FEDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS (FETA)

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

ADCAS The Voice of the Ductwork Industry

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

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

News

Due to the spread of coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has postponed its Annual Luncheon originally scheduled for Thursday 23rd April 2020. The Lunch has now been re-arranged for Thursday 10th December, again at The Brewery, London, with Kevin Keegan as the guest speaker. 

 

FETA Chief Executive Russell Beattie said: “We have all been living through truly extraordinary times and we have been trying to provide as much support as possible to both our members and the Government. Our sector has played a significant role in support to the vital national infrastructure and we are exceptionally proud of all our many ‘Key Workers’ and the selfless work they have done. We very much hope that you will be able to join us in December for an event we aim to be seen as a celebration of all that is good in our industry.”  

Details at www.feta.co.uk/activities/feta-annual-lunch

03-04-2020

 

Graeme Rees announced as new Vice-President of BCIA

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced Graeme Rees as its new Vice-President. Graeme replaces Terry Sharp who recently took over as President from Jon Belfield.

Graeme is currently the UK & Ireland Digital Energy Marketing Manager for Schneider Electric and has been involved in the building controls industry for more than 30 years, after starting his career as a Project Engineer at Lidworth Ltd. He later moved on to Bristol Management Systems before spending 19 years at Trend Control Systems, where he worked his way up from Regional Field Services Manager to Marketing Director.

Early in 2019 Graeme was elected on to the BCIA’s Management Committee and he will now use his years of experience gained in industry to support Terry Sharp in building on the BCIA’s position as a leading influence on standards, professionalism and innovation for its members.

Graeme commented: “Having served on the Management Committee for more than a year I have seen at close hand the vital work the BCIA does for its members and tackling the various issues they face. I am very proud to have been appointed Vice-President and I look forward to supporting Terry Sharp as we strive to continue moving the building controls industry forward in an ever-evolving sector.”

Terry Sharp, BCIA President, said: “It gives me huge pleasure to welcome Graeme as Vice-President. The industry experience he has built up during an impressive career will be of great benefit to the BCIA as we carry out our key objectives.”

For further information please visit: www.bcia.co.uk

30-03-2020

Terry Sharp announced as new President of BCIA

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced Terry Sharp as its new President. Mr Sharp takes over from Jon Belfield who has held the role for the past two years.

Terry has worked in the controls industry for over 35 years and is an Associate at NDA Consulting, the specialist BEMS and energy consultancy practice. His previous experience includes UK and European leadership roles at Johnson Controls, Sontay and Satchwell Control Systems. After re-joining the BCIA Management Committee in 2017 Terry was appointed Vice-President of the BCIA in January 2019.

Terry Sharp said: “I am extremely proud to take on this challenging but rewarding role. Jon Belfield has carried out exceptional work in raising the profile of the BCIA during his tenure, championed some worthy causes and initialised some brilliant campaigns that will be of great benefit to our industry. I look forward to continuing from where Jon left off, using my knowledge and experience to help form closer relationships between manufacturers and installers and ensure the Building Management Systems (BMS) industry plays a prominent part in 21st century building design and management.”

Jon Belfield added: “It has been a real privilege to serve as BCIA President and I am delighted to hand over to Terry, whose insight and professionalism will keep the controls industry on the upward trajectory.”

www.bcia.co.uk

18-03-2020

The H and V News Summit is back

The H&V News Summit will return this September to discuss the Future of HVAC.

As we enter a new decade, the HVAC Sector is contending with the UK’s continued push towards Net Zero emissions and rising concerns about air quality. This means that 2020 is set to be an important year for the sector.

H&V News is therefore delighted to return with the Future of HVAC Summit on the 17th September, with the aim of once more bringing leading authorities and opinion formers together from across the industry to discuss and debate the issues that matter most.

Taking place in London’s prestigious Bloomsbury Hotel, this event will bring together experts from across the supply chain to discuss ongoing issues, from policy to technology to best practice.

Have a look at last year's programme and highlights and secure your ticket today! The first 50 are available for £99 on a first come-first served basis.

16-03-2020

Amanda Barnes, chief executive of Net-Zero Live’s organiser Faversham House, said: “We have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and related Government guidelines. After careful consideration, and having spoken with many people involved in our event, we have decided to suspend Net-Zero Live 2020 until November. The health, safety and wellbeing of our Net-Zero Live community is our priority.  

