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Nominate your service engineers for the Lifetime Achievement Award

Closing date for nominations 1st December

The Institute’s Service Engineers Section is recognising those who have spent a whole lifetime in the field as a hands on service, maintenance, installation or commissioning engineer with its Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is designed for the army of unsung heroes of our industry who show dedication to customers and clients in keeping systems running efficiently year after year. The past winners of this award have shown that in addition to performing their day to day job responsibilities effectively, they have been willing to take on extra roles such as mentoring young technicians, giving toolbox talks to branches or colleges, or sharing their vast accumulated knowledge through internal bulletins or trade press articles

If you or your company knows anyone who has really made a difference through their work in the service engineering industry let us know, and they could be in to win a cash prize of £400, a pewter beer tankard and an invitation to meet the industry at the IOR Annual Dinner on 16th February in London.

For more details of how you can make a nomination visit

News date: 22nd Sep 2016

Book now for thermal storage in smart energy systems event

International Energy Research Centre in Cork 23rd November 2016

The Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat pump (SIRACH) Network will be holding its next networking meeting at the International Energy Research Centre (IERC) in Cork, Ireland. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit this industry-led collaborative research centre specialising integrated sustainable energy systems. The programme will include presentations focusing on thermal storage in smart energy systems; integrated cooling and heating in cities; the heat recovery potential of thermal storage in Europe and heat pump efficiency. The day will also include a facilitated networking session to share ideas and approaches to meeting the challenges of smart energy systems. A tour of an IERC research facility is included.

Free – book in advance at

News date: 21st Sep 2016

117th IOR Annual Dinner to be held 16th Feb 2017

Come and celebrate your industry

We invite you to join us once again for this spectacular black tie event. On the 16th February 2017 we will return to the stylish Grange St Paul's Hotel in London for an evening of fine dining, quality entertainment and great company.

The flagship IOR Annual Dinner is the longest running networking event in the refrigeration and air conditioning calendar. Meet new contacts and catch up with your fellow professionals at the event where we come to together as an industry to celebrate and support the Institute of Refrigeration's initiatives in education, training and the sharing of technical knowledge.

To find out more and book your seats visit

News date: 16th Sep 2016

Student research prize entries invited for Ted Perry Award

The IOR is looking for nominations for the Ted Perry Research Award

The IOR Ted Perry Award is open to post graduate students undertaking research in a field related to air conditioning, heat pumps or refrigeration technologies. The winning student will gain valuable exposure and recognition for their work as well as a £500 prize.

The Award is given annually at the IOR Annual Dinner, and is sponsored by Hawco Limited and the Perry Family. The award winner will also be presented with a set of ASHRAE databooks on cd. Past winners have covered topics as diverse as use of the heat sink effect to cool underground tunnels, cryogenic freezing, domestic refrigerator design, and solar powered refrigeration. The closing date for nominations is 14th October. A nomination form and Rules and details of past winners are available at the Institute website.

News date: 13th Sep 2016

Nominate for the most noteworthy practical advancement in technology

IOR is now calling for nominations for the J and E Hall Gold Medal

The prestigious J and E Hall Gold Medal is an internationally respected award given to an individual or team considered to have made the most noteworthy contribution to the advancement of refrigeration and related technologies.

The IOR would like to invite you to nominate individuals or teams with recent outstanding achievements in one or more of the following areas:

• Practical applications of innovative designs

• Projects which have made an original contribution to the field

• Systems which demonstrate substantial potential and evidence that they will be completed successfully

• Outstanding and significant work in a new or unusual area

The award of £5000 is sponsored by J & E Hall International on behalf of the Institute and is designed to encourage progress. Past winners include Pega Hrnjak, Don Cleland, Ole Fanger and many more great names from our industry. Deadline for nominations is 15th October.

Details of the nominating procedure and forms are available on the website. 

News date: 13th Sep 2016

University of Warwick to host Thermal Energy Conference

On the 10th -11th October the University of Warwick is hosting the Future Thermal Energy Conference 2016. This 2 day conference will focus on the relationship between business, universities, large estates and energy. The programme will review not just the political landscape and energy conundrums but dig into some of the established practices of modern energy use. The event will look to the future and examine how organisations and large estates can prepare for future challenges and become 2035 Ready.

For details and the programme can be found at the University of Warwick website

News date: 12th Sep 2016

Gustav Lorentzen Natural working fluids conference review

Over 250 people came along to Edinburgh to take part in the natural working fluids conference this August and find out the latest in research in the use of ammonia, hydrocarbon, co2 and other alternatives. In total 147 papers were presented during the three day event held at Heriot Watt University representing the input of 317 different authors and 155 reviewers. 120 delegates took part in three site visits to ammonia and carbon dioxide systems including distribution centres and transport vehicles. 2 workshops and 3 short courses were offered as part of the programme - including a workshop on the IOR's REAL Alternatives fundamentals. The IIR group on Careers in Refrigeration held a planning meeting and there was also a lively Student Networking dinner. Delegates came from no less than 31 countries to take part. 

If you missed the conerence you can now see the key note presentation slides at

News date: 7th Sep 2016

Women in RACHP Group

The IOR and ACR Journal Women in RACHP Group has started having regular steering group meetings to plan its work to promote our industry as a career choice for women. Anyone interested in promoting careers, sharing stories of success and encouraging more young people into the industry can join the group on Linked-In.  Open network meetings in the UK and possibly at key industry events and exhibitions are also being considered. The group has linked to the Women's Engineering Society which provides lots of information on mentoring schemes for female engineers, national initiatives and STEMNET promotional opportunities. See for more information about resources available from the Women's Engineering Society.

News date: 7th Sep 2016

Apprenticeships news

The RACHP Engineering Technician apprenticeship underpinning qualifications from City & Guilds are now in their final stages of development - a trainer and employer forum will be held later this year to explore the content in detail. As part of the new apprenticeships candidates will need to complete a Workbook to show how they are applying and developing the skills they learn in college in their work. This will be recorded over a three year period and be a critical part of the evidence towards their Apprenticeship grading. Ffuture apprenticeships will be awarded at Pass/Merit or Distinction level. This will also be used to help gain EngTech registration with the Engineering Council.

In the meantime a new Higher Apprenticeship Standard for Design and Applications Engineers is being developed by employers. It is likely to be set a Level 5  (HND) and combine part time study at University or College with practical experience in employment over a minimum of 2 years.  The Standard and Assessment plan are being drafted by employers and will be circulated for consultation later this year – we would very much welcome your views so please get in touch if you would like to get involved. 

News date: 7th Sep 2016

SkillFRIDGE regional heats under way

With two regional heats now completed, there is just one more to go before the final which takes place at The Skills Show this October. The last regional heat will be on August 24th at the South East Regional College in Lisburn and will be attended by industry stakeholders, supporters and competing students from South Eastern Regional College and Glasgow Kelvin College. Hosted by The Institute of Materials in Grantham, the first of three heats saw students from The College of North West London, Manchester College and the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education taking part.

Competitor Dan Netherwood, from the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education, commented: “I thought it was a lot harder than it was going to be, my boss recommended me for it and it's a good chance for me to show my abilities, it is a fantastic experience.”

Bath College hosted the second regional heat, with students competing from Eastleigh and Bath College. Competitor Chandler Davison, from Bath College, commented: “It’s a tough challenge but we can all do it. You have to think about what you are doing and go through it slowly. It teaches you how long you should be doing tasks and improves your confidence.”

SkillFRIDGE project manager, Mark Forsyth, said: "The two regional heats so far have been highly successful, thanks to the host colleges and, of course, the companies that sponsored the equipment and materials, which allowed an equal opportunity for all competitors to demonstrate their skills and knowledge acquired at college.”

Scrutinised by judges, students were given two and a half hours in the morning to complete two tasks set by the organiser, followed by a further three and a half hours under the spotlight, in order to gain enough points to qualify for the final.

They were tasked with a variety of test projects designed to challenge the students in the use of materials, tools and equipment. They had to follow detailed instructions, applying industry standards and safe working practices, whilst demonstrating good time management, planning and problem solving in a unique environment.

Time quickly passed as all competitors where highly focused. The judges evaluated the students’ work and provided valuable and informative feedback, giving a real boost to their confidence.

Looking to the future, competition operating partner manager, Karena Cooper said: "It's not all about the competition; our goal for SkillFRIDGE was to highlight the importance RACHP skills in modern life and help create career paths with industry events. Judges at the heats are chosen for their expertise in the industry and gave individual feedback to each of the competitors. We want to raise standards at a national level, promoting the demand for apprenticeships and training. SkillFRIDGE offers that platform for the RACHP industry by engaging with young people.”

After all three regional heats, the six highest scoring competitors will be invited to the final, which is to be held in November as part of The Skills Show organised by WorldSkills UK.

News date: 11th Aug 2016

Want to find out how you can get Engineering Council registration?

Find out about the Engineering Council registration application and interview process offered to IOR members by CIBSE by attending one of the CIBSE Registration Briefing sessions. You dont need to join CIBSE to become registered - they accept applications from IOR Members too!

Qualification Requirements Webinar - 18th August, 1pm
This webinar will focus on the academic requirements for IEng or CEng and routes to membership and registration. Attending via webinar means that you can join from your home or work computer or even your iPhone or tablet. 
Book here

HCNE Region - 27th September 2016, 6.30pm - 8pm
CIBSE membership and registration briefing session.
Counting House, 50 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3PD
To book your place, please email

Qualification Requirements Webinar - 29th September, 1pm
This webinar will focus on the academic requirements for IEng or CEng and routes to membership and registration. Attending via webinar means that you can join from your home or work computer or even your iPhone or tablet. 
Book here 

London - 3rd November 2016, 6pm - 7.30pm
CIBSE registration briefing session.
CIBSE HQ, 222 Balham High Road, London, SW12 9BS
To book your place, please email 

Dublin - 18th January 2017, 6pm-8pm

CIBSE Ireland membership and registration briefing session
Dean Hotel 33 Harcourt St, Dublin 2, Ireland
To book your place, please email 

News date: 11th Aug 2016

IOR joins international CryoHub group

The IOR has been invited to join the new international CryoHub group.  The group are looking at using energy storage techniques which allow energy to be supplied back into the grid as well as providing cooling for cold stores and food factories.  CryoHub is an EU Funded project that uses the fact that an industrial refrigeration plant has a large demand for electricity to produce cooling, and that sites are generally located in areas that are highly suited to renewable energy generation. However renewable energy generation tends to be intermittent and the site needs a continuous and reliable supply.   By employing renewable energy sources to first liquefy and then store cryogens, CryoHub can overcome this. 
The Cryohub technology could allow food producers a ready-made package to integrate on site management of heating, cooling, energy storage and waste generation.  The big benefit here is that they will be able to sell any excess energy back to the grid at peak demand times!
If you think there could be an opportunity for your business, please get in touch as Cryohub is looking for a small number of sites that will benefit from EU funding for installation and equipment, as well as the expertise of the CryoHhub team who will carry out in-depth monitoring to ensure savings are achieved and supply/demand is balanced. This will be an opportunity to boost your company’s sustainability credentials as an environmental pioneer and test out cutting-edge technologies for energy saving.
Find out more about CryoHub at
CryoHub is funded as part of the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. It involves project partners from London South Bank University, Institute of Refrigeration, Carbon Data Resources, Corac Energy Technologies, Cranfield University and the University of Birmingham in the UK; PSU tec, Mayekawa and EUREC in Belgium; Technical University of Sofia in Bulgaria; CENER in Spain and Air Liquide, IRSTEA and IIR in France. 

News date: 4th Aug 2016

Government vision for science, engineering and technical education

A long awaited report by Lord Sainsbury on technical education Post-16 Skills Plan has been launched this month. This report by an independent panel presents carefully argued proposals to improve technical education. It suggests clear dual academic and technical pathways of equal standing, where the technical pathway is being radically simplified while still linked closely to requirements for skills in industry. The Government have committed to implementing the recommendations.

To download the official report from the Government website, click here.

News date: 26th Jul 2016

Engineering Open House Day.

Friday 29th July

Bring your children along to an IET Engineering Open House UK Day this July and help nurture their interest in STEM. 
This summer, as part of the IET's 'Engineer a Better World' campaign the IET is running Engineering Open House Day. Engineering Open House Day is designed to be a fun day out for parents and kids to get a better idea about choosing careers in engineering and technology, by providing them with a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at a number of venues around the UK.   Most of the events take place on Friday 29 July but some are on a different date.
You can find out more and register for the events happening across the UK here.

News date: 26th Jul 2016

Natural Refrigerants conference - last chance to book

The 12th Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference kicks off on 21st August 2016 in Edinburgh.  The final touches are being put together for the programme which has had to be extended to allow for all 147 conference papers, 3 site tours, 5 workshops and selection of international key notes and interactive sessions to take place.  In addition a number of working groups and events are being organised around the conference this summer. A total of approximately 230 people are currently booked to attend and places are expected to sell out in the next few weeks.    Anyone who is anyone in naturall refrigerant developments will be there giving papers, taking part in courses and networking events and presenting their latest work.   Some of the unique features of this years conference will be:

  • A special event for students and young researchers is being held at the Dynamic Earth science exhibition for leading experts to make direct contact with the young researchers of tomorrow. Sabroe have offered prizes for the best student papers.  
  • IOR work on REAL Alternatives will form one of the short courses being run during the 3 1/2 day conference.  
  • A learning agenda built into the conference with sessions in plenary and during refreshment breaks to address the "big questions" about sustainability that are facing the future of refrigerant use. These sessions are designed to facilitate group work on key issues and help delegates make important new contacts at the event.

For full details of how you can take part see 

Conference sponsors are: J&E Hall, Epta, LuVe, Bitzer, Danfoss, Emerson, Yellow Jacket.

News date: 25th Jul 2016

Engineering Council summer deadline 1st August

If you are an IOR member planning to put in an application for EngTech, IEng or CEng this summer please note the closing date will be 1st August.  If you miss this date there will be another intake in six months time. 

Dont forget as well as traditional routes their are application procedures for those without formal qualifications but who have the right level of experience to demonstrate the appropriate competences. This includes the Technical Report and Experiencial Report routes.  We will be holding introductory days on how IOR members can become registered with the Engineering Council in London and Bristol next year.  In the mean time sample reports and interview guidance for grades can be found on the CIBSE Help for Applicants pages or email  if you need help on any of the routes to registration open to IOR members. 

News date: 25th Jul 2016

Engineers - a need for lifelong learning?

The IOR is leading on a national engineering research project to investigate how, when and what engineers need to learn to keep their skills up to date throughout their whole career. The survey below will be the first stage of the project centring around lifelong learning and evaluating current and future skills gaps within different sectors. The outcome will be a set of recommendations on areas such as what attracts new potential employees to engineering professions, what needs to be done to bridge future skills gap, what learning methods are most effective for engineers, what should Institutions be doing to encourage entrepreneurial activity, and what will be the role of professional institutions like the IOR in the future. We would like the widest range of respondents possible so please pass this link on to anyone in your organisation working in any level of role whether as a technician, service engineer, consultant or full engineer (you don't need to be a formal Chartered Engineer to complete the survey).

News date: 24th Jul 2016

Help promote careers in RACHP

On 4th July, ECH Engineering Ltd. took their Refrigeration BiCycles (known as BicyCOOLs) to the Big Bang Local Science Fair at Sutton Grammar School, Surrey with the support of the Institute of Refrigeration President’s Fund.   Alongside the bikes, the IOR demonstrated their 'Careers in Cooling' initiative website Fantastic Fridges, banners from World Skills SkillFRIDGE competition and the Engineering Development Trust's Year in Industry scheme. Events like these are essential to inspire students and to provide a roadmap to our industry.  It is vital that more companies in our industry engage with the engineers of tomorrow.  Please share with us photos or news of any schools visits or careers talks you give to help inspire others!

(read the full article on the Sutton Big Bang Science Fair in the ACR Journal)

News date: 24th Jul 2016

Young Members grade now available

IOR Membership for Young People  

The IOR is now offering a new grade of membership to encourage more young people new to the sector to become invovled in their professional body.  The Young Members grade will help them to accelerate their career as you start out in the sectory by becoming part of the IOR network of individuals.  It is open to anyone working in air conditioning, refrigeration, heat pumping and allied technologies and fields such as food science, design, research, energy and end users. IOR membership is the first step in gaining recognition as they develop their experience and expertise.  It also demonstrates their commitment to increasing their knowledge of science and practice of technologies.

Young members get full access to IOR publications and downloads, and invitations to attend free talks and special student networking events.  

If there is anyone in your organisation who might be interested in this new grade please forward the application form below. The Young Members fee is just £29 and there is no joining fee. It is only available to those under the age of 30 at the date of application and lasts for a maximum of three years - after which they should be eligible to advance to Associate Membership.

Download an Application form here  

News date: 11th Jul 2016

It is business as usual for BSI standards making

This message was sent on 1st July to UK Standards committee members from the Biritsh Standards Insitution.

Dear Committee Member
I am writing following the Referendum last Thursday to confirm BSI’s position, in its role as the UK’s National Standards Body, in relation to your valued work with BSI in developing British, European and international standards. I am planning a webinar to discuss these points with you in person, but I thought it was important to contact you as soon as possible to explain the situation as we see it today.
As you will be well aware from the media coverage, the UK government is currently planning its next steps in the discussions with the EU over a UK exit.
The result of the Referendum has triggered a process for the UK government, but for the foreseeable future we see no change to BSI’s status and obligations as a full member of CEN and CENELEC. We are confident that a UK exit from the EU will not affect BSI’s membership of ISO and IEC. It is business as usual for BSI, including all aspects of our standards making, policy and strategy work.
UK participation in the development and maintenance of voluntary industry standards by CEN and CENELEC for use across the European single market is an essential element of the UK’s relationship with our European partners. The CEN and CENELEC single standard model, with identical adoption of European standards across 33 countries and the withdrawal of conflicting national standards, facilitates market access and simplifies the market structure across Europe.
BSI’s ambition is that the UK should continue to participate in the European Standardization System as a full member of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. We consider that this is a likely outcome of the forthcoming negotiations between the UK and the EU.
I will certainly do my best in the coming months to deliver this ambition, in the interests of UK industry, government and society.
For those of you involved in work with CEN and CENELEC, I would encourage you to continue as before; your commitment will help BSI in its role as the national standards body to demonstrate UK commitment to a close future trading relationship with our European partners.
We are already working with UK government to ensure that standards and their role in the single market are included in the negotiations. Nothing is going to happen in the short term that will affect UK experts’ work in CEN and CENELEC committees. We will discuss BSI’s relationship with CEN and CENELEC at the next scheduled meeting of the CEN/CENELEC Presidents’ Committee, in October.
Please do keep us informed of any issues that may arise over the coming months.  
I have asked the BSI Standards Policy team, our leading expert on the European system, to coordinate enquiries until UK government has concluded terms with the EU institutions and we are clear how (if at all) our membership of CEN and CENELEC is affected.

Scott Steedman CBE
Director of Standards


News date: 4th Jul 2016

The Future of Smart Homes Conference

The University of Salford is holding “The Future of Smart Homes Conference” on Wednesday 13th July at Adelphi House, University of Salford.  This conference will give exclusive insights from pioneers in smart home technology on the following topics:

  •  Ethical and Social
  • Building Structure and Asset Management
  • Standards and Technology
  • Applications

The event is open to all with an interest in the subject. Book your free place at

News date: 1st Jul 2016

Cold chain companies invited to take part in ground breaking research

The CryoHub innovation project ( is investigating the potential of large-scale Cryogenic Energy Storage for both cooling and power generation. Employing Renewable Energy Sources (RES) to liquefy and store cryogens, CryoHub is looking into how the power grid can be balanced with the cooling demand of a refrigerated food warehouses, whilst at the same time recovering waste heat from systems.

CryoHub is an intelligent technology capable of converting a conventional refrigerated warehouse or food factory from a simple power consumer to an interactive energy hub, thus providing substantial economic and environmental benefits for both the food refrigeration and energy sectors.  

There are opportunities for cold store and food processing businesses to become part of this fascinating innovation in the food refrigeration sector by completing the 5-minute CryoHub Mapping Survey. We are also seeking businesses to host free Case Studies or CryoHub Demonstration Plant.  

Further involvement in the project is an ideal way to:

  • boost sustainability credentials;
  • gaining extra publicity;
  • being recognised as an environmental pioneer;
  • gaining access to cutting-edge energy storage research;
  • identify methods for energy saving and grid feed-in;

See the CryoHub website ( for more details of this project and ways of getting involved.

Download more information here to pass on to other interested parties.

News date: 28th Jun 2016

IOR Past President Jane Gartshore named as one of the top 50 women in engineering

Jane Gartshore BSc FInstR was been named as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering in the Daily Telegraph on 23rd June 2016.  The list, produced as part of the National Women in Engineering Day campaign, provides high profile recognition for careers for women in the dynamic world of engineering.  Her inclusion in the list also provides valuable recognition of the importance of refrigeration and air conditioning as an engineering profession.

Jane Gartshore is widely acknowledged as one of the highest profile woman in the Refrigeration Engineering Industry.  She served as the President of the Institute of Refrigeration from 2007 to 2010, having previously chaired its Education and Training Committee and been a member of numerous technical working groups and training standards projects. Throughout her career she has taken a lead in critical sustainability issues such as energy efficiency, adoption of natural refrigerants and reducing of refrigerant leakage. She has also built an international profile working with UNEP to support the phase out of CFCs in developing countries.

“Every day is challenging and interesting” commented Jane about her lifelong career in refrigeration and air conditioning.

“I chose to study engineering at university on the advice on my (male) physics teacher – it seemed more interesting than teaching and more attainable than being an astronaut.   My entry into the refrigeration industry in 1977 was purely because I was offered a graduate trainee position by a compressor manufacturer.   I initially worked on the design and development of commercial RAC equipment and then moved into technical sales – a global troubleshooting role.   In 1991 I set up my own business, Cool Concerns, with another engineer to provide training and consultancy for the RACHP industry.  We have trained 1000s of engineers on topics ranging from the basics to the safe application of flammable refrigerants.  I have worked all over the world and most of that work has been to do with the deployment of alternative refrigerants.   In the UK, as well as developing training programmes, I have worked on leakage reduction and energy efficiency projects and also helped clients comply with standards and regulations.  Engineering offers so many opportunities to work all over the world in a huge range of sectors – it’s an awesome career!”

IOR President Steve Gill FInstR in congratulating Jane on being included in the list of Top 50 Women in Engineering noted that Jane has said that engineering is very much of team job and that none of these achievements have been made on her own - the words of a true leader, and wonderful engineering role-model.


News date: 24th Jun 2016

North Kent College welcomes IOR

This week the IOR Service Engineers Section visited North Kent College at Gravesend to update year 1 NVQ students on the latest on refrigerant developments, f-gas leak testing and introduce the Institute.  There were lots of comments from the students who are primarily involved in industrial and commercial refrigeration careers.  The tutors also found the event a good opportunity to speak about the new Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme and how teaching will have to change in future.  Our thanks to North Kent College and to IOR members Gordon Adams, Dewi Garcia and Ian Fisher who gave the talks.  In September we will be going to Dudley College and later in the year to Business Edge to speak to ex-military engineers about the industry.  If any training centres or employers would like to find out more about the IOR and hear the latest on developments in the industry with tool-box talks for service engineers just contact

We are offering a special promotion of the first year of membership of the Service Engineers Section free to students or young people who attend one of the IOR talks!


News date: 22nd Jun 2016

New Apprenticeship Trailblazer Qualification details released

City and Guilds have provided training centres with a sneak pre-view of the new qualifications being developed to support the delivery of the new RACHP EngTech Apprenticeship Trailblazer from September this year.  Centres took part in a webinar with portfolio manager Chris Bailey, consultant John Ellis and John Austin-Davies representing Employers who developed the framework for the Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment methods.  The informative event attended by 20+ centres covered:

  • how existing NVQ centres can gain fast-track approval to run the new Apprenticeships
  • the basic requirements that all centres will have to meet to improve delivery standards
  • the unit titles for the new 6090 qualification at Level 2 and Level 3 which will underpin the knowledge and skills element of the new 3 year Apprenticeship.
  • how the content has changed compared to the existing 7189 qualifications and 6187
  • a brief recap on additional elements still in development: Apprentice Workplace Workbook, End Point Exams etc

A follow up event is being planned for September when the scheme goes live for new entrants which will focus on how Apprentices will record evidence from their workplace and guidance for Employers of Apprentices.  To find out more trainign centres can reegister for City and Guilds updates at or contact Chris Bailey (Portfolio Manager) at



News date: 22nd Jun 2016

Low carbon district heating IOR ASHRAE Talk webinar

On 14th June IOR Technical Committee Chairman and Past President Dr Andy Pearson gave a talk to ASHRAE Midlands Group about district heating with a fascinating introduction to global warming, the impact of heating and cooling, and opportunities for low carbon heating industrail scale ammonia heat pump systems.

