working on this topic, with hosted interviews, discussions and Q&A.  All sessions will be recorded and available to catch up on demand if you miss any of the live talks.  Find out more and register at www.iccc2022.org

27-01-2022

FETA joins National Home Improvement Council

One of the core values of FETA is to support improvements in decarbonisation productivity and to play our part in achieving global carbon reduction targets.

By becoming members of the National Home Improvement Council, we are demonstrating leadership and contributing to the wider voice of home improvement to stakeholders such as government, finance institutions and consumer protection organisations.  By working together, we know that more can be achieved, and we can support solutions that help the 1million plus RMI professionals get net zero ready and ensure proposed solutions delivery real world impact.

By being members of the NHIC we are improving the nation’s homes together.

What is the NHIC?

It is the umbrella organisation for the UK, repair maintenance and home improvement sector, A consortium of organisations representing over 1million micro-sme’s and sole traders that make up the diverse and professional home improvement sector. Since 1974 the NHIC has worked to understand and communicate the decarbonisation journey to support trades and householders to improve the energy and water efficiency of homes and reduce fuel poverty.

26-01-2022

Neil Roberts appointed BRA Vice President

The British Refrigeration Association (BRA) has announced Neil Roberts, senior technical sales manager at refrigerant supplier Climalife as its new Vice President. This follows the appointment of Mark Hughes as BRA President in July.

Neil joined Climalife in April after 12 years at Chemours, and previously spent five years at DuPont (UK) as Business Manager Fire Extinguishants EMEA.

Neil said: “After so many years working in the industry I’m really pleased to be able give something back. I can assure all the members that I will strive to play my part in taking the BRA forward as the industry has to change to move towards low emissions solutions.”

Mark Hughes, BRA President, said: “I would like to warmly welcome Neil to the role of Vice President. His proven industry experience will be invaluable to the BRA in steering our initiatives and reaching our targets in 2022 and beyond.”

07-12-2021

Statement about the late Max Halliwell, Heat Pump Association Vice Chairman

by Phil Hurley, Chairman, Heat Pump Association

“The entire heat pump industry is shocked and saddened at the passing of the Heat Pump Association’s Vice Chairman, Max Halliwell. Max was liked and respected for almost two decades as an industry ambassador for heat pumps, often in the front-line of influencing government policy to decarbonise heating in Britain’s homes. Colleagues and competitors alike regarded him as a friend, and he will be missed by all who had the  privilege to work with him. Our heartfelt condolences go to his colleagues at Mitsubishi Electric, and especially to his family and personal friends.”

24-11-2021

 

 

BCIA BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship is underway

The first cohort of Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) apprentices have started their BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship through the BCIA’s national training provider, Group Horizon. Applications for the second cohort recently closed and the programme was once again fully booked.

The BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship Standard is a three year technical training programme that will address an industry-wide shortage of BEMS Controls Engineers who will use the technical skills they learn on the Apprenticeship to keep the buildings of tomorrow running efficiently. It offers a balance of on the job assessments and technical training which covers all aspects of the industry, including Controls Hardware and Logic; Field Devices; Networking; Communication Protocols and Supervisor Software. Group Horizon’s specialist tutors, who each bring a wealth of experience in their chosen field, will deliver the BCIA’s technical training course modules BCM00 – BCM15 as part of the Apprenticeship.

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

Zach Stanley, a BEMS Apprentice with Kendra Energy, has been impressed with the amount of help and education he has received on the programme so far. He said: “I am able to attend site with another engineer each day and learn a different skill or different part of the system and it is amazing that I am able to have a job and learn at the same time. So far I am three months in and I am eager to learn what I can each day and looking forward to learning more, as the more I understand the more I can do. Everyone is very helpful and friendly and can always answer my questions when I ask them.”

BCIA President Terry Sharp said: “I am delighted that the BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship is now in delivery and that the demand for places is such that the second cohort has been fully booked up. This is a very proud moment for the BCIA and will ensure that our industry has the skills it needs to maintain the highest levels of professionalism.”

Further dates will be announced in due course. For more information please visit: https://bcia.co.uk/training/trailblazer/

01-11-2021

 

 

Student Prizes on offer for best technical paper on sustainable cold chains

As organisers of the 7th IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain the Institute of Refrigeration is delighted to announce the launch of a student prize, which will encourage researchers to contribute their work to the conference programme and identify the best paper written by a student author.

A prize for the winning paper available in each of the conference streams which are:

  • Innovation in the Cold Chain.
  • Retail refrigeration, technology development and design.
  • Building a sustainable Cold Chain in developing nations.