“If the outbreak continues to escalate as the Government is predicting, we believe visitor footfall and exhibitor attendance will be significantly affected and so it is unlikely we would be able to deliver the UK’s only energy and sustainability event that edie's audience looks forward to each May.  

“We have been in close contact with the NEC over the past few weeks and can confirm the show will go ahead on 10-11 November 2020, in Hall 12. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding and we are now in conversation with all those involved following this decision.

“Most importantly, we wish to extend our thoughts and best wishes to all who have been personally affected by the Coronavirus.”

Net-Zero Live is an evolution of edie Live – the UK's first and only energy and sustainability event which unites thousands of businesses, policymakers, investors, NGOs, product and solutions providers around a common purpose: to spark new ideas and actions on the path to a sustainable future.

The move to 10-11 November means that Net-Zero Live will take place during the first week of the COP26 climate talks which are being hosted in Glasgow – presenting an opportunity for the event’s themes and content to be more closely aligned with the aims of the UN talks. The edie content team are also exploring ways to enhance the brand’s net-zero-themed online content throughout the month of May, with more details to be announced on edie.net in due course.

For further information on Net-Zero Live, please contact edie’s Publisher David Griffiths.

For further information on edie’s planned programme of content activity, please contact edie’s Content Director Luke Nicholls.

12-03-2020

EPEE Count on Cooling launch now a webinar

The EPEE event on March 24, which was the official launch of its Count on Cooling campaign, is the latest event to fall victim to the coronavirus and EPEE has now decided to hold the event as free-to-access webinars. 

“Unfortunately, in the light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have decided to transform these events into webinars, still on 24 March,” the organiser said.

In the first webinar, Andrea Voigt, EPEE director general, will present the European Green Deal (EDG) and the policy initiatives with relevance to the cooling sector. EPEE argues that involving the cooling sector is crucial for the EGD to be a success. She will explain what the EGD means for the air conditioning and refrigeration sector and the role of sustainable cooling in a carbon neutral Europe.

This webinar will be held from 13.15-14.00 (CET). Register for the webinar here.

This will be followed at 14.30 (CET) by a 90-minute webinar on Sustainable Cooling as an Enabler for Decarbonisation. This will take a look at the political framework for sustainable cooling, with a focus on the European Green Deal and will also discuss the three key pillars to sustainable cooling: energy efficiency, renewables and infrastructure. Speakers will include Jutta Paulus MEP; Mr Roland Roesch from the International Renewables Energy Agency as well as Olivier Biancarelli from Engie.

Register for the second webinar here.

The project website is countoncooling.eu.

12-03-2020

 

Budget is just the beginning for heat pump industry, says HPA Chairman

The Heat Pump Association has welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget, announced on 11th March 2020, which sets out solid plans to fund the replacement of fossil fuel heating and invest in low carbon heating, but warns there is still much work to do in order to meet the net zero carbon emissions target.

The Chancellor’s Budget statement confirmed the following funding commitments for Low Carbon Heat:

  • To introduce a levy on gas suppliers to support green gas injection to the grid. This will accelerate the decarbonisation of the UK’s gas supply, by increasing the proportion of biomethane in the grid. This is expected to be implemented in autumn 2021. The Government expects these costs to be passed onto gas bill payers. The expected impact is relatively small; around £1 a year on the average household energy bill, rising to around £5 by 2025; that’s c.0.5% of an average household’s dual fuel bill. The Government will implement a robust cost control framework,which includes an annual budget cap to ensure impacts on bills do not rise unexpectedly; 

  • £100 million of exchequer funding in total for 2022/23 and 2023/24 for grant-funding for households and small non-domestic buildings, to install heat pumps, or biomass in limited circumstances, to replace fossil fuel heating. This will form part of government action to help build supply chains ahead of future measures to phase out high carbon heating; and 

  • £270m for a Green Heat Network Fund to run from 2022 to 2025, to follow on from the Heat Network Investment Project. This new targeted fund will ensure that heat networks adopt the most cost-effective low carbon heat sources and will avoid locking in gas generation in the sector.  

Ahead of these schemes being established, the Budget announcement has confirmed that the Government will: 

  • Extend the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (DRHI) for a year in 2021/22, maintaining support for heat pumps, biomass and solar thermal; and

  • Introduce a third allocation of Tariff Guarantees under the Non-domestic RHI (NDRHI). These will be available for all technologies that have been eligible for the previous two allocations. 

Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, said: “This is exactly the type of pro-active investment we need to see from government if we are serious about meeting the aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We have frequently stated that the low carbon heating technology is there and available, but only with the right policies, investment and awareness will we see the major uptake required. However, this is just the beginning. Industry must also fulfil its commitment to producing sufficient heat pumps, in both quality AND quantity, and working with government to ensure the installer base has the necessary skills to install them correctly.”

12-03-2020

 

 

REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE offers FREE e-learning certificate

The REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE project has recently launched a FREE e-learning course completion certificate available to anyone who has completed all pages of all nine of the    e-learning modules. The e-learning modules cover fundamentals and safety related to low GWP refrigerants (flammables, carbon dioxide and ammonia).  The e-learning is available in 15 different languages.

Low GWP refrigerants are now firmly established in the market and completing REAL Alternatives e-learning is a convenient and accessible way of improving your knowledge of the principles of working with these refrigerants.  E-learning cannot however replace practical training and hands on experience, and REAL Alternatives also offers standardised teaching materials for practical training programmes which are being delivered in 15 countries across Europe.

Since the launch of the REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE e-learning last year, over 1,800 individuals have enrolled in the online course.  Nearly 600 teachers and technicians have completed practical training courses and passed an assessment which allows them to gain a full REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE CPD (Continued Professional Development) Certificate.  The REAL Alternatives training was developed by a consortium of training providers and institutes across Europe and is co-funded by the EU LIFE Programme for environmental initiatives.

To sign up for the free e-learning or to find a practical training course in your country visit our web site at www.realalternatives4life.eu.  

10-03-2020

From March 2, 2020 you can officially register to take part in this year's SkillFRIDGE cycle, a competition that aims to encourage young people into refrigeration careers and to help close the skills gap currently affecting the UK.

SkillFRIDGE aims to highlight the RACHP industry as a career path to young people. Through its competitions it emphasises the benefits of an engineering career, promoting the career choices available as well as providing an exciting platform for apprentices to exhibit their skills. Whilst the main aim is to connect the younger generation with the industry, the upper age limit has been removed from the competition to encourage diversity as well as to allow all apprentice engineers the opportunity to learn best practice as well as develop their skills, benchmarking against industry standards.

How does it work?

There are three main stages, the first step is online registration. This is now open until April 2 and can be done through the WordSkills UK website by going to www.worldskillsuk.org/champions/national-skills-competitions/find-a-competition. The Refrigeration sector can now be found under the competition header ‘Engineering and Technology’.

Training providers, employers and tutors are encouraged to then complete a Passive stage task in order to send through outstanding apprentices and students who are ready to test themselves whilst boosting their skills and experience.

Once the registration closes things progress to the national qualifiers. Competitors will be invited to participate in qualifiers that will be held at colleges and training providers across the UK throughout late spring and summer.

During these regional heats competitors will complete a series of tasks under strict time schedules and their work will be assessed by a panel of specially selected industry experts.

The six highest scoring apprentices, along with the national winner, will be given the chance to compete at the WorldSkills UK National Final, held at WorldSkills UK LIVE at Birmingham’s NEC in November 2020.

On the final day of the competition the gold medal winner from the WorldSkills UK national final will be announced and will be presented with a medal in front of the other apprentices and audience members. They will also receive a trophy and their respective training provider will receive the SkillFRIDGE Shield at the ACR News Awards in 2020.

Subject to age eligibility, those apprentices who achieve a sufficiently high score in the WSUK National Final will also be considered to represent Great Britain at international WorldSkills competitions for Squad UK.

Last year’s gold medallist and national winner, Sydney Copus from Space Engineering, said: “The win has given me a little confidence boost, but the biggest thing about it for me is all the support and messages I’ve got from my lecturers, colleagues and friends.”

02-03-2020

BCIA Awards 2020 finalists announced

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is delighted to announce the finalists for the BCIA Awards 2020. Passing the mark once again for the previous year’s number of entries, the judges faced some tough decision-making to choose the best of the best from the industry. After a day of deliberation, the finalists were shortlisted across the following categories.

