Graham Wright is a mechanical engineer with thirty years’ experience in the air conditioning industry. In his current role as legislation specialist for Daikin UK, he reviews existing and pending EU and UK legislation for the heating and air conditioning sectors. He has previously worked as product manager at both Sanyo UK and Toshiba Carrier.
An active participant in FETA affairs for a number of years, Graham sits on a number of technical committees across the member groups.
“FETA brings together several different areas connected to building services – from heating and ventilating to refrigeration, ductwork, flues and controls. It can therefore be a voice on the key issues affecting this broad sector,” he said.
He also highlighted the fact that the industry must deal with a raft of legislation coming from Europe, including F-gas and the Energy Related Products Directive.
“FETA can work within European groups to help UK companies understand what legislation is coming our way. It can also put forward the UK view to Europe on these issues as they develop,” he added.
With the building services sector facing uncertainty over legislation, especially with regards to Part L of the building regulations and the removal of government support for solar and wind incentive schemes. The new FETA president hopes that the Federation can work to raise awareness of this with government departments and take an active role in ensuring their future.
“I would also like to ensure that FETA makes people aware of the work that its groups are doing. Experts from the different bodies that make up FETA are hard at work producing guidance and advice for their sectors. This demonstrates great teamwork and is one of the benefits of membership of an industry association,” he said.