View the webinar now

News date: 15th Jun 2016

National Student of the Year - open for entries

closes end of June

Employers and trainers - the RAC National Student of the Year 2016 run in association with the IOR is now open for entries. If you have outstanding trainees or apprentices on your team or courses who you think are worthy of industry recognition send in your nominations now. The competition is celebrating its 22nd year this year and has built a reputation for identifying the brightest and best amongst our future industry professionals. The top ten finalists are invited to an industry reception as part of the Cooling Awards in September and are offered free IOR membership for a year in recognition of their achievement. See for nominations. 

News date: 7th Jun 2016

Skillfridge - supporting training and careers

The national SkillFRIDGE competition allows students studying up to Level 3 RACHP  to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a pressurised environment. 

The competition cycle starts with registrations in March each year, followed by regional heats and a final held in November as part of The Skills Show.

Success at the national final can lead to an invitation into the WorldSkills UK international competition cycle.

Our goals are to highlight the skills importance in modern life and careers paths available through industry events and media awareness.

Being part of WorldSkills UK Portfolio helps us achieve those aims.

The event are looking for industry sponsors and suppliers to donate and engage with the event. Find out more here

Sign up for updates at the SkillFRIDGE website for more information


News date: 2nd Jun 2016

Safe Management of Ammonia Systems

HSE endorsed guidance to replace PM81 now available

Guidance has been developed by industry, following the withdrawal of HSE’s publication PM81, on the safe management of ammonia refrigeration systems by end users.  Written by the Food Storage and Distribution Federation’s Technical and Safety Committee, British Engineering Services, Institute of Refrigeration and other stakeholders, with support from the Health and Safety Executive. Now available to download free after registration from the Food Storage and Distribution Federation website

News date: 1st Jun 2016

Get set - new EngTech Apprenticeships start in September this year!

ask your training provider about the new courses

Whether or not you are going to be paying the Training Levy - sign up apprentices on the new RACHP EngTech Apprenticeship replacing the old building services focused training in England in September. 

  • two thirds of college training costs will be Government funded
  • any age of candidate can now be accepted on an apprenticeship
  • extra financial incentives available for SMEs and employing younger people
  • course content designed by employers across all sectors in RACHP
  • endorsed by the Institute of Refrigeration and FETA
  • successful candidates can become Engineering Council Refrigeration Engineering Technician registered
  • college registrations with City & Guilds starting now!

View our Trailblazer Infographic here

Find out more about the new Eng Tech Apprenticeship "Trailblazer" and guides for employers and trainers at


News date: 1st Jun 2016

Design and Applications engineers - what do they need to know?

survey on skills required for new Higher Level Apprenticeship standard

Employers are now developing a new Higher Level Apprenticeship for European Design and Applications Engineers.  Tell us what the most important areas of skills, knowledge and behaviours are for those working in Design and Application Engineer jobs using the survey link below.  The Apprenticeship will involve a mix of college based training and Employer based practical experience.  It is likely that these will cover things like selection, commissioning, use of design software, environmental considerations etc. Add anything you think is missing. 

Start the design engineer survey now

News date: 1st Jun 2016

Training provider introduction event to new Apprenticeship qualifications

A new RACHP Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship scheme starts this September with new qualifications, based on the existing City & Guilds 7189 schemes, available to underpin the college-based training element of the Apprenticeship. City & Guilds are holding a webinar on 9th June about the new qualifications, assessments and Centre registration processes. [contact us here if your centre hasnt had an invitation]

For more about how the new apprenticeship was developed and how the IOR supported the employer group to get this in place see 


News date: 20th May 2016

IOR Cool Talk on 19th May Sold Out

The first IOR Cool Talk for engineers taking place on 19th May in association with A-Gas in Bristol has sold out. All 50 places have been booked for the breakfast event with speakers on refrigerants, glide and compressors.  We hope to hold further events in different parts of the country. If you are interested in attending or hosting our next Cool Talk contact us!

News date: 17th May 2016

IOR member voting closes for Lightfoot Medal 1st June

Members - don't forget to cast your vote for this year's Lightfoot Medal for the best paper presented in this session before the end of this month. There are seven eligible papers: Ammonia leakage risk assessment; The Cold economy; The Dearman Engine; Technology options for supermarkets; Modelling energy use in Supermarkets; HFO refrigrerant field trials; HFO refrigerant component research. Download any papers you missed here 

Cast your vote here.  Sorry, only IOR members are eligible to vote. Closing date 1st June 2016. 

News date: 16th May 2016

10th International Compressor Conference - Sept 2017

The IOR has been invited to partner on the 10th International Compressor Conference which is taking place in September 2017, organised by City University.  The conference includes industry days and short course options and the programme will cover themes such as technology development, novel applications, environmental aspects, system integration in compressors in a wide range of applications. A Call for Papers will be issued in July with a deadline for abstracts in December 2016. There are also sponsorship opportunities for those who want to promote technology to the 150+ delegates expected to attend the 3 day event in London. Contact us to find out more about sponsorship opportunities or see the conference website for details of how to submit an abstract:

News date: 13th May 2016

Book now to hear the latest in alternative refrigerant developments

Book by 19th May to get discounted prices

Book your place by 19th May to take advantage of discounted rates for the internationally acclaimed 12th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids conference in Edinburgh, Scotland on 21st -24thAugust. Join an international audience of researchers and industrialists showcasing the latest developments in the field of natural working fluids. The 140 papers reflect the high level of international interest not only in the main theme but in the related topics of sustainability and alternative cycles.

Key note speakers addressing the conference will be:

Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency in the USA, Alexander von Bismarck. Alexander will look at where the domestic, industrial and commercial refrigeration sectors are on the road to the adoption of environmentally benign refrigerants. His talk will focus on how mind sets and practices can be changed to aid the acceptance of sustainable practices in business.

Prof. Guangming Chen of the Ningbo Institute of Technology, China.  This talk will give insights into how China is addressing refrigerant issues such as phasing out of HFC’s and moving to environmentally acceptable refrigerants. He will also look at the Chinese decision making process related to the future use of refrigerants both in industry and within Government policy.

The final keynote speaker will be Ray Gluckman, technical consultant specialising in refrigeration and climate change who is a lead adviser to national governments, agency and the European Commission. Ray will discuss the opportunities and barriers for sector in adopting natural working fluids as well as how he believes those barriers could be overcome.

Book now for this conference to gain access to Keynote addresses, practical short training courses and workshops, a programme of technical tours including distribution centres and factories – as well as over 140 conference papers.  A social events programme is also included to provide unique networking opportunities with up to 350 developers and purchasers of innovative technologies.

Reserve your place now at – for more details of prices, accommodation and conference packages

News date: 11th May 2016

Leading companies flock to support the 12th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference

Over 140 papers from over 30 countries have now been accepted at the 12th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference on 21st - 24th August which is being hosted by the Institute of Refrigeration.  The conference organisers are delighted to announce that J&E Hall have now come on board as a platinum sponsor of the conference. 

Helen Jerram Marketing manager of J&E Hall International explains why they are supporting this event “ The Gustav Lorentzen Natural Refrigerants Conferences is the most important international forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas in recognition that natural working fluids are not just an option, but an integral part of our future, and that of generations to come.” 

Other sponsors include gold sponsor, Epta Refrigeration and silver sponsors Bitzer, Danfoss, Emerson Climate Technologies and Yellow Jacket.

The 2016 event will focus on sustainability and the challenges and opportunities that the growing need for greener technologies and practices offer to the world of Natural Working Fluids.  To find out more about the scope of this conference and book your place visit 


News date: 9th May 2016

Low carbon district heating talk from ASHRAE

A joint meeting with the ASHRAE UK Midlands is being held on Tuesday 14th Jun 2016 at 6pm at the University of Birmingham. The guest speaker will be the IOR Technical Committee chairman, Andy Pearson who was recently awarded ASHRAE Fellowship for his substantial contributions to the HVACR industry and distinction in the field of engineering.  Free meeting, open to all but please pre-book. For more information and booking see the event page at EventBrite here

News date: 1st May 2016

Are you interested in promoting diversity at work?

The IOR is running a webinar to support the launch of a Women in RACHP Network on National Women in Engineering Day - Thursday 23rd Jun 2016.  Catarina Marques MInstR will give an overview of research carred out by Catarina and Ina Colombo MInstR of the International Institute of Refrigeration as part of a Women in Refrigeration workshop, which looked at global skills shortages in engineering and technical staff, the growing demand for refrigeration professionals and opportunities to increase representation of women in this field.  The Webinar will be opened and chaired by Steve Gill, IOR President. Register for the webinar launch on 23rd June here   or find out more about the group at


News date: 1st May 2016

Natural Working Fluids Conference - last few days for discounted fees

Discounted booking rates closing 27th May. Accommodation at the University is expected to sell out due to Edinburgh Festival overlap so please book now to secure your place. 

Why should I go to the Gustav Lorentzen conference? Access to the most up to date research and case studies in the field of natural working fluid development in the world. Three full days of networking with global industry experts. First class technical papers and key not talks. Excellent value for money with a data stick containing all 150 papers, a choice of technical tours and workshops, social events and receptions, all lunches and two dinners at fantastic Edinburgh venues - Dynamic Earth and Botanical Gardens.   Conference will be held at Heriot Watt University Campus near Edinburgh airport. 

Find out more here

News date: 1st May 2016

RACHP EngTech Apprenticeship applicant guidance

The Government website has issued newguidance for anyone considering applying for an Apprenticeship. The RACHP EngTech Apprenticeship approved for new students from September this year combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week or block release)

Our Level 3 apprenticeship will take 3 years to complete and is formally recognised as equivalent to 2 A Level passes. It will include some qualifications and the F Gas Certificate. Your final test taken at the end of the Apprenticeship will comprise a practical test, your exam results and evidence of what you have achieved in real work situations.

Employers can get funding of up to 66% of your training costs.

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

There is a network of Colleges and Independent Training organisations who will be offering the new RACHP Eng Tech Apprenticeship. Speak to your local provider to find out more.


Candidates can Search for an apprenticeship here.

See the full guidance at

Read more about the RACHP apprenticeship at

News date: 27th Apr 2016

Institute of Refrigeration Ireland Awards success

The Institute of Refrigeration Ireland had a fantastic Annual Awards Dinner on Friday 22nd April with over 250 members and guests present hosted by their President Declan Fitzmorris. They gave out a number of awards to individuals - leading students, innovators and those having made a special contribution to industry were recognised.  Representing the IOR (UK) was Miriam Rodway, who helped present the innovation award.  The IRI and IOR have recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding agreement to share information and make IOR technical guides available to IRI Members. We hope to find more opportunities to co-operate on events and activites in the future.

News date: 25th Apr 2016

New edition of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heat pumps published

original author AR Trott's version updated by Guy Hundy, past IOR President

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps, 5th edition, provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of refrigeration. Clear and comprehensive, it is suitable for both trainee and professional HVAC engineers, with a straightforward approach that builds on the fundamentals of the technology. With its concise style and broad scope, the book covers most of the equipment and applications to be encountered by professionals. Newcomers to the industry will find that the simplicity of the descriptions helps in the understanding of specification, commissioning and maintenance of these systems. With more than 250 diagrams and illustrations, many in colour in the electronic version, this is a must-have text for anyone who is seeking foundational information on refrigeration and air conditioning without being swamped by textbook pedagogy.

ISBN 978-0-08-100647-4 

Author’s note:

A.R. Trott designed this book to give an appreciation of the subject, building on the unchanging fundamentals in a logical way. This was further developed by T.C. Welch and I’m indebted to both these authors for developing this approach. I would also like to thank friends and colleagues in the industry who have helped with information, proof-read drafts, and provided suitable illustrations, and I am donating author royalties to the Institute of Refrigeration Presidents’ Fund. You can find out more about this fund via Its most recent beneficiary is the relaunch of “Fantastic Fridges”. This is a site is designed to introduce young people to the practical science behind refrigeration technologies and to help them to understand the contribution that RACHP makes to modern life - including the variety of career opportunities available.

Guy Hundy has extensive experience in the design and application of refrigeration compressors. Having served as Director of Application Engineering with Emerson Climate Technologies Europe, and President of the Institute of Refrigeration from 2004 to 2007, he has broad knowledge of applications and expertise in performance and efficiency in commercial refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps in particular.



News date: 19th Apr 2016

Why not become a Chartered Refrigeration Engineer?

Find out how with this recorded webinar with presentations from an IOR Member, CIBSE's IOR Registration Department and Q&A  (7th April 2016). Further regional registration information events are planned - check the IOR website regularly for updates.

Download the qualifications assessment form to start your application with a free check to see what grade you would be eligible for (available only for IOR Members).

See the Registration fees table for 2016

Need a sponsor to support your application? Contact us and we will match you with someone who has achieved IEng, CEng or EngTech and can help guide you through your application process and become your mentor sponsor.

News date: 11th Apr 2016

Are you a Chartered Engineer?

The IOR is carrying out a survey of members about Registration covering CEng, IEng and EngTech grades. Please fill in this short survey whether or not you currently have registration to help identify how we can better support members and improve professional standards

Many thanks.  If you have any queries about this work please contact Gordon Duncan, Engagement Project Manager at the IOR 

News date: 22nd Mar 2016

Volunteers needed - events programme

influence IOR Papers and Events

The IOR Papers and Publications Committee are looking for volunteers! The Group meet twice a year to plan the programme of IOR open talks and publications.  You need to be a member who is interested in keeping up with the latest developments in the industry, and on the lookout for case studies, topics and speakers that would make an interesting addition to the IOR programme.  The IOR offers seven open meetings a year, evening talks supported by written papers, which are published in the IOR Proceedings.  Members of this Committee should be able to attend two meetings (one face to face and the other by telephone conference), and willing to review papers as well as come along to support these events which take place in London and Birmingham.  If you are interested in getting more involved in the IOR, and helping us to engage with a wider spectrum of members through these events please contact Miriam Rodway to find out more about what is involved in joining this group. 

News date: 21st Mar 2016

New Apprenticeship launched

"Our Industry has been aware for some time of the need to "raise the bar" in the way we educate apprentices. The Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme has been the catalyst used by the Institute of Refrigeration to introduce a standard of knowledge, skills and crucially, behaviours in our sector that will be formally recognised by the Engineering Technician qualification. As Chair of the Employers group leading this initiative, I urge any business, big or small, to get behind this. You should contact your local training provider and find out how they can help you put new apprentices or existing trainees onto the Trailblazer Apprenticeship starting in September. " John Austin-Davies, chair of the Employers Group for the RACHP Engineering Technician Apprenticeship / George Barker Epta Refrigeration

On 15th March during the National Apprenticeship week celebrations, the RACHP industry officially launched a new Apprenticeship programme for Engineering Technicians.  An audience of over 50 attended the launch meeting, which was funded by the Skills Funding Agency to promote apprenticeship take up.  They included large and small employers, training providers, colleges and press.  

The speakers at the event gave overviews of how the new Apprenticeship Standards were developed by employers, how assessment organisations are preparing materials to support learners and providers and how new funding regimes will work.  The new standard has been welcomed across the industry as a means of equiping the next generation with the skills, knowledge and behaviours they will need ot deal with tomorrow's challenges. 

Over the next few months more detailed guidance on qualifications, handbooks and assessments which will be used in the delivery of training for the 3 year Apprenticeship Programme is being prepared for release by City & Guilds, who are working closely with industry groups on the development of the materials.  Further webinar events are planned for June this year to prepare training providers to start accepting registrations on the new Apprenticeship from September this year.

The event was closed by IOR President Graeme Maidment, who outlined how the IOR has been supporting the development of the new Apprenticeship as part of its education and training initiatives which include young persons careers resources, careers fair attendance, visits to colleges and free e-learning programmes.  The IOR also announced that a new bid to develop a Higher Level Apprenticeship for European RACHP Design and Applications Engineers had recently been approved by Government and employers will be working to develop a Standard and Assessment plan for this occupation over the next 12-18 months.

For more detail of slides and about the published Standard and Assessment plan see

If you would like to follow future developments contact to be added to our consultation list. 


News date: 18th Mar 2016

Cool Science makes a splash at the Big Bang science and careers fair

Cool Science does it again at the Big Bang Science Fair 16-19th March 2016 at the NEC.  70,000+ school visitors and 150 interactive stands included the RACHP industry sponsored Cool Science stand.  The stand featured the Bicycool a pedal powered fridge -  a Sky Newscaster tried it out this year getting great coverage for refrigeration on national news.  There are also themographic scanning immages and lots of information about careers and the new Apprenticeship programmes.

See more by following the Cool Science Twitter feed with pictures and news from the event



News date: 18th Mar 2016

Suggest a topic for the IOR evening talks

suggestions and proposals for next years papers invited

Please submit ideas, offers or suggested authors to our Papers Committee to consider inviting to prepare a talk and paper for our next season.  If you have some interesting research, information about new applications or innovations which would be of interest to other members please do come forward. Practical case studies addressing issues of efficiency or design in an innovative way are particularly welcomed.

Send a brief outlines of up to 500 words indicating a title, what members will learn from this and how this work is “advancing the science and practice of refrigeration and air conditioning”.  Outlines should be submitted by 31st March and must include:

  • Names and contact details of presenters/authors
  • A full title
  • An brief outline of what is to be covered and why it is innovative (around 500 words)

A prize of £500 is offered for the best paper presented in the season by Lightfoot Defence

Submit your proposal here

News date: 15th Mar 2016

Results of IOR Council Elections

The following candidates have been elected to join the IOR Executive Council (Charity Trustees) from 1st April 2016. Each year two seats become available on Council and candidates are nominated and voted by the IOR Membership.  The nominating statements of the two new Council members are shown below. The Council would like to thank all five of the candidates who volunteered to serve on Council this year.

David Bostock FInstR   

I have worked in the refrigeration industry for all of my adult and professional life. I believe we fill a critical role within the engineering sector and society in general. I fully support the activities of the IoR and would like to take a proactive role in supporting and promoting the Institute and it's objectives, and in that way supporting the wider RAC Industry.

I take an active role within the Institute, and both attend and present at Institute events and conferences, as well as representing the Institute with ACRIB.

I am currently serving (until October 2016) as the Chairman of the ACRIB Board, and have a particular interest in the recruitment of younger people and graduates to our industry; and thereafter their development and training as design and technical engineers, as well as service engineer apprentices.

I am a keen supporter of natural refrigerants, although I fully support a balanced approach to refrigerant selections, and believe that synthetic refrigerants have a critical role to fill in many key applications.

Mike Nankivell FInstR (Elected)

I was very proud to be upgraded to a Fellow of the Institute in 2014. This was in recognition of the support I have endeavoured to provide for various industry events and initiatives over the years.

I entered the HVACR sector in 1971 as a contract detail/design draughtsman, following an excellent engineering apprenticeship with a Government research and development establishment. In my career I have worked as a design engineer and in various senior management positions with acoustics, fan engineering, air handling unit and air conditioning manufacturers. I was employed by Carrier Air Conditioning for over 13 years, initially as applications manager, but took up the role of UK training manager, which ultimately led to the position of UK Marketing Manager. For the last 16 years I have been with the Daikin distributor, Space Airconditioning plc and Marketing and Business Development Director since 2009. 

I am immediate past President of HEVAC and was Chairman of the FETA board of Directors between 2013 and 2014.

By choice, I am entering semi-retirement at the end of 2015, but have committed to maintain a close involvement in the industry through my (voluntary) roles as, President of the Heat Pump Association and Chairman of the ACRIB F Gas Implementation Group and other part-time (paid) activities. In addition to the support I am always pleased to offer the IOR, I believe I could also make a useful contribution to the IOR Council, on which it would be my honour to serve.

News date: 4th Mar 2016

IOR recognises outstanding achievements

at the 116th Anniversary Dinner

Last week the President, Graeme Maidment FInstR, celebrated achievements of some outstanding individuals.

J&E Hall Gold Medal for practical contribution to the development of RAC technology was made to Ian Tansley of SureChill for the development and commercialisation of a vaccine refrigerator which operates without the need for a constant power source using water based cooling technology.  His invention has been helping to save lives in some of the most difficult environments on earth.  Ian will give a paper detailing the technology and its potential for commercial application in a paper to members next year
The Student Research Ted Perry Award went to Thorsten Spillmann of the University of Warwick for the development of technology to support more cost effective solar powered air conditioning using desiccant coated heat exchangers. Thorsten will also give a talk on his work to members next year as part of the SIRACH research and innovation programme. Our thanks to the Ted Perry Family and Hawco for providing the prizes.
This year's Lightfoot Medal voted by members for the best paper presented was picked up by John Clark and Angus Gillies for their paper which you can find on the website: "Comparison of evaporative and air cooled condensers in industrial applications"  The paper examins the range of condenser options and how they are used, focusing on the economic and efficiency justification for selecting different types of condensers. 
Finally the Service Engineer Lifetime Achievement recognition was made to Roy Dearden of Kool-it Services who has worked as a service engineer since he started as an apprentice in the late 1950's. Despite starting his own company, he still attends call outs to the more technically challenging jobs and has shown an exceptional commitment to training and bringing on trainees and apprentices.  The Trainee of the Year Award provided the prizes.

For more see the links below:

Photos of the evening

Details of award winners

President's speech to members

Next year's event will be held on the 16th February 2017 back at The Grange...



News date: 2nd Mar 2016

Heating and Cooling strategy for Europe published

This month the European Commission has published a Heating and Cooling Strategy as part of the EU's Energy Union Energy Security package. This is a first ever strategy with a view to tackle the use of energy, particularly fossil fuels, in all sectors that use heating and/or cooling. The energy security package contains proposals to equip the EU for global energy transition as well as to be prepared for possible energy supply interruptions and it consists of these four elements:

  • Security of Gas Supply Regulation
  • decision on Intergovernmental Agreements in energy
  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas storage strategy
  • Heating and Cooling Strategy

The strategy document conclused that consumers must be at the centre of this strategy, using modern technologies and innovative solutions to shift to a smart, efficient and sustainable heating and cooling system that can unlock energy and budgetary savings for companies and citizens, improve air quality, increase well-being for individuals and provide benefits to society as a whole.

This strategy builds on a solid base in EU legislation and identifies areas where update or reform is needed to become future-proof and deliver on the Energy Union objectives. In its 2016 impact assessments for the reviews of the EPBD, the EED, the Renewable Energy Directive and for the new Market Design Initiative, the Commission will analyse different options to help buildings and industry shift to efficient, decarbonised energy systems based on renewable energy sources and the use of waste heat. These analyses will include district heating and cooling and electrification of heating through heat pumps. They will study how to expand demand response and reduction and the use of thermal storage in the electricity system, how to create the right incentives for the deployment of smart technologies, and how to increase the effectiveness of public funds and mobilise private investors.

Download the strategy document from the IOR website here

News date: 26th Feb 2016

Cold Chain Food Policy Brief published

Read the new policy brief on Developing the cold chain in the agrifood sector in sub-Saharan Africa published by the International Institute of Refrigeration (The IOR is the UK representative to the IIR). The policy brief summarises the importance of the cold chain in reducing post-harvest losses.  Download from the IOR site here.


News date: 19th Feb 2016

What is the State of Engineering 2016?

Engineering UK 2016 The State of Engineering analyses the engineering industry’s capacity for growth and details engineering in education, training and employment. The report provides the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community, Government, industry and the third sector with a compelling evidence base.

There are three overriding messages from the report. Firstly, that engineering and skilled engineers make a significant contribution to the UK economy and its productivity as well as working towards mitigating the grand global challenges of climate change, ageing populations, food, clean water and energy.

Secondly, that the UK at all levels of education does not have the current capacity or the required rate of growth needed to meet the forecast demand for skilled engineers and technicians by 2022.

Thirdly, through concerted and co-ordinated action, the engineering community and employers in particular can make a demonstrable difference by working with schools and colleges to inspiring future generations to pursue relevant qualifications and go on to careers in engineering.

