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

ADCAS The Voice of the Ductwork Industry

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

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


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

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

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

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

Changing the face of construction

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

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said:

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

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

Setting the example

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

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

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

Other highlights for aspiring construction professionals include:

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

Free tickets are available from www.ukconstructionweek.com

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




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

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

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



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

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

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

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


FETA A2L Working Group to run short course at IIR HFO Conference

The FETA A2L Working Group is to run a course on Monday 3rd September 2018 at the 1st IIR International Conference on the Application of HFO Refrigerants.

The course, ‘Practical considerations in the use of HFOs and HFO blends’, is aimed at consultants, designers, contractors, end users and anyone who is likely to use these products now or in the future. It will focus on practical aspects and what needs to be considered when approaching a project which will make use of these new refrigerants. 

The workshop will feature an overview of product development, how safety standards apply to their use, and some case studies highlighting what needs to be done in order to be compliant with regulations and standards.

FETA (Federation of Environmental Trade Associations), formed its A2L Working Group two years ago to gather and disseminate information on these new products. In particular, there is the need to understand the consequences of their low flammability characteristics, and what is required to comply with the evolving standards and regulations which apply as a result of this property. 

Mike Nankivell, Chairman of FETA’s A2L Working Group, said: “FETA is committed to providing clarity on A2L refrigerants and courses like this are a useful way to measure and improve your current understanding. By communicating with other professionals and sharing examples on this course we hope attendees will leave with much more knowledge and confidence ahead of their next project.”

The course will take place on Monday 3rd September, 11.15am - 12.55pm in Lodge 3. The IIR International Conference on the Application of HFO Refrigerants runs from Sunday 2nd September to Wednesday 5th September 2018 at the Austin Court Conference Centre, Birmingham.

For further information visit: www.ior.org.uk/events/hfo2018/hfo-short-course



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

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

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

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

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


FETA announces leadership changes

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

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

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

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

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






Does wellbeing need to be regulated asks BCIA

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

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

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

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

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

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



IOR Publishes Five FREE Titles for Members

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


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


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


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


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



Record attendance for BRA meeting

A recent British Refrigeration Association (BRA) meeting saw a record attendance of 47 people, necessitating a move from our own Hare Hatch conference room to larger premises at the Holiday Inn, Maidenhead. 

The BRA Equipment and Components Section was joined by members of the FETA A2L Working Group to hear a presentation on Risk Assessment by Kelvin Kelly of Business Edge.  This is a subject which is being widely discussed within the RACHP industry, and the relevance is clear from the high attendance at the meeting.  A very informative presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session.  Feedback from attendees was very positive, with many having a much clearer view of where and when Risk Assessment applies.

It is the intention of the BRA to formulate some guidance on Risk Assessments, which should be available in the autumn.

The FETA A2L group will also be running a workshop during the IIR HFO Conference to be held in Birmingham in September.

Further details of this conference (with the full programme of presentations) can be found at www.ior.org.uk/events/hfo2018


Improving the energy efficiency of the UK economy could deliver a net benefit of £7.5 billion, with the building sector being a key contributor to these energy savings with most households’ saving 25% on their annual energy costs.  But these savings are not guaranteed and there is a strong need to improve the information that installers, builders, investors, and designers have access to on the market potential for building energy efficiency to help in governing their decisions.

To overcome potential uncertainty on what technologies are readily available in the UK’s market and the potential they can have in improving efficiency of energy for heating, lighting and hot water in UK homes, consistent and timely reporting is needed that speaks to installers, investors, designers and owners.

The University College, London (UCL) Energy Institute has recently joined a project that is aiming to help organizations take action to improve the information available across the building sector on the market potential for energy efficiency installation and investment.  The Building Market Briefs (BMB) initiative aims at collecting and generating insights on the building sector to foster low-carbon investment and scaling by generate an in-depth market study in the form of reports and an online tool.

Recently the organization has taken action in tackling this information gap by supporting the UK Building Market Brief Initiative, developed by EIT Climate-KIC and coordinated by the UCL Energy Institute , by launching a survey, which has recently been circulated to FETA members.

To participate in the BMB Survey, please follow this link:


For more information on this project, please contact: Ian Hamilton, UCL Energy Institute




Working in partnership with business and civil society, the government is introducing the first ever Green GB Week – an annual week designed to highlight the opportunities clean growth offers the UK and raise understanding of how business and the public can contribute to tackling climate change.

