Space Air's Opinion - 🔥 Flammable Refrigerants

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Space Air's Opinion - Flammable Refrigerant 

Space AirR have been a distributor of air conditioning equipment since its inception on 1st August 1980. Throughout its history, have selected, promoted & sold equipment that meets National and International Regulations & Standards in term of Safety, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Responsibilities and Ethical Standards. see Space Air 30 years

It is important to understand that the use of refrigerant(A1, A2/A2L or A3 class) in any DX sealed cycle used for cooling, heating or heat pump systems, have major advantages in saving energy, which exceeds the environmental disadvantages IF ACCIDENTLY LEAKED but should not compromise user safety 

Space Air say:
Considering we ONLY had 
 A1 class non-flammable refrigerants in public & domestic buildings since 1928 :

It is a total disrespect to the AC & Refrigeration Industry, International Laws, Health & Safety Regulations & Advertising Standrds by some major manufacturers ambiguousley and forcibly introducing  A2L class flammable🔥 R32. It created distrust & a mess never experienced! in our Industry throughout the world:

  • It is absurd, that some manufacturers, who heavily rely on their brand name (Mitsubishi, Toshiba, LG, Samsung, Panasonic,etc) when selling multiple products (TV, Cars, WiFi, machinery, washing machines and so on!), damage their global image and reputation, by ambiguously selling products unknown in many parts of the world, or internationally recognised, containing flammable🔥 refrigerant that does not meet a) Health & Safety Standards (2016 no.1107), b) ASA / CAP Code (Advertising Standards Authority) & c) Their published ethical codes?

    I ass-u-me that they did not know or clearly not told by the patent holder (Daikin) that HFC32 as a single component, is the 1st 🔥 flammable refrigerant since 1928 to be used in domestic air conditioners and require extra safety and control? 


Can you imagine how much damage is done to the industry by NOT having the CHOICE. or at least clearly notifying customers that some equipment or materials contain flammable🔥 refrigerant, before they buy? and make customers aware of the risks to occupants and support services?
(see how its done in other countries)


Q:  Do you think that we in the 6Supply Chain and our customers have the right to KNOW or a CHOICE which refrigerant is in their/our :

Refrigerator, Heat Pump, Air Conditioner in the Bus or Train we ride, the Office we work in, the Gym we go to, the Restaurants we eat at, the Cinema & the Club we go to, the School we send our children to, etc?  

 A1 non-flammable, A2L 🔥 flammable or A3💥🔥 explosive?


It is important to use the following statement in any spacification or purchase order:
"Any product containing refrigerant must ONLY be A1 class non-flammable as classified by ISO817 & ASHRAE34 International Standards"
Any practice in the Supply Chain6 must insist that: 

" Equipment and materials comply with the 11 Clauses of CCPI Code"

clear, accurate, up to date, accessible & unambiguous


Space Air is concerned for our industry, customers and end users regarding the introduction of A2L flammable🔥 refrigerant (R32) ambiguously, in 2015 by Daikin Europe /Industries** in the UK & EU,Forcing the 🔥R32  Cartel ( licenced AC manufacturers in UK & EU) to withdraw dominant A1 class non-flammable R410A charged in Small Splits and Heat Pumps, and to only promote the unsafe 🔥 (flammable) R32 refrigerant in the UK market.

**(having patented HFC32 as a single component with 300+linked components and dominating the EU F-Gas Regulation and quota) Quota (28 licenses out of 200)

They did this by:






aA3 class Flammable & Explosive Refrigerant 
R600a A3 class refrigerant was introduced to domestic refrigerators & freezers in 2000 - 2004 by some manufacturers replacing A1 class non-flammable been around  (since 1928) (R12 or R134a ) ignoring warnings from industry &
 UN Fact Sheet13 . A3 class was introduced to domestic refrigerators and as a blowing agent in 2005 - 2015 aimed at removing Ozon depleteing refrigerants (CFC & HCFC).without realising that CFC & HCFC are NON_FLAMMABLE. There are 3 classes of flammability:

A1 class is fire SUPRESSOR - A2/A2L class is fire PROPAGATOR while A3 class is fire PROPAGATOR & EXPLOSIVE

Refrigerant classification
There are over 300 types of refrigerants in THREE Safety Classifications with regards to flammability, in accordance with ISO 817:2014 (E)

& ASHRAE34 International Standard clearly indicate that. A1 class non-flammable, A2/A2L flammable & A3 Highly flammable.

"Greenwashing is a deceptive form of marketing that claims a company's products, policies and goals are environmentally friendly and therefore do less damage to nature, with an underlying purpose to increase profits"

Blowing Agent
Blowing agent is a substance which is capable of producing a cellular structure via a foaming process in a variety of materials that undergo hardening or phase transition, such as polymers, plastics, and metals. They are typically applied when the blown material is in a liquid stage *Note: Use of class O materials is an old out of dated national product classification (see more). Must use BS EN 13501-1 (class A1 non-combustible and non-flammable or class A2 non-combustible BUT, flammable). (see UNEP - Fact sheet 


4Building Cladding : Composite cladding typically consists of panels 3–5 millimetres (0.12–0.20 in) thick made of a core material sandwiched between two aluminium faces. Grenfell Tower was clad with composite panels with a polyethylene core which contributed to the fire; these panels cost about £2 less than ones with incombustible core.

5Business Cartel ; Daikin Industries/ Chemical have patented (aprox3 00+ patents) A2L flammable R32 refrigerant used in small splits air conditioning equipment and licensed the patents to Japanese (such as Mitsubishi Electric, Fugitsu, Toshiba, etc), Korean (LG & Samsung) & Chinease AC manufacturers.conditional on withdrawing current R410A non-flammable in small splits (refrigerant charge less than 3kg). This has been applied to UK & and some EU.

6The supply chain in the AC industry:
Architects, Specifiers (M&E Consultants), Designers, Contractors, Installers, Maintenance, Facilities Managers, Local Authorities, Trade & Industry Associations (ACRIB, BRA, HEVAC, BESA, IOR, CIBSE, RIBA, HHIC, ACTUATE), Distributors & Wholesalers, Publishers, Advertising Agencies, Insurance companies, Government Departments, Transport, Developers, Building Owners & Users need to ONLY USE,  SPECIFY or SUPPORT manufacturers who comply and abide by the 
11 clauses of the CCPI code,  
The CCPI Code is 
to ensure the Supply Chain credibility & integrity & their customer's safety.

See more regarding A2L flammable R32 refrigerant used in Air Conditioing equipment (click here)



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