Engineering is a vital part of the UK economy - engineering employers have the potential to generate an additional £27 billion per year from 2022. This is equivalent to the cost of building 1,800 secondary schools or 110 new hospitals.

If the UK is to benefit economically from this, we will need to meet the forecasted demand for 257,000 new vacancies in engineering enterprises in the same timescale. The importance of engineering is significant not only economically but also with regards to employment, as for every new engineering role an additional two jobs are created in the economy.

Download the full 2016 report as a PDF by registering with the Engineering UK here 


News date: 5th Feb 2016

IOR Annual Conference 18th February at NEC - book now

Bookings now open

The Institute of Refrigeration is holding its Annual Conference during the ACR Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham on 18th February. The event “Emissions, Energy and Eco-design” will explore how energy and emission saving in component and system design are being achieved and the programme will help re-evaluate current strategies and support those who want to develop improved approaches to environmental challenges.  At the same time it will identify how the sector can benefit from the opportunities offered by new markets.


10.35-10.55 Coffee and Registration

10. 55-11.00 Welcome and introduction. Chris Green, Chairman

11.00-11.15 Design in the future - using Eco-Design.   Judith Evans, London South Bank University & Refrigeration Development and Testing.

11.15-11.30 End of life treatment for temperature exchange equipment under the WEEE Directive.   Julie-Ann Adams, Really Green Credentials

11.30-11.45 EN378: 2016 changes and challenges. Andy Pearson, Chairman of RHE18

11.45-12.00 Group questions for the morning speakers Chaired by Chris Green

12.00-12.45 Lunch

12.45-1.00 A case study. Ecodesign at Foster Refrigerator. Chris Playford, Foster Refrigerator

1.00-1.15 A global perspective on emission reductions. Ray Gluckman, Gluckman Consulting and Daniel Colbourne, Re-phridge and member of the UNEP Refrigeration Technical Options Committee (TOC) for the Montreal Protocol 

1.15-1.30 A case study: Minimisation of emission in the retail environment.Nick Franzen, Arctic Circle

1.30-1.45 Group questions for the afternoon speakers

1.45-2.15 Group discussion

2.15-2.20 Close

Bookings are now open. The IOR member price is £50 + VAT. Delegates will receive lunch and a full set of conference proceeding. A reduced student rate is available.

For full conference details and to book your place visit

News date: 12th Jan 2016

Voting for IOR Council closes 29th February

Don’t forget to cast your vote in the IOR on line Council Elections

The Institute has received five nominations for the two vacancies on IOR Council that will become available from April this year.  The nominees are: David Bostock, Rustin Cooper, John Fraser, Chris Green and Mike Nankivell. Read more about the nominees here.

We are now holding an electronic election. IOR President Graeme Maidment has sent an email to all members who are eligible to vote (Members and Fellow grade) with details of how to take part in the election voting. Ballot papers have been sent by post to those without valid email addresses.  If you didnt receive your voting information in January and are eligible to vote, please contact the voting services provider or telephone 0845 241 41 48 to arrange for this to be reissued.

The results will be announced in March.

News date: 11th Jan 2016

REAL Zero 2016 - sign up now

updated booklets and elearning

The IOR REAL Zero and REAL Skills materials have been updated in line with the 2015 F Gas Regulations.

You can download free booklets and tools at

The updated REAL Zero e-learning programme is free for IOR members when it reopens later this month, so please register now at 

News date: 4th Jan 2016

Next stage for new RACHP Apprenticeships

The RACHP Engineering Technician Apprenticeship scheme approved in 2015 as one of the Trailblazer Apprenticeships is now considered “ready for delivery” and has had approval for funding of training by Government.  At least one Assessment Body is in the process of registering to deliver the new Apprenticeship programme – that is City & Guilds.  City & Guilds have been working closely with the Trailblazer Employers Group and the Institute of Refrigeration to prepare new qualifications and guidance material for trainers and employers to help deliver the new Apprenticeships.

Preparation of Qualifications and Assessment Materials

Consultation meetings with employers on the principles of underpinning qualifications at Level 2 and 3 are on-going.  A meeting of the Trailblazer Employers Group will be held to look at the draft new qualifications in early February.  Subject to their approval, the next stage will be to gain input from a wide range of training providers during March, with opportunities for registered centres to look in more detail and comment on draft qualifications, assessment materials, test rig specifications, supporting documents, verification procedures etc to ensure these are practical and deliverable.

Awareness raising of changes

In parallel the Institute of Refrigeration is raising awareness of the new qualifications and how they will work in the sector. They are organising in a number of events and initiatives at industry events:

  • City & Guilds have agreed to participate on the IOR Stand at the ACR Show on 17th February with a Q&A session programmed on the new Trailblazer scheme.
  • Trade Association meeting talks and presentations 
  • A Launch Event supported by Government will take place on 15th March 2016 as part of National Apprenticeship Week events. See the programme and book here for this free event.

When will the new scheme be ready?

City and Guilds are working towards having the new scheme available for new employees/apprentice registrations in September 2016, and will ensure that training providers are kept informed and provided with all of the necessary information to prepare for the new scheme before its launch.  

How can you get involved?

Any employers or providers interested in taking part in consulting on the draft delivery materials being prepared should contact the Institute and will be added to the consultation panel. 

News date: 15th Dec 2015

SIRACH focus on domestic heating and cooling

Join SIRACH on the 20th January for a tour of the new Daikin training centre in Woking where there will be a range of short talks on the latest technology developments related to domestic and small commercial heating and cooling.

  • Domestic heating hybrid systems
  • Electrocaloric refrigeration
  • Magnetic refrigeration
  • Using water as a energy store

There will also be facilitated networking and discussion sessions. 

The view the programme and book your free place visit

News date: 25th Nov 2015

Nominate your service engineers for the Lifetime Achievement Award

Deadline extended to 7th December

The Institute’s Service Engineers Section is recognising those who have spent a whole lifetime in the field as a hands on service, maintenance, installation or commissioning engineer with its Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is designed for the army of unsung heroes of our industry who show dedication to customers and clients in keeping systems running efficiently year after year. The past winners of this award have shown that in addition to performing their day to day job responsibilities effectively, they have been willing to take on extra roles such as mentoring young technicians, giving toolbox talks to branches or colleges, or sharing their vast accumulated knowledge through internal bulletins or trade press articles.

If you or your company knows anyone who has really made a difference through their work in the service engineering industry let us know, and they could be in to win a cash prize of £400, a pewter beer tankard and an invitation to meet the industry at the IOR Annual Dinner on 25th February in London.

For more details of how you can make a nomination for the award contact The Service Engineers’ Section at the Institute of Refrigeration 0208 647 7033 or You can find out more at the website

News date: 24th Nov 2015

Join the IOR and BSRA for a network meeting on the 3rd December

Come along and network with members of the Institute of Refrigeration and support the newly relaunched Birmingham Society of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.  

The event will begin at 5.00pm on Thursday 3rd December at the University of Birmingham and will include an evening paper presentation.

Why not introduce somebody new to the Institute of Refrigeration at this informal meeting while getting to know other refrigeration professional from the Birmingham area.

Bookings for this free event can be made at 

News date: 20th Nov 2015

Why aren't you a member?

If you are working with refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump technologies than you already know how important they are to busineses and society.  Keeping cooling working efficiently, reliably, safely and minimising environmental damage are critical issues. The Institute of Refrigeration is a scientific and educational charity which promotes the sharing of knowledge to ensure technology development for the public benefit. Join as a member now to find out more about you can help achieve these aims.

News date: 13th Nov 2015

E-learning on alternative refrigerants takes off

IOR REAL Alternatives European programme

The IOR launched the English version of its free e-learning resource covering key low GWP refrigerants  (Carbon Dioxide, Hydrocarbon, Ammonia, HFO and R32) in March.  The e-learning which focuses on key properties, safety, reliability and efficiency has been a great success with nearly 1000 learners registered throughout Europe so far.  An assessment and certification scheme will be launching soon so that those who have studied the full e-learning programme can gain IOR CPD Certificates.  The e-learning is currently available in five languages and the Institute is now considering working with additional partners to produce additional translations. See more at 

News date: 10th Nov 2015

Design Engineer Training standards

Do you employ Design or Applications Engineers?  Would you be interested in working with other employers and training providers to develop a new standard and training programme for senior level Design Engineers - possible with an international aspect?  The Institute is hosting an on line meeting on 18th November for employers interested in finding out more about new opportunities to design and test advanced level qualifications. If you would like to take part please contact us to find out more.

News date: 9th Nov 2015

Learning resource for Schools

join the Fantastic Fridges campaign

Anyone who works in refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pumps will probably agree that fridges can be fantastic!  The sector offers great career opportunities for young people and is a major contributor to modern day life in terms of the food chain, medical support and many business activities.  Join the IOR in helping to promote a greater understanding of refrigeration and the role it plays in society by publicising our new schools website at  Take a look now and send the link to any schools, careers advisers or young people that may be interested. The IOR Presidents Fund and volunteers have produce a really useful website with lots of bright fun images to appeal to young people and links to social media. Help us to spread the word.

News date: 8th Nov 2015

Ammonia leakage risk assessment webinar now available

For owners, designers and contractors

Find out more about the latest requirements relating to the safe working on ammonia systems with this comprehensive investigation into ammonia flammability and leakage dispersion.

This paper provides an overview of the current legal framework and explains the procedure to be followed in classification of hazardous areas in accordance with IEC EN 60079-10-1.  An approach using new software to model potential releases and calculate the hazard range, is described and new guidance is introduced for those involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ammonia refrigeration systems.

See a recording of the talk given by Maurice Young and Andy Pearson here

News date: 30th Oct 2015

Doing Cold Smarter report published

Cold Commission findings

The Institute of Refrigeration has welcomed the publication of “Doing Cold Smarter” and congratulated the University of Birmingham’s Commission on Cold for their excellent work in providing a detailed case for urgent attention to be paid to the provision and use of cooling.  This is a topic which deserves greater consideration by government – as Professor Toby Peters said in his address at the launch of the report “somebody in Government needs to have cold on their business card”. 

The IOR is well connected with the international community and is working hard to promote innovation in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heating.  We are planning to work with the Commission to address the issues raised by the report. The report is very direct and hard-hitting, describing cooling as “vital but dirty”.  We recognise that some sectors of the industry need to do substantially more to deliver “clean cooling” solutions but we also note the substantial progress that has been made in recent years to provide sustainable refrigeration in many sectors.  As hosts of the International “Gustav Lorentzen” conference on natural working fluids next August we will be working to promote further progress in this field.

To find out more about the Cold Commission and the report published on 28th October see

News date: 30th Oct 2015

New Education resources available

IOR relaunches Fantastic Fridges

A new resource for learning science, engineering and technology through refrigeration has been launched by the Institute of Refrigeration.  The website is designed to introduce young people to the practical science behind refrigeration technologies and to help them to understand the contribution that RACHP makes to modern live - including the variety of career opportunities available. 
The first stage of the website is called “Young Learners” and it is designed to support Key Stage 2  and 3. It includes games, videos and interactive pages, with links for users to post scores and comments on facebook. The website will be promoted widely via on line science education resources, targeting schools, teachers and careers advisers.
Additional sections of the Fantastic Fridges website currently under development will focus on Cooling Science and Advance Topics for more specialised learners.  This first section has been funded by Member Donations and the IOR Presidents' Fund. Sponsors are being sought for the next stages - if you would like to get involved in this work, help to promote science in schools or have any feedback about the website please contact us.

News date: 26th Oct 2015

Policy commission “Doing Cold Smarter” to launch their findings on 28th October 2015

Doing Cold Smarter was launched earlier this year to produce a roadmap for the UK to navigate the complexity of cold energy provision and provide direction for investment in sustainable solutions.

The commission have put together recommendations for policy highlighting that the next 10 years of development in the reconfiguration of the UK’s energy landscape and the rapid building out of the energy infrastructure in emerging markets requires an accelerated adoption of sustainable solutions to cooling.

The commission will report on its findings at a launch event in London on 28 October and present a roadmap for policy. The launch event will include short presentations from the academic leads and commissioners as well as opportunity for questions, discussions and feedback.

To find out more at

News date: 14th Oct 2015

Nominate your service engineers for the Lifetime Achievement Award

Closing date for nominations 1st December

The Institute’s Service Engineers Section is recognising those who have spent a whole lifetime in the field as a hands on service, maintenance, installation or commissioning engineer with its Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is designed for the army of unsung heroes of our industry who show dedication to customers and clients in keeping systems running efficiently year after year. The past winners of this award have shown that in addition to performing their day to day job responsibilities effectively, they have been willing to take on extra roles such as mentoring young technicians, giving toolbox talks to branches or colleges, or sharing their vast accumulated knowledge through internal bulletins or trade press articles.

If you or your company knows anyone who has really made a difference through their work in the service engineering industry let us know, and they could be in to win a cash prize of £400, a pewter beer tankard and an invitation to meet the industry at the IOR Annual Dinner on 25th February in London.

For more details of how you can make a nomination for the award contact The Service Engineers’ Section at the Institute of Refrigeration 0208 647 7033 or You can find out more at the website

News date: 8th Oct 2015

Webinar "Outlook on future technologies"

Register for the IOR webinar broadcast by Prof Reinhard Radermacher...if you are interested in finding out:

  • How compressor design is changing with the development of new compression processes
  • How high performance, compact heat exchangers with integrated fans will change the market
  • New refrigeration cycles with potential for real energy saving
  • The future role of technologies still in the experimental stage such as micro-emulsions, electrochemical compression and thermoelastic cooling

A remarkable outlook on the future for RACHP technologies will be offered by Reinhard Radermacher – winner of both the IOR J&E Hall Gold Medal for practical achievement in the field and the IIR Gustav Lorentzen Award for outstanding original achievement in 2015.   His conclusions are supported with examples of how these technologies could be used in the future as innovative solutions to real cooling needs.

The webinar will broadcast live on 1st October but even if you cannot make this date sign up now to be sent a recording of the talk and slides. Register here


News date: 29th Sep 2015

Advance your IOR membership

If you have been an Associate or Affiliate member of the IOR for three years or more think about applying for Advancement to full Member.  Full IOR members can use the MInstR initials after their name and are recognised for their experience and responsibilities in their job - you dont necessarily need to have formal qualifications in refrigeration as experience in a responsible position counts equally in assessing your grade. Allied fields such as Sales Engineer, Food Technologist or non technical Directors are equally eligible.  This is no application fee for advancing your membership although each membership grade carries a different fee rate.  Use the form below to send us an update on your recent experience or contact the Membership Secretary for more information and guidance: Advancement Application Form 

If you employ Service Engineers or Technicians they may be eligible for the IOR Technician grade of membership - giving them recognition as someone commited to their professional development by receiving IOR Service Engineer publications and access to other IOR services and publications as well as the possibility of applying for Engineering Council EngTech registration. Find out more here: IOR for Technicians


News date: 25th Sep 2015

IOR Annual Conference 18th February - book now

The Institute of Refrigeration is pleased to announce that on 18th February 2016 it will be holding its Annual Conference at the ACR Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. The event “Emissions, Energy and Eco-design” will explore how energy and emission saving in component and system design are being achieved. The programme will help re-evaluate current strategies and support those who want to develop improved approaches to environmental challenges.  At the same time it will identify how the sector can benefit from the opportunities offered by new markets and the emerging green economy.

Speakers will share both information and practical experience – with a series of case studies of innovation. Presentations will focus on design standards including the changing requirements of European Safety Standards and the likely impact of proposed revisions to EN378, how companies are meeting and exceeding efficiency targets driven by the Eco-Design Directive and updates on international policy including the proposed amendments to Montreal Protocol.  The Institute of Refrigeration conferences attract leading experts – who will offer both written summaries of the key points they are to share as well as giving non-commercial presentations. There will be time built into the programme to allow those taking part to ask questions or raise related issues of the speakers

Bookings are now open.  Details of the conference

News date: 18th Sep 2015

Putting into Use Refrigerant Replacements - report published by BRA

A report on Putting into Use Replacement Refrigerants (PURR) has been produced by the British Refrigeration Association.  The purpose of the report is to help people address the task of meeting some of the key implications and requirements of the EU F-Gas regulation which came into force on 1st January 2015.  Whilst mainly of interest to those involved in commercial refrigeration, it is designed to highlight the challenges the whole market will face in the next few years, and offers guidance and suggestions as to how these issues can be dealt with.

The ban on new installations and servicing with refrigerants with a Global Warming Potential of 2500 or more, together with the cap and phase down of HFC refrigerants, presents the sector with a major challenge.  With a very tight timescale in which these factors must be actioned, the need for advice and information will be vital in the decision making process.

The report can be downloaded free at

News date: 17th Sep 2015

Apprenticeship assessment plan signed off by Government


The new Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician Apprenticeship standard and assessment strategy has now been published on the list of approved standards on the Government Trailblazer website (10th Sept 2015). The standard and the assessment plan have been developed by employers in consultation with providers over the past 18 months, supported by the Institute of Refrigeration Education Committee.  The list of employers involved is shown on the website below.  A funding band for support towards the employers' cost of training and assessment under the new Apprenticeship has also been set. 

IOR President, Graeme Maidment, commented "We are delighted that the IOR's leadership in education in the RACHP sector has been recognised as a trailblazer.  The new Apprenticeship has been developed on conjunction with employers and in consultation with providers. This has resulted in a framework that is forward-looking and will provide the educational foundation for the needs of our industry. We look forward to supporting all employers in the RACHP sector in implementing the new apprenticeship scheme from September 2016."

It is hoped that employers will be able to start Apprentices on the new scheme from September 2016.  Assessment Organisations (such City & Guilds) need to register for approval before they can begin developing materials for the new Apprenticeship  (such as workbooks, on line exams, specifications for practical tests and setting up an independent end point assessment panels). It is a recommendation in the new Apprenticeship that input from professional institutes such as the IOR is gained in the development of these materials or qualifications, to ensure that current industry standards are met and that they satisfy Engineering Council Engineering Technician requirements.

Employers will be able to choose which Assessment Organisation and Training Organisation they want to use for the RACHP Apprenticeship, and allocate the matched Government funding accordingly. The government Apprenticeship website will list the options available to employers and explain how much funding is available in due course.

The new Standard and Assessment plans place a much stronger emphasis on core refrigeration principles and science, backed up with practical assessments. They are available to view on line at:


News date: 10th Sep 2015

Heating and Cooling Networks

Join this free SIRACH Event

Join the Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Network On the 1st October at  Newcastle University.  The event is focusing on opportunities, challenges and new solutions offered by heating and cooling networks. Presentations include an overview of current research carried out at Newcastle University. Sheffield University will explain why district heating matters and the University of Warwick will discuss their new heating network and explain the use of novel innovations and ORC.  Newcastle City Council with review the district energy plans for the City and Star Refrigeration will discuss the development of a 90°C 13MW heat pump retrofitted to DH; which offers 67% cost saving, 100% carbon saving and free cooling. The event will also include Prof. Reinhard Radermacher of the University of Maryland giving his J&E Hall Gold Medal paper “Outlook on future heat pumping and refrigeration technologies. To find out more and book your free place visit

News date: 9th Sep 2015

Fantastic Fridges coming soon...

The IOR will be relaunching its Fantastic Fridges schools educational website all about refrigeration science basics and its contribution to daily life. The new Fantastic Fridges website that will include games and interactive exercises will be launched to schools later in September. Watch this space for more news....

News date: 2nd Sep 2015

Technical Data on Flashdrive for members

This month (September 2015) IOR members receive their annual technical update on a USB Flashdrive for the first time. Exclusive to members the drive contains:

  • The Refrigerant Codes of Practice (including Carbon Dioxide, Hydrocarbon, Ammonia, and HFC)
  • An introductory guide to useing Alternative Refrigerants in practice
  • A complete set of updated Guidance notes
  • Practical information for Service Engineers
  • Complete library of past technical papers produced since 2003

As well as useful information about Membership advancement, Engineering Council registration, Consulting members and Annual Report. 

The Datastick is distributed free as part of the annual membership and exclusive to IOR members.


News date: 1st Sep 2015

Understanding the Energy Research Accelerator

Meeting global energy challenges in heating and cooling technologies

The University of Birmingham is holding an event “Understanding the Energy Research Accelerator on the 11th September at School of Chemical Engineering. The meeting is designed to give researchers and business partners the opportunity to learn about and help define the research focus of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), a 60 million, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills funded, energy programme.

The event focusses on thermal energy and speakers include Toby Peters, from Dearman Engines and Paul Woods from Cofely. For more information and to book your place visit

News date: 11th Aug 2015

Innovation Workshop at the 24th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration

The SIRACH network will be holding a workshop during the 24th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration. Innovation is often approached differently. To date SIRACH has concentrated on innovation in the UK and Europe. However, the ways in which innovative projects are carried out and developed can vary. This workshop will compare how innovation is approached in Europe, Japan and the USA and compare the differences and similarities and looks to understand the drivers for success.

Speakers include Dr Graeme Maidment President of the Institute of Refrigeration, Dr Andy Pearson of Star Refrigeration, Prof. Pega Hrnjak of the University of Illinois and Prof Emeritus Koichi Watanabe of Keio University. They will explore questions such as:

  • What is the main drivers for innovation?
  • What environment nurtures innovation and how is it created?
  • What interventions and drivers are there that help innovative products succeed?
  • What role does culture play in innovation?

This workshop is only open to delegates attending the 24th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration.

News date: 3rd Aug 2015

IOR is a charity - gift aid your subscription

Help us make your membership go further... Gift Aid it!

Your IOR membership subscription is eligible for the Inland Revenue Gift Aid scheme. If you are a UK tax payer who pays your subscription from your own funds, the IOR can reclaim 25p on every £1 subscriptions paid. Just call or email us to confirm you wish to gift aid your payment or fill in and email/post the IOR Gift Aid Declaration. It costs you nothing.


News date: 12th Jul 2015

Hot weather Air Conditioning help

free downloads

The IOR's Service Engineers' Section has just published three new practical guidance notes.  All IOR members can download these items free as part of their membership and are encouraged to distribute them to engineers, technicians and students.

If you are not a member or want to encourage your technicians to join the Service Engineers Section so that they receive these updates regularly through the post see the Membership information at

Enquire for discounted corporate membership rates.

July bulletins


News date: 26th Jun 2015

Cold Store Code Revision published

After a substantial review the IOR has now republished its Cold Store Code of Practice. The Code includes three sections: Specification, Design and Refrigeration.  This brings together the material which was previously published in two separate documents, into a single, substantial item which is a key resource for anyone involved in the practice or consultancy of cold store design. The first section on specification is a completely new addition which aims to help designers work with clients on clarifying requirements.  The Code includes a comprehensive list of references and legislation which may impact cold store construction, design, maintenance or operation. It includes a series of Templates that can be downloaded as word documents for operators or installers to complete or customise. Available to download now from the IOR website with a discount for IOR members. Find out more here

News date: 19th Jun 2015

The IOR Northern Branch Dinner

Come and experience northern hospitality

The Institute of Refrigeration Northern Branch invites you to join them at their Annual Dinner. This fun filled evening will take place on 1st October at the stylish County Hotel by Thistle located in the heart of Newcastle. The evening offers local IOR members and companies the opportunity to come together, meet new contacts, share ideas and catch up with old friends over a delicious 3 course meal. Guest will be entertained by Paul Zerdin; a ventriloquist and a rising star on the after dinner circuit. The Evening Standard says “If you thought the words brilliant and ventriloquist could not exist in the same sentence, go and see Paul Zerdin for some brutal re-education.” Tickets are just £75 including VAT. For more information visit the IOR events page.  

News date: 10th Jun 2015

IOR members vote for best paper

IOR Members are being invited to vote for the best paper in the IOR papers and presentations session again this year - known as the Lightfoot Medal award. The members' choice will be announced at the Annual Dinner on 25th February 2015.  