The lead student author of each paper will receive a prize of £250.00 and an overall winner will be selected to receive an additional prize of £250.00.  

Students can find out how to submit an abstract for their paper for the conference at  https://ior.org.uk/events/ICCC2022/ICCCC-student-prize.

Taking place online from 11 to 13 April 2021, the 7th IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain will explore cold chain innovation, developments in refrigeration technology and design and examine what is being done to build a sustainable cold chain to address key UN sustainable development goals related to hunger, health, energy, education, economic growth, infrastructure, sustainable cities, responsible production, climate action and partnerships. The conference is aimed at end users, component manufacturers, senior representatives of engineering, marketing and product development, innovation leaders, professors, researchers, teachers, students, system and equipment designers, equipment and system buyers, professional engineers, production and operation managers, and policymakers.

The registration fee starts from £68.40 for students and delegates from article 5 countries.  Full registration fee from £188.40

To find out more about the conference and book your place visit www.iccc2022.org .

21-10-2021

Support for Heat Pumps Will Boost Confidence and Drive Growth

The Heat Pump Association warmly welcomes the launch of the UK’s Heat and Buildings Strategy today in the hope that it will encourage exceptional market growth over the next few years.

The Heat and Buildings Strategy published today (Tuesday 19th October) has unveiled phased out dates for the installation of fossil fuel heating, increased funding support for households purchasing heat pumps, and the rebalancing of environmental levies on electricity, all of which will be vital to growing the heat pump market and reducing emissions from our homes.  

Chair of the Heat Pump Association, Phil Hurley said:

“The heat pump industry warmly welcomes these bold steps forward.  The industry in the best shape it has ever been, with sales this year already double those seen ever before.

“This announcement is timed perfectly to take advantage of the Heat Pump Association’s recently launched training course, with the industry now ready to retrain the UK's army of installers with the capacity to train up to 40,000 per year, to ensure consumers can find a suitably trained and skilled heat pump installer when they need one.

“Today's announcement will give industry and installers a huge confidence boost that now is the time to scale-up and retrain in preparation for the mass roll out of heat pumps, as well as making heat pumps more affordable, so all consumers can soon access and enjoy the benefits of reliable low carbon heating that stands the test of time.”

Key highlights for the heat pump industry include:

  • The extension of the Clean Heat Grant scheme. Going beyond earlier proposals, the scheme will now run for three years from April 2022 with an increased funding pot of £450 million. Consumers will receive government grants of up to £5,000 for the purchase of heat pumps.
  • The rebalancing of the environmental levies on electricity and gas. This will help to reduce fuel bills for consumers switching to heat pumps and is likely to further stimulate demand.
     
  • Phase out dates for fossil fuel heating. Regulation is vital for instilling confidence in industry and commitment to phase out fossil fuel systems by 2035 is a major milestone for the low carbon heating market.

Details of the Heat and Buildings Strategy can be found here

 

19-10-2021

2021 BCIA Awards winners revealed as event returns to Hilton Birmingham Metropole

The winners of the 2021 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards have been announced at an exclusive ceremony and gala dinner, which returned to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 9th September after taking place virtually in 2020.

Comedian Lucy Porter, who proved a popular host at the 2018 awards, returned to the BCIA stage as the building controls industry came together to celebrate its finest products, projects and people.

        

First to collect their award were ABEC who were named BEMS Installer of the Year. The Engineer of the Year Award was given to Steven Nuttal of Aimteq Solutions, with Lewis Williams of Detail Design Engineering named as the winner in the Young Engineer category.

Ecopilot (UK) & E.ON Control Solutions won the Energy Management Award for their work with Aberdeen Standard Investments at One Trinity Gardens in Newcastle, while Global Associates took the prize for Best Service and Maintenance Provider.

Technical Innovation of the Year went to Angel Guard in the Product category for their AI Clinical Washbasin, and BGES Group’s work on a major renewable retrofit at the Oxfordshire Golf Course won in the Project category.

        

InTandem Systems took the Contribution to Training Award, and the impressive work by Carbon Numbers on the Blizard Building for the London School of Medicine and Dentistry scooped the Smart Buildings Award.

The final award of the night, for Outstanding Contribution of the Year, was presented to Jon Belfield of InTandem Systems. Jon, Immediate Past President of the BCIA, has dedicated a significant amount of time, effort and enthusiasm to new initiatives which have benefited the whole industry.

BCIA President Terry Sharp was delighted that the event could go ahead, saying: “It was fantastic to have the industry’s finest all together again and you could really feel the excitement on the night. The fact that the building controls industry has continued to thrive during a very difficult period just demonstrates the important role it plays in the modern world and I am so glad that the finalists and winners could celebrate their achievements.”