The UK has led the world to date in cutting emissions while creating wealth. Between 1990 and 2016, the UK reduced its emissions by over 40% while growing the economy by more than 2 thirds – the best performance in the G7 on a per person basis.

The global move to cleaner economic growth – through low carbon technologies and the more efficient use of resource – is one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time.

Launching on 15 October 2018, Green GB Week will showcase the benefits clean growth will bring to all parts of society – from new jobs to cleaner air. We want local communities to embrace this challenge and grow momentum from the ground up.

A diverse range of businesses, civil society groups and government will join forces to tell the story of clean growth and how acting to tackle climate change is a shared endeavour, delivering a week of activity that involves all parts of the country. The week will highlight both the urgent need to tackle climate change and our rapid progress towards building a cleaner economy.

This year the week will focus on celebrating UK leadership on climate change, marking the 10-year anniversary of the Climate Change Act, while highlighting the business opportunity from clean growth and providing a platform for the latest research on the impacts of climate change.

There will be events to showcase the leading role of the UK’s academic community and businesses in new low carbon technologies, innovative financial products and business models that will help us tackle climate change while generating economic growth. It will also provide a focal point to promote British clean businesses to international investors.

A detailed programme for the week is under development, and will include a focus on:

  • UK leadership on climate change
  • the latest climate science
  • the clean technologies of future
  • financing the low carbon economy
  • clean growth as a business opportunity
  • climate action in communities


150 Chief Executives, including the CEO’s of some of Britain’s biggest engineering employers as well as those of some of its most innovative smaller companies have today written to the Prime Minister to express their concern about the possibility of a ‘No deal’ scenario. The signatories make it clear that this outcome would cause enormous disruption to UK industry and risk substantial economic damage to the UK.
A ‘No deal’ scenario would, the industry leaders make clear, deter investment, lead to higher operational costs, cause supply delays to UK customers and result in deviation from EU product regulations.
The letter highlights that to realise new growth potential through the Brexit process, industry needs certainty and continuity, particularly in relation to regulations and standards. Certainty will enable UK manufacturers to continue to trade, innovate and grow – without it, the UK product supply industry will cease to flourish in the UK.
The signatories are calling on Government to:
• Deliver a UK/EU trade deal and ensure that the ‘No deal’ scenario is avoided
• Agree a viable customs arrangement that minimises costs and delays to UK industry
• Ensure that UK Industry remains involved in the future development of European Regulations and standards.

EURIS represents 13 trade associations including BEAMA, GAMBICA, the Engineering and Machinery Alliance, the Renewable Energy Association, the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association, the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations, the Manufacturing Technologies Association, the British Fluid Power Association, the Lighting Industry Association, the British Pump Manufacturers Association, the British Plastics Federation, the British Compressed Air Society and the British Cables Association.

The text of the letter is available from FETA.  Please contact us via info@feta.co.uk




First IIR Conference on the Application of HFO Refrigerants unveils its programme

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) has just released the programme for the conference on the Application of HFO Refrigerants taking place in Birmingham from 2 to 5 September 2018.

With over 70 presentations available, this is the “must-go” event on HFOs providing the first critical analysis by the international refrigeration community of how HFOs are being applied in practice, the lessons that have been learned so far and the environmental and safety challenges still to be addressed.

The variety of applications covered by our speakers will include energy performance, commercial refrigeration and chillers, risk analysis, thermophysical properties, compressors and life-cycle climate performance.

Delegates will be able to find out where and how HFOs are being used now, what the experience of those applying these new refrigerants has been so far and what challenges the move to HFOs is presenting.

In addition to a packed programme of ground-breaking presentations, delegates will get the opportunity to attend short courses and  tours.

Visit www.hfo2018.com for the full programme of presentations, more information and to book your place.


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

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

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

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

·  Approved Document B

·  Approved Document B NI (Northern Ireland)

·  Technical Handbook (Scotland)

·  BS9999

·  BS9991

·  BS7346 Parts 4, 5, 7 and 8

·  BS 8519

·  BS8524

·  EN 12101 Part 6

·  Technical Reports 12101-4 & 5

·  SCA Guidance Documents


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

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

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




Aspiring engineers start to show their skills

Regional heats are well underway for the SkillFRIDGE 2018 Competition Series, giving aspiring RACHP engineers the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and practical skills and a chance to secure a coveted spot at the National Final.