 Voting Instructions

News date: 10th Jun 2015

Volunteers needed to help on IOR working groups

The IOR is inviting members to come forward who might be interested in joining a series of short term working groups. The Working Groups will look at various aspects of membership and help plan activities to raise the profile of the IOR in target areas such as Colleges, Overseas or Businesses.  The Working Groups made up of a small number of enthusiastic members, will prepare on some detailed proposals, support materials and look for ways of engaging with other members or non members.   The time commitment is likely to include a series of monthly telephone conferences over this autumn, a few hours a week reviewing documents or carrying out research, and potentially attending a meeting to present the results of the Working Group to the Executive Council later this year.  If you are you interested in finding out more contact us here  



News date: 1st Jun 2015

Top talent needed! Students and young engineers

enter the student of the year awards

Calling all apprentices and their managers, it’s time to get your achievements recognised! Enter the National Student of the Year Awards, held in association with the IOR by RAC Magazine.  The Awards recognise the achievements of the best up and coming engineers and celebrates their contribution to the industry. All 10 finalists will be invited to the ‘Industry Oscars’, the annual Cooling Industry Awards ceremony, taking place at the London Hilton, Park Lane on 23th September, where they will be able to rub shoulders with over 700 of the industries finest. Finalists, who are identified as future leaders in our sector, have the opportunity to get involved in the Institute of Refrigeration by influencing our careers initiatives and taking part in future networking events and working groups. Kick start your career with a great addition to your CV.  Entry details and forms available at


News date: 30th Apr 2015

Webinar presentation now available on using water as a refrigerant

Webinar available

Listen to the IOR evening paper presentation on “New ways to use water as a refrigerant”. This paper was given by Jurgen Suess to members on 9th April. The presentation summarises the relevant properties of water as a refrigerant and introduces an approach to enable the technical realisation in a commercially viable manner. To view this recording visit the IOR papers and webinar programme or

News date: 13th Apr 2015

Development of a high efficiency small sized compressor using water as a refrigerant

IOR evening paper

The April IOR evening papers will be presented by Jürgen Seuss. The paper “Development of a high efficiency small sized compressor using water as a refrigerant” will be presented on Thursday 9th April at 5.45pm at University College London, Roberts Building, Room 106. 


The paper can be downloaded here

News date: 7th Apr 2015

IOR REAL Zero materials to be updated

The IOR is looking for a technical author to update its REAL Zero learning materials on reducing leakage for Fluorinated Refrigerants in respect of the requirements of the 2014 F Gas Regulations and market changes. The IOR REAL Zero materials were last updated in 2011 as part of an EU Funded learning project and consist of 5 guidance notes – see

Anyone interested must have experience of preparing training materials at vocational level and be familiar with the requirements of the new UK and EU F Gas Regulations as well as practical issues around leak detection and prevention. Up to date knowledge of developments in other related standards, regulations and industry codes of practice/guidance would also be helpful. This will be a short term project to be carried out in June this year. If you are interested please send a brief CV and information about your experience of developing written training materials related to fluorinated refrigerants/F Gas certification of individuals to Miriam Rodway by 30th April 2015.  Contact Form

News date: 30th Mar 2015

See refrigeration careers pull in the crowds..

video of Cool Science at the Big Bang Careers fair

Want to see how we made refrigeration and air conditioning attractive to young people? See this video clip from the Cool Science team at the 2015 Big Bang science careers show...

Get more involved in promoting careers - contact us at

Thanks to all the companies who supported this fantastic initiative and all of the volunteers who spent time at the show enthusing the kids and teachers!


News date: 20th Mar 2015

Advance for Associate Members

If you have been an Associate or Affiliate member of the IOR for three years or more think about applying for Advancement to full Member.  Full IOR members can use the MInstR initials after their name and are recognised for their experience and responsibilities in their job - you dont need to have formal qualifications in refrigeration, and allied fields such as Sales Engineer, Food Technologist or non technical Directors are equally eligible.  This is no application fee for advancing your membership although each membership grade carries a different fee rate. 

Use the form below to send us an update on your recent experience or contact the Membership Secretary for more information and guidance:

Advancement Application Form 



News date: 20th Mar 2015

Make use of your IOR membership initials and badge

Members of the Institute are recognised by using the relevant initials after their name to show their professionalism – for example MInstR for Members, AMInstR for Associates or TMInstR for Technicians. You will often see these used on business cards, email signatures, linked-in profiles and for directors of small businesses after their name on their letterhead.

Members, Technicians and Associates also have silver lapel badges and car stickers - Fellows have gold badges.

Take great pride in your involvement and recognition within this leading community and use your initials and badge when you attend industry meetings and events!

Badges and stickers are available free of charge to Members - order a replacement here 

News date: 20th Mar 2015

New Apprenticeship proposal given go-ahead

Employer-backed new apprenticeship standard approved by Government

On 12th March 2015 the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) confirmed their approval of a new Apprenticeship standard for the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Engineering Technician, developed by employers in the industry, with the support of industry bodies Institute of Refrigeration and the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Industry Board.  

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Apprenticeships are a real success story. Through giving leading employers in your sector the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships we can give young people the skills our economy vitally needs.  I congratulate the members of the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Engineering Trailblazer on their involvement in designing the new apprenticeships for RACHP Engineering Technicians, which we have published today.”

The new Apprenticeship standard outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve full competence in RACHP Engineering Technician job roles specified by a group of twelve employers designated a “Trailblazer” by BIS and subject to an industry wide consultation in 2015. The trailbazer employers will continue now to prepare an Assessment Plan, leading to a new Apprenticeship for the RACHP Engineering Technician, linked to Engineering Council national standards.

The chairman of the group is John Austin-Davies FInstR (Commercial Director of George Barker & Co (Leeds) Ltd, part of the Epta Group). He and the other employers, large and small, representing the variety of our industry, are committed to seeing this new approach through. He comments: “Training to a consistent, and nationally agreed standard, is more important in this industry now than ever before. Our Industry is a major energy user, and in addition to the energy consumption there are other very significant environmental aspects, all of which mean that the technology is moving fast. We must be confident that we have a well prepared work-force to install safely and correctly, and maintain working with optimum efficiency. The Apprenticeship Trailblazer programme is the best opportunity we have to make the step-change necessary.”

see for more information or to join the consultation group


News date: 16th Mar 2015

Cool Science is a big hit with kids

Follow us at the Big Bang Careers fair

IOR is supporting the Cool Science stand at the Big Bang science and engineering careers fair at the NEC this week. 70,000 children, 50 RAC people on the Cool Science stand, a dozen industry supporters and a couple of bicycle powered fridges?  See us pulling in the crowds (including the launch of the show filmed at the Cool Science stand!) with regular twitter updates and pics at



cycle powered fridge competition drawing in the crowds

TV science presenter Marty Jopson having a go!


The Show was opened with a live TV broadcast from the Cool Science stand.


If you or your company want to say YES to working to help promote careers and science through regional shows and next years Big Bang contact us at


News date: 11th Mar 2015

Technology Innovation and Market Regulations

International Refrigeration Committee business briefing

On the 9th April the International Refrigeration Committee will be holding a half day business briefing in London that will investigate the ways in which increased regulation and performance standards are influencing the market and the development of new technologies. Standards are usually designed to encourage innovation and “green solutions” but can often result in unintended restrictions on the latest and best new technologies as the market moves faster than the legislators.

The event will include sessions on refrigerant choice, incentivising energy efficiency and disruptive technology and will also review some of the key policy and regulatory developments affecting the RACHP sector.

Further details of the programme can be seen here. Bookings are now open.

News date: 9th Mar 2015

E-learning for Alternative Refrigerants launches

REAL Alternatives the blended learning programme for alternative refrigerants will launch on 19th March with a free webinar introduction. The webinar starts at 2pm and closes at 3.15pm.

To view the programme and register visit

News date: 5th Mar 2015

Change of room Thursday paper

now room V114 Keyworth

This months evening papers on the topic of UNDERSTANDING TOTAL EMISSIONS FROM COOLING SYSTEMS IN URBAN BUILDINGS and EXPLORING THE OPPORTUNITIES AND LIMITATIONS OF LOW ENERGY BUILDING DESIGN will be held in Lecture room v114 in the K2 Building, Keyworth Street, London South Bank University, London SE1 0AA on Thursday 5th March 2015 at 5.45pm. (room change from in the Nelson Hayden Lecture Theatre) 


Download the paper or register to take part in an on line presentation here 

News date: 3rd Mar 2015

President-Elect Voting Results Announced

The counting of votes for the post of President Elect has now been concluded by the independent body, Electoral Reform Services, and they have advised that the winner of the election is Steve Gill FInstR.

On behalf of all of the members I would like to thank both candidates for their generosity in offering their time and expertise in serving the Institute, and their willingness to stand in this election.

I look forward to welcoming Steve back onto IoR Council and working with him, as President-Elect, in a variety of IOR activities over the next 12 months.

Regards and best wishes,

Graeme Maidment FInstR



For more information about the role of President-Elect see

Under the Constitution Members and Fellows of the IOR are eligble to vote in elections.

Nominating statement by Steve Gill FInstR - President-Elect candidate

I joined BOC-Linde as a trainee in 1981 and after a morning's induction spent my first afternoon painting armaflex. I worked in installation for several years before moving into contract management and commissioning before finally settling into design and sales engineering where I have been more or less ever since. I worked for a number of the industrial Refrigeration contractors including STAL, GEA Grenco, Hussmann, Morris and Young, Johnson Controls and Star before working as a Consultant specializing in energy efficiency of refrigeration systems.

I was encouraged to attend IoR evening papers even as a student at Basford College back in 1980 and have been attending whenever possible ever since. I am an active member of the IoR and have been serving on the IoR membership committee almost 19 years. I have served on other committees and the Executive Council during this time as well as being a Director of ACRIB for approximately 6 years. I currently also serve on CIBSE's CPD Panel. I would encourage more members to get involved as we all benefit from this.

Through my work on the membership committee I have been involved in a number of initiatives to improve the services and benefits to the membership, the most recent of which was the launch of the new TMInstR grade of membership which developed from my original suggestion. I believe in engaging the membership and responding to it. We are a membership organization as well as a learned society.

Our industry is world-wide and we have members in over 40 countries. We are a global institute for a modern global industry. I feel that the IoR can become stronger by becoming more internationally focused. I would like to use my extensive experience of working around the world to help to achieve this goal.


News date: 27th Feb 2015

BBC2 TV history of Cold

airing Saturday 28th February

Steven Johnson's new series "how we got to now" will feature an entire episode based on Cold on Saturday 28th February.

"For at least 100,000 years, humans have known how to make fire. But the skill to make cold is a very modern technique. Innovation expert Steven Johnson traces the unsung heroes of cold, like the doctor who was desperate to beat fever and created a refrigerator, the rookie heating engineer who discovered how to cool our homes and set off a mass migration to the desert, and the young man who cut ice from a lake and transported it thousands of miles. Steven sees how their inventions had far-reaching and unexpected consequences for creating the modern world."

see more at :

You will be able to download this from BBC iplayer and there is a also a BBC web page with some history of the development of refrigeration in the USA


News date: 24th Feb 2015

IOR Dinner bigger and better

The IOR Annual Dinner gained even more support from members and their companies this year with sponsors, entertainment supporters and 440 guests taking part. There was even room for fun and games afterwards with giant scalextrix and midnight snacks of spicey samosa.

President, Graeme Maidment, highlighted the achievements of members initiating projects that will make a real different to the industry through the Institute of Refrigeration including: 

the new Apprenticeship Trailblazer standard recently submitted to Government by a team including John Skelton, John Ellis and John Austin-Davies

Cool Science at the Big Bang careers exhibition. bringing refrigeration science to over 70,000 young people at a massive science careers fair in March

The redesign of the Fantastic Fridges schools website to introduce basic science concepts through refrigeration examples to shcoolaged young people, launching later this year. 

IOR Awards for individual achievement were presented and the President thanked all members serving on Committees and IOR working groups for their continued volunteering efforts.

A charity raffle took place and over £2500 was raised for the Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity and the IOR Presidents' Fund (which pays for educational initiatives).

The next dinner will take place on 25th February 2016, once again at the Grange St Pauls. 



News date: 24th Feb 2015

Energy systems for green buildings FULLY BOOKED

Winner of the J&E Gold Medal to present his IOR paper at SIRACH Meeting on 5th February

J&E Hall Gold Medal Winner's paper presentation at the Sustainable Building Center, is now fully booked. You can still attend by live webinar - register here

Prof. Ruzhu Wang, Winner of the J&E Hall Gold Medal, will join the Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat, (SIRACH), Network on the 05th February to give his presentation; Energy systems for green buildings and solar panel heat pumps. This will be part of the SIRACH programme designed to explore energy solutions for green buildings.

Delegates will have the opportunity to visit the UK’s first commercial showcase for sustainable building products and construction methods. The building itself features 170 types of products, including: a ground source heat pump, mini Combined Heat and Power (CHP), photovoltaics, micro wind, e-glazing, natural lighting, natural insulation, green floor coverings, rainwater harvesting, biomass, low energy lighting; water saving devices; solar thermal and sustainable drainage.

As well as Prof Wang’s paper the event will include presentations about gas absorption, energy futures and hybrid heating. 

This event is now fully booked.

News date: 28th Jan 2015

Energy Solutions for Green Buildings

SIRACH Network Meeting

SIRACH Network meeting fully booked.

Join the Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat, (SIRACH), Network on the 05th February and explore the topic Energy Solutions for Green Buildings at the Climate Centre Sustainable Building Center in Leamington Spa. This is an opportunity to visit the UK’s first commercial showcase for sustainable building products and construction methods. The building itself features 170 types of products, including: a ground source heat pump, mini Combined Heat and Power (CHP), photovoltaics, micro wind, e-glazing, natural lighting, natural insulation, green floor coverings, rainwater harvesting, biomass, low energy lighting; water saving devices; solar thermal and sustainable drainage. Included in the event a programme of talks on gas absorption, energy futures, hybrid heating and a review of energy systems for green buildings. To see the full programme and book your place visit Places are limited so booking is essential.

News date: 12th Jan 2015

New F Gas Regulation guides from the Environment Agency

Changing F Gas use - key phase down & bans 

More Guidance is now available on detailed implementation of the new 2014 Regulations following publication by DEFRA of 30 updated F Gas Support Guidance notes

In addition ACRIB has published two notes: Calculating CO2 equivalents and Guidance on the use of R404A - available here.

The DEFRA F Gas Support detailed guides for users, contractors and suppliers cover the following topics:

  • IS 1    Domestic Refrigeration
  • IS 2    Commercial Refrigeration
  • IS 3    Industrial Refrigeration
  • IS 4    Transport Refrigeration
  • IS 5    Stationary AC and Heat Pumps
  • IS 6    Mobile Air-Conditioning
  • IS 14   RACHP Contractors
  • IS 16  RACHP Manufacturers
  • IS 17   Producers, importers, exporters
  • IS 18   F-Gas Wholesalers
  • IS 19   Customer Screening
  • IS 20   Annual Reporting
  • IS 25   Understanding CO2 thresholds
  • IS 26   Summary of bans  
  • IS 27   Flammability issues
  • IS 28  HFC Phase Down Process
  • IS 29   Low GWP Alternatives
  • Training for Stationary RACHP and refrigerated transport

Download the F Gas Support Guides here 

News date: 8th Jan 2015

What makes a good apprentice?

IOR launches industry consultation deadline for input extended

The Government is calling for employers to get involved in owning and leading future apprenticeship standards. The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), as the professional body linked to the Engineering Council which sets professional engineering standards, is working with employers across the sector to start the process of developing these new apprenticeships for RAC & Heat Pump technicians.   

The help and input from everyone involved in employing or training new entrants will be essential to driving the new apprenticeship standards forward.  An IOR Discussion Paper has been prepared that invites comments on the principles of how refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump technician apprenticeships should work. Please consider and respond to this based on your experience of training new entrants and the range of job activities they need to be involved in. Please also forward this to anyone who might want to be involved in influencing the future standards – especially if there are any suitable recent trainees or current students who might be prepared to comment as well as employers you may come into contact with. All views are welcomed and will be taken into account. Please return all comments using the form attached by 12th December.

Employers will need to agree a summary of key requirements and attributes as well as principles of assessment and submit this to Government in early 2015 so it is important that as many views from a wide variety of businesses in the sector are included. Anyone interested in the future of training and skills in the RACHP sector can join the Apprenticeship Stakeholder list so that they are kept informed progress in this area. Please contact us if you would like to join the stakeholder group – whether you are an employer or trainer - with a named contact and their email address for future correspondence.

Download the Discussion Paper on Apprenticeship Standard here

News date: 3rd Dec 2014

Refrigeration to showcase at the Big Bang Science Fair

Our rapidly changing economy places ever-greater demands on the skills of the RACHP workforce. As an industry we all agreed that we must attract and inspire future generations of RACHP engineers, designers and researchers. Currently, however, our sector has a low profile and this needs to change.

To spread the message that RACHP is a great career choice the IOR is supporting “Cool Science”. This is a simple brand message to deliver the core theory behind Refrigeration & Air Conditioning to a young audience. The “Cool Science” concept and activity will be delivered at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at the NEC in March 2015. Over 70,000 people will attend the event, many of whom, are interested in pursuing a career in engineering. As sector we need to grab their attention and inspire them to follow a career path into refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps.

The IOR is not only raising awareness of this initiative we are also financially supporting the project. However, we need more organisations to get behind this initiative and offer both financial and practical support.

If you are interested in saying YES, (Youth Engagement Supporter), to “Cool Science” please email and further detail will be sent. Further details can be found here

News date: 1st Dec 2014

History of Grimsby Ice Factory webinar

Listen to the IOR talk on the history of ice making at the Grimsby Ice Factory from the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archeology given to members on 6th November. Free webinar

News date: 7th Nov 2014

Birmingham students find out about refrigeration careers

Last week IOR hosted a meeting of students and IOR members to spread the work about the fantastic career opportunities available and hear from those potenital new recruits about their aspirations and interests.

IOR members Raya Al-Dadah (Birmingham University), Mahmoud Sarwar (City & South Birmingham College), Andy Pearson (Star Refrigeration), John Ellis (Ellis Training) and Sonny Sandaresen (international consultant), spent time with small groups of students sharing examples of interesting projects, industry issues and encouraging the students to get more involved. The 15 students from Birmingham also looked at the IOR careers video and website  There was alot of interest in things like joining the Engineering Council through the IOR, becoming a student member, the skills needed to be a technician and how to get work experience in the sector.

We are currently considering future events for next year in various locations in the UK, so if any employers would like to come along and share their enthusiasm with the next generation do please get in touch

Future events are being planned for: Southampton, Glasgow, Bath, Ulster, London.

News date: 13th Oct 2014

Take part in the skills debate...

IOR paper on skills for the future published

The IOR has published a paper on an issue which is critical to the future of the industry - skills for the future. All are welcomed to take part in the debate by joining us for a free webinar of an introductory talk to be given at 5.45pm on 9th October by IOR Past President John Ellis FInstR. This topic may be of particular interest to employers and students.

Register here for the free webinar or come along to the talk and debate on Thursday 9th October at 5.15pm for 5.45pm start at The University of Birmingham (map and details of how to find the venue are included on the Paper which you can download below).

Read the full discussion document at


News date: 1st Oct 2014

Food for thought: reducing energy demand in the food chain

Evening lecture

On the 30th October the Institute of Engineering and Technology is holding a free evening lecture on the subject of reducing energy demand in the food chain. The event will begin at 6.30pm and will take place at Queen Mary University, London.

Prof. Savvas Tassou, Director of the Institute of Energy Futures at Brunel University, and Doug Marriott, Expert in Food, Food Retail, Refrigeration & Energy Efficiency Industry, will present practical aspects of Energy Saving Techniques applied to the food and process industries.

For full details visit

News date: 17th Sep 2014

tour innovative Sainsburys store in Thurmaston with SIRACH

Places still available

Join the SIRACH Network on the 22nd October and explore the topic of heating and cooling innovation in commercial applications. The event will include a number of short punchy presentations and a tour of an innovative supermarket in Thurmaston, Leicestershire. In contrast, the meeting presentations will take place at the historic Abbey Pumping Station part of Leicester's Museum of Science and Technology.

The day will open with a presentation from Bob Arthur of Frigesco analysing supermarket trends and explaining the future innovations and changes that the sector can expect. Nick Owen of Dearman Transport will explain the innovative Dearman Engine, Alban Leiper of Geoscart will be discussing refrigeration heat recovery and delegates will also hear from Adrian Friday of Lancaster University who will be giving insights into sustainable food shopping and explaining the relationship between the sustainably minded shopper and their supermarket. The event will also include a facilitated networking session and a tour of the innovative supermarket at Thurmaston.

To book your place and see the full programme visit the events page of the website

News date: 15th Sep 2014

IOR Technical DataCD for 2014

members September mailing

The Annual Members mailing is due to go out next week to all current IOR members. It will include:

  • A dataCD with Codes, Guidance Notes, REAL Zero materials and library of past IOR technical papers
  • Information about the Annual Dinner on 19th February 2015
  • Annual programme of IOR events and talks 
  • Newsletter
  • Annual report and accounts

For members who dont have a disk drive you can also download the contents from a Dropbox Link available on request

Your September mailing is an essential guide to planning the next 12 months of technical information and news from the IOR. You will receive the evening papers by email to download every four weeks or so during October and April.  Important dates to look out for:

9th October - evening talk on training for the future by John Ellis (Birmingham)

6th November - AGM

11th November - ACRIB F Gas Conference (London)

19th February 2015 - Annual Dinner

News date: 28th Aug 2014

Alternative refrigerants project moves forward

REAL Alternatives in Europe

The REAL Alternatives project, in which the IOR is a partner, is moving forward to its next stage of development with a trial of draft e-learning modules in September. The project brings together existing knowledge of carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrocarbons and low flammables in a "blended learning" format. This will include a mix of learning resources - printed study booklets, e-learning and a website with signposted resources.  Seven learning modules will cover Introduction to Alternatives, System Design, Containment, Maintenance, Legal Obligations, Environmental Impact and Conducting site surveys. The library is already available at  and includes a facility to add extra educational materials.

With the new F Gas Regulation bringing a phase down of HFCs in Europe, these free multi-lingual learning resources will help meet the need for improved knowledge in the safe, reliable, efficient and contained use of alternative refrigerants. 

The international project is co-funded by the EU Leonardo Life Long Learning programme and includes input from the IOR REAL Zero project as well as education partners in Germany, Belgium, Poland and Italy.   Feedback from the trial will be incorporated into the final learning material due to launch in early 2015.  Study booklets and assessments will also be produced for training providers who want to develop their own courses based on thematerial. Your can register for updates or find out more at

News date: 27th Aug 2014

Survey of Technical Issues for IOR Members

closing soon - last chance

What are the important technical issues now? What type of guidance should the IOR be providing? We know that members value the independent and up to date guidance from the IOR and our Technical Committee are planning to updating existing notes and looking for ways of making information more accessible. IOR membership reflects a broad range of refrigeration related technologies and roles, so your feedback is essential to help focus in on the most relevant topics. Members are invited to fill in the brief survey below now:


News date: 20th Aug 2014

A new specification for skills for the future

Join John Ellis, Past President of the IOR, for a discussion of future training requirements in the RACHP sector

The Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Sector is vibrant, challenging and developing quickly and in desperate need of an integrated and coherent training, education and qualification programme to address the issues confronting it in the 21st century. While it is recognised that the Refrigeration Industry itself has 3 different sectors which encompass Heat Pumping, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, each sector shares the same technology with the vapour compression system at the heart of all these systems. Engineering technicians in the sector need to feel equally ‘at home’ in any of the three major areas which share a common scientific base. This paper will discuss what principles need to be incorporated in order to address skills shortages, how industry can assess whether engineers are competent and what actions and new roles industry bodies and employers have to take now if they want to make a real and lasting difference to skills in the future. The paper will be followed by a discussion panel to encourage debate.

This is the first paper of the 2014-2015 IOR evening papers programme and will take place on the 9th October. Full details can be found at

Or join live remotely via webinar by registering here now

News date: 29th Jul 2014

International cold chain issues

See the keynote addresses from the recent conference

The 3rd IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain was held in June this year in London, organised by the IOR. Over 150 delegates across the globe to shared the latest progress in research and development in the cold chain and sustainability in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps with 100 papers presented. It brought together those with interests in food, retail, pharmaceuticals and other cold chain applications to explore the latest developments and key trends in technology.  The plenary speaker slides from Richard Royal of Walmart "The Role of Supermarkets in Managing the Cold Chain", Paul Homsey of Nestle "What Makes Food Manufacturing Sustainable" and Mike Walker of DECC "International Legislation and Developments affecting the Cold Chain" are now available to view on the website at


News date: 9th Jul 2014

IOR offers schraeder valve tightening tools

Do your technicians have a have a Schraeder Valve tightening tool set to the correct Nm value in their toolbox? This simple hand tool prevents incorrect torque being applied on schrader valves and therefore prevents leaking valvaes - identified by REAL Zero as one of the top 13 causes of leakage. Not readily availalbe from wholesalers - the IOR is now giving our a pre-set schraeder valve tightening tool to all new members of the Service Engineers Section (see  Read more about the use of these handy tooks in SES Guidance Note 50. The tools are also available to purchase from the IOR on-line shop at £12.50+VAT.