On Jon Belfield’s award, Terry added: “I am very proud to call Jon a friend and I am personally delighted for him. If he retired tomorrow he would leave a lasting legacy of someone who evoked positive change in the building controls industry.”

17-09-2021

 

Two engineers share their experiences since the formation of BCIA 30 years ago

As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has interviewed two of its members who are both at different stages of their career.

Roger Woodward is a founder member of the Building Controls Group (BCG), which later became the BCIA and has held roles at Johnson Controls and Tridium during a career spanning more than 40 years. He currently works as an Independent Strategy Consultant and was awarded the BCIA’s Outstanding Contribution of the Year award in 2012. George Belfield won the BCIA award for Young Engineer of the Year in 2017 and is currently a Building Controls Engineer for InTandem Systems.

Roger described some of the changes the BCIA has undergone since its formation and how they have benefited the industry as a whole. He said: “Companies are now much more open about their problems and opportunities but it took us a while to be able to promote the idea of the BCIA and get it recognised as a body that could influence decisions in industry and government. It is now a significantly more mature body compared to what it started out as.”

He also reflected on how modern technology has changed the outlook for the industry and why there is such an exciting future for it: “What we were doing then was considered smart at the time. There were lots of innovative ideas and things were moving from a technical point of view but of course then there wasn’t any internet connectivity. That was the big change as it started moving things from on-premise to the cloud, which is where we are today. There is stuff happening now that wasn’t happening just 18 months ago and it’s absolutely fascinating.”

George was born in 1991, the same year the BCIA was formed, and he was keen to highlight the ways in which it helps aspiring engineers today. He said: “From an educational point of view the courses have been a great start to life as a Controls Engineer. Something the industry finds very challenging is that not many people really know what we do and even now we are often having to explain our job title. So having those courses as a start point provides a fantastic grounding in BMS and helps you get the most out of your work experiences as well.”

He also had some key words of advice for anybody looking to start a career in the building controls industry, saying: “Adopt a problem-solving approach and try to avoid ‘pigeon-holing’ yourself in any one part of the industry. If you want to become a Software Engineer for example it’s useful to gain some knowledge in other areas as well, whether that’s working with a control panel and getting some hands-on experience or dealing with a call-out, you will always learn something that might prove valuable later in your career.”

Terry Sharp, BCIA President, said: “I would like to thank Roger and George for giving up their time to talk to us, they provided some really interesting perspectives. It is thanks to people like Roger that the BCIA is the influential body it is today, and with young engineers like George coming through I believe the industry has a very bright future in prospect.”

The full interview can be read here:

www.bcia.co.uk

01-09-2021

BCIA underlines importance of efficiency in buildings as IPCC report warns of impact of global warming

In the wake of a landmark report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has underlined the need for well-maintained building controls within our buildings.

The IPCC report warns of the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, with extreme heatwaves, droughts and severe flooding all becoming increasingly more likely if the crisis is not acted upon.

It is estimated that buildings generate nearly 40 per cent of annual greenhouse gas emissions, but the BCIA believes this figure can be reduced by increasing the rate at which we renovate our existing building stock to make better use of Building Energy Management Systems.

Graeme Rees, Vice President of the BCIA, said: “The number of unoccupied buildings with lights still blazing during lockdown was an obvious example of where we can significantly improve our energy efficiency. Energy conservation and CO2 reduction are the long-term objectives of building controls but there are actions we can take now to improve the level of control we have in our buildings. The ability to manage and adapt our buildings is important at any time, not just in situations like we have found ourselves in the past year or two. It is clear many have not prioritised improvement to their building stock for too long, this is a subject that can no longer be ignored – the time for action is now.”

www.bcia.co.uk

12-08-2021

Secretary of State Welcomes Ground-breaking New Training Course Launched by Heat Pump Association

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, has welcomed the launch of a new training course that will overhaul the route to becoming a heat pump installer in the UK.

The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution, published in November 2020, outlined a target to install 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028 as part of ambitions to create green jobs whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050.

The new training course, launched by the Heat Pump Association, aims to equip the heating industry with the additional skills needed to deliver on this target and deliver low carbon heat to hundreds of thousands of British homes.

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:

“The Government is absolutely committed to working with industry to drive down the costs of heat pumps over time so they are increasingly affordable for consumers.

“While heat pumps are fast becoming a natural option for households, we need to ensure we have enough skilled tradespeople to hit our target of 600,000 installations each year by 2028 - so the Heat Pump Association setting up this training scheme is absolutely critical in this endeavour.