Two heats took place in June; the first on Tuesday 12 at Bath College, followed by Eastleigh College on Thursday 14 – both of which were rich with real talent and high standards of technical knowledge.

The competition will now head to Burnley for the penultimate heat at the Practical Refrigeration Training Centre on Thursday 12 July, before this stage comes to a close at the final heat hosted by Grimsby Institute on Wednesday 18 July.

What's next?

Once the regional stage is completed, all competitors will be ranked according to the scores that they achieved at their respective heats.

New for 2018, the highest scoring competitor at this stage will be invited to receive a special accolade presented by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) at the prestigious Awards, taking place in London on 1 November.

The top six competitors nationally will qualify for the next stage and will undergo a series of training tasks in preparation for the National Final - which will give them one final opportunity to impress the SkillFRIDGE judges and be in with a chance to win the coveted SkillFRIDGE gold medal.

This year's National Final will take place at WorldSkills UK LIVE (NEC Birmingham) from 15-17 November.

WorldSkills UK LIVE: Go further, go faster

WorldSkills UK LIVE, formerly The Skills Show, is the UK's largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event, attracting up to 73,000 young people annually.

The show plays a pivotal role in the wider mission of its organiser, World Skills UK - a partnership between business, education and Governments that accelerates young people's careers giving them the best start in work and life.

By providing young people with the opportunity to explore a broad range of career paths, get hands-on experiences and expert advice, meet with potential employers and the opportunity to be inspired by other young people competing in skills competitions such as SkillFRIDGE, the show aims to unlock potential and build a sense of excitement about the world of work.

Get Involved

The vital nature of initiatives such as SkillFRIDGE is widely recognised, and collaboration with industry is key to maximising the impact of the competition.

Sponsoring SkillFRIDGE is a unique opportunity to project your brand to the next generation of engineers and play your part in ensuring that the RACHP sector has a skilled workforce for tomorrow and beyond.

With the competition picking up pace, now is the time to get involved. For more information, contact Karena Cooper on 01622 699 150 or at kcooper@datateam.co.uk.



Getting HVAC ready for the future

Addressing skills shortages in building services, and the latest initiatives to create a new pipeline of talent into the heating and ventilation industries, are just two of the big issues to be explored this October at HVAC 2018The show is dedicated to heating, ventilation and air conditioning in the built environment and returns to the NEC from 9 to 11 October as part of the construction industry’s largest event, UK Construction Week (UKCW).  The show will also explore the latest technical developments, including expert seminars on topics such as fuel cell and AC systems, as well as workshops giving business and marketing tips on search engine optimisation and business change programmes.


An impressive line-up of speakers includes Douglas Drewniak who leads Bioregional’s drive for truly sustainable, energy efficient buildings, and Martin Calvert, marketing director at specialist digital agency Blueclaw.

HVAC 2018 will also give engineers and installers the opportunity to invest in professional development through free CPD sessions.

This year’s packed CPD programme covers installation, building regulations and building materials, construction up-skilling, energy management, Brexit and changing regulations, environmental issues, building performance and building materials, plus much more.

Sessions will also cover broader topics such as mental health and wellbeing. Exhibitors will deliver the CPD sessions, so there will be the chance to continue the conversation after each workshop.

The ‘Future of Construction’ is UKCW’s theme for 2018 which will explore the latest innovative ideas, products and systems throughout the event.

This year also sees the launch of the UKCW Role Models Campaign to champion the existing talent in the industry and to inspire the next generation.

Role models are taking part in an outreach programme, going to colleges and schools in the coming months to talk to students and teachers at key stages of their education to explain what inspired them to choose construction as a career and to bust any myths around the image of construction.

37 inspiring men and women have recently been shortlisted for this campaign, including Lisa Pogson, joint managing director of Airmaster Air Conditioning Ltd. The overall Role Model of the Year will be announced on 10 October.

Debates on major national and international construction issues will take place on the UKCW Stage. Speakers already confirmed include Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director at Heathrow; Bridget Rosewell OBE, commissioner at the National Infrastructure Commission; Ben Derbyshire, RIBA president; and Ruth Davidson, National Housing Federation executive director.

Other attractions for visitors include the Beer & Ale Festival with hot food and live entertainment, and a chance to celebrate with the Construction Enquirer Awards.