News date: 7th Jul 2014

The challenge of the cold chain in developing countries

International summit being held in London

The African Union declared 2014 as the “Year of Agriculture and Food Security”. Cold and the need for a cold chain is now recognised as the Achilles' heel, with the absence of a ‘cold chain’ contributing to the loss of up to 50% of fruit and vegetables postharvest in India and sub-Saharan Africa.

Following hot on the heels of the African Union assembly, taking place between 20th – 27th June, an international summit is being held by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on 1st July to discuss the findings of the latest IMechE Report (published on June 30th) on the challenge of the cold chain in developing countries and how UK engineering can deliver a sustainable, affordable and holistic solution.

For more information and to register vist


News date: 26th Jun 2014

Innovation events from SIRACH

The Sustainable Innovation in RAC and Heat Pumps group have published a newsletter detailing future events available to download here.



News date: 23rd Jun 2014

Guide to new leak checking requirements based on co2e

ACRIB has published this guide to GWP values under the 2014 F Gas Regulation. One of the requirements of the new regulation relates to leak check requirements which are based upon the GWP CO2 equivalent Tonnes (instead of quantity of refrigerant). This means that the threshold level for leak checking different refrigerants will vary dependent upon the GWP of the refrigerant that is used. Download the guidance for more information and a handy reference - DOWNLOAD

News date: 10th Jun 2014

i-STUTE Breakfast Forum - Presentations and Report

Over 70 delegates in the Thermal Energy sector

attended the i-STUTE Breakfast Forum on ‘Heating and Cooling to 2020 and beyond’. Government, industry and other stakeholders were invited to listen to several inspirational presentations, ask questions during the panel debate and network during breakfast and lunch at the prestigious Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, IOM3, in central London.

Find our more at the i-STUTE website.

News date: 3rd Jun 2014

F Gas Regulation finally published in Europe

UK draft enforcement regulations now awaited

ACRIB representing UK refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry in the UK has confirmed the publication this week of the new F Gas Regulation in the Official Journal on 20th May 2014 (web link ). 

 This means that the existing F Gas Regulation will be repealed; the new Regulation enters into force on the 9th June and begins to take effect from the 1st January 2015. This was followed by publication of The European Commission’s notice to producers and importers of HFCs and new entrants - one of the most critical elements of the new regulation in that it sets the rules for HFC quota allocations and managing the HFC Phase Down. The notice set application deadlines and describes the procedure that importers and producers, including the new entrants, have to follow in order to be eligible to receive quota from the Commission. The notice confirms that placing on the market of these substances needs to be accounted for in the quota system laid down in the Regulation. More information is available at

This is the culmination of many years of intensive work collecting feedback from industry, submitting responses to the Commission consultations and liaising with UK Government representatives. ACRIB are pleased to see that many of our recommendations were taken up and that elements of the new regulation will strengthen areas identified by UK industry as weak in the original regulation.

The phase down and limited bans for certain applications will provide certainty for the industry to move forward with choices for new systems, given the impending R22 phase out. However, work will continue to clarify definitions and requirements and to increase awareness of the changes and updates will be posted regularly on this website. Implementation acts will be announced and official guidance is expected in the coming months. In response to demand from industry ACRIB will be holding a conference on 11th November in London to review these changes and provide a summary of guidance available. 

News date: 28th May 2014

Revised F Gas Regulation finalised in Europe

The press release below has been issued by the EU

Luxembourg, 14 April 2014 - Council adopts regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases

The Council today adopted the regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) (PECOS 1/14, PE-COS 1/14 COR 1, 7929/14 ADD 1). The new regulation will allow to reduce F-gas emissions in the EU by two-thirds of today's levels by 2030. The use of F-gases in some new equipment, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, will be banned where viable and more climate-friendly alternatives are readily available. The new regulation will not only contribute to the achievement of the EU climate and environmental objectives, but it will also create business opportunities for EU companies on the market for alternative technologies.

The regulation is aimed at protecting the environment by reducing emissions of F-gases. It establishes rules regarding containment, use, recovery and destruction of those gases. In addition, the new law imposes conditions on the placing on the market of products and equipment containing or relying upon F-gases, whilst setting out quantitative limits for the placing on the market of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC).

The regulation also introduces bans on the placing on the market of the following products:

– domestic refrigerators and freezers containing HFCs with a global warming potential (GWP) of 150 or more as from 1 January 2015;

– refrigerators and freezers for commercial use containing HFCs with a GWP of 2500 or more from 1 January 2020, and containing HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2022;

– stationary refrigeration equipment that contains or relies upon for its functioning HFCs with a GWP of 2500 or more from 1 January 2020;

– centralised refrigeration systems for commercial use with a capacity of 40kW or more that contain or rely upon their functioning, fluorinated gases with a GWP of 150 or more, from 1 January 2022;

– movable room air-conditioning appliances that contain HFCs with GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2020;

– single split air-conditioning systems containing less than 3 kg of F-gases that contain F-gases with a GWP of 750 or more from 1 January 2025;

– foams that contain HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more, extruded polystyrene from 1 January 2020 and other foams 1 January 2023; and

– technical aerosols that contain HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2018.

The regulation introduces a phase-down mechanism involving a gradually declining cap on the total placement of bulk HFCs (in tonnes of CO2 equivalent) on the market in the EU with a freeze in 2015, followed by a first reduction in 2016-2017 and reaching 21 % of the levels sold in 2009-12 by 2030.

The Regulation will apply from 1 January 2015.

The text of the regulation is available from

News date: 15th Apr 2014

Energy using products directive report on Commercial Refrigeration Published

The final report on the preparatory study update for ENER Lot 12 Commercial Refrigeration now available at  This report will serve as basis for the formulation of EU implementing measures on Commercial Refrigeration. That work will start after Easter with the preparation of working documents for the Consultation Forum to be held in July 2014. The preparation of an Impact Assessment is foreseen for the second semester of 2014. Stakeholder involvement will also be welcome in these phases, and will be announced in due time.  

News date: 14th Apr 2014

Tour of innovative heat powered cycles site

Spirax Scarco to host SIRACH meeting

The SIRACH Network has been granted unprecedented access to an innovative research and development site at Spirax Sarco in Cheltenham on the 21st May. The meeting will focus on heat powered cycles and other ground breaking research. The tour will be supported by talks from experts in this field to explain the potential behind new technologies under development.

The event will include an overview of the Spirax Sarco facilities and an evaluation of the value of water steam as a refrigerant.  Bob Critoph of University of Warwick will discuss the potential the sorption heat pump and energy storage while Bristol University share the latest technical innovations in adsorption refrigeration. Dr Hussam of Econotherm will explain how heat pipes may be the future for industrial users wishing to reduce running costs and carbon emissions.

For full details of the programme and to book your place visit (£30 booking fee)

News date: 11th Apr 2014

Renewable Heat Incentive launched by DECC

UK Government has recently launched the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) , offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing low carbon systems.    It is available to households both on and off the gas grid.  The scheme is designed for homeowners to reduce their carbon emissions, and get cash payments for installing new technologies - including heat pumps which employ refrigeration technology.  For the RACHP industry it should open up a market for the supply chain, engineers and installers.   

The technologies currently covered by the scheme include:   Biomass heating systems, Ground or water source heat pumps, Air to water heat pumps, and Solar thermal panels. The guaranteed payments are made quarterly over seven years for households in England, Wales and Scotland. (Northern Ireland has its own RHI scheme).   

  • For further details about the scheme including eligibility criteria and how to apply visit
  • For more details on the non-domestic scheme and free information on how to apply, visit the Ofgem website or call 0845 200 2122 (non-domestic RHI enquiry line open Monday to Thursday 9 am to 5 pm and to 4.30 pm on Fridays).

News date: 5th Apr 2014

New Webinar on Novel Defrost Method

In a last-minute change to the programme for 3rd April, a paper on an innovativel low energy defrost process for the food chain was presented on 3rd April at 5.15 by Prof Tom Davies. You can listen to the talk and see the slides by viewing the recording of the presentations at - 

News date: 25th Mar 2014

Robert Heap MBE - Past President of the IOR

The Institute regrets to inform members that Robert Heap MBE, FInstR, BSc, CEng, President of the IOR from 1997-2000 passed away last week (11th March) aged 72.  Robert was extremely active the refrigeration industry, previously a member of the IOR Executive Council and Papers Committee, Chairing the Technical Standards and Safety Committee at ACRIB and as President of the Science and Technology Council of the International Institute of Refrigeration.  He drafted the influential report for ACRIB on Mandatory Training and Registration Options for the UK, many years before the F Gas Regulation was in place. He was also author of a number of technical conference papers for the IOR and IIR, and in demand as a conference chairman.  Robert led a successful series of IOR Centenary Celebrations for the Institute in 1999 including golf days, race days, branch dinners, schools websites, special magazines and a two day conference.  He was awarded the MBE for services to the refrigeration industry. He is perhaps best known as author of the textbook "Heat Pumps".  Robert also had an important influence on the transport industry as President of Cambridge Refrigeration Technology. He passed away after a short illness. The funeral will be held on 31st March in Cambridge.

News date: 18th Mar 2014

Selecting copper tube and fittings - new IOR Guidance now available

joint publication IOR and BRA

The IOR and BRA technical groups have joined forces to provide definitive guidance on selecting copper tube and fittings for refrigeration and air conditioning systems with air cooled condensers. The guidance will help designers to comply with the safety requriements of EN378-2:2008 and updates the IOR Guidance Note 8 “Designing for new refrigerants”.  Previous guidance available from wholesalers and others was based on a variety of different industry and international manufacturing standards. This guidance will help to reconcile calculations and clarify the industry standards to be used, thus bringing the UK into line with European Practice.

The free guidance note can be downloaded here 

News date: 18th Mar 2014

IOR contributes to international informatory note on leakage

In January the IOR contributed to the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) Informatory Note on Refrigeration Technologies entitled “Containment of Refrigerants within RAC and Heat Pump Systems”. The note gives information on the impact of leakage, why containment is important, where and how leakage can be reduced as well as signposting the legislation and initiatives that have been developed to help improve containment. It is published by the IIR which is an independent intergovernmental science and technology organization representing 60 member countries and bringing together technical experts grouped in themed commissions and working groups from Universities and commercial organisations across the globe. More about the IIR can be found at

IOR speakers David Cowan, Issa Chaer FInstR and President Prof Graeme Maidment FInstR gave a presentation on the importance of sharing information, practical experience and resources on this topic at the ASHRAE Winter Conference also in January entitled “Improving sustainability through mitigation of refrigerant Emissions”. 

News date: 14th Mar 2014

IOR Annual Dinner “engagement from both inside and outside our industry”

IOR Annual Dinner was held on 20th February 2014 at Grange Hotel London for the 3rd successive year. The IOR is pleased to announce that numbers have increased again this year and that the dinner has been acclaimed by members and their guests as a great success “I can see why this is one of, if not the best, event of the year for our industry” said one of the guests.


The support for the 114th Dinner to celebrate the anniversary of the Institute has grown in recent years, led by a dedicated working group drawn from member and companies from across the sector, chaired by IOR Fellow, Paul Arrowsmith. Eight companies contributed to the entertainment fund which allowed the Institute to book one of the leading after dinner speakers on the circuit - the Rt Hon Michael Portillo who amused guests with his anecdotes and humour. Various sponsors provided glitz and glam including table centres, extra wine, after dinner snacks, ticket and programme design and the pre-drinks reception. Even individual members were able to contribute - donating excellent prizes to a raffle which raised £714 for the Wallace and Gromit Chidren’s Charity and £714 for the Presidents’ Fund which will go towards the relaunch of the IOR schools website “Fantastic Fridges”.

The next IOR dinner is already booked for the Grange on 19th February 2015 and with this year a sell out event demand for tickets is expected to be high again.

Highlights of the President’s speech and presentations are available here



News date: 4th Mar 2014

New guidance on selecting copper tube

now available from IOR and BRA in joint publication

This note provides guidance on selecting copper tube and fittings for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems with Air Cooled Condensers to Comply with EN378-2:2008 and updates the IOR Guidance Note 8 “Designing for new refrigerants”.

The Original BRA Factfinder No.7 and IOR Guidance notes based on BS1306 covering copper pipe wall sizing calculations were updated in 2005 following the introduction of EN378:2000 and BS EN 12735:1. EN 378 has been updated and the current standard is EN378:2:2008. BS1306 has not been withdrawn however a new standard EN14276:2007 has been introduced with a revised calculation for wall thickness. Unfortunately the design stress values for copper tube were not included in EN14276 which is the reason for previously not updating the Factfinder/Guidance notes. Recently an amendment has been proposed to include the stress values in a future revision of EN14276 and following discussions with the Institute of Refrigeration it has been agreed that this information can now be used in the UK. The effect of this will be to increase the maximum allowable pressure (PS) for equivalent thicknesses of copper tube and bring the UK into line with European Practice.

Download the full note here.


News date: 28th Feb 2014

Ideas for next series of IOR talks?

Help shape the next season of IOR technical talks and papers by sharing your feedback on last year's events and ideas for future topics.

The IOR offers members seven free evening talks based on technical papers each year as a benefit of membership.

The papers cover a diverse range of topics and attract leading innovators and speakers from across the world. Do you read the papers? Have you taken part in the webinars? Do you come to meet the speaker at the evening talks? Tell us what you think about the programme and how this could be improved.

Follow the link to our on line survey here

Our Papers Committee would also be happy to hear from anyone who would like to offer a case study or technical paper on innovation for consideration for the next series of events.


News date: 18th Feb 2014

Join the debate on doors on fridges

IOR debate evening in London 6th February

Are doors on fridges the best an environmental solution for the retail sector? Join us for this debate with an introduction to the technical aspects by Judith Evans FInstR followed by a debate led by Alex Pitman of the Co-op for doors on fridges and John Austin-Davies FInstR arguing that there are better solutions.

Events start at 5.15pm with sandwiches and refreshments at LCCI, 33 Queen Street, London EC4. The presentation starts at 5.45pm

NOTE - there is currently a tube strike planned for 6th February - please check for updates. Certain lines and all buses and trains will be running normally.

Download the paper here

Register now to join on line via the webinar



News date: 3rd Feb 2014

DEFRA announcement on F Gas regulation agreement

statement issued 21.1.14

DEFRA have advised industry of the new agreement on proposed changes to the EU F Gas Regulations as follows "The amended Commission proposal strengthens the existing measures set out in the EC F gas Regulation (Regulation 842/2006 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases) relating to the containment of F gases through recovery, leak reduction and repair, in addition to minimum training and certification requirements for companies and personnel working with equipment containing F gases.

The most important new measure proposed is a phase down in the supply of HFCs to be managed by a freeze in supply in 2015 followed by a series of reduction steps commencing in 2016. The objective is by 2030 to have reached a level of supply of 21% of the annual average of the total quantity of HFCs produced. 

The phase down will be supported by a number of product and equipment bans where it has been demonstrated that suitable alternatives already exist or will exist by the time the respective bans enter into force. Furthermore, there are provisions that prohibit the use of F gases with a global warming potential (GWP) of 2500 or more to service and maintain certain refrigeration equipment. However, the use of reclaimed and recycled F gases with a GWP above 2500 is allowed until 1 January 2030.

Dates and a timetable have yet to be agreed for making progress in 2014. However, we would hope that formal agreement and publication of a new EU Regulation would be complete before the end of June. European Commission Implementing Regulations would be also need to be negotiated in 2014 and the Regulation is at present expected to enter into force in January 2015."

For full details see 


News date: 22nd Jan 2014

Survey on UK readiness for alternative refrigerants

last chance to participate - survey closes 23 January

Are you an employer of technicians who work on refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump equipment? The IOR is inviting employers and manufacturers to share their views on readiness for the broader use of alternative refrigerants and how we can best prepare the workforce for the challenges ahead. Looking specifically at what the training requirements are for carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrocarbon and HFO refrigerants this survey will help us to develop blended learning material (classroom based lesson plans, e-learning and a resource library) in the future.   We are also inviting those who have existing learning resources that they would like to share with the project to come forward. 

Take part in our brief on line survey here 

This survey is being undertaken as part of the new REAL Alternatives Programme which is being led by a consortium of seven partners from across Europe including the IOR, based on applying the REAL Zero principles to alternative refrigerant technologies and practices.  See more at 

News date: 14th Jan 2014

Hear the 2014 President's Address

Inspiring a generation - sustaining the future

If you missed Graeme Maidment's inspirational presidential address in January you can now listen to a live recording and see the data and slides presented. The talk outlined the importance of the RACHP industry now and to the future UK economy, taking into account energy efficiency, environment, scope of applications and how we are going to address future challenges including recruitment and skills.  A report of the question and answer discussion will be added shortly. The written paper on which the talk is based is available from

View the webinar from the link below:

News date: 10th Jan 2014

Mike Hewitt FInstR

We have been informed by his family that Mike Ross Hewitt passed away at home over the Christmas period. His cremation will take place at Aberdeen crematorium on Monday 13th at 1145 hrs for any members who wish to attend. Mike was a very active member of IOR Scotland and had served on the Scottish Executive Committee. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

News date: 3rd Jan 2014

Eddie Gittoes FInstR

It is with great regret that we advise of the death of Eddie Gittoes FInstR. Through his comment to training and innovation and his participation in industry bodies such as the IOR, BRA and ACRIB, Eddie made a significant contribution to the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, he will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

News date: 19th Dec 2013

BBC4 - The Edwardian Home features refrigerators

On Tuesday 17th December at 9pm on BBC 4, the history programme Hidden Killers, will focus on the Edwardian Home. It includes a segment on the early introduction of domestic refrigeration, with input from IOR President Prof Graeme Maidment as their refrigeration expert.  The makers of the programme kindly made a small donation to the IOR Presidents' Fund in recognition of the technical contribution made. The programme is available on the BBC iPlayer until 26/12/2013.

News date: 11th Dec 2013

new project to develop e-learning for alternative refrigerants

The Institute of Refrigeration is pleased to announce its role in a new European learning programme “REAL Alternatives” that will address skills shortages amongst technicians working in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector.

The focus will be on carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrocarbon and HFO refrigerants.  It will improve knowledge in the service and maintenance of these refrigerants in new systems from the point of view of safety, efficiency, reliability and containment. 

Delivered through innovative blended learning - a mix of e-learning, face-to-face training materials, practical exercises, assessments and an e-library of learning resources - the programme will bring together industry knowledge and expertise from across Europe. REAL Alternatives will also build on the established REAL Skills Europe & REAL Zero containment approaches.

This two year project will be led by a consortium of six partners from across Europe and is funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.   The consortium includes training and professional institutes as well as employer representative bodies.  All partners in the REAL Alternatives consortium will contribute to each aspect of the programme with the following key areas of responsibility:

  • Clarifying alternative refrigerant training needs and opportunities in Europe - London South Bank University, UK
  • Developing a specification for the e-learning and reviewing resources currently available in Europe to support learning, London South Bank University, UK
  • Developing e-learning process, integrating practical learning materials, resources and translation, Limburg Catholic University College (KHLim), Belgium
  • Piloting and testing of materials with live audiences in five languages (English, Italian, German, Polish and Flemish) Associazione Tecnici del Freddo (ATF), Italy
  • Monitoring the impact of the project and evaluating success, IKKE training centre Duisburg, Germany
  • Publicity, promotion, and stakeholder engagement, Association of European Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Contractors (AREA) & Institute of Refrigeration, UK
  • Project Management, Institute of Refrigeration
  • Identifying opportunities for long term sustainability of outputs, PROZON recycling programme, Poland.

A programme website will launched in December at here you will be able to find out more about the programme, volunteer shared resources or register for updates. You can also email your local contact for more information if you are interested in contributing to the programme - for the UK this is Miriam Rodway

News date: 29th Nov 2013

European food freezing industry launches a collaborative action to shape the future of the sector

The European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) are reactivating their Subgroup on Food Refrigeration Equipment. The group will be producing EHEDG guidance documents which will address the whole food cold chain for refrigerated processing, warehousing (cold storage), distribution and retail of chilled and frozen food commodities.

The Subgroup will liaise with the international organizations involved with food refrigeration in order to harmonize state of the art hygienic design solutions with modern technologies of food refrigeration

The Kick-off Meeting of the Subgroup, bringing together top experts on food freezing equipment, will take place on 6 December 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. in the Regus Skyport Meeting Centre at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands. For more information about this meeting contact or visit

News date: 4th Nov 2013

Ideas and case studies for next Papers programme

Please share your ideas and suggestions

The Papers and Publications Committee are inviting potential authors to come forward with subjects for papers for the next session of evening papers. If you have some interesting research, information about new applications or innovations which would be of interest to other members please do let us know by sending in an outline of around 500 words. Your outline shouild indicate which themes will be covered in the paper, what readers will learn from this and how this work is “advancing the science and practice of refrigeration and air conditioning”. Outlines should be submitted by 31st January and must also include the names and background on the authors; a title for the presentation and your contact details.  Address your outline to Colin Vines, Chairman of the Papers Committee using this form. 

News date: 25th Oct 2013

Carbon dioxide systems and PSS Regulations

new recommendation from the Institute Technical Committee

The IOR Technical Committee has issued an amendment to Section 7.1 of the Safety Code of Practice for Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration Systems related to Pressure Systems Safety Regulation requirements. The Codes which are circulated to all members and can be downloaded free by members and at a charge to non members, provide industry guidance to interpretation of relevant standards and legislation.

Under the 2013 revision the Institute of Refrigeration recommends that if a system contains any vessel where the product of the internal volume (litres) x the allowable pressure (Bar) is greater than 250 bar litres owners/users should work to the principles of the PSSR and follow the guidance given in PSSR Approved Code of Practice ISBN 978 0 7176 1767 8 which is available as a free to download publication at

Owners of carbon dioxide (R744) vapour compression refrigeration system incorporating compressor drive motors, having a total installed power not exceeding 25kW may consider that they are, by way of exception 18 of schedule 1 of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR), exempt from the regulations.

Generally CO2 systems operate at pressures higher than 40 Bar and consequently incorporate pressure vessels with large amounts of stored energy. Such systems would fall into the intermediate category of the PSSR were it not for this exemption. Owners / users should be aware that the Health and Safety Executive have confirmed that articles 5 & 6 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) place the maintenance and inspection of all equipment (including systems) as an obligation on the owner.This may also be applicable to other refrigerants.

An amendment has been issued which adds the revant note to Section 7.1 of the IOR Carbon Dioxide Safety Code of Practice and other references to PSSR Requirements where relevant. 

News date: 22nd Oct 2013

End of life equipment, recycling, recovery and reducing waste.

Places are still available for the September SIRAC Meeting

Join the next SIRAC network meeting on the 19th September and have a unique opportunity to explore behind the scene at the Overton Recycling Plant. The site at Stourbridge in the West Midlands is one of the UK's leading specialist facilities in cold room, air conditioning, cabinet and panel recycling.

Delegates will hear a case study from one of the largest UK RAC businesses on how measuring their carbon foot print has impacted on their organisation. WRAP will report on a campaign which has related the use of refrigeration and food waste to carbon emissions in the food sector. The Environmental Agency will report the latest information about environmental permitting of fridge recovery plant.

This event will give delegates insight into the latest developments and opportunities in recycling for the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry.

Visit to see the full programme and to book your place.

News date: 4th Sep 2013

October evening paper now available for download

The October evening paper, "Safety considerations when working with 2L flammability refrigerants" by Osami Kataoka, is now available for free download by members. Visit

The paper will be presented on the 3rd October at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry or you can join the live webinar broadcast. Details of this and past recorded webinars and papers are available at

News date: 4th Sep 2013

Project to improve efficiency in building services

Iinvitation to cooling workshop 11 June 10:30am in London

CIBSE and WRAP, (Waste Resource Action Programme), are working together to develop guidance for building services engineers on how to use less materials, less water, less embodied carbon, and less natural resources. The work will result in a CIBSE Technical Memorandum on Resource Efficiency in Building Services.

The project will be running a series of workshops including one on the 11th June in London that will deal specifically with cooling. The workshop will discuss the barriers and opportunities for resource efficiency in cooling and will gather feedback on the practical implications of the initiative.