 

Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year

Sponsored by Trend

ABEC

Crown House Technologies

Global Associates

Impact Control Systems

Linear Control Systems

SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions

Syscom Building Management

Total Control Services

 

Engineer of the Year

Sponsored by BCIA

Duncan Greene - Abtec Building Technologies

Lawrence Nunn - Crown House Technologies

Mark Clements - Crown House Technologies

Tony Baverstock - InTandem Systems

Ben Richards - Kendra Energy Solutions

Tony Smith - Schneider Electric

 

Young Engineer of the Year

Sponsored by Schneider Electric

Laura Ennis - ABEC

Huw Bostock - Comfort Controls

Cameron Thomson - Crown House Technologies

Joshua Austin - Global Associates

Jake Piner - InTandem Systems

Ronnie Stevens - Kendra Energy Solutions

Peter Kilvington - Pillinger Controls

 

Energy Management Award

Sponsored by Priva UK

Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 - BMSI

Building data analytics is key to decarbonising the built environment - CIM

The Crown Estate - Demand Logic and RSMD

Energy saving via integration of control systems at Cardiff & Vale College - Detail Design Engineering

Ecopilot - E.ON Control Solutions

Notting Hill Genesis Group - BSW Heating & InTandem Systems

Vodafone UK - Mitie Energy

Morrisons BeMS Optimisation - Optimised Buildings

 

Best Service & Maintenance Provider

Sponsored by Western Automation

BG Energy Solutions

E.ON Control Solutions

Impact Control Systems - Liverpool John Moores University

Impact Control Systems - St Andrews Healthcare

Kendra Energy Solutions

Syscom Building Management

 

Technical Innovation of the Year – Products

Sponsored by BCIA

BASpi series - Contemporary Controls

Ecopilot - E.ON Control Solutions

MobiusFlow Connectors - IAconnects Technology

Tecta Analytics - Monicam T/A Tecta Analytics

OSSEasyAPI - One Sightsolutions

Smart Sensor - Sontay

Remote Optimal™ - SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions

Sentinll - Swarm Neuro

 

Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects

Sponsored by Johnson Controls

Ecopilot @ Parexel - E.ON Control Solutions

Manchester Art Gallery - Impact Control Systems

City of Edinburgh Council Desigo CC Distributed System Solution - SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions

Optergy's Smart Building & Energy Management Solution for Workspace - Total Control Services

Urban Flows Observatory  - Tyrrell Systems

 

Contribution to Training Award

Sponsored by Siemens

ABEC

Forest Rock

One Sightsolutions

SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions

Tyrrell Products

 

Smart Buildings Award

Sponsored by BCIA

Ecopilot @ Parexel - E.ON Control Solutions

Smart Office Solution - IAconnects Technology

University College London Student Centre - Kendra Energy Solutions

SMART Buildings - Fidelity Investments - SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions

Andermatt Concert Hall - Studio Seilern Architects

Crosstalk 3 Brunel University - Tyrrell Systems

 

Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA, said: “It gives me a great feeling to know that we have broken the record again for the number of awards entries, and the standard this year is another reason to be cheerful. The passion with which our members carry out their work was clearly evident in the entries received and gave the Judging Panel quite a challenge in deciding who would make the shortlists. Thank you to everybody who entered and I wish you all the best of luck for the awards ceremony in April.”

The winners will be announced at the distinguished BCIA Awards ceremony which will be held on Thursday 30th April 2020 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. The BCIA Awards is the number one event to be seen at in the building controls industry. Ensure that you don’t miss out by booking your table today.

For further details please contact Hayley Hopkins on: hayley@keystonecomms.co.uk

https://bcia.co.uk/awards/

To stay up to date with news from the 2020 BCIA Awards, follow the BCIA on Twitter @BCIA_news or use the hashtag #BCIAAwards20

02-03-2020

BFCMA supports cutting pollution from Household Burning

The British Flue and Chimney Manufacturers Association (BFCMA) supports the Government action to cut pollution from household burning, announced on 21st February.

Burning wet wood makes no sense on any level.  Freshly cut wood consists of between 60% and 80% water, so burning it before drying is like trying to burn water, producing steam and smoke but little heat.

Burning wood that has a moisture content below 20% in an open fire or stove will dramatically reduce the particulate emissions compared to wet wood. The introduction of the Woodsure Ready to Burn scheme will help consumers identify wood that has the appropriate moisture content. For those people who have access to freshly cut wood should leave logs to dry naturally. This is known as seasoning and can take between 1 and 2 years depending on the species.

