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F-gas legislation set to be tightened - do you have a certified provider?

From 2018, F-gas regulations are to become much more stringent, with an EU regulation demanding that sales of the gas be reduced by 37%. But what are F-gases, and how can you be certain that your heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) provider holds relevant certification?

What are F-gases?

Fluorinated gases (F-gases) are man-made gases, with the most common being hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – compounds containing hydrogen, fluorine and carbon.

What are F-gases used for?

F-gases are very energy efficient, which is why they are well-suited to a various applications including electronics, cosmetics, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air-conditioning.

Are F-gases safe?

F-gases have low levels of toxicity and flammability and are therefore present no danger to users and the public. Most F-gases have a relatively high global warming potential (GWP) and may remain in the atmosphere for decades once released.

What is F-gas certification?

Installation, maintenance and servicing of stationary equipment containing F-gas refrigerants must be carried out by a qualified person.

In order to attain F-gas accredited, an engineer must complete a training course and pass a qualification with either City and Guilds or the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Certification lasts for three years.

Gibbons HVAC Services has held F-gas certification for a number of years (certification number FGAS2001651). Not only is this proof of our competency, diligence and expertise, it also allows us to offer a complete package of HVAC services in the industrial and commercial sectors.

If you’d like to find out more about our F-gas certification, or for general HVAC enquiries, contact Andrew Knight on 07850 204 915 or email

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