For more information about the event and to book a place please contact


News date: 10th May 2013

Financial Support Available to Study Engineering

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers have announced that they are offering scholarships and educational awards totalling some £400,000.

The Awards provide financial support and encouragement to students and apprentices who are planning to study engineering, and to graduates who are planning to undertake research programmes.

To find out more visit

News date: 18th Apr 2013

Show us you are a proud IOR member and you could win a bottle of champagne

Where have you put your IOR sticker?

Send in a photo of you and your IOR member sticker and you could win a bottle of champagne courtesy of Daikin UK. Each month ACR News will select a lucky winner and feature their photo in the magazine.

 Email your photo and a few words about yourself to See our current collection of proud members at

News date: 18th Mar 2013

Let us know what you thought of the IOR Anniversary Dinner

On the 21st February over 400 members and guests attended the 113th Institute of Refrigeration Anniversary Dinner. If you were there we would be interested to hear what you thought of the event.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey and help shape the 2014 event.

News date: 15th Mar 2013

The RACHPG Award for Excellence 2013 is calling for nominations

Do you have a RACHP apprentice worthy of recognition?

The Building and Engineering Services Association has launched the 2013 Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Group Award for Excellence. This annual award is given for the best trainee employed by an RACHP Group member who has achieved a minimum NVQ level 2 qualification. The award is given in memory of Harry Decker a man noted for his keen interest in the training of apprentices in the industry. 

For more information and to request a nomination form please contact Roger Brown of the Building and Engineering Services Association at The closing date for nominations is Friday the 19th April.

News date: 14th Mar 2013

Reducing energy use in cold stores - view our free webinar

If you were unable to attend the Institute of Refrigeration's March Paper,"Initiative to reduce energy use in cold stores," a recording of the presentation given by Judith Evans on behalf of a multinational project team is now available for viewing.

View the webinar live at  

News date: 11th Mar 2013

Funding available to help develop your business

Technology Strategy Board Innovation Vouchers

The Technology Strategy Board have launched the innovation vouchers scheme to encourage businesses to look outside their current network for new knowledge that can help to grow and develop their organisation. Start-ups, as well as, small to medium-sized businesses from across the UK can apply for an Innovation Voucher.

A grant of up to £5000 is available to businesses working with a supplier for the first time and these funds are to be used to pay for knowledge or technology transfer from that supplier.

Details of the scheme can be found at

News date: 4th Mar 2013

New Fax number for the Institute

We have changed our fax number to 020 8254 7841 effective from February 2013.

News date: 6th Feb 2013

IOR and FSDF DSEAR checklist update

updated version of the checklist now available

An update of this self-assessment form issued in January has bee produced to correct thecriterial regarding sources of ignition in the area. You can download the revised version here.

The checklist is designed to give owners of ammonia charged refrigeration systems a quick indication of whether their system is likely to be technically compliant with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (2002). It does not address issues related to or the hazards arising from the toxicity of ammonia. These are not covered by DSEAR (2002), but they do need to be considered to ensure compliance with the regulations listed below.  This self-assessment is not a substitute for the formal risk assessment required by DSEAR (2002) nor is it a substitute for the annual inspection required under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (2000). The contents of this document apply solely to refrigeration systems that are charged with ammonia.

News date: 4th Feb 2013

IOR news and publications on the move

mobile version of website launched

The IOR website has a wealth of technical information and publications, as well as news about latest events.  A new version of the site has been developed, optimised for viewing on smart phones.  If you need to check whether the IOR has a guidance note or bulletin on a topic when you are out on site you can easily search with the new site - and get the latest news and details of the next few events.

If you want to create a direct linkon your phone, ipad or tablet, open the site on a browser screen on your mobile device and save it to the home page. You will get an IOR logo icon appear, and you can open this to view the site any time.  The web address is the same at and there is also an option to go to the full site if you want more information. 

News date: 25th Jan 2013

Where are we at with Education & Training ?

Do you have an interest in making sure the next generation of service engineers have the practical skills and knowledge to cope with the challenges of the future?  Do you have views on the kind of additional training that existing workers need to keep them up to date? Are you an employer who is finding it hard to identify the competence levels of design and commissioning engineers?

The Institute is considering re-forming its Education and Training Committee which reflects the views of individuals in helping to prepare future technicians, designers and service personnel. If you have experience, views and time to help the IOR focus on vocational training issues contact The Secretary, Miriam Rodway at or call 0208 647 7033.


News date: 17th Jan 2013

Pioneering applications - evaluating creativity and invention in refrigeration

join Pega Hrnjak of the University of Illinois for a discussion of the role of new technologies

Refrigeration is a mature technology. Numerous smart and excellent scientist and engineers have been building the structure and knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid related areas, heat transfer, materials, compressors, auxiliaries etc… over a century so some think that in scientific and engineering sense refrigeration is a closed book. Needless to say I do not share that position, neither in scientific nor in engineering aspect of the statement. Numerous are examples to oppose assumption of exhausted creativity and invention in refrigeration: new compressor types (geometry and avoidance of lubricants), heat exchangers (microchannel and other new types), refrigerants (new environmentally friendly man made types and resurgence of natural refrigerants like CO2, ammonia, water,…), improved cycles, new control options, etc… The truth is that every new concept in refrigeration requires solid evaluation against well established and carefully optimized existing solutions which slows down the development process compared to new, emerging technologies.

My paper will present a range of pioneering concepts with emphasis on microchannel heat exchangers, evaporators in particular with flash gas bypass and periodic reverse flow to illustrate these arguements.

About the speaker - Pega Hrnjakis a Professor and Co-Director of their Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Centre, one of the most prestigious research centres in the world. He also operates a commercial research facility (Creative Thermal Solutions) which carries out hands-on research on thermal systems ranging from nano-technology to large industrial equipment. There are 15 environmental chambers in a facility of 4,000 m2 with a staff of over 50 researchers. He was awarded the IOR's J&E Hall International Gold Medal for practical advancement of refrigeration in 20011-12.

Thu 7th Feb 2013 17:15 at 33 Queen Street, London

If you cannot attend the paper you can join us by live webinar broadcast by registering here

News date: 17th Jan 2013

REAL Zero training days now available

Study the principles of REAL Zero and REAL Skills Europe in the classroom with other students keen to develop their knowledge of leakage reduction strategies. The one day briefing and assessment follows the Institute of Refrigeration’s REAL Zero project and will supply trainees with practical, independent guidance on how to reduce carbon emissions through improved systems design, maintenance and servicing.

The course covers all four modules of the REAL Zero training programme and trainees will also take invigilated assessments for modules 1, 2 and 3 to achieve their IOR CPD certification. The modules are:

  • Module 1: Environmental cost and legal aspects of leakage
  • Module 2: Reducing leakage through appropriate maintenance and service
  • Module 3: Minimising leakage in new systems
  • Module 4: Reducing leakage through site specific surveys and advice. (assessed by submission of a report subsequent to the training day)

The course offers plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion and those attending will be provided with notes. It is recommended that you prepare for the course by studying the REAL Skills Europe guides.

The first courses are being offered by Cool Concerns at their training centre in Tewkesbury on the 24th January and the 4th March. For more information, prices and to book your place please contact

Training providers interested in developing their own courses based on the REAL Zero materials should contact

News date: 3rd Jan 2013

SIRAC winter and spring venues announced

The SIRAC network has just announced the locations of their next two meetings. On the 27th February the network will be hosted by Henry Technologies at their Glasgow facility. Henry are specialists in flow products for the commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning industries. Henry Technologies AC&R components are known world wide for innovative design of oil management controls and other compressor protective devices.

In April SIRAC will be at Foster Refrigeration in Kings Lynn. Fosters is a well known manufacturer of food service refrigeration products, including refrigerated storage cabinets, freezer storage cabinets and blast freezers. The event will concentrate on commercial refrigeration and focus on new developments and efficiency initiatives.

To find out more and to book your place visit

News date: 7th Dec 2012

IOR Members proud to show their affiliation

Earlier this year IOR members were sent window stickers to help promote their membership of the Institute for refrigeration professionals. The stickers have been seen on office windows, in cars and stuck to laptop covers - but how are you displaying your membership sticker? Send in a photo of you with your sticker – you may be outside your latest installation, in a training room finding out about new technologies, attending an industry event or working with colleagues overseas. We are collecting photos that show the variety and range of work that IOR members undertake in their various roles. Send your sticker photo and a brief description about your involvement with the IOR to


News date: 30th Nov 2012

Download this months evening paper

This months evening paper Compressor Develoments for Industrial, Domestic and Commercial Heat Pumps by Eric Winandy of Emerson Climate Technologies is now available for free download by members at

If you cannot join the evening presentation to hear Eric's talk on 6th December in London, you can join the live webinar broadcast on the internet - details of this and past recorded webinars and papers are available at


News date: 28th Nov 2012

Commission unveils strengthened new F Gas Regulation

The European Commission issued a press release today (7th November 2012) stating that the proposed new Regulation aims to reduce F-gas emissions by two-thirds of today's levels by 2030. It will ban the use of F-gases in some new equipment, such as household fridges. "By limiting the amount of f-gases that can be sold in the EU, this new legislation will benefit the climate and create great business opportunities. Our existing legislation has successfully broken a growing trend in emissions and driven technological innovation. Now that more climate-friendly products can be made, we go one step further in reducing emissions from f-gases cost-effectively'' 

Today's proposal introduces a phase-down measure that from 2015 limits the total amount of the most significant group of F-gases - Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – that can be sold in the EU and reduces this in steps to one fifth of today's sales by 2030.  

The Commission proposes that with the right legal framework in place, EU consumers and commercial users of equipment can drive the change and spur technological development in all sectors that use F-gases today leading to increased market shares for those companies seizing the opportunity to develop climate-friendly products and equipment.

The proposal will replace the existing Regulation and strengthen key requirements. The proposal will be submitted to the European Parliament and the Council for discussion and adoption under the ordinary legislative procedure.

Further information is available from the DG Climate Action, F-gas page: 

EEA monitoring report on F-gases: EEA greenhouse gas data viewer:


News date: 7th Nov 2012

Book your place at IOR RAC Young Engineers Network Meeting

Places are limited

Calling all students, researchers and young engineers who want to make new contacts and find out more about refrigeration and air conditioning in the UK.

A networking event is being held at the University of Warwick on 14th November. The event will include presentations from Andy Pearson IOR President, Bob Critoph expert in adsorption refrigeration at Warwick, and examples of how funded knowledge transfer partnerships can help you to gain valuable experience in business.

A networking session run by Ina Colombo of London South Bank University will enable delegates to spend time with invited guests who have forged successful careers in our industry and are involved in interesting and innovative applications of refrigeration. Organisations such as Sainsbury's, WR Refrigeration, Carter Synergy, J&E Hall and Star Refrigeration will be taking part in the event.

To see the full programme and to book visit or email



News date: 26th Oct 2012

Look out for your IOR evening paper in your inbox next week

The next evening paper on the topic of Miniature Helical Coil Evaporators is now available to download from the  ebsite and will be sent to members by email next week. Look out for an email from the Secretary, Miriam Rodway. The PDF version of the paper is provided including colour graphics - something we weren't able to offer when the papers were printed and posted by mail.

If you missed the email containing last month's paper "Evaluation of Available Refrigeration Systems in the Retail Sector" you can also download the paper and listen to the webinar recording on the website now. 

Paper & Webinar Downloads Available HERE

News date: 11th Oct 2012

Anders Lindborg FInstR

The Institute has received the sad news that Anders Lindborg passed away in September. Anders was a Fellow of the IOR and a leading figure in the world of Ammonia refrigeration. 

News date: 10th Oct 2012

2012 Technical Data -CD now available

new cd includes Codes, Papers and more

The first free circulation Data-CD for IOR members was produced in September. It includes the four refrigerant Codes of Practice, a Code of Practice on Minimisation of Emissions; REAL Zero booklets; IOR Technical Guidance Notes and 10 years worth of technical papers given at evening presentations.  Available only to members it provides a wealth of technical information which will be regularly updated - with plans for a new Data-CD to be given out each year so that members are up to date with new developments and changes to standards. Not available to non-members if you want to obtain a copy of the Data-CD you can join the Institute see "fast track membership"

News date: 2nd Oct 2012

New City & Guilds qualifications welcomed by ACRIB

new 7189 covers all the essentials

At a recent ACRIB Education and Training Committee meeting, industry was delighted to hear of CGLI’s latest initiative in releasing new Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma qualifications in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems.  Designated CGLI 7189, this highly focussed qualification is specifically aimed at our sector and will be available from September 2012. It includes practical assignments, externally set and marked theory exams, F Gas certification recognition and is expected to attract the funding. The 7189 Diploma units cover refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump installation, commissioning, service and maintenance as well as safe working practices, environment, electrical and scientific principles in RACHP.  ACRIB will recognise the 7189 for the ACRIB Skillcard which provides evidence of refrigerant handling qualifications, as it includes F Gas Certification.

Information about the full range of Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications (both shortcourses for experienced workers and part time college based courses for trainees) is now available and how to gain ACRIB skillcard accreditation is available on the ACRIB website.


News date: 28th Sep 2012

IOR RAC Young Engineers Network Meeting Announced

Book your free place now

The Institute of Refrigeration will be holding a Young Engineers Network meeting on the 14th November at the University of Warwick. This free event is designed for young engineers, recent graduates and engineering students. Delegates will spend time with invited guests who have forged successful careers in our industry and are involved in interesting and innovative applications of refrigeration. There will also be a number of short and punchy presentations covering a range of topics, a tour of the research facilities and plenty of opportunity to meet other network members and our invited guests from organisations such as Sainsbury's, WR Refrigeration, GEA and many other leading companies.

Places at the event are limited, so be sure to book early to secure your free place. To see the full programme and to book visit or email

News date: 11th Sep 2012

The SIRAC Network announces autumn events

Bookings now open

The latest SIRAC (Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) network events have been announced. The network has arranged events at retail display manufacturer, Epta, and at refrigerant recycler, Harp International Limited. The event at Epta will be held on 20th September at the Epta-George Barker facilities in Bradford. The event at Harp will be on November 21st at the Harp site in Pontypridd, Wales. As usual the events will be a combination of short punchy presentations, a period for facilitated discussion and the always popular tour around the host’s facilities.

The event at Epta will concentrate on the latest developments in retail display. Anticipated highlights are information on the latest developments at Epta, an update on CO2 training initiatives, information on what may well be the future of manufacturing – remanufacturing, and finally, the question will be posed, is a System Efficiency Index a better measurement of efficiency than COP?

As always there will be a networking session exploring topics around sustainability and making change happen and this fully packed day will also include time to network and discuss the latest developments and conclude with a tour of the Epta facilities.

Numbers for the event are extremely limited so book soon to avoid disappointment. The cost to attend will be £30+VAT. Full details and booking information can be found at

News date: 1st Aug 2012

Join the IOR Annual Dinner Group on LinkedIn

The Institute of Refrigeration’s Annual Dinner has a proud 113 year history and is affectionately known as the Fridge Dinner by many who have attended over the years. The Fridge Dinner belongs to the whole membership and we need to make sure those who attend, enjoy the type of event they want and deserve. Your views about the event matter.

Share your opinions by joining the Fridge Dinner Group on LinkedIn. Not only will you be the first to hear the latest news, your views will be essential for the new IOR Annual Dinner Working Group during the planning of the 2013 event to sound out ideas like choice of speaker or new entertainment features. You can take part whether you are interested in becoming one of the corporate sponsors, influencing the style of the event or just want to make sure you and your guests enjoy the best dinner yet!

Join the Fridge Dinner Group on LinkedIn:

News date: 27th Jun 2012

New services now available

not a member of the IOR yet?

Now is a great time to consider joining the Institute of Refrigeration - we have recently launched a new range of services which makes our technical information and news even more accessible:

  • annual CD of Proceedings free to all members including Refrigerant Codes of Practice (Carbon Dioxide, Hydrocarbon, Ammonia and HFC); this years Guidance Notes and Safety Alerts and seven technical papers.
  • webinar recordings for you to view on line of UK IOR lectures (you can even join in live if you cant attend future meetings)
  • e-magazine issued four times a year with news on standards, legislation, technical debates and reviews, good practice guides
  • at least 20 good practice guides for service engineers and air conditioning installers issued each year
  • UK meetings and events where you can meet RAC professionals
  • new young engineers network to help make valuable contacts
  • CPD certificated training opportunities on line (REAL Skills refrigerant leakage reduction), by post (Service Engineers membership) and from attending events (evening paper presentations and seminars).


Joining the IOR doesnt have to be complicated - you can sign-up now as an Affiliate using our fast track on line process which requires only basic information about yourself. We also have a new membership grade and range of services for Technicians (TMInstR) who hold an F Gas certificate and have evidence of over 5 years in the industry at just £49 per year plus joining fee.

Miriam Rodway, Institute of Refrigeration

News date: 11th Jun 2012

Ammonia valve failure safety alert update

updates IOR GN issued May 2011

Further failures of this type of valve have been reported since the original guidance note was issued in May 2011 and it is clear that some of these failures are not due to corrosion. The assembly of the valve is susceptible to lack of complete fusion of the brazing filler ring, which in turn weakens the joint of the side port to the valve body. The Institute of Refrigeration recommends that all such valves, where the valve nozzles are brazed into the main body, should not be used on ammonia refrigeration plant. Any valves fitted to existing systems should be carefully examined. If there is any doubt as to their integrity they should be replaced immediately with a suitable valve manufactured with a one-piece body, and should be treated with extreme care until they are replaced. This should include clearly labelling the valve with a warning, protecting it from accidental mechanical impact and using appropriate PPE when working on the system in the vicinity of the valve.

Download a copy of the full alert.

News date: 31st May 2012

Download the IOR RAC YEN newsletter

The first IOR RAC Young Engineers Network newsletter is now available. Read about the first UK IOR-RAC Student and Young Engineers Networking Event, get a sneak peak at the papers programme and find out how to enter the prestigious Ted Perry Award for Excellence.

Download the newsletter here 

News date: 26th May 2012

New Guide to Frozen Foods published by BFFF

Guide to the Storage and Handling of Frozen Foods (The Gold Book)

The British Frozen Food Federation has updated is Guide first published in 1994 and known as the "Gold Book". It is designed to facilitate understanding between the industry and enforcement authorities, and offer a common approach to the frozen food supply chain. It has been revised and republished in Apri 2012 to reflect the many legislative changes and technological advances in quick frozen foods. It is available electronically at Or you can contact the BFFF on 01400 283090 for more information.

News date: 11th May 2012

The hidden world of the cold store on BBC iplayer

BBC's The One Show features the Wisbech Cold Store

On Tuesday 8th May the BBCs One Show featured a segment on giant cold stores, food freezing facts and an explanation of sublimation. The researchers for the segment used industry expert knowledge through the IOR, Food Storage and Distribution Federation and British Frozen Food Federation as background to an interesting look at food freezing and storage. Even the presenters were impressed with the "hidden world of freezing" at the giant cold store in Wisbech.

The segment is no longer available on the BBC Iplayer and the producers were not prepared to allow us to provide a permanent link to the material.

News date: 9th May 2012

Environmental technologies demo day for trainers

UK training providers of air conditioning and air source heat pump qualifications are being invited by IOR's Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Institute to a free technology update day on Thursday 26th April hosted by Mitsubishi Electric at their Hatfield Training Centre. 

The aim of the event is to:

  • Help keep trainers' knowledge on new technologies, regulations and training issues up to date
  • Provide a forum to share expertise and improve training provision
  • Strengthen links with industry, industry bodies and other providers
  • Establish a dialogue with those developing qualifications and standards

Participation is open to training professionals only involved in the delivery of air conditioning, heat pump and environmental technologies qualifications such as photovoltaic generation; heat recovery and monitoring & controls. 

News date: 28th Mar 2012

Obituary - D W Higham MInstR

David Higham, age 85, died peacefully in hospital near his Hereford home after a short illness in March 2011. He became known to numerous students of refrigeration throughout his long teaching career.

He began teaching in the 1950s via correspondence courses with EMI Institutes for the London Institute of City & Guilds certificates. Some of his pupils would carry on the teaching business and become Licentiates of the City & Guilds. He was a Chartered Engineer, a Member IMechE and a Member of the IOR.

David started his apprenticeship in refrigeration during 1942 at the Dartford factory of J&E Hall. During his time with J&E Hall he developed a hands-on approach to designing, installing, commissioning and troubleshooting systems. That experience provided him with all the skills necessary to become a senior tutor at the London South Bank College in 1962 and from where he retired in the 1980s.

David was commissioned by Imperial Chemical Industries to write the little blue book for 'Refrigeration Service Engineers' in 1967 which served as a simple but very effective guide to help service engineers' understand design principles when diagnosing faulty systems. He also wrote a companion treatise for ICI on refrigerating fluids, their criteria and performance.

His extensive research into the works of Eugene Nicolle, an engineer who made profitable absorption systems in the mid 1860s, was presented to the Institute in 1981. David Higham and Professor Bill Gosney saw the professionalism in those very advanced ammonia systems and the President, Joseph J Wilson gave David a very high appraisal for his presentation " Eugene Nicolle Innovator and Engineer Extraordinary".

After his retirement from technical teaching, Dave, and his wife of 63 years, Joy, shared a hobby of writing short fictional stories which were published in various weekly magazines. Inspiration for their writting was drawn from the long Mediterranean vacations that Dave and Joy enjoyed. 

He is survived by his wife and family


News date: 16th Feb 2012

SkillFRIDGE calls for nominations

Make your nominations by 15th March

Calling all apprentices – the 2012 SkillFRIDGE competition is looking for the industry’s most promising talent to be named the UK’s best refrigeration and air conditioning engineer.

During the competition, organised by SummitSkills, entrants will be assessed on a series of challenging practical tests reflecting their day-to-day work. The highest scoring competitors from the 4 heats will be invited to take part in the UK grand final in the autumn of 2012.

Register on line at

The closing date to register for the competition is 15 March 2012. Call 07834 868948 for more information or visit

News date: 26th Jan 2012

European energy reduction project for the food and drink sector

Call for companies to participate

It has been reported that 15-20% of the world energy consumption is produced by cooling and air conditioning systems. In order to help reduce this figure the COOL-SAVE Project has been launched with an objective to reduce energy consumption in the European food and drink sector.

Some of the project's outputs and results are expected to be:

  • Analyse the efficiency of those cooling systems belonging to the food and drink industries
  • Set common strategies that reduce the electrical energy consumption of those cooling systems
  • Elaborate a guide of good practices so that the sector can establish measures that significantly reduce electrical consumption through the implementation of improvements in the cooling systems

To help achieve these outputs and results the project is proposing to audit a number of cooling plants. If your company is involved in the food and drink sector, and is interested in taking part in the audit process, download and complete this template letter and return it to

For further details of the project download the project abstract or contact David Fraile at

News date: 25th Jan 2012

IOR membership opens to Technicians

new grade of membership approved at AGM

At the recent AGM the member voted overwhelminginly in favour of introducing a new grade of membership for Technicians - who will be entitled to use the designation TMInstR after their name. The new grade will combine the benefits of IOR and Service Engineers' Section membership at a rate of just £49 (plus a one off joining fee on application). Applicants must have three years relevant experience and must hold a recognised F Gas qualification (category 1).  

IOR President Andy Pearson stated in a letter to members "For the Institute this represents recognition of the important role played by service engineers in refrigeration and air conditioning science and practice; an opportunity to ensure that the most appropriate range of technical benefits is made available to those applying for IOR membership and a clearer point of entry for those joining the industry as a service engineer."

More details of how technicians should apply for this new grade will be available shortly.


News date: 12th Dec 2011

The Sustainable Innovations Review Meeting

Book now to secure your free place at this important meeting

Sustainability in the RAC and Heat Pump industry is being driven by many often conflicting factors – technical advancement, customer demand, legislation and international policies. For both economic and environmental reasons it has never been more important for the refrigeration industry to move toward a more sustainable future.

On the 12th January the SIRAC network will be holding an Innovation Review Meeting where the conclusions and results from three years of work between industry and academic researchers on accelerating the adoption of alternative technologies will be shared. The topic to be discussed are:

  • An overview of research priorities for the UK
  • The role of behaviour in understanding the process of innovation
  • Development stages and potentials of new technologies
  • Routes for success from micro innovation to market transformation
  • Maximising funding opportunities for research through collaboration
  • How will the SIRAC network operate in the future to support innovation

To see the full programme and to book your place at this free event visit

News date: 12th Dec 2011

Future of Food and Farming – the role of refrigeration

IRC business briefing on learning from international experiences

On the 2 February 2012 the International Refrigeration Committee will be holding a business briefing in response to the Governments Office for Science report, “The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and Choices for Global Sustainability”.