Last year was UKCW’s most successful yet with more than 30,000 trade visitors. This year is set to be even bigger with a forecast of 35,000 visitors.

Free tickets for visitors are also available now from www.hvaclive.co.uk

Tickets also allow access to the other UK Construction Week shows: Building Tech Live, Timber Expo, Civils Expo, Surface & Materials Show, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2018, Build Show, as well as Grand Designs Live on 10 and 11 October.

Keep up-to-date with the latest information about exhibitors, product launches and speakers at HVAC 2018 at www.hvaclive.co.uk and on Twitter at @hvacshow or using the hashtag #HVAC2018.


SkillFRIDGE - Bright sparks prepare to compete in regional heats

In the months since January, colleges from across the UK have been identifying their most outstanding RACHP students and have put them in the running to compete in the SkillFRIDGE 2018 competition series.

Registered apprentices will now compete in one of several regional heats taking place across the UK, and will be challenged to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a series of tasks that have been reviewed and endorsed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) to ensure that they demonstrate the high level of standards expected within the industry.

The regional heats will take place as follows:

Tuesday 12 June Bath College

Thursday 14 June Eastleigh College

Thursday 12 July Practical Refrigeration Centre

Wednesday 18 July Grimsby Institute

Bath College, who will host the first regional heat, is the largest provider of apprenticeships in Bath, helping students find a suitable course and ensure they have the knowledge and skills required for their chosen career.

Simon Robinson, Refrigeration & Electrical learning coordinator, comments on the college's involvement with the competition: "The whole SkillFRIDGE competition sets a high level of standard that the industry wants to be recognised for and Bath College are keen to support this ethos."

"The apprentices here feel it is an honour to get into the regional heats and realise they have been selected because they are showing signs of being potentially the best future engineers for the industry."

Eastleigh College has worked alongside SkillFRIDGE for several years, demonstrating its commitment to working in partnership with a wide range of organisations, groups and other providers. The college offers a wide range of vocational courses to over 22,000 learners, with specialist provisions for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

Shaun Creech says: "We have noticed that the students - year on year - get more competitive with each other to see who the best within the college is. When they get through to the regional and national finals, you see them step up again."

"You really see them improve, and become more confident and competent.”

What happens next?

Following the regional heats, the highest scoring competitor be invited to receive a prestigious accolade at the BESA Awards in October 2018.

The top seven scoring competitors will go on to compete at the SkillFRIDGE final taking place at WorldSkills LIVE in November. The highest scoring competitor at this stage will be crowed SkillFRIDGE Champion and will receive their award, along with their college receiving the SkillFRIDGE shield, at the ACR News Awards in March 2019.

A partnership between business and apprentices

Climalife is the latest industry name to pledge its support to SkillFRIDGE, serving as a brand sponsor to the competition. Allan Harper, managing director, comments: "Climalife is very pleased to be supporting SkillFRIDGE. We see huge importance in giving our next generation of engineers the support and training they need to develop skills in the RACHP industry, and are excited to be a part of that process."

Climalife joins lead sponsor Toshiba Carrier UK, brand partners Dean & Wood and BESA, brand sponsors A-Gas, Advanced Engineering, Fieldpiece, Lawton Tubes, Safeflame, Vulkan Lokring, training providers Business Edge and Coriolis, and association sponsors FETA, IOR, REFCOM and IOM3.

To find out how your brand can get involved, contact Karena Cooper on 01622 699150 or at kcooper@datateam.co.uk.


BCIA launches new and improved introductory building controls course

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is delighted to offer the perfect starting point for professionals working in the building controls industry: BCM00 Introduction to Building Controls and HVAC training course.

This is also ideal for anyone wishing to gain further understanding and insight into the world of building controls and to develop their knowledge and awareness of the subject. The BCM00 course is designed for facilities and estate managers, electricians and building services trades personnel, including marketing and PR staff.

The introductory course provides an understanding of day to day involvement in building controls and HVAC and covers topics, such as basic control of heating, types of control heating systems, primary heating plant, distribution of heating, hot water service and centralised HWS.

BCM00 also includes ventilation and air conditioning fresh air, heating & cooling with air systems, basic use of the relative humidity and psychometric chart, multi-zone system, air handling unit and air plant unit.