“Today’s news is a great example of how government and industry can work together to accelerate progress and create the high-skilled jobs needed to make homes greener and more energy efficient.”

The new course will be available for bookings across 38 training centres spread across the UK, with the ability to train over 40,000 installers each year across the HPA membership alone at maximum capacity.

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

“Today’s launch is a landmark achievement and the HPA is proud to have worked hard with others across industry to bring this new heat pump training pathway to life.

When we laid out our vision to government last year, we recognised our role in delivering training and skills, and we have successfully achieved this whilst working in constructive partnership with the Secretary of State and his team.

“The heat pump industry is now fully equipped to lead the way in transforming the way homes are heated to reduce carbon and lower energy bills.

“Importantly, we are also supporting plans to build back better through upskilling existing heating installers so that they are equipped with the tools and skills they need to allow consumers to access heat pumps as a solution to decarbonise their homes.”

Further details on how heating industry professions can find and book a course can be found below.

HPA Course Bookings

Courses are being offered by HPA Executive Members and must be booked directly with the course provider via the links below. 

Grant UK | www.grantuk.com/professional/training

NIBE Energy Systems | nibepro@nibe.co.uk | Register Your NIBE Pro Interest - NIBE

Panasonic | Heatpumptraining@eu.panasonic.com

Samsung Electronics | training.ac@samsung.com

Worcester BOSCH | www.worcester-bosch.co.uk/professional/training

Courses will also be made available through other executive members of the HPA, which include:

BAXI Heating | Daikin | Vaillant

10-08-2021

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced two changes in its senior officer roles. Paul White has been appointed FETA Chairman, replacing Mark Woods who has stepped down after two years in the role. Mark Woods has also passed on the role of President of the British Refrigeration Association (BRA) to Mark Hughes, who has served as BRA Vice-President since 2019 and and is Business Development Manager for Thermal and Specialized Solutions at Chemours UK.

Paul White, who is also the President of HEVAC, is a Director at Ventilation Fire Smoke Ltd and has been involved with ventilation for most of his career, working with damper and ventilation products for a range of major manufacturers. This experience has included product design and development, fire and laboratory testing and working in standards development, as well as general management.

On becoming FETA Chairman, Paul commented: “It is a great honour to accept this position and I would also like to thank Mark for his work during this incredibly difficult past couple of years. FETA’s role in a variety of governmental and environmental issues has never been greater and I hope that my experience will keep our sector moving towards a cleaner, safer and healthier future.”

29-07-2021

Government is reluctant to acknowledge problems around UKCA Mark, according to BCIA

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is backing calls for an extension on the transition time for products to display the new UKCA Mark instead of the established EU ‘CE’ Mark.

The Government intends that construction products will move from CE marking to UKCA marking during 2021 so that from January 2022 only products approved and tested to UKCA may be placed onto the market in Great Britain. CE marking is recognised as indicating UK regulatory compliance during 2021, but this is planned to stop by 1st January 2022.

Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “The Government seem to be reluctant to acknowledge the problems and issues facing businesses since Brexit and failing to respond to the topic.”

Actuate UK, which the BCIA is a part of through its membership of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA), recently issued a warning about serious consequences for businesses, public and commercial projects as well as domestic customers in only six months if a major issue regarding product compliance and standard marking is not resolved. The ‘go to’ organisation for Government and key stakeholders within the built environment for the engineering services sector fears that, with the deadline coming too early, manufacturers and installers, clients and the public will be left dealing with serious quality and contractual issues. In some product categories, industry is estimating that 64 years’ worth of retesting will be required in the space of just a few months. 

Mr Sharp continued: “The new system is rife with problems, with a lack of UK laboratory capacity and alleged contradictions in government guidance as to whether overseas accredited laboratories can or cannot be used to provide approved testing services for products. The BCIA’s Working Group members have already reported problems in getting clarity on guidance on what was acceptable and a number indicated that they had been advised that they are unlikely to have their products retested and approved by the Government deadline, with the clear implication that such products will not meet contractual requirements and cannot be installed.”

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

21-07-2021   

 

 

BCIA Advanced Technical Certificate

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is encouraging trades personnel looking to build on their existing knowledge gained from the BCM01-03 training courses to maximise their career potential with three further courses that will qualify them for an Advanced Technical Certificate.

The electrotechnical industry is a competitive environment and the BCIA believes that possessing detailed knowledge on the full range of building controls technology is a huge advantage for professionals looking to stand out amongst the crowd. The BCIA therefore recommends that the following courses are taken after completion of courses BMC01-BCM03:

BCM04 - Control Function in Heating Plant, provides a detailed overview of all types of heating plant and systems together with the associated control applications. This is an advanced course for those who have a good level of knowledge and a recommended minimum of two years’ experience within the industry.