The higher price of pre-dried wood can be substantially offset by greater heat produced by burning dry wood. Fewer logs are required to produce the same level of heat as illustrated in the attached infographic.

Sulphur is not only bad for the environment it can also corrode appliances and stainless steel flues. Banning household coal and capping the volume of sulphur at 2% in smokeless fuels is good news for the health of appliances and flues.

DEFRA does not plan to ban open fires or stoves. Instead DEFRA believes that banning wet wood and household coal will enable them to meet their emission reduction targets.

24-02-2020

 

First success for EFCTC Illegal HFC Import action line

We are pleased to report that, as a direct result of cooperation between the industry investigation agency and the Commission anti-fraud organization (OLAF), acting on tip offs through the EFCTC action line, officers from Milan’s customs and monopolies agency – Agenzia Dogane e Monopoli – have seized around 10 tonnes of illegal HFC refrigerant.

In a brief statement, the agency said 960 cylinders of HFC refrigerant, originally from Turkey and China was seized during an “online check”. It is reported to have been imported outside of the European quota mechanism.

The actual refrigerant type has not been specified, but has been valued by the customs authority at €96,000.

Following this seizure, officials from the Varese Anti-fraud office of the Customs and Monopolies Agency have also seized 2.5 tonnes of Chinese-made HFC refrigerants from Turkey.

The seizure, again carried out in close collaboration with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), comprised 138 cylinders, valued at around €27,500.

10-02-2020

HAMPSHIRE REFRIGERATION SOCIETY TRADE EXHIBITION 2020

The Hampshire Refrigeration Society used to organise a Bi-annual Trade Exhibition which proved to be very well received and attended.

The society has carried out a market analysis, and the consensus of opinion was a resounding YES for this type of show. Responses mentioned that it was local and easy to get to, it was found to be more personal in having a one to one discussion with exhibitors. It was also stated that with all the new refrigerants there was a need to source new information, and review new technologies and new products.

As a result, the society have decided to go ahead with a show in 2020.

The venue will be the Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Nr Southampton and the date will be Wednesday 9th September from 9.00am till 7.30pm.

Set up will be from midday on the 8th

The Society has also agreed a preferential hotel room rate for exhibitors.

The exhibition is open to any company or organisation from the RACHPE sector.

Further information can be obtained from the following contacts:

T:  07795 692502

E:  john.emm@btinternet.com and/or hampshirerefrigerationsociety@gmail.com

Anyone wanting to simply attend this event as a guest should follow the Hampshire Refrigeration Society on social media or sign up to be added to their mailing list so that you can be kept informed about the exhibition, other events, HRS Quarterly Bulletin and more.

The society looks forward to welcoming you to the HRS Exhibition 2020.

07-02-2020

REFCOM welcomes greater certainty as Brexit arrives

An agreement between the EU and the UK to continue the mutual recognition of professional certification should put minds at ease throughout the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, according to the UK’s primary F-Gas register REFCOM.

Months of protracted negotiations have produced welcome “clarity and certainty” for firms that operate in different parts of the EU, who feared their proof of competence would cease to be recognised after the UK formally withdraws from the EU at the end of January.

REFCOM registration will continue to be accepted throughout the EU during the transition period, which will last until the end of this year and probably beyond as the UK and EU thrash out a longer-term trading agreement.

“While Brexit heralds the start of a period of uncertainty for businesses, our industry is in the fortunate position of now knowing exactly where we stand on professional certification,” said Head of REFCOM Graeme Fox.

“This is great news for REFCOM members from the UK, who occasionally work in the Republic of Ireland or mainland Europe, and for members based in the EU zone who were concerned that their REFCOM registration would no longer be recognised outside the UK after 31st January.”

Mr Fox said members could now plan ahead secure in the knowledge that their existing REFCOM registration would remain valid for use throughout the EU during the transition period “and hopefully beyond” as negotiations are ongoing to maintain the status quo in the long term.

“This means that our members do not have to fear losing out on their free service management software, reduced liability insurance premiums, and exclusive access to our technical help and published guidance.”

REFCOM operates the UK’s original and largest mandatory F-Gas Register as well as the voluntary REFCOM Elite registration scheme, which enables members to demonstrate they work to the highest environmental standards and that they are technically competent.

www.refcom.org.uk

28-01-2020

IMechE HVAC Conference

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is organising a two-day conference, HVAC Engineering: Design, Commissioning and Operational Considerations for Large Infrastructure, which will detail the latest strategies and technologies to address the key challenges associated with system design, operation and maintenance of HVAC systems.