The meeting will investigate the ways in which HVAC&R technology can be used to respond to the challenges of the future of food and farming. It will explore key questions for policy makers and businesses in the UK refrigeration and cold chain industry such as what role might refrigeration play in shaping that future? And what are the implications for the refrigeration industry of the future?

View further details and book your place here

News date: 12th Dec 2011

Dine in style at the 112th IOR Annual Dinner

Dinner moves to a new date and venue

We invite you to join us once again for this spectacular black tie event. 2012 sees us relocating to a stylish new venue in the heart of the City with a change of date to later in the month. The 5* London Hotel has all of the amenities you would expect from a leading venue – a sophisticated ballroom, five star cuisine, range of bars and clubs – set in a backdrop of contemporary style and flair.

The flagship IOR Annual Dinner is the longest running networking event in the refrigeration and air conditioning calendar. Meet new contacts and catch up with your fellow professionals.

The dinner will feature:

  • Champagne reception
  • 3 course menu including wine
  • Raffles and auction
  • After dinner speaker
  • Presentation of awards
  • Bar until 1am followed by access to the exclusive on site nightclub
  • Discounted hotel accommodation
  • Tables of 10 and 12 or individual bookings accepted.

Make a note of the new date Thursday 23rd February 2012 now! And be sure to join us to celebrate your Institute and your profession. Click here to find out more.

News date: 8th Dec 2011

View presentation on assymetric unloading of screw compressors

the latest IOR webinar is now available

If you missed the presentation on 1st December you can now view and hear James Creed of J%E Hall talk about this innovation in compressor design and control.  Download the viewer at first and then follow the link below to see our latest webinar

News date: 5th Dec 2011

Update your registration details

are you missing out on free downloads?

As a registered user of the IOR website we regularly send you news and information relevant to your interests. You are currently registered as a NON MEMBER on the site. This means you have restricted access to important publications such as guidance notes and technician bulletins. 


Please contact us so that we can issue you a Member password for the site to give you access to the free downloads and discounts you are entitled to. Please state whether you are an IOR, SES or ACHPI member.


You may like to consider joining the IOR - we have specific membership packages for service engineers, air conditioning installers, students and overseas residents as well as an immediate on-line joining procedures for Affiliate members. Find out how you can join now.


If you no longer require access to and would like us to stop sending you updates and news, please let us know and we will remove your website registration details.


News date: 25th Nov 2011

IOR webinar on Gas Fired adsorption heat pumps

evening presentations now accessible on line

If you missed an IOR evening paper or the venue is too far away to attend you can now join in by viewing the recorded webinar.  This month Professor Bob Critoph of Warwick University explains progress in the development of a gas-fired heat pump system intended to replace conventional condensing boilers. The adsorption machine uses ammonia refrigerant and active carbon adsorbent with a predicted annual average COP of 1.35. You can also listen to the question and answer session at the end of the presentation.

Technical requirements - the first time you want to view one of our webinars you will need to download the viewer code at before clicking on the links below

View Prof Critoph's webinar now "Development of an adsorption gas firect heat pump"

View a repeat of last year's Presidential Address by Dr Andy Pearson "Managing Innovation"

News date: 10th Oct 2011

Join the Great Grimsby ice factory trust

Supporting the heritage of refrigeration

In October of this year the Grimsby Ice Factory was named one of the Top Ten Endangered Buildings for 2010 by the Victorian Society. The Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust was formed in July 2010 to save the Ice Factory and find a sustainable use for the building. Members are working towards a solution which will not only preserve the fabric and machinery of this important building, but contribute to the future of the docks, the contiguous streets and neighbourhoods, and the greater town and region.

The IOR is joining the trust but we need members to support this individually too. The fee is very small and the work very important. Join here 

"It is easy to forget how reliant we are on mechanical refrigeration for our continued existence on this planet but the J&E Hall refrigeration compressors still in place at the Grimsby Ice Factory are a reminder of the early years of refrigeration. They are the oldest of their type still in existence and amongst the largest ever made.

The Grimsby Ice Company factory is an irreplaceable piece of our industrial refrigeration history". Guy Hundy, Past President of the IOR.

Find out more about the factory site here

News date: 10th Oct 2011

SIRAC network to vist SELEX Galileo

Book by the 20th September to secure your place

The next SIRAC Network event will be hosted by SELEX Galileo at their Luton reseach centre on the 20th October. SELEX Galileo is a leader in defence electronics markets, with a distinctive strength in airborne mission critical systems and association air conditioning requirements as well as a wide range of homeland securities applications.

The company invests 15% of revenues into research and development, as part of its strategy to stay at the forefront of technology. It has established a number of recognised centres of excellence in technology development, as well as partnerships with governments, academic institutions and research centres.

Presentation will be given on such topics as: Typhoon aircraft cooling systems, helium leak detection, recovery and reclaim innovation and developments in micro cooling. The usual SIRAC Networking will take place as well as a tour of research facilities.

To reserve your place and see the full programme visit

News date: 23rd Aug 2011

Webinar presentation on innovation now available

If you missed the paper last year you can now view it live!

A webinar has been recorded of the President, Dr Andy Pearson, repeating his presidential address to members originally given in October 2010 as the first paper in last years' series.  The President recorded the first of our new webinar series this month. Follow the link below, enter your name and email, and you can then view the presentation, hear the voice over and listen to the question and answer session at the end. This is a repeat of the presentation last year. 

Make sure you have the volume turned up or are using headphone so you can hear the presentation and send us your comments on this new service which will make the regular evening presentations more accessible to all members in the future.

Download the viewer code first at


Then follow this  link to watch now - Managing Innovation - the 2010 Presidential Address presented by Dr Andy Pearson


News date: 2nd Aug 2011

New IOR branch established in Mauritius

The first IOR International Branch has been established in Mauritius by a group representing 12 IOR members. An inaugural AGM took place in Curepipe on 20/7/2011 with the following members present: Mr Bundheea A.N, Mr chaytun, Mr Mubarak, Mr Indra Divesh, Mr Ravising dunoo, Mr R Gerard, Mr Mohun, Mr Desire Neil, Mr Daren, MR Boodhun, Mr Geany, Mr Daumoo.

The following officers were elected:

  • Mr Bundheea A.N - Chairman & membership officer
  • Mr Desire Neil - Secretary
  • Mr Geany - Social event programe manager

The Branch propose holding a conference on 7th September this year and an annual dinner in December.

The IOR is keen to encourage more overseas members to take part in activities in the future.


News date: 26th Jul 2011

BRA launches short course on carbon dioxide servicing in retail environments

training recognised by end users

In order to meet the immediate requirements of refrigeration contractors and their supermarket clients, a standardised course in CO2 servicing and maintenance has been developed by BRA and IOR members. 

A BRA statement confirms that this short course will provide a common training platform across the industry until a national City & Guilds CPD qualification in CO2 has been adopted.  This City & Guilds is due to launch later this year. 

The harmonised short course will be offered by training centres already involved in the delivery of CO2 essential skills. Supported by several of the major retailers, the generic content will permit those completing the BRA course to work on a range of stores, overcoming the previous requirement for supermarket-specific training.

The course includes training support material, booklet, training/assessment rig specifications, standardised assessment and multiple choice theory questions.  Individuals who are successful in passing the assessments will received a completion certificate issued by their training provider.

For a list of training providers offering the course see


News date: 13th Jul 2011

New business guide to Refrigeration Efficiency for end users

and free Carbon Trust webinar on running efficient refrigeration systems

On 18th July the Carbon Trust is launching a new Expert in Energy series of free monthly low carbon business guides, web advice and webinar sessions to help businesses save money and reduce their energy use. They’ll be looking at the energy saving potential of a different topic each month from Refrigeration to Energy Management and Renewables. Supporting guides and advice have been written by experts but are delivered in a straightforward, objective and easily digestible way. This month the featured topic is Refrigeration, so although it may be of interest to you to see what recommendations Carbon Trust are making to run an efficient refrigeration system, please do also consider sending on to your customers as the advice will be most relevant to them.

Carbon Trust are also running a free webinar session (open for registration now) on ‘How to run an efficient Refrigeration system’, next Wednesday 20th July, 11:30am and still have spaces available. Again, please pass details on to customers who may find this of interest.


News date: 13th Jul 2011

Retail refrigeration code of conduct launched

Training, Buildings, Containment and Standards all contribute to emissions reduction

Some of the country’s largest commercial refrigeration users are backing the new voluntary code of conduct for carbon reduction and energy efficiency. Produced in conjunction with the Carbon Trust, the Code of Conduct for Carbon Reduction in the Retail Refrigeration Sector is designed to reduce global warming emissions from refrigeration systems by 20 per cent over the next five years.

The working party that conceived and produced the Code included representatives from Sainsbury, Asda, Marks & Spencer alongside specialist industry bodies the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and the British Refrigeration Association (BRA). It is hoped that all retailers – large and small – will encourage their refrigeration teams and suppliers to work towards the best practice standards set out in the document.

The Code sets high standards for all aspects of design, installation and operation of refrigeration systems including training, skills, inspection and testing along with containment of refrigerant gases.

IOR President, Andy Pearson commented ““This new Code is another voluntary step towards greater ‘professionalisation’ of refrigeration design, installation and operation.”

The overall strategic aims of the Code are set out for senior managers to convince them of the value in adopting the measures; more practical issues are dealt with in the best practice section for operators, who are focused on day-to-day cost and performance issues; and essential technical standards and specifications are covered in the section for refrigeration engineers. The Code encourages engineers to go for registration with the Engineering Council at Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician status - registration is available through the IOR's (find out how you can register for the engineering council here).

To read and download the Code of Conduct in full go to:


News date: 8th Jul 2011

Free e-learning from the IOR on refrigerant containment

REAL Skills Europe launches Europe wide e-learning

The REAL Skills Europe project, based on the IOR's REAL Zero programme, launched its new e-learning programme this week.  The culmination of a two year EU funded project, REAL Skills Europe e-learning draws on material from Germany, Poland, France, Belgium, Estonia and Greece as well as UK expertise on measuring and minimising refrigerant leakage.  As part of the launch the e-learning, which is IOR CPD certified, is free for the first two months.

Print off a flier about the programme here

Register for e-learning here

Find out more about REAL Skills Europe here

News date: 6th Jul 2011

F Gas deadline brings an increase in skills and knowledge

What does the 4th July F Gas individual certification deadline really mean?

Speaking from a gathering of trainers at the IOR forum on 4th July IOR Past President Jane Gartshore commented on the 4th July F gas deadline – “For many engineers F Gas may have been the first time they have had any formal training or held a recognised qualification. The feedback from employers is that the skills and knowledge levels throughout the industry have definitely increased as a result, enabling contractors to provide a better service and communicate more effectively, especially at engineering to end user level. The IOR is keen to maintain this momentum and is working with industry and training providers to develop and promote ways of achieving this.”

From 4th July this year all individuals working within scope of the F Gas Regulations have been required to hold an F Gas Certificate (ie City & Guilds 2079 or CSkills J11).  In addition, companies need to hold a full F Gas Company Certificate from one of five certification bodies.  Companies who previously held an interim certificate which identifies the relevant qualifications all of the engineers within scope, and who have not yet gained their full certificate will be "identified and followed up" according to DEFRA's F Gas Support.  See for information about the regulation and key obligations.

News date: 6th Jul 2011

IOR ACHPI training initiative wins industry support

Highly commended in training excellent at Heat Pump Awards

The ACHPI (Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Institute) was recognised with "Highly Commended" in the category of Training Excellence at the first National Heat Pump Awards in June this year. The event is designed to give the heat pump industry the opportunity to highlight and praise the very best in product design, system installation and technical training. There was strong competition with over 60 entries evaluated in total across the 10 award categories. The awards were organised by Heat Pumps Today magazine. ACHPI was established in 2009 as a subscription service for this under represented sector. For more details of the winners see:  for information about ACHPI see


News date: 29th Jun 2011

Can better skills do the job?

feedback your views now

The Department for Innovation and Skills is asking sectors to consider the skills challenges of the future and how industry groups such as the Institute can help address these. 

  • Making training more accessible
  • Ensuring training is cost effective in terms of people's time
  • Keeping skills up to date with rapidly changing technology and regulations
  • Helping individuals work out what additional skills they need to do their job in the future

Would you use an on line database of all UK refrigeration and air conditioning training (including vocational qualifications, manufacturers courses, training material and e-learning), with courses mapped to legislation and job functions?

Do you think innovative approaches such as e-learning or training newsflashes will play a greater role in addressing our skills needs in the future?

Comment to Please add your name, type of business and organisation.

News date: 2nd Jun 2011

Student members - your second IOR mailing

more free technical downloads!

Welcome to the second of your Institute of Refrigeration technical service e newsletters for engineers.  This month we have published four new bulletins which as a student member you can download for free.  The material is written by practicing engineers, training providers and technical advice to help keep members up to date with the latest industry developments. 

Your can download the new bulletins now (make sure you have your log in handy - request a password reminder here) :

Dont forget there is a library of over 80 bulletins covering everything from AC Efficiency Inspections to Refrigerant Phase out at which you have free access to until March 2012.

If you like what you see tell your friends to sign up for FREE one year's membership - contact for details.

And there are still places on the leakage reduction e-learning launch and demo meeting on 4th July in London. A full programme and registration information is at

News date: 17th May 2011

IOR issues safety alert re valve failure

Guidance Note available to download now

The IOR Technical Committee has issued a safety alert after discussion with the HSE following a recent incident.  The incident occured whilst an engineer was working on a chill store plant in a food distribution depot. The engineer received severe burn injuries when a significant amount of refrigerant was suddenly released while he was in the process of removing a valve cap from a DN 15 (½”) charging valve. The valve was installed on the low pressure side of an ammonia system. The HSE retained the valve for examination and testing.

Full details of the conclusions and recommendations following the investigation of this incident and available in the guidance note which is free to download here.

News date: 16th May 2011

4th July day of events on industry training

free forum and launch in London

A Trainers Forum will be hosted by the Institute of Refrigeration on the morning of Monday 4th July 2011 for training providers and training managers to discuss the changing education market in the wake of the passing of the F Gas individual certificate deadline. 

With increasing interest in specialised short courses and certificates such as F Gas training, braising and demand for improved skills in the handling of alternative refrigerants, the IOR felt it was an appropriate time to bring together those interested to discuss the impact on training provision.   

The programme will feature session on the forthcoming City & Guilds CPD units in Carbon Dioxide as well as a national Carbon Dioxide introductory short course endorsed by end users. Brief updates on initiatives such as the ACRIB SKILLcard, REAL ZERO e-learning and support for students will also be given.  Delegates are being invited to highlight other issues important to them during the day and these will be discussed as a group. The full programme for the Forum and booking details are available at

During the afternoon the IOR will launch its new Europe-wide e-learning programme based on REAL Zero called REAL SKILLS EUROPE.  Speakers will include Paul Hill, talking about how implementing REAL Zero tools and techniques across Morrison’s’ have improved awareness and reduced leakage.  Developers will demonstrate the e-learning programme modules and assessments and those taking part in the launch can enrol to be part of a two month free trail.  The REAL SKILLS EUROPE launch event is free and is open to anyone interested in finding out more about the latest in leakage reduction. Register at  Similar launch events will be taking place in Estonia, Germany, Greece and Poland throughout the summer.

The IOR has held a number of training events in the past with themes such as Training for Profit and NVQ developments.    These events provide a useful way of catching up with latest industry news as well as meeting other training specialists as part of the IOR’s remit to encourage professional development within the industry. 

News date: 13th May 2011

SIRAC meeting on the 13th June dedicated to data centre cooling issues


The Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Network will be holding an event dedicated to data centre cooling which will be hosted by Airdale International at their Leeds offices.

Speakers will present on such topics as the Data Centre Alliance, using heat to increase cooling and the technology behind the award winning product the TurboChill Free Cool.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to visit the Airedale laboratories and take part in a SIRAC networking exercise.

For full details of the event programme and to book your place visit

There is no charge to attend but you must pre-register on the SIRAC website.

News date: 4th May 2011

Latest news from REAL Zero

REAL Skills Europe newsletter now available

Read about the latest developments in the IOR REAL Zero project - REAL Skills Europe - with the latest newsletter available to download here.

News date: 18th Apr 2011

IOR launches leakage reduction e-learning

join us on 4th July for a free introductory event

REAL Skills Europe is a cross European programme to enhance skills in refrigerant leakage reduction. It is based on the IOR's REAL Zero material and campaign. Join us at a free launch event to find out more about ths REAL Zero initiative, see a demo of the new e-learning material and find out how you can take part in a free trial of the interactive e-learning modules.

The draft Programme for the launch event will include an introduction to the international project, the latest on leakage reduction initiatives based on REAL Zero in the UK, demonstration of four new e-learning modules and a discussion of practical strategies to reduce leakage.

For those attending there will be the opportunity to enrol for the free piloting phase of the training making a saving of 100 euros. Spaces are limited, please register now via the REAL Skills Europe website to attend.

News date: 13th Apr 2011

Service tips for air conditioning equipment

ACHPI publishes new bulletin

Effective service and maintenance of air conditioning and heat pump installed systems is critical to ensure reliability, reduce running costs and prolong the life of equipment -  thus saving the customer money in the long term. ACHPI, the IOR's the air conditioning and heat pump institute has published a bulletin which outlines some common service issues related to air conditioning equipment and details effective responses including blocked or dirty filters, moisture contamination, leakage, gauges, infra red controllers and instruction manuals.  The four page bulletin also has linkes for useful additional information. It is published free to members of the IOR, ACHPI and SES and at a £10 charge to non members. Download here.

News date: 5th Apr 2011

Heat pump technology - European experiences

an IRC Business Briefing on 7th April

If the UK is to meet it’s commitments on carbon reduction it will require to take some fairly significant steps – we cannot get to where we need to be through a business as usual strategy.  The seminar will consist of a series of national case studies presentations by speakers from Europe, outlining the measures used by their Governments to encourage the rapid uptake of heat pumps for domestic, commercial and industrial applications.  It will include a presentation by the European Partnership on Energy and the Environment of their “Heat Pump Manifesto” and it will conclude with an open forum on the lessons learned from the day, focussing on the best practices from across Europe which we believe could work in the UK context. 

An important output of the briefing will be a summary of findings to be made available through the International Institute of Refrigeration and direct to members of the IOR's International Refrigeration Committee.

The programme will include key notes speakers and series of National case studies. See below for full programme and booking details (free to members of the IRC).

Heat Pump Technology - learning from European experiences flier

News date: 28th Mar 2011

Deadline for F Gas training looming

Will the industry be ready?

It will be illegal to work on equipment containing or designed to contain F gases after 4th July this year if the technician does not hold a recognised F Gas Certificate. There has been considerable debate in the industry and trade press as to whether the industry will be ready for this deadline, inspite of the F Gas qualifications having been available for two years.  Although many individuals and companies have achieved their necessary certificates, there are no definitive numbers as to how many people or companies are within scope of the regulations and therefore it is difficult to estimate how many are still to be trained - or how many may miss the 4th July deadline.  There are over 60 training providers nationwide offering the qualifications (City & Guilds 2079 or CITB/CSkills J11-14) and three Company F Gas Certification bodies set up. 

For more information on the legal implications and fines see 

For up to date news and lists of training providers see

News date: 9th Mar 2011

Evening paper: ammonia heat pumps for district heating

join us on the evening of 7th April and download the paper now

 The April evening paper will focus on Ammonia Heat Pumps for District Heating with a presentation from Kenneth Hoffman and David Pearson of Star Refrigeration. From the 1980’s several large high temperature heat pumps have been installed in the Nordic countries. A significant portion of electricity in these countries is produced by low carbon-emission hydroelectric power. The majority of the heat pumps have been using Fluorocarbon’s like R22 and R134. The recent development of the high pressure single screw compressor has made it possible to use the natural refrigerant ammonia for these applications. Achieving a district heating system with a GWP = <1, Ammonia’s thermodynamic properties offer unparallel efficiencies (15% better than R134a) when used in high temperature heat pumps.

This paper will describe the challenges faced in this innovative project. Members can download the paper for free from the image above. The presentation takes place on Thursday 7th April at 5.15pm at 33 Queen Street, London EC4 and is open to members and non members.

News date: 9th Mar 2011

REAL Zero training, workshops to be held in Scotland

Numbers are limited so book now to secure your place

Two REAL Zero leakage reduction workshops will be held in Scotland in March. The events, being organised in association with the Carbon Trust, are being held on the 28th March in Aberdeen and 29th March in Glasgow. The workshops have proved popular in the past and have filled quickly, so book now to secure your place. 

What you will learn?

  • How to evaluate direct emissions in carbon dioxide emission and financial terms
  • How to carry out site audits to identify ways of reducing potential leakage
  • How to use site survey, refrigerant use monitoring and reporting templates
  • How to advise on F Gas compliance for systems and records

  Book now to receive the full programme and training package:

28th March 2011 in Aberdeen29th March 2011 in Glasgow , Download a flier here

News date: 17th Feb 2011

IOR 2011 Award Winners announced

Presentations were made at the dinner on 10th February

The following 2011 Awards were presented by the IOR at the Dinner:

  • J&E Hall Gold Medal - Prof Donald Cleland of Massey University New Zealand
  • Lightfoot Medal for best paper - Andy Campbell and Oliver Riley for "Building Services for Low Carbon Supermarkets"
  • Ted Perry student research award - Shane Smyth of University College Dublin
  • Service Engineers Section Lifetime Achievement - Charlie Darling of Adcock Refrigeration

For full details see the awards and nominations page

News date: 17th Feb 2011

SkillFRIDGE calls for apprentice nominations

make your nominations by 24th March

 The search begins for the UK’s top RAC engineer

Calling all apprentices – the 2011 SkillFRIDGE competition is looking for the industry’s most promising talent to be named the UK’s best refrigeration and air conditioning engineer.

During the competition, organised by SummitSkills, entrants will be assessed on a series of challenging practical tests reflecting their day-to-day work. A semi-final will be held before a UK grand final in September.

This year will see SkillFRIDGE finalists competing side-by-side with those from SkillPLUMB, SkillPIPE and SkillELECTRIC at a prestigious event that will also feature the UK final of construction competition SkillBUILD.

“Taking part in SkillFRIDGE is not only highly motivational for employees but also drives them to achieve higher standards back in the workplace,” said Neil Collishaw, head of skills competitions and awards at SummitSkills. “Past competitors have gone on to become an even greater asset to their employers and a inspirational role model for their peers.”

The closing date to register for the competition is 24 March 2011. Call 01908 303972 for more information or visit 

News date: 15th Feb 2011

Co2 with heat recovery for supermarkets

Read the paper from this award winning research

 Ina Colombo of London South Bank University will give a presentation to members and guests on the topic of Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration with Heat Recovery for Retail Applications on 3rd March. The presentation and accompanying paper will provide access to the findings from an applied research study on a booster carbon dioxide (R744) system with high and medium temperature heat recovery. Click on the icon to download the paper  which is a free exclusively to members of the IOR, includes a description of the conceptual design and a computer model along with its validation based upon some experimental results. The energy consumption and carbon emission reduction using this novel system has also been investigated and Ina will report on results achieved using an existing supermarket as a case study.

The event is open to members, non members, students and members of the CIBSE ASHRAE Group. Free of Charge.  5.15 for 5.45 start at London South Bank University, Borough Road.

News date: 10th Feb 2011

A world without refrigeration?

read this think-piece by IOR member Andrew Gigiel

A few  years ago, IOR Member Andrew Gigiel, wrote an article for the International Refrigeration Committee, on what the world would be like without refrigeration and how important this technology is to modern life as we know it. There has been some recent debate about the importance of our sector which is informed by this useful article.

Download the article here

News date: 24th Jan 2011

Welcome to ACHPI Student members

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Welcome to the Institute of Refrigeration technical service for AC and Heat Pump technicians. We recently published three new bulletins which as a student member you can download for free. The material is written by practicing engineers, training providers and technical advice to help keep members up to date with the latest industry developments.