For those new to the building controls sector, BCM00 will help you get up to speed quickly and learn the basics. However, the course is also suitable for those who may be wishing to transfer over from another sector, such as electrical, and are considering a new career path. The introductory course offers a progression route as this can be followed by a suite of six CPD-accredited courses: BCM01-06 that cover all aspects of building controls in general detail.

This one-day introductory BCM00 training course takes place on Wednesday 26 September 2018 at the BCIA Peterborough Training Centre. All members of the BCIA can take advantage of the discounted rate of £220+VAT per delegate, or for non-members the price per delegate is £300+VAT.


Book your place today to increase your knowledge of building controls and help raise the profile of the controls industry.


For further information or to book your course, please email Hayley Hopkins: training@bcia.co.uk  




Entries open for CIBSE Graduate Engineer/Employer of the Year Awards

The prestigious CIBSE Young Engineer Awards recognises and rewards innovative thinking, hard work and skills of graduate engineers, as well as employers who pro-actively champion young people in the building services sector.  One of the industry’s most sought-after accolades is the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year. It is open to anyone who has graduated in a building services related discipline within the last two years.

The CIBSE Employer of the Year is an equally coveted award which recognises and rewards organisations which have shown excellence and innovation in developing the next generation of engineers. This may be via channels such as mentoring, providing on the job training or supporting young employees through education.

Why not put your young stars and/or company in the spotlight? There are categories for small, medium and large organisations and the awards are open to both CIBSE members and non-members alike.

The Young Engineer Awards 2018 will be held at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on October 11th.

Find out more and enter here:



The final report from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was published on 17 May 2018 and is available to download from MHCLG website

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has welcomed the recommendations in Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report, ‘Building a safer future – Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’.  A press release from the SCA is available on the SCA website.


18 May 2018

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association’s Technical Seminar will be hosted by the University of Leeds which has active ground source energy research interests.

The event takes place on 24th May from 10.00 to 16.00.

The following speakers have now been confirmed:

Geothermal Technology for Economic Cooling and Heating
Simon Rees, University of Leeds

Assessing the performance of thermo-active geotechnical structures
David Taborda, Imperial College

Quantifying the accuracy of a radial approximation for pile heat exchangers
Nick Woodman, University of Southampton

Development and validation of a diaphragm wall heat exchanger model
Ida Shfagh

Thermo-active retaining walls: mechanical response and thermal performance
Eleonora Sailer, Imperial College

How can a flowing fracture influence the thermal performance of a borehole heat exchanger and when does it matter?
Sasha Pedchenko, University of Southampton

High temperature heat pumps at Henley Business School
Phil Jones, Building Energy Solutions

Ambient temperature networks
Michael Moggeridge, EON

Development of CP3 Open-Loop Groundwater Source Heat Pumps: Code of Practice for the UK”
Nic Wincott, Lead author

Hidden Commissioning/Handover costs and risks to GSHP/Closed Circuit ‘HTF’ systems from analysis and methodology
John Westerman, InnoGreen

A New software package from North America for monitoring and controlling new or existing systems
Chris Davidson, GeniusEnergyLab

The event is targeted at academics, industry stakeholders and all those with an interest in the ground source energy industry at a technical level. A reduced rate is offered to GSHPA members and the seminar is free to students. Lunch will be provided. 
The seminar is to be held at the School of Civil Engineering main lecture theatre.  Details can be found here.



FETA has been working over recent months as part of the EURIS Task Force in lobbying the UK government to get the best possible outcomes for our industry sectors from Brexit negotiations. The EURIS Taskforce is an advisory body representing industrial product suppliers covered by the Single Market representing sectors with a turnover of over £110 billion across electrotechnical, electronics, lighting, plastics, renewables and mechanical engineering products.

FETA has been working over recent months as part of the EURIS Task Force in lobbying the UK government to get the best possible outcomes for our industry sectors from Brexit negotiations.  A major issue that has been highlighted is the impact of the application of Rules of Origin on UK products once they stop being counted as EU products.  Rules of Origin determine when a product can be certified as being from a particular country or market to decide whether it qualifies for any preferential tariffs that apply in free trade agreements (FTAs). Typically, a proportion such as 50% of the value of the product must be derived from the country to allow it to be certified as originating in that country, based usually on the material and components rather than the labour, intellectual property or know-how contributed.  Without enforcement of these Rules, it would be possible for importers of products to route them through the country or market with the best tariff deals without any significant value being added.