The event will be held at One Birdcage Walk, London on 3-4 March 2020

Attendees will hear technical details about recent HVAC projects together with best practice that can applied across multiple industries, with examples covering Nuclear, Tunnelling, Data Centres, Pharmaceutical, Transportation and other sectors.

Join us in March and take away the insights and updates you need to optimise your processes, increase energy efficiency, comply with emissions legislation and ensure high levels of safety are maintained for your organisation's HVAC systems.

Further details can be found here.

Discount for FETA members: as a supporting organisation of this conference, FETA members can book at the discounted Supporting Organisation rate online and save on their place. Or alternatively contact the IMechE and mention your FETA membership – email eventenquiries@imeche.org

24-01-2020

 

Payment practices, especially  retentions, are of interest to a number of our members, particularly  those involved in installation aspects. You may recall that we have in the past leant our support to sister organisations such as BESA, ECA and the SEC Gp in their efforts to champion this cause – most notably the work done last year by Mr Peter Aldous MP to promote his  Construction (Retentions Deposit Scheme) Bill. Although it had garnered considerable cross-party support it fell victim to the lack of parliamentary time as BREXIT and the General Election intervened.

Nevertheless, the fight continues and the Labour peer Lord Mendelsohn has taken over the cause from Mr Aldous and is promoting a bill which goes even further in its aims. Details of this encouraging development are in the following link:

https://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/lobbying-lord-leads-latest-drive-for-payment-reform

In a separate development the Scottish Government are carrying out their own consultation on retentions. They commissioned some independent research; the culmination of which saw the following recommendation:  “that a fairer, more neutral and more protected approach to the practice of retentions should be sought” and they now seeks views on this. Members who are interested in this topic may find the arguments laid out in the preamble to the consultation document of interest.

Clearly those who feel strongly about this issue are encouraged to take part as, if Scotland can be persuaded to legislate,  then this is all to the good. Please note that respondents do not have to be based in Scotland to take part. The closure date is 25th March 2020.

Details are at the following link:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/practice-cash-retention-under-construction-contracts/pages/2/

23-01-2020

Government and the wider public sector buy a huge range of goods and services.  It’s not just the big-ticket items such as building prisons or buying aircraft carriers. You will find opportunities ranging from gardening services through to specialist scientific equipment used in the nuclear industry.

These business opportunities are advertised on Contracts Finder. This is the Government’s single online portal, where contracts valued above £10,000 in central government and above £25,000 in local government, the blue light services, and the NHS, are all listed. In addition, major government contractors are using Contracts Finder to advertise sub-contracts in their supply chains.

It’s free to use, where you can register and search thousands of opportunities. Simply go to https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder.

23-01-2020

EPEE Count on Cooling paper published and launch event announced

In November 2019, EPEE, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment published its white paper “Count on Cooling: A five-step approach to deliver sustainable cooling” during the UN’s 31st Meeting of the Parties in Rome.

EPEE and its members (of which FETA is one) are committed to provide and promote sustainable solutions that are fit for the future, demonstrating the industry’s value by contributing to carbon neutrality, and helping the EU to achieve its Paris Agreement goal.

The use of cooling is expected to grow significantly in the coming decades triggered by a warming climate and global trends such as increasing urbanisation. Cooling delivers substantial benefits in many respects, contributing to health, fresh and safe food, productivity and thermal comfort.

Andrea Voigt, EPEE’s Director General, stated: “Growth in the use of cooling could lead to increased energy consumption with associated greenhouse gas emissions and place significant burden on the electricity grid. But there are numerous solutions available to address these impacts, maximizing the benefits of cooling whilst minimising greenhouse gas emissions and electrical peak demand.”

EPEE’s White Paper, introduces a 5-step approach to deliver sustainable cooling; these are to (1) optimise the need for cooling, (2) improve the energy and resource efficiency of cooling, (3) mitigate the climate impact of refrigerants, (4) address the investment cost for higher efficiency solutions, (5) shift to renewable energy sources with an integrated approach to cooling and heating of individual buildings or whole cities.

