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Birmingham Society rises again


UK: After a period of inactivity, the Birmingham Society of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (BSRA) is now back on its feet.

Resurrected this year by Paul Singh of ChillAir, the newly-reformed Society recently held its second technical seminar evening at The Sheldon Ivy Leaf Sports and Social Club on November 5.

Being held on Bonfire Night, it was perhaps appropriate that the latest seminar should focus on flammable refrigerants.

Dewi Garcia of Harp International gave an overview of the F-gas regulations and enlightened the 20 or so members present with descriptions of the flammable properties of the new HFOs R1234yf , R1234ze, as well as R32.

Dave Myers, a fire investigation consultant with Brookes Bell, described the intricacies of fire investigations and some of the cases he had been involved with.

Steve Gill, president elect of the IOR, shared with the BSRA the work that the Institute of Refrigeration was conducting and why more people needed to get involved.

First formed in 1964, the BSRA had thrived for many years, at one time even hosting its own regional exhibition at the Motorcycle Museum. Sadly, there had been a hiatus of activities in recent years. Now, with a new enthusiastic committee in place, chair Paul Singh is confident the BSRA can be a real benefit to local Midlands-based air conditioning and refrigeration engineers and companies.

There are plans to re-introduce the hugely popular BSRA Golf Day next year, along with the annual BSRA dinner.

Individual membership is just £20/annum and corporate/company membership only £50/annum.

You can phone Paul on 07734 926 747 for more details or email [email protected].

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