Post-Brexit (or at least after the transition/implementation period ends in December 2020) UK products and components will cease to count for assessing the EU origin of goods and systems and so will cease to benefit from current tariff-free trade with the EU and also any preferential tariff rates under FTAs the EU holds. It is possible that a preferential tariff agreement will be negotiated and that the EU FTAs will be rolled over to continue to benefit the UK, but this cannot be guaranteed.  There is also an ongoing risk that EU manufacturers who have UK content in their supply or value chain will switch that supply to within the EU27 to ensure the end products will continue to count as of EU origin.

EURIS is now assisting BEIS in assessing the impact on our product sectors of this issue and to do this we are seeking information from member companies on:

  • Current challenges in certifying origin of products
  • Typical supply and value chain positions and complexities
  • Extent of exports and imports to and from the EU27 and other markets subject to EU FTAs

We will be carrying out this survey work in conjunction with BEIS civil servants who will look to discuss impacts directly with companies to provide detailed examples with which to brief the Ministers involved in the political negotiations and also the trade negotiators who will be agreeing the detail of future free trade agreements with the EU (and other markets). We are also working with the UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex to compile a report on the overall position of our industry sector which can then be used to ensure an accurate view can be taken of the impacts of these changes.

It is extremely important for our industry to get the most detailed and complete picture possible as similar exercises will be carried out for other industries such as automotive, aerospace and pharma. UK government will need to make decisions on which industries to prioritise in negotiation and unless we provide them with a thorough assessment, other industries will be likely to take priority.

For now, please could you send contact details of the individual (or individuals) in your company who can provide detailed information on the current position of your products for Rules and Certification of Origin and also examples of your company and product position within international supply and value chains.  We will then compile from those company experts a picture of the varying positions within our sectors, working with both our government and academic partners.  It is recognised that many companies may not have specific expertise on this subject as it may not have been a significant issue while the UK is an EU member state but if you can nominate somebody who knows the wider picture of your product manufacturing and sales cycle then that should provide the information required.

Please send information to info@feta.co.uk




Industry members gather in their hundreds for FETA Annual Lunch

On Thursday 19th April more than 600 manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors assembled for the FETA Annual Lunch. With the temperature soaring well over 20˚C, members of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations headed to The Brewery, London, for the most anticipated event in the FETA calendar. 

Professionals from the heating, ventilation, building controls, refrigeration and air conditioning industries enjoyed a sumptuous three course meal in The Brewery’s Porter Tun Room, before FETA Chairman John Smith delivered a keynote speech, and special guest Steph McGovern provided some entertainment with stories from her career in broadcasting.

Mr Smith opened his speech by paying tribute to Dr Bill Cory, whose attendance at the lunch marked his retirement after many years of contribution to the fan industry, particularly his involvement with the British Standards Institution (BSI). It was Dr Cory’s leadership that presided over the development of EN ISO5801 – widely considered to be the ‘flag-ship’ standard of ISO/TC 117.

Mr Smith’s speech also addressed some of the challenges facing the industry, including Brexit, the F-Gas regulations, smoke controls, indoor air quality, and training. Referring to trade-related factors post-Brexit, Mr Smith declared FETA’s support for the BSI’s ambition to stay within the broader European standards system, and its intention to further strengthen its links with the BSI as the UK’s transition out of the EU continues.

Highlighting the work FETA is undertaking to support the F-Gas regulation, Mr Smith said: “In order to meet phase-down requirements of the F-Gas regulations, the use of refrigerants with significantly lower global warming potential is an inevitable requirement, and it’s clear that low flammability refrigerants will play a major part here.  “Our A2L refrigerants working group has released guidance, offering an overview of the new refrigerants, as well as practical advice on their safe use. It seeks to signpost the fact that these refrigerants will play an increasing role in the market over the coming years; particularly with regard to air conditioning.”

Turning his attention to Grenfell, Mr Smith described the tragedy as a “dreadful milestone” in the UK’s built environment history, and endorsed Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future report and championed the work of FETA’s Smoke Control Association in contributing to formal enquiries. 

Reflecting on FETA’s response to the Carillion collapse, Mr Smith noted the efforts of the ductwork and building controls associations in striving for reform in construction industry practices, and gave full backing to the Aldous Bill, which will received its second reading in Parliament on 15th June 2018.