Voigt concluded: “It’s not a lack of innovation or a question of available technology. It’s a question of raising awareness on what needs to be done to deliver sustainable cooling. Cooling provides a true opportunity to contribute to a carbon neutral Europe, but its potential has not been fully recognised yet. It’s time to change this perception and industry stands ready to deliver!”

EPEE’s White Paper to deliver sustainable cooling can be downloaded here

A dedicated website has been launched to highlight this project countoncooling.eu.

You can follow the project on Twitter at #countoncooling

The campaign will formally launch at an event to be held in Brussels on 24th March, which also coincides with EPEE's 20th anniversary.  Details here

16-01-2020

New FETA Magazine available and details of FETA Annual Lunch

The 2020 FETA magazine has been published!  This years issue contains messages from FETA Chief Executive, Russell Beattie, and FETA Chairman, Mark Woods, together with a variety of articles from FETA's constituent associations.

The magazine can be downloaded as a pdf here

 

The 2020 FETA Annual Lunch will be held on 23rd April at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London.  The after lunch speaker will be the well known former footballer, Kevin Keegan.

Bookings for the 2020 lunch can be made by contacting the event organiser Touchwave Media; 07792 720 597

The opportunity exists for companies to sponsor all aspects of this event, from the ticket invitations to table favours! To find out how your company can become a sponsor and gain some excellent promotional exposure, call FETA on 0118 940 5043 or email us at info@feta.co.uk.

Further details can be found here

09-01-2020

 

Karen Perry becomes the new Chair of The IOR's Women in RACHP Network

Karen Perry from Daikin has recently become the new Chairperson for the Institute of Refrigeration’s (IOR) Women in RACHP Network. She follows in the footsteps of Samantha Buckell who held the position for the last three years. Talking about her appointment, Karen said “I am honoured to take over from Samantha as Chair and look forward to taking the group further to contribute to the HVACR industry by attracting a more diverse and inclusive workforce.”

Karen is taking on this new role following a busy year for the network which included the successful “100 for a 100” campaign aimed to increase female membership of the IOR. While discussing the future direction of the IOR’s WiRACHP Steering Group, Karen said “Having worked in this industry for 25 years I hope to share positive experience and ideas to support women in the industry and also attract new people through our network.”

Looking back on her tenure and the recent achievements of the network, Samantha Buckell said “over the last three years the group has gone from strength to strength.  I have been very lucky to be part of a conscientious hard-working team of people from the industry.  One of our main strengths is undoubtably inclusivity.” Discussing Karen’s appointment, Samantha said “Karen is the perfect person to move the Steering Group into its next stage and I am very excited to see where we go next.”

The IOR’s Women in RACHP Network offers a series of practical events and talks open to all aimed to improve diversity in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump sector. To find out more about the network and hear about future events, please visit the network’s dedicated page.

03-12-2019

 

Heat Pump Association launches vision report

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has launched its vision report; “Delivering Net Zero: A Roadmap for the Role of Heat Pumps”. The report, available to download from the HPA website, https://www.heatpumps.org.uk/resources/, outlines the heat pump industry’s commitment and readiness to step up to the challenge of delivering the necessary decarbonisation of heat through the scaling up of heat pump deployment.

The industry’s efforts to establish wide-scale deployment of heat pumps in the UK will be delivered through three key pillars:

  1. Putting the consumer at the heart of change
  2. Upskilling the installer base to create a cohort of highly skilled low-carbon heat installers
  3. Working with government to ensure a supportive policy mix

The decarbonisation of heat is a key priority following the government’s announcement that the UK will become the first major nation to commit to reaching a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050. The report demonstrates the vast carbon savings that heat pumps can achieve immediately, that will be vital to avoiding the worst consequences of the climate crisis. The question of how we are going to decarbonise the heating of buildings in the future is of huge interest to designers, occupiers and installers. The roadmap presented in the report offers a large part of the answer to this.

Emissions through the burning of fossil fuels will not fall unless low-carbon heating systems are attractive to consumers, either by improving comfort levels or saving them money. The vision report enforces a message to consumers that heat pump technology can help to address other policy issues such as fuel poverty and air quality.

Installers will play a vital role in raising awareness among potential customers but there is an urgent need for trained and skilled technicians to be able to design, install and operate heat pump systems properly. Over the coming months, the HPA will work with other leading organisations to roll out a programme of training that will take existing heating engineers through the whole process of designing, installing and maintaining efficient low-carbon heating systems.