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News date: 20th Jan 2011

Hydrocarbons for supermarkets

Pre-print available to download for members

download the paper hereThis presentation will detail how and why hydrocarbon refrigerant was selected for Waitrose’s innovative programme of new store and major refits. The authors will provide insights in the concept adopted for store refrigeration as well as how it has been integrated with the building services. Results of significant carbon and cost savings achieved through almost total leakage elimination and improved store energy efficiency are presented. The paper will also explain how the issues of safety are being addressed in equipment ranging from display cabinets to chillers, and specific procedures developed to allow engineers to work on systems on a shop floor. Click on the icon above to download (requires member password) or join us on Thursday 3rd February at the Metropole Hotel, Birmingham at 5.15pm to hear from the authors and ask questions.

News date: 14th Jan 2011

Take the ICE-E Survey

Help reduce energy usage in cold stores

Refrigeration is one of the most energy-intensive technologies used in the food supply chain. The 'Improving Cold storage Equipment in Europe' (ICE-E) project has been set up to help cold store users reduce energy usage in cold stores. By spending 10-30 minutes completing the survey organisation are able to compare the performance of their cold store to the ever expanding database.

The survey is now available at:

News date: 5th Jan 2011

Join us at the evening paper 13th January

read the preprint on line for the linear compressor paper

The January paper will cover the topic of Linear Compressors with a team of authors from the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford on 13th January. With disruptions to postal services members may not receive the pre-print before the presentation, so you can download this here now.

About the presentation - Linear compressors, with clearance seals and flexure bearings, have been used for many years to power Stirling cycle cryocoolers, and the same technology, with the addition of valves, can be used for vapour compression systems, with the potential for using ammonia.  This paper describes the development of linear compressors, and outlines their future potential.

News date: 20th Dec 2010

Experienced engineers wanted for IOR Award!

nominate now for the service engineers lifetime achievement award

If you know an engineer who goes the extra mile, who has helped bring on trainees or has made a special impact on your customers let us know who they are.  The Service Engineers Section is looking for someone who exemplifies the best in our industry to help raise the profile of the role that engineers play in our industry. 

The winner will receive a cheque for £400 and an award at the IOR Annual Dinner in February, together with the deserved recognition of the industry. Help us to celebrate the best in our industry by sending in your nomination by 10th January 2011 using the nomination form and rules.

News date: 17th Dec 2010

New dedicated exhibition for the ac, refrigeration and heat pump industry

ACR 2012 launched by ACR News Magazine

The ACR Show 2012 is the new dedicated exhibition for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry and will take place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, from 13-15 March 2012. The exhibition, which will also include one of the largest seminar programmes ever mounted in two separate auditoriums, will take place in hall 19 of the NEC. Other features, including a heat pump arena, are also planned.

ACR Show is backed by ACR News magazine. Find out more.

News date: 9th Nov 2010

IOR offers free membership to students

Take our brief survey and gain one years free membership

The IOR recognises the importance of encouraging the next generation of RAC professionals, therefore, anyone studying a nationally recognised qualification in refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pumps can have one years free membership of the IOR or it's specialist groups.

All you have to do to receive your membership is complete a brief survey which can be accessed by following this link or pasting this address into a browser. It's as simple as that, no catch and no payment.

Apprentices and students can take this opportunity to benefit from  all the IOR has to offer. Please forward the survey link on to any students who may be interested in the high quality information and networking opportunities.

News date: 3rd Nov 2010

Service & maintenance reduces leakage!

news and tips from REAL Zero

REAL Zero is introducing a new newsletter designed for those at the sharp end - the technicians and engineers responsible for the efficient and reliable operation of refrigeration and air conditioning systems. At the request of employers this newsletter will address reducing leakage through day to day service and maintenance work - simple things from filling in the F gas records accurately to replacing valve caps can make a big difference in the long term. The system operator may bear the legal responsibilities for fixing and preventing leakage but the engineer holds the key to making sure effective action is taken. The newsletter will also feature summaries of industry inititives and additional resources to help tackle the leakage issue. 

Download the first issue here  and register at to receive future issues

News date: 1st Nov 2010

Grimsby Ice Factory named as one of the nation’s top ten threatened buildings

from The Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust

The Victorian Society, (  a national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment has named Grimsby Ice Factory as one of the ten most endangered buildings in England and Wales. The building is considered to be at risk after years of neglect. Grimsby’s Ice Factory produced its last ice twenty years ago and the ice-making machinery can still be seen inside this vast and increasingly derelict industrial building. It’s one of the reasons why the building is listed at Grade II*, but it’s also why the factory is so hard to save.

‘There are no other buildings like this in England, but for the Ice Factory to have a future it needs to find a viable use, and soon, before its condition gets worse.’ Dr Ian Dungavell, Director of the Victorian Society. Local campaigners have formed The Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust with the sole aim of bringing this distinctive local landmark back to life.

Great Gift have stated that the "at risk" category strengthens their determination to find a practical use for the Ice Factory before nature takes its toll. While it is vital that some of the ice making equipment is preserved in context, the Ice Factory is a vast industrial space which must be adapted to the needs of the new century.

Do you have memories of the Grimsby Ice Factory or stories to tell relating to the early development of the refrigeration industry in the UK?  Would you like to help the campaigners save this important historical building that recognises the contribution of refrigeration to engineering and to national development?  Find out more at

News date: 26th Oct 2010

Join in the big IOR debate

connect with us on linked in to have your say

The IOR is keen to use technology to help members network and share knowledge on developing refrigeration technology.  We have now set up a number of Linked In pages where members can make comments on key developments and make connections with fellow members.  We are currently inviting views on strategic issues for retail refrigeration but there will be plenty of other topics such as leakage, fgas regulations, training issues, standards developments etc to keep up to date on.  Do sign up for any of our three Linked In groups that you want to be involved in:

Main Institute of Refrigeration page

REAL Zero page

Careers in Cooling page


News date: 21st Oct 2010

A network for student members

free first year offered for new students

Student membership is available for those new to the industry who want to develop their contacts, knowledge and experience in the sector. No matter what role you want to take up within the RAC and Heat Pump industries the Institute of Refrigeration can help and support you in your professional development.

The IOR is a central meeting point for people from all over the world to promote, improve and learn more about refrigeration and air conditioning. As a student member you will benefit from:

  • Access to a network of professionals with a wealth of technical and practical experience of applying and developing this technology.
  • Quality, practical and up to date information on technical developments (including information specifically for Service Engineers’ Section and Air conditioning technicians.
  • Independent updates on legislation, standards and government consultations.
  • Certified continuing professional development opportunities – including the REAL Zero leakage reduction training courses, evening meetings and website list of advisers
  • Newsletters sent in regular mailings and enews updates on topical issues
  • Free national and local Networking meetings with others who have the same business and professional interests at local branch meetings, annual dinners, conferences and free evening lectures.
  • Advance notice and reduced-rates for IOR seminars and events.

Student Membership is available to those on nationally recognised courses or undertaking student research projects. Student membership is free for the first year (up to 31st March each year) with a reduced rate of £27* per year thereafter.

Students who gain sufficient practical experience and responsibilities in a work environment are eligible for advancement of their membership in due course and could go on to gain full Membership or Associate recognition.

Apply now to join our community of Student Members

News date: 15th Oct 2010

Membership benefits

Taking an active role in our industry is essential, if we want our professional and industry bodies to truly represent us. Each of us really do have an opportunity to make a difference. What is more, we can share knowledge and learn at the same time. Find out more about how you can become more active as a member of the IOR here or see the benefits of our different categories of membership.

News date: 12th Oct 2010

Get involved in IOR membership!

Becoming more active in the network

To get the most out of your membership you need to take an active part in what is going on. There are lots of ways of meeting other members, developing your professional skills and making your views known:


News date: 12th Oct 2010

IOR Careers in Cooling wins industy award

The careers campaign was named Cooling Industy Awards Marketing Initiative of the Year at last nights annual awards

The campaign was launched by the IOR Marketing Committee in September 2009 to raise awareness of the role of refrigeration and air conditioning in modern life, highlight steps being taken to mitigate its environmental impact and promote the sector as a career choice.

The Cooling Industry Award judges stated "It is a rare accolade to win the same Cooling Award category in consecutive years, but the Institute has walked off with the marketing award again this year with its campaign to entice young engineers into the industry. The judges were impressed by the fact that the IoR had grasped the nettle of the low numbers of school leavers moving into air conditioning and refrigeration. The Careers in Cooling campaign bids to ‘catching them young’ by raising awareness of the rac industry and its importance to daily life among young people aged 14 to 21. The campaign set out to position the cooling industry as the career of choice for those with an interest in technology and environment, using a professionally produced short film to promote the diverse careers that are available in rac, from a woman working in sales administration to a professor of engineering. In the words of one participant, ‘my job can change the world.’

The movie is part of a specially designed internet site, with links to educational resources such as Fantastic Fridges, which explains the science behind refrigeration and air conditioning. But Careers in Cooling is more than just a promotional campaign, and so the IoR has recruited a network of volunteers to provide information at careers fairs and to act as ambassadors for the industry, including fi ve individuals who are now approved to visit any school to talk about race engineering as a career. Judges said the campaign “sets an example that should be followed by the rest of the industry”.

The campaign continues to work to improve the calibre and interest of students in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump careers and reposition the industry as a provider of positive environmental solutions. It was funded by the IOR Centenary Fund for Education and Training



News date: 30th Sep 2010

Latest from REAL Skills Europe

See the newsletter from the IOR-led leakage reduction training programme

The REAL Skills Europe project will develop e-learning material based on the IOR's REAL Zero guidance and training notes. With partners in Estonia, Germany, Greece, Poland and Belgium as well as the UK, the project will provide a pan-european approch to refrigerant containment.  This newsletter gives an overview of the project as it progresses towards the launch of the e-learning material in mid 2011.  Download the newsletter now.

Project leaders are keen to gain input from stakeholders and there is an on going consultation process in place on training needs and guidance at

News date: 15th Sep 2010

Become a member of your professional network

guidance on getting more involved

Become part of a network of refrigeration professionals and benefit from free technical downloads, invitiations to meetings, news updates and discounts on publications.

Affiliate Membership is open to any individual with a professional interest in refrigeration and air conditioning. Annual subscription fees are £63 plus a £20 joining fee. You can join immediately as an Affiliate Member on line here. There are no criteria for membership but you will not be able to use the designatory initials MInstR after your name or take part in IOR Council elections. Find out more

Full individual Membership or Associate Membership provides recognition of your expertise and level of responsibility in refrigeration and air conditioning practice. Applications are considered individually based on experience and qualfications by an independent Membership Committee.  Find out more

Student Membership is available to those on nationally recognised courses or undertaking student research projects. Student membership is free for the first year with a reduced rate of £27* per year thereafter. Find out more

For Service Engineers the Service Engineers Section subscription service offers special quarterly mailings with practical technical information and advice for an annual fee of £30* (UK residents). Find out more 

For Air Conditioning and Heat Pump professionals the ACHPI is an affiliated group of the IOR launched in 2009 for those involved in air conditioning and heat pump installation. Subscribers receive special quarterly mailings with practical technical information and guidance. The subscription fee is £30. Find out more 

News date: 24th Aug 2010

ACRIB publishes UK industry review of F Gas Regulations

an industry view of containment

An industry-wide analysis of the F Gas Regulation in the UK carried out by the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB) has found that the single most significant barrier to effectiveness of the Regulation is the lack of visible enforcement, policing and mechanisms to guarantee compliance or report non-compliance.  

“The consensus of industry, many elements of which have made considerable investment in compliance, is that containment works, but improved enforcement is necessary to fully achieve the emissions reductions possible under the Regulation,” stated Mike Nankivell, Chairman of the ACRIB F Gas Implementation Group.  

An ACRIB position paper reviewing F Gas Regulation in the UK, based on industry’s practical experience to date has been endorsed by the various industry groups represented by ACRIB. In addition to calling for increased support from UK Government in raising awareness of leakage issues amongst equipment owners, the ACRIB position paper emphasises that sufficient time is necessary to fully assess the positive impact of industry initiatives to reduce leakage such as the IOR’s REAL Zero.  

ACRIB Chairman, David Bostock, said: “We can see in the many positive steps taken by supermarket groups and retailers to comply with the Regulation that there has been a definite reduction in emissions from these sectors. We now need increased Government support in raising awareness of leakage issues and ensuring compliance across all industry sectors.”  

The paper makes seven key recommendations which industry believes will increase the effectiveness of the F Gas Regulation in the UK.  

  • The introduction of mandatory individual registration and public databases of company certification scheme members   
  • That refrigerant suppliers be responsible for ensuring that only appropriately certified individuals can be supplied with F Gas refrigerants.
  • An awareness campaign aimed at equipment operators covering enforcement in combination with a ‘non-compliant’ operator reporting service. 
  • Government to ensure that standards are maintained by the UK’s two bodies appointed to issue individual training certifications. 
  • Government actively monitor all three company certification bodies to ensure common standards industry-wide.  
  • Company certification bodies be authorised to carry out greater verification of applicants. 
  • More active enforcement and increased policing of operators’ legal obligations under the Regulation to take place.

ACRIB is calling for an open dialogue with all relevant policy makers into its findings, and recommends that they form the basis of UK input into the EU review of the Regulation in July 2011.  

The ACRIB full position paper including an executive summary, “Assessment of the effectiveness of the EU F Gas Regulations in the UK based on experience of application by the stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry in the UK” is available to download here.

News date: 30th Jul 2010

Containment works with REAL Zero

analysis of project results one year on shows significant savings

The IOR REAL Zero initiative broke new ground with the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry in 2009 when it addressed directly the technical issues related to reducing refrigerant leakage. It led to a series of guidance notes, published articles, new refrigerant logging tools and training courses which although launched in 2009 continue to be popular today. Raising the profile of such a controversial issue as refrigerant leakage and its impact on the environment had to be handled very sensitively. The Institute of Refrigeration was successful in using the research and tools developed to highlight what the industry is doing to improve containment and therefore has focused on improving our environmental image and most importantly reducing our environmental impact.

But how successful has the project been? As well as the main published outcomes there has been follow up research on leakage reduction, two international projects led by the IOR and a series of Carbon Trust events. International and UK recognition of these efforts has been achieved through the Cooling Awards Gold Award, acknowledgement through international organisations such as EPEE and AREA and interest from as far away as California and Japan. But the proof of success has to be measured in terms of real carbon savings achieved.

One year on from the initial research and investigations which underpinned the REAL Zero approach, the IOR has conducted follow up analysis of what has been learned and what actions have taken place. The collated results are very encouraging. Follow up activity conducted in March this year focused on seeking updated information from the original refrigeration equipment sites surveyed 12 to 18 months ago. The sites were asked for information on refrigerant use and actions carried out as a result of their work with REAL Zero.

In total 27 systems at 10 of the original 24 sites were reviewed. Feedback showed that the REAL Zero concept has changed practice on these sites and as a result there has been significant reduction in leakage related to that equipment.

The carbon savings realised equates to nearly 8,000 tonnes CO2(e) per annum, based on a net reduction in refrigerant leakage of 4,900 kg over a corresponding 12 month period. This represents an impressive 43% reduction in annual leakage, averaged across the 10 sites.

“REAL Zero originally projected around 25% improvement in refrigerant use across the sample sites, so these results at 43% have really exceeded all expectation. But it doesn’t mean that there isn’t still more that can and must be done to reduce emissions. The IOR has always seen REAL Zero as a process rather than a one off initiative. The industry is making massive steps in recognising the financial, practical and environmental benefits of refrigerant containment and these results show its commitment to achieving even further improvements in the future.” Prof Graeme Maidment F Inst R, REAL Zero Steering Group Chairman

The IOR REAL Zero training is just one element of the project which continues to gain momentum. Through a series of one day workshops at various UK locations held with the support of the Carbon Trust, we are helping to embed this knowledge within industry. The events are open to equipment owners, service and maintenance managers and contracting companies. The next series of workshops are taking place on: 9th September in London, 19th November in Manchester and 1st February in the Midlands. Registration including the assessment and certification fees is just £50+VAT. So far over 50 individuals have experienced the one day event and worked with the project team to improve our collective knowledge on why leakage occurs and how to prevent it.

Full details of the REAL Zero guidance notes, training materials and courses are available at

News date: 28th Jul 2010

REAL Zero developing skills across Europe

find out more about this new project on leakage reduction

The REAL-SKILLS-EUROPE project has been established as a EU Leonardo Funded Transfer of Innovation project to develop tools and techniques to help reduce refrigerant leakage through improved education and training.  The first project newsletter has now been published and gives an overview of current activity and future work packages including:

  • a multi-lingual website, containing information and tools to help minimise refrigerant emissions and improve our knowledge of refrigerant management techniques
  • a pan-european multi-lingual e-learning education system
  • recognition and certification of training in all participating countries
  • opportunities for individuals to become specialists in reduction of refrigerant leakage

REAL-SKILLS-EUROPE is lead by a consortium of European educational institutions, teaching, membership and research organisations, which perform leading roles in their own countries in training and supporting RAC professionals, research and innovation. They are all well placed to involve a range of stakeholders including the current providers of RAC VET. The project is managed by the IOR as a development of the UK based REAL Zero work.

Help shape this European training programme by taking part in the online training survey.

Download the newsletter now or visit the website to sign up for future updates at

News date: 22nd Jul 2010

Carbon Trust Refrigeration Road Map Launched

download your free copy of the Road Map now

The Carbon Trust Refrigeration Road Map introduces the main energy saving opportunities for refrigeration use in the retail sector and demonstrates how simple actions save energy use, cut costs and increase profit margins.

Developed in association with the Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association in 2010, the Road Map is key reading for anyone involved in the design, specification, purchasing or innovation in retail refrigeration.

Download your copy here (this will take you to the Carbon Trust website and you will need to register with them if you have not already done so to obtain your copy)


News date: 9th Jul 2010

How does a fridge work?

Information for students

Wondering how your fridge works? The Institute of Refrigeration has an education website with information all about the processes which are used to create "cooling" or refrigeration.  At the site you can:

  • explore an animated refrigeration circuit demonstrating basic thermodynamic principles and pressure, temperature and gas relationships
  • follow the development of the refrigerator from the use of natural ice to widespread use of domestic cabinets
  • Find out about the three states of matter and how matter changes from one state to another by researching the gas laws and the scientists who discovered them
  • explore the impact of refrigeration on global warming and ozone depletion and find out what is being done internationally to mitigate this impact
  • find out how the development of many industries and most countries has been influenced, at least in part, by refrigeration. 

Enter the world of FANTASTIC FRIDGES

News date: 17th May 2010

Membership Committee calls for members to gain Engineering Council registration

article by Steve Gill, of the IOR membership committee

The professional qualifications – CEng and IEng - are well known, and have for some time been available to suitably qualified members of the IoR. The professional qualification of EngTech is also available and although not yet widely adopted in this industry it looks set to become more prominent for a number of reasons.

Surveys have repeatedly shown that individuals with the letters – EngTech - after their name (e.g. John Smith EngTech) have improved career prospects. They achieve higher earnings than their unregistered counterparts and further more, the EngTech award demonstrates to existing and potential employers and clients that the holder has experience, drive and commitment.

The EngTech professional qualification is open to anyone that can demonstrate the required professional competences and commitment, including, individuals without professional qualifications who can demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary competence through substantial working experience. Getting registered may be more straightforward if one has the relevant educational or vocational qualifications, or have completed an advanced apprenticeship, but the IoR recognises that one can develop the knowledge and skills in other ways and therefore, there is a route to suit all competent individuals.

If you are an individual developing the skills and experience that make you a valuable member of your team and this industry; if you find yourself working in a role where your understanding and application of engineering principles make a real difference, and want your efforts to be properly recognised and appreciated, then you should be seriously thinking about gaining the professional title (EngTech, CEng, or IEng) that demonstrates your personal and professional commitment to society, this profession, and to the environment.

For more information about how IOR members can register via CIBSE for the Engineering Council see our Professional Development pages

News date: 28th Apr 2010

F Gas Training information - 2079 and J11 qualifications

where to go for advice and information

A list of Refrigerant Handling and F Gas Training centres is available on the ACRIB website or you can search the two recognised awarding bodies:

City and Guilds  for Level 2 Certificates in F Gas (known as 2079)

CITB Construction Skills  for F Gas qualifications J11

Full information about the F Gas Regulation and ODS Regulation training, certification and interim qualifications for companies and individuals are available in F Gas Support Guidance Note 5.

For queries contact DEFRA F Gas Support at


News date: 26th Mar 2010

Free training on leakage reduction

IOR CPD material now available

As part of the IOR Carbon Trust funded REAL Zero project, four self study training booklets are now available:

  • Environmental, cost and legal aspects of refrigerant leakage; covering elements such as calculating the financial and environmental aspects of refrigerant leakage and making a case for leakage reduction.
  • Reducing leakage through appropriate maintenance and service; covering system maintenance regimes, how to reduce leakage potential in existing systems and maximising effectiveness of direct and indirect leak test methods.
  • Minimising leakage in new systems; covering relevant system design, installation and commissioning issues
  • Reducing leakage through site specific surveys and advice; covering a recommended site survey methodology, proformas for site audit reports and strategies for equipment owners.

The self study training booklets are suitable for everyone including service engineers and end users.  The first two booklets are available free of charge as downloads. There is also an option to take on line assessments and apply for an IOR CPD (continuous professional development) Certificate. End users interested in using the services of someone who is familiar with the REAL Zero approach to leakage reduction and has passed the assessments will be able carry out an on line search for individuals on the REAL Zero website in the near future. To find out more about the training booklets see the REAL Zero website.

News date: 20th May 2009

FREE IOR System Efficiency Index

IOR project index now launched

The IOR project to develop a simple measure of refrigeration system efficiency has successfully produced an IOR System Efficiency Index. The tool is available for use by designers, engineers and purchasers of complex refrigeration systems, to indicate their comparative efficiency (rated A-D). A set of guidelines running along side the index outlines how it can be used and how you can improve your rating. A Wizard will take you through all of the steps to calculate your proposed (or actual) system efficiency using some basic measurements. This free tool was sponsored by the CArbon Trust as part of its commitment to helping the refrigeration sector improve its energy use and encourage purchasers to make energy efficient decisions. Register to download the index free of charge from this site.

News date: 19th Jan 2007

Route to Engineering Council registration

IOR members can apply for registration with the Engineering Council from December

Members of the Institute of Refrigeration are able to register with the Engineering Council EC(UK) as a Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician depending on their level of qualifications and experience.

Through a special arrangement with The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), applications from IOR members will be processed by CIBSE. As a licensed body of the Engineering Council UK, CIBSE facilitates the Registration process. They may therefore nominate those who are appropriately qualified and professionally competent for the UK Chartered Engineer register. Applications are assessed against the standard Engineering Council professional requirements and subject to assessments or interviews as necessary.

Registration with the Engineering Council provides IOR members with independent verification of their competence and commitment to professionalism, as well as the right to use designatory letters after their name (C Eng, I Eng, Eng Tech). Standard application fees apply, but the registrants are not required to pay membership fees to CIBSE for their registration to be considered.

For full details and application forms see the Professional Development Pages on this website

News date: 22nd Nov 2006

Not a member of the IOR?

If you are receiving this e-shot as a non member why not consider joining? Members get access to free downloads and sent additional technical updates and discounts on events. Membership is open to all individuals and is based on experience in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump and related fields. For more information about how you can join see

News date: 2nd Mar 2000

Pocket Guides to Leak Testing available in print

Extra copies of the guides now availalbe to order

One of the most popular outputs from the REAL Zero project has been the set of guides for service engineers on leak testing. These colour illustrated booklets are handy and clear and will help focus activity on fixing and preventing future leaks.  

The guides in A4 format are available as free PDFs from the project website at However we have had a lot of requests from employers and training providers for hard copies of the booklets so that they can distribute them even wider within the industry.  As a result we are now able to offer printed versions.

The two pocket guides (10cm x 13cm approx) contain 16 pages each with illustrations of common leaks to look for during leak testing and guidance on how to carry out effective leak testing, checking leak detectors work, and recording checks for F gas regulations. You can see the contents of the guides laid out as A4 publications at the REAL Zero site.

If you are interested in buying copies the Pocket Versions please see the IOR shop below -

To order an individual set of 2 guides

To order larger quantities


News date: 5th Mar 1906

F Gas Regulation free advice service

UK Government helpline can deal with individual queries about the F Gas Regulations and have a range of useful guidance notes at:

Telephone Helpline: 0161 874 3663



Address: F-gas support, PO Box 481, Salford, M50

News date: 31st Dec 1969