Following Mr Smith’s speech, Steph McGovern took to the stage to share some anecdotes from some of her most interesting experiences in her career to date. From interviewing Donald Trump to her frequent TV appearances wearing a hi-vis, and discovering a Twitter account dedicated to her eyebrows, Ms McGovern’s stories made her a very popular guest, exemplified by the numerous photo requests afterwards, for which she was happy to oblige. As a former winner of the ‘Young Engineer for Britain’ award, Ms McGovern also highlighted the importance of attracting young people into industry, drawing applause when she said: “We don’t value vocational training enough. Someone with an apprenticeship should be valued in the same way as someone with a degree.”


Bookings for the 2019 lunch can be made by contacting the event organiser

Touchwave Media; 07792 750597, hannah@touchwavemedia.co.uk.



The Environmental Audit Committee has today published its report, UK Progress on Reducing F-gas Emissions. The report calls on the Government to enforce existing F-gas regulations and use its procurement power to promote products with a lower global warming impact.

It has also called on the NHS and medical companies to reduce the production and use of Metered Dose Inhalers, establish a recycling system for them, and legislate to avoid them going to landfill. The report examines the issues surrounding the regulatory impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU’s F-gas regime, and the knock-on effect issues such as F-Gas regulation could have on multilateral international agreements (where both the UK and EU are signatories), and on future trade deals.

Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said:

“Global warming is a clear and present danger and the UK should be doing all it can to bend the curve of global temperature rises. Some F-gases make a much bigger contribution to global warming, and are found in everyday items such as inhalers, fridges, and air conditioning units.”

“At present, the Government is failing to enforce the regulations surrounding F-Gas emissions, particularly on car air conditioning units, while the NHS remains reliant on F-gas fuelled inhalers despite less damaging alternatives being available and widely used in other European countries.

“The Government, the NHS, manufacturers and medical companies should be doing much more to address F-gas emissions. International cooperation on removing F-gas emissions could have hugely beneficial consequences for future generations.”


The full report can be found here

Details of evidence submitted to the inquiry can be found here

Details about the Environmental Audit Committee can be found here


Over the last 6 months the Smoke Control Association have been working on raising the bar/getting their house in order within the Smoke Control Association.

The primary aim is to ensure that all members achieve a minimum standard if they wish to be a member of the SCA going forward.

This requires a Director of each company signing a declaration of compliance.

The minimum requirements includes ensuring that Smoke Ventilation products meet current harmonised standards and legislation.

The first stage is the introduction of a Membership criteria document which all existing members and new members will need to sign.

We are also going to introduce  a Competency Scheme to be administered by IFC.

The new membership criteria document can now be found on the SCA website click here.


David Mowatt, Chairman SCA

12 Apr 18


BSI has consulted its members and stakeholders about the possible implications of Brexit for standards. The BSI Brexit Position Statement sets out the eight key principles on which BSI’s post-Brexit position is based. Use the link to download a PDF of the paper.



IOR updates Code of Practice for Refrigerants

The Institute of Refrigeration has updated its Safety Code of Practice for Non Flammable, Lower Toxicity Refrigerants

(Group A1). The publication provides essential industry guidance for owners, designers, installers and operators of vapour compression refrigerating systems that use any group A1 refrigerants which include HFC and HFC blends. It covers properties of refrigerants, decommissioning, testing and maintenance as well as design issues with useful appendices such as typical schedules for inspection and maintenance, system register details, machinery rooms, definitions and an updated list of relevant standards.  The Code which can be downloaded from www.ior.org.uk  has been prepared by the IOR Technical Committee as a reference source and guide to interpretation of current safety standards such as BS EN378:2016 and legal requirements such as F Gas, PED, PSSR. It is available free to IOR members to download. Non members can purchase a PDF download at a cost of £48 inc VAT.

The IOR publishes four Safety Codes of Practice specific to refrigerant type. The remaining Codes are under revision and are due to be reissued in April 2018.

  • Non Flammable, Lower Toxicity Refrigerants Group A1 (available now)
  • Flammable Lower Toxicity Refrigerants Group A2L, A2 and A3
  • Carbon Dioxide R744
  • Ammonia R717 

The IOR website at www.ior.org.uk also provides Guidance Notes on specific issues and Service Engineer practical bulletins.  IOR policy is to promote the responsible use of refrigerants, for the public benefit. A responsible refrigerant use policy places a high emphasis on the elimination of leak sources, the efficiency of the overall system and the life cycle cost of ownership and assumes compliance with legal obligations.