The report also calls for strong government leadership at both local and national levels and highlights the work the HPA carries out in consulting with all stakeholders to develop effective policy on the regulatory framework for the future of heating buildings to phase out high carbon fossil fuels.

Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, said: “The heating industry has been one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions and we now find ourselves at a pivotal moment as we look to decarbonise our heating supply. The HPA believes that there is a huge opportunity for the country to embrace heat pump technology at this time, and we want to re-emphasise the fact that heat pumps provide strong carbon savings now that will only increase further in the future.

“However, the successful widespread adoption of heat pumps relies on the industry stepping up to help shape strong government policy, education and consumer acceptance. This report will act as a ‘roadmap’ in how we can achieve these goals and help the UK achieve the net-zero carbon emissions target.”

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27-11-2019

 

To tackle climate change, the UK has a legal commitment for carbon emissions to be net zero by 2050. This means that high carbon fossil fuels currently used to heat our buildings will need to be replaced with low carbon fuels and technologies. In order to be successful, it will be vital that those working in the industry are a contributory part of this change.

A survey launched by industry member organisations, and supported by government, gave installers, plumbers and heating engineers an opportunity to share their views to help ensure Government understands the opportunities and risks that installers face in the transition to low carbon heating and the challenge of communicating the necessary changes to households and consumers.

Key findings included:

  • 90% of respondents work in organisations with less than 10 people and 48% are sole traders.
  • A large proportion of respondents were from an older demographic: 82% of respondents were aged 41 or over and 58% were 51 or over.
  • 74% of installers do not rate themselves as ‘very confident’ in recommending and choosing the best low carbon options to their customers.
  • Just 11.5% of respondents have customers who frequently ask about low carbon heating, renewable energy, or carbon emissions, while 69% say that they are either rarely or never asked.
  • Factors that installers rate as very important in influencing the decision to retrain are ‘obligatory training for organisation membership’ (58%), ‘new mandatory installation standards’ (50%), ‘future mandatory installation standards’ (42%) and ‘demand from customers’ (38%).
  • Installers believe the best way to increase awareness about the need for renewable heating systems is through communications and marketing.
  • Nearly half (41%) of the installers surveyed said that they understand what moving away from high carbon technologies means for their job, but more still needs to be done to raise awareness among installers.

A link to a summary of the survey data is available here 

19-11-2019

Heat pump industry rises to meet low carbon challenge

Reducing or eliminating domestic carbon emissions will involve transforming the UK’s entire housing stock through a combination of improved insulation, behavioural change and a reduction in the use of carbon intensive heating. For Manchester and the wider city region, this equates to retrofitting up to 1.2 million properties, while ensuring that new homes are built to the highest possible standard.

Working with Manchester City Council, Manchester Climate Change Agency and wider stakeholders, Low Carbon Homes opens on the 14th November at Manchester’s Friends Meeting House to tackle the particular challenges of retrofit across the city region.

A major new feature of the free-to-attend event is Heat Pump Focus - an event within an event - in which heat pump associations, manufacturers, system designers and installers will demonstrate the role of heat pumps in helping Manchester meet its 2038 zero carbon ambition.

This week, the UK Government issued a consultation on their proposed Future Homes Standard, involving a major review of Building Regulations, which affect how new homes are specified and constructed. A further consultation is anticipated soon to address the more complicated issue of existing homes. The current consultation proposes that widespread use of energy efficient technology is deployed to reduce the carbon impact of domestic heating, (which accounts for 17% of UK emissions) including heating system design suitable for heat pumps.

Although not a new technology, heat pumps (which can be up to four times more efficient than conventional electric or gas heating, emitting up to three times less carbon than gas combination boilers) have not been widely adopted in the UK for various historic reasons but are widely adopted in other North European Countries such as Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Norway. With the industry assembled on 14th November, Heat Pump Focus provides a unique opportunity for housing professionals to explore and better understand the benefits of heat pumps - at all scales of development - from individual properties to heat networks, and how to utilise the natural thermal energy stored in ground, air and water.

Presentations and Q&A sessions will cover technology fit, current policy and longer-term direction of the heat pump industry in pursuit of net zero.

Heat Pump Focus contributors include HPA, GSHPA, NIBE Energy Systems, Vaillant, Infinitas Design, Kensa Contracting,

Star Renewable Energy, LG and Daikin.

More details can be found here.

14-10-2019