BCM05 - Control of Ventilation and Air Conditioning Plant is designed for those responsible for the design, installation and commissioning of building control technologies and systems for ventilation and air conditioning. This advanced course builds on the knowledge gained in the BCM01-BCM04 courses.

BCM06 - Control of Cooling Systems is a detailed, theory-based course relating to refrigeration and psychrometrics, focusing on how the refrigeration process operates. This is an advanced course for those who have a good level of knowledge and a recommended minimum of two years’ experience within the industry.

Engineers who complete the BCM04-06 courses will be presented with the Advanced Technical Certificate. This qualification provides engineers with an opportunity to prove to clients and employers their full understanding of the six building controls subjects which cover Fundamentals of HVAC & Building Technology, Measuring & Control Technology, Hydraulics in Building Systems, Control Function in Heating Plant, Control of Ventilation and Air Conditioning Plant and Control of Cooling Systems.

Online training is now available for the BCIA’s full suite of training courses and exams can also be taken remotely through the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme’s Remote Invigilation service.

BCIA President Terry Sharp said: “With the BCIA making 2021 its year of training, and also celebrating its 30th anniversary, the diversity and depth of our training courses is something we are very proud of. Whether it’s a basic understanding or detailed technical knowledge you’re looking for the BCIA has something to offer, and if you qualify for the BCIA’s Advanced Technical Certificate you will really maximise your industry career options.”

12-07-2021

BCIA celebrates landmark 30th anniversary

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), which has grown from 11 members in its earliest days to around 120 members, accounting for 80 per cent of the UK’s building controls market.

Originally launched as the Building Controls Group (BCG) by Secretary of State for Energy John Wakeham in 1991, the BCIA has become a single voice in the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) sector to promote better understanding, application and use of building controls. Before its inception many companies operating in the controls sector had felt for some time that there was no single focus for their efforts to strengthen and develop the technology. It was subsequently decided to set up a new group within the Energy Systems Trade Association (ESTA). The new group’s key objectives were to establish a professional Code of Conduct, and advance technical standards, contract conditions and training and marketing the benefits of controlling energy usage and making potential users aware of the technology available to them.

These core aims are still at the heart of the BCIA’s activity 30 years later, something which the organisation is proud to celebrate annually with the BCIA Awards, first hosted in 2007 and now attracting record breaking numbers of entries and guests year after year. A number of well-known celebrities have also appeared as guest speakers at the Awards, including presenter Steph McGovern and comedians Lucy Porter and Holly Walsh.

BCIA President Terry Sharp believes the 30th anniversary is something for all BCIA members to be proud of: “For the BCIA to be going strong after all these years is a tremendous achievement only made possible by its members and their devotion to its cause,” he said. “Not only are we still going, but the rate at which the BCIA has expanded and increased its presence and influence within its own sector and in the wider industry owes a huge credit to the efforts of the members, committees and working groups involved in its ongoing success.”

There have been some interesting industry developments during this period. For example, soon after the Association started, a second group of control system specialists was formed amongst the then installers of BEMS. Back then, the market was dominated by the controls manufacturers and names like Satchwell, Honeywell, Landis & Gyr, Staefa and Tour & Andersen held the majority share. These days over three-quarters of controls installations and servicing is done by the independent sector and most controls manufacturers focus on product development and distribution.

Technological advancements have also changed the marketplace, as Sharp observed: “Perhaps one of the most marked areas of progress is the emergence of affordable open communications standards that allow hybrid systems and brands to coexist within a BEMS. Gone are the traditional motor control centre (MCC) panels which housed the starter gear and large data gathering outstations of the early BMS. These days smart plant, often with individual remote controllers, share operational data over IT networks or edge-technologies directly to the cloud.”

In recent years, one of the BCIA’s most significant contributions to government policy has been towards a review of the proposed changes to Part L of the Building Regulations. This year also saw the launch of the BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship Standard, in partnership with training provider Group Horizon, designed to address an industry wide shortage of BEMS Controls Engineers who will use the technical skills they learn on the Apprenticeship to keep the buildings of the future running efficiently.

Terry Sharp concluded: “The BCIA has played a crucial role in shaping our built environment. I am proud of the organisation’s past, motivated by its present and excited for its future. It is my hope and firm belief that in 30 years’ time somebody will be in my shoes heralding the 60th anniversary of the BCIA!”

21-06-2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14-06-2021

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

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

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

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

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

10-06-2021